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Ashadi Beej – Ashadhi Bij

Ashadi Beej or Ashadhi Bij is observed on the second day of the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in Ashada month – It is the Kutchi New Year. This Hindu New Year is observed in the Kutch region in Gujarat. In 2018, Ashadi Beej is on July 14. Vikram Samvant 2075 begins from July 14, 2018, in Kutch region.
Ashadi Beej is mostly a traditional affair and is observed in homes. Relatives, friends, and neighbors join in the festival.
Today, many organizations are also giving importance to the day and organize satsangs, musical competitions, and other cultural programs.
Ganesha, Goddess Lakshmi, and other regional deities are worshiped on the day.

Note – In other parts of Gujarat, Hindu New Year is on the day after Diwali – Kartik Shukla Paksha 1.

Importance of Ashada Masam – fears and doubts on Ashada Month in South India

There are numerous fears and doubts regarding Ashadam or Ashada Masam (June - July) especially for Telugu and Kannada speaking people. In 2018, Ashada Month begins on July 13 and ends on August 11 in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana. Some married couples want to know, is it good for the wife to stay with husband in the Ashad month? The inauspicious tag attached to Ashada month is due to the fact that the Dakshinayana Punnjaykalam or Karak Sankranti begins in this month. The sun changes its courses in this month and next six months is the night time of Devas (gods), which ends with Makar Sankranti.

Ashadha in Karnataka and Ashadamu in Andhra Pradesh is the fourth month in the Kannada and Telugu Calendar. People avoid undertaking auspicious events this month. Some of the reasons have scientific backing but many are based on rumors and fears.
There is a tradition among certain communities in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka in which newly married couple does not stay together in Ash…

Punyahavachanam

Punyahavachanam is a purification ceremony. It is performed on the eleventh, thirteenth, fifteenth or sixteenth day after the birth of a child. It is also performed before an important event or after an untoward incident. It mainly involves sprinkling of purificatory water.  These are the following steps in Punyahavachanam:

Vighneswara Puja – Worshipping of Ganesha

Kalasha Puja – Worship of Kalash – worshiping the water in sacred pot which will be used for Punyahavachanam

Dhupa and Deepa – offering the incense and the light with wicks dipped in ghee. This is offered to the water in sacred pot.

The pot is then worshipped with flowers.

The pot is then worshipped with camphor
In the final step, water is sprinkled on the heads of the performer, people present and on all auxiliary objects.

Gupt Navratri 2018 or Ashada Navratra in June - July

Gupt Navratri, also referred as Gayatri or Ashada Navratri, is nine days dedicated to the nine forms of Shakti (Mother Goddess) in the Hindi month of Ashada (June – July). Gupt Navaratri is observed during the Ashada Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon). In 2018, Gupt Navratri begins on July 13 and ends on July 21.

Gupt Navratri rituals are followed mainly in the Hindi speaking states in India. It is largely observed by women in Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. The nine days are dedicated to worship of various forms of Shakti.

This Navartri is particularly important for all Upasakas or worshippers of Varahi. Varahi is one of the seven Matrikas of Devi Mahatmya. It is also referred as Guhya Navratri in Himachal Pradesh.

Some people fast on certain days of Gupt Navratri and vegetarian food is consumed during the period. The most important event during the nine-day period is community worship of the nine forms of Durga or Shakti. Women in a locality gather in a household during eveni…

Where to Keep Tulsi Plant in a Hindu Home?

If you follow Hindu tradition, then keep a Tulsi plant at home. It is auspicious, good for health both mental and physical and it is of great medicinal value. So where to keep the Tulsi plant in a Hindu home? There are four options.
The Tulsi plant can be kept in front of the house.In the eastern side of the house.In the north side of the house.In the northeastern side of the house. If possible, have a banana plant in the Ishaan corner (northeast) along with Tulsi this will help in solving all financial problems.

Ratha Symbolism in Hinduism – Chariot Symbol

The human personality is itself a ratha, which is on a yatra from beginningless time. The Kathopanishad describes the ratha as comprise of the body, sense organs, mind, intellect and the soul. Ratha (chariot) symbolism in Hinduism is mainly found in the Upanishads.

The Atman is the master of the chariot, the body is the chariot, intelligence is the charioteer, diversified mind is the reins, sense organs are the horses and sense objects are the roads along which this chariot is driven.

But why should the ever perfect and ever free Atman have the need to go anywhere?

Lord Yama tells Nachiketa in Katha Upanishad that the journey is made by the Atman when it is conditioned by identification with the ratha. When so conditioned, the Atman is called jivatman.
Liberation from this conditioning is the goal of human life. And the journey towards liberation begins when the senses are restrained from traveling towards the sense objects, the mind is made one-pointed, and the intellect is turned i…

Hindu Calendar Today – June 23, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Friday, June 23, 2017 – Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or fourteenth day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It isKrishna Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waning phase of moon till 10:52 AMon June 23. Then onward it isAmavasya Tithi or the no moon day till 8:24 AMon June 24. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is June 23, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – No auspicious and good time on the day. Nakshatra – Rohini Nakshatra till 7:17 AM on June 23. Then onward it is Mrigasira or Makayiram Nakshatram till 5:37 AM on June 24.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Rohini Nakshatra till 7:49 AM on June 23. Then onward it is Mrigasira or Makayiram Nakshatram till 4:49 AM on June 24.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrishabha Rashi till 6:27 PM. Then onward it is Mithuna Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Vrishab…