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Sankat Chaturthi Vrat Viddhi in Hindi

Sankat Chaturthi Vrat is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. You can read the Vrat Viddhi in Hindi below.

What is Uttarayana? – The Importance of Uttarayana Punyakala

In Hindu tradition, one human year is believed to be one day for Gods. For Gods, it is Day during Uttarayana and it is night during Dakshinayana. Uttarayana starts on Makara Sankramana Day usually January 14th or 15th. Uttarayana in 2017 begins on January 14.

Please note that there are many scholars in India who believe that the Uttarayana Punyakala or winter solstice falls on the 21st of December. But this has been ignored. 

Uttarayana and Dakshinayana comprises of six months each. Uttarayana means the northern movement of the sun. The period starting from Capricorn Zodiac (Makara Rashi) up to Gemini Zodiac (Mithuna Raasi) is called as Uttarayana. The period when Sun leaves Gemini Zodiac is known as Kataka Sankramana and this marks the end of the Uttarayana period. This happens annually on July 15th or 16th.

Uttarayana is referred as Devayana, as it is the daytime for Gods, and most of the auspicious ceremonies and rituals are performed only in this period by certain Hindu communi…

Til Chauth

Til Chauth is an auspicious day observed on the fourth day of the Krishna Paksha or waning phase of moon of Magh month as per Hindu calendar followed in North India. Til Chauth 2018 date is January 5. People apply Til or Sesame paste on the body and take bath on the day.

Various food items made from Til or Sesame are also distributed on the day.

Most popular delicacies include Til Wadi and sweets made of til mixed with sugar or jaggery and groundnuts.

It must be noted that the ritual of Til Chauth is also observed on the 4th day of shukla paksha of magh month in western parts of India especially in Maharashtra. This will be on January 31, 2017 and is known as Til Kund Chaturthi.

Tilodaka – Water Charged with Til or Sesame Seeds in Shradh Rituals
Reason for the Use of Black Color and Sesame – Til or Ellu – During Winter 

Malayalam Calendar 2005 Online – Download Kerala Calendar year 2005 in jpeg format

Malayalam Calendar 2005 followed in Kerala is provided by the Deepika Newspaper. The 2005 year Malayalam calendar contains important festivals in Kerala and uses Malayalam language to mention Nakshatram and festival details. This Kerala calendar of 2005 of Deepika is not in pdf format but in jpeg format. But you can save the webpage or image format and use it.
You can try this to use themain calendar link. (in this select the 2005 calendar for viewing)

Malayalam Calendar 2004 Online – Download Kerala Calendar year 2004 in jpeg format

Malayalam Calendar 2004 followed in Kerala is provided by the Deepika Newspaper. The 2004 year Malayalam calendar contains important festivals in Kerala and uses Malayalam language to mention Nakshatram and festival details. This Kerala calendar of 2004 of Deepika is not in pdf format but in jpeg format. But you can save the webpage or image format and use it.
You can try this to use the main calendar link. (in this select the 2004 calendar for viewing)

Kakotishwar Mahadev in Ujjain – Story of Kakotishwar Form of Shiva – 10th Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Kakotishwar Mahadev is worshiped in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the 84 forms of Shiva worshiped in Ujjain. Those offering prayers to Kakotishwar will be cured of all forms of poisoning including those of reptiles.

The temple dedicated to Kakotishwar Mahadev is located at Harsiddhi Temple Complex in Ujjain. This form of Shiva is associated with naga Karkodaka.

Kakotishwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 10th temple visited during the parikrama of Shivalayas here.

Story of Kakotishwar Mahadev form of Shiva in Ujjain Legend has it that once Goddess Uma cursed the nagas that they will perish at the yajna of Janmajeya. Some Nagas led by Karkotaka approached Brahma who advised them to go to Mahakaal Vana and offer prayers to Lord Shiva.

Here, the nagas made a Shivling and offered prayers. Pleased with their devotion, Shiva gave the boon to Karkotaka that those nagas that followed Dharma would be rescued.
As Karkotaka offered prayers here, the…

Sabarimala Makaravilakku 2018 date - Ayyappa Temple Makara Vilakku Festival in 2018

Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple Makaravilakku and Makarajyothi festival is observed on the first day of the Makara Masam as per traditional Malayalam calendar followed in Kerala. Sabarimala Makaravilakku 2018 date is Sunday, January 14. The popular is that Lord Ayyappa merged with the main murti in the SabarimalaTemple on the day.

On the Sabarimala Makaravilakku day, the evening deeparadhana is the most important puja. During the deeparadhana, Lord Ayyappa gives darshan fully attired in the Thrivaabharanam – gold ornaments – which is specially brought from the PandalamPalace.

Before the evening deeparadhana on Makaravilakku day, an eagle hovers over the SabarimalaTemple. Next the Makara Star appears on the sky – Makarajyothi is the star that appears on the sky on the day in the evening. Next is the appearance of Makaravilakku – it is the light that appears three times in the distant hill at Ponnambala Medu.

Story of Sabarimala Makaravilakku

Purnima 2017 - 2018 dates and time – Poornima – the full moon days in 2017 in Hindu calendar

Purnima dates and time in 2017 - 2018 based on Hindu calendar and Indian Standard Time. In 2017, there are 12 Purnimas. Purnima, or Poornima, is the full moon day in traditional Hindu calendar. The day is considered highly auspicious by Hindus and some communities fast or keep Vrat (Purnima fasting) from sunrise to sunset on the day. Here are the Purnima dates in 2017. (Please note that in some regions Purnima might start a day early and overlap into the next day). Poornima is known as Pournami in South India.

Purnima days in 2017 based on Indian Standard Time (IST)

Purnima 2017 Dates
September 6, 2017, Wednesday – Bhadrapad Purnima. Time is from 11:57 AM on September 5 to 12:06 PM on September 6. Purnima fasting is on September 5.

October 5, 2017, Thursday – Time is from 12:55 AM on October 5 to 12:08 AM on October 6. Ashwin Purnima – (Sharad Poornima - Kojagari Purnima are marked on October 5). Fasting is on October 5.

November 4, 2017, Saturday – Time is from 12:58 PM on November 3…

Khandoba Yatra at Pal in Maharashtra – Khandoba Festival at Pali near Satara

Khandoba Yatra is annually organized in Paush month at Pal or Pali near Satara in Maharashtra. The yatra or festival celebrates the marriage of Khandoba (incarnation of Shiva) with GoddessMhalsa. Khandoba Yatra 2017 date is January 10.
The marriage ceremony attracts thousands of devotees to Pali. The murti of Khandoba and Goddess Mhalsa are carried from the temple to a common area for the ceremony. The procession is led by a person sitting atop an elephant belonging to an important family in the region.
The procession starts from a Wada (Old Marathi building) and goes to the KhandobaTemple. Here the procession receives the murtis of Khandoba and Goddess Mhalsa.
Later the marriage is held at an appointed spot called Bahula.
Khandoba Yatra at Pal is annually observed on Paush Shukla Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waxing phase of moon in Paush month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in Maharashtra.
KhandobaTemple at Pali is located around 33 km from Sata…

Chhoti Patan Devi Temple in Patna, Bihar

Chhoti Patan Devin Temple at Patna in Bihar is an ancient shrine and is dedicated to Goddess Kali, Lakshmi and Saraswati. The temple is located east of Patna Railway Junction. The popular belief is that a part of the right thigh of Goddess Sati fell here. Hence, the Chhoti Patan Devi Temple is also regarded as a Shaktipeetah.

Apart from the murtis of Goddesses, there are murtis of Ganesha, Hanuman, Shivling, Goddess Durga and of several other gods and goddesses in Hindu pantheon.

People suffering from chicken pox and small pox arrive at the shrine looking for cure.
Vijayadasami is the most important festival celebrated here.

Makaravilakku 2018 Live Online – Sabarimala Temple Makara Jyothi 2018 Live Video Online

There is no official website on the internet providing live webcasting of Sabarimala Makaravilakku 2018 and Makara Jyothi but you can still watch it live online on Saturday, January 14, 2018. Most of television channels in Kerala and some in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh will be telecasting live the Sabarimala Makara Jyothi and Makaravilaku form Ayyappa Temple on January 14, 2018 in the evening from 1700 hrs. So the best option is to look for the live streaming of television channels.

The news channels in Kerala like Indiavision , Asianet and Manorama News has websites doing live streaming.

Best option - Janam TV live - in all probability they will be airing Makavialkku live.

Another Option - Mathurbhumi News will also be airing the Makaravilakku and Makara Jyothi 2018 live.

Another option - The ideal option is to view Makaravilakku festival on Asianet News - Asianet News Live

Another option - You can watch Makaravilakku Live in Tamil on Jaya TV 

Other Options - chances only du…

Tradition cannot ever supersede truth – Dr S Radhakrishnan

We cannot change bad things. But we can change our attitude towards them.

The truly great are not those who have more money or brains or higher social position. God does not think less of people because they are poor or unintelligent. What matters is whether we have been kind to others and honest and sincere with ourselves and in our intimate relations with others.

The superiority of the West is due to its intellectual integrity, the sincerity of its pursuit of truth. From the time of Socrates, the seeker of truth, down till today, the Western mind, with rare exceptions, has been remarkably free from self-complacency, intellectual laziness and blind faith in ancient wisdom.
Tradition cannot ever supersede truth. What is manifestly wrong cannot become right by the mere force of custom or authority. Conscience cannot be silenced by scripture. We must clear our mind of the cobwebs which are found there.
– Dr S Radhakrishnan

Today’s Hindu Calendar – January 9, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Monday, January 9, 2017 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waxing phase of moon till 2:19 AM on January 9. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waxing phase of moon till 11:17 PM on January 9. Then onward it is onward it is Shukla Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is January 9, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious day after 10:16 AM. Nakshatra – Karthigai or Krittika or Kartika Nakshatra till 8:19 AM on January 9. Then onward it is Rohini Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Karthigai or Krittika or Kartika Nakshatra till 10:17 AM on January 9. Then onward it is Rohini Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sig…