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Ganesh Visarjan 2018 – Lord Ganesha Immersion dates in 2018 for Homes

Ganesh Chaturthi festival ends with the Visarjan or immersion of the idols in water. Ganesh visarjan ceremony normally takes place on the Ananta Chaturdasi day, which falls 10 days after the Ganesh Chaturthi day but homes do it early. Ganesh Visarjan 2018 dates as per tradition is on September 23. But there are people who do the immersion ceremony before the main Visarjan day of Ananta Chaturdasi.

Ganesh Visarjan 2018 Dates for Homes One and half day Ganesh Visarjan – September 14
Third Day Ganpati Visarjan – September 15
Fifth Day Ganesh Visarjan – September 17 (along with Jyeshta Gauri)
Seventh Day Ganesh Visarjan – September 19
Tenth Day Ganesh Visarjan – September 22
Anant Chaturdashi last day of Ganesh Visarjan – September 23
Rules of Ganesh Visarjan There are no strict rules; usually the Ganesh Visarjan ceremony depends on family tradition. Symbolically, Lord Ganesha visits the home on Ganesh Chaturthi day and it is for the family to decide when they want to give him the farewe…

Food Offering to Goddess Kali – Which Food Should Be Offered to Kali Maa as Bhog or Prasad?

Goddess Kali is the fierce form of Mother Goddess. She is violent and brutal but at the same time she blesses and protects her devotees. Which Food Should Be Offered to Goddess Kali as Bhog or Prasad for her constant blessing? Each Hindu God and Goddesses like a particular kind of food. Devotees offer that particular food as Bhog, or Prasad, to get the blessing of the deity.

The food offering to Goddess Kali should be prepared using rice. She also accepts red color foods. Kheer made using rice, sabzi (made of vegetables) and rice and red color sweets are her favorite. Sabzi made using melon is her favorite. Making garland of lemon is her favorite.

The best day to make the food offering to Goddess Durga is Amavasi (no moon day), Tuesday, Friday or Saturday.

The food should be offered during morning or evening puja and should be taken back when the puja is completed. It should be then distributed as Prasad among family members, relatives, friends, and neighbors.

It is believed that th…

Why Ganesha Idol is brought face covered during Ganesh Chaturthi?

When Ganesha Idol (murti) is brought home for Ganesh Chaturthi, it is brought with face covered. This is strictly followed by most traditional homes. The belief is that the face of Ganesh murti should not be revealed before the ‘pran prathishta puj’a on Ganesh Chaturthi day.

Pran Prathishta is when the family members invite Ganesh to reside in the murti. After this Ganesha is no longer an idol but a living form who is guest in the family. Family members want Ganesha to make the first glance on them after Pran Prathishta.
There is also another belief that the family members do not want other people have a look at their Ganesha and fall for the murti.

72-foot-tall Ganpati in Vijayawada – Doondi Ganesh during Vinayaka Chaturthi 2017

The huge 72-foot-tall eco-friendly idol of Ganesha that will be part of Vinayaka Chaviti festival on August 25, 2017, in Vijayawada is unique due to several reasons. The murti for Vinayaka Chaturthi 2017 is installed at the Gandhinagar’s Gymkhana Grounds and is made by the Doondi Ganesh Seva Samithi, which has been creating tall Ganpati idols in Vijayawada for the annual Ganesh Chaturthi festival.

Mushikavahana Gajanana is the theme in 2017. Ganesha will be seen taking the ride on a seven-mice-driven chariot.
The huge idol is completely eco-friendlyAn 80-foot iron shed with a cover is erected to protect the idol.The idol is made using three loads of mud.Smooth finish is provided by Bombay clay, which is a refined clay powder.Vegetable colors are used to give the murti a bright and radiant look.Once the festival is over water sprinkler will be used to dismantle the murti.To promote eco-friendly festival 5000 clay Ganesha will be distributed on August 24 and August 25.

Hinduism – A Great University of Religions

Hinduism, as the ancients conceived it, was a great University of Religions, where they studied Nature in a scientific and systematic form, founded their schemes of Philosophy on its essential laws, reared their systems of Religion on both, and applied them to the use of the average man in his work-a-day life.

Subject - Science of Life They believed that there was a Science of Life, that there was on Law made manifest in many forms, governing the universe; and so, by extending the truths of the Known to the Unknown, they constructed their theories of this and the other world – comprehending all that the human mind can understand or imagine.

The Students in the University And he who entered the portals of this great University and studied the Law of Life in a systematic and scientific manner, was a Hindu. All truth arises from doubt; we ask questions when we think; and all knowledge is born when, not knowing, we wish to know.

We begin with denial or doubt, and end with conviction o trut…

Hindu Calendar Today – August 24, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Thursday, August 24, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waxing phase of moon till 9:15 PM on August 24. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon till 9:22 PM on August 25. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is August 24, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – Good and auspicious day. Nakshatra – Uttaraphalguni or Uthiram Nakshatra till 3:56 PM on August 24. Then onward it is Hasta or Atham Nakshatram till 4:37 PM on August 25.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Uttaraphalguni or Uthiram Nakshatra till 2:01 PM on August 24. Then onward it is Hasta or Atham Nakshatram till 2:36 PM on August 25.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kanya Rashi till 5:13 AM on August 26.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat,…