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Nag Pancham – Naga Panchami in Gujarat

Nag Pancham is the worship of Snake, or Nagas, in Shravan month in Gujarat. In 2017, the date of Nag Pancham in Gujarat is August 12. It is observed during the fifth day of the Krishna Paksha (waning phase) of moon in Sawan month. Special Naga pujas are held on the day in temples and sacred places associated with serpents.

Nag Panchami in most regions is observed on the fifth day of Shukla Paksha (waxing phase) in Shravan month. In Gujarat, it is 15 days later. Special pujas are offered to Naga devatas like Ananta and Nagaraja.

The Nag Pancham ritual in Gujarat commences in the morning. A picture of a snake (nagas) is drawn on an earthen pot and prayers are offered and pujas are performed. After rituals, Nag Pancham Vrat Katha (story) is listened to by people.

Food prepared from millet which is cooked on the previous day is consumed on Nag Pancham day.

Ashtami Rohini 2017 in Kerala – Sri Krishna Jayanti and Janmashtami

Ashtami Rohini is observed as the birthday of Lord Krishna and in 2017 as per traditional Malayalam calendar followed in Kerala it is on September 12, 2017. Sri Krishna Jayanti and Janmashtami will be observed in North India on August 15, 2017. Birthday of Lord Krishna is observed on the Rohini Nakshatram day in Chingam Month in Malayalam calendar in Kerala. The corresponding date in other regions in some years varies by a day and sometimes by more than a month in certain years.

The day is of great importance at Guruvayur SriKrishnaTemple, Ambalapuzha SriKrishnaswamiTemple, ThrissurThirvanmabadiTemple and in thousands of other Sri Krishna Temples in Kerala.
Ashtami Rohini procession depicting scenes from the life of Lord Krishna is held all important cities, towns and villages in Kerala on the day. Special concerts, cultural programs and satsangs are also held on the day.
Ashtami Rohini in Kerala is also famous for the Uriyadi – breaking the pot hung on rope and pulley using sticks…

Meaning of Lakshmi

Have you ever wondered what is the meaning of the name ‘Lakshmi.’ Yes, Goddess Lakshmi is the goddess of wealth and prosperity. That is not the meaning of the term. That is her role in the Hindu pantheon of gods and goddesses.

Lakshmi is a combination of two words ‘Lakshya’ and ‘mi.’ Thus, She is the one who takes you to your aim or destination.

None can achieve their dream or destination without the blessing of Lakshmi.

Lakshmi is the wife of Lord Vishnu, the sustainer of the world. Symbolically this means that if a person is to succeed he/she needs to have the correct partner.

She has to be present in all the spheres of life. She cannot be kept out of anything. She is the Shakti.

She is the cause of virtue, wealth, auspiciousness, peace and prosperity. When she leaves, the light goes out of life.
For life to prosper and reach its goal, Lakshmi has to be present always.

How to do a Simple Shri Krishna Puja?

The greatest Shri Krishna pooja that a person can do is to read the Bhagavad Gita and contemplate. But many people feel the need to perform a puja when they feel they need to connect with the Supreme Being. A simple puja dedicated to Lord Krishna helps in keeping the mind calm and in concentrating. Some people exclusively perform Sri Krishna pooja during Shri Krishna Jayanti or Janmashtami or Gokulashtami.

Here is how to perform a simple puja dedicated to Lord Krishna. Select a calm and quite place.Clean the place and then take a bath.Place a photograph or idol or picture of Lord Krishna also of Lord Ganesha.Keep a lamp ready. Place some flowers and fruits or sweets ready in a plate. Pray to Ganesha.Meditate for a few minutes to clear the mind of unwanted thoughts. Now light the lamp.Meditate or pray to Lord Krishna.Offer flowers – Tulsi leaves is the best offering made to Krishna. You can light incense or agarbathis. If needed you can ring the bell, while offering flowers.Chant the sh…

Pitra Dosh Solution

A person, or family, suffers from pitra dosh when the ancestors are unhappy. This happens mainly due to sins committed and by not performing Shradh and other rituals dedicated to dead ancestors. Here are some important Pitra Dosh Solution:
The most effective solution to Pitra Dosh is the worship and puja of peepal tree.On Saturday, after taking bath visit a peepal tree located in a temple or in a sacred place.  Offer milk to the roots. Mix petals of rose flower, white til, chandan and black til in water and offer it to the roots of the peepal tree.Avoid non-vegetarian food and alcohol on the birthday and death anniversary day of ancestors. Perform annadanam or food donation on an auspicious day.Feed animals.Distribute dress to poor children.Distribute books to poor children.Plant trees.

Vayu Tirtha – Sacred Pilgrimage on the Banks of Ganga in Prayag

Vayu Tirtha is a sacred pilgrimage located on the banks of Ganga at Prayag (Allahabad in India). It is dedicated to Lord Madhava (Vishnu), the presiding deity of Prayag. It is situated at the center of the northwestern side of Prayag and also known as Vayavya Kona.

Legend has it that Vayu, the wind god, in Hinduism worshiped Ganga here when she descended on earth. Vayu who is always in motion made himself still while worshiping Ganga River here.

Pleased with Vayu’s devotion, Ganga decided to stop her flow and remain still.

King Bhagirtha who had done intense penance to get Ganga down on earth saw his purpose defeated.

So he prayed to Vayu to ask Ganga to continue with her flow. Soon Ganga started to flow again.

The place where Vayu prayed to Ganga came to be known as Vayu Tirtha.

Vayu then continued worshiping Lord Madhava here. Pleased with the devotion of Vayu, Madhava granted him permission to remain here permanently and the place is known as Vayavya Kona – northwestern cornor.
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Truth cannot be attained by mere study of the scriptures – Knowledge of Hindus

As the different streams, having their sources in different places, all mingle their waters in the sea; so, O Lord, the different paths which men take because of their different tendencies, crooked or straight, all lead to Thee. (Vedas)

There are two kinds of knowledge to be known –higher knowledge and lower knowledge. Lower knowledge is gained through sense perception and intellectual study, while the higher knowledge is that by which the Imperishable is known; and knowledge of Brahman the Supreme is the foundation of all knowledge. (Mundaka Upanishad)

No one can see Him with the eye…but when the five organs or sense perception become still, together with the mind – that is called the highest state. (Katha Upanishad)

Truth cannot be attained by mere study of the scriptures, nor by intellectual reasoning, nor by frequent hearing of it…He who has not turned away from evil conduct, whose senses are uncontrolled, who is not tranquil, whose mind is not at rest, he can never attain Truth …

Hindu Calendar Today – August 11, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Friday, August 11, 2017 – Krishna Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waning phase of moon till 10:35 PM on August 11. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waning phase of moon till 9:19 PM on August 12.All time based on India Standard Time.
How is August 11, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – Good and auspicious time on the entire day. Nakshatra – Purvabhadra or Pooruruttathi Nakshatra till 6:14 AM on August 11. Then onward it is Uttarabhadra or Uthrittathi Nakshatram till 5:58 AM on August 12.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Purvabhadra or Pooruruttathi Nakshatra till 6:13 AM on August 11. Then onward it is Uttarabhadra or Uthrittathi Nakshatram till 6:14 AM on August 12.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kumbha Rashi till 12:09 AM on Augu…