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Madan Dwadasi – Madana Dwadasi 2018 date

Madan Dwadasi, or Madana Dvadasi, is associated with Hindu God Kama, the god of love. For some Hindu communities the day is associated with Lord Shiva. Madana Dwadasi 2018 date is March 28. It is observed on the 12th day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) of Chaitra month (March – April).

The twelfth, thirteenth and fourteenth day of the waxing phase of moon of Chaitra month is dedicated to Hindu God Kama. Lord Shiva is also worshipped during the period.

These days are auspicious to Hindu communities that associate the legend of Holi festival with Shiva burning Kama by opening his third eye.

Shiva Burning Kamdev a Great Sacrifice Kamdev was chosen to kindle the feeling of love in Lord Shiva who had entered into a deep meditation after the death of Goddess Sati. Kamdev knew that Lord Shiva was endowed with a fiery sight and disturbing him from his meditation is inviting death. But he performed the act so that the world that had gone lopsided with Shiva entering into intense m…

Significance of Keeping Silver Coins of Goddess Lakshmi and Ganesha at Home

Silver Coins with image of Goddess Lakshmi and Ganesha embossed on it is kept by many Hindus in their home. The significance behind this ritual is to attract the blessing of Ganesha, Lakshmi and Navgraha Shukra. It is believed that a person who has the blessing of the three deities will never suffer financial problems.

The coins are brought from a reputed dealer. Some coins have Goddess Lakshmi engraved on one side and Ganesha on another side. There are also coins engraved with the picture of the same deity on both sides.

How to keep Silver Coins of Goddess Lakshmi and Ganesha at Home? The coin is brought home only on Friday. It should be washed properly in running water.
It is then placed in the puja room or worship place before the picture of Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi.

After evening arati the coin is removed and in its place seven small remuneration coins like that of 25 paise or 50 paise or 1 rupee is kept.

The silver coins are placed in a safe place in the northeastern directio…

Book Review – Tirumala – Sacred Foods of God

Tirumala – Sacred Foods of God is a praiseworthy and unique attempt to understand and share the knowledge of prasads offered in the world famous Tirupati Balaji Temple. The book is published by Lustre Press/Roli Books and is written by AV Ramana Diskhitulu and Kota Neelima.

The seven different sections in the book give a deep insight into the various rituals followed in the Tirupati Temple with importance given to the naivedyams or food offering and explanations from the Agama Shastra. “Food offerings require good harvests, which in turn, require high agricultural activity. The food after it is offered to God, is distributed among assembled devotees irrespective of caste, creed, gender, age and social status” AV Ramana Diskhitulu (Molecular Biologist and Archaka of Sri Venkateshwara)

There is a customary introductory chapter with information on the Venkatachala Hill, the Outer Temple and Inner Temple. But what surprised me here is a couple of pages dedicated to dos and donts, codes o…

Kaveri Pushkaram 2017

Krishna Pushkaram is held once in 12 years and is conducted in places through which the Kaveri River flows especially at Talacauvery, Srirangapatanam and Srirangam. Kaveri Pushkaram 2017 dates are from September 12 to September 23, 2017. This pushkaram is held when Jupiter enters Tula Rasi (Libra). The main ritual includes taking holy dip in the Kaveri River.

A Pushakaram takes place once in 12 years when Jupitar (Brishaspati) enters a particular zodiac. There are total of 12 rivers where Pushkaram takes place. The most famous is the Godavari Pushkaram.

The ritual of pushkaram is more popular in Andhra Pradesh.

The important places to take bath during the Kaveri Pushkaram are Talakaveri, Bhagamandala, Kushalnagar, Srirangapatna, Mandya, Krishnarajasagara Dam, Shivanasamudra, Bannur, Narasipura, Talakadu, Mudukuthore, Muthathi, Kanakapura in Karnataka
Mettur, Bhavani – Thirunana, Pallipalayam, Erode, Kodumudi, Velur, Srirangam, Thiruvaiyaru, Thanjavur, Swamimalai, Kumbakonam, Mayavar…

We have to sacrifice the thought that we sacrificed – Jagadguru Sri Maha Periyava

We have to give. That is sacrifice, keeping all things to ourselves and enjoying them is only temporary happiness.

But if instead of keeping these belongings to ourselves, we give them away, that itself gives supreme bliss.

After giving away the things, if the thought ‘I have given this’ is kept in the mind, this ego will destroy the spiritual elevation obtained by the sacrifice and charity.
We have to sacrifice, more importantly, we have to sacrifice the thought that we sacrificed.

Teachers are those who use what they have learnt to make a living. Others are involved in professions which are mostly unrelated to their studies. Teachers should understand their subjects before teaching – only then can their students effectively comprehend the subject themselves.

Unbridled tongue often leads to misunderstandings and troubles. If our speech is confined to topics spiritually beneficial to us, and if we avoid speaking words likely to cause pain to others, much of our troubles can be avoide…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – April 7, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Friday, April 7, 2017 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waxing phase of moon till 10:09 AM on April 7. Then onward it isShukla Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waxing phase of moon till 9:23 AM on April 8. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is April 7, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good date after 8:55 AM. Nakshatra – Aslesha or Ayilyam Nakshatra till 12:35 AM on April 7. Then onward it is Magha or Makam Nakshatram till 12:21 AM on April 8.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Magha or Makam Nakshatra till 11:34 PM on April 7. Then onward it is Purva Phalguni or Pooram Nakshatra on the entire day on April 8 and till 12:33 AM on April 9.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Karka Rashi till 12:35 AM. Then onward it is Simha Rashi.
In w…