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Fiji Hindu Calendar 2017 in pdf – Based on Time in Fiji Hindu Panchang 2017

Fiji Hindu Calendar 2017 in pdf is presented by mypanchang. It contains all the important festivals, auspicious time etc as per Hindu Panchang 2017. The calendar is based on time in Fiji. It must be noted that the vrat, festival dates in India and Fiji might be different many times. So if you are residing in Fiji and are keen to follow the local time then the calendar will be of great help. Please note that the calendar is purnimat – that is a Hindu month in this calendar starts after Purnima. This calendar is followed in North India.

But the festival and vrat dates are applicable in all regions.
Link – Fiji Hindu Calendar 2017 in pdf

Oriya Calendar 2017 in PDF format – Download Odiya Panji - Orissa Calendar 2017

This Oriya Calendar 2017 is provided by Kohinoor press and is published by the website nuaodisha. You can download the Odiya Panji for free. The calendar contains important festivals in Orissa and uses Oriya script for numbers. The months and weeks are also written in Odia or Oriya language. The calendar of 2017 is in jpeg format but you can convert it into pdf format.
You can visit the nuaodisha website and download it here – Oriya Calendar 2017

Story of Bhanumati and Sahadeva in the Mahabharata

Story of Bhanumati and Sahadeva is found in the Vishnu Parva of Harivamsa, Mahabharata. She was the daughter of Bhanu, a leader of the Yadavas. Once, Yadavas went to attend the wine festival at Pindaraka. During the festival, a demon named Nikumbha carried away Bhanumati.

Bhanumati was once cursed by Sage Durvasa. She had disrespected the sage and it invited the wrath of the short-tempered Durvasa Rishi. He cursed her that she will be kidnapped by a demon.

When Bhanumati asked for forgiveness, Durvasa consoled her by assuring her that she will be rescued and married by Sahadeva, one of the Pandavas.
True to this, Bhanumati was rescued by Sahadeva. He later married her at the presence of Sri Krishna and Sage Narada.

Othera Padayani – Othera Puthukulangara Devi Temple Patayani Festival

The ten-day long Patayani festival observed in Othera Puthukulangara Devi Temple attracts thousands of Padayani enthusiasts. The festival is organized annually from the Thiruvathira Nakshatra in Kumbham month to Thiruvathira in Meena month. Puthukulangara Devi Temple Patayani Festival 2017 date is March 7 to April 3.

The patayani performed for the first 18 days are known as Choottu Padayani.

The main attraction during the Padayani is the Chattathekkolam. 1001 areca nut leaves are used in this Kolam and it is carried around the temple.

Padayani, also referred as Padeni, is performed in honor of Goddess Bhadrakali in important Devi Temples in Central Kerala.
Othera Puthukulangara Devi Temple is located around 5 km from Chengannur.

Nartana Seva in the worship of Vishnu

Nartana Seva is an important part of worship of Vishnu for some Vaishnava sects. In the Nartana Seva, all members form a circle and dance. It is performed during pujas and at the end of Jagarana during Ekadasi fasting.

While dancing devotees carry a plate of tulsi leaves which was earlier offered to the Lord. In some places, people dance with a pot of Tulsi plant.
The dancing with Tuli leaves or plant is known as Harivanaseva.

Swami Premeshananda – Words of Wisdom

Whatever I think, the same thought arises in my intellect and directs the mind in that direction. For great many eons, we have directed our intellect towards eating, sleeping, etc. So it has become habituated to go that way. If for several years we turn it again towards what is good, it would run towards that. It is itself insentient. It would go as it is directed.

One can dominate over body and mind if one wills so. If the mind has to be saved from lust and anger, then one must take refuge in God.
Rice is boiling in a pot. From above we see the rice is hot. This is because fire has heating power. Here the heating power of fire is ‘chit’ and the hotness of the rice is ‘chetana’.
Swami Premeshananda