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Sukadeva Jayanti – Shukadev Jayanthi

Sukadeva Jayanti is the birth anniversary of Sukadeva Gosvami. It is observed on the no moon day or Amavasi day in Vaishakh month. Shukadev Jayanthi 2018 date is April 16. Saint Sukadev narrated the Bhagavad Purana and is the son of Sage Vyasa.

There are numerous stories and incidents in Hindu scriptures associated with Sukadeva. The holy saint is believed to have born out of the ascetic powers of Sage Vyasa.

A legend has it that Sukadeva was such a pure soul that he used to roam naked and was not affected by things around.

Another legend has it that Shukadev was not interested in Grihasta Ashrama. So his father Sage Vyasa asked him to go to King Janaka and learn about the four ashramas. And Janaka convinced him about the importance of family life in the path of salvation or Moksha.

Story of Krauncha Mountain and Subrahmanya

Story of Krauncha Mountain is found in the Asura Khanda of Skanda Purana. Krauncha was a demon who led a wicked life. He attacked innocent beings and tormented them. One day he took the form of a mountain and blocked the way of Sage Agastya who was on his way from Kailash to South India.

Sage Agastya lost his way and wandered in the mountain under heavy rains. He could not find his path for several days. Finally, the sage realized that he was on a mountain made by Asura Krauncha.

He then cursed the Asura that he will stand there forever as a mountain. He would only get back his true form when Subrahmanya pierces the mountain with his arrow.
Years later Subrahmanya was fighting the Asuras. He annihilated thousands of demons. Banasura, the son of Mahabali, fled from the battlefield and hid himself in the Krauncha Mountain.

Subrahmanya split he mountain with his arrow and thus the demon was liberated from the curse.

Akshaya Tritiya in Tamil Culture

Akshaya Tritiya in Tamil culture is observed on the third day after Amavasai in Chithirai Month. It is believed Dhanalakshmi will visit the house on the day. It is believed that which is bought and received will increase by manifold by the blessings of Dhanalakshmi. In South India, Akshaya Tritiya is also observed as the birth anniversary of Lord Balarama. In 2018, the date of Akshaya Trithiya is April 18 .

As per Tamil culture, the gold that is bought on Akshaya Tritiya is kept in puja room and pujas are performed. People wear the particular jewellery bought on Akshaya Tritiya for the entire year. Symbolically it represents the presence of Dhanalakshmi at the house.

People also buy or order for new vehicles, invest in property, real estate, house and also purchase clothes, household articles and utensils.

Related Origin of Akshaya Tritiya How to observe Akshaya Tritiya?

Hemambika Temple in Palakkad in Kerala

Hemambika Temple is a unique shrine dedicated to Goddess Hemambika in Palakkad in Kerala. There is no murti in the temple instead two hands are worshipped here. The shrine, dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy, is also known as Kallekulangara Temple or Emoor Temple or Kaipathi Temple.


Two hands made out of stone are worshipped here. It is believed that the hands are in abhaya hasta. There is only noon puja in the shrine.
In morning, Goddess is worshipped as Saraswati, at noon as Lakshmi and in the evening as Durga. Legend has it that Goddess Hemambika appeared on earth to annihilate demon Nilasura.
Parashurama had prayed here to the Goddess to help the people from the atrocities of demon Neelasura.

Hemambika Temple is a unique shrine dedicated to Goddess Hemambika in Palakkad in Kerala.

Revati Nakshatra Date and Timing in 2017 – Birth Star Revathi Dates and Time in 2017

Revati Nakshatra is the 27th Nakshatra or birth star among the 27 Nakshatras. Below is Revathi Nakshatra date and timing 2017. The astrological prediction of the birth star Revati as per Moon Sign is that of Meena Rasi or Pisces Zodiac. Guru or Jupiter is the Lord of Pisces. The color of Revati is brown.

Revati Nakshatra Days in 2017 as per Indian Standard Time (IST)

January 6, 2017 Time is from 4:45 PM on January 5 to 3:45 PM on January 6, 2017.

February 2, 2017 Time is from 10:06 PM on February 1 to 9:11 PM on February 2, 2017.

March 1, 2017 Time is from 4:34 AM on March 1 to 3:16 AM on March 2.

March 29, 2017 Time is from 1:41 PM on March 28 to 11:39 AM on March 29.

April 25, 2017 Time is from 12:05 AM on April 25 to 9:55 PM on April 25.

May 23, 2017 Time is from 10:10 AM on May 22 to 8:24 AM on May 23.

June 19, 2017 Time is from 6:29 PM on June 18 to 5:26 PM on June 19.

July 16, 2017 Time is from 12:48 AM on July 16 to 12:20 AM on July 17.

August 12, 2017 Time is from 6:14 AM o…

Uttarabhadra Nakshatra dates and time 2017 – Uttara Bhadrapada or Uthrittathi Birth Star date and timing in 2017

Uttarabhadra Nakshatra, also known as Uttara Bhadrapada or Uthrittathi in South India, is the 26th Nakshatram among the 27 Nakshatras. Below are Uttarabhadrapada Nakshatra dates and time in 2017. The astrological prediction of the birth star Uttarabhadra as per Moon Sign is that of Meena Rasi or Pisces Zodiac. Guru or Jupiter is the Lord of Pisces. The color of Uttara Bhadrapada is purple.

Uttarabhadra Nakshatra Days in 2017 as per Indian Standard Time (IST)

January 5, 2017 Time is from 5:15 PM on January 4 to 4:45 PM on January 5, 2017.

February 1, 2017 Time is from 10:45 PM on January 31 to 10:06 PM on February 1, 2017.

February 28, 2017 Time is from 5:57 AM on February 28 to 4:34 AM on March 1.

March 28, 2017 Time is from 3:20 PM on March 27 to 1:41 PM on March 28.

April 24, 2017 Time is from 1:40 AM on April 24 to 12:05 AM on April 25.

May 22, 2017 Time is from 11:11 AM on May 21 to 10:10 AM on May 22.

June 18, 2017 Time is from 6:48 PM on June 17 to 6:29 PM on June 18.

July 15, 2…

Purvabhadra Nakshatra dates and time 2017 – Purvabhadra Birth Star date and timing in 2017

Purvabhadrapada Nakshatra 2017 dates and timing based on traditional Hindu calendar, Astrology and Panchangam. Also known as, Purvabhadra or Pooratadhi in South India, it is the 25th Birth Star among the 27 Nakshatras. Below are Purvabhadrapada Nakshatra dates and time in 2017. The astrological prediction of the birth star Poorvabhadra as per Moon Sign is that of Kumbha Rashi or Aquarius Zodiac and Meena Rasi or Pisces Zodiac. The first three quarter of Poorvabhadra is in Kumbha Raasi and the last quarter is in Meena Rashi. Lord Shani or Saturn is the Lord of Kumbha Raasi. Guru or Jupiter is the lord of Pisces. The color of Poorvabhadrapada is blue green.

Purvabhadrapada Nakshatra dates and time 2017 based on India Standard Time

January 4, 2017 Time is from 5:17 PM on January 3 to 5:15 PM on January 4, 2017.

January 31, 2017 Time is from 11:04 PM on January 30 to 10:45 PM on January 31, 2017.

February 27, 2017 Time is from 6:49 AM on February 27 to 5:57 AM on February 28.

March 27, …

Control thy sense at the outset before it overwhelms you – Bhagavad Gita

Control thy sense at the outset, and slay this sinful destroyer of jnana and vijnana.

Whatever you eat, whatever you give in charity, whatever austerity you practice, whatever you do, O Arjuna, make it as an offering unto me.

A man with a disciplined mind, who moves among sense objects, with the senses under control and free from attachment and aversion, he rises to a state of peace…having attained peace, there is for him an end of all sorrow; of such a man of peace the understanding soon attains equilibrium.
You are birthless and deathless. Weapons cannot cleave you, fire cannot burn you, waters cannot wet you, nor winds dry you. You are immutable, eternal, all pervading, beyond time and space.
– Bhagavad Gita 

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Today’s Hindu Calendar – May 6, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Friday, May 6, 2016 (Today) – Amavasya Tithi or the no moon day in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waning phase of moon till 3:24 AM on May 6. Then onward it is Amavasya Tithi or the no moon day. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is May 6, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good date.
Nakshatra – Ashwini or Ashwathy Nakshatra till 9:37 AM on May 6. Then onward it is Bharani Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Ashwini or Ashwathy Nakshatra till 10:23 AM on May 6. Then onward it is Bharani Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mesha Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Mesha Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Amavasya
Kali Yuga Year – 5118
Vikram Samvant 2073 – Vaishakh Amavasya Tithi or the no moon day in Vaishakh month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan,…