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Importance of Shravan Mahina - Spiritual Significance of Sawan Month

Shravan Mahina, or Sawan Month, in the Hindi calendar is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is of great importance. In 2017, Shravan Mahina is from July 20 to August 7 in traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India and is of great spiritual significance. Special prayers and rituals are performed in Lord Shiva temples and in sacred places associated with Siva. Kanwarias travel to the origin of GangaRiver to collect holy water, or Gangajal, to bath the Shivling at their homes or in villages. Somvar or Mondays in the month is considered highly auspicious for the worship of Lord Shiva.

In Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka, Shravan month begins on July 24, 2017 and ends on August 21.

Important Days and Activities in the Month
Shravan Somvar Vrat
Kavad Yatra
Mangala Gauri Puja
Shravan Shivratri
Shravan Purnima
Yatras to Shiva Temples

It is believed that Lord Shiva to save the world drank the poison ‘halahala’ that came out during the Samdura Manthan or churning o…

How to do or observe Shravan Somvar Vrat? – Monday Puja and Fasting in Sawan Month

Mondays, or Somvar, in the month of Shravan (July – August) is considered highly auspicious for praying to Lord Shiva. It is believed that the worship of Shiva during Shrawan month is 108 times more powerful than worshipping during normal days. Millions of devout Hindus observe the Shravan Somwar Vrat – fasting and performing Pujas on Mondays in Sawan Month.

Here is a brief procedure to observe Shravan Somvar Vrat After the morning bath and other purification rituals. Lord Ganesha is first prayed to. Next, Lord Shiva is prayed to by chanting Om Namah Shivaya. The offerings that are made are Bilva leaves, white flowers, water, honey and milk.If you have Shivling at home you can do abhishek with water, honey or milk.Fasting on the day is from sunrise to sunset.You can chant Maha Mritunjaya Mantra or Om Namah Shivaya on the day.Those who observe fast on Mondays in some regions wear only white clothes.Those observing partial fast eat fruits.Some devotees read the Shiva Purana on the day.T…

Shrabani Mela - Deoghar Baidyanath Dham Shravani Mela

The Hindi month of Sharvan is of great importance at the LordShivaTemple at Deogharh in Jharkhand, popularly known as the Baba Baidyanath Dham. In 2017, Shravani Mela begins on July 10 and ends on August 7. Thousands of Shiva devotees from India, Nepal and from other countries around the world undertake a pilgrimage from Sultanganj to BabaBaidyanathTemple. The month-long fair is also known as Shrabani Mela.
The River Ganga flows northwards at Sultanganj. It is the only place where the Ganga flows towards North. Pilgrims collect Gangajal, holy water from Ganga, at Sultanganj and carry it to the DeogharShivaTemple. The Gangajal is used to bathe the Shivaling here which is one among the Jyotirlingams – twelve temples dedicated to Lord Shiva.
There is a widespread belief among Hindus in North India that offering Ganga water from Sultanganj to Lord Shiva at Deoghar is highly auspicious and it will help in removing ignorance and help in fulfilling their desires. The pilgrims that carry Ga…

Kumaraguru – Hindu God Kumara Guru - Shiva Becomes Student of His Son

Kumaraguru is one of the names of Lord Muruga who is also known as Subrahmanya, Skanda and Kartik. Kumaraguru is two words ‘Kumar’ and ‘Guru.’ Kumar is also another name of Lord Muruga. As Kumaraguru, Lord Kartik is believed to have advised Lord Shiva regarding the greatness and meaning of Pranavam or ‘OM.’ Thus Muruga who is the son of Lord Shiva took the role of Guru.
Legend has it that once Lord Muruga and Lord Brahma were conversing and Lord Muruga wanted to know what all Brahma knew. Lord Brahma said that he is all knowledge and he knows everything. Lord Muruga then asked Lord Brahma how many verses were there in Rig Veda. Lord Brahma then started reciting the Rig Veda and when Brahma uttered the syllable ‘OM’, Lord Muruga wanted to know its meaning.
Lord Brahma said that he is the meaning of ‘OM.’

Lord Muruga did not like this answer and he got angry and imprisoned Brahma for not properly answering his question and for belittling the Pravanam.
After imprisoning Lord Brahma,…

Peace of simple life is unexplainable

Traditions and practices in Hinduism are to make sure that that the mind remains controlled and positively directed towards the Supreme Truth.

Know our needs. Put effort in fulfilling essential needs. Avoid wasting energy in trying to find happiness through external factors. Use the saved energy to realize the Truth.

Peace of simple life is unexplainable. But difficulties caused by materialistic life can be defined and we all know it.

Put an end to all unnecessary things in life. Then we can enjoy a peaceful life. In the beginning, we might find it difficult but with the constant practice and prayer we can achieve positive result.

In the most trying of circumstances our real friend is our knowledge and proper understanding of the universe.

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

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Sunday, July 9, 2017 – Purnima Tithi or the full moon day inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It isPurnima Tithi or the full moon day till 8:51 AM on July 9. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waning phase of moon till 10:21 AM on July 10.All time based on India Standard Time.
How is July 9, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – Good time till 10:35 AM. Nakshatra – Poorvashada or Pooradam Nakshatra till 4:57 PM on July 9. Then onward it is Uttarashada or Uthiradam Nakshatram till 6:58 PM on July 10.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Poorvashada or Pooradam Nakshatra till 4:48 PM on July 9. Then onward it is Uttarashada or Uthiradam Nakshatram till 7:09 PM on July 10.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Dhanu Rashi till 11:27 PM. Then onward it is Makar Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Dhanu Rashi till 11:25 PM. Then onward it i…