Skip to main content


Showing posts from July 31, 2016

Shivratri in Shravan Month

Krishna Paksha Chaturdashi of each month is observed by Shiva devotees as Shivaratri. This falls a day or two before Amavasi or new moon day. In 2017, the date of Shivratri in Shravan month is July 21 as per traditional Hindi Calendar followed in North India. The Krishna Paksha Chaturdashi day in Shravan or Sawan month is of great importance. Millions of people visit Shiva shrines on the day in North India and special Gangajal Abhishekam is performed. 

The popular Mahashivratri is observed on Krishna Paksha Chaturdashi in February or March. Staunch Shiva devotees observe it on all months in a year and it is known as Masa Shivaratri.

In Shravana month all days are dedicated to Shiva and the important days to Shiva like Masa Shivratri and Mondays are even more auspicious. Special pujas are held in famous temples like Kashi Vishwanath and DeogharBadrinathDham.

People make offering of Gangajal, bilva leaves, honey and milk. Shivling in the temples are continuously bathed in Gangajal. Kan…

Ekadashi August 2017 dates – Monthly Fasting for Hindu God Vishnu in August 2017

Ekadashi, or Ekadasi Vrat, is observed on the eleventh day of a fortnight in a Hindu lunar calendar. The date (s) of Ekadashi in August 2017 – August 3 and August 18. The day is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and many devotees undertake Upvaas or fasting on the day. There are two Ekadashis in a lunar month.
The Ekadashi Vrat on August 3, 2017 is known as Putrada Ekadasi in some region. In some regions it is the Pavitra Ekadasi.

The Ekadasi on August 18 is known as Aja Ekadasi. In some regions it is referred as Jaya Ekadasi.

The preparation for Ekadashi fasting begins on the Dasami day – the day before Ekadasi. On the Ekadasi day, devotees observe complete fast. The day is meant for hearing religious discourses and performing pujas.
There are also devotees who do not observe total fast. They avoid grains especially rice and consume fruits, nuts and milk.
The fasting comes to an end on the Dwadashi day with the consuming of food cooked in one’s house.
More on Ekadasi fasting can be found in 

Hindu Festivals in August 2016 – Hindu Vrat – Fasting – Rituals in August 2016

Dates of important festivals associated with Hinduism in August 2016 – based on major Hindu calendars and Panchang used in India. The festivals, Vrats and ritual days are based on Indian Standard Time (IST).

August 1 - Shravan Somvar Vrat in North India August 1 - Shiv Chaturdasi - Shivratri in Shravan Month August 2 - Amavasya - No moon day August 2 - Aadi Amavasya August 2 - Karkidaka Vavu Bali in Kerala

Gujarati Shravan Maas 2017 – Sawan Month in Traditional Hindu Gujarat Calendar in 2017

Shravan Maas is the tenth month in a traditional Hindu Gujarati calendar followed in Gujarat. Shravan Maas 2017 is from July 24 to August 21. The auspicious days in the month include Pavitra Baras, Raksha Bandhan, Nag Pancham, Randhan Chath and Sri Krishna Janmashtami. Special pujas and rituals are observed on the Mondays in the month and this is known as Shravani Somvar.

Ekadasi Fasting Dates in Sawan Maas Putrada Ekadasi – August 3 Aja Ekadasi – August 18
Shravan Maas Sud Padavo and Vad Padavo – Shukla Paksha and Krishna Paksha Shravan Gujarati calendar 2017 Sud Padvo (Waxing phase of moon) is from July 24, 2017 to August 7. Shravan Maas 2017 Vad Padvo Paksha (Waning phase of moon) is from August 8 to August 21, 2017.

Purnima in Gujarati Shravan month Shravan Purnima or Full moon day is on August 7, 2017. The Purnima begins at 10:29 PM on August 6 and ends at 11:40 PM on August 8. Raksha Bandhan and Narial Purnima are observed on August 7.

Amas in Gujarati Shravan month Sawan Amas or N…

When the heart is pure, we attain bliss on earth

There is no substitute to the wisdom gained through life experiences.

When we show appreciation for simple things, we experience the true meaning of life.

When in doubt be truthful and honest. It will show the way out.

When the heart is pure, we attain bliss on earth.

If you are different it is wonderful, one of the greatest aspects of nature is diversity.

You cannot teach or install confidence; it is acquired through life experiences.

Anger causes nothing but destruction.


Today’s Hindu Calendar – July 31, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Sunday, July 31, 2016 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Dwadasi and Trayodasi Tithi or the twelfth and thirteenth day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waning phase of moon till 5:57 AM on July 31. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is July 31, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good day. Nakshatra – Mrigasira or Makayiram Nakshatra till 4:15 AM on July 31. Then onward it is Ardra or Arudhara or Thiruvathira Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Mrigasira or Makayiram Nakshatra till 3:56 AM on July 31. Then onward it is Ardra or Arudhara or Thiruvathira Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mithuna Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Mithuna Ra…