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Vautha Fair – Vautha Mela during Kartika Purnima in Gujarat

Vautha fair, or Vautha Mela, is an annual donkey fair held at VauthaVillage near Ahmedabad in Gujarat. In 2017, Vautha fair dates are from October 31 to November 4. Legend has it that Lord Kartik or Kartikeya, the son of Lord Shiva and Parvati, visited the site. Kartik, popularly known as Muruga, is the commander of the army of the Devas. The fair is dedicated to Kartikeya and is held during Kartika Purnima, the full moon night of the Gujarati month of Kartik (October – November).

Vautha fair site is also known as Saptasangam as it is at the confluence of seven rivers. The temple of Siddhanath dedicated to Lord Shiva is an important shrine here. On the day of the Kartik full moon night, pilgrims take dip in the Saptasangam and make offerings.

Vautha Mela attracts more than 500,000 people and is the only major animal trading fair in Gujarat. The only animal traded here are the donkeys. Donkeys are painted in different colors and decorated and this is a major highlight of the fair.

Girnar Parikrama

Girnar Parikrama is a unique annual religious walk to the temples located in Junagadh forest in western Gujarat in India. Girnar Parikrama 2017 is from October 31 to November 4. More than 100,000 pilgrims participate in this 36-km religious walk through tough mountainous terrain and forest. Girnar Parikrama begins on the Ekadasi day during the waxing phase of moon or Shukla Paksha of Kartik month and five days later on Kartik Purnima day.

People from different caste and community walk in unison in this unique Parikrama, which begins from DudheshwarTemple at Bhavnath in Junagadh.

The first part of the trek includes passing through dense forest and climbing a hill and coming down it. The first spiritual spot is the Zina Bava Ni Madhi and Chandra-MauleshwarTemple, which is about 12 km from Bhavnath.

The next temples in the Parikrama include a HanumanTemple and Suraj Kund (pond) at Malvela which is 8 km from Zina Bava Ni Madhi.

The next trek from Malvela to Bordevi is the toughest trek…

Kans Vadh Leela at Mathura in Kartik Month

Kans Vadh Leela is the famous incident in Hindu Scriptures associated with Sri Krishna – it is the annihilation of Adharma in the form of Kansa or Kamsa by Sri Krishna. This divine incident is commemorated at Mathura near Vrindavan each year in the Kartik month. Kans Vadh Leela 2017 date is October 30.

The Kansa Vadha Leela is observed on the 10th day of the Shukla Paksha of Kartik month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India.

Krishna was invited by Kansa, the ruler of Mathura, to participate in a festival. Krishna used this opportunity to kill the evil ruler and release His grand father, father and mother from prison.

Gopaashtami – Gopashtami Festival and Go Puja

Gopashtami, or Gopa Ashtami, is an important festival dedicated to Lord Krishna and is observed on the eighth day during waxing phase of the moon in the month of Kartik (October – November). Gopaashtami festival celebrates the day when Krishna became an independent cowherd. Go Puja, worship of cows, is performed in many regions in India on the day. In 2017, the date of Gopashtami is October 28.

It is believed that Lord Krishna was allowed to herd the cows for the first time on this day by his foster father Nanda. Till then he was only looking after the calves. The day is a major event in all Krishna temples and in places associated with Krishna like Vrindavan, Mathura and Nathdwara.

Devotees bathe and clean the cows and the cowshed (Goshala). In Nathdwara, cow herders bring hundreds of cows and their calves to the temples and the cows are beautifully decorated for the occasion.

Gopaashtami ritual was meant for boys only but it is said that Radha also wanted to join in the ritual and…

Both God and Devotee are One

Both God and Devotee are one. Everyone craves for this truth. But majority of us do not accept it. For many of us God is still outside somewhere sitting with a remote control and answering our prayers.

To realize truth we need to shed our complex lifestyle and see things in simple and direct manner.

Truth has to be realized. It cannot be taught nor can it be understood by seeing or reading.
There is no path or way to truth. We are truth.

Today’s Hindu Calendar – November 6, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Sunday, November 6, 2016 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon till 7:15 AM on November 6. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is November 6, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious date. Nakshatra – Uttarashada or Uthiradam Nakshatra till 11:11 PM on November 6. Then onward it is Shravan or Sravana or Thiruonam Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Purvashada or Pooradam Nakshatra till 1:33 AM on November 6. Then onward it is Uttarashada or Uthiradam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Dhanu Rashi till 4:26 AM. Then onward it is Makar Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan)…