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Muslims Offering Prayers to Lord Venkateswara Especially on Ugadi – Story of Bibi Nancharamma

Lord Venkateswara, famous as Tirupati Balaji, is worshipped and offered prayers by Muslims in certain regions in Kadapa and Rayalaseema in Andhra Pradesh. Muslims offer prayers in Venkateswara Temples in Kadapa and Rayalaseema during Ugadi, the Hindu lunar year in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka.

Why Muslims Offer Prayers to Lord Venkateswara Muslims in the region believe that Bibi Nancharamma, a consort of Lord Sri Venkateswara, is a Muslim. This belief is based on a folk story prevalent in Rayalaseema region.

It is explained by some scholars that the story about Bibi Nancharamma was a folk imagination during the times of conflicts between Hindus and Muslims during the medieval times (Deekshitulu 2010: page 66).

The story is believed to have helped in unifying Muslims and Hindus of the region. Story of Bibi Nancharamma The story of Bibi Nancharamma is associated with Goddess Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of prosperity and consort of Lord Vishnu.

In the regional legend, Godde…

Story of Avvaiyar

Avvaiyar was a great devotional poetess of Tamil Nadu. Her life story is very interesting as she asked for old age to escape from marriage so that she can lead a hassle free spiritual life. The most popular legend is that Avvai was the daughter of Athy, a low caste woman, and a Brahmin named Pagavan.

Unreconciled to his marriage with a low-caste woman, Pagavan unwillingly made Athy promise to abandon her children.

Avvai, the first of seven children, was adopted by a family of traditional singers known as Panars. The adopted child surprised her parents by completing an unfinished song.

When her marriage was being considered, she appealed to Lord Ganesha to extricate her from this travail, and she was transformed into an old woman.

She then led a life of wandering minstrel and her songs and sayings are popular even today.
She is believed to have had darshan of Lord Muruga.
Muruga Gives Darshan to Avvaiyar Legend has it that once Avvaiyar stopped to rest in a forest during her travel. A…

Saubhagya Sundari Teej Vrat

Saubhagya Sundari Teej Vrat is observed by women in North India during the Maragshirsh (November - December), Paush month (December – January) and also Chaitra month. Saubhagya Sundari Teej Vrat 2019 date is January 9 for Paush month. For Chaitra month it is March 20, 2018. It is observed on the Maragshirsh, Paush and Chaitra Shukla Paksha Tritiya or the third day of the waxing phase of moon in Poush month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India.

The Margashirsh month Vrat date is December 10, 2018.

Women perform special rituals dedicated to Mother Goddess for the prosperity and welfare of the family.

The third day during the waxing phase of moon in certain months in traditional Hindu lunar calendar is dedicated to Mother Goddess Parvati.

There are two popular belief associated with it. One is the marriage of Shiva and Parvati. Another is Shiva is believed to have given darshan to Goddess Parvati and agreed to marry her. Mother Goddess did intense penance to marry S…

Hindu Calendar Today – March 30, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, today, on Thursday, March 30, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon till 4:33 AM on March 30. Then onward it isShukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waxing phase of moon till 2:21 AM on March 31. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is March 30, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good day after 11:10 AM. Nakshatra – Ashwini or Ashwathy Nakshatra till 11:24 AM on March 30. Then onward it is Bharani Nakshatram till 9:54 AM on March 31.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Ashwini or Ashwathy Nakshatra till 9:24 AM on March 30. Then onward it is Bharani Nakshatram till 7:06 AM on March 31.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mesha Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Mesha Rashi.