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Toli Ekadasi at Palanka Kshetra in Andhra Pradesh

Palanka Kshetra is a temple dedicated to Lord Veerabhadraswamy and Goddess Bhadrakali in the dense Nallamalla forests on the border of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Special pujas and rituals are observed on the Toli Ekadasi day (July 23, 2018). The temple is located around 45 km from Yerragondapalem in Prakasam District in Andhra Pradesh. The shrine attracts devotees from Guntur, Prakasam, Kurnool, Mahabubnagar districts.



Chenchu tribes reside in the region and it is only with their help can the devotees reach the temple safely.

The temple is located under a protruding rock (Peddakonda) on the banks of Krishna River.

The temple was constructed during the reign of Sri Krishnadevaraya of Vijayanagara. He built this temple after defeating the Gajapathi kings.


Devotees offer prayers in the temple after taking a holy dip in the Palanka Kunta, which joins the river Krishna downstream.

Thousands of devotees undertake the annual pilgrimage braving the tough terrain. It is believed that the p…

Gauri Vrat 2017 date in Gujarat - Gauri Fasting

Gauri Vrat is an important ritual performed by unmarried women and young girls in the month of Ashadha (July – August). In 2017, the dates of Gauri Vrata is from July 4 to July 9. The Vrata is dedicated to Goddess Parvati. (Gauri is another name of Goddess Parvathi). It is mainly observed by unmarried women in Gujarat.

Gauri Vrata is observed for five days and begins on the eleventh day in the waxing phase of the moon in the month of Ashada and ends on the Purnima day. A unique ritual of growing corn shoots is observed during the five days.

Legend has it that Goddess Parvati had performed this Vrat to get Lord Shiva as her husband. Therefore there is a widespread belief that those who observe Gauri Vrata will get an ideal husband.

During Gauri Vrata, unmarried girls observe a partial fast and perform pujas dedicated to Goddess Parvati. During the five days salt is strictly avoided. Food eaten is mainly made of wheat flour, ghee and milk. Different types of fruits are also consumed.

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Why live under the constant fear of losing money – position – social status?

We all want to become rich. We want the high position. We want social status and respect. Once all these are attained, we live in the constant fear of losing them.

The world is unhappy because of this fear. We do not want to lose wealth and fame.

This fear is the result of ignorance. Due to this ignorance, many people are not able to enjoy what they have earned genuinely.

Money, position, social status etc are all temporary.

Daily we get an opportunity to realize this. This opportunity comes when we are in deep sleep.

In deep sleep, neither are we rich nor poor; neither are we having high position nor low position; neither are we proud of our social status nor sad about our social condition.

Money, position, social status etc are like ornaments. They are external things that we use to beautify ourselves. We wear them to get the appreciation of others. Without realizing true beauty is internal.

The Divine Spark in us is more valuable than anything that is external. Our only true light…

Hindu Calendar Today – July 1, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Saturday, July 1, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It isShukla Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon till 9:47 PMon July 1. Then onward it isShukla Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waxing phase of moon till 10:30 PMon July 2. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is July 1, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – Good and auspicious time after 6:20 PM. Nakshatra – Uttara phalguni or Uthiram Nakshatra till 12:25 AM on July 1. Then onward it is Hasta or Hastam or Atham Nakshatram till 1:20 AM on July 2.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Hasta or Hastam or Atham Nakshatra till 9:51 PM on July 1. Then onward it is Chitra or Chithira or Chithirai Nakshatram on the entire day on July 2 and till 12:01 AM on July 3.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kanya Rashi.
In western parts of India (Mah…