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Dhulivandan – Dhuli Vandan in Maharashtra

Dhulivandan, also known as Dhuli Vandan, is an important festival in Maharashtra and it coincides with the Holi festival. In 2018, the date of Dhulivandan is March 2. It is celebrated on the day after Holika Dahan in Phalguna month. The festival is of great importance to farmers and agriculturalists. The ashes of Holika burned on the previous night and soil are worshipped by the farmers for a good harvest.

Dhuli Vandan is observed in Maharashtra when the rest of the country plays Rang Holi. Nowadays, Dhulivandan in its strict traditional sense is limited to rural areas. In cities most people play Holi with colors on the day.

There is a popular belief that Lord Shiva opened his third eye burned down Kama Deva to ashes on the day.

Shiva with Six Faces

We are aware of Panchanana Shiva – Shiva who is worshipped in five faces or five different forms. However, there is also a lesser-known concept of Shiva in which he is worshipped with six faces.

This concept is more popular in South India and is closely associated with the worship of Muruga.

Panchanana Shiva faces are Sadyojat, Vamdev, Aghora, Tatpurush and Ishana.

In this rare concept, Shiva has a sixth face, which is known as Athomugam or Adhomugha. This is a compassionate form of Shiva. He is the source of all life forms – both known and unknown.
The names of the other five face of Shiva in this concept are Saththiyosatham, Vamathevam, Ahoram, Thatpurusham, and Esanam.

Why Shiva is known as Hara?

Padubidri Temple – Shri Mahalingeshwara Mahaganapathi Temple at Padubidri in Karnataka

Padubidri Temple is popularly known as Shri Mahalingeshwara Mahaganapathi Temple. The shrine is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Ganesha. Padubidri Temple is located on National Highway 17 at Padubidri and is around 24 km from Udupi and 35 km from Mangalore.

It is believed that Sage Bhrigu installed the Shivling worshipped in the Shri Mahalingeshwara Mahaganapathi Temple. Lord Parashuram consecrated the Ganesha murti, which is carved on Rudrakshi Stone.
The murti of Ganesha is 2.5 feet tall. The utsava murti, or processional deity, in the temple is also more than 1000 years old. Ganesha worshipped here is known as Ishtasiddhi Maha Ganapati as he fulfills the wishes of His devotees.

The most important festivals observed here are Shivratri, Ganesh Chaturthi and Meena Sankranti temple festival.

The temple chariot is huge and is not for its intricate and beautiful carvings. Padubidri Temple Darshan and Puja Timings Morning 6:00 AM to 12:00 PM Evening 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM Three maha pujas are don…

Holi Rang – How to make natural red color for Holi Festival at home?

Red is one of the most important colour (gulal) used during the Holi festival. The original colors used for Holi festival are all natural in origin and are made using the trees and flowers that bloom during the Holi Spring season. Sadly, the powders and colors used during the festival today are made from chemical substances and are dangerous. Here are few simple tips to create natural Holi red color –
Natural Red Color Powder for Holi Red Sandalwood powder. This is available in shops. Or you can make them by powdering small pieces of Sandalwood.
Powder of dry red hibiscus flowers mixed with any white flour will give natural red color.
Buy rose petals and dry them in sunlight. Once the rose petals have lost all water content and are in crisp form, grind them and this is will give a fragrant gulal.
The red Annatto seeds can be grounded in a mixer to create dry red color.
Natural Red Color Water for Holi Boil red sandalwood or powder in water. You will get a thick red color solution and thi…

Pradosh Vrat April 2017 Dates – Pradosha Vrata Monthly Fasting Dedicated to Shiva in April 2017

Pradosh is an auspicious day dedicated to Lord Shiva and occurs twice in a Hindu month. In April 2017 Pradosh Vrat dates are April 8 (Saturday) and April 24, 2017 (Monday). The fasting is observed during the two phases of moon (waxing and waning). It is also referred as Pradosha Vrata.

As it falls on Tuesday, the Pradosh is known as Som Pradosh.

Staunch Shiva devotees fast on the Pradosh day and they break their fasting after the evening prayers. Pradosh as the name indicates is a period just before sunset and after sunset. Loosely the Pradosh period is between 1.5 hours before sunset and 1 hour after sunset.

Most devotees prefer to pray to Lord Shiva or remain in Shiva temples during the Pradosha period. If at home devotees chant any of the mantras dedicated to Lord Shiva or read the Shiva Purana.

You may also like to read Story, rituals and Importance of Pradosh How to observe Pradosha Vrata?

Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati Teachings

One of the dangers of pride is thinking that you are the doer. Then you are dealing with spiritual ego, which can involve an almost shocking lack of humility.

The ego provides only negative choices.

When giving up even the smallest attachment, you are giving up a small piece of illusion. Sit quietly and ask yourself that simple question, repeatedly. Who am I? When you begin this practice, your ego mind will offer you a whole list. I am a mother: I am a spiritual seeker, or even I am depressed and lonely. Do not accept these labels. Recognize them as what they are: a list of our attachments.

Self-knowing allows Kundalini energy to rise straight up the spine, into the top of the head and out into the Universe. The more deeply we obtain openness and oneness with this higher energy, the more it will lift us up spiritually – and the closer it will bring us to realization of our oneness.
Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati (1940 – 2012) 

Today’s Hindu Calendar – March 21, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Monday, March 21, 2016 (Today) –Shukla Paksha Trayodasi Tithior the thirteenth day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waxing phase of moon till 1:29 PM on March 21. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is March 21, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good date.
Nakshatra – Magha or Magham Nakshatra till 2:10 PM on March 21. Then onward it is Purvaphalguni or Pooram Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Magha or Magham Nakshatra till 1:46 PM on March 21. Then onward it is Purvaphalguni or Pooram Nakshatra.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Simha Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Simha Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Yea…