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Mahalaya 2017 Date And Time

Mahalaya is observed on the Amavasi day in the Hindu month of Ashwin or Ashwayuja (September-October). Mahalaya 2017 date is September 19, Tuesday. Time is 11:52 AM on September 19 to 11:00 AM on September 20. The last day of Pitru Paksha fortnight, the period sacred for doing rituals and offering oblations to the souls of the departed ancestors, ends on Mahalaya day. Durga Puja rituals also commence on Mahalaya day.

Note - in 2017 the rituals associated with dead ancestors should be performed on September 19.

The rituals and rites on Mahalaya day are performed early morning on riverbanks or on seashore. The main offering made on Mahalaya Paksha to ancestors is food. It is believed that the offering made during this period will benefit all the departed souls. Charity in the form of food is also done by people.

Mahalaya – Durga Puja

Mahalaya also heralds the advent of Goddess Durga to earth. Mahalaya marks the beginning of ‘Devipaksha’ and the countdown to Durga Puja.
On Mahalaya day, i…

Navratri Ghatasthapana 2017 Muhurat Time

Ghatasthapana Puja, or also known as Kalash Sthapana, is the one of the most important ceremony during Navratri festival. The best time or Ghatasthapana Muhurat 2017 on September 21 is from 6:16 AM to 8:07 AM. The good time is of great importance in northern and western parts of India and in Nepal. Navrati Kalashsthapana Puja involves invoking the mother Goddess in a Pot or Kalash and sowing of seeds (barely etc). 
In Ghatasthapana, a pot or kalash with an image of Goddess Durga is installed in the house on the day. The pot or kalash is filled with water and is covered with cow dung and seeds (like barely or wheat) are sown on the dung. The pot is kept on a sand bed and seeds are sown on this too.
Special pujas are conducted on the pot and water is sprinkled daily. The seeds sprout and reach about 3 or 5 five inches on the tenth day. They are distributed as Prasad on the Vijayadashami day.
Related Ghatasthapana Puja Vidhi - How to do Ghatasthapana on Navratri?
Ghatasthapana Mantra

Symbolism in the Nine Goddesses Worshipped During Navratri

The nine goddess worshipped during Navratri are known as Navdurga and they have hidden symbolism attached to them. The Navadurga are Shailaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skanda Mata, Katyayani, Kala Ratri (Kaalratri), Maha Gowri and Siddhidayini.



Goddess Shailaputri is symbolically associated with Shradha (Concentration, devotion, veneration and faith).Brahmacharini is associated with dispassion towards feelings causes by the senses.Chandraghanta is associated with clean and pure mind, which is filled with god consciousness.Maa Kushmanda is dedicated to victory over the evil thoughts that rise in the mind.Skanda Mata protects the godliness and goodness in the mind of a devotee.Maa Katyayani represents Sattva Guna among the three gunas. Dharma - love – compassion – empathy.Goddess Kalaratri she annihilates all that forces that rise against the Sattva Guna. She protects the Sattva Guna and Dharma.Mahagauri resides in a person who is filled with Sattva Guna and Dharma. T…

Mahalaxmi Vrat Katha in Hindi and English – Story of 16 Day Goddess Lakshmi Vrat

Mahalaxmi Vrat Katha is based on an incident supposed to have happened in the Mahabharata. Story of 16 Day Goddess Lakshmi Vrat is listened to by women performing the puja. You can read the story in Hindi and English below:

Mahalaxmi Vrat Katha Gandhari, the queen of Hastinapura and mother of Kauravas, decided to perform the 16 Day Goddess Lakshmi Vrat. Gandhari performed the vrat and offered food to the royal elephants to show her might and influence. She purposefully did not invite Kunti, mother of Pandavas, for the ceremony.

On the main puja day, the 100 Kauravas made a beautiful life-size clay elephant and placed in the middle of the palace courtyard.

All women in the palace went to attend the puja of Gandhari.

Kunti was saddened by this behavior of Gandhari.

Arjuna who came to know about this brought Airavatha (Indira’s white elephant) to earth, through a ladder made of arrows. On hearing about the arrival of Airavatha, all the women abandoned Gandhari’s puja and went to partic…

Where to Keep Money Safe in the House as per Hindu Tradition?

As per people who believe in Hindu astrology and vastu, there is a particular position in the house to keep money safe and jewelry. The money safe should be place in the south in such a way that the door opens towards north. North is the abode of Kuber as per Hindu tradition.

On a Thursday, take a yellow color cloth and put five yellow color cowry (Peeli Koudi), little bit of kesar or saffron and a gold coin in it and place it in the money safe or almara along with money and ornaments. Peeli Kawdi is associated with Goddess Lakshmi - लक्ष्मी (पीली) कौड़ी. The cloth should be changed on Akshaya Tritiya.

It is also auspicious to keep metal artifact or pictures of gods or other decorations made of metal on the north wall on to which the money safe is facing.

Dripping water in home is like dripping of money. All taps should be properly closed. There should be no wastage of water.

The house should always be kept neat and clean to attract the blessing of Goddess Lakshmi.

Puja should be off…

The day you step out of manmade world, you will enjoy bliss

Stop being rigid because it is not the real you. The reason for rigidity is ego or fear. You are no longer the real you. You have put on a mask. Throw away the mask of rigidity and become original. All your relationship will improve.
Do not attempt to escape from reality. Face it. It is the only way out from life long suffering.
Religion is one among the numerous paths to understand God. Once you are on the path, the role of religion ends. Realization of God is your own business.
There is nothing wrong in nature. There is nothing wrong in the world. Problems in world are manmade. This is because the world created by man is based on ignorance, power, ego, anger, frustration, greediness, intolerance and insatiable desire and lust. The day you step out of the manmade world, you will enjoy bliss. This stepping out is what is liberation or moksha.

Abhilash www.hindu-blog.com
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Hindu Calendar Today – September 12, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 – Krishna Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waning phase of moon till 4:00 AM on September 12. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waning phase of moon till 1:39 AM on September 13.All time based on India Standard Time.
How is September 12, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? –  Good and auspicious time after 2:10 PM. Nakshatra – Kartigai or Krittika or Kartika Nakshatra till 9:38 AM on September 12. Then onward it is Rohini Nakshatram till 8:01 AM on September 13.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Kartigai or Krittika or Kartika Nakshatra till 7:56 AM on September 12. Then onward it is Rohini Nakshatram till 6:28 AM on September 13.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrishabha Rashi till 7:10 PM on September 13.
In west…