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Durga Puja Navratri – Difference between Durga Puja and Navratri

The nine-day Navratri festival held in Ashwin month (September – October) coincides with the Durga Puja festival held during the same period. Therefore the festival is also known as Durga Puja Navratri. Durga Puja is mainly held in eastern parts of India and Goddess Durga worship is also performed in North India. In North, West and Southern parts of India, Navratri is held during the period. Navratri 2017 begins on September 21 and ends on September 29. Durga Puja Mahalaya is on September 19 ends with Durga Visarjan on September 30.

Durga PujaNavratriMahalaya

Ghat Sthapana
Second day of Navratri
Third day of Navratri
Fourth day of Navratri
Lalitha Panchami Durga Puja Sashti Lakshmi Puja Durga Puja Saptami Saraswati Avahan Puja Durga Ashtami Saraswati Puja Maha Navami Ayudha Puja Navratri EndsDurga Visarjan Vijaya Dasami

The nine day of Navratri is dedicated to Goddess Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswathi. The first three days of Navratri is dedicated to Goddess Durga, next three days to Go…

Navratri Offering of Sari and Coconut to Goddess Durga

Offering of Sari, Blouse Piece and coconut to Goddess during Navratri is considered highly auspicious. Saree, coconut and Blouse piece (cloth) is offered at the end of Mother Goddess worship during Navratri. It is the final offering made to any of the Goddess worshiped during Navaratri.
Goddess Shakti is formless and is beyond human imagination and thought. But this energy which is the creative force behind all living and nonliving takes a form which Her devotee prefers. By offering Sari and Blouse Piece to Goddess a devotee is invoking her in the form of Mother. The Mother who fulfills the wishes of her daughters and sons.
The Saree that is offered to Goddess Durga is red in color and is made of cotton or silk.
Blouse piece is placed on top of the Saree and the coconut is placed on top of the blouse piece. Some rice is sprinkled on the saree and blouse piece.
The three eyes or the tuft of the coconut faces the image of Goddess.
Stand in front of Goddess and the saree with coconut,…

Dashain 2017 dates – Dasain Navratri in Nepal in 2017

Dashain is the 10-day Hindu festival in Nepal dedicated to Mother Goddess Shakti. Dasain 2017 falls in Ashwin month and the festival is popularly known as Navratri and Durga Puja in India. Dashain 2017 begins on September 21. Dashain 2017 dates are:

Ghatsthapana first day of Dashain – September 21, 2017 Fulpati Seventh day of Dasain – September 27, 2017 Ashtami or Kal Ratri – September 28, 2017 Navami – September 29, 2017 Vijayadasami 10th and final day of Dashain – September 30, 2017
You may also like to read Rituals during Dashain in Nepal
Navratri Calendar in India

Mahalayeshwar Mahadev in Ujjain – Story of Mahalayeshwar Form of Shiva – 24th Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Mahalayeshwar Mahadev is worshiped in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the 84 forms of Shiva worshiped in Ujjain. Those offering prayers to Mahalayeshwar Mahadev will be successful in three worlds.

The temple dedicated to Mahalayeshwar Mahadev is located at Khatriwada in Ujjain.

This form of Shiva is associated with the creation of living beings on earth.

Mahalayeshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 24th temple visited during the parikarama of Shivalayas here.


Story of Mahalayeshwar Mahadev form of Shiva in Ujjain
Once, Goddess Parvati wanted to know how Shiva maintains the cycle of creation. Shiva then told Goddess Parvati that he maintains the cycle of creation at Mahakaal Vana in Ujjain.
All gods and goddesses, living beings and inanimate things appear from the Mahalayeshwar Mahadev Shivling in Ujjain. At the end of a cycle, during the great deluge, they merge in the Shivling. This cycle of creation continues.

Lalita Panchami

Lalitha Panchami Vrat, or Lalita Panjami, is a highly auspicious day during the nine-day Navaratri festival. Lalita Panchami falls on the fifth day of Navratri. In 2017, the date of Lalita Panchami is September 24. It is dedicated to Lalita Devi, a form of Shakti or Mother Goddess. She is associated with the Pancha Mahabhutas or five elements. Goddess Lalita is believed to be the representation or form of the five elements –earth, water, air, fire, and space.

The day is of great significance in Gujarat and parts of Maharashtra. Some people also observe a fast known as Lalita Panchami Vrat. It is believed to bring wealth, happiness and knowledge.

Goddess Lalita is an incarnation of Shakti that appeared to annihilate demon Bhanda who was created from the ashes of Kama or Manmata. Kama had tried to disturb the intense tapas performed by Shiva. An angry Siva opened his third eye and reduced Kama into ashes. One of Shiva’s Ganas took the ashes and drew a portrait of a man and when Shiva g…

Pashamkusha Ekadashi - Pashankusha Ekadasi Fasting

Pasankusa Ekadasi, or Pashankusha Ekadashi, occurs during the waxing phase of the moon in the month of Ashwina (September – October). In 2017, the date of Pashankusha Ekadashi is October 1. The importance of this Ekadasi is found in the Brahma Vaivarta Purana and is mentioned by Lord Krishna to Yudhishtira. Also known as Ekadasi Papankusa, observing it is believed to destroy all the sins. Lord Vishnu is worshipped in the form of Ananta Padmanabha on this day.

It is believed that a person who observes Pasankusa will be able to fulfill his dreams and observing it is equal to performing numerous yajnas and making several offerings. Some of the other results obtained by observing Pashankusha Ekadashi include Mokasha, freedom from vices and diseases. Doing community service and helping the poor on the day is considered to help in realizing one’s true nature.

Staunch Vishnu devotees keep vigil at night on the day. Fasting is for 24 hours and all the usual fasting rules associated with Eka…

Sarangapani Temple Timings – Darshan – Opening Closing and Pooja Time at Sarangapani Temple in Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu

Sarangapani Temple is an ancient and large temple dedicated to Hindu God Vishnu and his consort in Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu. Below is the Sarangapani Temple timings in detail. Please note that there will be changes in the opening and closing time of the temple during important rituals and festival. The darshan time will be extended on special occasions. The shrine will remain closed during Grahanam or eclipse.

Sarangapani Temple Darshan Timings:

Morning - 7:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Evening – 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Thrikodithanam Temple – Thrikodithanam Mahavishnu Temple

Thrikodithanam Mahavishnu Temple is located around 18 km northwest of Chengannur and 9 km north of Thiruvalla town in Kerala. The temple is associated with Pandavas of the Mahabharata. Thrikodithanam Temple was constructed by Sahadeva, the fifth of the Five Pandava brothers. The shrine is also one among the 108 Divya Deshams – Thrikodithanam (108 temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu as per Vaishnava tradition).


Story of Thrikodithanam Temple The murti of Lord Vishnu worshipped in the shrine is also known as Atbhuta Narayana. The other four Pandavas received Vishnu murtis except Sahadeva. In spite of long tapas and intense austerities, he was not able to locate a murti of Vishnu. A depressed Sahadeva decided to end his life by jumping into pyre. Suddenly a murti of Vishnu with four hands appeared from the pyre. This murti was installed at the Thrikodithanam Temple and it came to be known as Atbhuta Narayana.

Murtis Worshipped in the Temple


The presiding deity in the temple is Chaturbahu Vis…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – October 3, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Monday, October 3, 2016 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon till 7:16 AM on October 3. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is October 3, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious date after 4:30 PM. Nakshatra – Chitra or Chithirai or Chithira Nakshatra till 1:26 AM on October 3. Then onward it is Swathi or Chothi Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Chitra or Chithirai or Chithira Nakshatra 2:44 AM on October 3. Then onward it is Swathi or Chothi Nakshatram.

Rashi or Moon Sign – Tula Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Tula Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicio…