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Thai Karthigai – Kirthigai festival in Tamil Month Thai

Karthigai, or Kirthigai Nakshatram, in the month Tamil month Thai is considered highly auspicious by Lord Muruga or Skanda devotees. Thai Karthigai 2018 date is January 26. The Nakshatram or birth star, Kirthigai, is associated with Lord Muruga or Subrahmanya and the Karthigai Nakshatram day is considered auspicious. Special pujas and fasting is observed on Thai Karthigai day by Skanda devotees.

On the day, many devotees observe a complete or partial fast and walk to LordMurugaTemple with Kavadi on shoulders and Pal Kuddam (milk pots) on their heads.

Muruga temples are special decorated and traditional musical instruments and songs are played continuously.

Special abhishekam on Lord Muruga with milk, curd, panchamirtham, tender coconut water, sandalwood paste, honey, rose water and other auspicious items are performed on the day. There will be also procession of Lord Muruga through the temple streets in some areas.

The most famous and important festival observed in Thai month is t…

Vallabhacharya Jayanti

One of the most popular Vaishnava Saints, Vallabhacharya is the founder of the Pushtimarg or Pushti Sect. In 2018, the date of Vallabhacharya Jayanti is January 18. The jayanti is observed on the Magh Shukla Paksha Pratipada. Vallabhacharya taught monism or the ShuddhadvaitaSchool of philosophy and it stresses that Shri Krishna is responsible for all animate and inanimate and only through His blessings can a human being attain Moksha. Worshipping Lord Krishna in the form of Shrinathji was introduced by Saint Vallabha.

Legend has it that Vallabhacharya during one of his journeys to North West of India noticed a strange phenomenon near MountGovardhan. There he saw a cow daily going to a particular spot in the mountain and shedding milk. Vallabhacharya asked people to dig the place and there they found the idol of Shree Nathji.

It is said that Lord Krishna had given darshan to Vallabhacharya in the form of Shree Nathji and hugged him.

Some people consider Vallabhacharya as an incarnati…

Sapthotsva at Udupi Sri Krishna Temple – Makar Sankranti Festival at Udupi Sri Krishna Temple

The annual Makar Sankranti Festival observed in the Udupi SriKrishnaTemple is known as Sapthotsva. The seven-day festival usually begins on January 9 and the most important date is January 15. The final day sees three beautifully decorated chariots pulled around the streets. The festival commemorates the establishment of the Bhagvan Sri Krishna Murti at the Udupi SriKrishnaTemple by Saint Madhwacharya around 800 years ago.
The utsava murtis in the Udupi SriKrishnaTemple are brought to the Madhwa Sarovara (sacred pond on the premises of the temple) in a golden palanquin at around 7.30 PM on Makar Sankranti day. The murtis are then kept on a decorated boat and taken thrice around the sacred pond.
After the boat ride, the murtis are taken to the front of the SriKrishnaTemple.
The murtis are then taken around on chariots.
The utsava murti of Bhagvan Sri Krishna is placed on the Brahma Ratha; The utsava murti of Mukhyaprana is placed on the Garudu Ratha The utsava murtis of Anantheshwara…

Pongal Quotes – Thoughts and sayings on Pongal

The sun itself stands for all the ideals of the Pongal festival. Its message is that of light, unity, equality and true selflessness. These are the ideals of Karma Yoga. Hence, the sun is the greatest Karma Yogi.
When we celebrate Pongal, our sense of value changes. We begin to understand that our real wealth is the goodwill and friendship of your relatives, friends, neighbors and other human beings. Our wealth is the land on which our food grows, the cattle which help us in agriculture, and the cow which gives us milk. We begin to have greater love and respect for them and for all living beings – the crows, the fish and all other creatures.
To the agriculturalist, Pongal is a day of triumph. He would have by then brought home the fruits of his patient toil. Symbolically, the first harvest is offered to the Almighty – and that is Pongal. To toil was his task, his duty, but the fruit is now offered to the Lord. This is the spirit of Karma Yoga. Swami Sivananda
Of all the things that…

We are the architect of our destiny

Earth becomes hell for us when our minds are filled with lust, anger, hatred and greed.

Hatred is a fire that keeps burning in our heart. It does more harm to us than to our enemy.

Pay attention to our thoughts. They are forces that can make or mar a person.

Our thoughts, desires, impulses, emotions, feelings and fancies decide whether we are building heaven or hell on earth.

Our present condition is the result of our thoughts and actions. We are the architect of our destiny.
We can develop heaven around us when we have thoughts of love, compassion, beauty, joy, faith, freedom, good health, happiness, harmony, purity, peace and wisdom.


Today’s Hindu Calendar – January 14, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Saturday, January 14, 2017 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waning phase of moon till 2:11 PM on January 14. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is January 14, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good date. Nakshatra – Pushya or Poosam or Pooyam Nakshatra till 1:03 AM on January 14. Then onward it is Aslesha or Ayiliyam Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Aslesha or Ayiliyam Nakshatra till 10:55 PM on January 14. Then onward it is Magha or Makam Nakshatra.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Karka Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Karka Rashi till 10:55 PM. Then onward it is SimhaRashi.
Festivals, V…