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Shasti 2017 dates - Sashti Vratam Calendar in 2017

Sashti 2017 dates based on Tamil Calendar and Panchang. Shasti, or Sashti, is an important day in a Hindu calendar and is associated with Lord Muruga. Below are the Shasti and Kanda Sashti fasting days in year 2017. Shashti falls on the sixth day of every lunar fortnight in traditional Hindu calendar. The Shasti falling during the waning phase of the moon is chosen for fasting by Lord Subrahmanya or Muruga devotees. There are two Sashti in a month and devotees of Skanda observe partial or full fast on the Shashti occurring after the new moon (Amavasya).

Shasti Days in 2017 based on Indian Standard Time (IST)

Sashti 2017 Dates
October 20, 2017  – Skanda Shasti Starts October 21, 2017  – Kanda Shasti fasting Day 2 October 22, 2017  – Kantha Shasti fasting Day 3 October 23, 2017  – Skanda Sasti fasting Day 4
October 24, 2017  – Skanda Sasti fasting Day 5 October 25, 2017 – Skanda Sasti fasting Day 6
October 25, 2017 – Skanda Sashti Soora Samharam (Skanda Shashti fasting Day 6) - Monthly S…

Raj Lakshmi – Goddess Rajalakshmi

Raj Lakshmi, or Rajalakshmi, is believed to be the bestower of power or royalty. This form of Goddess Lakshmi, the Hindu Goddess of wealth and fortune, was propitiated mainly by Kings in ancient times. Raj Lakshmi is included among the Ashtalakshmis in some regions by some communities. But largely she remains a form of Goddess Lakshmi and is the provider of royal authority to kings.
A peep into the history of other religions and cultures suggest that ancient rulers always worshipped a goddess, who helped them in battle and in running their empire smoothly.
Raj Lakshmi is depicted with crown, throne, scepter of kingship, flag and bow. She was given importance by all rulers in their kingdom and they strongly believed that their fortune depended on her.
Today, for many people she is one among the numerous names of Goddess Mahalakshmi.
Incidentally, Rajalakshmi is a popular Hindu name for a girl child in South India.

Significance of Salagram

Salagramam or Salagram are sacred stones found in the Kali and GandakiRiver, Himalayan streams. It is worshipped by Hindu devotees as a form of Lord Vishnu.

Legend has it that Lord Krishna was cursed by a chaste woman that he would become a stone and Lord Krishna to fulfill curse appeared as Salagramam. There are numerous stories regarding the origin of Salagrama. (you can read a story here.)

The importance of Salagram is mentioned in several Hindu scriptures. It is believed that the worship of Salagram is equal to worshipping Lord Krishna. Certain scriptures state that Lord Krishna resides in the Salagram.
सलाग्रमं शिलायाँतु साक्षात् श्री कृष्ण सेवानाम
नित्यम संनिहितास तत्र वसुदेवो जगाद गुरू

Salagrama consists of two words ‘saalayah’ and ‘graamam.’ ‘Saalyah’ means lord and ‘gramam’ means a congregation. Thus Salagram represents a group of gods in one place.
The Salagram bears the emblems of Vishnu, especially the chakra. The Salagram is black in color and they sparkle.
Related Differen…

Origin of the Word Hindu

The historical and etymological genesis of the word `Hindu' is an ongoing controversy. Indologists differ in their opinion regarding the origin of the word ‘Hindu.’ The term ‘hindu’ is not a Sanskrit word and scholars have not acknowledged the use of the word in Vedic literature.
But there is a generally accepted scholarly view regarding the origin. The word ‘Hindu’ is derived from the River Sindhu otherwise known as Indus. According to Monier Williams, ‘that part of the great Aryan race which immigrated from Central Asia, through the mountain passes into India, settled first in the districts near the River Sindhu (now called the Indus). The Persian pronounced this word Hindu and named their Aryan brother Hindus. The Greeks, who probably gained their first ideas of India Persians, dropped the hard aspirate, and called the Hindus `Indoi'.
Dr Radhakrishnan also echoes similar views. He writes in the ‘The Hindu Way of Life’ ‘the Hindu civilization is so called, since it origina…

Sheetala Saptami 2018 date

Sheetala Saptami Puja is observed on the previous day of Sheetala Ashtami and is observed during the Chaitra month and also during Shravan month. Sheetala Saptami 2018 date in Chaitra month is March 8. The day is dedicated to Goddess Sheetala Mata and is observed on the seventh day during the waning phase of moon in Chaitra month (March – April) and during the waxing phase of moon the month of Shravan (July – August). Goddess Sheetla Devi is worshipped to protect children and to escape from disease like Chicken Pox.

The day is of great importance in rural regions in India. Thousands of devotees visit the temple dedicated to Sheetla Mata. Some people do ‘mundan’ – complete removal of hair from head. Some people perform various rituals for a happy and peaceful life.

In some regions on Sheetala Saptami day people eat only food prepared on the previous day.

It must be noted that Sheetala Saptami is observed during the 7th day of fortnight in Chaitra, Vaishakh, Jyeshta, Ashada and Shravan…

Right thinking is essential for progress in the path of spirituality

All problems are solved the day one realizes that one is not one’s body but pure consciousness.

One who has realized truth does not runaway from crowd neither does he take refuge in forest. Such a person stays where he is.

Bondage happens when the mind is controlled by desire, grief and excessive rejoicing.

Right thinking is essential for progress in the path of spirituality.

Not all thoughts produce the desired results. Those thoughts that cause emotional upheavals should be abandoned.
Renunciation should be practiced to avoid being unintentionally attached to the world. All work should be done with considering results. Work should also be done without expectation, attachment and fame.


Entire creation is an extension of ourselves

Hindu Calendar Today – March 18, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Saturday, March 18, 2017 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waning phase of moon till 1:30 AM on March 18. Then onward it isKrishna Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waning phase of moon till 3:38 AM on March 19.  All time based on India Standard Time.
How is March 18, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – Good and auspicious time on entire day. Nakshatra – Vishaka or Vishakam Nakshatra till 1:38 AM on March 18. Then onward it is Anuradha or Anusham or Anizham Nakshatram till 4:16 AM on March 19.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Vishaka or Vishakam Nakshatra till 3:19 AM on March 18. Then onward it is Anuradha or Anusham or Anizham Nakshatram till 6:14 AM on March 19.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrischika Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharas…