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Navratri 2018 dates - Sharad Navratri As Per Hindu Calendar Begins on October 10

Navratri is the nine-day festival dedicated to Mother Goddess Durga and her numerous forms in Hindu religion. (September - October) Sharad Navratri 2018 dates are from October 10 to October 18, 2018, in India as per Hindu Calendar. (March - April) Chaitra Navratri 2018 is from March 18 to March 25, 2018. The nine-day festival in Hinduism celebrates the victory of good over evil - Dharma overcomes Adharma with the blessing of Goddess Durga. The most important nine-day festival is Sharad Navratras which begins on the first day of the bright half of Ashwin or Ashwayuja (September-October) as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar.
2018 Navratri September - October dates Day 1 – October 10 – Ghatsthapana - Navratri Begins – Chandra Darshan
Day 2 – October 10  Day 3 – October 11 – Sindoor Tritiya Day 4 – October 12  Day 5 – October 13 – Upang Lalita Vrat - Lalitha Panchami Day 5 – October 14
Day 6 – October 15 Day 7 – October 16 – Saraswati Awahan - Maha Lakshmi Puja (western parts of India) …

Origin of Dasa Mahavidyas

Dasa Mahavidyas are the ten manifestations of Mother Goddess Shakti. The names of the Dasa Mahavidyas and the story of their appearance on earth vary in some scriptures. This particular story of the origin of Dasa Mahavidyas is from Shiva Puran.

A demon named Durgama had become powerful and invincible with boons He obtained from Brahma. There was utter chaos in the universe. Devas, Saints and all living beings were suffering under the Adharmic rule of Durgama.
Devas then approached Goddess Shakti for a solution. She promised to help them and restore Dharma.
Demon Durgama who came to know about the intention of Goddess Shakti, immediately assembled a huge army of demons and proceeded towards Devalok (heaven).
Goddess Shakti appeared before the army of demons.
To fight the army of demons 10 different manifestations appeared from Mother Goddess Shakti – Kali, Tara, Chinnmastika, Shodashi, Bhuvaneshwari, Tripurbhairavi, Dhoomavati, Baglamukhi, Matangi and Kamala.
Goddess Shakti along wit…

Story of Goddess Kali Standing on Shiva

Goddess Kali standing on Shiva is a popular image in Hindu tradition. The popular story states that after defeating Mahishasura and other demons, Goddess Kali was still outraged at the Adharma on earth. She continued destroying everything before her. All living beings were foreseeing eternal doom. To escape from the wrath of Goddess Kali they approached Shiva.
To stop Goddess Kali from destroying the cosmos, Shiva went into the battlefield and lied down motionless among the corpses of demons.
Goddess Kali moved across the corpses destroying and cutting them into pieces, suddenly she found herself standing on top of a beautiful male body. For a moment she stood still and then she looked down at the body and saw it was Shiva, her husband.
When she realized she was touching her husband with her feet, Goddess Kali stretched out her tongue in shame and the destruction came to an end.
Shiva then pacified the Goddess and danced with her. Together they started creation again and made the wo…

Why People Distribute Apta Tree Leaves on Dussehra and Vijayadasami day?

In North and Western parts of India people distribute leaves of Apta, or Apati, tree leaves on Dussehra and Vijayadasami day. In this ritual, Apta tree leaves symbolically represents gold or sona. People present Apta tree leaves to friends, relatives and neighbors and wish happy Dasara. There is an interesting story on why Apati tree leaves are presented on Dussehra.

The English name of it is bidi-leaf tree.

Scientific name is  Bauhinia Racemosa

Medicinal use:
Fresh paste of the bark is used to cure swellings. Bark extract helps in curing indigestion. Leaf paste is used to cure headache by applying on forehead. Fresh flower bud is used to cure cough.Drink prepared using dried leaves is used to cure diarrhea, internal bleeding, and hemorrhages. In Hinduism - symbol of gold, peace, prosperity and good health. Offer to friends, neighbors and relatives as sign of prosperity. Worshipped for good health and wealth.
Names in Indian Languages
Hindi: kathmauli / jhinjheriMarathi: apta, sona,Malayal…

Sharad Purnima 2017 date - Significance of Sharad Purnima

Observed on the full moon day in the Hindu month of Ashwin (September – October), Sharad Purnima is of great significance to Krishna Devotees. Sharad Purnima 2017 date is October 5 as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar – India Standard Time. Sri Krishna, Radha, and Gopis of Vrindavan performed Ras Lila on the Sharad Poonam day. Yet another importance of the day is that moon is closesest to earth on the day.
Significance of Sharad Purnima There is also a close connection between the moon and the Sharad Purnima day – the moon is believed to be close to the earth on the day and it is believed that moon’s rays contain nourishing elements. People believe that as the moon is nearest to the earth on the day and as moon’s rays has several curative properties it will be helpful to human beings. So people spend the evening under moonlight.

Chandra, the moon god, is associated with herbs and medicine in Hinduism.
Ras Lila and Bhakti  The showering of Bhakti Raas on the Sharad Purnima night by…

Know your truth and do not mock another person’s truth

The way in which Supreme Truth is understood differs from person to person. This diversity should be respected. When it is not respected, we have problems in the human world.

A group that has a similar idea of Supreme Truth are blind followers. They have not realized the Supreme Truth. They are being directed by an individual who has a selfish motive.

Supreme Truth is never at wrong but it is followers who are wrong.

Importance should be given to one’s personal truth – a person has to do the search and arrive at conclusion on what the person wants to believe.

Once a person starts believing in a particular Truth that he/she has discovered, he/she should not mock, or criticize another person’s truth.

A healthy human relationship is only possible when the different truths are respected.

There is nothing absolutely right or wrong. In this eternal universe, our lifespan is limited to 100 years. We can never know all that is there in the universe. But we can constantly keep expanding ou…

Hindu Calendar Today – September 29, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Friday, September 29, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waxing phase of moon till 9:23 PM on September 29.Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon till 11:01 PM on September 30.All time based on India Standard Time.
How is September 29, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – An average day. Nakshatra – Purva Shada or Pooradam Nakshatra till 2:48 PM on September 29. Then onward it is Uttara Shada or Uthiradam Nakshatram till 5:03 PM on September 30.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Purva Shada or Pooradam Nakshatram till 3:48 PM on September 29. Then onward it is Uttara Shada or Uthiradam Nakshatram till 6:15 PM on September 30.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Dhanu Rashi till 9:21 PM on Sept 29. Then onward it is Makar Rash…