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Shivratri at Tarkeshwar Mahadev – Shivratri Night at Tarkeshwar Mahadev

Spending Shivratri Night at Tarkeshwar Mahadev, in Tarkeshwar in Lansdowne, in Uttarakhand is considered highly meritorious. Special worship is held here during the night of Maha Shivratri.


Special Jal Abhishek or bathing the Shivling with water is held on the occasion.
Shringar of Shiva is performed with Bhang and Dhature.

The temple is surrounded by tall devdaar (deodar) trees and is set amidst sylvan surroundings.
The temple is located around 35 km from Lansdowne and is at an altitude of 1800 meters. It is ride of 1:30 hrs from Landowne.

Shivratri Puja 2017 Time

Shivaratri puja is held during the night of February 24, 2017 and early hours of February 25. Some people opt for the Nishita Kala to perform pujas and rituals. All pujas and rituals are completed before Amavasya (No moon) starts. Detail Shivratri puja 2017 time is given below:

Puja is to be performed four times on the day.

Puja starts 6:20 PM to 9:30 PM 9:30 PM on February 24 to 12:39 AM on February 25 12:39 AM on February 25 to 3:49 AM on February 25 3:49 AM on February 25 to 6:58 AM on February 25

It must be note that the whole day of Shivratri is dedicated to Lord Shiva. People visit Siva Temples from the early morning hours of Shivratri. Most important pujas and rituals are held at night.

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Srisailam Lord Shiva Temple Shivratri Festival – Mahashivaratri Brahamotsavams

One of the most important festivals held at the Lord Shiva temple in Srisailam in Andhra Pradesh is the Mahashivaratri Brahamotsavams or the Mahasivaratri festival. The most important event during the festival is the celestial marriage ceremony of Lord Shiva with Bhramramba Devi (Goddess Parvati) on the Shivaratri day. Shivratri date is February 24, 2017.

The presiding deities of the SrisailamTemple are Lord Mallikarjuna Swamy and Goddess Bhramaramba Devi. Lord Shiva is known as Mallikarjuna Swamy here and the temple is one of the twelve Jyothirlingas. Bhramaramba Devi is one of the eighteen Mahasakthis and is an incarnation of Goddess Shakti. It is believed that the idols worshipped here are self-manifested.

The Shivratri festival attracts thousands of devotees and the important ceremonies and rituals that are held during the period are Ankurarpana, Dhwajarohana, Vahana Sevas to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, Lingodhbhavakala Maharudrabhishekam to Lord Shiva, Pagalankarana, Kalyano…

Kadi Vidya – Prayer – Puja – Meditation to Goddess Lalita Tripurasundari

Kadi Vidya is a prayer or mantra chanted during puja and meditation of Goddess Lalita Tripurasundari. The mantra or chant starts with the letter ka. Kadi Vidya has 15 syllables and is therefore a Panchadasa Akshari Mantra. It is believed that Lord Dakshinamurti created the Kadi Vidya.

The chanting of the mantra will help in attaining self-realization as per Tantra Shastra.

The mantra has three parts: - Vaghava Kuta, Kamaraja Kuta and Shakti Kuta.

ka, e, i, la, hrim (Vaghava Kuta) ha, sa, ka, ha, la, hrim (Kamaraja Kuta) sa, ka, la, hrim (Shakti Kuta)
Goddess Lalita Tripurasundari as per the mantra can be found in the Lalita Sahasranama Stotra (II. 34 – 36)

Bakreswar Temple – Bakreswar Shakti Peetah near Suri in Birbhum – Bengal

Bakreswar is located 18 km southwest of Suri in Birbhum District in Bengal, India. It is one among the 51 Shaktipeetah temples. It is believed that the part between the eyebrows of Goddess Sati fell here. Mother goddess is worshipped here as Mahishamardini. Lord Shiva is worshipped as Bakranath.


The ancient shrine has been renovated. It now has the look of a typical Bengali style temple with a prominent conical shape dome.
The shrine and its vicinity are noted for numerous springs. Hot and cold springs are located close by. They are noted for its curative properties.

There are a total of eight hot springs here and they are known as Agni kund, Surya kund, Amrita Kund, Soubhagya Kund, Brahma Kund, Vairav Kund, Kheer Kund and Jibat Kund.
Bakreswar Temple is around 230 km from Kolkata.

Vedanta does not in reality denounce the world – Swami Vivekananda

From our childhood upwards, we have been taught only to pay attention to things external, but never to things internal; hence most of us have nearly lost the faculty of observing the internal mechanism. To turn the mind, as it were, inside, stop it from going outside, and then to concentrate all its powers, and throw them upon the mind itself, in order that it may know its own nature, analyse itself, is very hard work. Yet that is the only way to anything which will be a scientific approach to the subject.

The Vedanta does not in reality denounce the world — it really means deification of the world — giving up the world as we think of it, as we know it, as it appears to us and to know what it really is. . .. In life and in death, in happiness and in misery, the Lord is equally present. The whole world is full of the Lord. Open your eyes and see Him. This is what Vedanta teaches.
Our duty is to encourage everyone in his struggle to live up to his own highest ideal, and strive at the s…

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

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Friday, February 17, 2017 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waning phase of moon till 8:58 AM on Feb 17. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waning phase of moon till 10:57 AM on Feb 18. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is February 17, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious date till 9:20 AM. Nakshatra – Swathi or Chothi Nakshatra till 3:55 PM on Feb 17. Then onward it is Vishaka or Vishakam Nakshatram till 6:28 PM on Feb 18.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Swathi or Chothi Nakshatra till 4:17 PM on Feb 17. Then onward it is Vishaka or Vishakam Nakshatram till 7:10 PM on Feb 18.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Tula Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan),…