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Story of Karaikal Ammaiyar

Story of Karaikal Ammaiyar is an example of unwavering devotion. Young Punitavati lived in Karaikal with her husband Paramadhattan. Punitavati was an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva.

Once, her husband sent two mangoes from his work place.

Soon a hungry sage appeared at the door and as food was yet to be prepared, Punitavati gave him one of the mangoes.

In the evening, Paramadhattan wanted to eat the mangoes. The first one was so tasty that he asked for the second too.

A helpless Punitavati prayed to the Lord. Miraculously a fruit fell into her palms.

Her husband ate the fruit and wanted to know how the mango tasted different from the first one. Punitavati then told him the truth.

Her husband then asked her to get more of the sweet mangoes.

Punitavati again prayed to Lord Shiva. A mango appeared again but when Paramadhattan attempted to eat it, the fruit disappeared.

Paramadhattan was rattled by the experience, got scared, and he ran away from home.

 A puzzled Punitavati continued…

Dahikala during Sri Krishna Jayanti - Dahi Kala 2018 Date and Importance

Dahikala is another name of Dahi Handi festival in Maharashtra and is great importance to Hindu devotees. It is also the name of a popular dish prepared in the many parts of India and offered to Lord Krishna. In 2018, the date of Dahikala is September 3. Dahi Kala is observed during the eighth day of the Krishna Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in Shravan month. The day falls after the Sri Krishna Jayanti day in Maharashtra.

The Dahikala name for Dahi Handi festival comes from a dish prepared on the festival day. The dish is a mixture of yoghurt, pounded rice and jaggery, which is offered to Krishna on the day.

The Dahikala mixture is placed in the Dahi Handi pot and young men and women compete against each other to break open the pot placed high above the ground.
In Maharashtra, group of men and women form human pyramids to break the Dahi Kala pot.

Haryali Amavasya in Shravan month

Hariyali Amavasi, or Haryali Amavasya, is the no moon day in the Shravan month in North India as per the traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India. Hariyali Amavasi 2018 date is August 11. Great importance is given to green color during this Amavasya – a reflection of the green nature after the first monsoon showers.

Note - Hariyali Amavasi is known as Hariyali Amas in Gujarat and it is the Ashada Amavasi in the Gujarati Calendar.

The day is of great significance in many regions in North India as several towns and cities organize fairs during the period. Some of the important fairs are held in Udaipur and Rajsamand in Rajasthan.

Hariyali Teej - the first of the 3 main important Teej festival - is observed three days after Hariyali Amavasi.

Where to Keep Money Plant inside the House? – Money Plant Direction in Home as Per Vastu

Money Plant, Epipremnum aureum, is associated with Vastu in Hinduism. Even though the plant is not a native of India, people believe it helps in improving the financial situation. So, where to keep money plant inside the house? The direction in home as per Vastu is southeast.

Southeast corner is the Agneya disha – the direction associated with Ganesha.

The plant should never be kept in the northeast corner.

If you believe in Vastu, then the plant is better kept inside the house and not outside. It can be kept in a pot or bottle.

The old and yellow leaves of the plant should be removed before falling on the ground.

The plant should not be pulled out and thrown. It should be only trimmed.
No idea whether the plant can change financial luck of a home; but it sure can remove indoor pollutants.

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

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Friday, July 21, 2017 – Krishna Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waning phase of moon till 8:06 PM on July 21.Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waning phase of moon till 5:44 PM on July 22.All time based on India Standard Time.
How is July 21, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – There is no good and auspicious time on the day Nakshatra – Mrigasira or Makayiram Nakshatra till 1:53 PM on July 21. Then onward it is Ardra or Arudhara or Thiruvathira Nakshatram till 12:16 PM on July 22.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Mrigasira or Makayiram Nakshatra till 2:53 PM on July 21. Ardra or Arudhara or Thiruvathira Nakshatram till 12:19 PM on July 22.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrishabha Rashi till 2:23 AM on July 21. Then onw…