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Hanumantha Vratha in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh

Hanumantha Vrata is observed in Karnataka and parts of Andhra Pradesh on the 13th day during the waxing phase of moon in Margashirsh month. Hanumantha Vrata 2017 date is on December 1, 2017. The Vrata is dedicated to Lord Hanuman and is believed to have been performed by Draupadi – the wife of the Pandavas.

Legend has it that Lord Brahma had given this boon to Vayu (wind god) that those who perform the Hanumantha Vrata will succeed in all their endeavors and will be blessed with peace and prosperity.

How to observe Hanumantha Vrata? Narahari Sumadhwa a reader of this blog has contributed this article on how to observe Hanumantha Vrata. Pooja Vidhana – We have to chant “Om namO vaayu nandanaaya Om” and do the avaahana of Sri Hanumanta Devaru. We have to do the pooja of Hanuman and Sri Ramachandra with Shodachopachara, archane and naivedya, and vayana daana. Hanumatpooja-Achamana, Prananayamya,…shubatithou,……..nakshatre,……..yoge,……karane… Sri hanumadh antargata Seetapati Sri Ramac…

Thrikarthika – Kartika Vilaku – Festival of lights in Kerala

Thrikarthika, or Trikartika, is the festival of lights celebrated in Kerala on the Kartika Nakshatram (star) in the Malayalam month of Vrischikam (November – December). It usually falls on the full moon day in the month and on the day all the houses, streets and temples are well lit with traditional oil lamps. The festival is mainly observed in South Kerala. In 2017, the date of Thrikarthika is December 3.

Thrikarthika festival is not dedicated to any particular God or Goddess in Hindu pantheon. But some people do claim that is dedicated to Shakti – popularly known as Bhagavati in Kerala. Some people claim it is an ancient form of nature worship.

On the Thrikarthika day after sunset, houses, streets and temples are decorated with special oil lamps. Earlier people used to make use of the shell of Marotika to light lamps. Now the Marottika shell is widely replaced by clay diya (known as idinjil or chirathu) and candles.

The stems of banana (plantain) and tender leaves of coconut tree…

Tiruvannamalai Maha Deepam atop the Annamalai Hills in Karthigai Month

The 10-day Karthigai Deepam festival observed at the famous Sri Arunachaleswarar Temple in Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu, culminates with the Maha Deepam lit atop the Annamalai Hills.  In 2017, the date of Tiruvannamalai Maha Karthigai Deepam is December 2, Saturday. The Maha Deepam represents Lord Shiva, who appeared in the form of a pillar of fire with no end and beginning (Jyotirlinga) before Brahma and Vishnu. Karthigai Deepam festival, observed in Tamil month Kartika, is more than 3000 years old and is mentioned in the early Tamil scriptures.

Legend has it once Lord Vishnu and Brahma wanted to know who was the greatest. After an intense debate they sought the help of Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva said that he who can find the origin or end of his form is the greatest. Lord Shiva appeared before Lord Vishnu and Brahma in the form of a pillar of fire with no beginning and end. This form is referred as Jyotirlinga.

Lord Brahma assumed the form of a swan and Lord Vishnu the form of a boar and…

Karthigai Deepam 2017 date – Kartika Deepam in 2017

Karthigai Deeepam is the festival of lights in Tamil Nadu and it is observed on the full moon day (or a day earlier) in the month of Karthigai (November-December). Karthigai Deepam 2017 date is December 2, Saturday. The main event on the day is the lighting of traditional oil lamps in the evening after sunset. Karthigai is the name of the one of the stars or Nakshatrams and deepam is the term for light or diya.

Note - Tiruvannamalai Karthigai Mahadeepam is held on the evening of  December 2, 2017.

On the day, temples, homes and streets are decorated with traditional oil lamps. Special pujas and prayers are held in temples on the day.

The famous Tiruvannamalai Bharani Deepam is held during the period.

The lighting of lamp is an auspicious symbol and it is believed to usher in peace and prosperity.

The day is also known as Vishnu Deepam, Vaikanasa DeepamPancharatra DeepamChokka Panai and Yanai Pandigai.

In Kerala, the day is observed as Thrikartika.

Hindu Festivals in October 2017 – Hindu Vrat – Fasting – Rituals in October 2017

Dates of important festivals and fasting associated with Hinduism in October 2017 – based on major Hindu calendars and Panchang used in India. The festivals, Vrats and ritual days are based on Indian Standard Time (IST).

October 1, 2017 – Ekadasi Fasting October 3 – Pradosh Puja October 5 – Sharad Purnima October 5 – Kojagari Poornima October 5 – Purnima or full moon day October 5 – Kartik Snan Begins October 6 – Kartik month begins in North India October 8 – Sankashti Chaturthi Vrat October 8 – Karva Chouth Vrat October 12 – Ahoi Ashtami October 13 – Radha Ashtami October 15 – Rama Ekadasi Vrat October 17 – Dhanvantri Jayanti October 17 – Dhanteras October 17 – Pradosh Vrat October 17 – Yama Deepdan October 17 – Aippasi month begins in Tamil Calendar October 17 – Thulam Month begins in Malayalam Calendar October 18 – Kartik Month begins in Bengali Calendar October 18 – Roop Chaudas October 18 – Hanuman Jayanti, Kali Chaudash October 18 – Narak Chaturdasi – Diwali in South India Oct…

Good Date To Shift House In January 2017

Majority of Hindus look for auspicious and good date to shift house. Below are the good dates in January 2017 to shift into rented home, flat or apartment. Please note that these are not actual grah pravesh dates. It is just good dates to make a quick shift to a new home when you are in a hurry or in emergency.

January 1, 2017 January 2 - Good day after 3:55 PM. January 4 January 5 is good till 1:55 PM January 6 January 7 January 9 is good after 10:20 AM January 10 January 11 is good till 7:50 PM January 13 January 14 January 16 January 17 January 18 good till 12:45 PM January 19 January 20 January 21 is good till 8:03 AM January 23 is good till 1:55 PM January 28 is good till 2:15 PM January 29 is good after 1:05 PM January 30 January 31 is good till 4:15 PM

Confidence is internal - Arrogance is external

Confidence helps in accomplishing our dreams. Arrogance put hurdles on our journey to success.

Confidence and arrogance are two different traits. It should be understood clearly.

Confidence is internal. Arrogance is external.

A confident person believes in his/her ability and hard work.

An arrogant person uses arrogance to hide weakness and inability.

A confident person is never insecure. He/she will be patient and will be ready to accept suggestions. Will be a good listener.

An arrogant person is always insecure. Such a person will not be ready to take advices and suggestions.

A confident person will be cool and calm. Such a person is aware of his weakness and strengths.
An arrogant person will be short tempered. Anger will be used to shield mistake and weaknesses.


Today’s Hindu Calendar – December 11, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Sunday, December 11, 2016 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during waxing phase of moon till 12:55 PM on December 11. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is December 11, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good date. Nakshatra – Ashwini or Ashwathy Nakshatra till 3:01 AM on December 11. Then onward it is Bharani Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Ashwini or Ashwathy Nakshatra till 6:14 AM on December 11. Then onward it is Bharani Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mesha Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Mesha Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Pradosh Fasting
Kali Yuga Year – 5118