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Utpanna Ekadashi – Uttpatti Ekadasi

Utpanna Ekadasi, or Uttpatti Ekadashi, is observed during the waning phase of the moon in the month of November – December.  In 2017, the date of Utpanna Ekadasi is November 14. The importance of this Ekadasi was explained to Arjuna by Lord Krishna and is found in Bhavishyottara Purana. For those devotees who like to begin the monthly Ekadasi fasting, Uttpatti Ekadasi is the Ekadashi that they should start with.

All the sins accumulated during the previous births and this birth are washed away by observing Uttpatti Ekadashi and this leads to Moksha.

Fresh beginners who want to undertake Ekadasi fasting start it with Utpanna Ekadasi. They can continue it forever or for a year. How long it is continued depends on the devotee.

All the normal rules associated with Ekadasi are observed during Utpanna Ekadashi. Related What food can be eaten on Ekadasi?

Story of the Origin of Comets in Hindu Tradition

Comet is a bright object in space that has a tail of gas and dust. The story of origin of comets in Hindu tradition is associated with Shiva destroying the flying cities Tripuri. Legend has it that a powerful demon named Tripuri or Tripurasura built three impregnable cities of gold, silver and iron with the blessing of Shiva. The demon became so powerful and his inflated ego knew no bounds and started attacking and tormenting humans and demi gods (devas) by flying on Tripuri.
Brahma and Vishnu failed to contain Tripurasura who was armed with several boons from Shiva. Finally, the task of annihilating the demon fell on Shiva. The flying cities could be destroyed only with a single arrow. For this the cities had to align in a straight line.
Once in a while the cities aligned in a straight line for a split of a second. Shiva was the only archer who could destroy the cities.
For this purpose, Vishnu himself turned into the fiery arrow – Vishnu Shastra.
Shiva chased the three cities thro…

Importance of Sashtang Pranam – Lying face down on earth before God in Hindu Temple

Sashtang Pranam, or Sashtanga Pranamam, is lying face down on earth and offering prayers to God in a HinduTemple. Sashtang Pranam is one among the numerous ways to wipe out the ego. By lying down before the deity, a Hindu is killing his/her ego and recognizing the Supreme Truth – there is no second only that exists.

When pride and ego are quelled, majority of our problems are solved. This helps in controlling stress and depression. Sashtang Pranam at a temple during early morning hours helps a person to have a good and fruitful day.
Sashtang Pranam is also considered as a very good form of exercise. Lying down on stomach and stretching both the arms in front and bringing them together helps in good blood circulation.
Related Story of Performing Thoppu Karanam to Ganesha

Hindu Calendar 2017 with Tithi in pdf – Download Hindu Calendar 2017 in English for free in pdf

Hindu Calendar 2017 with Tithi in pdf for free download is in English and is based on Calendars followed in North India – Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand. A month in this Hindu calendar begins after Purnima and ends on Purnima. All important festivals and fasting 2017 dates are marked in the calendar.

Link – Download Hindu Calendar 2017 with Tithi in pdf
The calendar is based on Purnimat system. A traditional Hindu month begins after Purnima or full moon day.

Hindu Calendar 2018

June 2017 Good dates for buying Car – Bike – Scooter – Other Vehicle – Good date and time to buy Vehicle in June 2017 in Hindu Panchang and Calendar

Good and auspicious dates for buying car is based on good Nakshatra, tarabalam, karana, tithi and yog. June 2017 date and time to buy car as per Hindu Panchang and Calendar is given below. The entire time on these days are good for the purpose in June 2017.
June 2 June 3
June 5 is good after 9:45 AM June 6 June 8 is good till 4:15 PM June 10 June 11
June 12 is good till 12:15 PM June 13 June 15
June 16 is good after 5:20 PM June 17 June 18
June 19 is good till 2:15 PM June 20 June 21 is good till 1:25 PM June 25
June 26
June 28 June 30 is good till 5:55 PM

Story of Mangal Navgraha as Son of Vishnu and Bhumi Devi

There are numerous stories regarding the origin of Mangal Navgraha. One of the famous stories is that Mangal Navgraha is the son of Vishnu and Bhumi Devi.

Legend has it that demon Hiranyaksha in the form of a pig carried Bhumi (Mother Earth) to the netherworld (Patala Loka). Vishnu then took the form of Varaha Avatar and rescued Her.

When Bhumi Devi was saved from the demon, she assumed her real beautiful form. Vishnu fell in love with Her. They were later blessed with a son, Mangal.

As per Skanda Purana Mangal was born out a drop of sweat of Vishnu and was nursed by Bhumi Devi.

It must be noted here that as per Padma Purana Mangal is the son of Shiva.
Vamana Purana states that Mangal was born when Shiva killed demon Andhaka.

Silambam – Stick Fight in Tamil Nadu

Silambam is the famous stick fight practiced in Tamil Nadu. It is also known as Kuchi Vilaiyattu and Kambu Vilaiyattu. It was originally practiced with bamboo sticks; later, steel swords and shields were used.

The bamboo staff that is commonly used in this sport measures 5ft in length. Even today, students learn this art from competent teachers and display their prowess during celebrations.

Before the commencement of Silambam, the combatants pay salutations to Guru and to the four quarters.

In the sport, two persons opposing each other swirl the sticks.

In some instances, one person is surrounded by many opponents on all sides, and the attacked person in the center deals with the opponents.
Today, Silambam has become popular thanks to Tamil Movies.

A man should hold on only to the One as long as possible – Sri Anandamayi Ma

A man should hold on only to the One as long as possible.

It is our job to hold on to the One – to be directed to one aim, with one name, one meditation, one contemplation. We must make our faith firm.

If we stay with only one single desire, that of attaining God, all other desires become extinct.

If a man simply goes on repeating the Name (of God), unmindful of any other things, he is freed from the previously acquired tendencies and attains a new life.

Attachment cannot be gotten rid of by conscious efforts. An increase in longing for Him can alone expel all other attachments.
– Sri Anandamayi Ma

Today’s Hindu Calendar – November 24, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Thursday, November 24, 2016 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waning phase of moon till 7:29 AM on November 24. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is November 24, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good date. Nakshatra – Uttaraphalguni or Uthiram Nakshatra till 11:54 AM on November 24. Then onward it is Hasta or Hastam or Atham Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Uttaraphalguni or Uthiram Nakshatra till 9:21 AM on November 24. Then onward it is Hasta or Hastam or Atham Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kanya Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Kanya Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspici…