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Tihar Festival 2018 dates in Nepal – Diwali Festival in Nepal in 2018

Tihar Festival is a five-day festival which coincides with the Diwali and is mainly observed in Nepal. Tihar 2018 is from November 5 to November 9. It is observed from the 12th day of the Krishna Paksha or waning phase of moon in Kartik Mahina (October – November) to the second day of Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in Kartik month as per traditional Hindu calendar in Nepal. Tihar Festival is not only dedicated to Hindu Gods but also to animals and plants.
Day 1 of Tihar Festival in 2018 Tihar festival on November 5, 2018 – The first day of the Tihar festival is dedicated to crow - messenger of Yama, the god of death in Hindu Religion. This day is known as Kag Parva.
Day 2 of Tihar Festival in 2018 Tihar festival on November 6, 2018 – The second day of the Tihar festival is dedicated to Dog and is known as Kukur Tihar.
Day 3 of Tihar Festival in 2018 Tihar festival on November 7, 2018 – The third day of the festival is the popular Diwali day and on the day cow is worshipped. Speci…

Yam Deep Puja 2018 | Yam Deep Daan | Yamadeepdaan in 2018 | Yama Deepam During Diwali

Yamadeepdaan, also known as Yama Deepam, Yam Deep Puja and Yam Deep Daan, is the first day of Diwali celebrations in North India and Gujarat. It is also known as Dhanteras. Diyas (lamps) are lit all night and these lamps are dedicated to Yam or Yamraj, the god of death.Yam Deep Puja 2018 is November 5. In some regions, lamps are lit for the ancestors and floated down a river or pond on the day.
Story of Yam Deep Daan Puja Legend has it that a 16-year-old son of King Hima was destined to die on the fourth day of his marriage due to a snake bite. A girl agreed to marry the unlucky prince knowing his ill fate.

The young bride was confident of her spiritual wealth and decided to save the prince. On the fourth night, after their marriage, she refused to let him sleep.

She collected all her jewellery, ornaments, and also the gold and silver coins in the palace and placed them in a heap at the entrance of door. Then she lit innumerable Diyas (lamps) all over the palace. To keep her husban…

Diwali Trivia

Diwali, also known as Deepavali, is the most widely recognized Hindu festival and in 2018 it will be celebrated globally on November 6. In Tamil Nadu and South India, it will be on November 8.

Diwali is a shortened version of the Sanskrit term ‘Deepavali’, which means ‘a row of lamps’.

Diwali is known as the ‘Festival of Lights’ - it refers to the rows of earthen lamps celebrants place around their homes.

Diwali light symbolizes the victory of knowledge over ignorance, and goodness over evil. It further represents an awareness of God in our lives.

The popular legend in Hinduism associated with Diwali marks the day when Lord Rama returned from a forced exile after defeating Ravana, the ultimate force of evil, in His time.

In South India, Diwali is also believed to be the day when Lord Krishna annihilated Demon Narakasura and restored Dharma.

In addition to Hindus, Sikhs celebrate Diwali in commemoration of the release of the Sixth Guru, Hargobind, from captivity by the Mughal Empe…

Gujarati Calendar 2017 Online – Download Traditional Calendar of Gujarat 2017 - Vikram Samvat 2073 – 2074

This Gujarati Calendar 2017 followed in Gujarat in India is provided for free by BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha. The 2017 Gujarati Calendar contains important festivals in Gujarat and uses Gujarati language to mention tithi, fasting, festival details and Sud and Vad Paksha in a traditional Gujarati Month. This Gujarat calendar of 2017 is not in pdf format. But you can save the webpage and use it. You can also save and download to outlook.
Please note that this calendar is as per Gujarat VikramSamvat 2073 – 2074.
You can download it here at the official website of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha.

Thoughts and Quotes on Dhanteras

Majority of Hindu festivals are based on seasons and are rooted in agriculture. Cattle are very important part of agrarian economy. On Dhan Teras farmers worship their cattle. The horns of cattle and oxen are colored red and are fed with sweets and other delicacies. Prasad made from sesame seeds are distributed as sesame symbolizes productivity. Thus each ritual on Dhanteras extols the need for the coexistence of man and Nature.

Goddess Lakshmi puja is also an important ritual on Dhanteras. In Dhanteras, ‘Dhan’ means wealth. On Dhanteras, Goddess Lakshmi is worshiped to provide prosperity and well being.
Goddess Lakshmi is not all about gold, wealth or money making. There is also spiritual wealth, health is also wealth….Only that monetary wealth which has a strong backing of spiritual wealth can be enjoyed, replenished and sustained.
A Parthasarathy explains Goddess Lakshmi and wealth like this… Wealth in this context does not mean only money. It also includes the nobler values of l…

Uttarapatha in Hindu Scriptures

Uttarapatha is one of the five geographical divisions of India and it is mentioned in Bhuvanakosha section of Puranas. Uttarapatha is the present day North India. The other divisions are madhyadesha (central India), prachya (eastern India), dakshinapath (south India) and aparanta (western India).

Uttarapatha includes the entire valley of the Indus according to Kavyamimamsa of Rajashekhara.

Dharmasutras of Vasishta and Baudhyana, as well as Dharmashastra of Manu state that Uttarapatha lies to the west of the place where Saraswati River disappears.

As per Banabhatta, Uttarapatha included modern day western Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, and the northwestern provinces of India.

Inscriptions indicate that Uttarapatha was a great trade route which extended from Saraswati to Taxila in Gandhara.
The region as mentioned in Pali literature included the whole of northern India from Anga (east) to Gandhara (northwest) and from the Himalayas (north) to the Vindhyas (south).

Dhanteras 2018 date - Dhan Teras Puja and Festival in 2018

Dhanteras is popularly known as the first day of Diwali festival. Dhan Teras is the day chosen by many people to make investments in gold or silver. Dhanteras 2018 date is November 5. It is observed two days before Diwali and falls on the thirteenth day of the dark fortnight of Kartik Month. In Gujarat, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra, the same period is the thirteenth day of Ashwina month. Special puja and rituals are observed on the day by some communities.

Dhanvantari Jayanti, Dhantrayodashi and Yamdeepdan are also observed on the day.

A new utensil or gold or silver is bought for the house on the Dhanteras day. Some people also make it a point to make an investment on the day as it is believed that investments made on this day will appreciate. Most people also wait for the day to purchase and give away Diwali gifts.

The day is also dedicated to Dhanavantri, the Hindu God of medicine, and therefore special Dhanvantari Puja is held on the day.

The day is of great sign…

Devi Patan Mandir Tulsipur near Balrampur – Ma Devi Patan Temple

Devi Patan Mandir is a popular Shaktipeetha, located at Tulsipur near Balrampur, in Uttar Pradesh. Ma Devi Patan Temple was established by Yogi Gorakshanathji and was renovated by King Vikramaditya. This very ancient shrine is on the banks of Siriya River. The temple is very popular with Hindus in Nepal.

As per historical evidences, whenever Muslim invaders tried to ransack the temple they met with death. Honeybees killed Meer Samar sent by Aurangzeb for destroying the shrine.

It is widely believed that it is at this spot Mata Sita prayed to Mother Earth to take her back. Mother Earth split up and took her in here.

The main deity worshipped in the temple is known as Pateshwari and the place is Devi Patan. She is also known as Ma Pataleshwar.

Legend has it that the Patambervastra of Ma Jagadamba fell here, so the word Patan was added with Devi, derived from Devi Sati’s Pat-paat-vastra. The legend is associated with the self-immolation of Goddess Sati at Daksha yajna.

Legend has it th…

The happiness that we gain from the outer world is fleeting – Mata Amritanandamayi

Bliss is our true nature, not sorrow. But something has happened to us where everything has been turned upside down. Happiness has become a strange mood while sorrow is considered to be natural. Real bliss will be attained only when we can discriminate between the eternal and non-eternal.

All of us are searching for eternal bliss, but we will not get it from perishable objects. How can anyone who is looking for happiness in the things of the world attain the bliss that doesn’t belong to this world?
The happiness that we gain from the outer world is fleeting; it never stays with us for long. It is there one moment and gone the next. But spiritual bliss is not like this. Once the final breakthrough happens, where you transcend the limitations of body, mind and intellect, the bliss is forever and it is infinite. Once you reach that ultimate state, there is no return.
– Mata Amritanandamayi