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Puja and Festival dedicated to Goddess Jagaddhatri in Bengal

Jagat Dhatri Puja is dedicated to Goddess Jagaddhatri, an incarnation of Goddess Shakti. Jagat dhatri Puja 2017 date is October 29. It is observed on the ninth day of the waxing phase of moon (Shukla Paksha) in Kartik month in Bengal. It is also known as Dhatri Pooja and Jagadamba Puja. Goddess Jagaddhatri is a manifestation of Goddess Durga and the festival is mainly observed in the Chandannagar area in West Bengal – the ritual had its origin here.

As Jagadhatri, Goddess Durga is the protector of the earth. In this Mother Goddess is caring and showers motherly love on her devotees. This is one of the mild and happy forms of Goddess Durga.

Special pandals (temporary temples) are created for Jagat Dhatri Puja. The idol of Goddess Jagaddhatri is beautifully decorated for worship. The puja ends with the immersion of the idol. The immersion procession is colorful and is attended by thousands of people.

Today, Jagat Dhatri Puja is performed in different parts of West Bengal and in some reg…

Nagachandreshwar Mahadev in Ujjain – Story of Nagachandreshwar Form of Shiva – 19th Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Nagachandreshwar Mahadev is worshiped in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the 84 forms of Shiva worshiped in Ujjain. Those offering prayers to Nagachandreshwar Mahadev will find redemption to the harshest of sins.

The temple dedicated to Nagachandreshwar Mahadev is located at Nagnath ki gali at Patni Bazar in Ujjain.

This form of Shiva is associated with Sage Narada and Devas.

Nagachandreshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 19th temple visited during the parikarama of Shivalayas here.

Story of Nagachandreshwar Mahadev form of Shiva in Ujjain
Legend has it that Indra, the king of Devas, wanted to know about the holiest spot on earth. He inquired about it to Sage Narada. The sage without any hesitation told Indra that the holiest spot on earth is Mahakaal Vana (present day Ujjain) where Shiva resides as Mahakaleshwar.

All the devas immediately departed for Mahakaal Vana on their vehicles. But they could not find a spot on Mahakaal Vana to lan…

Ganesha at Juna Chintaman Temple in Indore Hears Prayers through Mobile

Juna Chintaman Temple located at Passpas Nagar in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, hears prayers of devotees through mobile. A mobile phone is placed near the murti of Ganesha in the temple. When a devotee calls, the priest attends the call and keeps the mobile near the ear of Ganesha. Devotees believe that Ganesha hears their prayers and provides solutions. The shrine receives several hundred calls a day.

Before the advent of mobile, devotees used to write letters to Ganesha at Juna Chintaman Temple.
Method of prayer change with times but the essence remains the same.

Sashti Viratham Date in December 2017 – Monthly Fasting for Hindu God Muruga in December 2017

Sashti Viratham is a monthly fasting dedicated to Hindu God Muruga and is mainly observed in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and South Africa. Sashti Viratham December 2017 date is December 24. Sashti fasting falls on the sixth day after Amavasi (no moon) in a traditional Hindu lunar calendar.
Shasti Fasting is considered highly auspicious and many Muruga devotees observe a 24-hour fast, most ake a single meal on the day.
Muruga is also known as Skanda, Shanmugha and Subramanian. In North India, Lord Muruga is known as Kartik or Kartikeya.
Related How to observe Sashti Fasting?

The ever turbulent mind can be curbed by constant practice and by dispassion – Bhagavad Gita

The mind is turbulent, strong and obstinate. It is hard to control as the wind. But it can be curbed by constant practice and by dispassion.

He who does the work which is his duty to do, but seeks no gain from work, no reward, that man is a sanyasi and a yogi.

For the sage who wishes to attain to yoga, action is said to be the means, for the same sage, when he has attained to yoga, serenity is said to be the means.

When a man is not attached to sense objects or to actions and has renounced all egoistic purposes, then he is said to be enthroned in Yoga.
Self is the only friend of the self, the self alone is the enemy of the self.
– Bhagavad Gita

Today’s Hindu Calendar – November 7, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Monday, November 7, 2016 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon till 7:33 AM on November 7. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is November 7, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious date till 1:00 PM. Nakshatra – Shravan or Sravana or Thiruonam Nakshatra till 11:45 PM on November 7. Then onward it is Dhanishta or Avittam Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Uttarashada or Uthiradam Nakshatra till 3:14 AM on November 7. Then onward it is Shravan or Sravana or Thiruonam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Makar Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Makar Rashi.