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Tihar Festival 2017 dates in Nepal – Diwali Festival in Nepal in 2017

Tihar Festival is a five-day festival which coincides with the Diwali and is mainly observed in Nepal. Tihar 2017 is from October 17 to October 21. 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.

Tihar festival on October 17, 2017 – 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

Tihar festival on October 18, 2017 – The second day of the Tihar festival is dedicated to Dog and is known as Kukur Tihar.

Tihar festival on October 19, 2017 – The third day of the festival is the popular Diwali day and on the day cow is worshipped. Special Lakshmi puja is also held on the day.

Tihar festival on October 20, 2017 – The fourth day is k…

Yamadeepdaan – the tradition of burning lamps through the night – dedicated to Yama

Yamadeepdan, also known as Yama Deepdaan, 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. In 2017, the date of Yamadeepdaan is October 17. In some regions, lamps are lit for the ancestors and floated down a river or pond on the day.

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 husband awake, she narrated tales and sang songs.

Diwali Trivia

Diwali, also known as Deepavali, is the most widely recognized Hindu festival and in 2017 it will be celebrated globally on October 19. In Tamil Nadu and South India, it will be on October 18.

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.

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 2017 date - Dhan Teras Puja and Festival in 2017

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 2017 date is October 17. 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.

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

Today’s Hindu Calendar – October 27, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Thursday, October 27, 2016 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waning phase of moon till 4:39 PM on October 27. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is October 27, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious date till 4:00 PM. Nakshatra – Purvaphalguni or Pooram Nakshatra till 3:02 AM on October 27. Then onward it is Uttaraphalguni or Uthiram Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Purvaphalguni or Pooram Nakshatra till 1:04 AM on October 27. Then onward it is Uttaraphalguni or Uthiram Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Simha Rashi till 9:20 AM. Then onward it is Kanya Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, G…