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Twelve Important Temples Dedicated to Shiva in India – The 12 Jyotirlingam

The twelve important Hindu temples in India dedicated to Lord Shiva are those with the Jyotirlinga or Jyotirlingam. These 12 temples are known as Dwadash Jyotirlingam or Jyotirlinga. The twelve temples attract millions of Hindu devotees and the most important common festival observed in these temples is the Maha Shivaratri or Shivratri.

Jyotirlingam means ‘the linga of light’ – the Shivalinga is in the symbolic form of a stone tinctured with a cycle of light. There are numerous legends associated with the origin of Jyotirlinga. It is believed that Lord Shiva for the first time appeared in the form of Jyotirlinga. 
The twelve temples with Jyotrilinga in India are: SomnathTemple at Saurashtra in Gujarat. MallikarjunTemple in Srisailam, or Shrishailam, in Andhra Pradesh.MahakalTemple, or Mahakalaswar, in Ujjain Madhya Pradesh.OmkarTemple, or Amishvar, at Omkareshwar on the banks of NarmadaRiver in Madhya Pradesh. KedarnathTemple or Kedareshwar in Uttarakhand.BhimashankarTemple at Dhak…

Shitala Satam 2017 Date

Shitala Satam is dedicated to Goddess Shitala Mata and is observed for the welfare of young children. In 2017, the date of Shitala Satam is August 14. Mothers perform special pujas and offer prayers to Shitla Mata. There is a popular belief that with the blessings of Goddess Shitala, children and other will be protected from numerous contagious diseases like chicken pox etc.
Food cooked on previous day is eaten on the Shitala Satam day. The previous day is dedicated to cooking and is known as Randhan Chath.
The ashes used for extensive cooking on Randhan Chat are not removed and is kept for Goddess Shitala on Shitala Satam day.

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Randhan Chhath – Randan Chat

Randhan Chahath, or Randan Chant, is a unique ritual observed in Gujarat in Shravan month (July – August). In 2017, Randhan Chhath date is August 13. It is observed on the sixth day of the Krishna Paksha (waning phase of moon) in Sawan. The day is meant for preparing food (randhan) for the next day, which is Shitala Satam.

Randhan Chhath is not a ritual but is a preparation day for the Shitala Satam day. No food is cooked on Shitala Satam, people eat only what is prepared on Randan Chat.

Food items that are prepared on Randhan Chath are those that will stay for 24-hours. All women in the family participate in the cooking. Some people opt for spicy and fried food.

After the cooking is over on Randan Chat, the earthen hearth is cleaned using cow dung. The ash remains in the hearth.

Do Not Make Temples Centers of Complaint and Desire registration

Seek God in all animate and inanimate. If you are only seeking God in a worship place, then you are nowhere near to your goal.

Visiting a temple should be only to recharge our spiritual battery and to do our religious duties. Temple should be the center of our religious life. It is for learning devotion and worship. It is for Satsang – for people to share spiritual knowledge. But often we go to temple with complaints and for desire fulfillment. Thus temples have become centers of complaint and desire registration.

Even when we are before the God in the temple, we are very conscious about our dress, our looks and bothered more about what other people are thinking about us. We are unable to concentrate, as our worldly life is following us inside the temple. This is the reason why Hindu temples have sculptures of worldly life on the outer walls. It is a border. Worldly life ends here. Once you are inside the temple, the unreal world has no meaning. If you are carrying the world inside t…

Hindu Calendar Today – August 12, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Saturday, August 12, 2017 – Krishna Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waning phase of moon till 9:19 PM on August 12. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waning phase of moon till 7:39 PM on August 13.All time based on India Standard Time.
How is August 12, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – Good and auspicious time on the entire day. Nakshatra – Uttarabhadra or Uthrittathi Nakshatra till 5:58 AM on August 12. Then onward it is Revati Nakshatram till 5:17 AM on August 13.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Uttarabhadra or Uthrittathi Nakshatra till 6:14 AM on August 12. Then onward it is Revati Nakshatram till 5:50 AM on August 13.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Meena Rashi till 5:17 AM on August 13.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Guj…