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Rath Yatra 2018 date – Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra - Puri Rath Yatra Chariot Festival 2018 date in Odisha in India

Puri Rath Yatra, the world famous chariot or car festival, at the PuriJagannathTemple in Odisha, India. Puri Rath Yatra 2018 date is July 14. It is celebrated on the second day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon or bright fortnight) Ashadh month as per traditional Oriya Calendar. On the day of the Ratha Yatra (car festival), chariots (Rath) carrying Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra is pulled to the nearby GundichaTemple.

The return journey of the chariots or Bahuda Jatra is on July 22, 2018.

At the world famous PuriJagannathTemple in Orissa, Lord Krishna is worshipped as ‘Jagannath’ – ‘master of the universe.’ Balabhadra is the elder brother of Lord Krishna and Subhadra is his younger sister.
The making of the Rathas for the annual festival begins on the Akshaya Tritiya day. The main rituals associated with Puri Rath Yatra festival is spread over a month and several rituals, like Snana Purnima and Anasara, take place during this period.

The Snana Yatra or Snana Purnima …

End of Balarama – How Did Balram Die? - Elder Brother of Sri Krishna

When Sri Krishna decided to end his stay on earth, it was time for Balarama, his elder brother,  too to depart. So how did Balram die?

When Dwapara Yuga was coming to an end, Sri Krishna decided to put an end to his avatar. Soon Dharma (righteousness) started disappearing and it was replaced by Adharma.

Yadavas, who were into merrymaking and wanton lifestyle, dressed up Samba as a pregnant woman and decided to mock the Rishis. They approached the rishis and asked them whether the woman would give birth to a girl or boy.

The Rishis could not tolerate the behavior of the Yadavas and cursed them that he would give birth to an iron pillar, which would destroy the Yadava clan.

Shamba soon gave birth to an iron pillar. King Ugrasena asked the iron pillar to be powdered and thrown into the sea.

But the powder reached the shores and turned into iron reeds and which eventually led to the death of the Yadavas.
Balarama who witnessed the end of the Yadava clan ended his life by his yogic power…

Ahmedabad Rath Yatra 2018 date – Jagannath Ratha Yatra in Gujarat in 2018

The State of Gujarat in India conducts Jagannath Rath Yatra similar to the world famous Puri Jagannath Ratha Yatra and the most popular is the Ahmedabad Rath Yatra. In 2018, the date of Rath Yatra in Gujarat is July 14. In 2018, it is the 141st year of celebrations. The Rathas used in the Rath Yatra are small in size compared to the huge Rathas in Puri. In Gujarat, Rath Yatra is also held in many cities and towns like Bhavnagar, Vadodara, Gandhinagar, Surat and Porbandar.

The Rath Yatras in various cities, towns and villages in Gujarat take place on the same day when the Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra takes place. Three small chariots with the idols of Lord Jagannath (Krishna), Balarama (Balabhadra) and Subhadra are pulled by the devotees through the cities, towns and villages. Thousands of devotees throng the streets on the day to have a ‘darshan’ of the deities.

The Ahmedabad Rath Yatra has a history of  140 years. The procession begins from the Jagannath temple in Jamalpur locality in…

Ambubachi Mela 2018 date – Ambubasi Festival 2018 in Kamakhya Devi Temple Assam

Ambubachi Mela, also known as Ambubasi festival, is held annually during monsoon in the KamakhyaDeviTemple at Guwahati, Assam. In 2018, the beginning date of Ambubachi Mela is June 22 and the festival ends on June 25. The temple reopens on June 25, 2018. The fair comes to an end on June 26. The Ambubachi festival is related to the Tantric cult and is also known as Kamkhya Devi Puja. It is believed that Goddess Kamakhya goes through her menstrual cycle during these days and therefore the temple remains closed for three days (June 22, 23 and June 24). The festival celebrates the harmony between the reproductive female body and the cycles of nature.

Ambubachi Mela is also known as Ameti or Tantric fertility festival and is a four-day mela (fair). It is closely associated with the Tantric Shakti cult prevalent in eastern parts of India and is famous due to the assembling of Tantric Sadhus from India and abroad. Some of these Tantric Babas appear before public only during these four days.

Seven Oceans or Seas in Hindu Scriptures

There is a concept of seven islands in Hindu scriptures. These seven islands are surrounded by seven oceans or seas. The seven seas in Hindu scriptures are:

Lavana (salt water) Ikshu (syrup) Sarpih (butter) Dadhi (sour milk) (in some texts it is mentioned as curd) Dughda (milk) Svadhu (treacle) Udaka (water)

In some Puranas the list is bit different, Sarpih is replaced by Sanpi; Dadhi is replaced by Dahi, Svadhu by Jala and Udaka by Rasa. In the list Lavana is salty, Iskhu is sour, Sanpi is bitter, Dahi is curd, Dughda is milk, Jala is water and Rasa is juice.
In a story mentioned in the Uttara Kanda of the Ramayana, a 100-headed demon named Satakantha lived in an island-city named Mayapura and the island was surrounded by Dadhi Sagara – sea or curds. 
Interestingly, Rama and Sita travels through all the above said seas to reach the island of the demon.

This demon was killed by Mata Sita who took on the form of the ferocious Bhadrakali.

Brahman in Hinduism – What is the Meaning of the Word Brahman?

Brahman is the word used to refer to God in the Upanishads. Have you ever wondered what the meaning of the word Brahman in Hinduism is?

In Sanskrit, ‘Brah’ means to expand and ‘Mann’ is mind. Brahman means ‘to expand your mind.’ What is Brahman? One with true knowledge will remain silent to the question. Brahman cannot be defined in words; neither can it be capture in a painting. It cannot be defined.

But Brahman can be experienced.
To experience Brahman we need to expand our mind. We need to drop all narrow thoughts. We need to prepare our mind to capture and understand that, which has no beginning and end. The mind has to be fertile enough to know that, which is beyond birth and death.

Hindu Calendar Today – June 21, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 – Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or twelfth day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It isKrishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waning phase of moon till 3:45 PMon June 21. Then onward it isKrishna Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waning phase of moon till 1:20 PMon June 22. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is June 21, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – Good time till 1:25 PM Nakshatra – Bharani Nakshatra till 10:30 AM on June 21. Then onward it is Kartika or Krithigai or Krittika Nakshatram till 8:56 AM on June 22
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Bharani Nakshatra till 1:27 PM on June 21. Then onward it is Kartika or Krithigai or Krittika Nakshatram till 10:45 AM on June 22.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mesha Rashi till 4:06 PM. Then onward it is Vrishabha Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Guj…