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Panchu Dola

Panchu Dola festival is observed five days after Dola Purnima in Orissa and is the one of the festivals associated with Holi in Orissa. In 2018, the date of Panchu Dola is March 6. In this festival, the idols of Gods and Goddess from temples are brought to an open ground in colorful processions. The congregation of deities from several temples attracts thousands of devotees. The festival is a major event in rural parts of Eastern India and is also known as Dasa Dola.

The place where the deities assemble turns into a mela ground. Playing of Holi with colors and fire works at night are some of the important activities on the day.

The meeting of the various deities from different temples is accompanied by various rituals.

Story – Offering Durva Grass to Sri Ganesha

One of the most important offering made to Ganesha is the Durva Grass. There is an interesting story associated with the offering of Durva Grass to Ganesh. The story also indicates about the medicinal property of Durva Grass, which is also known as Darba, Dhub, Haritali and Arugam Pullu.

Legend says that a demon named Anala had gained several boons through years of penance. He had even got the boon of immortality. Anala was also the son of Yama, the Hindu god of death.

People could no longer tolerate the destructive activities of the demon. Therefore, saints, humans and Devas approached Ganesh for a solution. He promised to help them.

But there was no way to annihilate Anala, so Ganesh simply had to eat him alive. Now this divine act caused numerous problems like heaviness and indigestion. To get relief from this constant problem, Ganesha eats Durva Grass.

To alleviate His stomach pain, it is said that Sage Kashyap gave him 21 stacks of Durva grasss to eat. After eating them, the pa…

Goddess Alopi Devi – About Hindu Goddess Alopi Devi

Alopi Devi is a manifestation of Goddess Shakti and is one among the 51 Shaktipeetahs. The legend of the Goddess is associated with the death of Sati at the yajgna conducted by Daksha and the subsequent anger of Shiva and his roaming with the body of Sati and Vishnu then cutting the body using his Sudharshana Chakra to save the universe. The temple dedicated to Alopi Devi is located at Prayag (Allahabad) in Uttar Pradesh.

Alopi Devi is also popularly known as Goddess Madhaveswari.

The popular belief is that the fingers of the hands of Goddess Sati fell at the spot where the AlopiDeviTemple stands. It must be noted that Goddess Alopi temple is also part of the Ashta Das Shaktipeetah concept more famous in South India and propagated through the Ashtadasa Shaktipeetaha Stotra of Adi Shankara.

Alopi means disappeared. The Goddess gets the name Alopi because of the belief that the last part of Goddess Sati’s body fell here and disappeared. Hence this is the last spot from where Goddess…

Clean and Organized Home and Workplace

Why we do not have a clean and organized home or workplace? Because we are busy or we are lazy. When we are unorganized for a long period we get used to it. We do not even realize how messy we are. This will affect our mental wellbeing.

When we have a neat and organized home or workplace, we will be more organized, there will be easy access to things, there will be space utilization, there will be harmony and there will not be any irritability.

The mess in our surroundings affects us unconsciously. We must always remember that our home and workplace is a reflection of our inner world.

The best place to start the cleaning process is from our home.

When we do the cleaning process, we will come across many things that we do not need. However, there will be people who will be happy to possess them. It can be clothes, shoes, toys, utensil etc.

When we give them away to the needy, we will feel happy, light and more organized.

Do not have the hope that we can clean years mess in a day. Do…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – March 27, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Sunday, March 27, 2016 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the dark phase of moon the entire day on March 27 and till 12:20 AM on March 28. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is March 27, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is  not a good date.
Nakshatra – Swathi or Chothi Nakshatra till 1:48 AM on March 27. Then onward it is Vishaka or Vishakam Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Swathi or Chothi Nakshatra till 4:12 AM on March 27. Then onward it is Vishaka or Vishakam Nakshatra.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Tula Rashi till 9:36 PM. Then onward it is Vrischika Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Tula …