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Jara Jivantika Puja – Jara Jeevantika Vrata in Shravan Month

Jara Jivantika Puja is mainly observed on Fridays in the Shravan Month in Maharashtra and Gujarat. In 2017, Jara Jivantika Puja dates are July 28, August 4, August 11, and August 18. Jara Jivantika Vrata is dedicated to Goddess Ma Jivantika – Hindu goddess who is the protector of children. She is also believed in helping couples to get children. Goddess Jivantika is worshipped on all Fridays in Shravan month. The mantra that is chanted on the day is "Om Shri Jivantikayai Namah."

The significance of Ma Jivantika and Jara Jivantika Vrat is mentioned in the Skanda Purana.

Married women observe the Jara Jivantika Puja for the welfare of their children and to get healthy babies.

Women who observe the Vrat wear only red clothes on the day and avoid social functions. After the morning bath, she performs an Arati to Goddess Jivantika. After the puja, some rice is held in the hand and the devotee asks the Goddess to protect her children and then she sprinkles the rice on the head of…

Story of the birth of Shuka

Shuka was the son of Sage Vyasa. Story of the birth of Shuka is mentioned in the Mahabharata. Sage Vyasa was one day engaged in rubbing the sticks for making fire.

When the sage was engaged in producing fire for yajna, apsara Ghritachi appeared there. He was bewitched by the beauty of the heavenly maiden. He was smitten with desire.

Ghritachi then took the form of a parrot and came near the sage.

Vyasa tried to control his desire but he was unsuccessful. The seed came out from this body and fell into the sticks that were being rubbed for making fire.
From it was born Shuka deva or Suka.

Kalki Jayanti

Kalki Jayanti celebrates the expected arrival of Kalki, the tenth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Kalki Jayanti 2017 date is July 28 in India. It is believed that in Kali Yuga, the present Era, Lord Vishnu will appear for the total annihilation of evil and the establishment of ‘Dharma.’ Vishnu devotees believe it will take place on the sixth day in the bright fortnight of Shravan month.
The Kalki Jyanthi is a unique observance as it celebrates the arrival of Lord Vishnu in future. It is also believed that Kalki Avatar will totally destroy the present world.
Since the world has gone utterly corrupt with adharmic activities, it is believed the Kalki Avtar will bring an end to the present cycle of the universe and after a span of darkness creation will begin once again.

There is also a certain section in Hindu society that believes that the avatar has already taken place. Kalki Purana narrates about the Kalki incarnation of Lord Vishnu. It is said in Bhagavad Purana that he will appear in …

Nag Panchami Thoughts and Quotes by Hindu Blog

Snakes (Nagas or Sarpam) are an intricate part of Hindu tradition. The teachers of Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism) saw Earth as a large family and knew the importance of each animate and inanimate in Nature. They realized that for human beings to exist peacefully and prosper on earth it is necessary to respect and give space to plants and animals. Nag Panchami is dedicated to showing respect to snakes, the guardians of Earth.

Today, Nag Panchami is reduced to a ritual. We no longer value snakes and their important role in nature. We have occupied their space at will and find them to be the most unwelcome creature. But on Nag Panchami we pray to them for miracles. To solve issues and fulfill desires.
The greatest miracle that Snakes performed was that they played a crucial role in the ecosystem. They protected the grains that are the main source of food for human beings by keeping the population of rodents in check.
Nag Panchami in Hindu tradition is dedicated to the importance of the coe…

Do Gods Really Eat Food or Bhog in Hindu Religion?

Food – Bhog, Naivedya or Prasad – is an important offering in Hindu religion. Many skeptics ask do gods really eat food. Yes, God really eats food. What is the proof? For a religious person, the proof is his/her experience and scriptures. Sri Krishna has clearly stated in the Bhagavad Gita that He partakes anything that is offered with devotion. It is not the food item that matters but the devotion and love of God. Lord Vitthal of Pandarpur used to come to eat the food offered by Sant Namdev. There are numerous such examples in Hinduism where Bhagavan takes numerous forms to eat what the devotee has offered.
He who offers to me with devotion a leaf, a flower, a fruit, or water, that gift of love I accept as an offering of the pure of heart. (Gita Chapter 9 verse 26)
Whatever you do, whatever you eat, whatever you offer, whatever you give away, whatever austerities thou do practice, let it all be done, O Arjuna, as an offering to me. (Gita Chapter 9 verse 27) Our body is made of five …

Eight Barriers to our Progress

Truly, the greatest barriers to our progress lie not in the world outside but in our own minds. The scriptures speak of eight such bondages or anchors that bear us down.
They are: Hatred, Fear, Shame, Aversion, Egoism, Vanity, Pride of noble descent, and obsession with formal good conduct.

Any one of them can hinder our progress.
Vedanta Kesari Editorial March 2017

Hindu Calendar Today – July 27, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Thursday, July 27, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon till 9:39 AM on July 27.Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon till 9:15 AM on July 28.All time based on India Standard Time.
How is July 27, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – Good time till 7:25 PM. Nakshatra – Purvaphalguni or Pooram Nakshatra till 7:53 AM on July 27. Then onward it is Uttaraphalguni or Uthiram Nakshatram till 8:11 AM on July 28.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Purvaphalguni or Pooram Nakshatra till 4:23 AM on July 27. Uttaraphalguni or Uthiram Nakshatram till 4:40 AM on July 28.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Simha Rashi till 1:57 PM on July 27. Then onward it is Kanya Rashi till 9:39 PM on July 29.
In western pa…