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Janai Purnima 2018 in Nepal – Sacred Thread Festival in Nepal in 2018

Janai Purnima is the sacred thread changing ceremony observed in Nepal. Janai Purnima 2018 date is August 26. Male members of Nepali Brahmin community and Chettri community change the sacred thread worn by them known as Janai. The changing of the thread takes place after a long ceremony involving chanting of mantras.

Janai Purnima is observed on the full moon day in Shravan month. A person wearing the Janai thread should have control over body, speech and mind.

On the day before Janai Purnima, male members of the Brahmin and Chettri community cut their hair and do a clean shaving. A partial fast is observed on the day – non-vegetarian food is avoided and also food made from onion and garlic.

The Janai Purnima is performed by a priest. Verses from holy book are chanted and the new thread is sanctified. At the end of the ceremony the thread is placed worn by all male members.

On the same day, Rakshabandhan is observed in Nepal. In Nepal, Rakshabandhan Rakhi is tied by all people and is…

Jhulan Yatra 2018 date – Importance of Swing festival of Krishna and Jagannath in Sawan Month

Jhulan Yatra is a swing festival observed in the month of Shravan Month (July – August) and is dedicated to Lord Krishna and Lord Jagannath. Jhulan Yatra 2018 date is from August 22 to August 26. It is of great importance in Vrindavan, LordJagannathTemples, ISKCON and Mayapur. The festival begins on the 11th day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in Shravan month and ends on Shravan Poornima (full moon).
Story and History Jhulan Yatra festival is inspired from Lord Krishna’s pastimes in Vrindavan. It is believed that Lord Krishna, Radha and other Gopis and Gopas used to swing in the monsoon season in Vrindavan.
How is it Observed? Jhulan Yatra is Lord Krishna’s swing festival and on this day devotees place an idol of Krishna or Lord Jagannath on a lavishly decorated swing. The swinging of the Lord is accompanied by dance and music. In Vrindavan and in ISKCON temples, an idol of Goddess Radha is also placed along with Krishna.
Jhulan Yatra festival is observed only for a day …

Narali Purnima 2018 date in Maharashtra - Nariyal Purnima 2018

Narali Purnima is an important festival and ritual observed on full moon day in Shravan Mahina, especially in coastal Maharashtra. Narali Purnima 2018 date is August 25. On Nariyal Purnima day, Narials, or coconuts, are thrown into the sea to propitiate Varuna, the sea-god. The festival is popular along the Konkan and Maharashtra coast.

Narli Purnima is mainly observed by Kolis, the fishing community on the West Coast of India.

The day marks the gradual retreat of the monsoon winds and this helps the fishermen to venture into the sea.

A legend associated with Narli Purnima suggests that the ritual is a sort of thanksgiving to Lord Varuna for holding aloft the bridge that enabled Lord Ram to go to Lanka in epic Ramayan.

Popular belief is that the ritual of throwing coconuts is to seek the blessing of Varuna, the sea god, for a good catch and happy life.

Coconut is offered to Varuna because it is believed to be the purest offering that is available on earth. The water and the kernel in…

Story of Gora Kumbhar and Namdev

Story Gora Kumbhar and Namdev is part of Marathi Bhakti cult.

Once the potter-saint Gora Kumbhar tapped the heads of his guests with his potter’s stick. They were no ordinary guests. Sitting with a peaceful smile and submitting to the gentle tapping on their heads were Nivritti, Jnanadev, Sopan, Namdev, Muktabai and others. They were great devotees of the Lord and revered as saints even in their own lifetime.

On Jnanadev’s request, Gora Kumbhar was testing them (tapping the heads) to see which of them had sound or perfect knowledge.

But Namdev was strongly offended that his spiritual attainment should be put to test.

Gora then humbly declared Namdev as half-baked and not established in the final truth.

Namdev was the dearest devotee of Lord Vitthal of Pandarpur. He would speak with the Lord whenever he wished. His world began and ended with Vithoba. He did not recognize any other form of God.

But this fanatical devotion was hindering his progress into the higher and deeper exper…

Pavitra Baras - Significance of Pavitra Baras in Gujarat and Rajasthan

Pavitra Baras is a ritual associated with Vaishnava Sect. It is a ritual honoring the Guru with Pavitra – a garland made of pure cotton thread with 365 loops. In 2018, the date of Pavitra Baras is August 4. Vaishnavas also present Pavitra garland to elders and also to other Vaishnava devotees. It is a way of recognizing the divine in all.

Pavitra Baras is observed on the 12th day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) of Shravan month.

 The pavitra garland consists of 365 loops of pure cotton thread tied together with a knot.

The ritual is essentially meant to respect Guru. Prasad are distributed after the ritual.

This is an important with Lord Krishna worshippers in Gujarat and parts of Rajasthan.

Nelliakkattu Sree Bhadrakali Temple at Koothattukulam – Famous for treating Eye Diseases and Oushadhaseva

Nelliakkattu Sree Bhadrakali Temple is an ancient shrine dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakli and Lord Dhanwantri at Koothattukulam in Ernakulam District, Kerala. The temple is associated with the Nelliakkattu Brahmin family – famous for curing eye ailments. Oushadhaseva and Oushadha Pongala during Ramayana Masam attracts a large number of devotees to the temple.

Goddess Bhadrakli is the paradevata of the Nelliakkattu family.

Legend has it that Lord Dhanwantri himself appeared in the form of saint and gave the knowledge of treating eye diseases to the family.

Medicines are given to people suffering from eye diseases after taking the blessings of Goddess Bhadrakli.

The main deities worshipped in the temple are Goddess Bhadrakali and Lord Dhanwantri.

The subsidiary deities worshipped in the temple include Ganapati, Nagas, Panchamurtis and Lord Ayyappa.

Three pujas are performed daily – morning, noon and evening.

The temple is located around 1.5 km west of Koothattukulam Junction.

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Shravan Month and Shiva – Why Shravan Month is dedicated to Shiva?

Shravan Month (July – August) in Hindu calendars is dedicated to Shiva. Here are the reasons why Shravan month is dedicated to Shiva. The main rituals in the month include bathing Shivling with water and observing Shravan somvar vrat
1)Shiva saved the earth and living beings by drinking Halahala poison in the Shravan month. Halahala poison appeared during the Churning of Ocean or Samudra Manthan. People observe various vrats and bath Shivling with water in memory of this divine event.
2)Young Markandeya was saved from Yama by Shiva in Shravan month. Markandeya was destined to die on his 16th birthday. When Yama arrives to take him away, he hugs on to a Shivling. Shiva then appears and rescues Markandeya. (Read full story of Shiva and Markandeya here)
3)Shiva is believed to have narrated the glory of Amarnath Pilgrimage in this month to Goddess Parvati.
4)Shiva gives darshan to devotees as Baba Barfani in AmarnathCave in this month.

Gandhari Quotes from Mahabharata

One who is not in control of his senses does not keep his kingdom for long.

Greed and anger drag a man away from his profits; defeating these two enemies a king conquers earth.

He who desires greatness should subject his senses to Law and Profit.

A man’s spirit grows when he subdues his senses, as a fire grows by burning kindling wood.

When senses are not firmly ruled the lead easily to ruin, as unruly, unchecked horses lead an inept charioteer astray.

Lust and anger in the body rip reason to pieces, like two big fish caught in a fine-meshed net.
The king who knows how to conquer lust, anger, greed bombast and pride conquers the earth.

Gandhari's advice to his son Duryodhana in the Mahabharat

Hindu Calendar Today – July 31, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Monday, July 31, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon till 11:08 AM on July 31.Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waxing phase of moon till 12:41 PM on August 1.All time based on India Standard Time.
How is July 31, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – Good and auspicious time till 8:35 AM. Nakshatra – Swati or Chothi Nakshatra till 12:06 PM on July 31. Then onward it is Vishaka or Vishakam Nakshatram till 2:16 PM on August 1.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Swati or Chothi Nakshatra till 9:40 AM on July 31. Vishaka or Vishakam Nakshatram till 12:21 PM on August 1.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Tula Rashi till 7:44 AM on August 1.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Tula R…