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Raksha Bandhan 2018 Date - Festival in Which Sister Tie Rakhi on Brother in 2018

Raksha Bandhan, also known as Rakhi Festival, is one of the most popular festivals in India which celebrate sister-brother relationship. Raksha Bandhan 2018 date is on August 26 in most calendars in India. On this day, the sister ties ‘Rakhi’ on her brother and who pledge to protect her from any danger. Raksha Bandhan, also known as Rakhi Festival, falls on the full moon day in Shravan month (Shravan Purnima). 

Earlier, Raksha Bandhan was mainly celebrated in North India. Today, the ritual is observed in all parts of India. The simple threads of Rakhi symbolize the sacred love of brother and sister.

'Raksha' means protection and 'Bandhan' means 'loving bond'
There are several reasons for celebrating Raksha Bandhan and it is a mixture of both religion and social custom.
Traditional Raksha Bandhan
On the Raksha Bandhan day, sister prepares the puja thali with a diya, uncooked rice, roli and rakhi.

She worships Ganesha, and then the deities worshipped in the fami…

Parsava Parivartini Ekadasi – Jayanti Ekadashi

Parsava Parivartini Ekadasi is one among the numerous names of the Ekadashi fasting observed on the 11th day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in Bhadrapad month (August – September). Parsava Parivartini Ekadasi 2018 date is September 20. It is called Parsava Parivartini because Lord Vishnu who is sleeping during the Dakshinayana period turns from left side to right side. This Ekadasi is also known as Jayanti Ekadashi.

Bhadrapad or Bhadra month falls during the Dakshinayana Punyakala and is also the second month in during the Chatur Mas period. Popular belief is that the period of Dakshinayana is the night time of Gods. Lord Vishnu is believed to be sleeping during the period.
The Vamana Avatar of Lord Vishnu is believed to have appeared on this day. This Ekadasi is also therefore known as Vaman Ekadasi.

In Gujarat, Parsava Parivartini Ekadasi is observed as Jal Zilani Ekadasi.

Those observe partial Ekadasi fasting on the day as usual skip food items made of grains and ric…

Uthradam date in 2018 – Uthradam before Thiruonam

Onam is the most popular and important festival in Kerala in India and for Malayalis around the world. The first day of onam is known as Uthradam. The name is taken from the Nakshatra or birth star. Uthradam date in 2018 in August 24.

Onnam Onam, or first Onam, is observed on Uthradam day. All the preparation for Thiruonam, which is on the next day, is completed on the day.
‘Uthrada Pachil’ is a famous saying in Kerala which literally means people are in a hurry to complete the last minute purchases for Thiruonam.

Onam Myth – Vamana sending King Mahabali to Netherworld

Benefits of Chin Mudra

Chin Mudra, also known as Vitarka Mudra in Buddhism, is one of the important mudras in Hinduism. Practicing mudras have numerous benefits especially health related. They are good for both body and mind as per Hindu scriptures.

Chin Mudra is practiced by placing the tip of the thumb on index fingertip and extending the other fingers. When the mudra is practiced, both the hands are placed on the thighs in a relaxed manner. All the fingers point downwards in Chin mudra.

The mudra is associated with Hatha Yoga and Raja Yoga.

It is an important hand posture while practicing meditation.

Health benefits of the mudra are: Improves memoryImproves concentrationMental tension and other similar disorders are curedControls insomniaGood to control angerHelps in reducing blood pressureEffective in the fight against depression.Related What is Yoga? – Answer is Return to the Source

Valakappu – Symbolism and Significance of Valaikappu

Valakappu, Valaikappum, is a special ceremony held by some South Indian communities to honor the women expecting her first baby. Valaikappu literally means ‘bangle guard’ or ‘bangle protection.’

The ceremony is symbolically associated with positivity, love, joy, marital bliss, prosperity and peace.

The ceremony is usually performed around the seventh month of pregnancy.  
In the ceremony, all the women of the household and the neighborhood assemble with lots of colorful glass bangles and mother to be is seated, bathed and adorned with innumerable bangles covering both her hands.

Urukraman Avatar of Vishnu – Urukraman Manifestation of Vishnu

Yoga Vasishta – Thoughtful Words

To all those who wish to master this world of Maya, the association with the wise is the unfailing means. Like the Ganges which yields its fruits to those who bathe in its cool waters, the association with the wise expands the poor intellect of men, transmutes the accidents arising out of material objects into a real wealth, for progress, and converts a  mind, which is miserable amidst any objects into one which sees happiness everywhere.

One should, at any cost, long to approach those great personages replete with wisdom who are friendly to all, relieving them from bondage and form the ferry to cross the ocean of rebirths.

Atma Jnana, the end of all Vedas, will dawn to itself in one who probes into their underlying meaning without caring for their surface attributes or meaning.

All delusions, such as love and hatred will vanish; the mind will become as pellucid as the waters of a pool in the autumnal season. Such persons of adamantine armor will never be pierced by the arrows of p…

Hindu Calendar Today – September 1, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Friday, September 1, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon till 6:36 AM on September 1. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waxing phase of moon till 9:29 AM on September 2.All time based on India Standard Time.
How is September 1, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – An average day till 8:35 PM. Nakshatra – Mool or Moolam Nakshatra till 5:09 AM on September 1. Then onward it is Purvashada or Pooradam Nakshatram till 7:38 AM on September 2.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Mool or Moolam Nakshatra till 4:47 AM on September 1. Then onward it is Purvashada or Pooradam Nakshatram till 7:25 AM on September 2.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Dhanu Rashi till 2:10 PM on September 2.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, …