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Bargadahi Amavasya

Bargadahi Amavasya is observed in North India on the Amavasi or no moon day in the Jyeshta month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India. Bargadahi Amavasya 2018 date is May 15. This Amavas, which is also referred as new moon day by some Hindu communities, coincides with the Vat Amavasya Vrat and Puja.

Thousands of people take holy dip in Ganges and Yamuna on the day.

Women observe special prayers and rituals on the day for the welfare of the family and for a happy and prosperous life.

The day is also observed as Vat Savitri Amavasya Vrat, Bhavuka Amavasya and Shani Jayanti.

Ancient Hindu Scientists – A List of Ancient Hindus Who Contributed Immensely to Science

Science was not anathema to ancient Hindus. Hindu religion always encouraged scientific spirit and this is the reason why Hinduism has stood up to the challenges of modern science better than any other religion. Here is a list of ancient Hindu scientists whose contribution to modern science and mathematics can never be ignored.
Baudhayana – Lived around 800 BC Subject – Mathematics Books – Sulbasutra – contains calculation of pi, Pythagoras theorem, circling the square, square root of 2 etc His contribution – calculating pi Learn more about Baudhayana here
Susruta – Lived around 600 BC Subject – Medicine – Surgery – Plastic Surgery – Rhinoplasty Books – Susruta Samhita – mentions about over 1100 disease including fevers of 26 types, 8 types of jaundice, 20 kind of urinary complaints. More than 760 medicinal plants are recorded in the work. His contribution – Father of plastic surgery.

Acharya Kanad – Lived around 600 BC His contribution – originated the idea of atom an indestructible p…

Triprangode Siva Temple in Malappuram District in Kerala

Triprangode Siva Temple is ancient shrine located at Triprangode Village in Malappuram District in Kerala. The temple is located around 8 km from Tirur Railway Station and around 5 km from Thirunavaya.

Legend has it that Sage Markandeya was saved from the clutches of Yama, the Hindu god death, by Shiva here. (you can read the complete legend here).

The sanctum sanctorum here is two storied. Lord Shiva faces west. He is worshipped in the form of Shivling.
The subdeities worshipped in the temple are Ganapathy, Goddess Parvati, Rishabha or Nandi, Sastha, Gosala Krishnan, Bhadrakali and Vettekkorumakan.

Significance of Vat Savitri Puja

Vat Savitri Puja or Vat Savithri vrat is an auspicious day in Hinduism when married women observe fast and pray for their husband's health and longevity. The fasting is named after Savitri, who brought back her husband from the clutches of Yama (death). One of the important rituals of the day is tying threads on Vat (banyan) tree. In 2018, the date of Vat Savitri Purnima puja is on June 27. Those observing it on Amavasi day it is on May 15, 2018 - Vat Amavasi.

The fasting is observed for three days and begins two days prior to purnima or amavasi in the Hindu month of Jyeshtha (June – July).

The fasting takes its name from Vat Vriksha (Banyan Tree) and Savitri. The Banayan Tree is symbolically represented as Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. The root of Vat Vriksha is Brahma, the stem is Vishnu and the upper part is Shiva. On the puja day, the Banyan tree also symbolically represents Savitri and the incident mentioned in the Mahabharata.

Legend has it that Princess Savitri, the daughte…

Truthfulness is the greatest spiritual value for a spiritual aspirant – Sri Ramakrishna

One attains the Absolute by going beyond the universe and its created beings conjured up by Maya. By passing beyond the Nada one goes into Samadhi. By repeating ‘OM’ one goes beyond the Nada and attains Samadhi.

If one should somehow meet the master of a house and become acquainted with him; then he himself will tell you … all about his gardens (nature)…’ Therefore one should first know the owner (God) of the garden, and then, if necessary, learn about nature. In other words, if one is first established in spiritual knowledge, then all other knowledge will be added.

Truthfulness is the greatest spiritual value for a spiritual aspirant.
One who always speaks the truth is already sitting on the lap of God.
– Sri Ramakrishna

Hindu Calendar Today – May 24, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 – Krishna Paksha Trayodasi and Chaturdasi Tithi or the thirteenth and fourteenth day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waning phase of moon till 6:07 AM on May 24. Then onward it isKrishna Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waning phase of moon till 3:53 AM on May 25. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is May 24, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – There is no good and auspicious time. Nakshatra – Ashwathy or Ashwini Nakshatra till 3:43 AM on May 24. Then onward it is Bharani Nakshatram till 2:16 AM on May 25.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Ashwathy or Ashwini Nakshatra till 6:02 AM on May 24. Then onward it is Bharani Nakshatram till 3:14 AM on May 25.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mesha Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and …