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Significance of Vaikunta Ekadasi

Vaikunta Ekadasi is an important festival dedicated to Bhagvan Srihari Vishnu in the Tamil month of Margazhi (December-January). Vaikunda Ekadesi festival is of great significance at the TirupatiBalajiTemple, Srirangam SriRanganathaTemple and at the BhadrachalamTemple. In Kerala, it is known as Swarga Vathil Ekadashi. Next Vaikunta Ekadasi date is December 29, 2017. In United States, Vaikunta Ekadasi is on December 29, 2017. In Australia, it is on December 29, 2017.

The significance of Vaikunta Ekadasi can be traced back to the Padma Purana. The Purana indicates that Bhagvan Vishnu took the form of ‘Ekadasi’ – female energy – to kill demon Muran. This happened during the month of Margazhi. Impressed by ‘Ekadasi,’ Vishnu told her that whoever worships him on this day will reach ‘Vaikunta’ (heaven).
Like all Ekadasi days, devotees fast on this day and observe vigil the whole night. Some people indulge in meditation, Japa and singing of Hari Kirtan. Rice is avoided during ekadashi day…

Sankranti Kolam Pictures – Makar Sankranthi Muggu Photos

Special kolams or Rangoli designs are created on Bhogi Sankranti day in Andhra Pradesh to welcome Makar Sankranthi Lakshmi. Kolams or Rangoli drawn on the auspicious occasion is known as Muggu or Muggulu. The traditional Muggu contains pictures of boiling pongali pot, sugarcane, sun and pumpkins which is enriched by traditional designs. Here are few photos of Makar Sankranthi Muggulu from various sources. The pictures are from various sources and are copyrighted to the respective owners and are linked to the original source. Please note that the pongal kolams made in neighboring Tamil Nadu is quite similar to the Sankranti Muggu. Makar Sankranthi Muggu Click on the image for a larger view

Vaikunta Ekadasi at Sri Parthasarathi Swamy Temple in Triplicane Chennai

Vaikunta Ekadasi festival at SriParthasarathiSwamyTemple at Triplicane in Chennai is held on the 11th day of waxing phase of moon in Margazhi month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in Tamil Nadu. The most important ritual on the day is the Swargavasal Darshan. In 2018, Vaikunta Ekadasi is on December 18. The Swargavasal Darshan is at 4:30 AM.
Thousands of devotees patiently wait on the day to have a glimpse of Srihari Vishnu passing through the Paramapada Vaasal (the gateway to Heaven). This particular entry point to the sanctum sanctorum is only opened on the Vaikunta Ekadasi day.
On the day, the entire temple is filled with the chanting of the holy name `Govinda Govinda.’ Special pujas are held on the day.
Vaikunta Ekadasi at SriParthasarathiSwamyTemple in Triplicane, Chennai, is spread over 21 days. The first ten days which culminate with the Mohini Avataram is known as Pagalpathu. Then Vaikunta Ekadasi is observed. The ten days after the Ekadashi festival is referred as …

Kaisika Ekadasi at Srirangam

Kaisika Ekadasi at Srirangam Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple is observed during the Ekadasi falling during the shukla paksha, or waxing phase of moon, in Karthigai Masam. In 2017, Kaisika Ekadasi at Srirangam is on November 30.

On Kaisika Ekadasi day at Srirangam Temple, there is the special purappadu of Namperumal from the sanctum sanctorum to Sandanu mandapam in the morning. Special Tirumanajanam is performed here on the day.
In the evening, Namperumal is brought again from sanctum sanctorum to Arjuna mandapam where 365 cloths are adorned on him.
Another important event on the day is the recital of Kaisika Puranam.
It is believed that on this day, Bhagvan Vishnu proved to the world through Nampaduvan and a Brahma Rakshas that birth and caste are mere physical and what matters is devotion and adherence to truth. Kaisika is the name of a Ragam or Tune.
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Be happy with whatever we have achieved until now.

Wish for a better tomorrow but at the same time try to be happy with the present achievements.

Happiness and contentment should not be based on external factors. It should be always internal.

Scope of improvement in life does not mean we have failed in life until now. Be proud of what we have achieved until now and try to improve upon it.
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Today’s Hindu Calendar – January 7, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Saturday, January 7, 2017 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waxing phase of moon till 6:03 AM on January 7. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is January 7, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious date. Nakshatra – Ashwini or Ashwathy Nakshatra till 11:34 AM on January 7. Then onward it is Bharani Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Ashwini or Ashwathy Nakshatra till 2:18 PM on January 7. Then onward it is Bharani Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mesha Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Mesha Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Samba Dasami in Orissa
Kali Yuga Year – 51…