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Sant Ravidas Jayanti 2018 date – Guru Ravi Das Jayanthi

Sant Ravidas, a Hindu social reformer, openly challenged social inequalities and evils like the caste system and untouchability. Sant Ravidas Jayanti 2018 date is January 31. Guru Ravi Das Jayanti is the birth anniversary of this great saint and social reformer. The pious soul was an ardent devotee of Sri Ram and his compositions inspired the Bhakti movement in North India during the medieval period.

Sant Ravidas is the founder Guru of the Rai-dasis Sect, also known as Ravidasi. Several Hindu sects consider him as Sant and the Sikhs consider him as Guru Ravidas Ji. There are 41 verses of Sant Ravidas in the Sikh Holy Book, Guru Granth Sahib.

It is popularly believed that Sant Ravidas was born on the Maghi Purnima day in 1376. From childhood, he showed inclination for spiritual activities. He carried this zest of spirituality all this life and spearheaded the fight against discrimination based on caste and preached the idea of equality.

A Poem of Ravidas
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When can we perform Satyanarayan Puja?

Satyanarayan Puja is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The puja leads to destruction of sorrow and ushering in of peace and prosperity. So when can we perform Satyanarayan Puja?
Satyanarayan Puja can performed on Purnima (full moon day) or on Sankranti which falls on 14 or 15 of every month.
Today people perform Satyanarayan Puja on all days – whenever there is some auspicious happenings at home, people perform Satyanarayan Puja around that date.
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Hindu Marriage Dates in 2018

Hindu marriage dates in 2018 for various regions in North India based on Hindu Panchang and calendar – Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir. You must be aware that marriage dates are based on calendars followed in various regions and there is no uniformity. Below are the marriage dates in northern parts of India in 2018.

Hindu Marriage Dates in 2018

January 2018 – no marriage dates due to Shukra Asta February 2018 – February 24, February 25 (till 7:00 AM) March 2018 – March 1, March 5, March 6, March 8, March 10 and March 12 April 2018 – April 19, April 20, April 24, April 25, April 27, April 28, April 29 and April 30. May 2018 – May 1, May 2 (12:01 AM to 5:43 AM), May 4, May 5 (1:10 AM to 5:40 AM), May 6, May 11, May 12, May 13 (12:01 AM to 5:43 AM) June 2018 – June 18, June 21, June 23, June 25, June 26 (12:01 AM to 5:33 AM), June 27 and June 28 July 2018 – July 5…

Foreigners who take Kavadi at the Batu Caves

The Thaipusam festival at the BatuCaves in Malaysia attracts more than a million people each year. The greatest offering to Lord Muruga is Kavadi. And don’t be surprised if you find foreigners taking Kavadi here. Australian Carl Vedivella Belle has been taking Kavadi for more than a decade. This year he will be joined by German Rainer Krieg, who took his first Kavadi in the 70s.

Carl Vedivella Belle has a doctorate in Hindu religion and the topic is ‘Thaipusam in Malaysia: A Hindu Festival Misunderstood?’ Carl Vedivella Belle is the vice-president of the Hindu Society of South Australia. He was also appointed Hindu Chaplain at FlindersUniversity in Adelaide. So how was their experience while taking Kavadi?
New Straits Times Malaysia reports Belle has carried the kavadi 15 times since 1982 and described the experience as "very spiritually transforming".

For Krieg the experience "was out of this world".

"When you’re in a trance, you’re in another level altoge…

Kavadi with Milk Pots to Muruga Temple – Paal Kavadi

Paal Kavadi is one among the different types of Kavadi taken to hill temples of Lord Muruga. Paal or Pal means milk. Kavadi is two baskets or vessels suspended from a bamboo pole, decorated with peacock feathers.
In Pal Kavadi the vessels containing milk will be tied one either end of the stick.
The stick is decorated artistically and vermilion and turmeric are applied on the vessels with milk. Smalls bells are also tied to the kavadi stick. It is also decorated with peacock feathers.

During Thaipusam and important festivals associated with Muruga, people carry Paal Kavadi.

Story of the Curse of Not Performing Satyanarayana Puja and Vrata After Promised

Satyanarayana Puja and Vrata is performed for prosperity and auspiciousness. Legend has it that a trader named Sadhu Vani came to know about the greatness of Satyanarayan Vrat. He promised to perform the Vrata at the time of the marriage of his daughter Kalavati.

But during the marriage of his daughter, the trader forgot to worship Satyanarayan.

As a result the trader incurred the curse of the deity and he suffered terribly.

He incurred huge loss in his business. He was also put in prison on charges of theft.

Later, the trader’s daughter, Kalavati, and his wife, Lilavati, performed Satyanarayana Puja and Vrata.

The trader was freed from the prison and he got all his lost wealth back.

Moola Nakshatra Tree – Which is the tree associated with Moolam birth star Born People?

There are trees associated with each 27 nakshatrams or birth stars. Moola 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 Moolam Nakshatra Born People is Indian Olibanum or Boswellia serrata.

Hindi name of the Moola Nakshatra Tree is shallaki Telugu name is guggilamu Malayalam name is kungilyam Tamil Name is kumancam Kannada name is guggula mara In Marathi it is known as dhupali Bengali name is  
Moola Nakshatra born people should plant the Indian Olibanum. Water it. They should also protect the tree.

Neelavara Temple – Sri Mahishamardini Temple at Neelavara near Udupi in Karnataka

Neelavara Temple, or Sri Mahishamardini Temple, is located around 18 km from Udupi at Neelavara village in Karnataka. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Durga – she is worshipped here in the form of Mahishasuramardini – killing demon Mahisha.


The murti of Goddess Mahishamardini worshipped in the temple is a fierce one. She has four hands. She is depicted as slit openin the throat of Mahishasura with a sphere in one of her hands. She also stamps on the demon with her right leg.
The subsidiary deities worshipped in the temple are Ganapathy, Lord Subrahmanya, and Lord Veerabhadra.

Navratri – Durga Puja (September – October) is the most important festival observed here.

The annual festival in the temple is observed in Chaitra Pournami.

Neelavara Temple Timings 6:30 AM to 12:30 PM 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Varaha Dwadashi – Varah Dvadashi Dedicated to Lord Vishnu

Varaha Dwadashi is dedicated to the Varh or boar avatar of Sri Hari Vishnu – the second incarnation of Lord Vishnu. It is observed on the twelfth day (dvadashi) of the waxing phase of moon (Shukla Paksha) in Magh month. Varaha Dwadasi 2018 date is January 28. The popular belief is that it was on this day Lord Vishnu rescued Mother Earth from demon Hiranyaksha.

The belief is that observing the day will help in attaining moksha. The devotee who worships Varaha Avatar on the day will be blessed with good health, peace and prosperity.


Special prayers are offered Lord Vishnu in the form of God Varaha. Please note that this day is only observed in some regions and by some Hindu communities. The most important day dedicated to Varaha is the Varah Jayanti is observed during Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha (August – September).

Varaha is installed in a pot filled with water and worshipped on the day. A Naivedya is prepared and usual puja rituals associated with Lord Vishnu are followed.

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Optimism is the light of God – Mata Amritanandamayi

If you want your suffering to end, pray that your desires are eliminated.
Real faith is faith in one’s own Self.
Even if we believe in an external God, in actuality this God is inside of us; it is our own true self.
Faith and self-confidence are interdependent.
Optimism is the light of God.
Today’s friend may be tomorrow’s foe. The only friend we can ever really trust and take refuge in is God.
 – Mata Amritanandamayi

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Today’s Hindu Calendar – February 8, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Wednesday, February 8, 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 Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waxing phase of moon till 10:45 AM on Feb 8. Then 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 February 8, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good date. Nakshatra – Ardra or Arudara or Thiruvathira Nakshatra till 11:49 AM on February 8. Then onward it is Punarvasu or Punirtham Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Ardra or Arudara or Thiruvathira Nakshatra till 12:13 PM on February 8. Then onward it is Punarvasu or Punirtham Nakshatra.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mithuna Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Mithuna Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat an…