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Shri Lakshmi Panchami 2018 Date – Laxmi Panchami in Chaitra Month

Shri Lakshmi Panchami, also known as Shri Panchami and Shri Vrata, is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth, prosperity and auspiciousness.. Shri Lakshmi Panchami 2018 date is March 22. Laxmi Panchami is observed on the fifth day during the waxing phase of the moon in Chaitra month – Chaitra Shukla Paksha Panchami.

Shri Lakshmi Panchami is considered ideal to propitiate Goddess Lakshmi. It is believed that the prayers and observances dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi will help in attaining prosperity.
People perform special pujas to Goddess Lakshmi on the day. Some business people and traders conduct elaborate pujas on the day.
The day is also observed as Sri Panchami by certain communities in South India.
Shukla Paksha Panchami, or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon, is considered highly auspicious in many regions in Western parts of India, especially in Goa and parts of Maharashtra. Houses, shops and business locations are neatly cleaned.
First offering i…

Importance of Upanayana in Hinduism – How to Perform Upanayana Ritual?

Upanayana is a sacred ceremony in Hinduism by which a boy or girl between the ages of seven and sixteen is initiated into the spiritual world. Upanayana literally means ‘providing an additional eye’ – upa means additional and nayana means eye of spiritual knowledge and wisdom. The term also means leading the disciple to the Guru (upa – means near and nayana means leading.) Symbolic symbol of Upanayana is the wearing of yajnopavitam or sacred thread.

Yajnopavitam or sacred thread is believed to have worn by the creator. There is no reference to it in the Grahyasutras. Bala Gangadhar Tilak has stated that it is remnant of the cloth worn by Prajapati.
Not all Hindus perform Upanayana. Numerous Hindu communities and sects do not perform the sacred thread ceremony. Like all rituals in Hindu religion this one is also not mandatory.

Those who wear the sacred thread are known as twice born. When a child starts his spiritual education by learning the Vedas, the child is getting a new life. Gur…

Valliyankavu Devi Temple in Idukki, Kerala

Valliyankavu Devi Temple is a powerful shrine dedicated to Mother Goddess Shakti at Paloorkavu near Mundakkayam in Idukki, Kerala. The shrine has two separate sanctum sanctorums – one dedicated to fierce Goddess Bhadrakali and another dedicated to the motherly form of Parashakti Durga.

Legend has it that the murti of Durga worshiped in the temple was originally worshipped by Pandavas and Panchali during their exile period inthe Mahabharata. The murti of Bhadrakali was installed by the tribals of the region.
The temple courted trouble when some people suspected that the tribals were performing ‘bali’ (human and animal sacrifice) in the shrine. The government then took over the temple.

Even today, the temple performs symbolic ‘guruti or bali’ using white pumpkin after the last puja.

Guruti is not performed in the shrine when Sabarimala Temple opens for Mandala Makaravilakku season. The Guruti restarts with Mahaguruti after the Makaravilakku festival in Sabarimala. Thousands of devotee…

Hindu Auspicious Days in April 2017 – Good Dates in April 2017 in Hindu Calendar

Hindu auspicious days are looked for buying selling and various other purposes. April 2017 Hindu auspicious dates given below are based on India Standard Time. The auspicious dates in April 2017 are good for house warming, joining job, buying car or house, moving into new rented home, registration, birth, visiting, first visit etc.

Hindu Auspicious Days in April 2017

April 1 April 2
April 3 till 1:00 PM April 4 April 5 April 6
April 7 after 9:00 AM April 8 April 9
April 10 good till 10:20 AM
April 11 April 12 April 13 is good till 8:00 AM April 16 is good after 4:40 PM April 17
April 18 is good after 1:40 PM April 19 April 20
April 21 till 4:55 PM April 22 April 23 April 27 is good till 4:25 PM
April 28 April 30
Bad dates or dates that should be avoided in April 2017 are – April 14, 15, 18, 24, 25, 26 and April 29.

Please note that there is Kharmas till April 14, 2017 in North India. If you are following Kharmas then the dates upto April 14 are not applicable. Kharmas is not followed i…

He verily commits suicide by clinging to things unreal – Vivekachoodamani

For all living creatures, a human birth is indeed rare; much more difficult it is to attain full manhood; rarer than this is a Sattwic attitude in life. Even after gaining all these rare chances, to have steadfastness on the path of spiritual activity as explained in Vedic literature is yet rarer; much more so to have a correct knowledge of the deep significances of the scriptures.
Discrimination between the Real and the unreal, a personal experience of spiritual Glory and ultimately to get fully established in the living consciousness that the Self in me is the Self in all – these come only later on and culminate in one’s liberation. This kind of a perfect liberation cannot be had without earned merits of a hundred crores of lives lived intelligently.
Human birth, burning desire for liberation, the capacity to surrender completely to a man of wisdom – these three things are rare indeed, and wherever they are found, they are due to the Lord’s own Grace.
He verily commits suicide by c…

Hindu Calendar Today – March 31, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, today, on Friday, March 31, 2017 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waxing phase of moon till 2:21 AM on March 31. Then onward it isShukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon till 11:59 PM on March 31. Then onward it isShukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is March 31, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – Good and auspicious time till 7:00 AM. Nakshatra – Bharani Nakshatra till 9:54 AM on March 31. Then onward it is Krittika or Karthigai or Kartika Nakshatram till 8:15 AM on April 1.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Bharani Nakshatra till 7:06 AM on March 31. Then onward it is Krittika or Karthigai or Kartika Nakshatram till 4:53 AM on April…