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Cher Chera Festival in Chhattisgarh

Cher Chera is a harvest festival observed in Chhattisgarh in Paush month (December – January). It is observed on the full moon day in Paush month. Cher Chera Festival 2018 date is January 2. The highlight of the festival is cher chera melodious folks songs.

The harvest festival is dedicated to the reaping of paddy. Rice forms an important part of the rural food in Chhattisgarh.

During the same period numerous such festivals are held throughout India – the most important being Sankranti and Pongal.

Dasara in Bastar
Hanuman is worshipped in Female Form in this Chhattisgarh Temple 

Bhogi Pongal 2018 date – Bogi Festival in Tamil Nadu in 2018

Bhogi Pongal, Bogi festival, is the first day of Pongal festival in Tamil Nadu and is also the first day of the Telugu Sankranti celebrations in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Bhogi Pongal 2018 date is January 13. The day is popularly meant for cleaning – all things that are bad and of no use are burned on the day. Earlier only agricultural waste used to burned on the day.

In Tamil Nadu, Bhogi festival is observed on the last day of Margazhi Month. The next day is the Pongal festival or the Thai Pongal. Thus Bhogi is also seen as a preparation day for the Thai Pongal festival.

Bhogi is dedicated to Lord Indra, the Vedic God of thunder and rain. Scholars and historians are of the opinion that Bogi Pongal is the Indra Vizha festival observed during the ancient Chola period.

In Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, Bogi festival is celebrated generally in the Pushya or Paush month – a day before Makar Sankranti.

On the Bhogi day people, decorate their homes and buy new vessels and other utensil…

Swasthani Katha in Nepal: Month Long Telling of Stories in Magh Month in Nepal - Swasthani Brata

Shri Swasthani Brata Katha is a popular ritual observed in Nepal in the Magh month (January – February) during winter. The ritual is dedicated to Goddess Shree Swasthani, a Goddess known to grant wishes of her devotees, and Madhav Narayan. In 2018, it is from January 2 to January 31. The month long telling of the tales are dedicated to the Goddess and the stories that are mainly narrated are those of Swasthani Devi, Lord Shiva other Gods.

The Brata is observed from Paush Purnima to Magh Purnima as per traditional Hindu Calendar followed in Nepal. (January - February). 
Goddess Shree Swasthani is usually portrayed as a four-handed deity with charka, trishul, sword and lotus in each hand sitting at the center while Asta Matrika or eight deities of power – Mahakali, Baishanavi, Brahmi Maheswari, Kaumeshwari, Barahi, Indrayani and Chamunda painted around her.
It is believed that Goddess Swasthani helped Goddess Sati overcome her troubles after she burned herself at Daksha Yagam after hea…

Swami Vivekananda Jayanti 2018 date - Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda in 2018

Swami Vivekananda Jayanti 2018 date based on Hindu panchang and calendar. Swami Vivekananda Jayanti celebrates the birthday of Swami Vivekananda. Swami Vivekananda's birthday falls on the Paush Krishna Saptami, the 7th day after the full moon day in the Hindu month of Paush. Therefore the date varies from year to year. According to the English calendar or the generally used Indian Calendar, Swami Vivekananda was born on January 12, 1863. In 2018, the date of the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda as per Hindu Lunar Calendar Tithi is on January 8. In 2018, it is the 155th birth anniversary.

Indian Government and certain organizations observe the birth anniversary on January 12.

Ramakrishna mission and many other organizations associated with Swami Vivekananda observe it annually on Paush Krishna Paksha Saptami Tithi. (January 19, 2017)

Numerous programs are organized in India and in several countries around the world on the day. In India, it is observed as the National Youth Da…

Ganga Sagar Mela 2018 in January at Sagar Island in West Bengal

Ganga Sagar Mela, also known as Ganga Sagar Yatra or Ganga Snan, is the annual gathering of Hindu pilgrims to take holy dip in River Ganga before She merges in the Bay of Bengal Sea during Makar Sankranti at Sagar Island or Sagardwip in West Bengal, India. Ganga Sagar Mela 2018 date is January 14.

People take holy dip on January 13, January 14 and January 15.

The Gangasagar fair begins a couple of day early and ends on the day after Sankranti. Hindu pilgrims from India and around the world arrive at SagarIsland to take a holy dip in sacred waters of GangaRiver before She merges in the Bay of Bengal.

Thousands of Hindus take holy dip at the auspicious time on Makar Sankranti day morning and offer prayers to Lord Surya (sun god). The holy dip is believed to wash the sins away and lead to the attainment of Moksha.

After performing Ganga Snan, pilgrims visit the KapilmuniTemple situated nearby. This is an ancient temple and is one of its kind in India.

Devotees start to arrive in the f…

Positive attitude can make a great difference in life

If we start complaining, there is so much to complain about. Life is a matter of habit. We should always have a positive view.

Positive attitude can make a great difference in life.

Anticipating troubles only produce unnecessary worry and tension.

Excessive worry makes us unfit and erodes out strength. It clouds our vision and distracts our thinking process.
We all have tremendous potential to overcome obstacles and achieve success. We all have the strength to face difficulties and overcome them. Only we have to realize our true potential and strengths.


Today’s Hindu Calendar – January 8, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Sunday, January 8, 2017 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon till 4:02 AM on January 8. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is January 8, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good date. Nakshatra – Bharani Nakshatra till 9:48 AM on January 8. Then onward it is Karthigai or Krittika or Kartika Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Bharani Nakshatra till 12:27 PM on January 8. Then onward it is Karthigai or Krittika or Kartika Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mesha Rashi till 3:23 PM. Then onward it is Vrishabha Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Mesha Rashi till 5:55 …