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Mahavishuba Sankranti 2018 – Odia New Year in 2018 - Maha Vishuba Sankranti

Mahavishuba Sankranti is observed as the Odia New Year and is also known as Mesha Sankranthi and Pana Sankranti in the eastern state of Odisha in India. Mahavishuba Sankranti 2018 date is April 14. The day is also observed as Hanuman Jayanati - the birthday of Hanuman (only in Orissa). The day marks the beginning of the New Year in the traditional Oriya Solar Calendar. The summer season also commences from this period.

Special puja are conducted at Sri Jagannath Temple in Puri and the new Odiya almanac comes into effect on the day.

People use a small pot filled with "pana" or a sweet drink of Mishri and water is hung on a basil (Tulsi) plant. There is a hole at the bottom of this pot which allows the water to fall from the pot, representing rain.

There are no major celebrations on the day. Temples conduct special pujas and rituals. The highlight of the day is the preparation of sweet drink called ‘Pana,’ which is made from fruits, milk, curd etc.  The flour of horse gram ch…

Sadhana – Liberal Voice – Social Justice and Social Action

I am pleased to post the following interview with a website associated with Hindu Religion – Sadhana. This New York based organization is working since 2011 in building a progressive Hindu moment. Sadhana is a mechanism and a platform for progressive Hindus to speak up and act for progressive social values and social justice.

Hindu Blog – Hinduism is a living religion. So what do you mean when you say you are attempting to build a progressive Hindu religion? Sadhana – We feel that many Hindus may be doing work for social justice -- helping the poor, and those that are discriminated against, protecting the environment, etc -- but do so quietly. Many Hindus stand opposed to discrimination based on race, religion, caste, gender, sexual orientation, but don't speak up as Hindus. Sadhana is building a platform of progressive Hinduism so that others can join us. We think it is critical that those of us for whom our Hindu faith is centered in pluralism must speak up. Not doing so is tanta…

Mahur in Maharashtra – Birth Place of Renuka Devi and Dattatreya

Mahur Renuka Devi is the patron deity of many families in the Marathwada region of Maharashtra. It is believed that Devi Anasuya gave birth to Bhagavan Dattatreya at Mahur. It is also associated with the divine incident of Renuka and Parashuram. Mahur village is located around 40 km northwest of Kinwat town in Nanded District.

Mahur Renuka Mata Mandir  
One has to travel around 7 km from Mahur Village to reach the temple, which is located atop a mountain. Surrounded by forests (with sighting of wild animals), the shrine has a history of more than 800 years. The temple was established by a Yadav king.
Goddess Renuka is the mother of Lord Parashuram, the manifestation of Lord Vishnu. It is believed that she was born at Mahur also known as Mahurgad. Another legend has it that when Parashuram decapitated her head, it fell here and he got it restored also here. The place is known as Matripur or Matapur in Devi Bhagavatam.

Mother Goddess is worshipped here in the form of a large Swayambhu Mu…

Tamil New Year 2018 – Varsha Pirappu – Puthandu 2018 date - Chitirai 1

The Tamil New Year, Varsha Pirappu or Puthandu, is observed on the first day of Tamil month Chithirai, the first month as per traditional Tamil Calendar. In 2018, the date of Varsha Pirappu or Tamil New Year is April 14. Chitirai 1 is an auspicious day for Tamil speaking people in India (Tamil Nadu) and across the world, especially in Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia and South Africa.

A major highlight of the Tamil New Year is the viewing of ‘Kanni’ – meaning auspicious things. Legend has it that viewing auspicious things on this day will bring good fortune throughout the year.
After viewing the Kanni, it is time for a ritualistic bath. After the bath, it is time to draw the ‘Kolam’ or Rangoli (Tamil New Year Kolams). The ‘kolam’ is believed to bring good fortune to the family members. Then, the doorways are decorated with mango leaves.

After this the family assembles for prayers. The prayers begin with the lighting of the traditional lamp (kuthu vilakku).

The lamp is placed next to a…

Through knowledge is attained immortality – Upanishads

Through knowledge is attained immortality. (Kena Upanishad)

By truth is laid the path called Devayana. (Mundaka Upanishad)

Then, that which one contemplates is celibacy, because it is through celibacy itself that, after learning about the Self one contemplates it. (Chandogya Upnaishad)
They heard that Prajapati, the Creator, had spoken of the Self, which has no sin, no decrepitude, no death, no sorrow, no hunger, no thirst; which unfailingly fulfills all desires; and which is of infallible will. This Self had to be known. He who, after knowing the Self, realized It, would attain all the worlds and the fruits of all desires. (Chandogya Upanishad)

Hindu Calendar Today – April 13, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar today on Thursday, April 13, 2017 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi Tithi or the second day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waning phase of moon till 1:11 PM on April 13. Then onward it isKrishna Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waning phase of moon till 3:06 PM on April 13. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is April 13, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is good and auspicious day till 8:10 AM. Nakshatra – Swathi or Chothi Nakshatra till 6:27 AM on April 13. Then onward it is Vishaka or Vishakam Nakshatram till 8:54 AM on April 14.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Swathi or Chothi Nakshatra till 8:06 AM on April 13. Then onward it is Vishaka or Vishakam Nakshatra till 10:47 AM on April 14.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Tula Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and …