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Ratha Saptami Kolam Designs – Pictures of Ratha Kolam or Chariot Rangoli

A single-wheeled chariot in red and white which represents Lord Surya’s chariot is drawn on the Ratha Saptami day. The Rath or Ratha Saptami Kolam is drawn in front of the Puja happening space. Usually, the puja is conducted near the chariot Kolam. Some people prefer to draw a small Rath Kolam on a wooden piece and place it outdoors and perform the pooja. Here are examples of a few Ratha Saptami Kolams. These are only examples to give an idea.
You may also like to read How to do Rath Saptami Pooja?

Ganesh and Ladoo – Why Ganesha is offered Laddu?

Laddu is an important offering to Lord Ganesha. But why is Ladoo offered to Ganesh. The story associated with Ganesh and Ladoo begins with Kubera, the treasure of Gods, trying to show off his wealth.

Kuber once invited Shiva with the intention to show off his newly built palace made of gold. Shiva, who realized the arrogance of Kubera, offered to send his son, Ganesha, on the occasion.

When Ganesha reached the palace, Kubera tried to show his precious things but he was not interested. He was only interested in the food.

Kubera boasted that he had prepared dishes to serve thousands of guests.

Soon Ganesh started relishing the food served. Soon all the cooked food was finished. But his hunger could not be satisfied.

Ganesha then started eating the raw vegetables and other raw food in the kitchen. Soon the raw food got over. Ganesha then started eating the gold plates and gold utensils in the kitchen.

Kubera was clueless. He realized that Ganesh would eat up all his wealth.

Kubera th…

Mrigashira Nakshatra Tree – Which is the tree associated with Mrigasira birth star Born People?

There are trees associated with each 27 nakshatrams or birth stars. Mrigashira Nakshatra also has a particular tree dedicated to it. People born on each nakshatra should worship the particular tree. The tree associated and worshipped by Mrigasira Nakshatra Born People is cutch tree or Acacia catechu.

Hindi name of the Mrigasira Nakshatra Tree is Khair Telugu name is khadiramu Malayalam name is Karingali Tamil Name is Karunkaali Kannada name is kaachu In Marathi it is known as khair. Bengali name is khayer
Mrigasira Nakshatra born people should plant the cutch tree. Water it. They should also protect the tree.

Gangolighat Mahakali Temple – Mahakali Mandir at Gangolighat in Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand

Mahakali Temple at Gangolighat was established by Adi Shankaracharya. The mandir is dedicated to Goddess Kali and is located around 77 from Pithoragarh in Uttarakhand. Gangolighat Mahakali Temple is a Shaktipeetah.

The murti of Goddess Mahakali is a fierce one. She is shown as conquering a demon.
The shrine is small and settled amidst beautiful surroundings.

The fierce murti is offered animal sacrifice even today.

The temple is also closely associated with the Kumaun Regiment of the Indian army.
Another important shrine, a Chamunda Temple, is located around 2 km from the temple.

Today’s Hindu Calendar – January 24, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waning phase of moon on the entire day on January 24 and till 2:01 AM on January 25. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is January 24, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good date. Nakshatra – Jyeshta or Kettai or Triketta Nakshatra till 4:32 PM on January 24. Then onward it is Mool or Moolam Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Jyeshta or Kettai or Triketta Nakshatra till 4:33 PM on January 24. Then onward it is Mool or Moolam Nakshatra.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrischika Rashi till 5:51 PM. Then onward it is Dhanu Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujara…