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Gaura Purnima Festival 2018 date

Gaura Purnima festival is observed on the full moon day in the month of Phalgun (February – March). Gaura Purnima Festival 2018 date is March 1. The divine appearance of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu happened on the day. The day is of great significance for ISKCON devotees and a major festival is held on the day at Mayapur. There will be also live online webcasting of Gaura Purnima Festival.

Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, also known as Lord Chaitanya, made his appearance in A.D. 1486 in West Bengal, India, and worked tirelessly to show to the world the love of Krishna and his teachings.

He spent His life spreading the teachings of the Srimad Bhagavat Purana promoting the spiritual practice of chanting Krishna’s holy names. Extremely influential, He won the hearts and minds of the people of His day.

Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu Quotes

Maasi Magam in 2018 date – Maasi Maham Date in 2018

Masi Maham, or Maasi Magam, is an auspicious day in the Tamil month of Masi (February – March). In 2018, the date of Maasi Magam is March 1. It is an important day and annual festival for Tamilians around the world. Makam, Mahm or Makam, is one among the twenty seven stars (Nakshatras) in the Hindu astrological system. A major ritual on the day is the bathing of TempleIdols in sea, pond or lake.

Idols of gods and goddess that are worshipped in Temples are carried in a procession to sea shores, rivers or ponds. Pujas and rituals are held here and thousands of people gather to witness the auspicious event. It is believed that those who take bath in the seas or rivers or ponds on the Masi Magam will attain Moksha.

Once in twelve years, Masi Magam attains special significance and then it is known as Maha Maham. Next Maha Maham is in 2028.

The reason for observing Masi Magam varies from region to region and sometimes even from temple to temple.

The day is of great significance in Pondich…

Holipoda and Mendhapodi during Holi festival in Orissa

Holipoda and Mendhapodi are two unique rituals that are associated with the Holi festival in Orissa. Holi festival in Orissa is more popularly known as Dola Purnima and starts on the Fagu Dasami day in the month of Phalguna (February – March). Holipoda and Mendhapodi are observed on the fourteenth day of the waxing phase of the moon in Phalgun month. ‘Holi Poda’ celebrates the burning of demon Holika. Mendhapodi celebrates the victory of Lord Krishna over Mesha.

In Holipoda, a straw hut is set on fire symbolizing the victory of good over evil. Legend has it that Holika or Holi, the sister of demon King Hiranyakashipu, had got a boon that from Lord Shiva that she will not die by burning of drowning.

Hiranyakashipu wanted all the people to worship him and he had failed in his attempts to kill his son, Prahlad, who was a devotee of Vishnu and only worshipped Vishnu and not Hiranya.

Hiranyakashipu, who was aware of the power possessed by Holika, asked her to enter blazing fire with Prah…

Phagwah 2018 in Guyana – Holi Festival in Guyana in Caribbean

Phagwah is the famous Holi Festival in Guyana. In 2018, Phagwah will be observed on March 1 and March 2 in Guyana in Caribbean. The Phagwah celebrations in Guyana are observed mainly under the guidance of Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha. Numerous activities are organized during the period.

Rama Krishna Dharmic Sabha Mandir in Barr Street Kitty, Georgetown, hosts annual evening of Holi melodies – Holi Sangam (a week earlier)

Annual Phagwah Mela and Bazaar is held a week earlier before the Phagwah day.

Chowtaal Samelan, an initiative of the Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha, is also being held in the Sabha’s Praants countrywide. Chowtaal gols or groups from Mandirs in each region will converge at the various venues to share in spirited singing reflective of the festival. There will also be beautiful Phagwah melodies and pulsating tassa drumming.

Phagwah Parade 2018 at Richmond Hill, New York - Holi Parade in 2018

Phagwah Parade 2018 is the annual Holi Parade organized at the Richmond Hill, Queens, New York, USA by Hindu Parades and Festivals Committee, INC. under the direction of the federation of the Hindu Mandirs and The Arya Spiritual Committee. In 2018, the parade is on April 14, Saturday. The parade is an important event of the Caribbean Hindu Community and is associated with the Holi festival.

When – Assembly time March 12, Sunday. The Parade begins at 10:00 AM

Where – Liberty Avenue and 133rd Street, Richmond Hill, NY11419

Festival: Music and other cultural performances at SmokeyOvalPark after the parade. Celebration at SmokeyOvalPark ends at 6 p.m.

Rules: No playing of powder on the Parade Route, no super soaker.

Website for all details - Phagwah Parade New York

Simplicity is in being content with what we have

If we wish to lead a simple life, first we should keep our desires in control.

There is goodness and greatness in simplicity as well as in wealthy.

Being simple outwardly and having uncontrollable desires inside is of no use.

Simplicity is not in outwardly appearance. It is in being content with what we have.

The richest person in the world can be a simple person, if the person rejoices in the way things are. But what is the use of being rich when you are not content.
The poorest person in the world can be happy if the person realizes there is nothing lacking.

Contentment does not arrive through riches. It happens when we realize our true nature.


Hindu Calendar Today – March 5, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Sunday, March 5, 2017 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Saptami and Ashtami Tithi or the seventh and eighth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon till 7:42 AM on March 5. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon till 5:20 AM on March 6. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is March 5, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious day after 5:05 PM. Nakshatra – Kartika or Krittigai or Karthigai Nakshatra till 12:06 AM on March 5. Then onward it is Rohini Nakshatram till 10:26 PM on March 5. Then onward it is Mrigasira or Makayairam or Mrugasheersham Nakshatram till 8:49 PM on March 6.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Rohini Nakshatra till 9:01 PM on March 5. Then onward it is Mrigasira or Makayairam or Mrugasheersha…