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Dangers of Chemical Colours during Holi festival

Several stories are associated with Holi in Hindu scriptures but the colours to play Holi festival only find its origin in the trees and flowers in spring season. Earlier, colors were made from natural products. In fact, all the colors used in various Hindu celebrations, art forms and paintings were made using natural products. Lord Krishna played Holi using the Tesu flowers which are found in abundance during the season.

Today, we use highly toxic chemical substances to make colours during Holi. Some of these chemicals are purely meant for industrial use. But often the customer is cheated into buying these cheap colors. Most people are also unaware of the components used to make these colors.
To make a quick money some manufacturers are seen to adulterate the colours with diesel, chromium iodine, engine oil, copper sulphate, and glass powder (to add sheen), which is known to cause nausea, headache, breathlessness among other ailments.

The chemical colors are mainly available as past…

Dhulivandan – Dhuli Vandan in Maharashtra

Dhulivandan, also known as Dhuli Vandan, is an important festival in Maharashtra and it coincides with the Holi festival. In 2019, the date of Dhulivandan is March 21. It is celebrated on the day after Holika Dahan in Phalguna month. The festival is of great importance to farmers and agriculturalists. The ashes of Holika burned on the previous night and soil are worshipped by the farmers for a good harvest.

Dhuli Vandan is observed in Maharashtra when the rest of the country plays Rang Holi. Nowadays, Dhulivandan in its strict traditional sense is limited to rural areas. In cities most people play Holi with colors on the day.

There is a popular belief that Lord Shiva opened his third eye burned down Kama Deva to ashes on the day.

Shiva Burning Kamdev a Great SacrificeKamdev was chosen to kindle the feeling of love in Lord Shiva who had entered into a deep meditation after the death of Goddess Sati. Kamdev knew that Lord Shiva was endowed with a fiery sight and disturbing him from his…

Thirty-Nine Avatars or Incarnations of Lord Vishnu

There are some Hindu scriptures that list thirty-nine avatars of incarnations of Lord Vishnu. A list of thirty-nine avatars as found in the Ahirbhudhnya Samhita.

The thirty-nine avatars are:

Padmanabha                   Dhruva Ananta                            Shaktatman Madhusudhana               Vidhyadhideva Kapila                              Vishwarupa Vihangama                        Krodatman Badabavaktra                    Dharma Vagishwara                       Ekarnavasayin Kamateshwara                  Varaha Narasimha                         Piyusaharana Sripati                                Kantatman Rahujit                               Kalanemighna Parijatahara                        Lokanatha Shantatman                        Dattatreya Nyagrodhasayin                 Ekasrngatanu Vamanadeha                       Nara Narayana                            Hari Trivikrama                         Krishna Parashurama                       Rama Vedavid                      …

Sant Eknath Shasthi – Ekanath Sashti

Eknath Shasthi is believed to be the day when Sant Eknath Swami left for heavenly abode by voluntarily laying down his life. In 2019, the date of Eknath Shasti is March 26. Ekanath Maharaj is one of the most important saints among the Bhakti Saints in Maharashtra. He was also a prolific writer and social reformer. He is believed to have lived during the sixteenth century.

Eknath Shasthi is observed on the sixth day of the Krishna Paksha (waning phase of moon) of Phalgun month as per traditional lunar Marathi calendar.

On this day, he is believed to have performed Jalsamadhi in the sacred GodavariRiver and left his body and merged with the Supreme Soul.

Sant Eknath is credited with bringing out the first authentic edition of Sant Jnaneshwar’s magnum opus Jnanesvari, the famous commentary of Bhagavad Gita in Marathi. Another major work associated with Sant Eknath is a commentary in 18,800 verses on the eleventh skanda of the Shrimad Bhagavad Purana known as Ekanatha Bhagavatam.


Kanchi Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswathi Attained Samadhi - Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam

The 69th Acharya of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam Jagadguru Pujyashri Jayendra Saraswathi Shankaracharya Swamigal attained Samadhi (died) at 9:00 am on February 28, 2019 (today) – Phalgun Shukla Paksha Trayodashi (Maasi month) - at Sri Kanchi Kamakotii Peetam Sankara Matam, Kanchipuram. Last rites Last rites - Brindavana Pravesha Karyakramam of His Holiness Pujyashri Jayendra Saraswathi Shankaracharya Swamigal - will be performed on 1st March from 8 AM.

Life History of Kanchi Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswathi (1954 – 2019) Kanchi Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswathi  was born as Sri Subramaniyam on July 18, 1935 at Irulneekki in Thanjavur District.He had study of Vedas at Tiruvidaimarudur under the direction of Mahaswamigal (Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati Swamigal).He was initiated into Sanyasa on March 22, 1954 and was declared as successor Acharya and given the Sanyasa name Sri Jayendra Saraswati Sri Pada.Jayendra Saraswathi succeeded Chandrasekarendra Saraswathi Swamigal in 1994 as t…

Indrakund at Panchavati in Nashik

Indrakund is a holy place on the banks of Aruna River at Panchavati in Nashik, Maharashtra. The holy pond and temple here is visited by devotees who are on a spiritual journey to Panchavati. Bhagavan Sri Ram, Mata Sita and Lakshman resided at Panchavati during their exile period in the Ramayana.

Story of Indrakund

Legend has it that Gautam Rishi cursed Indra to have pores in his body. To escape from the curse, Indra performed holy bath in the small pond here. He was then relieved of the curse and the place came to be known as Indrakund.

The Indrakund Devasthan here has murtis of Vishnu, Hanuman and Ganesha. There is also Shivling here.
Godavari River passes through the middle of Nashik city. The area on the northern banks of Godavari River is known as Panchavati. The area on the southern bank is known as Nashik city.
There are temples and sacred place on the both the banks but people pilgrims prefer to stay in northern bank because Tapovan and many tirths are located here.

The nearby …

Karma Yoga Explained Through a Story

Once in Varanasi, two young men were walking through the Hanuman Square. They saw two young women drowning. Seeing this, they jumped into the water. They rescued and brought to shore those two women, who were about to drown. The rescued women thanked the young men.

One young man asked the young woman he had rescued to marry him. He believed that this world was the only truth.

The other young man looked upon women elder to him as his mother, those of his age as sisters, and women younger to him as his daughters. Hence, he said to the young woman he had rescued: ‘Sister, God has provided me the opportunity to do a good deed. I have done my duty.’ He believed that God alone was true.
Externally, both the men did the same act of rescuing a life, but they differed in their attitudes. Hence, they got different results of the same work. Work that is done expecting results leads to bondage. Work that is done with the idea that one is the instrument of God and with an attitude of surrendering…

Hindu Calendar – February 28, 2018

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 – Shukla Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waxing or light phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waxing or light phase of moon till 9:58 AM on February 28. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waxing or light phase of moon till 7:53 AM on March 1. All time based on India Standard Time.
Good – Auspicious time on February 28, 2018, as per Hindu Calendar – There is no good and auspicious time on the entire day. Nakshatra – Pooyam or Pusam or Pushya Nakshatra till 2:03 AM on February 28. Then onward it is Aslesha or Ayiliyam Nakshatram till 12:37 AM on March 1.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Pooyam or Pusam or Pushya Nakshatra till 3:51 AM on February 28. Then onward it is Aslesha or Ayiliyam Nakshatra till 1:45 AM on February 28.

Holi with Ashes of the Dead in Varanasi – Holi with Pyre Ash at Kashi Manikarnika Cremation Ghat

Holi with ashes of the dead in Varanasi is observed in Phalgun month, couple of days before Dhulandi or Holi with colors. It is held at the famous Manikarnika Cremation Ghat in Kashi. In 2019, it will be held on March 18. This unique Holi in Banaras is played with 'chita bhasma' (ashes from pyres) and red gulals amid the burning pyres. The tradition is mentioned in the Skanda Purana and other scriptures.
The tradition of playing holi amidst burning pyres is a very ancient tradition. Symbolically it proves that death is not fearful, and dying in Banaras means attaining moksha. 
Manikarnika Cremation Ghat Holi is also believed to be the Holi of Shiva ganas, who missed the chance to celebrate Holi with him on Rangbhari Ekadashi day.
Holi in Varanasi begins on Rangbhari Ekadashi. The belief is that Shiva and Goddess Parvati comes back to home after their divine wedding on the Rangbhari Ekadasi and this ritual is known as Gauna.

The very next day Shiva goes to Mahasmashana to cel…

Bhang the Drink that Adds Zest to Holi

For many Holi is not just a festival of colors but an occasion to revel in ‘Bhang ki Thandai.’ Bhang is made from the leaves of Hemp and is considered to be the least intoxicating of the cannabis preparations in India. But is capable of giving a high for the entire day and is sold openly during Holi festival. Bhang ki Thandai is also given as a prasad in certain temples during the festivals.
The Bhang usually comes in two varieties – capsule, dried Bhang leaves and dried plant. The capsules or golis are added to ice cream, sweets, paan etc. The dried plant or leaves is soaked in water and then it is cleaned and finally grounded on a stone slab to get the paste which is taken along with Badam milk or any sweet preparation.

The sweet and the Bhang are considered to a highly potent combination and is said to give a real high. Therefore many revelers wait for Holi to get intoxicated in public. For fun, many people are also fed bhang mixed drinks and sweets without their knowledge.
Sale …

Chandanayika – About Goddess Chandanayika

Chandanayika is a fierce manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. She is closely associated with Goddess Durga and is invoked during Durga Puja.

She is rarely mentioned in Puranas. But she is counted among a group of Navdurgas.
She is a tantric deity and invoked for victory over enemies. She is also propitiated for good harvest and for early cure of various diseases.

How to Worship Goddess Chandanayika? She is offered prayers mainly on Tuesday and during Ashtami tithi (the eighth day during the waning phase of moon). Wear red color dress and performing the puja facing east.Create a mental picture of Goddess in the mind.Light lamp using mustard oil and opt for two wicks.Offer red color flowers.Offer red chandan (sandalwood paste).Offer Kumkum.The sweet on the day should be prepared using rice. Benefits of Chandanayika Worship Desire fulfilment.Victory over enemies.Work that was abandoned or facing problems due to unknown reasons can be restarted with the blessing of the Goddess. Special…

Hanuman and Lankini

Lankini, the warrior maiden, was the guardian of Lanka, the kingdom of Ravana. Hanuman was stopped by Lankini when He attempted to enter the golden palace of Ravana. Lankini never slept and she guarded the palace day and night. As per Hindu tradition, Lankini was once the guardian of the abode of Brahma.
As she guarded the home of the creator, Brahma, she was arrogant about her powers and status. This made her hot-headed and egoistic. She treated others in the palace with contempt and finally she was cursed by Brahma for her arrogance. Brahma cursed her to guard the city of demons.
Soon Lankini realized her mistake and asked for pardon. Brahma gave her the boon that she will escape from the curse when a monkey will defeat her.

Hanuman was eager to find Mata Sita and this is when Lankini stopped him. Lankini was huge figure with red protruding huge eyes and huge weapons.
An impatient Hanuman did not want to fight Lankini and waste His time. So Hanuman grew in size. His head reached th…

Ram Navami 2019 date - Birthday of Bhagavan Sri Rama on Navami in Chaitra Month

Sri Ram Navami is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ram. It falls on the ninth day of Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in the month of Chait or Chaitra (March – April). Ram Navami 2019 date is April 14. It also marks the end of the Chaitra Navratri. Lord Rama is the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu and is known as Maryada Purushottam – an embodiment of chivalry and virtue.

Bhagavan Sri Ram was on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Navami (ninth day during the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month) in Punarvasu Nakshatra on Karka Rashi.
In North India, Ram Navami is a nine-day festival and is the final day of Chaitra or Vasant Navaratri. The period is also observed as Ramayana week in many parts of India.
Hindu devotees fast on the day and pujas are performed at noon, as it is believed that Lord Ram was born at this time.
Ram Navami in Vishnu Temples On the occasion, special pujas are held at home and in all Lord Ram and Vishnu temples in India and around the world.
The day is of great impo…

Chaitanya Jayanti – Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu Jayanthi 2019 date

Chaitanya Jayanti is the birth anniversary of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and it is popularly observed as Gaura Purnima. Chaitanya Jayanti 2019 date is March 21. Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu appeared on the full moon night of Phalgun month in Mayapur India about 600 years ago. Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu spread the message of Lord Krishna – he suggested the easiest way to connect with the Lord – just chant Hare Krishna.

Lord Chaitanya taught the philosophy that through the chanting of the holy name of the Lord leads to Moksha. He taught that the holy name of the Lord is the sound incarnation of the Lord and that since the Lord is the absolute whole, there is no difference between His holy name and His transcendental form. Thus by chanting the holy name of the Lord one can directly associate with the Supreme Lord by sound vibration.

Chaitanya Jayanti is of great importance for Hare Krishna devotees and numerous festivals and programs are organized on the day in ISKCON temples.

Beam in House as per Vastu – Good or Bad

Beam in house is not good as per vastu because your energy flow will be disturbed due to iron content in it. Sitting, sleeping and working under the bead causes serious problems as per Vastu Shastra. Problems due to beam in house LethargyIrritabilityFights in homeLack of energyMental disturbancesNegative thoughtsDifficulties How to overcome the problems due to beam in house? Avoid sitting, sleeping and doing important work in the house under the beam.Hang bamboo flutes from the two sides of the beam.Completely cover the beam using false ceiling made using wood.
Ancient Hindu Homes In ancient times, Hindus built home only using natural materials - mud, wood, stone and leaves of trees. 
It is said that before cutting a tree for construction purpose special pujas were held. Permission was taken from the tree and from all the animals residing on the tree.
Modern construction involves all kinds of materials that makes life difficult.

Sleep in Ayurveda – How To Sleep Properly?

How to sleep properly as per Ayurveda? Peaceful Time Hours Before Sleep Spend time away from work and stressful interactions in the hours before sleep. Use the time for bonding, good relationships, enjoyment, and appreciation. Bring inner light into your environment after sunset. The Ayurvedic prescriptions for a healthy night routine involve a fruitful end of the day and preparations for the night ahead, including meals, relationships, preparation for the next day, and sleep. Amount of Sleep Each person needs a different amount of sleep. That amount differs slightly based on how the day’s events stressed the body. Emotional traumas, violence, and anger require more time in sleep. People with heavier bodies, or with toxins in their bodies, need more time in sleep.

Vastu and Sleep Never sleep with the crown of the head facing north. The alignment of the chakras has its own flow and should not be in alignment with the magnetic field of the earth. When you sleep with the head facing nor…

Hindu Calendar – February 27, 2018

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 – Shukla Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waxing or light phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waxing or light phase of moon till 12:13 PM on February 27. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waxing or light phase of moon till 9:58 AM on February 28. All time based on India Standard Time.
Good – Auspicious time on February 27, 2018, as per Hindu Calendar – Good and auspicious time on the entire day. Nakshatra – Punarvasu or Punirtham Nakshatra till 3:40 AM on February 27. Then onward it is Pooyam or Pusam or Pushya Nakshatram till 2:03 AM on February 28.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Punarvasu or Punirtham Nakshatra till 6:00 AM on February 27. Then onward it is Pooyam or Pusam or Pushya Nakshatra till 3:51 AM on February 28.
Rashi or Moon Si…

Koodalike or Koodukattu – Holi in Southern Districts of Karnataka

Koodalike or Koodukattu is a unique form of Holi observed by Hindu communities who migrated from Goa to the Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Uttara Kannada districts in Karnataka. These Hindu communities shifted to these regions after they were prosecuted by the Portuguese. This is a five-day festival begins on the Dasami or the 10th day of the Shukla Paksha of Phalguna month and ends with the Holi Purnima and festival.
The migrated communities form small groups known as Koodalike or Koodukattu, which is headed by a Gurkar. The festival is observed in the place of the Gurkar or at a convenient spot.

The festival begins after offering prayers to the Tulsi Plant. A coconut and a lamp lit on it which is touched by all the members of the Koodalike is offered to the Tulsi plant. This is done to have an incident free five-day of festivals.
A unique dance is observed during the ritual to music of gong, sticks, cymbals and other musical instruments and it is known as Habbada Kunitha.

Bhauma Pradosh Vrat Importance - How to Observe Bhauma Pradosh?

When the Pradosh Vrata day falls on a Tuesday it is known as Bhauma Pradosh. Bhauma is another name of planet Mars or Mangal. The days is of great importance as Pradosh tithi is dedicated to Shiva and Tuesday is dedicated to Hanuman. It is believed that all forms of sins and dosh (blemish) are destroyed by fasting on the day. Bhauma Pradosh 2018 dates are February 13, February 27, November 20 and December 4.

Pradosh, or Pradosha, is an auspicious day dedicated to Lord Shiva and it falls on the 13th day of every lunar fortnight in traditional Hindu calendar. Shiva devotees undertake a fasting from sunrise to sunset on the Pradosham day.

Mangal or Mars is the presiding deity of Mangalwar or Tuesday. 
There are numerous legends in Hindu scriptures that are associated with Mangal and Shiva. It is said that Bhaum had performed intense Tapas and he was blessed with Mangal Loka by Shiva.

Benefits of Bhauma Pradosh Moksha and better life.
All sins and blemishes  are destroyed.
Those facing pr…

Six tips to protect your skin - hair - nail during Holi festival

Here are some important tips to protect your skin, hair, scalp and nails during Holi festival. If not taken proper care the chemical colors can wreak havoc on your skin, scalp, hair and nails. Traditionally, holi was played with natural colors made from herbs, flowers, roots and leaves. They were good for the body. They were beneficial in many ways. But today natural holi colors are replaced with synthetic and chemical colors. Hence it is very important to take care of the body during holi festival.
Pre HoliAlways use natural holi colours.Use a moisturizer or sunscreen on your face and all those parts that are exposed.Do not leave your hair untied on Holi. Wear thick hairband with a bow or opt for bandana.Use oil or conditioner on your hair before playing Holi. The oil or conditioner will form a thin layer and it will act as a barrier. You can easily remove it with shampoo later.Paint nails with transparent varnish. Keep nails trimmed.If you’re allergic to chemicals, consult your doc…

Holi Festival Dandia Sari: Special Saree Gifts to Daughters

Dandia is a special sari, or saree, gifted to daughters during the Holi festival. Dandia therefore is an important Holi gift and many Hindu parents make it a point to gift the sari during Holi. Married daughters are invited and are specifically presented with the saree. Dandias are also unique saris and they differ from the normal saris in appearance.
In some places, Dandia is only gifted to newly-wed daughters. In other regions, the sari is presented to both married and unmarried daughters. In some places, along with Dandia a normal sari is also gifted.

Dandia is a cotton sari with Indian pink edges. The pink color creates an uneven pattern and the sari can be described as a pink and white colored sari. The saree also contains other designs and the part covering the head has ‘kiran’ attached to it. ‘Kiran’ is the gold or silver color borders found on the sari of brides. The pallu also has ‘kiran’ attached to it.
Dandia is worn by newly-weds on the day of Holi. Elderly women wear it…

Yashoda – Krishna Puja for Having Children

Married couples those who are unable to have children due to various reasons can find relief after offering Yashoda – Krishna Puja at home. Here is brief idea on how to perform the Yashoda – Krishna Puja.

How to Perform Yashoda – Krishna Puja at Home? Take bath in the morning and wear yellow color dress.Offer prayers to Ganesha in mind.Perform the puja facing east or northeast.Keep the painting of Yashoda holding little Krishna on a yellow color cloth.Light the lamp using cow ghee – if you have copper lamp use it. Light one wick.Offer red color flowers.Offer gugal dhoop or other fragrant flower agarbhatti.Offer white chandan.Make a Prasad using jaggery, milk and rice. Sprinkle some tulsi leaves on the cooked Prasad and offer it. This should be later shared with family members and children.Chant the mantra ॐयशोदा-वत्सलायनमः (Om Yashoda Vatsalaya Namah) 108 times using a chandan mala. Special Offerings to have children Keep a kalash filled with uncooked wheat in the house. Offer a pumpk…

Cheti Chand 2019 Date – Sindhi New Year in 2019

Cheti Chand is the Sindhi New Year and is observed on the first day of the Sindhi Chet month (March – April). Cheti Chand 2019 date is April 7. The corresponding month and date in traditional Hindu calendar is the first day of the Shukla Paksha of Chaitra month. Lord Varuna, the Sea God and God of Water, is believed to have incarnated on the day.

There is also a popular belief that Varun Dev appeared as Uderolal on the first day of Chet month to save Sindhis from the demonic rule of Mirkshah. Jhulelal Beda Par! - take us safely to to the other shore is a popular chant and prayer of the community.

The day is also known as Jhulelal Jayanti. Jhulelal, also referred as Uderolal, appeared on earth to protect the Sindhi people from persecution. He arrived on earth to defend the faith of the Sindhi people.

Story of the Birth of Uderolal Makrabkhan, also known as Mirkshah, took over the reins of the province of Thatta, which was inhabited by the peaceful Sindhi community. An Islamic tyrant, …

Tiruvundiyar – a Shaiva Siddhanta Text

Tiruvundiyar is a Shaiva Siddhanta text. Shaiva Siddhanta is one of the many South Indian schools of Shaivism. There are fourteen Shaiva Siddhanta texts and Tiruvundiyar is the first among them.

The author of the text is Tiruviyalur Uyyavanda Devar.

The scripture contains the quintessence of Shaiva Siddhanta teachings in 45 verses. The text is composed in a meter known as Kalittal issai.

The text is unique and interesting as the author addresses a fly about the basic truths of the philosophy.

The author states that all evils, vices, and blemishes fly away on listening to the truth of Shiva.

The basic theme of the literary work is that one can only see Shiva through his grace.

One has to make one’s heart free of all vices. It has to be purified. Then one can enjoy the unalloyed bliss of Shiva.

Exterior cleanliness is a contributing factor to cleanliness of the interior

Cleanliness in the exterior is an essential contributing factor to the cleanliness of the interior, of the mind. A clean place spontaneously produces a soothing effect on man.

There is in man an unquenchable thirst to know the Unknown, to know the Wielder of destiny, to know the Highest Principle and to adore, and to worship It. God is that Unknown, by whatever name you may call Him. To the generality of mankind, the abstract Principle is beyond comprehension. They require some concrete symbols through which they can worship Him. So images and symbols are a necessity in the religious field.

We find that we are fettered with the limitations of the body, senses and the mind, that is, the idea that we are the body cannot be got rid of even with much effort. The ailments of the body, the miseries overwhelming the mind bring us down to think ourselves as body, or mind. There are only two ways of overcoming these concepts. By intense dispassion to all that is of the world. To treat even on…

Hindu Calendar – February 26, 2018

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Monday, February 26, 2018 – Shukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waxing or light phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waxing or light phase of moon till 2:35 PM on February 26. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waxing or light phase of moon till 12:13 PM on February 27. All time based on India Standard Time.
Good – Auspicious time on February 26, 2018, as per Hindu Calendar – Good and auspicious time after 5:30 PM. Nakshatra – Ardra or Arudara or Thiruvathirai Nakshatra till 5:21 AM on February 26. Then onward it is Punarvasu or Punirtham Nakshatram till 3:40 AM on February 27.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Ardra or Arudhara or Thiruvathirai Nakshatra till 8:03 AM on February 26. Then onward it is Punarvasu or Punirtham Nakshatra till 6:00 AM on February 27.
Rashi o…

Narasimha Dwadasi Vrata

Narasimha Dwadasi Vrata is dedicated to the Lord Narasimha incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Narasimha Dwadasi Vrata 2019 date is March 18. It is observed on the twelfth (Dwadashi) day of the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in Phalguna month (February – March). This is a Vrata associated with the Shaligrama stones associated with Lord Vishnu.

Hindu God Narasimha, or Nrisimha, is worshipped on the day and some devotees observe a fast. It is believed the observing the day will help in washing away the sins.

The day is also observed as Govinda Dwadashi.

Amalaki Ekadasi

Amalaki Ekadasi, also written as Amlaki or Aamalaki Ekadashi, occurs during the waxing phase of the moon in February – March. In 2018, the date of Amalaki Ekadasi is February 26. Ekadasi fasting is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is observed on the 11th day of waning and waxing phase of moon in a traditional Hindu calendar. The greatness of Amalaki Ekadashi was narrated by Sage Valmiki and is mentioned in the Brahmanda Purana.

It is believed that by observing Amalaki Ekadasi, a devotee attains Moksha and washes away all the sins committed. Special pujas and offerings are made of Amalaki Tree and Lord Parashurama on the day.

There are numerous folk tales and stories in Puranas that extols the greatness of Amalaki Ekadasi. Most devotees fast on the day and keep vigil in the night. Those people observing partial fasting abstain from food made of rice.

As this Ekadasi falls before Holi festival the day also forms part of Holi celebrations for some Hindu communities. Thus it is also known as…

Whatever you do the attitude is very important – Thoughts Swami Vireswarananda Maharaj

While in meditation, we think about the transcendental aspect of God, but while doing work, we see God in everything in His immanent aspect. By practicing to see God in all, we can see Him in everything. That is the highest state.

We do various work in our life. What is the test to know that our ego is lessening or increasing? Through introspection. If somebody criticizes, you react and get angry at once; if somebody praises you, you feel elated. All that shows that your ego is still there. You are not able to do things with equanimity. If somebody comes and meddles in your work, you get upset.

Vijnan Maharaj once said: ‘If somebody tramples on your feet, just move aside and make room for him. Don’t push him and say, “why are you trampling on my feet?” Rather, move aside and make room for him.’ Similarly, in work too, it is like that. Somebody interferes and wants to take the credit for your work. Leave it to him. Let him do it since somehow work is being done. Whether you do it, he …

Hindu Calendar – February 25, 2018

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Sunday, February 25, 2018 – Shukla Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waxing or light phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waxing or light phase of moon till 4:59 PM on February 25. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waxing or light phase of moon till 2:35 PM on February 26. All time based on India Standard Time.
Good – Auspicious time on February 25, 2018, as per Hindu Calendar – Good and auspicious time on the entire day. Nakshatra – Mrigasira or Makayiram Nakshatra till 6:59 AM on February 25. Then onward it is Ardra or Arudhara or Thiruvathirai Nakshatram till 5:21 AM on February 26.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Mrigasira or Makayiram Nakshatra till 9:54 AM on February 25. Then onward it is Ardra or Arudhara or Thiruvathirai Nakshatra till 8:03 AM on February 26.
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Importance of Dola Purnima in Odisha - Dol Purnima 2019 date

Dola Purnima is one of the most popular festivals in Odisha. It coincides with the Holi festival but is celebrated for six days. It begins six days – on Falgun dasami day – before Poornima (full moon) in the month of Falgun (February – March). Dol Purnima 2019 date is March 20. Worship of Radha and Krishna During Dol Purnima Worshipping of Radha and Krishna in the swing festival is the main event during the six-day long festival. The festival is also known as Dola Yatra or Dola Jatra.
From the Falgun Dasami day, the idol of village deities, especially that of Krishna, are carried to all the homes in the villages. People carrying the idols and those following it are semared with Abira, a violet color powder. The idols are carried on a decorated palanquin, known as Vimana, and the procession is accompanied by singers and musicians. In each house the deity is offered Bhog – sweets made from the recent harvest and fruits. In return, the deity distributes different powdered colors for the…