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Dahi Handi 2018 date

The festival of Sri Krishna Janmashtami is noted for the Dahi Handi breaking ceremony in Maharashtra. Dahi Handi is observed a day after Sri Krishna Jayanti mainly in Maharashtra and Goa. Dahi Handi 2018 date is September 3. On the day young boys and girls form human pyramids to break open the Dahi Handi pots hung high above. The young men and women re-enact one of the favorite pastimes of Lord Krishna – his stealing of Dahi from pots in houses in Vrindavan.

The Dahi Handi pot which is hung at a considerable height is an open challenge to the young boys and girls in the area. The competition is organized by various organizations and societies.

The Dahi Handi pot contains Dahi poha – a mixture of beaten rice (poha), curd, sugar, and pickle. The pot is also decorated with flowers and currency notes.

Perfect Amalgamation of Sport and Spirituality
Dahi Handi is a perfect amalgamation of sport and spirituality and provides youngsters an opportunity to be adventurous and to show team spirit …

Ashta Matrika

Ashta Matrika means the Eight Mother Goddess and is a concept that is believed to have expanded out of Sapta Matrikas. The concept of seven mothers, or sapta matrikas, became popular during the seventh-eighth century AD especially in the eastern parts of present day India.

The Sapta Matrikas are Brahmani, Maheshwari, Kaumari, Vaishnavi, Indrani, Varahi, and Chamunda. (This is the usual list but sometimes it changes depending on the region or the tantric text).

When the name of Goddess Bhairavi is added to the above list, then we have the Ashta Matrika.

As per the Ashta Matrika concept, the seven mothers, or Sapta Matrikas, appeared to nurse and take care of Kartikeya, son of Lord Shiva.

Bhairavi, the fierce form of Shakti, was added to the seven mothers to match the appearance of Shiva as Urdhvalinga Bhairavas.

The Ashta Matrikas are also known as Yoginis. The number eight is of great significance as Mother Goddess in Tantric cult appears in the multiples of eight.

We have eight yogi…

Importance of Vayava Kon – Northwest Corner in the House

Vayavya kon is the northwest corner in Vastu Shastra. The importance of Vayava direction in a house is as follows: The Adipatya dev or important deity of the Vayavya kon is Chandrama or moon.The God associated with the northwest direction is Vayu or the wind god.This direction is associated with both Navgraha and Devas.Couples should occupy this room as it is considered auspicious.Avoid having bathroom in the northwest corner of the house.The direction is associated with good health, strength and long life.If a person in the family is suffering constantly from illness then his/her bedroom should be shifted to the northwest corner of the house.The first meeting between the boy and the girl should not take place in the Vayavya kon.

Nagampoozhi Mana near Vaikom Dedicated to Snake Worship

Nagampoozhi Mana is an important center of Snake worship in Kottayam District in Kerala and it is located near Vaikom. Nagampoozhy Mana is around 1 km from Vaikom Mahadeva Temple on the road to Udayanapuram.

Naga deities worshipped here are Nagaraja and Nagayakshi. The murtis face east and they are found on the corridors of Nagambozhi Mana. ‘Mana’ is the term used to refer to the traditional home of Brahmins in Kerala.

A unique feature of the temple is that important pujas in the shrine are conducted by women; just like the famous Mannarshala Temple in Alleppy District in Kerala.

Oil from the lamp lit in the shrine helps in curing skin diseases. The oil is given to devotees by the oldest woman member of Nagampoozhi Mana.
The temple is located between the famous Vaikom Mahadeva Temple and Udayanapuram Subrahmanya Swami Temple.

Sri Krishna is Our Friend – Janmashtami Thoughts and Quotes by Hindu Blog

There is an unnecessary fear and seriousness attached to god, Bhakti, spirituality. The ever-smiling Sri Krishna wanted to show us that depression, crying, brooding, inflicting pain etc in the name of God and religion is ignorance. One of the aims of the Avatar of Sri Krishna was to remove this unwanted fear and seriousness with matters associated with God. Krishna is a friend who is inside and around us. His relationship with Gopis and Gopas in Vrindavan, Kuchela, Arjuna, Radha, Rukmini, Sathyabaha, Draupadi are examples which clearly illustrate this point.

Sri Krishna wanted to show us that God is not someone who sits in the skies with a remote control – giving happiness to few; unhappiness to few; suffering to certain folks; heaven to believers.
Krishna is in us; he is all around us. What this does is that it instills confidence in us to face the challenges in life. With a friend like Sri Krishna to support and guide what is there to fear in this universe.
Unwanted rituals and pujas…

Symbolism in Krishna Dancing on Snake Kaliya

The ever-dancing mind of humans – probably his best friend and worse still the worst enemy – is pictured as the poisoned waters and the ever-changing desires (that has the negative qualities of poisoning the mind) are presented by Kaliya himself.

Mental worries, mental imbalances, delusions and anxieties, generally represented by coiled serpentine figures; choke the mind and the powers of rational thinking.

However, the celestial dance of Sri Krishna on the head of the subdued Kaliya symbolizes the overcoming of desires.

Just as the divine appearance of Lord Shiva with snakes around His neck exemplifying the control of His ascetic mind over His senses and desires. The many heads of Kaliya is said to representing the multi-faceted ego of humans and the majestic victory dance of Sri Krishna represents the beatings that one receives on the ego, time and again, to ground and bring him closer to the Almighty.
Source – Saptagiri Magazine August 2017 published by Tirumala Tirupati Devasth…

Hindu Calendar Today – August 14, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Monday, August 14, 2017 – Krishna Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waning phase of moon till 5:40 PM on August 14. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waning phase of moon till 3:26 PM on August 15.All time based on India Standard Time.
How is August 14, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – Good day after 8:45 AM. Nakshatra – Ashwini or Ashwathy Nakshatra till 4:15 AM on August 14. Then onward it is Bharani Nakshatram till 2:58 AM on August 15.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Ashwini or Ashwathy Nakshatra till 5:04 AM on August 14. Then onward it is Bharani Nakshatram till 3:57 AM on August 15.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mesha Rashi till 8:35 AM on August 15.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), …