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Dawat Puja after Diwali

Dawat Puja is a unique puja observed after Diwali festival in North India especially by the Kayasthas community. Dawat refers to ancient brass inkpot. Dawat Puja 2017 date is October 21. The day is also observed as Chitragupta Puja.

During ancient days, ink was stored in large inkpots known as Dawat. Wooden pen (Kalam) was dipped in the pot for writing.

Such brass inkpots have now become antiques.

Kayasthas on the prominent Hindu communities in North India are associated with bookkeeping services. Earlier they did bookkeeping services for kings and landlords.

As they made a living with ink and pen, they had the practice of worshipping their writing material especially dip-pen and inkpot.

The most important day of the worship was two days after Diwali on Kartik Shukla Paksha Dwitiya. This festival was known as Dawat Puja.
The day was chosen because the Kayastha community believes that they are descendents of Chitragupta. The most important annual ritual dedicated to Chitragupta is per…

Bhai Dooj 2017 date

Bhai Dooj is an important ritual during Diwali and it celebrates the relationship between brother and sister. Bhai Dooj 2017 date after Diwali is October 21. The day is also observed as Yama Dvitiya.

On Bhai Dooj day, sisters show affection brothers by applying a Tika or Tilak. Legend has it that Lord Yama, the Hindu God of death, after being affectionately welcomed by his sister, Yami, had given the boon that those brothers who receive Tika from their sisters will not have the suffer the pains of hell.

Married women visit her brother’s home on this day or both brother and sister assemble in a convenient place or married sisters invite their brothers to their homes.

Usually, the sister brings a couple of puja items in a ‘thaali’ during Bhai Dooj. This involves coconut, batashas, mithai, fruits, seven paans, roli and little rice.

Sister applies a teeka on the brother and gives him a few of the eatables along with a coconut piece. Bhai Dooj puja is usually done in the morning.


Hindu Auspicious Days in October 2018 – Good Dates in October 2018 in Hindu Calendar

Hindu auspicious days are looked for buying selling and various other purposes. October 2018 Hindu auspicious dates given below are based on India Standard Time. The auspicious dates in October 2018 are good for house warming, joining job, buying car or house, moving into new rented home, registration, birth, visiting, first visit etc. Hindu Auspicious Days in October 2018 October 1 – good time after 5:40 PM October 2 – average day October 3 October 4 – good time till 11:00 AM October 5 – average day October 6 – average day October 7 – average day October 11 – good time till 10:30 AM October 12 – good time from 10:40 AM to 5:25 AM October 13 – good time til 11:30 AM October 17 October 18 October 19 October 20 – good time till 7:00 AM October 23 October 24 – good time after 10:30 AM October 25 October 27 – good time after 6:40 PM October 28 October 29 – average day  October 30 – good time till 1:07 PM October 31
Bad dates or dates that should be avoided in October 2018 are –  October 2…

Ganesh Chaturthi 2018 date – Information - Story - Pooja Time for Ganpati Festival in 2018

Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Ganeshotsav or Vinayaka Chaturthi, is the birthday of Hindu God Ganesha (Vinayaka - Ganpati), the God of wisdom, prosperity, and auspiciousness. Ganesh Chaturthi 2018 date is Thursday, September 13 - information based on Hindu calendar in India. Ganpati Festival in 2018 ends with the immersion (Visarjan) of the murti (idol) on Ananta Chaturdasi day - September 23, 2018. Ganesha is today worshiped around the world and the Elephant-faced Hindu god is one of the most popular deities associated with Hinduism. Like symbol ‘Om’, Ganesha is slowly becoming the face of Hindu religion. This is a pan India festival and is observed in all regions.
When is Ganesh Chaturthi Observed? Ganesh Chaturthi falls on the fourth day after new moon in the Hindu month of Bhadrapada (August - September). Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha Chaturthi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu Calendar.
Why is it observed? It is the birthday of Ganesha. Vighnaharta, one among…

Simha Rashi 2018 Predictions – How will be the year 2018 for Simha Rashi?

Simha Rashi born people need to be careful in relationship matters in 2018. February, April, July and November are good months for Simha Rashi. January, March and December are bad months. May, June, August, September and October will be stagnant or both good and bad. Simha Rashi 2018 predictions are based on moon sign followed in Hindu astrology and horoscope. Career Those looking for new job will face some difficulties, mainly because of the lack of compatibility between your job expectations and reality.It is not a good year to change jobs.Those looking for government related jobs would get to hear favorable news.Avoid unwanted talks, gossips, and office politics, as it will boomerang on you.Those looking for a job after studies will not be happy with opportunities.You will be forced to make compromises in career matters.Delay in promotion and transfer to a distant place for some.Jealous colleagues and enemies will be active.Some of you working abroad will be forced to return home d…

Govardhan Puja after Diwali - Spiritual Significance and 2017 Date

Govardhan Puja is celebrated a day after Diwali. GovardanMountain near Mathura, which was lifted by Shri Krishna to save the people of Braj from heavy rains and flood, is worshipped on the day. In 2017, the date of Govardhan Puja is October 20. Devotees offer different types of food on the day to Lord Krishna and this large amount of food forms a mountain. Therefore the festival is also known as Annakut, a mountain of food. Govardhan Parikrama, circumambulating the hill, is an important event on the day. Today, the Pooja is a major event around world and is popularized by ISKCON.

The festival of Govardhan Puja is also known as Annakut, as the food offered by devotees is so much that it takes the form of a mountain.
Story of Govardhan Puja Legend has it that Indra, the god of rain, was the deity to whom people prayed for a favorable climate and for the protection of their crops and cows. Indra was arrogant and punished the people with flood if the offering were inadequate. Krishna tho…

Skanda Sashti 2017 dates - Muruga Kanda Sasti Festival in 2017

Skanda Sashti festival is dedicated to Hindu God Muruga (Karikeya or Subrahmanya). Kanda Sasti is observed in the Tamil Month Aippasi. Skanda Sashti 2017 dates are from October 20 begins with six-day fasting and ends on October 25, 2017 with Soorasamharam. Tirukalyanam is on October 26. Skanda Shasti celebrates the victory of Lord Skanda over demon Surapadma. Tamilians, especially Muruga devotees, around world observe fasting for six days before the festival. It is a major festival in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, other parts of South India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore and South Africa.

Son of Lord Shiva and Parvati, the divine incarnation of Skanda was to primarily annihilate the demons that had created anarchy on earth and restore Dharma. He was the commander of the army of the Devas.

A six day battle took place with Demon Surapadma and on the sixth day Muruga killed Skanda killed Demon Surapadma (Soorasamharam) with his ‘Vel’ or lance.

Legend has it that Muchukunda, a King South India, wa…

Whoever gives you inner joy and satisfaction is your teacher – Sri Chinmoy

If you think of yourself as the body and do not aspire, then in the spiritual life you are already dead. What you need is inner guidance and outer assurance; you need somebody to guide you and constantly give you encouragement, inspiration, and aspiration so that you can march along according to y our soul’s highest inner cry.

Whoever gives you inner joy and satisfaction is your teacher.

The Guru who gives you boundless joy is your Master.

If you immediately get an inner response from a Master’s soul, then you can rest assured that you are meant for his path. If you get the utmost thrill in your inner being when you see him then he is the right person.
No matter who your teacher is, I want you to realize God. That will give me the greatest joy. It is not who takes you, but where you go that is important.
Sri Chinmoy

Hindu Calendar Today – October 20, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Friday, October 20, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. 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 20, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – Good and auspicious day. Nakshatra – Chitra or Chithirai or Chithira Nakshatra till 8:43 AM on October 20. Then onward it is Swathi or Chothi Nakshatram till 10:10 AM on October 21.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Chitra or Chithirai or Chithira Nakshatram till 8:39 AM on October 20. Then onward it is Swathi or Chothi Nakshatram till 10:17 AM on October 21.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Tula Rashi till 5:34 AM on October 22.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Tula Rashi till 5:49 AM on October 22…