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Shabari Jayanthi – Sabari Jayanti

Shabari Jayanti is dedicated to Sabari, an old woman mentioned in the Ramayana, who attained moksha through her devotion to Sri Ram. Shabari Jayanthi 2018 date is February 8. The Jayanti is observed on the eighth day of the Krishna Paksha of Phalgun month in calendars followed in North India. The day is of great significance to the Kol Community.


Sabari, a very old woman, was an ardent devotee of Lord Ram. During his search for Mata Sita in the forest, Sri Ram along with Lakshman reached the hut of Sabari.
The old woman who was overwhelmed with joy had nothing to offer to the Lord. Tears trickled from her eyes and then she remembered about fresh fruits that she had collected the other day.

Sabari was not sure whether the fruits were tasty, sour or poisonous. So she tasted them first a little and threw away all that was sour and not good.

So when she went to get them she realized that she had bitten all the fruits. She did not want to offer the half-eaten fruits to Sri Ram.

Sri Ram w…

Seven Holy Rivers in Hinduism – Saptanadis in Hindu Religion

Saptanadis in Hindu Religion is a unique concept. Saptanadis means the seven holy rivers. The seven holy rivers in Hinduism are:

Ganga Yamuna Saraswati Godavari Narmada Sindhu and Kaveri

Taking a holy dip in the above said rivers is considered highly meritorious. The ash after cremation is immersed in the above said rivers so that the person attains moksha or liberation.

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Godavari River in Hinduism - Religious Importance of River Godavari

Symbolism in the Elephant Head of Ganesha

Like numerous other aspects in Hinduism, deep symbolism is attached to the elephant head of Ganesha. The big elephant head of Ganesh represents the great repository of wisdom. The large ears symbolically suggest that it is the medium to acquire vast knowledge.

The trunk symbolizes the power to uproot ignorance. It also symbolically suggests the discriminatory capacity to differentiate between the dualities of life.
The two tusks represent the dualities of life and the broken tusk represents shedding of duality.

Download Bhagavad Gita in Hindi in PDF format for Free

Shrimad Bhagavad Gita Sadhak Sanjivini in Hindi can be downloaded for free from Gita Press. Bhagavad (Bhagwat) Gita E-book is strictly for personal use. You can download the entire Gita as a single file in PDF format or the eighteen chapters separately.
The Bhagavad Gita is in PDF format and you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer.
You can download the Bhagavad Gita from this link - Shrimad Bhagavad Gita Sadhak Sanjivini.

Mangala Chaturthi - Information About Mangal Chaturti

Mangala Chaturthi is an auspicious day when fourth day or Chaturthi in a Hindu lunar fortnight falls on a Tuesday. The day is then considered highly auspicious for offering prayers to Ganesha. The day is highly auspicious as it is the Sankashtahara Chaturthi Vrata. This particular Sankashtahara Vrat is known as Angarak Sankashta Chaturthi as it fals on a Tuesday.

It must be noted that Mangal Chaturthi occurs whenever a Chaturthi falls on a Tuesday - the Chaturthi during the waxing phase of moon or waning phase of moon.

For many Ganesha devotees Mangala Chaturthi falling during the Krishna paksha or waning phase is highly meritorious and auspicious.

Those people who are having delay in marriage due to Mangalik yog will get relief after offering prayers on the day.

As per Hindu scriptures, those who offer vrat on the day will have their desire fulfilled.

It is believed that making donation or daan on the day by wearing red color cloth is highly meritorious. You can give food items, mon…

Kollemcode Devi – Bhadrakali Temple at Kollemcode in Kannyakumari District

Bhadrakali Temple at Kollemcode in Kannyakumari District in Tamil Nadu is a very popular Shakti shrine in the region. The temple attracts scores of devotees from Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali.


Mother Goddess is worshipped in the form of semi-circular form known as Mudi. The Mudi is decorated with snake hood.
There are two temples nearby one at Kollemcode and another at Venkanji. Kollemcode Devi is the elder sister Bhadra and the goddess worshipped at Venkanji is Rudra, younger sister.

The most auspicious day in a month here is the Bharani day. It is the birth star of Goddess Bhadrakali.

The most important festival is held in Malayalam Meenam month (March – April). It is known as Kollemcode Thookkam Festival.

The subsidiary deities worshipped in the temple are Ganesha, Shiva and Nagaraja.

Non-identification leads to detachment – Swami Sukhabodhananda

When one learns non-identification, then life becomes a teacher. In both pleasant and unpleasant situations of life, can one remain without attachment? It is not just life that is a teacher, but life without attachment that is a real teacher.
Non-identification leads to detachment, which transforms our unexciting life into an exciting learning experience.
Identification leads to loss of objectivity. In such a state we cannot see what is as it really is. Through identification, we superimpose our subjective perceptions on the object. We get identified with the percept and lose objective perception.
Source – Book titled - Celebrating Success and Failure By Swami Sukhabodhananda

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

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waning phase of moon till 5:10 AM on Feb 14.. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waning phase of moon till 6:00 AM on Feb 15. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is February 14, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious date. Nakshatra – Uttara phalguni or Uthiram Nakshatram till 10:16 AM on Feb 14. Then onward it is Hasta or Atham Nakshatram till 11:47 AM on Feb 15.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Uttara phalguni or Uthiram Nakshatram till 9:57 AM on Feb 14. Then onward it is Hasta or Atham Nakshatram till 11:32 AM on Feb 15.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kanya Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south R…