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Bhai Phota 2018 – Importance and Reason of Bhai Phonta Festival

Bhai Phonta is a festival dedicated to the brother-sister relationship and is similar to the Bhai Dooj festival observed in North India. Bhai Phota 2018 date is November 9. Fota, or Phonta, refers to the sandalwood paste that is applied on the forehead of brothers by sisters on the day. Sisters pray for the wellbeing and safety of brothers and this is the main reason. It is an important festival in many regions in eastern parts of India.
Where and When Bhai Phota is observed in the Kartik month in Bengali calendar and the day coincides with the Bhai Dooj festival in other parts of the country.
How is it Observed? The sisters fast from the morning of Bhai Phonta and the fasting ends when she applies the sandalwood paste tika on the forehead of brothers. She also ties a holy thread on the wrist of the brothers. Brothers in return promise to protect her and present her with gifts.
Favorite dishes of brothers are prepared on the day by sisters. A small puja and ritual is performed while…

Pratihareshwar Mahadev in Ujjain – Story of Pratihareshwar Form of Shiva – 20th Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Pratihareshwar Mahadev is worshiped in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the 84 forms of Shiva worshiped in Ujjain. Those offering prayers to Pratihareshwar Mahadev will become wealthy.

The temple dedicated to Pratihareshwar Mahadev is located near the eastern door of Nagachandreshwar at Patni Bazar in Ujjain.

This form of Shiva is associated with Nandi.

Pratihareshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 20th temple visited during the parikarama of Shivalayas here.

Story of Pratihareshwar Mahadev form of Shiva in Ujjain
After their marriage, Shiva and Goddess Parvati resided at the Mandiranchal Mountain. Nandi was asked to guard the entrance and not to let anyone inside.

The lovemaking of the divine couple continued for years. Devas were worried that the child that will result from the copulation will destroy the world.

So they decided to approach Shiva and find a solution.

When the Devas reached the Mandiranchal Mountain, Nandi did not let the…

Bali Padyami 2018 date - Dedicated to King Bali During Diwali in Karnataka - Telangana and Andhra Pradesh in 2018

Bali Padyami is the day when King Bali rules the world with blessings of Lord Vishnu. Bali Padyami 2018 date is November 8. It is observed on the first day of the Kartik Masa in the traditional calendar followed in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. On the day people remember King Bali and pray for the return of prosperity that existed during his rule. Exchanging gifts on this day is a major highlight.
Rare Muhurta Bali Padyami is the half muhurta among the three and a half auspicious muhurtas in a year. One need not look for auspicious time on the day.
Auspicious Day to Give Gifts There is a popular belief that whatever is gifted on the day will be returned manifold with the blessings of Lord Vishnu. Story Legend has it that King Bali attained immense popularity due to his good governance. He attained near invincibility with the help of his Guru Shukracharya. As a result, Indra soon lost heaven to Bali. And Balindra got the coveted title of Chakravarthi – emperor. …

Nutan Varsh 2018 – Hindu New Year's Day in Gujarat in 2018

Nutan Varsh 2018 is the first day of Hindu Vikram Year 2075 and is the New Year day in Gujarat. Nutan Varsh 2018 date is November 8. It is also the first day of the financial New Year in North India. It is observed on the Kartik Sud 1 or first day of Kartik Month as per traditional Gujarati calendar.

Nutan Varsh 2018 which commences on November 8 is also referred as Vikram Samvatsar and Hindu New Year.

Hindu Vikram Calendar was started in 57 BC by Emperor Vikramaditya as a commemoration of his victory upon the Shaks. This victory took place at Ujjain, one among the four places associated with Kumbh Mela. This Hindu calendar is also known as Vikram Samvant and begins with the Month Kartik.

Nutan Varsh is also popularly known as Bestu Varsh.

It must be noted that Annakut and Govardhan Puja are also observed on the day.

Another important ritual observed on the day is Bali Padyami in south and western parts of India.

Annakut 2018 date - Importance and Reason For Observing Annakut Utsav in Gujarat

Annakut is observed mainly in Gujarat and Rajasthan after Diwali and on this day huge food offerings are made to Sri Krishna. Annakut is also observed as the New Year’s Day in Gujarat and is of great importance to many Hindu communities. Annakut 2018 date is on November 8. The reason for observing the ritual is associated with Sri Krishna.
How is it Observed The name Annakut is derived from the huge amount of food offerings on the day made to Sri Krishna. It used to take the form of a mountain. Thus the day also got the name – Annakut – 'Anna' meaning food and 'kut', mountain.
Offering sumptuous food to the favorite deity is the most important ritual on the day. People also wish each other for a peaceful and happy year. Gujarati Vikram New Year is also observed on the day.
It is said that Veda Vyas once revealed to Yudhishtira that one who remains peaceful and happy on Kartik Shud 1 (first day of Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon) will experience the same througho…

Diwali Padwa 2018 - Spiritual Significance of Diwali Padwa in Maharashtra

Diwali Padwa is the fourth day of Diwali observed in Maharashtra and western parts of India. Diwali Padwa 2018 date is November 8. It is observed on Kartik Shukla Paksha Pratipada or the first day during the waxing phase of moon in Kartik month as per traditional Marathi lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra and is of great spiritual significance. The day is considered highly auspicious. Vikram Samvat New Year begins on the day. Special pujas are offered to Ganesha on the day.Balipratipada is observed in western parts of India. King Bali began to rule Bhukok on this day. The day is usually spared for visiting relatives and friends. Many shops and business establishments remain closed on the day.
Other rituals that are observed on Deepavali Padwa include Abhayanga Snan, Govardhan puja and Annakut.

Thoughts on Samam - Jagadguru Sri Maha Periyava – Kanchi Paramacharya

The mind always remains agitated by constantly thinking of those, which it thinks give pleasure. That is why we do not know the joy of peace. If we realize the blemish in the objects of enjoyment and discard them with disgust, we can make the mind remain steady in the athma, which is of the form of peace.

Constantly think of the blemish caused by ‘vishya vratham’ (the objects of the enjoyment of the five senses – sound, touch, form, taste, smell) and discarding them and controlling the mind is called ‘samam’ – samauchyathe.

Putting it briefly, ‘samam’ means controlling the mind.
The reason why the mind goes after objects of enjoyment is the impression of previous expressions carried over through several births. Even after the death of the physical body, that impression enters into the subtle body and when life takes another birth and enters a new body, it becomes active again. Therefore, if those impressions are completely given up, the mind will of its own calm down.
 - Jagadguru Sri…