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Tarakeshwar – About the Tarakeswar Form of Shiva

Tarakeshwar is one among the numerous names of Hindu God Shiva.  As Tarakeshwar, Shiva gives the moksha mantra to a dying or dead person. This helps the person in crossing over to the next world. There are two popular temples dedicated to Tarakeswar – one is located at the Manikarnika Ghat in Varanasi and another is located at Tarakeswar, around 58 km from Kolkata, in West Bengal. This form of Shiva is worshiped for attaining liberation or moksha.

There is a wrong belief that moksha is to be attained after death. Moksha is to be attained while living on earth.

Shiva helps a devotee to realize the futility of worldly life. He tries to wean away his devotee from the world of attachments, anger, frustration, and lust. When self-realization adorns in a person when he understands the true nature of the world, the person attains bliss on earth.

True nature of the world is that there is only Supreme Truth. All Animate And Inanimate Rise And Finally Merge In Shiva – The Supreme Truth.

When w…

Marathi Marriage Dates in 2017 – Hindu Marathi Wedding Dates in Maharashtra in 2017 as Per Marathi Calendar and Panchang

Marathi Marriage Dates based on Marathi Panchang and Calendar 2017 is given below. Please note that these are wedding dates for 2017 in Maharashtra and are not applicable in other parts in India. This is because the calendar followed here is Amavasyath and is different from other regions in India. A month here begins the day after no moon or Amavasya day.
Marathi Marriage Dates in 2017

January 2017 –  January 17, 18, 19, 20, 23, 24 and January 29

February 2017 – February 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 11, 13, 14, 16, 17, 19, 21 and February 28

March 2017 – March 1, 2, 5, 6, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16 and March 18

April 2017 – April 17, 19, 20 and April 21, 2017

May 2017 – May 4, 7, 8, 9, 14, 17, 18, 19 21, 23, 27 and May 31, 2017

June 2017 – June 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 12, 15, 17,18, 19, 20, 28 and June 30

July 2017 – July 1, 10, 12, 15 and 27.

August 2017 – August 1, 2, 6, 12, 13, 16, and August 27

September 2017  – September 2, 3, 4, 5, 27, 28, 29 and September 30

October 2017 – October 2, 6, 7, 10 and 11


Goddess Rankini Temple at Ghatshila in Jharkhand – Ghatshila Rankini Devi Mandir

Goddess Rankini Devi is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. Rankini Mandir located at Ghatshila in Jharkhand is a popular shrine dedicated to this form of Mother Goddess. The shrine is located atop Kaprighat hill, which is around 4 km from Jadugoda.
It is widely believed that during ancient times, people who traveled through the dense forest for their protection and well being worshiped the Goddess.

Goddess Rankini Devi is worshipped in the form of a Shila or naturally occurring rock. She is decorated with sindoor, garlands and silver eyes.
Bhimji Tribe performed the puja to the murtis from ancient times. Even today, the priests in the shrine are from the tribe.
The main offering in the shrine is tying of a coconut, supari and arwa chaval wrapped in red cloth. Devotees for wish fulfillment make this offering.
When the wishes are fulfilled, people donate animals to the shrine.
Coconut and batasha are offered as Bhoga. Daily Aarti is performed at 6:00 AM and 6:00 PM.

Sankashti Chaturthi April 2017 date – Ganesh Sankatahara Chaturti April 2017

Sankashti Chaturthi, or Ganesh Sankatahara Chaturti, is dedicated to Hindu God Ganesh. Sankashti Chaturthi April 2017 date is Friday, April 14. Ganesha devotees observe Sankashta Chaturti day from sunrise till the sighting of the moon. The day falls on the fourth day during the waning phase of moon or Krishna Paksha in a Hindu lunar month.

Fasting on Sankashti day is believed help in attaining peace, prosperity and knowledge. The fast is mainly observed in Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. The day is known as Sankatahara Chaturti in Tamil Hindu culture.
The importance of Sankashta Chaturthi Vrata is found in the Narasimha and Bhavishaya Puranas. The greatness of the Vrata was explained by Lord Krishna to Yudhishtira, the eldest of the Pandava brothers.
You may also like to read How to observe Ganesh Sankashti Chaturthi? Sankashta Chaturti 2017 dates

The way to light is the way of detachment and dispassion – Sadhu Vaswani

Much of the this life, as lived by many, has little meaning. It is pursuit of the petty, the passing. It is machine-like. Let it obey the Spirit, be an instrument of the Atman, and it will glow with a divine meaning.

The problem of life is the problem of Ascent. How to rise from the empirical to the Divine?

The way to light is the way of detachment and dispassion. It is true sanyasa.

Transcend forms or appearances. The only real life is the life of the spirit. The “empirical” has its value only in the measure in which it reflects the Atmic life.

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Today’s Hindu Calendar – March 28, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Monday, March 28, 2016 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth 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 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 28, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious date after 7:05 AM.
Nakshatra – Vishaka or Vishakam Nakshatra till 4:21 AM on March 28. Then onward it is Anuradha or Anusham or Anizham Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Vishaka or Vishakam Nakshatra till 7:05 AM on March 28. Then onward it is Anuradha or Anusham or Anizham Nakshatra.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrischika Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Tula Rashi till 12:23 AM. The…