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How to observe Bhogi Pongal?

Bhogi marks the preparation for Pongal festival and Uttarayana, the auspicious half of the year. Bhogi is specially marked for physical and spiritual cleaning and falls on the last day of Tamil month Margazhi. Cleaning and removing unwanted stuff and damaged things is the main activity on the day. In the evening, people burn all the unwanted things (Bhogi Bonfire). Bhogi falls on the day before Pongal day. It is also the first day of Sankranti in Andhra Pradesh. Here is a brief look at what to do on Bhogi Pongal?

Traditional Bath An elaborate oil bath is done at early morning on the Bhogi day.

Drawing of Kolams
After morning bath and rituals, women make beautiful kolams (rangoli). There is sometimes a healthy competition among neighbors on design and size of the kolams. Large kolams are preferred during Pongal. Some communities place a pumpkin flower in the middle of the kolam.

Cleaning and Burning debris on Bhogi Pongal The most important activity on Bhogi Pongal is to clean the house…

Bhogi 2019 in Telugu Calendar – Bhogi Sankranti date in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana in 2019

Bhogi or Bogi is the first day of Sankranti celebrations in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Bhogi 2019 date is January 14. It is marked on January 14, 2019 in TTD panchangam and State Government. In both Telugu and Tamil cultures, Bhogi is celebrated on the same day. A major activity on the day is the burning of all things that are bad or of no use – a sort of cleansing ceremony.

Note - Bhogi in Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra is marked on January 14.
Bhogi Muggulu and Bhogi Pallu - Blessing Children A major ritual on the day is the drawing of Bhogi Muggulu (a type of Rangoli) and Bhogi pallu functions.

In the Bhogi Pallu functions, a mix of regi-pallu, flower petals, pieces of sugarcane, coins and jaggery are showered on young children. Aarti is performed on children. Women sing songs and bless them.

On the day of Bhogi which is the last day in Dhanurmasa, the marriage of Goda Devi (Andal) is celebrated in Tirupati Venkateswara Temple and other Vishnu Temples. It is popularly believed thos…

How Lakshman Died in Ramayana? – End of Lakshmana in Ramayan

End of Lakshmana, brother of Bhagavan Sri Ram, in Ramayan happened when the objectives of Sri Ram Avatar on earth were completed. The story is mainly found in the Puranas. Here is a brief account on as to how Lakshman died in Ramayana.

After returning to Ayodhya, Bhagavan Sri Ram ruled his kingdom for several years. There was peace and prosperity on earth. Dharma was flourishing. His sons and the sons of his brothers were made kings in many parts of the large empire that he ruled. During this period, Sita Devi also disappeared from earth when she merged with Bhudevi (Mother Earth).

Yama (Kala), the lord of death in Hinduism, arrived at the palace of Sri Rama and requested an audience with him. Bhagavan Sri Ram received his guest. Now Yama put a condition that no one should interfere with them while they were in discussion. If anyone interferes, that person should be awarded death penalty. Bhagavan Sri Ram gave the word to Yama.

Lakshmana was summoned and asked to guard the door. He w…

Symbolism of Overlapping Triangles in Hinduism

Overlapping Triangles is part of various chakras and yantras in Hinduism. It is also widely used in Tantric rituals. Overlapping Triangles represents the male and female principles. It symbolizes the union of Shiva and Shakti – the male and female principle. It is the starting point of creation.

Sattila Ekadashi Vrat Katha – Story of Shattila Ekadasi Fasting in January

Sattila Ekadashi is observed during the waning phase of moon usually in the month of January – Magh in North India and Paush in other regions. Sesame seeds or Til is used by those observing this Vrat - smear Til paste on the body, bath in water mixed with Til or sesame seeds, offer prayers to ancestors in water mixed with sesame seeds, eat Til and share it with others. There is an interesting story that explains the importance of Sattila Ekadashi Vrat. The Katha is listened to by people observing the Ekadasi fasting.
Once their lived a rich woman who was very pious and she used to observe Ekadasi fasting without fail. She used to feed the Brahmins and donated cows etc. But out of ignorance she used to not feed other hungry people.
Once Lord Krishna came in the guise of a poor mendicant with torn clothes on Sattila Ekadashi day and asked for some food. The rich woman was not ready to give food until the mendicant mentioned his gothra and the place he came from. The mendicant did not l…

Eight Solutions to Rahu Mahadasha and Rahu Antardasha

Rahu Mahadasha is considered a very bad phase in a person’s horoscope and it is for 18 years. Rahu Antardasha is a phase during the 18-year Mahadasha. The person suffers from various types of problems during the period. Rahu is one among the Navgrahas. Here are some important solutions to Rahu Mahadasha and Antardasha:
Offer prayers to Nagas (serpents) on Sundays and on Ayilyam or Aslesha Nakshatra day. Offer milk and scent in Naga temples.Offer water to peepal tree. Planting trees and protecting them helps in overcoming all Rahu Navgraha related problems.Donate black til (sesame) to temples or distribute sweets or other food items made of black sesame.Eat one meal in a day in kitchen.Feed dogs, especially black color dogs.Food donation or annadanam is considered highly beneficial.Do not eat non-vegetarian food and drink alcohol on Saturday.Worship Shiva daily in the morning and evening. Chant ‘om namah shivaya’ 21 times daily.

Similes on Self from Yoga Vasistha

If you separate yourself form the body and abide at ease in Consciousness you will become one – the sole reality – everything else will be insignificant.

After rejecting, through reasoning, all that can be known as non-truth what remains as pure consciousness – regard that as your self.

A child superimposes a real elephant on a clay elephant and plays with it; even so, an ignorant man superimposes the body, etc., on the Self and carries on his activities.

The picture of a snake does not cause fear of a snake when it is realized to be only a picture.

Similarly when the jiva is clearly understood there is neither misery nor the cause of misery.

Just as the sky appears to be stained by dust, smoke and clouds, so also the pure Self in contact with the qualities of Maya appears to be soiled by them.

Just as fire thrown into a large sheet of water loses its quality, so also Consciousness in contact with the unreal and the inert seems to lose its real nature and becomes inert.

The Self is …

Hindu Calendar – January 12, 2018 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Friday, January 12, 2018 – Krishna Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waning phase of moon till 11:10 PM on January 12, 2018.Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waning phase of moon on the entire day on January 13 and till 12:54 PM on January 14. All time based on India Standard Time.
Good – Auspicious time on January 12, 2018, as per Hindu Calendar – Good and auspicious time after 7:30 AM. Nakshatra – Vishakha or Vishakam Nakshatra till 9:59 AM on January 12. Then onward it is Anuradha or Anusham or Anizham Nakshatram till 12:01 PM on January 13.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Vishakha or Vishakam Nakshatra till 7:27 AM on January 12. Then onward it is Anuradha or Anusham or Anizham Nakshatram till 10:14 AM on January 13.