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Kannada Panchangam 2017 - 2018 - Download Kannada Panchanga in pdf - Hemalambi or Hevilambi Samvatsara 2017

Kannada Panchangam 2017 is provided by the Sringeri Math. This Kannada Panchanga begins on March 29, 2017 and ends on March 18, 2018. The Panchanga is in PDF format and you can download it for free. This is the Hemalambi or Hevilambi nama Samvatsara Panchangam 1939.

This particular Panchangam is useful for those people following the Kannada calendars. A month in this Panchangam is calculated from Pratipada after Amavasi (the day after no moon or new moon) to next Amavasi.
Download - The Kannada Panchangam can be downloaded in PDF format here

Ukuli or Manjal Kuli – Holi in Kerala

Holi is not celebrated by Malayalis in Kerala. The few Holi celebrations that take place are mainly confined to cities and are confined mainly to youngsters. The traditional Kerala communities that play Holi include Gaud Sarawat Brahmins (GSB) and other Konkani communities. For them, Holi is known as Ukuli or Manjal Kuli.
A newspaper report on Holi in Kerala a couple of years earlier read like this - Holi celebrations in Kerala begin at the temples on the day of the holi full moon in early March. It is celebrated mainly by the Kudumbi community of nearly a million at 20 temples in the state over four days. Persecuted by the Portuguese in Goa, a section of the Kudumbi community fled Goa. Those who reached Kerala brought the festival of Holi with them and were welcomed by the ruler of Cochin.

In some of the Kudumbi temples in Ernakulam, an arecanut tree is felled and carried to the shrine, symbolizing Durga’s victory over the demons. In some temples in Thrissur, a figure of a crocodil…

Symbolism in the Image of Lord Brahma in Hinduism

One of the most famous images of Lord Brahma is that of a four-faced God seated on a lotus springing forth from the navel of Lord Vishnu. Brahma is shown with four hands. The Lord has in his four hands a water-pot (Kamandalu), a manuscript (Vedas), a sacrificial implement (sruva) and a rosary mala. In some images instead of the sacrificial implement, the hand is in blessing posture. Lord Brahma wears dress made of black antelope or deer and his vehicle or Vahana is a swan (hamsa). Each of the elements in the image has a hidden symbolism.
This world that we see and hear has manifested from the eternal reality. To indicate this, Brahma, the creator, is described as being born from the navel (nabhi) of Vishnu (who represents the Eternal Reality).
Standing or Sitting on Lotus – this symbolizes that Lord Brahma is ever rooted in the infinite reality.
The four faces of Brahma represent the four Vedas.
The four hands stands for the inner personality of man – the mind, intellect, ego and co…

Sashti Viratham April 2017 Date – Monthly Shasti Fasting for Muruga in April 2017

Muruga Shasti, or Sashti fasting, is a monthly Hindu fasting or Viratham dedicated to Lord Muruga or Kartik or Shanmukha. In 2017 April, the date of Shasti fasting is April 2. Sashti is the sixth day after Amavasi (no moon) and Poornima (full moon) in a traditional Hindu calendar. The Shashti Vratam after Amavasai is considered highly auspicious by Muruga devotees and a fast is observed on the day.

Fasting on Sashti is considered highly beneficial and some devotees observe a complete fast for 24 hours. Lord Muruga, also known as Skanda and Subramanian, is widely worshipped in Malaysia, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Singapore and South India, especially by Tamilians. In North India, Lord Muruga is known as Kartik or Kartikeya.

Many devotees make it a point to visit Lord Muruga temple on Sashti day. Some people only eat the Prasadam given from the temple on the day.

You may also like to read Shasti fasting – How to observe Sashti

There is nothing to know

There is nothing to know. All we have to do is to return to our original source.

We have moved far away from the original source. Now we do not know our way back. Meditation, knowledge, prayers etc are methods to return to the original source.

Nobody is sitting up there and watching you. That which you think is watching you is within you. It is within all animate and inanimate.

Bliss is not in heaven nor is it in next life. It has to be realized here now.
Ignorance is when you stand aloof. Knowledge is when you realize you are part of the whole.


Hindu Calendar Today – March 4, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on, Today, Saturday, March 4, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon till 10:05 AM on March 4. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon till 7:42 AM on March 5. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is March 4, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good day. Nakshatra – Bharani Nakshatra till 1:46 AM on March 4. Then onward it is Kartika or Krittigai or Karthigai Nakshatram till 12:06 AM on March 5.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Bharani Nakshatra till 12:04 AM on March 4. Then onward it is Kartika or Krittigai or Karthigai Nakshatram till 10:29 PM on March 4. Then onward it is Rohini Nakshatra till 9:01 PM on March 5.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mesha Rashi till 7:20 AM. Then onward it …