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Durga Puja expenses – 825 Rupees in 1910 – 2 million in 2016

Traditional pujas have given way to Pandal pujas – it is no longer Goddess Durga that attracts people to public Durga puja festivities but the huge decorations, innovative themes and cultural programs with Bollywood touch. The net result is that the cost of Durga Puja festivities today for popular Durga Puja pandals are counted in millions – a century ago the same public celebrations cost only a few hundred rupees. Ananya Sengupta writes in Telegraph India about Kashmere Gate Puja Pandal in New Delhi which has displayed the bill of the Durga Puja expenses in 1910 in the Pandal in the year 2009. It’s the original bill of expenses from the first puja, held in 1910. The old, yellow sheet of paper, torn at the edges, has been laminated and pinned to a board for everyone to see. It tells you that the four families and local railway workers who started the puja spent just Rs 825. Today, it won’t buy the sugar for the bhog. This year the puja, which draws an average of 5,000 people a day, …

Aparajita Puja during Durga Puja

Aparajita Puja is performed on the last day of the Durga Puja. It is observed on the Dasami day in the Ashwin month. Aparajita Puja 2017 date is September 30. The puja is performed before biding farewell to Goddess Durga. After the puja, the murti of Goddess Durga is taken to a river or lake or sea and immersed.

Aparajita Puja rituals are performed by priests. As the name indicates the rituals glorify the invincible nature of the Mother Goddess. It is also a sort of thanksgiving to her for her victory over Adharma.

Durga Puja 2017 Dates - Durga Puja Calendar in 2017 with Time

Durga Puja is the biggest festival dedicated Mother Durga in Hinduism. This article primarily meant to provide the Durga Puja 2017 dates. Durga Puja Dates in USA in 2017  is given separately below. The Durga Puja traditionally begins on the Mahalaya in Ashwin month, a day when Chandi Stotram is recited as an invitation for Goddess Durga to descend to earth. In 2017, Mahalaya is on September 19 (in Bengali Calendars). Durga Puja festivities and rituals begin on the Maha Saptami day.
Durga Puja 2017 dates in India September 19, 2017 - Shubho Mahalaya September 26, 2017 – Maha Sashti September 27, 2017 – Maha Saptami September 28, 2017 – Maha Ashtami or Mahashtami  September 29, 2017 – Mahanabami or Mahanavami  September 30, 2017 – Vijaya Dasami or Vijayadashami

On the Shashti day, Kalash is prepared and it is kept in the house and with it begins rituals and celebrations. Mahalaya is also the day when Shradh is offered to the departed souls.
Durga Puja 2017 Dates in USA September 19, 20…

Yadu in Hindu Scriptures – Story of King Yadu

Yadu was the progenitor of the race to which Sri Krishna belonged. The Yadavas descended from Yadu. Yadu was the eldest son of Yayati and Devayani, daughter of Shukracharya. Yaduvamsa or Yadukula belongs to the lunar race.

The eldest son of Yadu was Sahasrajit. The ninth generation from him was Kartavirya Arjuna. Krostu was Yadu’s second don. Vrishni, Madhu and Sattvata were some of the well-known descendents of Yadu lineage through Krostu.
Since Lord Krishna was a descendant of this branch of the family, he was known as Yadava, Varshneya, Madhava and Sattvata.

Lord Shiva Murti – Porcelain Figurine from Lladro – Shiva Idol from Lladro

Lladro is a world famous Spanish Company noted for high quality porcelain figurines. Lladro during the past couple of years released murtis of various gods in Hinduism. Now as part of the Lladro 2016 collections, Lord Shiva idol has been released.



Lord Shiva Murti price has not been revealed. The murti is depicted with four arms and in the padamasana posture.

Lladro figurines are noted for its beauty, detailing and no compromise in materials used.

You may also like to read Shiva as Nataraja from Lladro Limited Edition New Ganesha Idols from Lladro – Dancing, Mridangam, Bansuri and Veena Ganesha

Conquer desire and you will win the world – Mahabharata

Desires can never be satisfied by the gratification of desires. The more they are enjoyed, the more they grow, as fire by the pouring of fuel in it.

Desire and anger, they are the foes of human beings.

Imparting knowledge is conferring a great boon. Giving of food is most meritorious. He who acts thus obtains great merit, and will be freed from all sin.

Conquer desire and you will win the world.

Anger is only another form of desire.
Man should never forsake Dharma or duty out of lust, fear, or greed; for Dharma is eternal, and pleasure and pain are fleeting.
– Mahabharata

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

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Thursday, October 6, 2016 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon till 1:22 PM on October 6. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is October 6, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious day till 11:30 AM. Nakshatra – Anuradha or Anizham or Anusham Nakshatra till 9:06 AM on October 6. Then onward it is Jyeshta or Kettai or Triketta Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Anuradha or Anizham or Anusham Nakshatra till 11:41 AM on October 6. Then onward it is Jyeshta or Kettai or Triketta Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrischika Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Vris…