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Significance of Arudhra Darshan – Celebration of the Cosmic Dance of Lord Shiva.

Arudhra Darshan or Arudara Darshan is observed in the Tamil month of Margazhi (December – January). It is essentially a Shaivite festival and celebrates the cosmic dance of Lord Shiva, which is represented by the Nataraja form. Arudhra signifies the golden red flame and Shiva performs the dance in the form this red-flamed light. In 2018, Arudhara Darshan is on Monday, January 1.
The cosmic dance of Lord Shiva represents five activities – Creation, Protection, Destruction, Embodiment and Release. In essence, it represents the continuous cycle of creation and destruction. This cosmic dance takes place in every particle and is the source of all energy. Arudra Darshan celebrates this ecstatic dance of Lord Shiva.
It takes place on the full moon night (along with Arudara Birth Star) in the month of Margazhi and this is also the longest night in a year. The festival is mainly observed in the Tamil speaking world.
The most important Arudhra Darshan festival takes place at the ChidambaramShiv…

How Lakshmana Killed Indrajit in the Ramayana?

Indrajit was the son of demon king Ravana. He had defeated Indra and had in his possession numerous divine arrows. Apart from this, he also could use magical powers in the battlefield. He also had the power to become invisible. It was nearly impossible to kill Indrajit. So how did Lakshmana kill Indrajith in the Ramayana?

Indrajith was nearly invincible in the battlefield. Ravana had put all his hopes on his son to defeat Rama’s army. Indrajit hid behind the clouds and showered arrows on Rama’s army. Many soldiers were hurt and it caused serious damage to the monkey army.

Lakshmana could not counter Indrajit because he was invisible.

Indrajith now became overconfident. He thought that soon he would put an end to the monkey army and Ram and Lakshman.

So he made victorious sounds and asked the monkey army to leave Lanka.

Lakshmana had learned the art of shooting arrows at the vibrations of a sound from his father Dasharatha.

Lakshmana picked up the Indra Astra and shot in the directio…

Uttarayan 2017 date

Uttarayan is the northern transit of Sun or Lord Surya and sun enters the Makar Rashi or Capricorn. Uttarayan 2017 date is January 14. The day is popularly known as Makar Sankranti or Sankrant. In South India, the northern transit of Sun is known as Uttarayana Punnyakalam – a period of six months – and is believed to be the day time of the Devas. The term Uttarayan is popularly used in Gujarat and Maharashtra.

The transition of sun, or Surya Sankranti, into Makar or Capricorn is considered highly auspicious and meritorious. According to Saint Jaimini, 12 hours and 46 minutes pre-and-post Sankranti is considered sacred. During this period making donations and helping poor is believed to bring merit to the donor.
Symbolically, the northern path is considered to be the path of Moksha.
On Uttarayan, millions of people take a holy dip at the sacred rivers especially in Ganga and Yamuna – especially at Prayag or Sangam or Allahabad. Thousands of people also take holy dip at Gangasagar in…

Pongal 2018 date in Tamil Nadu - Thai Pongal in 2018

Thai Pongal is one of the most important Tamil festivals and is observed in the Tamil Month Thai. Thai Pongal 2018 date is January 14. Pongal takes its name from the famous traditional Tamilian food of the same name and is dedicated to Lord Surya or the Sun God.

Thai Pongal is an ancient Tamil festival and its roots can be traced back to the Sangam Period (200 B.C.). The festival is also referred as Makar Sankaranthi and is observed on the first day of the Tamil month Thai. It is the auspicious day when the Sun enters the Makara Rasi and heralds the arrival of the spring.

Thai Pongal is a four day festival. The first day is Bhogi Pongal, it is observed on the last day of the Margazhi month. The second day is Pongal or Thai Pongal or Perum Pongal and is the most important day. The third day is Mattu Pongal. The fourth and final day of celebration is Kaanum Pongal.
Pongal is also essentially an agrarian festival. On the day, people worship the Sun God (Lord Surya or Suryan). Beautiful …

Good Date To Shift House In October 2017

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

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<

Siddheshwar Yatra in Solapur

Siddheshwar Yatra in Solapur in Maharashtra is annually held for four days to SiddheshwarTemple. In 2018, Siddheshwar Yatra in Solapur begins on January 13 and ends on January 16.
Siddheshwar is one among the most important teachers of the Lingayat sect. He was an ardent devotee of Shiva and is believed to have composed numerous devotional poems.
Siddheshwar Yatra in memory of a young girls’ devotion for Siddheshwar. Legend has it that a young girl wished to marry Siddheshwar after she was impressed by his teachings.
But Siddheshwar denied her permission to marry him. But the girl was adamant and finally Siddheshwar gave her permission to marry his Yoga Danda (stick held by yogis). This symbolic marriage function is annually held for four days and is known as Siddheshwar Yatra. The Nandi Dhwajas (flag mast) are presumed as bride and groom for the marriage.
The yatra is noted for the huge Rangolis that are drawn to welcome the yatras. Apart from the rituals, a huge fair is held for 15…

Sita Bani Temple

Sita Bani Temple is located inside Jim Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand. The legend associated with the temple began in the Treta Yuga, when Lord Ram banished Mata Sita to the forest.

It is believed that Sita Bani Temple is located at the spot where Sita lived in the forest along with Luv and Kush. Legend also has it that Mata Sita entered into lap of Mother Nature at the Sita Bani Temple.

To reach Sita Bani or Vani Temple, one has to travel around 20 kilometers from Ramnagar. After this, one has to descend around 20 steps to reach the temple area.

The temple is a small structure. One can see a murti of Mata Sita with Luv and Kush sitting on her lap. There is a beautiful Shivling near the sanctum of Mata Sita.

Lord Ganesha is also worshipped in the sanctum.
There is a small pond in the vicinity with water that tastes sweet.

Karka Rashi February 2017 Predictions – Kark Rashi Feb 2017 Rashifal

Karka Rashi, or Cancer Horoscope, born people will face financial crises in February 2017. The prediction, or Rashifal, for Karka Rashi Feb 2017 is based on Moon sign. Good, lucky and auspicious dates in February 2017 for Kark Rashi are February 5, 6, 9, 10, 14 and February 15.

Luck month if you are looking for a new job. An old favor done will be of great help in this month. Career progress. Financially it is not a great period. You might lose month through fine, theft of accidents. Business people will have a stagnant period. Avoid sharing your secrets. Romance related matters will face some trouble. Travels will be successful. Marriage related plans will go ahead smoothly. Health will be fine. Students will have a good period.

Mithuna Rashi February 2017 Predictions – Mithuna Rashi Feb 2017 Rashifal

Mithuna Rashi, or Gemini  Horoscope, born people will make profit through ancestral wealth in February 2017. The prediction, or Rashifal, for Mithuna Rashi Feb 2017 is based on Moon sign. Good, lucky and auspicious dates in February 2017 for Mithuna Rashi are February 6, 7, 12 and February 13.

Trouble in career. Tough period for those looking for a new job. Avoid making harsh decisions. There will be light at the end of the tunnel. Financial gains. Business related matters will see progress. Happy news in the family. Progress in romantic matters. Marriage will be fixed suddenly for some. Travels will be hectic and tiresome. Students need to be careful about their activities. There is chance of accidents and you need to be extremely careful. You will have serious health issues in this month.

Vrishabha Rashi February 2017 Predictions – Rishabh Rashi Feb 2017 Rashifal

Vrishabha Rashi, or Taurus Horoscope, born people will have to stay away from their home town in February 2016. The prediction, or Rashifal, for Vrishabha Rashi Feb 2017 is based on Moon sign. Good, lucky and auspicious dates in February 2017 for Vrishabha are February 6, 9, 10, 16, 17 and February 18.

Those looking for job abroad will get one. New work at a distant place. Transfer. Avoid show of wealth and power. You will be able to get a vehicle. Tough situation is financial and business matters. A partner might cheat you. You will be bothered by unwanted thoughts. Marriage plans will move ahead smoothly. Love related matters will flourish. Travels will be hectic. Health worries for you and family members. Students will have a good month.

Mesha Rashi February 2017 Predictions – Mesha Rashi Feb 2017 Rashifal

Mesha Rashi, or Aries Horoscope, born people will face difficulties due to opposite sex in February 2017. The prediction, or Rashifal, for Mesha Rashi Feb 2017 is based on Moon sign. Good, lucky and auspicious dates in February 2017 for Mesha Rashi, or Aries Zodiac, are February 7, 8, 14, 15, 16 and February 17
Career trouble for some.
Those looking for a new job will be lucky in this month.
Good month in financial matters.
Your unwanted desires will cause serious trouble this month.
A member of the opposite might defame you.
Chance of trouble in business related matters.
Property gains.
Travels will be planned.
Romance related matters will end in trouble.
Marriage plans will face roadblocks.
Chance of accidents.
Students will be honored.

Sri Ramakrishna – Story on Renunciation

Talking about intense renunciation, Sri Ramakrishna tells Mahimacharan this story:

‘A certain woman said to her husband: “So-and-so has developed a spirit of great dispassion for the world, but I don’t see anything of that sort in you. He has sixteen wives. He is giving them up one by one.”

The husband, with a towel on his shoulder, was going to the lake for his bath. He said to his wife: “You are crazy! He won’t be able to give up the world. It is never possible to renounce bit by bit. I can renounce. Look! Here I go.”
He didn’t stop even to settle his household affairs. He left his home just as he was, the towel on his shoulder, and went away. That is intense renunciation!’

Today’s Hindu Calendar – January 5, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Thursday, January 5, 2017 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon till 10:09 AM on January 5. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is January 5, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good date till 2:00 PM. Nakshatra – Uttarabhadrapada or Uthrittathi Nakshatra till 2:13 PM on January 5. Then onward it is Revathi Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Uttarabhadrapada or Uthrittathi Nakshatra till 4:45 PM on January 5. Then onward it is Revathi Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Meena Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Meena Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Y…