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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 2017 dates – Navaratri begins on December 26 and ends on January 2, 2018. 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 human beings…

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.

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

February 2017 House Warming Dates – Auspicious and Good Dates for House Warming in Feb 2017

Below are the Auspicious house warming dates in February 2017. Please note that these good dates are meant to give a general idea. If you are a strict follower of astrology, then you should consult a local astrologer where the house is located as sunrise time in the area is very important in deciding the house warming time.

February 2, 2017 February 3 February 6 February 8 February 9 February 13 February 16 and February 17
Dates on internet should only used to get an idea. These are computer generated based on a particular time zone.

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.

Guru Ast 2017 – Guru Astha months in 2017 in Hindu Calendar

Guru asta is a specific period in Hindu calendars. During this period no auspicious ceremonies are held in North India. Guru Astha 2017 time and date is given below:

Guru Ast is from October 12, 2017 to November 9, 2017. Marriages are not performed during the period. Thus you will not find Marriage dates and other auspicious function dates in October and November 2017
The total number of days in a Guru  Ast are 28 days. Roughly a month.

January 2017 House Warming Dates – Auspicious and Good Dates for House Warming in January 2017

Below are the Auspicious house warming dates in January 2017. Please note that these good dates are meant to give a general idea. If you are a strict follower of astrology, then you should consult a local astrologer where the house is located as sunrise time in the area is very important in deciding the house warming time.

January 6 January 7 January 9 January 13 January 18 January 19 January 23 and January 30
Dates on internet should only be used to get an idea. These are computer generated based on a particular time zone.

Auspicious Dates in 2017 For Moving House – Hindu Calendar and Panchang

Below are the auspicious dates in 2017 for moving house as per Hindu Calendar and Panchang

January 2017 – January 6, 7, 9, 13, 18, 19, 23 and January 30 February 2017 – February 2, 3, 6, 8, 9, 13, 16 and February 17 March 2017 - March 8, 9, 15 and March 18 April 2017 – April 28 May 2017 – May 1, 6, 8,17, 18, 19, 22 and May 27 June 2017 – June 3, 5, 10, 15 and June 19 July 2017 – July 28, 29 and July 31 August 2017 – August 2, 9, 12 and August 17 September 2017 – No auspicious dates October 2017 – No auspicious dates November 2017 – November 9, 10, 15, 25, 27 and November 29 December 2017 – December 4

Shubh Muhurat in October 2017 in Hindu Calendar and Panchang – Shubh Mahurat October 2017

Shubh Muhurat days in October 2017 as per Hindu calendar is based on astrological calculations and the period of Shubh Mahurat varies from country to country and even within regions in India. The Shubh Muhurats below are based on Panchangs followed in India and is meant to give an idea regarding good days in October.

Shubh Muhurat October 2017 –

October 1 till 2:10 PM October 2 October 3 October 4 October 5 after 1:05 PM October 6 October 7 October 10 good after 12:35 PM October 11 good till 9:05 AM October 13 October 14 good till 2:35 PM October 15 October 16 October 17 October 18 October 19 October 20 October 21 October 22 good date after 12:25PM October 25 October 26 October 27 good till 2:40 PM October 28 October 29 October 30 October 31 good till 7:05 AM

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

Amavasya in January 2017 date and time in Hindu Calendar - No Moon Day or Amavas in 2017

Amavasya is the no moon day (some refer it as new moon day) in a traditional Hindu lunar calendar. Amavasya January 2017 date is January 27. The Amavasya begins at 4:55 AM on  January 27, 2017 and ends at 5:41 AM on January 28, 2017 in most regions. Amavasya Vrat is marked on January 27, 2017 - a single meal is taken while fasting on the day by some Hindu communities.

Time in Western parts of India (Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa and parts of North Rajasthan) - 5:02 AM on January 27, 2017 and ends at 5:37 AM on January 28, 2017.

The famous Thai Amavasya is observed in calendars followed in Tamil Nadu on January 27.
The day is observed as Mauni Amavasya in many regions.

It is an important bathing date during Magh Mela.
Shradh and Tarpan rituals are to be performed on the morning of January 27, 2017.

The fortnight that starts with Amavasi is the Shukla Paksha or the waxing phase of the moon.
January 27, 2017 Amavasya is the Magh Amavasya in calendars followed in North India.
In calendars fol…

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

Today’s Hindu Calendar – December 30, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Friday, December 30, 2016 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon till 1:20 PM on December 30. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is December 30, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious date. Nakshatra – Purva Shada or Pooradam Nakshatra till 1:21 PM on December 30. Then onward it is Uttara Shada or Uthiradam Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Purva Shada or Pooradam Nakshatra till 1:14 PM on December 30. Then onward it is Uttara Shada or Uthiradam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Dhanu Rashi till 7:44 PM. Then onward it is Makar Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajast…