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Magh Mela 2018 dates at Sangam in Allahabad – Prayag - Magha Mela in 2018

Magh Mela is an important annual Hindu ritual held on the banks of Sangam (Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati) in Prayag (modern day Allahabad). In 2018, Magh Mela begins on January 2 and ends on February 13. Magh Mela is also known as mini Kumbh Mela and is held in Magh month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India. The main ritual involves taking a holy dip (bathing) at Sangam on auspicious dates. It must be noted here that Magh Mela is not confined to the Magh month and the important bathing dates are spread over a period of 45 days.
The important dates during Magh Mela 2017 are:
January 2 (Paush Purnima)
January 14 and 15 (Makar Sankranti)
January 16 and 17 (Mauni Amavasya)
January 22 (Basant Panchami)
January 31 (Maghi Poornima)
and February 13 (Maha Shivratri)
It is widely believed that taking a holy dip at the Sangam on the auspicious days during the period will wash away the sins and will lead to Moksha (merging with the Supreme Soul) – the ultimate aim of Hindus.

Tiruvathirai Festival in Kerala – Thiruvathira in Dhanu Masam in Kerala

Thiruvathirai festival is observed on the Tiruvathira Nakshatram day in the Malayalam month of Dhanu Masam (December – January). Tiruvathirai Festival 2018 date is January 1. Tiruvathirai is also the name of a famous dance form of Kerala and it is performed on the day. The festival is mainly dedicated to Lord Shiva and there are two popular beliefs – one is that on the day Kamadeva was burned to ashes by Lord Shiva. Another legend is Lord Shiva’s return to the world after ending harsh austerities and tapas that he was performing after the death of Goddess Sati.

The festival is dedicated exclusively to the women folk and reminds one of the enviable positions that women enjoyed in Kerala society during the medieval period. The government of India cultural departments writes about the festival From prehistoric times, Malayalee woman enjoyed an enviable position in the society, and she was practically the mistress of her house. The elevated position she occupied at home and in the soci…

Mauli Devi – Information About Hindu Goddess Mauli Devi

Goddess Mauli Devi, also referred as Ma Mauli, is a manifestation of Mother Goddess and is worshipped mainly in Maharashtra. She is a village deity. The main temples dedicated to the Goddess are located in Satara and Sangli District in Maharashtra.

Goddess Mauli Devi is a kind form of Goddess Shakti. She showers motherly love on her children. The murti or idol of Mauli Devi symbolizes kinds and motherly affection.

She is worshipped for peace, prosperity, protection, good agriculture, healthy children, early cure of diseases and for victory over enemies.

The murti of the Goddess  is dressed like a Marathi woman. Her hands are in blessing posture.
Mauli Devi removes darkness caused by Adharma. She upholds righteousness by protecting those who practice Dharma.

Makar Sankranti 2018 Date - Makarsankranti in 2018

Makar Sankranti, also known as Sankranti or Makara Sankrant, is one of the highly auspicious days in a Hindu calendar and the day is dedicated to the worship of Lord Surya (Sun God). In 2018, the date of Makar Sankranti is January 14. Punyakaal or time to take holy bath is at early morning from 1:56 PM on January 14. Makar Sankranti is the day when the sun enters into the zodiac Capricorn or Makara. It is also known as Uttarayana Punyakalam and heralds the arrival of spring season.

Lord Surya is worshipped on the Makar Sankranti day and is a form of Nature Worship. A major event on the day is the bathing ritual at Sangam (confluence of Yamuna, Saraswati and Ganga) in Allahabad and also in the famous bathing ghats on River Ganga. Taking a holy dip on the day is considered to cleanse sins committed and this will lead to Moksha (Salvation).

Uttarayana Punyakalam, the day time of Devas, begins with the Makar Sankranti and lasts for six months. This period is ideal for all kind of auspici…

Thyagaraja Aradhana 2018 date – Thiruvaiyaru Thyagaraja Aradhana Music Festival in 2018

Thyagaraja Aradhana, dedicated to Saint Thyagaraja, the greatest saint composer of Carnatic music, is observed in Paush month. Thyagaraja Aradhana 2018 date is January 2 to January 6. The music festival is held during this period for five days. The festival is held at Thiruvaiyaru near Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu and is also therefore known as Thiruvaiyaru Thyagaraja Aradhanai. The festival is observed on the fifth day during the Krishna paksha or waning phase of moon in the Telugu month of Paush or Pushya. The 171st Aradhana Festival Pancha Rathna Keerthana is on 6th January 2018.

Accomodation: Many people have accommodation during the Aradhana at Thanjavur, which is around 13 km from Thiruvaiyaru.

Contact: For more information regarding the Aradhana you can contact: Sri Thyagabrahma Mahostsava Sabha (Regd.)
(19 OF 1941)
31, Thirumanjana Veethi , Thiruvaiyaru – 613204
Thanjavur District
Tamil Nadu , India Ph: 04362 - 262661, 262662 Cell: +91- 9443463816
E.mail id : thiruvaiyaruthyagara…

Vaikunta Ekadasi at Sri Ranganatha Temple in Srirangam

At the Sri Ranganatha temple in Srirangam, Vaikunta Ekadasi lasts for 21 days – which is divided into two parts of pagal pathu and Ira pathu. On the Vaikunta Ekadasi day, the most important event at Srirangam is the ‘Sorga Vasal Opening’ – Paramapada Vaasal - the opening of door to Vaikunta - abode of Srihari Vishnu. In 2017, Vaikunta Ekadasi date is December 29.

On this day, Bhagvan Srihari Vishnu is clothed is an armor of pearls and is brought to the Thousand-Pillared Hall from the inner shrine. The idol is brought through the northern gate known as ‘the Gate of Vaikuntha’ or the gate to the heaven. This gate is opened only on the Vaikuntha Ekadasi day.
The lord holds the Divine Durbar in the Thousand Pillared Hall and Nalayira Dhivyaprabandham is recited. The Lord returns late in the night.

Vaikunta Ekadasi at Sri Ranganatha Temple is observed for 21 days. The ten days before Vaikunta Ekadasi is observed as Pagalpaththu and the next ten days after Vaikunta Ekadasi is observed as E…

Good Date To Shift House In September 2017

Majority of Hindus look for auspicious and good date to shift house. Below are the good dates in September 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.

September 1 is good date till 8:35 PM September 2 is good after 9:40 AM September 3 September 4 September 5 is good till 12:40 PM September 6 September 7 September 8 September 9 is good after 9:15 AM September 11 is good till 9:15 AM September 12 is good till 2:05 PM September 13 September 15 is good till 7:30 AM September 16 September 17 is good till 2:40 PM September 21 September 22 September 25 September 27 is good dafter 10:00 AM September 28 is good after 8:25 AM September 29 September 30

Jijamata Jayanti – Mata Jijabai Jayanthi

Jijamata Jayanti is the birth anniversary of Jijabai, the mother of Chatrapathi Shivaji Maharaj. In 2018, Jijamata Jayanti date is January 2. As per Gregorian or English calendar her birthday is on January 12. Her Jayanthi is observed on the Paush Purnima day, or full moon day in Poush month, as per traditional Marathi calendar.

It was Jijamata's courage, strong sense of duty, self respect and resilience that inspired Shivaji Maharaj to become the greatest Maratha ruler and warrior.

Jijabhai was the daughter of Lakhuji Jadhavrao of Ahmednagar. She was married to Shahji of Pune.

She had to undergo numerous hardships even when she was pregnant with Shivaji Maharaj. It was such hardships that strengthened her resolve that a protector of the Hindus was must and the result of it was Chatrapathi Shivaji Maharaj, the greatest Maratha warrior.

Tridev Mandir in Varanasi

Tridev Mandir is located on Sankat Mochan Road in Varanasi. The temple is dedicated to Maa Sati and Khatu Shyam. The Goddess worshipped here is a reincarnation of Uttara of Mahabharata.

Legend has it that Uttara was reborn in a Vaishya family in Rajasthan during Kali Yuga. She avenged the death of her husband and then attained Sati.

The main murtis worshiped in the temple are that of Maa Sati and Khatu Shyam. Only the head of Khatu Shyam is worshipped in the shrine.

Other murtis worshipped in the temple are that of Ganesh, Ram, Sita Lakshman, Radha Krishna, Ma Anjani, Bhagavan Balasar, Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

The temple has three domes with Kalash. The annual pran prathishta anniversary is held on February 14.

Other important dates in the shrine are last Sunday of Shravan month, Hanuman Jayanti, Aghan Navami, Bhado Amavas and Annakut.

Shasti Fasting: How to observe Muruga Shasthi Vratam?

Shasti Vratam or Upvaas is an important fast dedicated to Lord Muruga or Kartikeya. There are two Shastis in a Hindu lunar month. One Shasthi after Amavasya and another after Purnima (Pournami). The Shasti coming after Amavasya (new moon night) is the one meant for fasting. In simple terms, the Shasti coming during the increasing or growing phase of the moon. Lord Muruga is also known as Subramanian or Skanda or Kanda.
How to observe Shasti Vratam? The Shasti fasting begins with sunrise. The fast is broken on the next day morning after praying to Lord Surya (Sun God).
Most people observing the fast make it a point to visit MuruganTemple on this day.
It is a complete fast in many places. But this might not be quite possible for many people due to job, health and other reasons. So many people take some sort of vegetarian food on this day – this is usually a single meal in the afternoon or night.
Many people also opt for a fruit diet on the day. Some avoid solid food.
In several K…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – January 4, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon till 12:20 PM on January 4. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is January 4, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good date. Nakshatra – Purvabhadrapada or Pooruruttathi Nakshatra till 3:09 PM on January 4. Then onward it is Uttarabhadrapada or Uthrittathi Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Purvabhadrapada or Pooruruttathi Nakshatra till 5:15 PM on January 4. Then onward it is Uttarabhadrapada or Uthrittathi Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kumbha Rashi till 9:11 AM. Then onward it is Meena Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south R…