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Kheer Bhawani Mela 2018 date – Kheer Bhawani Yatra in Jammu and Kashmir

Kheer Bhawani Mela, also known as Kheer Bhawani Yatra, is the annual festival held at the temple of Mata Kheer Bhawani in Tulla Mulla village in Jammu and Kashmir. Kheer Bhawani Mela 2018 date is June 20. It is observed on the Ashtami day during Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in Jyeshta month (June – July). The shrine is also referred as the temple of Ragnya Bhagwati and is noted for a unique holy spring whose water changes its color.

Khir Bhawani Yatra celebrates the discovery of the holy spring by a pious Brahmin. For some, the festival celebrates the arrival of Mata Ragnya (Khir Bhawani) to the valley.
Legend has it that the idol of Goddess Bhawani was brought to Tula Mula Village by Lord Hanuman from Lanka after the epic battle in Ramayana. The idol of Goddess Bhavani was worshiped by Ravana and he had got the idol after intense austerities. Once Ravana was defeated by Lord Ram, Goddess asked Hanuman to shift her from Lanka.
The name Khir Bhawani comes from the deities fav…

Krishna as Messenger to the Kuru Court at Hastinapur to Achieve Peace with Duryodhana

After the exile period in the Mahabharata, Abhimanyu, son of Arjuna and Subhadra, married Uttara, the daughter of King of Virata. Pandavas were now without a kingdom, the made serious efforts to strike peace with the Kauravas. As part of peace efforts, Krishna was sent as the messenger to the Kuru court at Hastinapur to make Duryodhana understand the importance of peace.

Krishna was Duta – the messenger of peace.

When Krishna enters the court of Hastinapura, Duryodhana is in consultation with Shakuni, Karna, and Dushasana as to who will lead the Kaurava army against the Pandavas.

When the doorkeeper announces the arrival of Sri Krishna, he orders the members of his court not to give him a standing ovation.

But such was the impact of the personality of Bhagavan Sri Krishna that contrary to Duryodhana’s order everybody in the Hastinapura court stands up.

As Shanti Duta, Krishna pleads for peace. He requests Duryodhana to reconsider his decision of not returning Indraprastha to Pandavas…

The importance of Kirtan or Nama Gana as per Bhagavad Purana

Kirtan is the second stage in Navadha Bhakti, the traditionally prescribed nine forms of devotion in Srimad Bhagavad Purana (VII 5.23).

It is also known as Nama Gana.

Kirtan is an act of singing, chanting, dancing or speaking in praise of god, incarnations or holy persons, to the accompaniment of harmonium, flute, conch shell, stringed or percussion instruments and like.
Source – Bhavan’s Journal December 2016 issue – page 23 – article titled ‘Kirtan brings one closer to the Supreme Being’ by Dr. Satish K. Kapoor.

On Chanting God’s Name

O King, The singing of God’s glories alone will remove the fear of worldliness in the yog, the person on the path of knowledge, the individual practicing the path of action and the devotee.

Through the glorification of God’s name alone does the aspirant attain all benevolent fruits.

The greatest practice now is singing the glories of Govinda’s name; do that and you will attain everything.
Sukadeva to King Parikshit

Hindu Calendar Today – May 29, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Monday, May 29, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It isShukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon till 3:59 PM on May 29. Then onward it isShukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon till 2:02 PM on May 30. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is May 29, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – Good and auspicious time after 11:10 AM. Nakshatra – Punarvasu or Punirtham Nakshatra till 6:25 PM on May 29. Then onward it is Pushya or Poosam or Pooyam Nakshatra till 5:19 PM on May 30.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Punarvasu or Punirtham Nakshatra till 1:25 PM on May 29. Then onward it is Pushya or Poosam or Pooyam Nakshatram till 11:57 AM on May 30.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mithuna Rashi till 12:46 PM. Then onward it is Karka Rashi.
In western part…