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Varad Chaturthi

Varad Chaturti, or Varad Til Chaturthi, is an auspicious day dedicated to Lord Ganesh and is observed on the fourth day of the Shukla Paksha of Magh month (January – February) as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in Maharashtra. In 2018, the date of Varad Chaturthi is January 21. The day is also observed as Ganesha Jayanti and Til Kund Chaturthi. Some people observe a fast on the day.

Ganesha devotees take bath on the day after applying Til paste (Sesame seed paste). After the bath, devotees offer special pujas and prayers to Lord Ganesha. Fasting during daytime is also undertaken by some devotees.

For Kashmiri Pandits, Varad Chaturthi is the fourth day of Shukla Paksha (the bright half) of every lunar month falling on a Saturday or Tuesday. It is also dedicated to Lord Ganesha and is also known as Shiva Chaturthi.

Ratanti Kali Puja – Ratanti Kalika Puja in January - February

Ratanti Kali Puja is annually observed in Magh month mainly by Goddess Shakti worshipers in eastern parts of India. Goddess Kali is worshipped on the day. On this day Goddess Kali is worshipped in the form of kind mother. Ratanti Kali Puja 2018 date is January 15.
Ratanti means “beloved.”
Ratanti Kali Puja is observed on the Magh Krishna Paksha Chaturdashi or the 14th day during waning phase of moon in Magh Month.
Two other Kali Pujas that are observed in a year are the Falharini Kalika Puja and Kali Puja on Diwali.

Goddess Kali Puja during Diwali

Story of Vaishnavastra

Story of Vaishnavastra is found in the Mahabharata and it is told to Arjuna by Bhagavan Sri Krishna. In the Mahabharata, Bhagadatta, used the dreaded arrow against Arjuna. Arjuna took aim to destroy the weapon but suddenly Krishna came in between and allow the arrow to hit him.

As soon as the arrow hit Sri Krishna, it turned into a garland of flowers.

Arjuna wanted to know the reason why Krishna bore the brunt of the arrow.

Krishna then told that the arrow Vaishnavastra was given to Bhagadatta by his father. He had received it from Bhudevi (Mother Earth).

Bhudevi had received the arrow from Lord Vishnu when He had lifted Her up from the bottom of the ocean.
No living being in the universe can withstand the power of the Vaishnavastra. This is the reason why Sri Krishna took the brunt of the arrow.

Goddess Bramarambika – Story of Bhramaramba Devi at Srisailam Temple

Goddess Bramarambika is one of the manifestations of Goddess Shakti. In this form, She is the consort of Mallikarjuna Swamy (Shiva) at the SrisailamTemple. There are several legends associated with Bhramaramba Devi and one of the most popular one is she releasing thousands of bees to annihilate a demon.

Legend has it that a demon named Arunasura after strict austerities and penance pleased God Brahma and gained the boon that he will not be killed by any living being with two or four legs.

After acquiring the boon, he started troubling devas, saints and humans. Due to the boon, Devas were unable to defeat him. Finally, all living beings approached Goddess Durga and requested to save them from Arunasura. Goddess Durga then released thousands of bees, which had six legs, from her body. They stung the Asura to death. Goddess Durga remained in the form of Bramarambika at Srisailam.

At SrisailamTemple, Bhramaramba Devi is depicted as having eight arms and is adorned with silk sari. Married …

Thyagaraja Aradhana Live Online

Thyagaraja Aradhana, dedicated to Saint Thyagaraja, the greatest saint composer of Carnatic music, is observed in Paush month. You can watch it live online on DD Podhigai TV on January 17, 2017.

You can watch it live here on the DD Podhigai TV youtubechannel.
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Aditya Temple at Ramak in Champawat

Dedicated to Surya, sun god, the Aditya Temple at Ramak is located amidst scenic surroundings. The shrine is around 75 km from Champawat in Uttarakhand. The temple is an ancient shrine and it was built by Chand Raja.

The temple has two domes. The shrine was renovated during the present century.
Two other shrines located near the temple are the Adi Mandir and Bhumia Mandir.

Truth is indescribable as it is beyond the reach of the senses and the mind – Swami Sivananda

O Ram! The body is like a bubble. It will pass away at any moment, even without your notice. Enquire into the nature of Brahman or the Infinite. Meditate on the Self and attain Immortal Bliss.

Life is the greatest of all teachers and this earth is its school. Truly, the world is the best school. All its lessons are taught through the Book of Nature.

Nature everywhere abounds with lofty lessons which alone are quite sufficient to bestow the highest wisdom to man. Each day is a valuable page in this book and each thing and natural phenomenon embodies a lesson to one who observes and reflects.
Truth is indescribable as it is beyond the reach of the senses and the mind, it is capable of direct realization through direct and actual experience only. When the transcendental experience is attempted to be described in words; when the Infinite is attempted to be brought within the comprehension of the finite mind or intellect; when the immeasurable is sought to be measured by speech; it is onl…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – January 17, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waning phase of moon till 2:02 PM on January 17. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is January 17, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious date. Nakshatra – Purva Phalguni or Pooram Nakshatra till 1:50 AM on January 17. Then onward it is Uttara Phalguni or Uthiram Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Uttara Phalguni or Uthiram Nakshatra the entire day on January 17 and till 12:37 AM on January 18. Then onward it is Hasta or Hastam or Atham Nakshatra.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Simha Rashi till 8:24 AM. Then onward it is Kanya Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtr…