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Thoughts on Gudi Padwa and Ugadi – Hindu Blog

Gudi Padwa in Maharashtra; Ugadi in Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh; Sansar Padwa in Goa and Chaitra Shukladi in North India marks the beginning of New Year in the respective Hindu lunar calendar followed in these regions. The New Year is observed on the first day of the waxing phase of moon (Chaitra Shukla Paksha Pratipada) in Chaitra month.

All our festivals are directly or indirectly associated with the agrarian economy. The New Year that is observed in various parts of the country on the first day of Chaitra month is dedicated to the hope, success and joy. This success, hope and joy is directly associated with the success of our farmers.
If our farmers fail we all fail.
This Gudi Padwa and Ugadi offers no hope to farmers in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh as there is a severe drought.
It is said in the Thirukkural that farmers are the key player of the world as they support all who take up other work, not having the strength to plough.
Now we need t…

TTD Panchangam 2016 in pdf – Venkateswara Temple Telugu Panchanga by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams – Tirupati Balaji Temple Panchangam 2016 -2017

TTD Telugu Panchangam is one of the most popular Telugu Panchangams and is published by the BalajiTemple. TTD Panchangam 2016 – 2017 is currently available online in pdf format at VenkateswaraTemple website. You can now download or read online the TTD Panchangam for April 2016 to March 2017 for free. It is published by the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD), the administrative body that looks after the TirupatiBalajiTemple.
Link - TTD Panchangam 2016 – 2017 in pdf.
You will need pdf reader installed to read or download the Panchangam.

This is the Durmukhi Nama Samvatsara Panchangam for year 1938 (as per Telugu Chandramana calculations)

Story – How Vipasa River (Beas) Got Its Name?

Vipasa is the ancient name of Beas River and it is mentioned in the Hindu scriptures. There is an interesting story as to how Vipasa River got its name.

Legend has it that a man-eating Rakshasa entered the body of King Saudasa. He then roamed around forest eating human beings. One day he devoured all the 100 sons of Sage Vasishta.

Unable to bear the loss of his sons, the sage attempted to kill himself. But all his attempts failed.

He then bound his arms and legs with strong ropes and plunged into Beas River, which was in full flow breaching its banks due to rain.

It is said that the river loosened the knots of the Sage and took him safely to one of its banks.

As it unbound and saved the Sage it came to be known as Vipasa.
The term Vipasa means unbound.

Chaitra Navratri Ghatasthapana Good Time on March 29, 2017 – Auspicious time to perform Chaitra Navratri Kalash Sthapana Puja on March 29, 2017

Ghatasthapana, or Kalash Sthapana Puja, is the one of the most auspicious ceremony during Chaitra Navratri festival in North India and in Nepal. The good time for Ghatasthapana on March 29, 2017 is from sunrise to 6:32 AM. Vasant Navarati Kalashsthapana Puja involves invoking the mother Goddess in a Pot or Kalash and sowing of seeds (barely etc).
The pot is sprinkled with water on all the nine days. Pujas and other rituals are performed.
At the end of the ninth day, the barley shoots will reach a height of 2 to 3 inches and its then pulled out and distributed.
Related How to do Ghatasthapana during Navratri? – Kalashsthapana Puja

Durga Saptashati Text in Gujarati in PDF format for free – Download Durga Saptashati in Gujarati

Durga Saptashati is a holy scripture dedicated to Goddess Durga. It narrates the glory and divine actions of Goddess Durga. Durga Saptashati is part of the Markandeya Purana and contains 700 Shlokas. This Durga Saptashati Text available for free download is in Gujarati and in PDF format.

Link - Download Durga Saptashati Text in Gujarati in PDF format.

Kali Yuga 5118 begins on April 8, 2016 - Current Kaliyuga Year 5118

Kali Yuga is the fourth and last of the four Yugas in Hinduism. Current Kaliyuga year is 5118. Kali Yuga 5118 begins on April 8, 2016, as Hindu lunar calendar followed in most regions – Chandra Mana New Year. It begins on April 14, 2016 as per Solar Calendar followed in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Bengal – as per Saura Mana New Year.

Kali Yuga started with the disappearance of Sri Krishna from earth. Sri Krishna was not seen on the earth from the first day of Kali Yuga.

The duration of Kali Yuga is 432,000 years.

Kali Yuga is believed to have started in 3102 BC.

Kali has numerous meanings – anger, suffering, grieve, hurt, confound and confuse. We can find all these characteristics dominating the earth currently.

The only way to attain moksha in Kaliyuga is by chanting the name of God.

Related Places Where Kali Resides in Kali Yuga

Temple with Sculpture of Bhima’s Mace or Gada in Kerala

Thirupuliyur Mahavishnu Temple is located at Puliyoor near Chengannur in Allapuzha District in Kerala. It is believed that Bhima of the Mahabharata built Thiru Puliyoor Mahavishnu Temple. A huge sculpture of the Mace or Gada of Bhima can be seen in the temple complex. There are five temples in the region which is believed to have been built by the Pandavas.

Legend has it that the Pandavas, after abdicating the throne entered into Vanaprastha. During their final journey, they arrived on the banks of Pampa River; each one of the Pandavas built a temple dedicated to Vishnu.
The original mace or Gada of Bhima is believed to be present in Thiru Puliyoor Mahavishnu Temple.

It is also one of the 108 Divyadesams dedicated to Vishnu.
Puliyoor is located around 4 km from Chengannur, which is an important transit point to the Sabarimala Temple.

Advice for those on the path of Bhakti – Narada Bhakti Sutras

A great obstruction to spiritual life is the attraction towards sense objects. An easy solution to this problem is continuous prayer and remembrance as well as the company of great men and, thereby, their grace.

It is as much necessary to renounce the company of the wicked as cultivate the company of the great; in the company of the wicked, there is every possibility of bad samskaras (mental proclivities) like desire and anger in the devotee’s mind rising up.

Wicked company does not necessarily mean company of wicked persons. The sense objects that stimulate the mind and give rise to desire, greed, atheism, enmity and anger are also wicked company. We should not even listen to such things.

The devotee should renounce those duties – whether worldly or scriptural – which come in the way of his bhakti and perform the rest with the conviction that they are an offering to God.

As the body is a valuable instrument to be used in the path of Bhakti, he should protect it well.

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