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Holika Dahan Thoughts - Hindu Blog

Demon Holika sat inside fire holding young Prahlad on her lap. But it was Holika who was burnt; Prahlad came out unharmed from fire. Is this just another story of good winning over evil? No! Look deep and we will find that demon Holika represents the unwanted desires, anger, jealousy, ego, pride, and greediness in us that multiplies daily. We are burning the ignorance that has enveloped us. When impurities are cleared we become child Prahlad – free from attachment or hatred – we regain childlike pure nature – we become truth – Satchidananda.

Holika is not a woman but symbolically represents ignorance – desires, ego, avarice, jealousy, anger which constantly multiplies in us. Why Holika is a woman and not a male demon? Only a woman can reproduce. And we regularly reproduce our desire, ego, anger, frustration, avarice and jealousy. This piles up and covers the pure self. Childlike pure nature is covered with everything unwanted.
On Holika Dahan we burn out all impurities. When the impu…

Doljatra 2018 – Holi Festival in Bengal in 2018 - Dol Jatra

Dol Jatra, also known as Dolotsav, is the Holi festival in Bengal and eastern parts of India and is of great significance at Shantiniketan in West Bengal. Doljatra 2018 date is March 1. It is celebrated on the Poornima day (full moon day) in the Bengali month of Phalgun. The festival is also known as Vasant utsav or Basantutsav as it is observed during the spring season.

It is widely believed in eastern India that Lord Krishna expressed his love to Radha on the Doljatra day.

The festival is celebrated with colors and the festival begins by paying respect to the dead parents, relatives and ancestors. People put small amount of colored powder (phaag) on the pictures of photos of the dead.

Next they take the blessing of elders by offering some color on the feet. Elders bless youngsters by putting some color on the forehead.

The subdued celebration of Doljatra ends after taking the blessing of elders and then people venture into the streets and throws colors on everyone on the street.

Tukaram Beej 2018 Date - Sant Tukaram Maharaj Death Anniversary

Sant Tukaram Beej is the death anniversary of Sant Tukaram, one of the greatest exponents of the Bhakti cult in Maharashtra. Sant Tukaram Beej 2018 date is March 3. It is observed on the second day of the Krishna Paksha (waning phase of moon) in the Falgun or Phalugna month (February – March) as per traditional Marathi calendar.

VithobaTemple at DehuVillage in Maharashtra is the birth place of Sant Tukaram Maharaj and thousands of people pay respect to Siant Tukaram here on the day.

It is popularly believed that Sant Tukaram left his physical body on the forenoon of the second day (Dwitiya) in Falgun Krishna paksha (waxing phase of moon on Falgun month) in 1650 AD.

Sant Tukaram is guru to millions of people around the world and people take inspiration from his poems and teachings.

Tukaram Teachings

Dhuleti 2018 – Holi Dhuleti Festival - Play with colors in 2018

Dhuleti Holi, the Hindu festival marked by colors, fun and gaiety, falls on the day after full moon day in the month of Phalgun (February – March). Dhuleti 2018 date is March 2 and is the day when people play with Holi colors. The first day of the festival is the Holika Dahan or lighting of bonfire and it is on March 1.

The festival is largely associated with Lord Krishna. It is said that Krishna in his childhood and teenage played Holi with his Gopas and Gopis.

Dhuleti Holi celebrations begin on Rang Pashi, three days earlier to Holika Dahan. All family members gather at home; and gulal is sprinkled on all by the eldest family member. Women wear their special Holi dandia saris.

On the Purnima day is the Holika Dahan and bonfires are lit on this day. The bonfires are lit in memory of the miraculous escape that young Prahlad had when Demon Holika carried him into the fire. Holika was burnt but Prahlad, a staunch devotee of Lord Vishnu, escaped without any injuries.

The next day is …

Patience cannot be cultivated in isolation

Patience cannot be cultivated in isolation.

Our capacity for patience and tolerance is tested in daily life situations.

True patience is developed only when one has gained some degree of control over one’s anger.

If hatred is poison then patience is the antidote.

To develop patience we must have a proper understanding regarding the cause of our stress, frustration, anxiety and anger.

It is impossible to succeed without patience and perseverance.
Peace is the ultimate benefit of practicing patience.

Hindu Calendar Today – March 12, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, today, on Sunday, March 12, 2017 – Purnima Tithi or the full moon day inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Purnima Tithi or the full moon day till 7:25 PM on March 12. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waning phase of moon till 7:54 PM on March 13. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is March 12, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good date. Nakshatra – Purvaphalguni or Pooram Nakshatra till 4:54 PM on March 12. Then onward it is Uttaraphalguni or Uthram Nakshatram till 5:46 PM on March 13.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Purvaphalguni or Pooram Nakshatra till 5:41 PM on March 12. Then onward it is Uttaraphalguni or Uthram Nakshatram till 6:42 PM on March 13.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Simha Rashi till 11:07 PM. Then onward it is Kanya Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Simha Rashi 11:07 PM. The…