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Vasant Panchami 2018 date – Information on Vasant Panchami or Spring Festival in 2018

Vasant Panchami, or Vasant Panchami, is a popular festival in North India which heralds the arrival of the spring season. Vasant Panchami 2018 date is January 22.  ‘Basant’ or ‘Vasant’ means spring and ‘Panchami’ is the fifth day after Amavasi in Magh month when it is celebrated Saraswathi Pooja is performed in North and Eastern parts of India on the day. Yellow color, which symbolizes prosperity and love, is given importance on the day.

Information on Vasant Panchami

Vasant Panchami festival is celebrated mainly in North India. In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna says that ‘Vasant’ is one of his forms. Basant Panjami is purely a festival of nature and there is no major scriptural story associated with it as is the case of most Hindu festivals.

Vasant Panchami is essentially welcoming the blossoming nature after the harsh winter.

Great prominence is given to yellow color on Vasant Panchami as it signifies the ripening of fruits and crops. The mustard fields in North India blooms during this …

Mandar Saptami Vrat

Mandar Saptami Vrat is observed in Magh month (January – February) as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India. Mandar Saptami Vrat 2018 date is January 24. The fasting and ritual is dedicated to Surya, the sun god.
The vrat is a three day affair. On Panchami, two days before, the person observing the vrat only eats vegetarian food. The previous Sashti day it is complete fasting. The devotee sleeps on the day after eating Mandhar flowers. On the Saptami day, pujas dedicated to Surya are performed in the morning and the fast is broken.
The greatness of the vrat is mentioned in the Padma Puran and Matsya Puran.
Mandar Sashti is observed on the Magh Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi – the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon in Magh Month.
On the same day, the famous Ratha Saptami puja dedicated to Surya is observed.

Ratha Saptami Mantra – Prayers dedicated to Surya on Rath Saptami

On the Ratha Saptami day, a kolam or figure of Chariot Surya with 7 horses is drawn in front of the house, or in the puja area, early morning and pooja is offered to Bhagavan Suryanarayana. The mantra that is chanted on the day is Gayatri mantra, Surya Ashtottara Shatanamavali, Aditya Hridayam etc. Below is a particular mantra chanted on Ratha Saptami and this was provided to us by Narahari Sumadhwa.

Kapaleshwar Mahadev in Ujjain – Story of Kapaleshwar Form of Shiva – 8th Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Kapaleshwar Mahadev is worshiped in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the 84 forms of Shiva worshiped in Ujjain. Those offering prayers to Kapaleshwar Mahadev will have their wishes fulfilled. The temple dedicated to Kapaleshwar Mahadev is located at Anantapeth in Bilotipura in Ujjain.

This form of Shiva is associated with Kapali form of Shiva.

Kapaleshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 8th temple visited during the parikrama of Shivalayas here.

Story of Kapaleshwar Mahadev form of Shiva in Ujjain

Shiva was roaming as Kapali when he came across a yajna. Kapli is the form of Shiva after he cut off the fifth head of Brahma. The head was stuck in his hand and he roamed over the earth to get rid of it.

People who were conducting the yajna were not happy with the presence of Kapali. So they attempted to throw him out of the yajna area.

Suddenly people saw thousands of Kapali in the yajna area. People realized that this was caused by Mahadev Shiva…

Baba Mahendranath Temple at Siwan in Bihar

Baba Mahendranath Temple at Siwan in Bihar is famous throughout the region as people get relief from diseases after offering prayers here. People offer bells to the temple and bells of various size and shapes can be found in the temple premises. The shrine was built more than 500 years ago by King Mahendra Veer of Nepal.

Legend has it that King Mahendra Veer of Nepal who was suffering from leprosy was on his way to Varanasi. He rested for a night at Siwan. Lord Shiva came in his dream and told that water in a nearby pond can cure him. The king bathed with the water from the pond and was cured.

Next night he had another dream in which Shiva told him about a Shivling under a peepal tree.

The king got the Shivling retrieved and he built a beautiful temple which is now known as the Baba Mahendranath Temple.

The temple is built using Lakhori blocks and surkhi chuna. The sanctum sanctorum is carved out of a single rock.

The main sanctum has a big dome with a gold kalasha and trishul. There…

Bondage is caused in the mind due to our likes and dislikes – Swami Tejomayananda

To appreciate the meaning of freedom we have to understand the meaning of bondage.

Bondage is dependence on things without which one feels one cannot function.

Bondage is also caused in the mind due to our likes and dislikes.

Beautiful, ugly, joy, sorrow…are nothing but our own mental projections.

Bondage at the subtlest level is to identify ourselves with something that is not our true nature.
Ego is a sense of individuality arising from one’s identification with one thing or the other.
– Swami Tejomayananda

Today’s Hindu Calendar – January 23, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Monday, January 23, 2017 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waning phase of moon till 11:57 PM on January 23. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is January 23, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good date till 1:55 PM Nakshatra – Anuradha or Anusham or Anizham Nakshatra till 1:59 PM on January 23. Then onward it is Jyeshta or Kettai or Triketta Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Anuradha or Anusham or Anizham Nakshatra till 1:56 PM on January 23. Then onward it is Jyeshta or Kettai or Triketta Nakshatra.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrischika Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Vrischik…