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16 days Lakshmi Vrat and Puja dates in 2018 in Bhadrapad month - Mahalakshmi Vrata 2018

Mahalakshmi Vrat and Puja, dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi, is observed for 16 days starting from the eighth day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) of Bhadrapad Month (August – September) as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India. 16 days Lakshmi Vrat and Puja in 2018 begins on September 16 and ends on October 2. Mahalaxmi Puja and Vrata dates are based on the North Indian calendar and this particular Vrat is only observed mainly in North India.

The 16-day Mahalakshmi Vrata ends on the eighth day of the Krishna Paksha of Ashwin month (on the Ashtami day of waning phase of moon).

The Vrata is observed mainly by women but in some communities, men also observe the rules associated with the Vrata.

Non-vegetarian food is avoided during the Vrata period. The popular belief is that Goddess Lakshmi blesses devotees with wealth and prosperity during the period.

Tying the sacred thread having sixteen knots after traditional puja is an important ritual during the period.


Raudreya – Why Hanuman is known as Raudreya?

Raudreya is one among the numerous names of Lord Hanuman. There are numerous stories in Hindu tradition, which narrates the birth of Hanuman. Some stories are of the view that Hanuman is son of Shiva, some claim he is an avatar or incarnation of Shiva, some say he is amsha or manifestation of Shiva. Raudreya is used to refer to Hanuman when his birth is associated with Shiva.

Legend has it that Vishnu took the form of Mohini to distribute the Amrut, or elixir of life, that the Devas and Asuras received after the Samudra Manthan or Churning of ocean. Asuras and Devas started a fight over who will have the Amrut first. Mohini appeared to distribute the Amrut peacefully.

Shiva who happened to know about the beauty of Mohini wanted to see it. Shiva was enamoured by the beauty of Mohini. Scintillating nature and the beauty of Mohini made Shiva spill his semen. The semen spilled was collected by Rishis in a leaf and deposited in the womb of Anjana – who was meditating on Shiva for a son. T…

Bilva Tree and Shivling for Desire Fulfillment – Secret Worship

Bilva Tree is highly auspicious and it is associated with Lord Shiva. The holy tree is worshipped by Shiva devotees. If you are looking for means for desire fulfillment, then there is a secret worship involving Bilva Tree and Shivling.
On Monday, a devotee should place a black Shivling made of stone under a Bilva Tree and then offer prayers to Shiva.
The devotee should then chant ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ 108 times. He should then offer water to the Shivling.
The Shivling should then be taken home. The puja should be performed for 7 consecutive Mondays. On the final Monday, after puja, the Shivling should be dropped in a river or pond.
The devotee should then plant a sapling (small tree) and take care of it. Fruit bearing tree like mango, pomegranate, awala or neem is highly auspicious.

How many Shivling can be worshipped in home?

Temple Ponds in Kerala – Importance and Interesting Facts

Almost all the temples in Kerala have a pond. These ponds never dry and were perennial source of water. Our ancestors were capable of detecting the right water channels below earth. Here are some interesting temples ponds in Kerala. There was a temple pond in Kerala built by Perunthachan – to a person viewing the pond appeared in different shape from each corner.

Temple ponds were meant for devotees to take bath, wash their face, hands and feet.

Devotees entered the temple only after washing their hands and feet. Each temple pond has a belief and history attached to it.

Some temple ponds like the one at Amblappuzha Sri Krishna Swamy Temple is attached to the temple that it gives a great view to the temple from a distance.

The temple in Sabarimala Ayyappa Tempe is known as Basmakulam.

The temple pond of the famous Padmanabha Swamy Temple in Trivandrum is known as Pathmateertham.

The pond at Cherthala Tiruvizha Mahadeva Temple is known as Thavala Chelakulam – means silent frog pond. L…

Hindu Calendar Today – August 28, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Monday, August 28, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of the moon on entire day on August 28 and till 12:40 AM on August 29. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is August 28, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – There is no good and auspicious time. Nakshatra – Vishaka or Vishakam Nakshatra till 9:34 PM on August 28. Then onward it is Anuradha or Anusham or Anizham Nakshatram till 11:58 PM on August 29.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Vishaka or Vishakam Nakshatra till 8:10 PM on August 28. Then onward it is Anuradha or Anusham or Anizham Nakshatram till 10:57 PM on August 29.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Tula Rashi till 3:03 PM on August 28. Then onward it is Vrischika Rashi till 2:32 AM on August 31.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Guj…