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Tamil Nadu Lunar Eclipse Time on August 7, 2017 – Chandra Grahanam time in Chennai, Madurai on August 7, 2017

A partial lunar eclipse, or Chandra Grahanam, will be visible in Chennai, Madurai and other parts of Tamil Nadu on August 7, 2017. The Chandra Grahan will be visible in Coimbatore, Erode, Salem, Kanchipuram, Toothukudi and other towns from 10:53 PM on August 7 to 12:48 AM on August 8, 2017 – as per Indian standard time.

The Grahan takes place during the night to midnight and it is visible to the naked eye.

Those Hindus following Grahan fasting and rituals need to follow it.

All temples will remain closed 9 hours before the grahan and will only open next day morning after pujas and purification rituals.

Raksha Bandhan rituals should be finished 9 hours before the start of Grahan.
Detail Timing of Lunar Eclipse in Tamil Nadu Eclipse begins 10:53 PM on August 7 Mid Eclipse is at 11:50 PM on August 7 Eclipse ends at 12:48 AM on August 8, 2017

Uttar Pradesh Lunar Eclipse Time on August 7, 2017 – Chandra Grahan time in Lucknow - Allahabad on August 7, 2017

A Partial lunar eclipse, or Chandra Grahan, will be visible in Uttar Pradesh on August 7, 2017. The Chandra Grahan will be visible in Lucknow, Varanasi, Kanpur, Noida, Agra, Moradabad, Gorakhpur,  Rampur, Meerut, Aligarh, Mathura, Unnao, Allahabad and other towns from 10:53 PM on August 7 to 12:48 AM on August 8, 2017 – as per Indian standard time.
The Grahan takes place during the night to midnight and it is visible to the naked eye.

Those Hindus following Grahan fasting and rituals need to follow it.

All temples will remain closed 9 hours before the grahan and will only open next day morning after pujas and purification rituals.

Raksha Bandhan rituals should be finished 9 hours before the start of Grahan.
Detail Timing of Lunar Eclipse in Uttar Pradesh Eclipse begins 10:53 PM on August 7 Mid Eclipse is at 11:50 PM on August 7 Eclipse ends at 12:48 AM on August 8, 2017

Ashadi Ekadasi 2017 – Devsayani Ashadi Ekadashi date in 2017

Ashadi Ekadasi, or Ashada Devasayani Ekadashi, is observed during the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in Ashada Month (June – July). In 2017, the date of Ashadi Ekadasi is July 4. Pandarpur Yatra culminates on Ashadi Ekadasi and is of great importance in Maharashtra. The day is of a great significance at the LordVithalTemple in Pandarpur.

The Palki of Tukaram Maharaj from Dehu, Palki of Sant Jnaneshwar from Alandi and numerous other Palki (Palanquin) carrying the silver Padukas of various saints arrives at Lord Vithal Temple in Pandarpur on Ashadi Ekadasi after a 21-day journey. Lord Vithal is an incarnation of Lord Krishna and is a popular deity in Marathi culture.

The day is of great significance to the Bhakti cult in Maharashtra. Sant Tukaram and Sant Jnaneshwar two of the great Bhakti exponents in Maharashtra reached the abode of Lord Vitthal in Pandharpur on Ashadi Ekadasi. They had set out on foot around fifteen days before the auspicious day from their villages. Sant Tuka…

Telangana Lunar Eclipse Time on August 7, 2017 – Chandra Grahanam time in Hyderabad on August 7, 2017

A partial lunar eclipse, or Chandra Grahanam, will be visible in Telangana on August 7, 2017. The Chandra Grahan will not be visible in Hyderabad, Secunderabad, Warangal, Nizamabad, Khammam and other towns from 10:53 PM on August 7 to 12:48 AM on August 8, 2017 – as per Indian standard time.

The Grahan takes place during the night to midnight and it is visible to the naked eye.

Those Hindus following Grahan fasting and rituals need to follow it.

All temples will remain closed 9 hours before the grahan and will only open next day morning after pujas and purification rituals. Detail Timing of Total Lunar Eclipse in Telangana Eclipse begins 10:53 PM on August 7 Mid Eclipse is at 11:50 PM on August 7 Eclipse ends at 12:48 AM on August 8, 2017

Panchamakara Form of Worship in Tantrism – Symbolic Meaning of Wine – Meat – Fish – Coin – Sex

Tantra describes five elements, known as panchamakara, for sadhana. The five elements have symbolic meaning in Tantism. The five elements are: madya, wine;mamsa, meat;matsya, fish;mudra, silver coin; andmaithuna, sexual union.
These five categories have different meanings for different classes of worshippers — but in all cases it is important to understand that what one is required to offer is the principle or essence, not the article itself.
It is impossible to think that Shiva would have advised people to have all five experiences and assured them illumination. Many people enjoy these things. Are they illumined? People don’t need to practice tantric rituals to have sex and enjoy wine. Some people with animal nature want to spiritualize their self-indulgence, and Westerners sometimes portray tantric rituals in this way.
The panchamakara should be understood from a spiritual perspective. Symbolic Meaning of Wine – Meat – Fish – Coin – Sex in Tantric WorshipMadya (Wine) — When we medit…

Death Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda – Mahasamadhi

Death anniversary of Swami Vivekananda is annually observed on July 4. In 2018, it is the 116th death anniversary of Swami Vivekananda – Punyatithi or Mahasamadhi. He was the messenger who uplifted the dying spirit of Indians. He reminded them of their past glory, and their present wretched condition and what bright future hold for them.  "Arise! Awake! And stop not until the goal is reached."


Swami Vivekananda died at an early age of 39 on July 4, 1902.
Swami Vivekananda, known in his pre-monastic life as Narendra Nath Datta, revived Vedanta and took it to the world.
His mentor and Guru Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa guided him on the spiritual path.
After the passing away of Sri Ramakrishna, under the leadership of Swami Vivekananda, disciples of Sri Ramakrishna formed a new monastic brotherhood. Swamiji was not happy with a settled monastic life. He wanted to take the teachings of his Guru to the world. For this, he set out on a discovery of real India.
Travels all over Indi…

Rajasthan Lunar Eclipse Time on August 7, 2017 – Chandra Grahanam time in Jaipur – Jodhpur on August 7, 2017

A partial lunar eclipse, or Chandra Grahan, will be visible in Rajasthan on August 7, 2017. The Chandra Grahan will be visible in Jaipur, Jodhpur, Ajmer, Jaisalmer, Sikar, Sirohi, Pali, Banswara, Baran, Barmer, Bikaner and other towns from 10:53 PM on August 7 to 12:48 AM on August 8, 2017 – as per Indian standard time.
The Grahan takes place during the night to midnight and it is visible to the naked eye.

Those Hindus following Grahan fasting and rituals need to follow it.

All temples will remain closed 9 hours before the grahan and will only open next day morning after pujas and purification rituals.

Raksha Bandhan rituals should be finished 9 hours before the start of Grahan.
Detail Timing of Lunar Eclipse in Rajasthan Eclipse begins 10:53 PM on August 7 Mid Eclipse is at 11:50 PM on August 7 Eclipse ends at 12:48 AM on August 8, 2017

Story of Sundar Narayan Temple in Nashik – Vishnu was cursed by Vrinda

Sundar Narayan Temple in Nashik is situated at the corner of Ahillyabai Holkar Bridge near Ramkund, This is an ancient shrine famous for its antiquity, holiness, architecture, intricate carvings, sculptures and unique event of sunrays falling in the sanctum sanctorum. The story of Sundarnarayan Mandir is associated with Vrinda (Tulsi Plant) cursing Vishnu.

Vrinda was the wife of demon king Jalandhar. He had got a boon from Shiva that he would be invincible as long as his wife was chaste. The character of Jalandhar turned upside down after getting the boon. He became cruel, evil and vicious and harassed all the living beings in the universe.

Adharma prospered and now it was the duty of Vishnu to protect Dharma.

Once, when Jalandhar was on a mission, Vishnu took the form of the demon king and copulated with Vrinda.

Chastity of Vrinda was broken and soon her husband was killed by the Devas.

When Vrinda Devi came to know about the treachery, she cursed Vishnu to become deformed and ugly.

Aani Uthiram – Aani Thirumanjanam

Aani Uthiram, or Ani Uthram, is an auspicious day in the Tamil Month of Aani (or Ani) and is dedicated to Lord Nataraja (Shiva). In 2017, the date of Aani Uthiram is June 30. The festival is also known as Aani Thirumanjanam and is observed on the Uthiram Nakshatram day.

It is popularly believed that it was on Aani Uthiram day that Lord Shiva appeared before Sage Manikkavachakar under a Kurundai Tree and offered upadesha (advice). Sage Manikkavachakar is the author of Thiruvachakam.

Thirumanjanam means ‘holy bath’. On Aani Thirumanjanam day – when Uthram Nakshtram falls in Aani month – an Abhishekam is performed in Lord Nataraja temples. The Abhishekam or holy bath of the idol performed during the twilight period (Pradosham) on the day is considered highly auspicious.

Special rituals and processions are held on the day at NatarajaTemple.

Another important festival that is dedicated to Lord Nataraja is the Arudhra Darshan.

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Om Sahana Vavatu – Prayer Meaning

The Shanti Mantra “Om Sahana Vavatu” is quite familiar to many people and is chanted at the beginning of study classes or any venture undertaken for learning.
The mantra Om Sahana Vavatu. Sahanau bhunaktu. Saha veeryam karavaavahai Tejasvinaa vadhee tamastu maa vidvishavahai Om Shaanti Shaanti Shaantih
Meaning Om, may He protect us both (teacher and the taught). May He look after us both to enjoy (the fruits of scriptural study). May we both exert together (to find the true meaning of the sacred text). May our studies be fruitful so that we acquire lustre. May we never quarrel with each other. Om Peace! Peace!! Peace!!!
Word Meaning Om – Symbol of the Pure Brahman, Saha – together, Nau – us both, Avatu – may he protect, Bhunaktu – may He look after (the fruits of spiritual study), Viryam – put in effort with enthusiasm, Karvavahai – exert together (to find the true meaning of sacred texts), Tejasvi – Lustrous, Adhiram – study, Astu – may be, Ma – never, Vidvishavahai – (may we …

Hindu Calendar Today – June 30, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Friday, June 30, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It isShukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon till 9:39 PMon June 30. Then onward it isShukla Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon till 9:47 PMon July 1. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is June 30, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – Good and auspicious time till 5:55 PM. Nakshatra – Purvaphalguni or Pooram Nakshatra till 12:01 AM on June 30. Then onward it is Uttara phalguni or Uthiram Nakshatram till 12:25 AM on July 1.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Uttara phalguni or Uthiram Nakshatra till 8:16 PM on June 30. Then onward it is Hasta or Hastam or Atham Nakshatram till 9:51 PM on July 1.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Simha Rashi till 6:06 AM. Then onward it is Kanya Rashi.
In western parts of…