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How to observe Skanda Shasti Vratam or Fasting?

Skanda Shasti, or Kanda Sasti, Vratam is an important observance dedicated to Lord Muruga. It is observed in the Tamil month of Aippasi and most devotees fast during the 6-day period. There is no common method of Skanda Shasti fasting. Different devotees observe it differently. But there are some basic rules followed by all the devotees.


Non-vegetarian food is completely avoided during the period.Some people also avoid garlic and onions.Those who are observing the fast make it a point to read scriptures related to Lord Muruga or recite the Kanta Shasti Kavasam or Subramaniya Bhujangam.Most devotees also visit Skanda temples during the period.When it comes to Kanda Shasti fasting, some devotees only take a single meal a day.Some take the meal at noon and others at night.Some devotees confine to fruits and juices during the 6-day period. There are several Skanda devotees who see the Vratam as an opportunity to clean the body and get rid of unwanted toxic elements. Such devotees confine …

Kali Puja 2017 date in Bengal - Goddess Kali Puja in 2017 in Eastern Parts of India

Kali Puja is observed on the Amavasi day in the month of Aashin as per traditional Bengali calendar. Kali Puja 2017 date is October 19. The puja and ritual is dedicated to Goddess Kali and is widely held in eastern parts of India and coincide with the Diwali festival. Most rituals associated with the Kali Pooja begin at midnight.


In many areas in eastern India, Kali puja is a community festival and huge idols of Goddess Kali is worshipped on the day. Hundreds of pandals dedicated to Goddess Kali are prepared on the day for public puja. New black idols of Goddess Kali are installed for the puja.
Goddess Kali is believed to be the human form of the anger of Goddess Durga and she appears to annihilate the most terrible evil.

She incarnated to destroy Demon Rakhta Beeja. In some regions, she is equated with Goddess Chandika and Goddess Chamunda.

Kali symbolically destroys ignorance and ego and clears the path to realizing ‘Brahman.’ She is also the human representation of the fury that…

Kedareshwar Vrata 2017 – Kedar Gauri Vrat 2017 date

Kedareshwar Vrata, also known as Kedar Gauri Vrat, is observed on the Amavasi day during Diwali. Kedareshwar Vrata 2017 date is October 19. Kedara Gauri Vrat is observed on Kartik Amavasi in North India and the corresponding Amavasya in other regions is Ashwin Amavas. The Vrat is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is based on Goddess Parvati's attempt to merge with Lord Shiva.
Initially, Kedareshwar Vrata used to begin on the Ashtami day or eighth day of the Krishna Paksha of Ashwin or Kartik month and end on Amavasi day during Diwali. But now most people only observe the Vrat on the Amavas day.
Most Shiva devotees observe a fast on Kedareshwara Vrata day. Some people only perform a partial fast.
Kedareshwar Vrata is observed for attaining Moksha and merging with the Supreme Being. Story of Kedareshwar Vrata Legend has it that Kedareshwara Vrata was observed by Goddess Parvati to merge with Lord Shiva and be part of his body.

Once a Gana (attendant of Lord Shiva) performed puja of Lord …

Holy Dip in Mandakini River and Kamadgiri Parikrama at Chitrakoot during Diwali

More than a million devotees participate in the annual bathing ritual in Mandakini River and Parikrama of Kamadgiri Mountain at Chitrakoot during Diwali. Chitrakoot in Uttar Pradesh is an important spiritual and religious destination in Hinduism and the place is associated with Bhagavan Sri Ram and Ramayana. When can one perform the Parikrama? The most important dates of holy dip in a year are Choti Diwali and Diwali.The Parikrama can be performed on all days of the year.During summer season better performed early morning or in the evening. How long is the Parikrama? The parikrama is about six kms and is done barefoot by many devotees. The path of parikrama is smooth with tiles placed on the route Why is Kamadgiri Parikrama Performed? Kamadgiri means the mountain that fulfills desires.

The parikrama or circumambulation of Kamadgiri Mountain at Chitrakoot after taking holy dip in the Mandakini River helps in desire fulfillment, washing away of sins and opens the door of liberation or m…

Diwali Thoughts and Quotes – Hindu Blog

Take bath in the early morning, perform Lakshmi Puja, eat sweets, meet friends and relatives, light diya and play with crackers and Diwali comes to an end. From next day we are back to our routine – making both ends meet. Do we ever spare time on Diwali to think about its spiritual significance – why light diya on the dark night?

We are surrounded by darkness. There is spiritual darkness; there is darkness created by ignorance; there is darkness created by jealousy and lust; there is darkness of greediness and avarice; there is darkness of desire; darkness of anger, hatred and darkness of fear.
The diya that we lit outside is constantly burning in you and in all animate and inanimate. That diya is constant in past, present and future. There was never a time when this diya was not there. Neither will ever be a time when this diya will not be there.
Realize that diya and it is Diwali on all days.

All our sufferings and problems come to an end when we are able to realize the Supreme …

Nothing comes out of mere intellectual understanding

There is something called Shraddha. Nachiketa of Katha Upanishad had it. Shradha means, “I will certainly do what I have understood to be correct, and I have the power and self confidence necessary to accomplish that. I do not sit depending on the grace of the Lord.”

Along with Shradhha, Nishta – single-minded devotion – is also necessary. In this age, nishtha should remain concealed within oneself; only then will the devotion mature.

Nothing comes out of mere intellectual understanding. What will you gain by merely repeating, “There is fire in the wood, there is fire in the wood?” Light a fire by rubbing the pieces of wood together, cook you food, eat it, and be nourished. Only then will you have achieved something.
Teachings of Swami Premeshananda

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True emancipation, is not through a forced isolation from life, but through inner detachment from the lower impulses and appetites, from trishnas and carvings of ego. Sadhu Vaswani Thoughts You want happiness from this world? But …

Hindu Calendar Today – October 19, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Thursday, October 19, 2017 – Amavasya Tithi or the no moon day inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Amavasya Tithi or the no moon day till 11:42 PM on October 19.Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon on the entire day on October 20 and till 12:23 AM on October 21.All time based on India Standard Time.
How is October 19, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – Good and auspicious day. Nakshatra – Hasta or Hastam or Atham Nakshatra till 7:46 AM on October 19. Then onward it is Chitra or Chithirai or Chithira Nakshatram till 8:43 AM on October 20.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Hasta or Hastam or Atham Nakshatram till 7:27 AM on October 19. Then onward it is Chitra or Chithirai or Chithira Nakshatram till 8:39 AM on October 20.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kanya Rashi till 8:15 PM on October 19. Then onward it is Tula Rashi till 5:34 AM on October 22.
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