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India Live - Watch Lunar Eclipse Live Online

The rare lunar eclipse taking place on India on January 31, 2018 is currently live on the official website of NASA. You can watch the live streaming on mobile, desktop and tablet.




Link - Watch live Nasa Lunar Eclipse (from armstrong flight)

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You can watch the live event here from Griffith Observatory

You can watch it on PBS News here.
Weather permitting, the NASA TV broadcast will feature views from the varying vantage points of telescopes at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California; Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles; and the University of Arizona’s Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter Observatory. The January 31, 2018  full moon is special for three reasons:

It is the third in a series of “supermoons,” when the Moon is closer to Earth in its orbit -- known as perigee -- and about 14 percent brighter than usual. It’s also the second full moon of the month, commonly known as a “blue moon.” The super blue moon will pass through Earth’s shadow to give viewers i…

Why Srikalahasti Temple is Open during Grahan or Eclipse?

When there is Surya Grahan (Solar Eclipse) or Chandra Grahan (Lunar Eclipse) majority of Hindu Temples remain closed. But the famous Srikalahasti Temple in Andhra Pradesh remain open during the period. Why is that Srikalahasti Temple remains open?

From times immemorial, Srikalahasti Temple has remained aloof from the practice of closing the shrine during grahanam.

As per Hindu beliefs, Rahu and Ketu are believed to cast their evil effects over the sun and moon respectively during solar and lunar eclipse. But Rahu and ketu is worshipped in the temple.

This forms the backdrop for the firm belief that the bad rays, if any from eclipse, will be effectively countered by Rahu and Ketu.

The temple is known for the ‘Rahu Ketu Puja’ and ‘Sarpadosha Puja’ performed by hundreds of devotees everyday to ward off astrological effects and also death from poisonous creatures.

Related Story of Srikalahasti Shivling and Spider

Lizard in Dream – Meaning of Seeing Lizard in Dream

Seeing Lizard in dream is considered bad and inauspicious as per those who believe in dream interpretation. In Hindu religion there is an ancient scripture known as Swapna Shastra which gives interpretation and meaning of various dreams. Meaning of Lizard in Dream Lizard in dream means you will experience fear. You will feel unexplainable horror as if something wrong is going to happen to you.

You can expect something that you like very much to be spoiled.

There is also possibility of misunderstanding among family members and friends.
If you see lizard catching a prey, then it means you need to be careful about your surroundings. Avoid journey during nighttime and in lonely places. Do not go alone with people in whom you have no confidence. Your modesty will be under attack.

Tiger in Dream – Meaning of Seeing Tiger in Dream

Seeing tiger, leopard and jaguar in dream is considered bad as per those who believe in dream interpretation. In Hindu religion there is an ancient scripture known as Swapna Shastra which gives interpretation and meaning of various dreams. Meaning of Seeing Tiger in Dream Tiger in dream means you can accept attack from an unexpected source. It will be sudden and you will not get time to react. It also means that someone is conspiring against you.
You need to be careful about your career and wealth.

Tiladeshwar Mahadev Temple at Tilwara Ghat in Jabalpur

Tiladeshwar Mahadev Temple is located at Tilwara Ghat in Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh. The Swayambhu Shivling worshipped in the temple finds mention in the Puranas. This is an important Shivling on the banks of Narmada River.

Legend has it that the Shivling was discovered by Sage Jabali. He used to make Til or Sesame offerings to the Shivling. Some scriptures also indicate that Sage Jabali did intense penance here. He only used to consume Til during the penance.

Pleased with his devotion, Shiva is believed to have given darshan to Sage Jabali here.

The antiquity of the Shivling is not known.
Offering prayers to the Shivling helps in attaining knowledge and moksha.

Thaipusam 2019 date – Information on Thai Poosam in 2019

Thaipoosam is an important festival dedicated to Lord Muruga or Kartikeya. It is observed in the Tamil month of Tai or Thai (Januray – February). Thaipusam 2019 date is January 21, Monday. It is celebrated mainly by the Hindu Tamil speaking community in India (especially in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh), Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka and in many other parts of the world.

Legend has it that Lord Muruga, son of Lord Shiva, killed Tharakasuran and other demons who were creating mayhem on earth on Pusam star in the month of Thai.

Thaipusam is celebrated to commemorate this victory of good over evil.

The most important event on the day is that of devotees carrying various types of Kavadi to the Murgan temples. The most important Kavadi pilgrimage takes place at the Batu caves in Malaysia.

Lord Muruga is also known as Subrahmanya, Skanda and Kartik.

You may also like to read Thaipusam at Batu Caves in Malaysia Legend behind taking Kavadi to Murugan Temples
Tha…

Yes – Everything is God

Yes – Everything is God – is an excerpt from, the book titled - When the Many Become One by Swami Ashokananda (Kolkata: Advaita Ashrama, 1997), 45-77.
Yes, everything is God and not less than God, anywhere. Everything is Brahman, everything is Spirit…
You can reach a state in which you look at things with these very eyes but you see something different from what you ordinarily see.
The sense forms stand aside and the true Reality – the spiritual Reality which everything is – becomes at once self-evident, directly perceived…
You will say, ‘You mean to say that if I change my ideas about a person, then instead of seeing that person I shall begin to see God?’ That is exactly what I mean. It can be done, it has to be done…
Beyond this body and beyond this mind there is an unlimited consciousness.
If I cannot give any limit to this consciousness, then it becomes the infinite conscious Being.
Form is made up of body and mind. But beyond this form is the real Being, and that real Being is th…

Hindu Calendar – January 31, 2018

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 – Purnima Tithi or the full moon day inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Purnima Tithi or the full moon day till 7:15 PM on January 31. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waning or dark phase of moon till 5:10 PM on February 1. All time based on India Standard Time.
Good – Auspicious time on January 31, 2018, as per Hindu Calendar – There is no good and auspicious time on the entire day. Nakshatra – Pushya or Poosam or Pooyam Nakshatram till 6:00 PM on January 31. Then onward it is Aslesha or Ayiliyam Nakshatram till 4:36 PM on Feb 1.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Pushya or Poosam or Pooyam Nakshatram till 5:36 PM on January 31. Then onward it is Aslesha or Ayiliyam Nakshatram till 3:06 PM on January 31.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Karka Rashi till 4:36 PM on February 1.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Raja…

What Precaution Pregnant Women Should Take During Chandra Grahan or Lunar Eclipse?

Hindu Blog receives numerous queries regarding what precaution pregnant women should take during Chandra Grahan or Lunar Eclipse? This is because many devout Hindus have numerous fears regarding Chandra Grahan or Lunar Eclipse. There is a belief that pregnant women will be affected by Chandra Grahan but this has not been scientifically proved. The safe option adopted by most Hindus is to remain indoors during the period of Grahan. Pregnant women chant the Santana Gopala Mantra during Grahan.

The Santana Gopala Mantra is dedicated to Lord Krishna and is chanted for an easy and safe pregnancy and to get a healthy baby.

The Santana Gopala Mantra is Om Devaki Sudha Govinda
Vasudeva Jagath Pathe
Dehimey Thanayam
Krishna Thwamaham
Saranam Kadhahaa Deva Deva Jagannatha
Gothra Vridhi Karap Prabho
Dehimey Thanayam Sheegram
Ayushmandham Yashashreenam!

Ayurveda indicates that pregnant women should sit or lie down on a mat containing Darbha grass or Kusha Grass during Grahan. It is also advised to…

Story of Surya Grahan and Chandra Grahanam in Hindu Religion - Lunar Eclipse and Solar Eclipse Story in Hinduism

Surya Grahan, solar eclipse, and Chandra Grahan, Lunar Eclipse, is widely mentioned in the Holy Scriptures of Hinduism. There is also an interesting story regarding the occurrence of Surya Grahan and Chandra Grahanam. It happened during the Samdura Manthan (churning of ocean) episode in the Puranas. Rahu (Demon) and Mohini, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, are the main characters in the incident.
The Amrit (elixir) that was obtained from churning the ocean was cunningly stolen by Ausras (Demons). Lord Vishnu took the form of Mohini, a beautiful damsel, to win back the Amrit. She achieved her mission by enamoring the Asuras, they fell for her beauty and handed over the Amrit to her.

Mohini returned to the Devas and started distributing it. Devas sat in a line and mohini gave a portion to each one of them. Rahu, an Asura, who found out that they were tricked took the form a Deva and sat in the line between Chandra (Moon God) and Surya (Sun God).
When Mohini approached Rahu, Chandra and S…

Dagdha Yoga in Hindu Astrology

Dagdha Yoga is a bad and inauspicious period in Hindu astrology. It should be avoided for journey. Auspicious functions are forbidden during Dagdha Yog.

The following combination of tithis and days makes Dagha Yoga

Monday and Ekadasi or the 11th day of a fortnight Tuesday and Panchami or the 5th day of a fortnight Wednesday and Tritiya or the 3rd day of a fortnight Thursday and Sashti or the sixth day of a fortnight Friday and Ashtami or the eighth day of a fortnight Saturday and Navami or the ninth day of a fortnight Sunday and Dwadasi or the 12th day of a fortnight

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Sankashti Chaturthi Story - Story Read on Sankashti Chaturti Fasting Day

Sankashti Chaturthi Vrat is dedicated to Ganesh Bhagavan. Here is the Sankashti Chaturthi story. The story is read especially by those observing the Sankashti Chaturti fasting which falls on the fourth day after full moon day in a Hindu lunar calendar.

Once, the demigods (Devas) faced several reversals and difficulties. They approached Mahadev Shiva and asked for a solution.
When the Devas reached Kailash, the abode of Shiva, he was playing with his two sons Kartik and Ganesha.
After listening to the problems faced by Devas, Shiva asked his two sons as to who would like to solve the problems of Devas.
Both Kartik and Ganesha told their father that they would solve the problem.
Shiva then decided to test the ability of both of his sons.


He told his sons he who travels around the world and returns first would get the opportunity to help the Devas.
Kartik immediately left to complete the travel around the world.
Ganesha instead of racing with his brother went around his father and mot…

Sankat Chaturthi in 2018 – Sankat Chauth dates in 2018 - Sakat

Sankat Chaturthi in 2018 in Hindu calendar based on Indian Standard Time. Sankat Chauth is an auspicious day dedicated to Lord Ganesha in a Hindu lunar month. Here are the dates of Sankat Chaturthi in 2018, which falls on the 4th day in a Krishna Paksha lunar fortnight or on the fourth day after full moon or Purnima. Ganesha devotees observe a fast (fasting – upvaas) on Sakat Chauth Vrata days.

Sakat Chauth days in 2018 is based on Indian Standard Time (IST).

February 3, 2018 – Saturday Chandrodaya time today 9:24 PM (Moonrise time)

March 5, 2018 –  Monday - Moonrise time - 9:55 PM

April 3, 2018 - Tuesday -  9:29 PM  Angarak Sankat Chauth

May 3, 2018 - Thursday - 9:56 PM

June 2, 2018 - Saturday - Moonrise time - 10:15 PM 
July 1, 2018 – Sunday - 9:40 PM

July 31, 2018 – Tuesday  - 9:37 PM Angarak Sankat Chaturthi

August 30, 2018 – Thursday - 9:30 PM

September 28, 2018 –  Friday - 8:52 PM

October 27, 2018 –  Saturday -  8:22 PM

November 26, 2018 – Monday - Moonrise time - 9:03 PM

Decemb…

Jalandhara Bandha – A Yogic Practice

Chin Lock, or Jalandhara Bandha, is one of the four locks used in Yoga. A Bandha, or lock, in yoga is a neuromuscular lock in which there is contraction of certain muscles and nerves. ‘Jala’ means network of nerves and ‘dhara’ means upward pull. The nerves passing through the neck are used in Jalandhara Bandha.

Jalandhara Bandha is performed during retention of breath. The retention of breath is known as kumbhaka.

In this yogic practice, the chin is firmly pressed into the sternum or the jugular notch after inhalation or exhalation while holding the breath. The lock is maintained for as long as the practitioner is comfortable.

Breath cannot escape when the chin lock is performed. As a result, the neck muscles are stretched and the spine is pulled upward. A contraction of cervical muscles and vocal chords takes place. The nerves and the muscles in the neck are compressed. The thyroid gland is especially stimulated and its hormones are secreted into the bloodstream.

It is performed for…

Everyone seeks something everlasting and eternally enduring

We live surrounded by something impermanent though everyone seeks something everlasting and eternally enduring.

Once, Holy Mother (Sarada Devi wife of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa) was seated on the porch of her house in Jairambati. Suddenly Kalikumar and Barada, Mother’s brothers, began to quarrel about a fence put up by Kalikumar. Soon they were about to come to blows. Their sister tried her utmost to calm them down, blaming both for the quarrel.

After a while, some of her disciples intervened and persuaded the brothers to stop arguing. Still abusing each other they went away.

In an excited mood, Holy Mother entered her own house. All of a sudden she burst into laughter and said: ‘What an illusion Mahamaya has conjured up! Here is this infinite world, and what one claims as his possession will be left behind at death. Still, men cannot understand this simple truth.’ As she uttered these words, she was convulsed with laughter which continued for some time.
Source – Vedanta Kesari Nov …

Hindu Calendar – January 30, 2018 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 – Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waxing phase of moon till 9:31 PM on January 30. Then onward it is Purnima Tithi or the full moon day till 7:15 PM on January 31. All time based on India Standard Time.
Good – Auspicious time on January 30, 2018, as per Hindu Calendar – Good and auspicious time on the entire day. Nakshatra – Punarvasu or Punirtham Nakshatram till 7:35 PM on January 30. Then onward it is Pushya or Poosam or Pooyam Nakshatram till 6:00 PM on January 31.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Punarvasu or Punirtham Nakshatram till 8:18 PM on January 30. Then onward it is Pushya or Poosam or Pooyam Nakshatram till 5:36 PM on January 31.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mithuna Rashi till 2:00 PM on January 30. Then onward it is Kar…

Shivratri Vrat: How to Observe Fast during Mahashivratri?

On the auspicious occasion of Shivratri, Hindu devotees around the world observe Shivratri Vrat or Upvaas or fast. In 2018, Shivratri Vrat date is February 13. Vrat time is from Sunrise on February 13 to sunrise on February 14. The fasting involves refraining from eating any food and not sleeping through out the night. Sivaratri literally means ‘the night of Lord Shiva’ and unlike other festivals associated with Hinduism there is no fun and merrymaking on the day. But the night provides an opportunity to cleanse the ignorance and realize that you are Brahman and open the door to bliss.


The day after Shivratri is Amavasi – the dark night or the no moon night. It symbolizes the evil forces – desire, greed, illusion, arrogance, jealousy, and anger – which dominate the Kaliyuga. Shiva is believed to have appeared in the form of ‘Lingodabhavamurti’ or Jyotir Linga on the Shivratri night. The Linga is an attempt to give form to the formless Brahmn. Praying to Shiva is to escape from miseri…

Hanuman Puja at Night – Benefits and How to Do the Puja?

Hanuman Puja at Night is beneficial for those who are unable to get proper sleep due to various reasons including fear. There are numerous other benefits of the puja. Below are the benefits of the pooja and how to perform Hanuman puja at night. Benefits of Hanuman Puja at Night It helps in overcoming fear of ghosts and other harmful celestial beings.The puja is ideal for those who are unable to get sleep at night.It helps in defeating enemies.Ideal option for those who believe that bad things are happening in life due to evil eye or due to evil pujas of enemies or due to activities of jealous people.It is best option to keep out all forms of negative energy from house. How to Do Hanuman Puja at Night? The puja should be performed at night after 10:30 PM on the south side of the house.A red color cloth should be kept on the south side and painting or murti (sculpture or idol) of Hanuman should be placed on it.Light lamp using chameli oil (jasmine oil) mixed with sindhoor. Four wick is p…

Shri Gajanan Maharaj Prakat Din Utsav – Appearance Anniversary Festival of Shri Gajanan Maharaj

Shri Gajanan Maharaj Prakat Din Utsav is observed in Magh month. It is not the birth anniversary but appearance anniversary festival of the great saint from Maharashtra, Shri Gajanan Maharaj. The most important activities on the day are held at the temple dedicated to the saint at Shegaon. Shri Gajanan Maharaj Prakat Din Utsav 2019 date is February 25.
Shri Gajanan Maharaj Prakat Din is the day when the great saint appeared at Shegaon. As per Gregorian calendar this happened on February 13, 1878.
When people first saw the saint he had worn just a shirt, had a dry gourd as his pitcher, a clay pipe for his smoke and nothing else. He had an aura around him.Eyes were focused on his nose. He had the radiance of morning glow.

He performed innumerable miracles during his life time. He helped the needy, the diseased and the unfortunate. His miracles also made the arrogant and egotic people shed their wrong notions. The miracles performed by the saint is compiled in the book titled 'Shri …

Pradosh Vrat Benefits

Pradosh Vrat, or Pradhosham, is an important fasting day dedicated to Lord Shiva. Pradosha occurs twice in a month – on the 13th day (Trayodashi). Pradosh Vrat benefits are:

The importance of Pradosh Vrat in Kali Yuga was narrated by Shiva to Sati. This was later shared by Sage Vyasa to Maharishi Suta. Rishi Suta shared it with Sanakadi Rishis for the benefits of all living beings in the universe.
The most important benefit of the vrat is that it helps in overcoming all forms of defects and negativities in life.In Kali Yuga (the present age), Pradosh Vrat helps in achieving dharm, ardh, kam and moksha - the four purushartas in Hinduism.Peace and prosperityEarly marriage – desired marriage.It helps in fulfillment of romance, love and marriageLiberation or MokshaSelf realization.Shedding of ignorance.Victory over enemies.To overcome bad luck.To solve property related disputes. Please note that all vrat benefits happen when we follow Dharma and our desires do not hurt another person.
The…

Why Taking Holy bath in Prayag – Allahabad – is Holy in Hinduism?

Prayag (modern day Allahabad) is Tirthraj – king of Tirth in Hinduism. The main reason for taking holy dip in Prayag is that it is the confluence of three holy rivers – Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. Here are the reason why taking holy bath in Prayag is Holy in Hinduism. Triveni Sangam – the meeting of three Holy rivers (Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati).Indra, the king of Devas, had got relieved from the curse of Gautam Rishi after taking holy bath in Prayag.All Puranas mention about the merits of performing holy bath, shradh and charity in prayag.It is believed that Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva and all the Devas perform Holy bath in Triveni.Taking holy dip in Prayag is equal to performing 10,000 Ashwamedha Yajna.There is also a belief that Prayag was blessed with the power to give moksha to people who follow Dharma.There is a belief that occasionally Shiva and Vishnu resides at Prayag.
When the amrut was stolen and was carried around the world, few drops of it fell at Prayag and this makes it a sp…

Thoughts on the Second Chapter of the Bhagavad Gita - Swami Tyagishananda

The second chapter of the Gita gives the essence of the whole text in two parts. The first part deals with the nature of the human being and the second with one’s mission in life. The first part says that the human being is not the body or the mind but the spirit. The second part points out that one’s mission in life is to recognise that one isa spirit after conquering the ignorance that covers one and the consequent ego and its appurtenances that obstruct the vision.

The first part exhorts the dejected Arjuna to use his intellect or cognitive powers to know his real nature. The second part exhorts him to live in the light of that knowledge.

The Atman is the main subject of the first part and brahmisthiti or stithaprajna, the state of being established in Brahman or steady wisdom, is the subject of the second part.

The first part deals with the intellect and the second part deals with the will. In short the whole chapter deals with Samkhya or knowledge and yoga or spiritual life.
Th…

Hindu Calendar – January 29, 2018 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Monday, January 29, 2018 – Shukla Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waxing phase of moon till 2:13 AM on January 29.Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waxing phase of moon till 11:52 PM on January 29. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waxing phase of moon till 9:31 PM on January 30. All time based on India Standard Time.
Good – Auspicious time on January 29, 2018, as per Hindu Calendar – There is no good and auspicious time on the day. Nakshatra – Ardra or Arudhra or Thiruvathira Nakshatram till 9:16 PM on January 29. Then onward it is Punarvasu or Punirtham Nakshatram till 7:35 PM on January 30.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Mrigasira or Mrigasheersham or Makayiram Naksh…

Story of Gajendra – The Elephant in Gajendra Moksha

Gajendra Moksha is a story found in the Bhagavad Purana and it shows the significance of Bhakti, prayer and true devotion. Gajendra, the elephant, who is the protagonist of the story, was a king named Indradryumna in his previous life. After ruling the country successfully for several years he decided to leave his throne and go to the forest and spend rest of his time in prayers. In ancient India it was a practice by spiritual people to leave the materialistic world once their duties as Grahasta (householder) was over and under take Vanaprashta (life in the forest).


The king left for the forest and here he made a small hut and started meditating on Vishnu. One day a saint came to the hut of Indradryumna. But the king did not notice the arrival of the saint as he was deep in meditation. This angered the sage and he thought the king was purposefully insulting him and cursed him to become an elephant.

The elephant now roamed in the forest and soon came across a herd of elephant. The kin…

Shree Gondavalekar Jayanti - Birth Anniversary of Gondavalekar Maharaj

Shree Gondavalekar Jayanti is the birth anniversary of Naamyogi Shree Bramhachaitanya Maharaj, a popular and famous 19th century saint of Maharashtra. Shree Gondavalekar Jayanti 2019 date is February 17. He was an ardent devotee of Lord Ram and preached that Anna Daanam is Mahadanam – giving food to the hungry people. He spread the glory of Lord Ram and Lord Hanuman. The Jayanti is observed on the Shukla Paksha Dwadashi day in Magh month.

He took the teachings of Sanatana Dharma to common people who did not have the knowledge of Sanskrit. His main teachings revolved around Sagun Bhakti, feeding the hungry and serving the animals. His main philosophy was - One should enchant God’s Divine Name and perform good work with hands, all the time. This behavior connects him directly to Lord Ram.

He has done countless philanthropic activities in the villages around Gondavale, an area located on Satara-Pandharpur road, around 64 km from Satara in Maharashtra.

Shree Gondavalekar (1845 – 1913)

Lalitha Jayanti – Goddess Lalita Jayanthi

Lalitha Jayanti is observed on the Purnima, or full moon day, in the month of Magh (January – February). Lalitha Jayanthi 2019 date is February 19. The day is dedicated to Lalita Devi, a form of Shakti or Mother Goddess. She is associated with the Pancha Mahabhutas or five elements. Goddess Lalitha 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 some regions in North India. Special pujas and rituals are held on the day.


One of the most popular days associated with Goddess Lalitha falls on the fifth day during the Saran Navratri in Aswhin month and is known as Lalita Panchami.
How to Worship Goddess Lalita? She is offered prayers mainly on Purnima (full moon day) and Shukla Paksha Panchami tithi (the fifth day during the waning phase of moon). Wear green color dress and performing the puja facing northeast.Create a mental picture of Goddess Lalitha in the mind.Light lamp using desi ghee (cow ghee…

Bhishma Dwadasi 2019 Date - Importance of Shradh and Tarpan on the day

Bhishma Dwadasi is observed on the 12th day in the month of Magha (January – February) during the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon). Bhishma Dwadasi 2019 date is January 28. The rituals is also known as Magh Shukla Dwadasi Tarpan and Shradh. It is widely believed that Pandavas performed the last rites of Bhishma, the son of King Shantanu and Ganga in Mahabharata, on this day.

Bhisma who was mortally wounded and was lying on a bed of arrows chose to leave the earth on the 58th day after the beginning of the Great War in Mahabharata. Bhishma was blessed with a boon that he can choose the day of his death. It is believed that he chose Magh Shukla Ashtami day to leave the earth and merge with Brahman.


On the Bhishma Dwadasi day, Pandavas performed the last rites of Bhishma Pitamah on the banks of Ganga.

There is a popular belief that offering Tarpan and Shradh on the day to ancestors is highly beneficial.

Some people also perform Tarpan in the name of Bhishma as he had no children.

Nature Has Innumerable Ways to Refresh Us

When you are disillusioned, take a walk in nature. Nature has innumerable ways to refresh us.

The magnificent sunrise gives us hope. Darkness cannot exist forever. Similarly, our problems and sadness will have to disappear eventually. The light of happiness will appear.

The moon that shines at night is a proof that someone is out there to protect to us when we sleep at night. Do not be sacred of darkness in life. Believe in that Supreme Truth. That Truth will guide us out of the darkness.

Clouds gather over the sun and completely covering it. This does not mean there is no Sun. Similarly, bad things in life can shake our belief in God. However, we need to realize that clouds are there because sun evaporated the water on earth. Bad things in life are often an opportunity for us to make the necessary changes and to have a clearer perspective of life. No cloud can stay forever; all clouds have to move away eventually.
The waxing and waning of moon is a quite reminder to us that life…

Hindu Calendar – January 28, 2018 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Sunday, January 28, 2018 – Shukla Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waxing phase of moon till 4:32 AM on January 28.Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waxing phase of moon till 2:13 AM on January 29. All time based on India Standard Time.
Good – Auspicious time on January 28, 2018, as per Hindu Calendar – There is no good and auspicious time on the day. Nakshatra – Rohini Nakshatram till 12:32 AM on January 28. Then onward it is Mrigasira or Mrigasheersham or Makayiram Nakshatram till 10:06 PM on January 28. Then onward it is Ardra or Arudhra or Thiruvathira Nakshatram till 9:16 PM on January 29
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Rohini Nakshatra till 4:05 AM on January 28. Then onward it is Mrigasira or Mrigasheersham or Makayiram …

Sita Ashtami 2019 date

Sita Ashtami is believed to be the day when Sita Devi appeared on earth as per traditional calendar and Panchangs followed in North India. Sita Ashtami 2019 date is February 26. Sita Ashtami is observed on the eighth day of the Krishna Paksha (waning phase of moon) of Phalguna month (February – March).

Mata Sita is an embodiment of purity and wifely devotion and the consort of Sri Ram in Ramayan. Mata Sita was adopted by King Janaka; after he found her while ploughing his field.


Sita is believed to be an incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi and is worshipped in temples dedicated to Lord Ram.

Mata Sita’s abduction by Ravana and her subsequent rescue by Lord Ram, Lakshman, Hanuman and Vanar Sena is the central theme of the Ramayana.

So powerful was Sita’s chastity that even though she was carried away by Ravana and kept imprisoned, Ravana could never reach near her as she kept meditating on Lord Ram; and the energy she created out of meditation was powerful enough to burn to death anyone wh…

Guru Pratipada

Guru Pratipada is an auspicious day observed the day after Maghi Purnima, full moon day in Magh month (January – February) as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in Maharashtra. Guru Pratipada 2019 date is February 20.

The day is of great importance in numerous temples and sacred spots in western and northern parts of India. The famous Gangapur Yatra is observed on the day.

Guru Pratipada is also the day when Dattavatari Shree Nrusinha Saraswati Swami Maharaj left the physical body and merged with the Supreme Soul.


Sri Nrusimha Saraswati Swami is believed to be the the second incarnation of Lord Dattatreya.

A week long rituals, satsangs and cultural programs are organized during the period. The prayers culminate on the last day which is also the most important day popularly known as Guru Pratipada. It is observed on the first day during the Krishna Paksha of Magha Mahina as per traditional calendar followed in Maharashtra and Karnataka.

Pushkaram in 2018 – Bhima River or Bhimarathi Pushkaram in 2018

Bhima or Bhimarathi River Pushkaram is held once in 12 years and is conducted in Bhima River banks in Maharashtra, Karnataka and Telangana through which Bhima River flows. Bhima River Pushkaram 2018 dates are from October 12. This pushkaram is held when Jupiter enters Dhanu Rasi (Sagittarius). The main ritual includes taking holy dip in the Bhimarathi River River.

Note - The Bhima Pushkaram in some texts is also refered as Tamraparni. Tamraparni River flows in Tamil Nadu. There is a river of the same name in Chandgad Taluka in Kolhapur District of Maharashtra.

A Pushakaram takes place once in 12 years when Jupitar (Brishaspati) enters a particular zodiac.

There are total of 12 rivers where Pushkaram takes place. The most famous is the Godavari Pushkaram.

The ritual of pushkaram is more popular in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

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Sweet That Can Be Offered as Prasad or Bhog to Shani Bhagavan

Puja of Shani Bhagavan is offered daily by thousands of people and on Saturdays the number swells into millions. What is a simple sweet that can be offered as Prasad or bhog to please Shani Bhagavan and get his blessings? Prasad or Bhog or Naivedya is the food offering given to a deity to get blessings.

Any black or brown color sweet can be offered as Prasad or bhog to Shani.

The best options are: Gulab JamunBlack Halwa made especially in the South Indian state of Kerala.Oil dripping roti is also considered an ideal option.In some regions, special Kala Gulab Jamun is prepared. This is a very good offering to Shani Dev.Sweet prepared using black urad dal is also considered a good option but it requires lot of preparation.

Smarta Ekadasi – What is Smartha Ekadashi?

If you are used to observing Ekadasi fasting, you might have come across consecutive days marked as Ekadashi. The first day will be usually marked as Smarta Ekadasi and next day will be marked as Bhagavat or Vaishnava. So what exactly is Smarta Ekadasi?

Smarta Ekadasi is based on the calculation that when the sunrises if it is the Ekadasi day then it is Smarta Ekadasi.

Bhagavata, or Vaishnava, Ekadashi observance is based on the rule that Dasami or the tenth day during a lunar fortnight should have ended before Arunodaya (96 minutes period before sunrise on the Ekadasi or the 11th day in a lunar fortnight). As the Sunrise occurs at different times of the same day at different places, maximum of three Ekadasis in a year (sometimes none) will have to be observed on different days in different places.

The Smarta and Vaishnava Ekadasi are based on geographical reasons.

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Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Saturday, January 27, 2018 – Shukla Paksha Dasami and Ekadasi Tithi or the tenth and eleventh day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon till 6:40 AM on January 27.Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waxing phase of moon till 4:32 AM on January 28. All time based on India Standard Time.
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