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Pahili Raja Festival in Orissa

Pahili Raja Festival is the first day of three-day Raja Sankranti in Orissa. The festival is dedicated to Mother earth, girls and women. Farmers prepare for the ensuing monsoon season by giving rest to farmlands for three days. Girls and women do not do any work for three days and they indulge in fun, games and merrymaking. In 2018, the date of Pahili Raja is June 14.

Raja Sankranti festival is also believed to be grooming period for young women who will be getting married during the coming year. It is also believed that the festival is associated with fertility cult.

The three-day celebrations of Raja begin on Pahili Raja. There is a mad rush to grab the newly laid swings on the day. Different types of swings are laid on Pahili Raja exclusively for girls and women. Special delicacies are prepared for women.

Numerous competitions and fairs are organized during the period.

Symbolism in the Black Color of Goddess Kali

Goddess Kali is the terrifying and angry form of Mother Goddess Shakti. She is pitch black in color and there is a symbolism attached to the color. She destroys and devours all that is associated with Adharma (inauspicious or evil).


As Kali, she is also the personification of the all-devouring time.

Her dark color and form is symbolic of future – future which is beyond the knowledge of ordinary living beings.

The color also symbolizes her power to suck in all forms of ignorance. Something like a black hole.

After sucking in all ignorance, she liberates her children from the cycle of reincarnation.
Mother Goddess Kali is black, girdled with severed arms, with a garland of severed heads, having a lolling tongue and eyes rolling with intoxication.

Kabir Panth – A Sect Practicing Thoughts and Ideas of Sant Kabir

Kabir Panth is a sect practicing thoughts and ideas of Sant Kabir. The members of Kabir Panth consist of lay devotees, sadhus, other holy men and sufis. The sect claims to have been founded by spiritual descendants of Sant Kabirdas during the 16th century. The principle religious heritage of the sect is based on songs and verses of the poet-saint. The followers are known as Kabirpanthis.

What do Kabirpanthis Worship? The nirakara, or formless God, addressed as Rama is worshipped by the community. Inner devotion is given importance. Caste system, rituals and customs practiced by various religions are criticized by the sect. Interestingly, the Kabirpanthis have their own set of ritual manuals for morning and evening prayers, religious initiation and for the monthly Chauka ceremony.

Majority of the branches of Kabir Panth states that their spiritual lineage can be traced back to one or more of the immediate disciples of Sant Kabir.

Where do they reside? Majority of Kabirpanthis reside in …

Tell me brother, how can I renounce maya? - Sant Kabir

Tell me brother, how can I renounce maya? When I gave up the tying of ribbons, still it tied my garment about me. When I gave up the tying my garment, still I covered my body in its folds. So, when I give up passion, I see that anger remains. And when I renounce anger, greed is with me still. And when greed is vanquished, pride and vainglory remain. When the mind is detached and casts maya away, still it clings to the latter. Kabir says, Listen to me dear Sadhu! The true path is rarely found.
In dream did my Love come to me I woke up to His tender touch. To retain the bliss of my dream I do not at all open my eyes. Do come once inside my eye my love I shall at once drop the lids So I alone shall see You there And none else You can see!
Says Kabir – O Lord long long since I parted from you. Now my mind is too restless For the reunion Do extend your kind hand And take me near you My Lord do hear my entreaty.
Sant Kabir
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Name of Wife of Shani Bhagavan

Name of wife of Shani Bhagavan is found in the Brahma Purana. She was the daughter of Chitrarath. The curse of his wife is reason behind Shani Dhrishti or the brutal vision of Shani.

There is no single name of Shani’s wife. The most popular name is Nila. She has numerous names and it is found in a Shloka –

Her names are DhwajiniDaminiChaivKankaliKalahpriyaKantakiKalahiChathSurangiMahishi andAja Shani has only one wife but she is known by numerous names. The most widely accepted name is Nila. They have a son named Gulikan.

Hindu Calendar Today – June 9, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Friday, June 9, 2017 – Purnima Tithi or full moon day inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It isPurnima Tithi or full moon day till 5:38 PM on June 9. Then onward it isKrishna Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waning phase of moon till 7:38 PM on June 10. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is June 9, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – There is no good and auspicious time. Nakshatra – Anusham or Anuradha or Anizham Nakshatra till 4:08 AM on June 9. Then onward it is Jyeshta or Kettai or Triketta Nakshatram till 4:46 AM on June 10
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Anusham or Anuradha or Anizham Nakshatram till 2:14 AM on June 9. Then onward it is Jyeshta or Kettai or Triketta Nakshatram till 5:11 AM on June 10.
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 – Pur…