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Banashankari Navratri

Banashankari Navratri is nine-day festival, puja and rituals dedicated to Goddess Banasankari in the Kannada month of Paush in Karnataka. Banashankari Navratri 2018 - 2019 dates – Navaratri begins on January 14  and ends on January 21, 2019. Goddess Banasankari is an incarnation of Goddess Parvati and is also known as Vanashankari or Shakhambari or Banadevi.

Banadashtami, or Banada Ashtami, which falls during Banashankari Navratri is the most auspicious day during the nine-day period. Banadashtami 2018 date is December 26.

Fairs and festivals are held during this period in Banashankari temples. A major fair is held at BadamiBanashankariDeviTemple during this period and it begins on Banadashtami day.

Legend has it that Goddess Banashankari Devi killed a demon called Durgamasura at the present day Badami in Bagalkot in Karnataka. This story is found in Skanda Purana.

Banashankari is also equated with Ma Shakhambari Devi who is believed to have produced vegetables and nourished the huma…

How to observe Vaikunta Ekadasi? - Vaikunda Ekadashi fasting

Vaikunta Ekadashi, or Mukkoti Ekadasi, is the most important of the twenty four Ekadashi observances in South India. Fasting and all night prayer dedicated to Lord Vishnu is the main observance of the day. It is believed that venerating Lord Vishnu on Vaikunda Ekadasi will help to free soul from cycles of rebirth and grant moksha. Another important belief is that Vaikunta Dwara, the doors of heaven, will open on this day and give easy access to Lord Vishnu.

Those visiting Vishnu Temples like Tirupati or Srirangam on Vaikunta Ekadashi can pass through the Vaikunta Dwara, the door through the inner most sanctum sanctorum. In South India, Vaikunta Ekadashi is also known as Mokshada Ekadasi. In 2017, Vaikunta Ekadasi is on December 29.

How to observe Vaikunta Ekadasi? Vaikunta Ekadashi falls on the eleventh day in Margazhi Shukla Paksha in Tamil Calendar and in Telugu Calendar the same period is Pushya Shukla Paksha.

Things needed for Puja and Prayer A picture or photo or idol of Lord Vishn…

Auspicious stars for travel

Auspicious stars for travel as per Hindu astrology texts are:

Ashwini or Ashwathy Mrigasira – Makayiram Punarvasu – Punirtham Pushya – Pooyam Hasta – Atham Anuradha – Anusham or Anizham Shravan – Thiruonam Dhanishta – Avittam Revathi

Auspicious stars for childbirth

All stars are good for childbirth. But there are some stars that are regarded more auspicious. They are:

Ashwini – Ashwathy Rohini Mrigashira – Makayiram Punarvasu – Punirtham Pushya – Pooyam Uttara Phalguni – Uthram Hasta – Atham – Hastam Chitra - Chithira Swati – Chothi Anuradha – Anusham or Anizham Uttarashada – Uthrittathi Shravan – Thiruvonam or Sravanam Dhanishta - Avittam Shatabhisha – Chathayam Uttarabhadrapada – Uthrittathi Revathi

Why neem tree and its leaves are associated with Hindu Goddess?

Neem tree and its leaves are associated with various Hindu Goddess especially Durga, Kali, Karumariamman, Mariamman and other manifestations of Mother Goddess Shakti. Neem leaves are widely used in the worship, puja, festivals and rituals associated with Hindu Goddesses especially in South India. So Why is neem tree and it leaves associated with Goddess Shakti.

The popular belief is that Mother Goddess resides in Neem tree and its leaves have the power to cure diseases and drive away all evils.

There are stories in rural South India that indicate that Mother Goddess residing in neem tree stopped Yama, the god of death, from taking away the life of human beings devoted to her.

Neem tree is widely found in the front or within the vicinity of many Shakti Temples in South India.
Neem leaves are also used to cure Chicken pox and other skin diseases.

Nabapatrika in Durga Puja– Photos of Nine leaves worshipped during Durga Puja

Haldi Kumkum Dates in December 2017 – Auspicious days in December 2017 in For Haldi Kumukum ceremony

Haldi Kumkum Dates in December 2017 traditional Hindu calendar followed in India. Haldi Kumkum ceremony is mainly held in Maharashtra, parts of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka. This ceremony is mainly observed by women. Married women are invited during the ceremony.

Haldi Kumkum Dates in December 2017 –

December 2 good date till 12:05 PM December 3 good date after 11:10 AM December 4 December 5 December 6 it is good after 10:20 AM December 8 it is good till 9:05 AM December 9 it is good date after 2:10 PM December 10 December 11 December 12 it is good date till 1:40 PM December 13 December 14 December 19 December 20 December 21 December 22 it is good date till 9:10 AM December 24 December 26 is good after 2:50 PM December 27 December 28 December 29 is good till 11:10 AM December 31

Jagannath Temple at Angul in Odisha – Angul Saila Srikshetra

Saila Srikshetra is the popular name of Jagannath Temple at Angul in Odisha. It is a modern temple and is constructed on the lines of the famous Puri Jagannath Temple. The shrine is located atop the Sunasagad hill.

Three wooden murtis similar to the ones worshipped in Puri is offered pujas in the sanctum sanctorum. All the rituals followed in Puri are also held here.
Earlier there were three smaller murtis of Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subadhra in the Madan Mohan Temple here. People then wished to have a shrine dedicated to Jagannath. The shrine was completed and opened to devotees in 2002 AD.

Bhagavad Gita – Raja Vidya Guhya Yoga Teachings

All beings have root in Me, but I am not rooted in them.
As the mighty wind, moving everywhere, ever dwells in the akasha (space), even so, all beings rest in Me.
At the close of a kalpa, all beings return into My nature and at the beginning of the next kalpa, I send them forth.
Hopes, deeds and knowledge vain of those who fail to realize my higher nature as the sovereign Lord of all beings. Finally they end up with the nature of demons and fiends.
But one who has understood the truth, has a steadfast mind and realizes that I am the imperishable source of all beings.
Bhagavad Gita – Raja Vidya Guhya Yoga