Skip to main content


Showing posts from October 31, 2016

Chitragupta Puja 2017 date - Chtiragupta Jayanti

Chitragupta Puja, or Jayanti, is performed on the second day of the Krishna Paksha of Chaitra month by some communities in North India. Chitragupta Puja 2017 date during Chaitra month (Madhya Pradesh) is on March 14. The most popular Chitragupta Puja is observed after Diwali and in 2017 it is on October 21. Chitragupta is believed to be the keeper of the account books containing the good and bad deeds performed by human beings on earth.

Note - In Tamil Nadu, Chitragupta Puja is observed on the full moon day in Tamil month of Chithirai and this is on May 9, 2017.

It is believed that He first appeared on Kartik Shukla Paksha Dwitiya before Brahma. Therefore the day is chosen for puja and rituals.

Chitragupta was born from the body of Lord Brahma. He is always depicted as carrying a pen and inkpot. Since he was born from the body of Lord Brahma, he was known as Kayastha and in the earth, he was known as Chitragupt. He keeps the records of good and bad deeds performed by people and infor…

Bhai Phota 2017 – Bhai Phonta

Bhai Phota is a festival dedicated to the brother-sister relationship and is similar to the Bhai Dooj festival observed in North India. Bhai Phonta 2017 date is October 21. 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.

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.

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 the sister applies Tika on her brother.

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 2017 date - Dedicated to King Bali During Diwali in Karnataka - Telangana and Andhra Pradesh in 2017

Bali Padyami is the day when King Bali rules the world with blessings of Lord Vishnu. Bali Padyami 2017 date is October 20. It is observed on the first day of the Kartik Maasa 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.

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.

There is a popular belief that whatever is gifted on the day will be returned manifold with the blessings of Lord Vishnu.

The day is also known as Bali Pratipada.

The same legend is the reason for observing Onam Festival (August - September) in Kerala.

Story of Bali Pratipada or Bali Padyami – King Bali Pushed To Pathala Loka and His Return for One Day Rule

Nutan Varsh 2017 – Hindu New Year's Day in Gujarat in 2017

Nutan Varsh 2017 is the first day of Hindu Vikram Year 2074 and is the New Year day in Gujarat. Nutan Varsh 2017 date is October 20. 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 2017 which commences on  October 20 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 2017 date

Annkut is observed in Gujarat 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. Annkut 2017 date is on October 20. Hindu Vikram Year 2074 begins on October 20, 2017. Diwali 2017 was on October 19.

The name Annkut 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.

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 throughout the year.

The day is also observed as Bali Padyami and Govardhan Puja.

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.

Diwali Padwa 2017

Diwali Padwa is the fourth day of Diwali observed in Maharashtra and western parts of India. Diwali Padwa 2017 date is October 20. 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.

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.

Skanda Sashti 2017 dates - Muruga Kanda Sasti Festival in 2017

Skanda Sashti festival is dedicated to Hindu God Muruga (Karikeya or Subrahmanya). Kanda Sasti is observed in the Tamil Month Aippasi. Skanda Sashti 2017 dates are from October 20 begins with six-day fasting and ends on October 25, 2017 with Soorasamharam. Tirukalyanam is on October 26. Skanda Shasti celebrates the victory of Lord Skanda over demon Surapadma. Tamilians, especially Muruga devotees, around world observe fasting for six days before the festival. It is a major festival in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, other parts of South India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore and South Africa.

Son of Lord Shiva and Parvati, the divine incarnation of Skanda was to primarily annihilate the demons that had created anarchy on earth and restore Dharma. He was the commander of the army of the Devas.

A six day battle took place with Demon Surapadma and on the sixth day Muruga killed Skanda killed Demon Surapadma (Soorasamharam) with his ‘Vel’ or lance.

Legend has it that Muchukunda, a King South India, wa…

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…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – October 31, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Monday, October 31, 2016 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon till 11:18 PM on October 31. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is October 31, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good date till 12:00 PM. Nakshatra – Swathi or Chothi Nakshatra till 11:04 AM on October 31. Then onward it is Vishaka or Vishakam Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Swathi or Chothi Nakshatra till 12:01 PM on October 31. Then onward it is Vishaka or Vishakam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Tula Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Tula Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –Gujarati New Y…