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Sama Pancham

Sama Pancham is a unique ritual observed mainly in Gujarat in the Bhadrapad Month (August – September). Women and farmers observe certain rituals on the day. In 2018, the date of Sama Pancham is September 14. On the Sama Pancham day, people cook and eat only Sama grains.
When is it Observed? The ritual is observed on the fifth day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in Bhadrapad Month.
How is it Observed? On this day, farmers and people associated with agricultural activities cook and eat Sama – the seeds that a kind of wild grass.
Women observe on the day rituals associated with Rushi Pancham. Some women avoid performing religious rituals on the day and indulge in the singing of bhajans.

Nepali Teej - Teej 2017 in Nepal - Teej Vrat Dates in 2017 as per Nepali Calendar

Teej vrat is an important Hindu ritual observed by Hindu women. Teej in Nepal is observed on the third day after the new moon in the Hindu month of Bhadra or Bhadrapada. In 2017, the Teej festival in Nepal begin on August 24. Teej fasting day is August 25. The last day of Teej (August 26, 2017) is observed as Rishi Panchami. It is dedicated to Goddess Parvathi and Lord Shiva and is observed for three consecutive days. This Teej is widely known as Hartalika Teej in India. 
A fast is observed on the Teej day by married and unmarried women. There is a belief that those unmarried women who observe fast on this day will get good husbands. Married women undertake fasting for a happy and prosperous married life. The importance of this fast is mentioned in several Puranas and it is also said that Hindu women observe Teej to commemorate the intense austerity observed by Goddess Parvati to get Lord Shiva as husband.
In Nepal, Teej is also the period when married women visit their parents. The…

Rishi Panchami 2017 date

Rishi Panchami is observed on the fifth day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in the Bhadra month (August – September). Rishi Panchami 2017 date is August 26, Saturday. On the day, tributes are paid to the Sapta Rishis – the seven sages – Kashyapa, Atri, Bharadhvaja, Vishvamitra, Gauthama, Jamadagni and Vashishta.

Rishi Panchami is of great importance to the Hindu community in Nepal and in the hill districts of North India. In Nepal, it is the third and final day of Teej festival. Rishi Panchami is also the final day fasting for those who observe three-day Hartalika Teej fasting. In Nepal, women observe a strict fast on the Rishi Panchami day. The fasting is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is also undertaken by men in some regions. The fast is broken after the Rishi Panchami Pooja.  Women have a special bath on the day using Datiwan herb. Special Kalash is prepared on the day and prayed to. Women in large numbers visit Lord Shiva temples.

Lalbaugcha Raja Live Online Darshan in 2017 from Ganptai Pandal – Video - Mumbai Ganesh Chaturthi Lalbaugcha Raja Live Stream

Lalbaugcha Raja in Mumbai is one of the most popular Ganpati Pandals in Mumbai during Ganeshotsav. During Ganesh Chatuthi, Lalbaugcha Raja 2017 will be available live online on youtube video from the morning of August 25, 2017. There will be live streaming of Aartis and other prayers.

Located at Lalbaug in Mumbai, the Ganesh murti erected here during Ganesh Chaturthi festival is popularly known as Lalbaugcha Raja. It is visited by millions of people during the 12-day Ganesh Chaturthi festival.
Link - Loksatta is providing thelive online darshan of Lalbaughcha Raja on Loksatta youtube channel.

The video is also embedded below

Thoughts on Ganesh Chaturthi by Hindu Blog

Forget all rituals and symbolisms associated with Ganesh Chaturthi. What is Ganesha to us? When we stand with our eyes closed before Ganpati – He is the only hope, the only way to happiness, the only way to success, only way to bliss and only way to Moksha and self-realization.

The unimaginable, the indefinable, Supreme Truth takes a form and arrives at the home of his devotees. His arrival brings positive optimism. He instills confidence in us to face daily challenges. He makes us realize that all that was here, is here and will be here is Him. Not even a single atom moves without his knowledge.
Those who want worldly success He blesses them with that. Those who want self-realization; He removes all obstacles and guides them in the path of Moksha. It is for us to decide what we want eternal bliss or perishable joy.
With this annual arrival, Ganesha breaks the man-made distance between man and God. He arrives to teach us equality and peaceful coexistence and above all coexistence of …

You can please Ganesha with a small grass or a modak

Lord Ganesha dispels the human infatuation oscillating between the jeevatma and paramatma. Mainly confused over the superiority of one over the other.

Ganesha’s journey from his birth to being the in charge of thirty-three Devata Ganas is a saga of dismantling this confusion and bringing a ken amongst the devotees that the ulterior goal is absorbing jeevatma into paramatma.

Through his attire, presence and the peculiar body, head and ears Ganesha reprimands the duties and responsibilities of the humans in their daily life.

The small eyes depict that you must have concentrated look and understand intricacies of every point in life, the big ears denote that you should listen more. Speak less and listen more is the essence.

His elephant head represents supreme power of knowledge.

Ganesha is the bestower of bliss, virtuous, success and he is all pervading universal power. Lord is omnipresent, omniscient and omnipotent.

You can please him with a small grass or a laddu made of rice. H…

Hindu Calendar Today – August 25, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Friday, August 25, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon till 9:22 PM on August 25. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon till 10:02 PM on August 26. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is August 25, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – Good and auspicious day. Nakshatra – Hasta or Atham Nakshatra till 4:37 PM on August 25. Then onward it is Chitra or Chithirai or Chithira Nakshatram till 5:50 PM on August 26.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Hasta or Atham Nakshatra till 2:36 PM on August 25. Then onward it is Chitra or Chithirai or Chithira Nakshatram till 3:51 PM on August 26.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kanya Rashi till 5:13 AM on August 26.
In western parts of India (Maharasht…