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Himari Ganga Temple in Padhar town in Mandi District, Himachal Pradesh

Childless couples are blessed with a child after offering prayers at the famous Himari Ganga Temple in Padhar in Mandi District, Himachal Pradesh. A small pond is formed near the temple from a water source that rises in the Gogar Dhar Mountain range. The small rivulet is known as Himari Ganga and the deity worshipped here is the Hurang Narayan.

The popular belief is that taking a holy dip in the waters of Himari Ganga will help the childless couple in begetting children.

Taking the holy dip on the 20th day of Bhadrapad month is considered highly meritorious. A big fair is held during the period in the shrine.

Fruits, flower, and akhrot (walnuts) are offered to the pond in the temple.

Barren women spread their dupatta in the pond; and if a flower, fruit or akhrot floats into their dupatta then they are sure to have a child in the coming year.

People also take bath in the holy river to get rid of skin diseases.
Prayers are offered to Goddess Himari Ganga and Hurang Narayan of wish fulf…

Apara Paksha in Orissa

Apara Paksha is observed during the Krishna Paksha of Bhadrab month in Orissa. Apara Paksha is dedicated to observing Shradh rituals for dead relatives, parents and ancestors. It is observed for 15-days and begins the day after the Purnima or full moon day in Bhadrab month. In 2017, Apara Paksha begins on September 6 and ends on September 19 with Mahalaya rituals.

In all regions in India, except in South India, this particular period of year is dedicated to offering rites and rituals to the ancestors. There is a belief that the rites offered to the dead during this period reach them soon and their souls will rest in peace.

Apara Paksha is popularly known as Pitru Paksha Shradh period in North India and Gujarat and Maharashtra.

How to know whether a Guru is fake or real?

There is no dearth of fake gurus and babas in our society. It is nearly impossible to locate a real Guru. So how to know whether a Guru is fake or real.

The Guru is fake: If the Guru uses fear in any form to keep you in control know that Guru to be fake.If the Guru performs miracles like taking out materialistic things from thin air then he is a fake Guru. He is not a guru but a magician.If the Guru promises fulfillment of your desires then know him to be fake.Real Guru never advertises.If the person constantly reminds you that you are lacking enlightenment and knowledge, then know him to be not real.If the Guru predicts your future, then scares you and consoles you with remedies, know him to be fake.If a Guru runs schools, colleges, hospitals, and performs other charitable works, that person is a philanthropist not a Guru who can enlighten you.If we are going with unfulfilled desires and fears to a Guru; and the person welcomes you and consoles you with a promise of desire fulfillment…

Hindu Calendar Today – September 8, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Friday, September 8, 2017 – Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon till 10:57 AM on September 8. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waning phase of moon till 9:43 AM on September 9.All time based on India Standard Time.
How is September 8, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? –  A good and auspicious day. Nakshatra – Uttarabhadra or Uthrittathi Nakshatra till 1:52 PM on September 8. Then onward it is Revati Nakshatram till 1:15 PM on September 9.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Uttarabhadra or Uthrittathi Nakshatra till 12:31 PM on September 8. Then onward it is Revati Nakshatram till 11:43 AM on September 9.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Meena Rashi till 1:15 PM on September 9.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, …