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Doljatra 2023 – Holi Festival Dol Yatra in Odisha and Bengal in 2023

Dol Jatra, also known as Dolotsav or Dol Yatra, is the Holi festival in Bengal, Odisha and eastern parts of India and is of great significance at Shantiniketan in West Bengal . Doljatra 2023 date is March 7. It is celebrated on the Poornima day (full moon day) in the Bengali month of Phalgun. The festival is also known as Vasant Utsav or Basant Utsav as it is observed during the spring season. It is widely believed in eastern India that Lord Krishna expressed his love to Radha on the Dol Jatra day. On the eve of the festival, twigs and wood are collected and burned in remembrance of the legend of Prahlad escaping unhurt from the fire into which he was carried by Demon Holika. The festival is celebrated with colors and the festival begins by paying respect to the dead parents, relatives and ancestors. People put small amount of colored powder (phaag) on the pictures of photos of the dead. Next they take the blessing of elders by offering some color on the feet.

Garala Kantha Form Of Lord Shiva

The name Garala Kantha is given to Lord Shiva mainly in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka. The word Garala means poison. Shiva who swallowed the dreadful poison Kalakuta, that came out of the churning of the ocean, to save the universe is called Garala Kantha. Symbolically, the attractions of the world are poison. The senses are always attracted to worldly things that have no real value and meaning. The poison creates confusion in the minds of a devotee. Worship of Shiva helps in not suffering due to the worldly poison. The Devas and Asuras were churning the ocean to achieve immortality. They did not realize that immortality can only be achieved by merging with the Supreme Truth. Human beings in Kali Yuga are constantly churned by materialistic desires. This never ending churning generates numerous kinds of poison. Shiva as Garala Kantha drinks all the poison to save the universe. But when the desires create total chaos in the universe, he opens his third eye

Dancing Ganesha – Nataraja Form of Ganesh

Today, Dancing idol of Ganesha is mainly worshiped during 10-day Ganesh Chaturthi festival. It is also known as Nataraja Form of Ganesh. This pose of Ganapati is widely seen in paintings and sculptures. But Dancing Ganesha sculptures were widely used in ancient Hindu temples. In this form, Ganesha is musician and blesses devotees with skill and efficiency in music, dance and arts. Dancing Ganesha adorn the walls and pillars of numerous Hindu temples. The 12 th century AD Nritya Ganesha murti at Hoysaleswara temple at Halebid in Karnataka is a very famous sculpture. At the famous Mukteshwar temple at Bhubaneswar in Odisha, dancing Ganesha has two hands raised above the head and the murti is holding a ferocious snake.  Another famous dancing form of Ganesha is found at Khiching in Mayurbhanj District of Odisha, India As per some beliefs, this pose symbolizes positive energy. It is also associated with creation and destruction. Dancing Ganesha should have eight

Story Of Kakbhushundi – A Devotee Of Bhagavan Sri Ram

Story of Kakbhushundi is found in Tulsidas’s Ramcharitmanas. He is believed to have had darshan of Lord Shiva and this makes him a divine character. As per Ramacharitamanasa, the home of Kakabhushundi was in the Himalayas. When Lord Ram was born on earth, he came to Ayodhya to witness the child form of Bhagavan Ram. Child form of Rama was his desired deity. Kakabhushundi took several births before finally he got human form. He roamed in the hermitages of various Rishis seeking knowledge. Once he reached the ashram of Lomasa Rishi who taught him the principles of nirguna Brahman (God without form and attributes). But Kakabhushundi was adamant that he be taught about Saguna Brahman (God with form and attributes). Lomasa Rishi tried to convince Kakabhushundi about the greatness of nirguna worship but he was not ready to accept the teachings. The Rishi got angry and cursed him to be born as a crow. Lomasa Rishi regretted cursing his student and taught him the principles of Sa

Famous Snake Temples in India

Snake temples, or Naga Shrines, are found mainly in South India . Here again exclusive Nagaraja Temples are few. Majority of the shrines are either dedicated to Shiva or Subrahmanya (Kartik) but the naga worship is more famous. Here are few famous Snake Temples in India . Mannarasala Temple at Haripad in Kerala This temple is exclusively dedicated to Nagas. The main murti worshipped in the temple is Nagaraja and Nagayakshi. The temple has small forest cover and ponds. The inner premises of the shrine give the feeling of ancient sacred grooves dedicated to Nagas. (You can learn more about the temple here at the official website ) Bhujang Naga Temple, Gujarat Bhujia Fort is located on the outskirts of Bhuj in Gujarat. Legend has it that, the fort is dedicated to the last Naga Clan Bhujanga, who attained martyrdom. In memory of his great sacrifice a temple was built on the Bhujiya hills and it is known as the Bhujang Naga Temple. Nag Panchami fair in Shravan month attr

Uttaradi Mutt Panchanga 2019 - 2020 pdf Download – Vikari Nama Samvatsara 1941 Panchangam

Shri Uttaradi Math, the seat of Jagadguru Sri Madhvacharya, provides yearly Panchangam in Telugu, Kannada, Marathi, and Sanskrit. The Panchanga for the year 2019 – 2020 pdf (Vikari Nama Samvatsara 1941) has been released by Uttaradi Mutt. These Panchangas are sought by devotees around the world. You can download them for free in pdf format. The 2019 – 2020 Panchanga is from April 5, 2019 to March 24, 2020. Update - If you are searching for Uttaradi Mutt Panchanga 2020 - 2021 you can find details here. .................................................... You can get details about all the Panchanga published by Uttaradi Mutt here at the official website. Login in needed  - You will need to register by providing mail id, name and mobile number for free download. Once registered again click the above link again or refresh the uttaradi mutt page to open the panchangas.

Quotes And Teachings On Knowledge In Hinduism

A collection of quotes and teachings on knowledge in Hinduism. The collection contains quotes of Saints and from folklore. Teachings on knowledge are also from important scriptures in Hindu religion. Knowledge... Cannot be snatched away by thief, Cannot be snatched away by king, Cannot be divided among brothers. Not heavy either If spent daily, it always keeps growing. The wealth of knowledge is the precious of wealth of all. Through knowledge, one obtains humbleness. Through humbleness comes eligibility. Once eligible comes wealth. Wealth can be utilized to perform good deeds (dharma). Good deeds lead to happiness Knowledge and Royalty cannot be weighed together King is worshiped in his own land where as a learned man is worshiped everywhere. The raft of knowledge ferries the worst sinner to safety. (Bhagavad Gita) Ignorance is the knowledge of many things – the knowledge of diversity without the knowledge of unity or of the One God. The convict