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How to observe Ramnavami? – Rama Navami Puja Procedure

Ramnavami, or Rama Navami, is the birthday of Lord Ram and is celebrated by Hindus around the world on the ninth day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in Chaitra month (March – April). The way how Ramanavami is observed is different for different Hindu communities but fasting remains an essential part of the puja procedure. Here is a brief idea on how to observe Ramnavami.
On the Ram Navami day, after thoroughly cleaning the house, idol or picture of Lord Ram is installed in the puja room. Some people also keep portraits of Mata Sita, Lakshman and Hanuman along with Lord Rama. Bananas, Tulsi leaves and usual puja flowers are placed near the deities.
The important puja is performed at noon as it is believed that Lord Ram was born at noon. An Arati is offered at noon and devotional bhajans are sung. Tika is applied and water is sprinkled on the people present.
Many people break the fast at noon with the Puja ‘prasad.’
The devotional songs sung include any one Ram Bhajan or Vi…

Kuchela Story – Story of Kuchela and Krishna

Story of Kuchela and Krishna is found in the Srimad Bhagavad Purana (11, 80). Kuchela, meaning one who wears shabby clothes, was a friend, classmate and devotee of Bhagavan Sri Krishna. As students, they stayed together in the ashram of Sage Sandipani.

After completing education, they went different ways. Kuchela lived in abject poverty with his wife and large number of children. Despite his trials and tribulations, he remained a devotee of Bhagavan but never went to meet his old friend and seek his help.

Once his wife, unable to tolerate poverty, goaded him to meet Krishna and seek financial help.

 A reluctant, Kuchela set out to visit his old friend and carried with him handful of poha or aval (beaten rice). On reaching, the palace of Krishna at Dwarka, Kuchela was ashamed to give the ‘poha’ to Krishna.

However, the ever playful Krishna noticed the small bag in the hand of his schoolmate and soon grabbed it and ate a handful of ‘poha’. Kuchela could not believe his eyes, Krishna, …

Ramayana Week – Nine days of Fasting Ramnavami

Ramayana Week begins nine days before Ramanavmi or Ram Navami, the birthday of Lord Rama. In North India, the Ramayan week coincides with the Chaitra Navratri. In South India, it is known as the Ramnavami festival and is also celebrated for nine days. In 2018, Ramayana week is from March 18 to March 25, 2018.

Fasting during this period is considered highly auspicious. Staunch Lord Ram devotees fast for nine days. There are also several devotees who only fast only on the Ramanavami day. Those people who undertake fast during this period usually remain on a fruit and milk diet for the entire period.
Many devotees read the entire Ramayana during these nine days. During this period several temples and Hindu spiritual associations organize Akhand Path – non-stop recital – of the great epic Ramayana – the Shri Ramacharitamanas by Goswami Tulsidas.
Another important event during this period is the staging of Ram Lila – stage artists narrate the thrilling and exciting episodes from the epic …

Bhadrachalam Sri Rama Navami 2018

Sri Rama Navami festivals is one of the most important festival at the Bhadrachalam SriRamaTemple is dedicated to Bhagavan Sri Ram. Bhadrachalam Sri Rama Navami 2018 date is March 25. The temple is located at Bhadrachalam in Khammam District in Andhra Pradesh.
Sri Rama Navami is celebrated on every the Chaitra Shukla Navami, ninth day during the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month as per Telugu Calendar. The day coincides with 'Punarvasu' – the Janma Nakshatra (birth star) of Lord Sri Rama.
The Kalyanamahotsavam of Sri Rama with his consort Sita is celebrated on the holy occasion. This divine festival is celebrated in a resplendent manner amid chanting of hymns by priests in Kalyanamantapam of the temple. Thousands of devotees congregate to witness the festival.

Pichuka Vari Gantala Panchangam 2016 – 2017 – Pichuka Vari Gantala Panchangam 2016

Pichuka Vari Gantala Panchangam is followed in Andhra Pradesh by many Hindu communities. This is the Telugu Panchangam for year 2016 to 2017 (April 8 to March 29, 2017). You can download the Panchangam in pdf at the BhadrachalamTemple website. You will need pdf reader installed to download the Panchangam. The Panchangam is in Telugu and contains all the important details.
LinkPichuka Vari Gantala Panchangam

Sumangali Pooja

In Hindu Religion, Sumangali Pooja is a ritual held in honor of a woman who dies before her husband. Elderly women and married daughters in the family are invited, given food and presents by the daughters-in-law in the family. Sumangali Pooja is restricted to certain regions and to certain Hindu communities.

Sumangali pooja is performed to invite the blessings of Sumangalas or married and auspicious women before celebrating any major auspicious event in the family, such as wedding or housewarming etc.

Related Shradh for Women - Avidhva Navami Shradh during Pitru Paksha Fortnight

When will I be free, when I cease to be – Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

If one analyses oneself, one doesn’t find any such thing as ‘I.’ Take an onion, for instance. First of all you peel off the red outer skin; then you find thick white skins. Peel these off one after the other, and you won’t find anything inside.

When will I be free, when I cease to be.

Everyone thinks his watch alone gives right time.

The darkness of the mind disappears when God is realized. In the Purana it is said that it was as if a hundred suns were shining when Rama entered the court. Why, then, weren’t the courtiers burnt up? It was because the brilliance of Rama was not like that of a material object. As the lotus blooms when the sun rises, so the lotus of the heart of the people assembled in the court burst into blossom. Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa