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Navratri in Kerala - Navarathri Celebrations in Kerala

The nine-day Navaratri in Kerala is mainly dedicated to the worship of Goddess Saraswathi. Vijaya Dashami the 10th day after Navratri is observed as Vidhyarambham. Navratri 2017 is from September 21 to September 29. Vidhyarambham is on September 30. Navratri in Kerala is noted for musical concerts. Musical nights at the Navaratri Mandapam in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) and Navarathri musical concerts and dance nights held in other major towns and cities in Kerala attract thousands of people.
In some place in Kerala during Navratri, first three days is dedicated to Goddess Saraswathi; Lakshmi during the next three days and Durga on the last three days.

Hanuman and Story of the Origin of Navratri

There is a story connecting Hanuman with the origin of Navratri. It is mentioned in some puranas. Ravana was an ardent devotee of Shiva and Parvati. Pleased with the devotion, Shiva and Parvati were ever present in Lanka and were protecting the kingdom. When the tyranny of the Ravana became unbearable, Brahma asked Shiva and Parvati to stop protecting Ravana.

As a solution, Shiva promises Brahma that he will incarnate in the form of Hanuman to help Sri Ram defeat Ravana. Goddess Parvati agreed to leave the kingdom of Ravana when Hanuman arrives on Lanka.
To gather information about Mata Sita, Hanuman enters Lanka in a tiny form. On the island, Hanuman comes across the temple of a three-eyed Goddess and eight yoginis. Hanuman is stopped by the Goddess, who is a manifestation of Goddess Parvati.
Hanuman immediately shows his true form and Goddess Parvati recognizes Shiva.
Hanuman then requests the Goddess to stop protecting the island. As long as She is present on the island, Sri Ram w…

Amavasya October 2017 Date and Time - No Moon Day in Hindu Calendar in October 2017

Amavasya is the no moon day in a month in a traditional Hindu lunar calendar. Amavasya October 2017 date and time is October 19. The Amavasya Time begins at 11:33 PM on October 18 o 11:42 PM on October 19, 2017.. The Amavasya Snan, dhan, Shradh and Tarpan are performed on October 30. Amavasi Vrat is on October 30.

Diwali and Lakshmi Puja is observed on October 19. Gujarati Vikram Smavant 2073 comes to an end on October 30.

As per traditional North Indian calendar the October 19 Amavasya is of the Kartik month. In other regions it is the Ashwin Amavasya.
Amavasya is the darkest day in a traditional Hindu month and is considered both auspicious and inauspicious by different Hindu communities.
There are many Hindus who undertake a fast on Amavasi. Some devotees only take a single meal on the day.
Kartik month ends in traditional calendars followed in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka on October 19.

We do not live up to our potential when we are dependent on others

We do not live up to our potential when we are dependent on others.

When we have someone to bail us out we find thousands of excuses to quit a job. We do not try hard too.

We sabotage our growth and personal development when we constantly have someone to depend upon.

We should aim to attain financial independence at the earliest. Then all other freedom follows.
There will be confusion, anger and frustration in the beginning. If the decision is firm then soon we will discover who we are.