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Goga Navami or Guga Naumi

Goga Navami is observed on the ninth day of the Krishna Paksha (waning phase of moon) in Bhadrapad month in North India. In 2017, the date of Goga Navami is August 16. Also known as Guga Naumi, the festival is dedicated to Guga – the Snake God. It is believed that he appeared on earth on the ninth day of Bhadon. The festival is of great importance in Himachal Pradesh, western Rajasthan, Haryana, Punjab and other regions in North India.

Legend has it that Guga, a Rajput prince and hero, had supernatural powers to control snakes. He got the powers even before his birth from Baba Gorakhnath. There are different versions of the story of Guga and is narrated on the day as part of rituals. All stories include his divine birth, his art of healing people bitten by snakes and controlling venomous snakes, his marriage, dispute with cousins, wars and his final disappearance from earth. He is believed to have defeated numerous powerful kings.

Guga is depicted riding a blue horse and holds blue…

Story of the Birth of Bhishma Pitamah

Bhishma Pitamah is the grandsire in the Mahabharata. The story of the birth of Bhishma Pitamah is found in the Adi Parva of the Mahabharata. He is the son of Ganga and King Shantanu.

Ganga had married King Shantanu on one condition that he will never question her actions. If ever he questioned her action, she would leave him forever.

They led a happy life but things changed with the birth of the first child.

Ganga mercilessly drowned the first seven children she had with King Shantanu.

But on the birth of the eighth child, Shantanu could no longer keep silent and he forcibly stopped Ganga from drowning the infant.

Ganga told the king that he had broken the promise and it is time for her to leave him.

She told him that the seven children she had drowned were Vasus. The eight Vasus were immortal but were cursed to be born as mortals on earth. They took the help of Ganga to make their stay on earth as brief as possible. That is the reason why she drowned the seven infants.

The eighth Va…

Chinga Masam – Chingam 1 in Malayalam Calendar

Chingam month (August – September), also known as Chinga Masam, is the first month in the traditional Malayalam calendar used by Hindus in Kerala. In 2017, Chingam month begins on August 17. The first day of Chingam month marks the beginning of the New Year according to the Malayalam calendar and is locally referred as Andu Pirappu. The month ends on September 16. Onam, Sri Krishna Jayanti and Vinayaka (Ganesh) Chaturthi are observed in this month. Numerous marriages are also held in this auspicious month.



The first day of Chingam month is welcomed by special pujas and prayers and people in large numbers visit the temples. Earlier, the day used to be of great significance to the farmers.

As per Malayalam calendar, Kolla Varsham 1193 (the Malayalam year) begins on August 17, 2017. The Malayalam Panchangam for the year is also released in this month.

Thiruonam, the most popular festival of Malayalis, is observed in this month. The 10-day Onam festival begins on the Atham Nakshatram in t…

Aadi Krithigai 2018 date– Festival dedicated to Lord Muruga in Aadi Masam

Aadi Krithigai is an important festival celebrated in the Tamil month of Adi or Aadi. In 2018, the date of Aadi Krithigai is August 6. The festival is dedicated to Lord Muruga or Subramanya. Incidentally, the festival is also referred as Aadi Krittika, Kirthigai, Kritika and Krithika. The festival is celebrated with fervor in the Murugan Temples in Tamil Nadu.

Story of Observing Aadi Krithigai

Adi Krithigai in some regions is celebrated to symbolize the victory of good over evil when Murugan slew the demon Surapadma. After the annihilation of the demon, Muruga blessed devotees with boons.

According to Hindu scriptures, Lord Muruga was born as six different babies. And he was looked after by the six Krittika stars. Later, Lord Muruga was combined as a single baby with six heads by Goddess Parvati. There are many variations to this legend.
Why Krithigai Nakshatram in Aadi month is important?

The Krithigai star or Nakshatram is considered highly auspicious to worship Muruga. And Aadi Krit…

Solution to Ketu Mahadasha

Ketu Mahadasha is considered a very bad phase in a person’s horoscope and it is a period of seven years. The person suffers from various types of problems during the period. Ketu is one among the Navgrahas. Here are some important solutions to Ketu Mahadasha: Offer prayers to Nagas (serpents) on Sundays and on Ayilyam or Aslesha Nakshatra day. Offer milk and scent in Naga temples.Eat one meal in a day in the itchen.Donate black til (sesame) to temples or distribute sweets or other food items made of black sesame.Feed dogs, especially black color dogs.Food donation or annadanam is considered highly beneficial.Offer water to peepal tree. Planting trees and protecting them helps in overcoming all Ketu Navgraha related problems.Do not eat non-vegetarian food and drink alcohol on Saturday.Worship Shiva daily in the morning and evening. Chant ‘om namah shivaya’ 21 times daily.

Biranchi Narayan Temple at Buguda in Orissa

Biranchi Narayan Temple at Buguda in Orissa is dedicated to Lord Surya, the sun god in Hinduism. The shrine is located around 30 km from Aska and around 70 km from Berhampur.

Biranchi Narayan Temple at Buguda is made out of wood and is sometimes referred as the Wooden Konark.

A historical report states that the murti in the temple was found by a cattle herder, who accidentally struck his foot against the murti, which was buried, underground. People of the area unearthed the life-size image and installed it at the Buguda temple in the 18th century. There is a belief that the murti is the lost murti of Konark’s Sun Temple.

Apart from the five-foot main murti, the temple has two small replicas of the main murti made from copper and wood. The main murti of Biranchi Narayan is in standing posture with a crown and a scabbard. The murti is dressed elaborately and holds lotuses.

Built around 200 years ago, the temple is in the shape of a chariot driven by seven horses. The temple rests on 32…

Human Body is a city of Many Doors – Paramahamsa Prajnanananda

In the Vedas, the human body is described as a city of many doors. We only live in this city with many doors for a short period. The human body is the temple of God and the soul resides in it only temporarily. As the span of life is so short, we need to gain maximum benefit from these few years God has allotted us.

Nine Doors in the Human Body There are nine doors in the body. These doors are the two eyes, two nostrils, two ears and the mouth. Seven out of the nine doors are present in the face, the other two doors are the genital organs and the anus.

Five Organs of Perception and Five Organs of Action
The five organs of perception are: they eyes to see, the ears to hear, the nose to smell, the tongue to taste and the skin to feel and touch.

The five organs of action are: a mouth to speak, hands to work, feet to walk, the genital organs to procreate and the anus to excrete waste matter.

The elements in the body vibrate in two different ways and have two specific functions. Space is…

Hindu Calendar Today – August 15, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 – Krishna Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waning phase of moon till 3:26 PM on August 15. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waning phase of moon till 1:04 PM on August 16.All time based on India Standard Time.
How is August 15, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – There is no good and auspicious time on the day. Nakshatra – Bharani Nakshatra till 2:58 AM on August 15. Then onward it is Krittika or Karthigai or Kartika Nakshatram till 1:27 AM on August 16.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Bharani Nakshatra till 3:57 AM on August 15. Then onward it is Krittika or Karthigai or Kartika Nakshatram till 2:31 AM on August 16.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mesha Rashi till 8:35 AM on August 15. Then onward it is Vrishabha…