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Vidyarambham 2017 date in Kerala

The Vijaya Dashami, or Dasara, celebrated on the day after nine-day Navratri festival is observed as Vidyarambham in Kerala and is dedicated to Goddess Saraswati – the Hindu Goddess of learning. Vidyarambham 2017 date is September 30. ‘Vidya’ means knowledge and ‘Arambham’ means to begin. On the Vidyarambham day, young children are introduced into the world of alphabets or letters and they take the first step into the world of knowledge.
Unlike in other parts of India, the nine-day Navratri festival and the 10-th day of Vijaya Dashami day is mainly dedicated to Goddess Saraswati in Kerala.
On the Vidyarambham day children, sit on the lap of their father or mother or grand parents and write ‘Hari Shree Ganapataye Namah’ in Malayalam with the right index finger on a bed of raw rice.
You can find more details about Vidyarambham ceremony in this article.

Naada Habba – Dasara in Karnataka

Naada Habba, the 10-day festival of Dasara, or Dusshera, is one of the most popular festivals in Karnataka, especially in the Mysore region. In 2017, Naada Habba begins on September 21 and ends on September 30. Dasara celebration in Karnataka is more than six hundred years old and traces its origin to the Vijayanagara kingdom (1336 AD -1565 AD). In Karnataka, the origin of Naada Habba is mainly associated with the slaying of the demon Mahishasura by Chamundeswari, an aspect of Durga worshipped in this region. The highlight of the 10-day festival is a procession on Vijayadasami day (final day) which symbolizes the victory of good over evil.

Story of Navratri and Durga Puja in Hindu Religion – Durga slaying Mahishasura

The story associated with Navratri and Durga Puja is found in the Markandeya Purana. The chapters 81 to 93 in the Markandeya Purana talks about the slaying of demon Mahishasura or Mahisha by Durga and it is referred as Devimahatmya and is recited during the Navaratri and Durga Puja. It symbolized the victory of good over evil. In 2017, Navratri begins on September 21 and ends on September 30.
Devi-Mahatyma extols the greatness of Durga in 700 hymns grouped into 537 sections and therefore it is also known as Durga Sapta Sati. It details the exploits of the goddess in her three major forms: Kali, Lakshmi and Saraswati, representing the three fold energy: strength, wealth and wisdom. The most famous episode is Durga killing Mahishasura.

Meghnadeshwar Mahadev in Ujjain – Story of Meghnadeshwar Form of Shiva – 23rd Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Meghnadeshwar Mahadev is worshiped in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the 84 forms of Shiva worshiped in Ujjain. Those offering prayers to Meghnadeshwar Mahadev will reach Rudralok – an abode of Shiva.

The temple dedicated to Meghnadeshwar Mahadev is located at Chhota Sharafa (near Narsingh Temple) in Ujjain.

This form of Shiva is associated with the rains.

Meghnadeshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 23rd temple visited during the parikarama of Shivalayas here.

Story of Meghnadeshwar Mahadev form of Shiva in Ujjain

Once there was a severe drought on earth. There was no water and food to be found. Living beings started killing and eating each other.

Devas then reached Mahakaal Vana (present day Ujjain) and offered prayers to a Shivling. Soon rain clouds appeared on the sky. There was rain for several days. It washed away the sins of the people and their rulers. Vegetation appeared again.

Devas were happy and sang praise of Shiva. They nam…

Vijayadashami 2017 date - Vijaya Dasami Festival in 2017

Vijayadashami is the last day of the 10-day Dasara festival and the day after the nine-day Navratri festival. The murtis of Goddess Durga are immersed on the day. Vijayadasami 2017 date is September 30. Vijaya Dasami is observed as Vidayarambham in Kerala (September 30, 2017 as per Malayalam calendar). Saraswati Puja comes to an end in many regions with Saraswati Balidan Puja on the day.

Symbolically, Vijayadasami is the victory of Good over Evil – Goddess Durga annihilating Demon Mahisha and Lord Ram defeating Ravana.

Symbolically, these wars are the prolonged struggle against the ego and ignorance in each human being. After the struggle there is the day of new beginning – Vijaya Dasami.

Goddess Durga Murtis worshipped during Durga Puja are immersed in water on the day.

Story of Vijayadasami
Vijayadasami Quotes

Shami Puja 2017 Date – Shami Pooja on Dasara Day

Shami Puja is held on the 10th day of the Shukla Paksha of Ashwin month. Shami puja 2017 date is September 30. The rituals and pujas on the day are dedicated to the Shami Tree. Ganesha Purana suggests that worshipping Shami Tree, on the dasami day which is also the Dasara day, will help in redemption of sins.

Shami Tree is widely used in beauty products and in ayurvedic and indigenous medicines. The tree is also held sacred by many communities in India.

Special pujas are performed on the Dasara day on the base of the tree.

You can read more about the story of Shami Puja and about the tree here in this earlier article on Shami Puja. 

Shivling – Porcelain Figurine from Lladro – Shivalingam 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, Shivling has been released.

Shivalingam Idol is priced at Rupees 110,000. Shivling has the base, Gauripatta, and it is decorated with flowers. A snake forms a canopy for the Shivling.
Lladro figurines are noted for its beauty, detailing and no compromise in materials used.

Life is full of joy to the man who thinks positively and speaks positively – Dada J P Vaswani

Life is full of joy to the man who thinks positively and speaks positively.

In everything that you do, pour the best that is in you.

Be a master over circumstances, passions, desires and animal appetites. Therefore, learn self control.

The man who is a slave of his desires and appetites soon finds that life becomes a burden.
The more we turn away from God, the more we shall continue to wander, the more restless will our hearts become.
– Dada J P Vaswani

Today’s Hindu Calendar – October 10, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Monday, October 10, 2016 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waxing phase of moon till 5:23 PM on October 10. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is October 10, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious date. Nakshatra – Uttara Shada or Uthiradam Nakshatra till 3:38 PM on October 10. Then onward it is Shravan or Thiruonam or Sravana Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Uttara Shada or Uthiradam Nakshatra till 7:40 PM on October 10. Then onward it is Shravan or Thiruonam or Sravana Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Makar Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Makar Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat a…