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Kanchi Maha Periyava Jayanti – Birth Anniversary of Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati Mahaswamiji

Kanchi Maha Periyava, popularly known as Sage of Kanchi, was the 68th Jagadguru of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham. His birth anniversary is annually observed on Jyeshta Purnima tithi – the corresponding date as per Tamil Calendar is the full moon day in Vaikasi month. Kanchi Maha Periyava Jayanti 2018 date is June 25. In 2018, it is the 125th Jayanti celebrations. As per birth star, the celebration is on June 25, 2018 on Anusham or Anuradha Nakshatram day (The kanchi mutt follows the Nakshatra for fixing the Jayanthi date).

Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati Mahaswamiji (20 May 1894 – 8 January 1994) needs no introduction. He was affectionately called ‘Mahaswamigal.’

He became the pontiff of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham in 1907.

He travelled across the country spreading Dharma and the teachings of Adi Shankaracharya. His foremost concern was preservation of the Vedas, tradition and dharma. He advocated simplicity, shunned pomp, ostentation and extravagance. His exposition of Vedanta, Sast…

Snana Purnima – Deva Snan Poornima bathing ceremony at Puri Jagannath Temple

Snana Poornima, or Deba Snan Purnima, is an important ritual before the world famous Rath Yatra at the PuriJagannathTemple. In 2018, the date of Snana Purnima is June 28. Snan Purnima is bathing ceremony of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra – the deities worshipped at the JagannathTemple. The ceremony is held in traditional style and grandeur and is a much anticipated ritual.

On the day of the Snana Poornima ceremony, the idols of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra are escorted out of the Ratnasimhasan from the sanctum sanctorum of the Puri Jagannath temple early in the morning.

The deities are brought to the Snan Bedi (bathing altar) amidst chanting of mantras and to the sounds of drums, cymbals, bugles and ghantas. This is known as the Pahandi procession.

The water for bathing the deities is brought from the well inside the JagannathTemple. After few rituals, a total of 108 pitchers of aromatic and herbal water are used to bath the deities.

After th…

Story of the name of Valmiki – Valmikam – Anthill

Story of the name of Valmiki, the author of Ramayana, is found in the Avanti Khanda of Padma Purana. As per the story in the Purana, Valmiki was a robber in his early life. One day he waylaid Saptarshis and tried to rob them. A dialogue ensued between the Rishis and Valmiki.

The Rishis asked Agnisharma to ask his family members if they were ready to share the effects of the sins he was committing.

When Valmiki put this question to the members of his family, they declined to share the fruits of his sins.

Repentant Valmiki came back and reported the matters to Rishis. They asked to perform Tapa reciting the name of Rama.

For hundreds of years, He sat in the forest chanting the name of Rama.

He was covered with anthill.
The Rishis then took him out of the anthill and named him as Valmiki. Valmikam in Sanskrit means anthill.

Prashasta Yog in Hindu Astrology

Prashasta Yog is an auspicious period in Hindu astrology. The yog renders success is all areas and ventures.

The following combination of days and nakshatras create prashasta yog.

Sunday and Revati Monday and Hasta or Atham or Hastam. Tuesday and Pushya or Poosam or Pooyam Wednesday and Rohini Thursday and Swati or Chothi Friday and Uttara Phalguni or Uthiram Saturday and Mool or Moolam

Power only corrupts those who are impure in mind – Incident from Tulsi Ramayana

In the Tulsi Ramayana, Bharata agreed to rule Ayodhya only as a regent during the exile period of Bhagavan Sri Ram. He then came to meet Sri Rama at Chitrakuta.

Lakshman doubted Bharata’s motive and thought that since he had gained a powerful position, it must have gone to his head and he would want to defeat Sri Ram and make the kingdom his forever.

Assuming that Bharata had become corrupt, Lakshmana wanted to fight with him; but Sri Ram told Lakshmana that power only corrupts those who are impure in mind and those who have never associated themselves with holy people.
But Sri Ram added, Bharata himself is such a great saint that he does not need to have satsanga or company of holy people. Other people will be purified just by living near him.

Source – Hindu Culture – An Introduction by Swami Tejomayananda ~ page 28

Hindu Calendar Today – June 8, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Thursday, June 8, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It isShukla Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waxing phase of moon till 3:36 PM on June 8. Then onward it isPurnima Tithi or the full moon day till 5:38 PM on June 9. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is June 8, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – Good and auspicious time till 4:15 PM Nakshatra – Anusham or Anuradha or Anizham Nakshatram on the entire day on June 8 and till 4:08 AM on June 9.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Anusham or Anuradha or Anizham Nakshatram on the entire day on June 8 and till 2:14 AM on June 9.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrischika Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Vrischika Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Vat Purnima Vrat
Kali Yuga Year – 5119