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How to do Holika Dahan Puja? - in Hindi

Holika Dahan Puja is held the night before Dhuleti Holi or play with colors. Below is a brief narrative on how to do Holika Dahan Puja in Hindi. In 2018, Holika Dahan ritual is on March 1 night. The ritual and puja is observed on the Purnima or full day (फाल्गुन  पूर्णिमा) in the Phalgun month and is the first day of the Holi festival when bonfires are lit in memory of young Prahlad’s victory over demon Holika.

होलिका दहन को जलाने केलिए लक्कडी और गाजर-घास (खरपतवार ) का इस्तमाल करना चाहिए ।

होलिका दहन के दिनमहिलाएंएकलोटाजल, चावल, धूपबत्ती, फूल, कच्चासूत, गुड़, साबुतहल्दी, बताशे, गुलालऔरनारियलसेहोलिकाकापूजनकरतीहैं।



Pradosh Vrat Food – What Can Be Eaten On Pradosh Fasting?

Pradosh Vrat is an important Upvaas (fasting) dedicated to Lord Shiva. Millions of Hindu devotees observe Pradosh Vrat, which is considered highly auspicious by Shiva devotees. The traditional approach is to abstain from food completely on the day. But nowadays a complete fast is not possible for many people. Such people consume certain food items on the Pradosh Vrat day and observe only a partial fast.

The most preferred Ekadasi fasting food is Sabudana Khichadi with potatoes and groundnut – but no onion and garlic.

Some people opt for a complete fruit diet.

Fresh and dried fruits, milk products, and nuts can be consumed on the day.

You can take gruel or kanji on the day at night.
Drink lots of water.

Why is Yellow color Thread worn by Hindus?

Tying yellow color thread is considered highly meritorious by many Hindus. So, why is yellow color thread worn on the right hand by Hindus? It is tied for good luck especially in career related matters.

It is believed by some Hindu communities that tying yellow color thread will help in getting job, promotion, increase in salary etc.

Yellow color is associated with Bhagavan Vishnu.
So tying yellow color thread helps in receiving the blessings of Vishnu.

Some communities first tie the thread along a peepal tree and then tie the rest of the thread on right hand.

Please note that this is not based on Hindu scriptures or teachings. It is purely regional and followed by certain Hindu communities.
Yellow color thread is also worn by several Vaishnava sects.

Ghee Lamp to Hanumaan for Good Luck

Harivamsa Purana Text in Hinduism

Harivamsa Purana is an important scripture in Hinduism. It deals with the glories of Bhagavan Sri Krishna. Harivasma literally means the dynasty of Hari – one of the names of Lord Vishnu. It is often referred to as the supplement of Mahabharata.

Harivamsa is divided into sections – Harivamsa Prava – 55 Chapters Vishnu Prava – 128 Chapters Bhavishya Parva – 155 Chapters.

The Purana narrates Krishna’s birth and life, and the description of the age of Kali.

Sage Vaishampayana is the narrator of the Purana.
Related Story of Vishnu as Gopala – Caretaker of Earth

Five Places Where Goddess Lakshmi Resides on Earth

It is believed that one can feel the constant presence of Goddess Lakshmi at five places on earth. She constantly resides in these places. The five places are:

Inner part of the lotus flower On the reverse side of bilva Leaf The centre line on the head of a sumangali woman’s parting of the hair. The backside of a cow. The elephant’s forehead.

Know the reason why two white elephants are depicted along with Goddess Lakshmi.

Did you know?

Padmamalini form of Goddess Lakshmi resided with the demons but she abandoned them.Goddess Lakshmi resides in the chest of Lord Vishnu and hence He is known as Srinivasa.Rare Coconut with only Two Eyes is associated with Lakshmi in Hinduism.Goddess Lakshmi cursed Vishnu and as a result, He was born as Hayagriva - with horse head.
Narasimha Avatar and Goddess Lakshmi

Ugadi Festival at Tirumala Tirupati Temple in 2018

The annual Ugadi Asthanam will be conducted in Tirupati SriVariTemple, Tirumala on March 18, 2018. Ugadi, Telugu and Kannada New Year, is on March 18.

On the Ugadi day, Lord Malayappa Swami along with his consorts Sri Devi and Bhudevi will be magnificently decorated on Ugadi morning in Sarvabhupala Vahanam in front of Bangaru Vakili. Lord Vishvaksena will be also present during the occasion.
Laddus, Vadas, Appams, Dosas and Anna Prasadasm are offered as Nivedana. Later clothes are offered.
The recital of the New Year Panchangam will be done in front of the Lord. Tithi, Vaara, Nakshatra will be recited along with income and expenditure. Predictions regarding floods, drought and yields will also be made.
Predictions based on the birth stars of  Lord Malyappa Swami, Bhudevi and Sri Devi will also be made.
Lord Venkateswara who is also known as Nityakalyana Chakravarthi will be worshiped for the peace and prosperity of entire world.
Public are not permitted for this Ugadi puja which t…

Ekadasi Prayers in Hindi – Ekadashi Fasting Mantras

Below are Ekadasi prayers in Hindi. One of the most important Ekadashi Fasting Mantras is ‘Om Namo Narayana’ and ‘Om Namo Vasudevaya.’ The other mantras that can be chanted while doing Ekadasi Vrat are:

Mantra 1 मूकंकरोतिवाचालंपंगुलंघयतेगिरिम्।यत्कृपातंहम्वन्देपरमानन्दंमाधवम्।।

Mantra 2 शान्ताकारंभुजगशयनंपद्मनाभंसुरेशंविश्वाधारंमगगनसदृशंमेधवर्णंशुभांगम्। लक्ष्मीकान्तंकमलनयनंयोगिभिध्र्यानगम्यंवन्देविष्णुंभवभयहरंसर्वलोकैकनाथम्।।

Mantra 3 शशंकचक्रंकिरीटकुंडलंसपीतवस्त्रंसरसिरूहेक्षणं। सहस्त्राक्षवक्षस्थलकौस्तुभश्रियंनमामिविष्णुंशिरसाचतुर्भुजम्।।

Putra Ganapati Vratam 2018 date

Putra Ganapati Vrata dedicated to Lord Ganesh is observed mainly in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh and is performed for the welfare of children and by married couples without children. Putra Ganapati Vrata 2018 date is February 19.

It is observed on the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon in Phalgun month. Some Hindus observe a fast from sunrise to sunset or till the sighting of the moon.

It is popularly believed that pujas, prayers and rituals dedicated to Lord Ganesha on Putra Ganapati Vrata will help in getting children. Ganesha temples observe special rituals on the day.

Varalakshmi Puja
Mangala Gowri Puja 

What to do on Amavasya?

Amavasya is the no moon day in Hindu Calendar. As per Hinduism, Amavasya is dedicated to dead ancestors and relatives. Taking holy bath in sacred rivers, giving alms and performing Shradh and Tarpan is considered highly auspicious as per scriptures in Hindu religion.

Here are the important things you can do on Amavasya It is believed to be the ideal day to offer prayers to dead family members and take their blessing.

Pitr (dead ancestors) can help in desire fulfillment. Planting trees and plants will help in progress in life. Naming them after dead family members will help in desire fulfillment.

Giving food to needy and hungry people on Amavas is considered meritorious. Helping the needy in any form alleviates all sufferings and ushers in peace and prosperity.

For removal of difficulties in life, one can take bath early morning on Amavasya day and then feed fishes. You can also birds and animals.
After thoroughly cleaning the house, lighting ghee lamp at night on Amavasya will help in…

To be alone with the Divine is the highest of all privileged states for the sadhaka – Sri Aurobindo

The highest aim of aesthetic being is to find the divine through beauty.

All affinities have to be surrendered to the Divine along with the rest of the old nature, so that only what is in Harmony with the Divine Truth can be kept.

The psychic fire is in the fire of aspiration, purification and Tapasya.

To return to the truth of the Divine now clouded over by Ignorance is the soul’s aim in life.
To be alone with the Divine is the highest of all privileged states for the sadhaka.
– Sri Aurobindo

Hindu Calendar Today – March 2, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Thursday, March 2, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon till 2:36 PM on March 2. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon till 12:25 PM on March 3. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is March 2, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious day after 1:05 PM. Nakshatra – Revati Nakshatra till 4:43 AM on March 2. Then onward it is Ashwathy or Ashwini Nakshatram till 3:20 AM on March 3.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Revati Nakshatra till 3:16 AM on March 2. Then onward it is Ashwathy or Ashwini Nakshatram till 1:41 AM on March 3.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Meena Rashi till 4:43 AM. Then onward it is Mesha Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujar…