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Akshaya Tritiya 2018 date - Importance and All You Need to Know

Akshaya Tritiya, or Akha Teej, is a highly auspicious day which falls on the third day after Amavasi (no moon) in the Hindu month of Vaishakha. Akshaya Tritiya 2018 date is April 18. As per Hindu astrology and almanac, each second on the Akshaya Tritiya day is auspicious. It is said that there is no need to look for a ‘muhurat’ on the day. The word Akshaya means ‘that which never diminishes’ and the day is ideal for beginning new ventures as it is believed that all investments on this day appreciate.

In a traditional Hindu lunar calendar, Akshay Tritiya is observed on the third day of Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in Vaishakh Month.

It is believed that the sun and the moon are most radiant and best placed on the day. Therefore it is one of the most popular dates in Hindu calendar for marriages, for beginning new ventures, for investing and for purchasing valuables like gold and diamond.

Which Gods are Worshiped on Akshaya Tritiya?

Ganesha, Goddess Lakshmi, Lord Vishnu and Kuber …

Dharmayuddha in Hinduism

In Hinduism, Dharmayuddha is the righteous war approved by society. It was an open battle devoid of secrecy, stratagem or crafty elements. Dharmayuddha is a war of defence though it presupposes aggression.

The prominent feature of the Dharmayuddha was that the conquering king only acknowledged his supremacy over the inferior and defeated powers, and returned the kingdom to the defeated. If the king was killed, his son or near relative was installed on the throne on subordinate alliance terms.

In Dharmayuddha, fight should between equals on one to one basis;aged men, women, children, the retreating, and such others were not to be killed;the cities, gardens, temples, and the common people should not be harmed;the injured warriors should be treated unbiased,one should not fight a warrior who does not offer to fight or is panic stricken, without an armor or weapon. A king who achieves victory through Dharmayuddha was known as Dharmavijayi.

Bronze Sculptures in Indus Valley Civilization

History of bronze sculpture in India is traced back to the Indus Valley Civilization (2500 BC – 1700 BC). Hindus should be aware of this because it is a matter of pride that our ancestors had such great knowledge. A dancing girl, buffalo and miniature dog are the earliest specimens of Indian Bronzes. They were discovered during the excavations conducted at the archaeological site of Mohenjodaro – the most important Indus Valley site along with Harappa and Lothal.

The bronze sculptures of Indus Valley Civilization were produced by the lost-wax (cire perdue) process. They were created in small open kilns.

Furnaces, crucibles and moulds were unearthed by archeologists at Mohenjodaro and Lothal.

The Dancing Girl A nude female statuette from Mohenjodaro called the dancing girl is a classic example of the bronze sculptures produced in ancient India using the lost-wax method. The statue is that of a dancer and has an air of vibrant liveliness.

It is 11 cm high, and stands with her left leg…

A discerning intellect should properly educate the mind – A Parthasarathy

Enough is never enough. In the chase for acquiring material wealth one could cause harm to onself.

Thus there is a need for a strong intellect to guide the mind and not frustrate, strangle it.

A discerning intellect should properly educate the mind.

Desire-ridden pursuits for wealth lead one nowhere.
Mind can never find the satiation, contentment that it seeks in the material pursuit in the world.
– A Parthasarathy 

Today’s Hindu Calendar – April 18, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waning phase of moon till 10:34 PM on April 18. Then onward it isKrishna Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waning phase of moon till 11:35 PM on April 19. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is April 18, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good day after 1:40 PM. Nakshatra – Purvashada or Pooradam Nakshatra till 6:42 PM on April 18. Then onward it is Uttarashada or Uthiradam Nakshatram till 8:23 PM on April 19.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Purvashada or Pooradam Nakshatra till 10:11 PM on April 18. Then onward it is Uttarashada or Uthiradam Nakshatra on the entire day on April 19 and till 12:20 AM on April 20.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Dhanu Rashi.
In western parts of…