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Gauri Tritiya

Gauri Tritiya is an auspicious day dedicated to Goddess Parvati and is mainly observed in Maharashtra. In 2018, the date of Gauri Tritiya is March 20. It falls on the third day of the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month (March – April) in a traditional Marathi Calendar. Gowri Tritiya is mainly observed by women. Gauri is another name of Goddess Parvati.

There are numerous rituals and festivals associated with Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. In this particular observance, it is believed that Goddess Parvati returns to her parent’s home during the period. Another legend sites that Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati got married on the day.

Women conduct special pujas at home and invite neighbors, friends and relatives to take part in the ritual. An image of Goddess Parvati is worshipped along with other deities. The prayers are for the well being of the family. Unmarried women pray for good husbands.

The observance is also known as Soubhagya Gauri Vratam in Telugu culture.

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Gangaur 2018 Date – Gangaur Vrat and Festival in 2018 - How to do Gangaur Puja?

Gangaur Puja and festival is dedicated to Shiva and Goddess Parvati. It is a celebration of the arrival of spring, harvest and also the marriage of Shiva and Parvati. Gangaur 2018 date is March 20. The festival is mainly observed in Rajasthan. Today it is also observed in parts of Gujarat and Nimar and Malwa region in Madhya Pradesh that has its border with Rajasthan. It is observed on the third day of the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month (March – April). The 16-day vrat associated with Gangaur Festival begins on March 2, 2018.

In some regions the rituals associated with Gangaur is observed for five days starting from Chaitra Shukla Paksha Tritiya. Various pujas and offering are done on these days.
Gana is one among the numerous names of Shiva and Gaur is the name of Parvati or Gaur. The main puja on the day is dedicated to Gangaur Mata (Ma Parvati) and Isharji (Shiva).
An 16 day vrat and rituals beginning from the first day of Chaitra Month is observed for Gang…

Story of Jayadratha Kidnapping Draupadi in the Mahabharata

Story of Jayadratha kidnapping Draupadi, the wife of Pandavas, is found in the Vana Parva of the Mahabharata. Jayadratha was the king of Sindhu. He attended the swayamvara (marriage ceremony) of Draupadi but did not succeed in marrying her. However, he continued to nurture a secret desire for her.
Lust Blinds
Once during the 12-year exile period of the Pandavas in the Mahabharat, Jayadratha happened to pass through with his army through the forest in which the Pandavas was living. He saw a beautiful woman standing on the doorway of the ashram. He was overpowered by lust and evil desires made him ask his deputy to find out if the woman was interested in making him her lord.
His deputy soon returned and told Jayadratha that the woman was Draupadi, wife of the Pandavas. He also advised the arrogant king that it would be foolhardy to nurture such evil designs and it is better we vacate the place as soon as possible.
Men who are drunk in power never listen to sane advice. Power and lust i…

Matsya Jayanti 2018 Date – Birth Anniversary of Matsya Avatar of Hindu God Vishnu

Matsya Jayanti is believed to be the day when Lord Vishnu appeared as Matsya Avatar (fish incarnation). Matsya Jayanti 2018 date is March 20. Sri Hari Vishnu appeared as a one-horned fish to rescue the Vedas. Some scriptures also indicate that Matsya appears to warn about the great deluge or Mahapralaya that will destroy the universe and prepare it for regeneration.

Matsya Jayanthi is observed on third day (Tritiya) during the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in the Chaitra Month in traditional Hindu calendar. It must be noted here that some communities observe Matsya Jayanti on a different date as per regional calendar.

Special prayers are offered on the day at Lord Vishnu temples.
What to do on Matsya Jayanti day? Offering prayers in Lord Vishnu temple is highly meritorious. A fasting from sunrise to next day sunrise is observed for attaining self realization and salvation (Moksha). Fruits is consumed on the day. Reading Matsya Purana or listening to stories associated with th…

TTD Panchangam 2017 in pdf – Venkateswara Temple Telugu Panchanga by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams – Tirupati Balaji Temple Panchangam 2017 -2018

TTD Telugu Panchangam is one of the most popular Telugu Panchangams and is published by the Balaji Temple during Ugadi. TTD Panchangam 2017 – 2018 is currently available online in pdf format at the official Venkateswara Temple website. This is the Hevilami Nama Samvatsara Panchangam for the year 1939 (as per Telugu Chandramana calculations).

You can now download or read online the TTD Panchangam from March 2017 to March 2018 for free. It is published by the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD), the administrative body that looks after the Tirupati Balaji Temple.

Link - TTDPanchangam 2017 – 2018 in pdf.
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When all desires are dropped the mortal becomes immortal - Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

Now as to him who is free from desire, who is beyond desire, who has gained hisdesire, for whom the Soul is his desire. From him the life powers go not out. Growing one with the Eternal, he enters into the Eternal.

When all desires that were hid in the heart are let go, the mortal becomes immortal, and reaches the Eternal.

And like as the slough of a snake lies lifeless, cast forth upon an ant-hill, so lies his body, when the spirit of man rises up bodiless and immortal as the Life, as the Eternal, as the Radiance.
The small old path that stretches far away has been found and followed by me. By it go the Seers who know the Eternal, rising up from this world to the heavenly world.
 - Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

Hindu Calendar Today – March 29, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, today, on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Pratipada and Dwitiya Tithi or the first and second day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon till 6:32 AM on March 29. Then onward it isShukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon till 4:33 AM on March 30. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is March 29, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – Good and auspicious time till 2:40 PM. Nakshatra – Revati Nakshatra till 12:44 PM on March 29. Then onward it is Ashwini or Ashwathy Nakshatram till 11:24 AM on March 30.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Revati Nakshatra till 11:39 AM on March 29. Then onward it is Ashwini or Ashwathy Nakshatram till 9:24 AM on March 30.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Meena Rashi till 12:44 PM. Then onward it is Mesha Rashi.
In western parts of I…