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Tirumala Brahmotsavam 2018 Dates - TTD Tirupati Balaji Temple Brahmotsavam Festival Schedule in 2018

The annual Brahmotsavam in Tirumala Tirupati Balaji temple is the most important temple festival conducted by TTD. Trimula Navratri Brahmotsavam 2018 dates are October 10 to October 18, 2018. The detail schedule of each vahana during Tirupati Brahmotsavam by TTD is given below. During the nine-days of the Brahmotsavams, Sri Venkateswara will be taken in procession around the temple in different Vahanas (special decorated Vehicles based on Vishnu legends). There will be special Unjal Seva during the period. The most important day during the festival is Garuda Vahanam procession takes place more than 100,000 devotees assemble to witness the all important festival procession.

Note - As there is an Adhika Masam or extra month in 2018, there are two Brahmotsavams in 2018 the first one will be held from September 13 to September 21, 2018. Tirumala Navratri Brahmotsavam Dates - Schedule October 10, 2018 – Ankurarpana, Senathipathi Utsavam (Evening) October 11, 2018 – Dwarjarahanam (Morning) P…

Lalita Panchami - Lalitha Panchami Vrat during Navratri

Lalita Panchami Vrat,  or Lalitha Panjami, is a highly auspicious day during the nine-day Navaratri festival. It is observed on the fifth day of Navratri. In 2018, the date of Lalita Panchami is October 13. It is dedicated to Lalita Devi, a form of Shakti or Mother Goddess. She is associated with the Pancha Mahabhutas or five elements. Goddess Lalita is believed to be the representation or form of the five elements –earth, water, air, fire, and space.

The day is of great significance in Gujarat and parts of Maharashtra. Some people also observe a fast known as Lalita Panchami Vrat. It is believed to bring wealth, happiness and knowledge.

Goddess Lalita is an incarnation of Shakti that appeared to annihilate demon Bhanda who was created from the ashes of Kama or Manmata. Kama had tried to disturb the intense tapas performed by Shiva. An angry Siva opened his third eye and reduced Kama into ashes. One of Shiva’s Ganas took the ashes and drew a portrait of a man and when Shiva glanced a…

Durga Puja 2018 Date and Time – Information on Durga Puja Rituals as per Bengali Calendar 2018

Durga Puja is the biggest festival dedicated Mother Durga in Hinduism. The main pujas, festivities, sacrifice, and rituals are spread over five days. Durga Puja 2018 date and time is from October 15 to October 19. The Durga Puja traditionally begins on the Mahalaya in Ashwin month, a day when Chandi Stotram is recited as an invitation for Goddess Durga to descend to earth. In 2018, Mahalaya is on October 8 (in Bengali Calendars).
Durga Puja 2018 dates in India as per Bengali Calendar October 8, 2018 – Shubho Mahalaya October 15, 2018 – Maha Sashti October 16, 2018 – Maha Saptami October 17, 2018 – Maha Ashtami or Mahashtami  October 17, 2018 – Mahanabami or Mahanavami 
October 18, 2018 – Navami important pujas will be on Oct 17 October 19, 2018 – Vijaya Dasami or Vijayadashami Story of Durga Puja in Bengali Tradition In Bengali Tradition, Durga Puja celebrates the arrival of Goddess Durga with her children to earth. She lives along with her husband in the Kailash Mountain and annuall…

Fourth Day Navratri Food Offering – Fourth Day Navratri Festival Bhog or Prasad

Food offering, known as bhog, prasad, or naivedya, is an essential part of Navratri vrat and festival. The fourth day Navratri bhog is offered to Goddess Kushmanda. The food that is offered on day four of Navratri is malpua.

If malpua is offered, then the person will get relief from diseases and problems in life with the blessing of Maa Kushmanda. Mother also blesses a devotee with strength, fame, and long life.

Malpua is a small pancake made with Khoya and all-purpose flour. It is then fried in oil, dunked in sugar syrup, and garnished with dry fruits and offered to Goddess Kushmanda on the fourth day.

Related Navratri Day 4 Mantra The fourth day of Navratri Dedicated to Goddess Khushmanda

Why Do Idols of Certain Hindu Gods Have Big Eyes?

You must have noticed that murtis (idols) of Shrinathji and Jagannath having big eyes. Several murtis (pindis) of Mother Goddess Shakti also have eyes that are not proportionate to the main idol. So why do idols of certain Hindu Gods have big eyes?

Vedas (especially Upanishads) teach us about self-realization through contemplation. A person realizes that he/she is the supreme truth through wisdom, knowledge, and contemplation. But common man was not able to digest this form of worship. He needed a form. Thus Puranas, which were composed several years after the Vedas, gave importance to the concept of murti worship. External worship became more important.

Puranas gave murti form to that Supreme Truth. Murtis came into being depending on the way in which devotees wanted to see God. Thus we have big eyes for certain murtis worshipped in Hindu temples.

Big eyes symbolically represent the all-seeing Supreme Truth. The God with the big eyes sees everything. Nothing escapes the gaze of God.…

Hindu Calendar Today – September 22, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Friday, September 22, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon till 10:06 AM on September 22.Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waxing phase of moon till 10:46 AM on September 23.All time based on India Standard Time.
How is September 22, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – Good and auspicious time on the entire day. Nakshatra – Hasta or Atham or Hastam Nakshatra till 12:08 AM on September 22. Then onward it is Chitra or Chithirai or Chithira Nakshatram till 1:13 AM on September 23
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Chitra or Chithirai or Chithira Nakshatram on the entire day on Sept 22 and till 12:38 AM on September 23.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kanya Rashi till 12:40 PM on September 22. Then onward it is Tula R…