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Shwetark Ganesh – Idol of Ganesha from Aak Plant

Shwetark Ganesh is a naturally occurring Ganesh Murti from the stem of Shwetark tree. The white stem on aak tree is very rare. When an aak tree has a white stem it is known as Shwetark (Shweta means white). 
The shape of the step of Shwetark tree is similar to Lord Ganesha.
Naturally occurring Shwetark Ganesh idols are very rare and it falls under the category of Swayambhu Ganesh idols.
The popular belief is that if one worships Shwetark Ganesh he will be blessed with financial prosperity, peace and good health.

Mahamaham 2016 date – When is Maasi Mahamaham in 2016 in Tamil Nadu?

Mahamaham happens once in twelve years and is an important festival in various temples in Tamil Nadu. There is a Maasi Mahamaham in 2016. Makam, Mahm or Makam, is one among the twenty seven stars (Nakshatras) in the Hindu astrological system. A major ritual on the day taking holy dop and the bathing of Temple Murits (idols) in sea, pond or lake. Mahamaham 2016 date is February 22, Monday. The day is of greatest significance at Adikumbeshwara Swami Temple,Kumbakonam.



Masi Maham, or Maasi Magam, is an auspicious day in the Tamil month of Masi (February – March). Murtis (Idols) of gods and goddess that are worshipped in Temples are carried in a procession to sea shores, rivers or ponds. Pujas and rituals are held here and thousands of people gather to witness the auspicious event.
It is believed that those who take bath in the seas or rivers or ponds on the Mahamaham will attain Moksha.

The most auspicious period on the day is when the Sun is in Aquarius and Jupiter transits through Leo…

Malhari Mankeshwar Yatra at Peth in Walwa Taluka of Sangli District

Malhari Mankeshwar Yatra is observed in Phalgun month at Peth in Walwa Taluka of Sangli District, Maharashtra. It is a festival and fair observed at the Malhari Mankeshwar Temple. The shrine is dedicated to Shiva. Malhari Mankeshwar Yatra in Peth in 2018 date is February 17.

The annual fair and festival attracts hundreds of devotees to Kem. Mankeshwar is the family deity or Kuldevata of many communities in Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Telangana.

The main ritual includes processions and offerings to Mankeshwar. A fair is also organized during the period.
Mankeshwar Yatra at Peth is observed on Phalgun Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon Phalgun month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Bhimachautsav at Samangad Fort in Gadhinglaj

Bhimachautsav is annually observed at Samangad Fort in Gadhinglaj of Kolhapur District in Maharashtra. The festivities, rituals, prayers and pujas are observed at the Bhimshappa Math in Samangad Fort. Bhimacha Utsav at Samangad Fort in 2018 will be held on February 17.

Bhimshappa a great saint of the region and he attained Samadhi here. The saint spread the teachings of Bhakti, tolerance and love.
Bhimachautsav is observed on Phalgun Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon Phalgun month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Uttareshwar Yatra at Kem in Karmala Taluka of Solapur District

Uttareshwar Yatra is observed in Phalgun month at Kem in Karmala Taluka of Solapur District, Maharashtra. It is a festival and fair observed at the Uttareshwar Temple. The shrine is dedicated to Shiva. Uttareshwar Yatra in Kem in 2018 date is February 17.

The annual fair and festival attracts hundreds of devotees to Kem. Uttareshwar is the family deity or Kuldevata of many communities in Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Telangana.

The main ritual includes processions and offerings to Uttareshwar. A fair is also organized during the period.
Uttareshwar Yatra at Kem is observed on Phalgun Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon Phalgun month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Basaveshwar Rathotsav at Shedbal in Athni Taluka in Belgaum District

Basaveshwar Rathotsav at Shedbal annually observed in Phalgun month. It is the important fair and chariot festival at the Basaveshwar Tempe here at Shedbal Athni Taluka in Belgaum District, Karnataka. Basaveshwar, also known as Basavanna or Sri Basaveshwara, is the founder of Lingayatism or Lingayat Sect or Veerashaivism. Shedbal Basaveshwar Rathotsav 2018 date is February 19.

The annual chariot festival attracts hundreds of devotees to the village. It is an important event here. Special offerings and prayers are offered during the period.
Basaveshwar Rathotsav is observed on Phalgun Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon in Phalgun month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Karnataka.

Malan Ganesh Utsav – Malan Ganesh Temple Festival at Guhagar Taluka of Ratnagiri District

Malan Ganesh Utsav is annually observed in Phalgun month. This is an important fair and festival at the Malan Ganesh Temple in Guhagar Taluka of Ratnagiri district, Maharashtra. Malan Ganesh Utsav 2016 date is March 12.

Hundreds of people participate in the annual yatra.

The shrine is traditionally decorated during the period with leaves and lights.

Malan Ganesh Temple is located around 13 km east of Guhagar town.
Malan Ganesh Utsav is observed on Phalgun Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon Phalgun month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Sravani Ritual – About Shravani Ritual

Sravani is an annual ritual observed by Hindus on Shravan Purnima or full moon day in Shravan month. The ritual is also observed on Bhadra Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or during the fifth day during waxing phase of moon in Bhadrapad month.

Sravani Ritual is observed by Brahmins, Kshatriyas and Vaishyas.

Celibates (brahmacharis), householders (grihasthas) and those in Vanaprastha stage of life are entitled to perform the ritual.

On the day of Shravani, one goes to a river or sacred water body and offers prayers to tirthas for sin redemption.

Then one takes bath facing the flow of water and makes offerings to ancestors.

Then Saptarishis are worshipped.

Then Gayatri mantra is recited 10 times.

The wearing of new yajnopavita, sacred thread, follows this.
Then the performer takes food mixed with til or sesame and curd.

Balbhim Yatra at Hanimnal in Gadhinglaj of Kolhapur District, Maharashtra

Balbhim Yatra is observed in Phalgun month at Hanimnal Gadhinglaj Taluka of Kolhapur District, Maharashtra. It is a festival and fair observed at the Balbhim Temple dedicated to Shiva. Hanimnal Balbhim Yatra 2018 date is February 20.

The annual fair and festival attracts hundreds of devotees to Hanimnal village. Balbhim is the family deity of many communities in Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Telangana.

The main ritual includes processions and offerings to Balbhim.
Balbhim Yatra at Hanimnal is observed on Phalgun Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon Phalgun month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Birdev Yatra at Masur in Karad Taluka of Satara District, Maharashtra

Birdev Yatra at Masur observed in Phalgun month at Masur  Village in Karad Taluka of Satara District, Maharashtra. It is a festival and fair observed at the Birdev Temple dedicated to Vitthal Birdev Maharaj. Masur Birdev Yatra 2018 date is February 20.

The annual fair and festival attracts hundreds of devotees to Masur village. Birdev is the family deity of the Shepherd community from Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

The main ritual includes processions, palkhi and offerings to Vitthal Birdev.
Birdev Yatra at Masur in is observed on Phalgun Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon Phalgun month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Bhairavnath Jagar at Malage Budruk in Kagal Taluka of Kolhapur District, Maharashtra

Bhairavnath Jagar at Malage Budruk is annually observed in Phagun month. The Jagar is an important ritual at the Bhairavnath Mandir at Malage Budruk in Kagal Taluka of Kolhapur District, Maharashtra. The shrine is dedicated to Shiva. Malage Bk. Bhairavnath Jagar 2018 date is February 20.

The shrine is decorated with lamps, lights, flowers, leaves and sugarcane for the occasion.

Hundreds of people participate in the unique ritual. The temple remains open during the entire day and different rituals take place.
Bhairavnath Jagar at Malage Budruk is observed on Phalgun Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon Phalgun month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Mahadev Swami Dharmar Math Yatra at Janwad in Chikodi Taluka of Belgaum District, Karnataka

Mahadev Swami Dharmar Math Yatra is observed in Phalgun month. It is the annual jatra organized to Mahadev Swami Dharmar Math (sacred place and temple) located at Janwad in Chikodi Taluka of Belgaum District, Karnataka. Mahadev Swami Dharmar Math Yatra 2018 date is February 21.

Hundreds of people participate in the annual yatra and festival.

The temple is decorated for the occasion with leaves, flowers, lamps, lights and plants.
Mahadev Swami Dharmar Math Yatra is observed on Phalgun Shukla Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon Phalgun month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Gandemama Punyatithi at Walhe in Purandar Taluka of Pune District, Maharashtra

Gandemama Punyatithi is annually observed in Phalgun month. It is the death anniversary of Gandemama. The day is of great importance at Walhe in Purandar Taluka of Pune district, Maharashtra. He spread the teachings of Bhakti as per tradition followed in Maharashtra. Gande Mama Punyatithi 2018 date is February 21.

Hundreds of followers of the saint assemble to pay tributes to the pious soul. Charity work and satsang are held on the day. Samadhi of the saint is located in Sangli.
Gandemama Punyatithi is observed on Phalgun Shukla Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon Phalgun month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Vamanbaba Punyatithi at Taloja in Panvel Taluka of Raigarh District, Maharashtra

Vamanbaba Punyatithi is annually observed in Phalgun month. It is the death anniversary of Vaman Baba. The day is of great importance at Taloja in Panvel Taluka of Raigarh District, Maharashtra. He spread the teachings of Bhakti as per tradition followed in Maharashtra. Vamanbaba Punyatithi 2018 date is February 21.

Hundreds of followers of the saint assemble to pay tributes to the pious soul. Charity work and satsang are held on the day. Samadhi of the saint is located in Sangli.
Vamanbaba Punyatithi is observed on Phalgun Shukla Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon Phalgun month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Kulswamini Yatra at Ansur in Vengurla Taluka of Sindhudurg District, Maharashtra

Kulswamini Yatra is organized in Phalgun month. It is the annual festival and fair held at the Kulswamini Temple in Ansur in Vengurla Taluka of Sindhudurg District, Maharashtra. Ansur Kulswamini Yatra 2018 date is February 21.

Kulswamini Temple is dedicated to Mother Goddess Shakti. Kulswamini  Devi, an incarnation of Goddess Shakti, is worshipped mainly in coastal Maharashtra.

Rituals associated with Goddess Durga are performed during the yatra.

The temple is decorated for the occasion with leaves, flowers, lamps, lights and plants.
Kulswamini Yatra at Ansur is observed on Phalgun Shukla Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon Phalgun month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Bhairavnath Yatra at Nagrale in Palus Taluka of Sangli District, Maharashtra

Bhairavnath Yatra at Nagrale is annually observed in Phagun month. The yatra is the main festival and fair at the Bhairavnath Temple at Nagrale in Palus Taluka of Sangli District, Maharashtra. The shrine is dedicated to Shiva. Nagrale Bhairavnath Yatra 2018 date is February 23.

The shrine is decorated with lamps, lights, flowers, leaves and sugarcane for the occasion. Hundreds of people participate in the unique festival. The temple remains open during the entire day and different rituals take place.
Bhairapur Bhairavnath Yatra is observed on Phalgun Shukla Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon Phalgun month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Janai Devi Yatra at Nivakane in Patan Taluka of Satara District, Maharashtra

Nivakane Janai Devi Yatra is organized in Phalgun month. It is the annual festival and fair held at Janai Devi Temple in Nivakane in Patan Taluka of Satara district, Maharashtra. Nivakane Janai Devi Yatra 2018 date is February 24.

Janai Devi Temple is dedicated to Mother Goddess Shakti.  Janai Devi, an incarnation of Goddess Shakti, is worshipped mainly in Maharashtra.

Rituals associated with Goddess Durga are performed during the yatra.
Janai Devi Yatra at Nivakane is observed on Phalgun Shukla Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waxing phase of moon Phalgun month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Birdev Yatra at Rendal in Hatkanangle near Kolhapur

Birdev Yatra is observed in Phalgun month at Rendal village in Hatkanangl Taluka near Kolhapur. It is a festival and fair observed at the Birdev Temple dedicated to Vitthal Birdev Maharaj. Rendal Birdev Yatra 2018 date is February 24.

The annual fair and festival attracts hundreds of devotees to Rendal village. Birdev is the family deity of the Shepherd community from Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. The main ritual includes processions, palkhi and offerings to Vitthal Birdev.
Birdev Yatra at Rendal in is observed on Phalgun Krishna Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waxing phase of moon Phalgun month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Spanda Karika – Shaiva Text Explaining the Basic Tenets of Kashmir Shaivism

Spanda Karika is a Shaivite text composed by Bhatta Kallata. It explains the basic tenets of Kashmir Shaivism or Pratyabhijna Shaivism. It is in the form of a commentary on Shiva Sutras.

Spanda Karika contains 51 Shlokas and is divided into three sections – Svarupa Spanda, Sahaja Vidyodya Spanda and Vibhuti Spanda.

Svarupa Spanda explains about the fundamental cause of the universe and nature of the universe.

Sahaja Vidyodya Spanda enlightens about the nature of the manifest universe, different forms, methods to realize the ultimate and the 36 tattvas.
Vibhuti spanda – It narrates the glory of Shiva.

Face the terrible, face it boldly – Swami Vivekananda

Once when I was in Varanasi, I was passing through a place where there was a large tank of water on one side and a high wall on the other. It was in the grounds where there were many monkeys. The monkeys of Varanasi are huge brutes and are sometimes surly. They now took it into their heads not to allow me to pass through their street, so they howled and shrieked and clutched at my feet as I passed. As they pressed closer, I began to run, but the faster I ran, the faster came the monkeys and they began to bite at me. It seemed impossible to escape, but just then I met a stranger who called out to me, ‘Face the brutes.’

I turned and faced the monkeys, and they fell back and finally fled. That is a lesson for all life—face the terrible, face it boldly.

Like the monkeys, the hardships of life fall back when we cease to flee before them.

If we are ever to gain freedom, it must be by conquering nature, never by running away.

Cowards never win victories.
We have to fight fear and trouble…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – February 10, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during waxing phase of moon till 5:09 PM on February 10. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is February 10, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious date till 1:00 PM.
Nakshatra – Shatabhisha or Sadayam or Chathayam Nakshatra till 3:37 PM on February 10. Then onward it is Purvabhadra or Pooruruttathi Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kumbha Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
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