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Lathmar Holi 2018 Date – Holi Festival in Barsana

Lathamar Holi takes place well before the actual Holi celebration and is observed in Barsana Village in Mathura in Uttar Pradesh. Lathmar Holi 2018 date is February 24 and February 25. In 2017, Holi festival is on March 2. Holika Dahan in North India is on March 1. The famous stick fight between men from Nandgaon and women of Barsana take place on the day. The aim of the men from Nandgaon is to install a flag on the temple of Radha at Barsana and claim victory. Women of Barsana face them with bamboo sticks.

If you are a tourist or foreigner visiting for Lathmar Holi then be prepared to spend at least three days.

The legend behind Lathmar Holi is closely associated with Lord Krishna and Radha.

It is said that Krishna, who is dark in color, was jealous of the fair-colored Radha. Krishna used to pester Mother Yasodha with questions on Radha’s skin color. Once fed up, she said to Krishna that he can change her skin tone by sprinkling color. Krishna and friends used this opportunity to cr…

Kaladanda Staff – The Stick of Yama, God of Death

Kaladanda Staff is associated with Yama, the Hindu God Death. Yamraj carries the Kaladanda stick. It is a lethal and ferocious stick. Sometimes it is referred as club or Gada.

Yama got Kaladanda as a blessing from Brahma, the lord of creation.

It is the ultimate weapon and nothing can stop it. No boon can protect a living being from it. Once it the Kaladanda is thrown it will kill the intended living being.
Brahma gave the weapon to Yama to keep population in control and to punish those who follow Adharma.

Hevilambi Nama Samvatsara begins on March 29, 2017 – Hevilambi Year 1939

Hevilambi  Nama Samvatsara is the name of the Hindu lunar year which is from March 29, 2017 to March 17, 2018. Hevilambinama, also referred as Hemalambi, is followed in calendars and Panchangams used in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. In Kannada and Telugu Calendars the Shalivahan Saka Year 1939 begins on March 29, 2017. (Please note that in Marathi calendars the year begins on March 28, 2017.)

Note - the current year in Tamil Nadu which begins on Chithirai 1 (April 14, 2017) is also known as Hevilambi.

The first day of a particular year is referred as Ugadi or Yugadi in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. It is referred as Gudi Padwa in Maharashtra.

Hevilambi Nama is the Sanskrit name of the current year. There are sixty years in a cycle. The present is Manmatha Nama and is followed by Vilambi. The previous year was Durmukhi.
Each year has lot of specialties and these are mentioned in the respective Panchangas. The predictions – whether Hevilambi Nama is good or bad …

Sheetala Sashti 2018 date – Shitala Shasti

Sheetala Sashti is observed on the sixth day of Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in Magha month especially in Bengal and eastern parts of India. Sheetala Sashti 2018 date is January 23 and is dedicated to Goddess Shitala. This ritual is observed by those couples who wish to have a child.

On the day puja involving 16 steps or Shodashopachar is performed. Cold food items are offered to Goddess Shitala.

The food that is consumed by those observing the ritual is prepared the previous day.

Sheetala Sashti in Chaitra Month in North India

In North India, the ritual is observed in Chaitra Month. In 2018, it is on March 7. Preparation for the pujas and rituals for Basoda and Sheetala Ashtami begins on the day.

The day is followed by the famous Sheetala Saptami and Sheetala Ashtami.

Kalpadi Tritiya

Kalpadi Tritiya 2018 date based on Hindu calendar and panchang. Kalpadi Tritiya is observed on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra Month. Kalpadi Tithi is the starting of a day of Brahma. Kalpadi Tritiya 2018 date is March 20.

A day of Brahma is equal to 4,320,000,000 human years. There has been several Kalpas. At the end of a Kalpa there is the cosmic flood which marks the end of a cycle of creation. Then it is the night time of Brahma. The cycle of creation again begins on a Kalpadi Tithi.

On such Kalpadi Tithi is known as Kalpadi Tritiya.

It is considered highly meritorious to perform Shradh and Tarpan rituals on Kalpadi Tritiya.

Related What is Kalpadi Tithi?

Nauchandi Mela 2018 in Meerut in Uttar Pradesh

Nauchandi Mela is annually held after the Holi festival and the fair attracts nearly a 100,000 people. Nauchandi Mela 2018 date is March 3. The mela lasts for a month and is famous for its crafts. Numerous religious activities are also part of the fair.

It is believed that the Nauchandi Mela began to commemorate the building of the ChandiTemple in Meerut by Mandodari, the wife of the demon king, Ravana.
Shopkeepers from all over Uttar Pradesh and North India put up stalls in the fair – more than 1000 stalls are put in a 4 square kilometer area. The fair offers various kinds of crafts, utensils, entertainments and food.

Panch Pandav Temple in Puri Jagannath Temple Complex

Panch Pandav Temple in Puri Jagannath Temple Complex is the combined name of five temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple gets the name Panch Pandav as the temples were built by the Pandavas of the Mahabharata.

Legend has it that Pandavas – Yudhishtira, Bhima, Arjuna, Nakula and Sahadeva – during their one-year exile-in-disguise period in the Mahabharata visited and stayed at Puri for a night. They worshipped Shiva by making Shivlings. The five temples were built to commemorate their stay in the shrine.

The five Shiva temples are: Lokanath Markandeswara Kapala mochana Yameshwara and Neelakantheswara.

Look for the hidden benefits that life’s experiences have brought to you – Dada J P Vaswani

Decide on what you want to make your life. Then work hard towards that goal with all the grit and determination you can muster.

Hard work, determination, perseverance, uncompromising integrity and love of one’s work are the qualities required for success in life.

Every problem has two sides – a difficult angle to it, yet there is also a way out of it.

Look for the hidden benefits that life’s experiences have brought to you.
Your vision is tainted by the colors of the glasses you wear. Make a decision to wear clear glasses and see the world in its true colors.
– Dada J P Vaswani

Today’s Hindu Calendar – March 14, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waning phase of moon till 8:34 PM on March 14. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waning phase of moon till 9:50 PM on March 15. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is March 14, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious date. Nakshatra – Hasta or Atham or Hastham Nakshatra till 7:08 PM on March 14. Then onward it is Chitra or Chithirai or Chithira Nakshatram till 8:57 PM on March 15.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Hasta or Atham or Hastham Nakshatra till 8:12 PM on March 14. Then onward it is Chitra or Chithirai or Chithira Nakshatram till 10:10 PM on March 15.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kanya Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharas…