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Diwali Gharonda – Miniature House Made by Girls during Diwali

The word Gharonda (घरौंदा) is associated with the word Ghar or house. It is the miniature house that is prepared by girls and unmarried women during Diwali. It is like a dollhouse with rangoli in front and all other essential items needed for a house. Why is Gharonda made during Diwali? The belief is that if Gharonda is made then there will be peace and prosperity in the house. It will also help girls when they get married. There will be prosperity in their husbands home. When is it made? In some regions, the preparation begins on the first day of the Kartik month – 15 days before Diwali. Today it is limited to just Diwali day as readymade Gharonda are available in the market. Reason It is said that Ayodhya became a proper city and houses prospered only after the arrival of Bhagavan Sri Ram from exile.In memory of this event, people started making miniature houses to display prosperity. How the gharonda houses are prepared and what are kept? Some people make house using clay, sticks, b…

Hanuman and Diwali – Worship and Puja of Lord Hanuman during Deepavali

Special prayers and pujas dedicated to Lord Hanuman are performed a day before Diwali in North India and Gujarat. In 2017, the date of Hanuman Puja during Diwali is on October 18. This day is popularly known as Narak Chaturdashi or Kali Chaudash and Roop Chaturdashi or Chaudash. In several regions, the day before Diwali is believed to the birthday of Bajrang Bali Hanuman.
Story of Hanuman Puja During Diwali It is said that Hanuman used to observe Sita wearing a red dot on her forehead. Mata Sita used to daily smear the parting of her hair with vermilion powder.

One day a curious Hanuman asked Mata Sita, ‘Why are you smearing vermilion on your forehead and the parting of the hair?’

Sita replied, ‘It is for the good of Sri Ram.’
Hanuman then thought why just put vermilion on the forehead, why not on the entire body then it would bring even more strength to Bhagavan Ram
Sita understood what Hanuman was thinking and kept this in her mind.
On Kartik Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi, Bhagavan Sri…

Karka Rashi 2018 Predictions - How will be the year 2018 for Kark Rashi?

Karka Rashi born people need to be careful in all aspects of life in 2018. January, April, May, August and October are good months for Kark Rashi. February, July and December are bad months. March, June, September and November will be stagnant or both good and bad. Karka Rashi 2018 predictions are based on moon sign followed in Hindu astrology and horoscope. Career Predictions for Karka Rashi 2018 It is a good year to fulfill a career dream of yours.You might be forced to look for a new job, as you will not be happy with the annual increase in salary or new pay package.If you are hesitating to take risk due to fear of failure, then this year in which you will get plenty of opportunity to advance your career. Take some risk for progress.Reality check will happen this year. If you were not learning and were sitting in the comfort of a job, then you will enter shaky ground.Those working abroad might face so tough situations.Good year to become freelancer, begin business or get self emplo…

Kali Chaudas 2017 date – Importance of Kali Chaudash - Puja - Reason for Goddess Kali Worship during Diwali

Kali Chaudas as the name indicates is dedicated to Goddess Kali and is observed on the 14th day (chaudash) of Ashwin month mainly in Gujarat. Kali Chaudas 2017 date is October 18. The auspicious day, which falls a day before Diwali, is dedicated to the worship of Goddess Mahakali and is of great importance. In Gujarat, the day is also dedicated to Hanuman worship.
Reason for Kali ChaudashMaa Kali is summoned to drive out all negative forces.She is the goddess of time. She is worshipped to take away all bad things in life and usher in peace on Diwali.Special rituals are performed on the day to ward off evil spirits. Food is left to appease the evil spirits.Special oil bath is performed on the day all the family members. Hot water is used for taking bath on the day.Worship of Goddess Kali on the day helps in attaining peace and prosperity. She also provides protection to her devotees. Tantric practitioners perform special pujas on the day. Shani Dosh Those people suffering from Shani D…

Mud Forts or Shivaji Killa Made During Diwali by Children in Maharashtra

Mud Forts, or Shivaji Killa, is made during Diwali in Maharashtra. The small miniature mud forts made by children remembers the heroic deeds of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. These mud forts are made mainly by Marathi speaking people.
Why Shivaji Killas Are Made During Diwali? Historian Ninad Bedekar reiterates, "The tradition of making mud forts can be traced back to 300 years. Aurangzeb, who had put an end to the Adil Shahi and Kutub Shahi dynasties in Maharashtra, could never conquer the Marathi kingdom. It was all because of Shivaji's 260 fortresses, the defence lines of which were set from Salher to Gingee in Tamil Nadu. This could be one of the reasons why children build mud forts during Diwali. It is an act of pure reverence." Where to Shop for Shivaji Killa Prop? Kumbharwada in Pune, the hub that produces these clay products, is the place to be if you are looking for Shivaji Killa props. Here, you would see about 60 to 70 shops dealing in what would be a child'…

Why Gambling on Diwali? - Reason for Playing of Cards during Diwali Festival

There is a tradition of playing of cards (Jua) or gambling during Diwali in many regions by several communities. Why people gamble during Diwali? There is only one reason and that is checking your luck. Playing of cards and gambling are seen as an attempt to know the luck during the coming year. Diwali also marks the end of a financial year and beginning of the next financial year in some regions. So people test their luck by playing cards or using other gambling methods.
Legend also has it that Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati used to play the cards. There are several incidents mentioned in the Puranas of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati playing cards.
Playing of cards by betting money is a bad precedent and should be discouraged. Stories from scriptures are taken out of context to defend such bad habits. Gambling should never be encouraged and it is a very bad habit.
Playing cards for fun by family members and friends during festivals does not cause much damage. But parents and elder…

You must win the grace of your own mind

Real spirituality means an attempt to go beyond the mind. The scriptures declare that the spiritual experience is beyond the limits of mind and speech. Therefore the question arises as to the relation between spiritual practice and the mind. The fact is we have to go beyond the mind through the mind. The scriptures also declare: ‘The Atman is to be attained only through the mind.’1 It is somewhat like going beyond the river by swimming across it. If a person is tied to a pole with a rope, one will untie the rope with great difficulty, throw away the rope, and become free. Similarly groping the mind alone we have to go beyond the mind. Spiritual aspiration, knowledge, devotion, spirit of dispassion, and related ideas are within the domain of the mind.

Both the spiritual and the secular life depend upon the mind. It is said that the human being is the mind with a body, not the body with a mind.

In all matters, mind only matters. Our happiness and miseries, our relationship with othe…

Hindu Calendar Today – October 18, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 – Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waning phase of moon till 11:33 PM on October 18.Then onward it is Amavasya Tithi or the no moon day till 11:42 PM on October 19.All time based on India Standard Time.
How is October 18, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – Good and auspicious day. Nakshatra – Uttaraphalguni or Uthiram Nakshatra till 7:20 AM on October 18. Then onward it is Hasta or Hastam or Atham Nakshatram till 7:46 AM on October 19.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Uttaraphalguni or Uthiram Nakshatram till 6:38 AM on October 18. Then onward it is Hasta or Hastam or Atham Nakshatram till 7:27 AM on October 19.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kanya Rashi till 8:15 PM on October 19.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat,…