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Varaha Jayanti - Importance and Date of Varah Jayanti of Hindu God Vishnu in 2018

Varaha Jayanthi celebrates the birthday of Varaha Avatara – the boar incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Varaha Jayanti 2018 date is September 12. It is the third incarnation of Lord Vishnu and in ancient painting and sculptures, Varaha is represented with the head of a boar and the body of a man lifting the earth with his tusks.
Story of Varaha Jayanti Legend has it that Vishnu took the form of the Varaha to rescue Earth from Demon Hiranyaksha who dragged the earth to the bottom of the sea. Varaha killed the demon and raised the earth out of the water with his tusks.
Symbolism of Varaha Symbolically, the dragging of earth by demon Hiranyaksha is Tamas (Evil) overcoming human beings. Bloated with ego, man falls deep into misery. The only saving grace is that of self realization. When it happens we slowly move out of deep dark pit – that is symbolically represented by Varaha uplifting the earth with his tusks. When is it Observed? It is observed annually on Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tith…

Sam Shravani

Sam Shravani is observed on the third day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) of Bhadrapad month. Sam Shravani 2018 date is September 12. On this day, Samvedi Brahmins change their sacred thread known as Janoi or Yajnopavitam. This particular name for the ritual is more popular in Gujarat.
It must be noted that there are Brahmins who follow Rig Veda or Yajur Veda or Sama Veda or Atharva Veda. And depending on which Veda they are following, they have a special day for changing the sacred thread. This ritual is more popular with South Indian Brahmins. Those that follow Yajur Veda change the thread on Shravan Purnima day and those that follow Rig Veda on the day after Shravan Purnima.
Those who follow the Sama Veda perform the ritual on the third day of the Shukla Paksha of Bhadrapad Month. This ritual is popular with Brahmin community in South and Western parts of India.
The ritual involves chanting of sacred mantras. Saints affiliated to certain sects also change the Janoi on …

Story of Birth of Soma in Hindu Scriptures

As per a popular story in the Hindu scriptures, Soma, the medicinal herb and moon god, mentioned, in the Vedas is the son of Anasuya wife of Sage Atri. As per many Puranas, Anasuya was famous for her single-minded devotion towards her husband. She upheld the Pativrata Dharma.

Once, Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva arrived at the ashram to test here Pativrata. The Trimurtis who were well aware about the devotion of Anasuya came down on earth to satisfy their spouses who were jealous of Anasuya.

Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva (Trimurtis) tried to entice Anasuya but all their efforts were futile.

Pleased with her Pativrata Dharma, Trimurtis offered to grant her whatever she wanted. She prayed that the three deities be born as her sons.

Thus Dattatreya, Soma and Durvasa were born as amshavatara or partial incarnations of Vishnu, Brahma and Shiva respectively.

Thus Soma plant is an avatar of Brahma.
Soma became the representative deity of medicinal herbs. The origin of the moon-clan or Chandravamsha i…

A List of Popular Ganesha Pandals 2017 in Pune during Ganesh Chaturthi 2017

There are hundreds of Ganesh Pandals in Pune during the Ganeshotsava festival. Each Ganesh Chaturthi mandal tries to outsmart the other by bringing in fresh ideas to the Ganapati pandals. Lord Ganesha is represented differently in each pandal. The pandals are noted for innovative ideas, decoration and some also for spreading social messages. Here is a List of Popular Ganesha Pandals 2017 in Pune during Ganesh Chaturthi 2017 from August 25.

Please note that the list is not based on any criteria. Shri Kasba Ganpati Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Manda at Kasba Peth- Shri Kasba Ganapati established in 1893 is one of the most popular Ganesh Chaturthi Mandals in Pune. The mandal is noted for decorative pandals with specific themes. One day of the Ganesh Chathurthi festival of Shri Kasba Ganpati is dedicated to women. The Kasba Ganapati leads the Ganesh immersion procession in Pune from 1894.
This Ganapati is recognized as the Gram Daivat of Pune.
The murti was discovered by Dadoji Kondev, a conf…

Lakshmi Narasimha Temple at Karol Bagh in New Delhi

Lakshmi Narasimha Temple at Karol Bagh in New Delhi is a shrine dedicated to the Narasimha Avatar of Lord Vishnu. The temple is managed by the famous Ahobila Math. The shrine is located on the Guru Ravidas Marg in Karol Bagh.

The sanctum sanctorum of the temple has a beautiful murti of Lakshmi Narasimha.
The small temple complex has a separate shrine dedicated to Ashta Lakshmi – it is found in the prakara of the temple complex.

There is also a separate small shrine dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

The other deities worshipped in the temple are Sudarshan Chakra, Garuda and Hanuman.
The small beautiful temple is a replica of the South Indian Temple architectural style. The area is dominated by South Indians.

Two Saints and a Drowning Young Woman – Story on the Nature of the Mind

The story of the two saints and a drowning young woman is found in the Puranas. It illustrates the nature of the mind. Two young saints were taught by their Guru not to look or touch a woman. They were one day sitting on the banks of Ganga and discussing Vedanta.

Drowning Young Woman

A young woman who was passing through the banks got scared of a snake and fell in the river. She did not know how to swim and she was on the point of drowning.

Of the two saints, one jumped into the river to rescue the drowning young woman as he thought it was his fundamental duty to save her life.

The other saint was contemplating on the words of Guru.

The Girl is Rescued

The saint that jumped into the river rescued the young woman, brought her to the shore, and revived her using the mouth-to-mouth resuscitation technique.

The other monk remained indifferent and was shocked by his friend’s action as he considered it to be against the principles of sainthood.

Soon the young woman regained consciousness; s…

Hindu Calendar Today – August 23, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon till 9:40 PM on August 23. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waxing phase of moon till 9:15 PM on August 24. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is August 23, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – An average day. Nakshatra – Purvaphalguni or Pooram Nakshatra till 3:44 PM on August 23. Then onward it is Uttaraphalguni or Uthiram Nakshatram till 3:56 PM on August 24.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Purvaphalguni or Pooram Nakshatra till 2:43 PM on August 23. Then onward it is Uttaraphalguni or Uthiram Nakshatram till 2:01 PM on August 24.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Simha Rashi till 9:47 PM till August 23. Then onward it is Kanya Rashi till 5:13 …