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Upcoming Hindu Festivals in January 2020 – Hindu Vrat – Fasting – Rituals in January 2020

Dates of important upcoming festivals and fasting associated with Hinduism in January 2020 – based on major Hindu calendars and Panchang used in India. The festivals, Vrats and ritual days are based on Indian Standard Time (IST). Hindu Vrat – Fasting - Festivals January 2020 January 3 – Monthly Durga Ashtami fasting – Banada Ashtami – Shakambari Navratri begins January 5 – Samba Dashami January 6 – Ekadashi Fasting – Putrada Ekadasi January 6 – Vaikunta Ekadashi in Vishnu temples in South India – Swargavathil Ekadasi in Kerala January 7 – Kurma Dwadashi January 8 – Pradosh Vrat January 10 – Purnima – Shakambari Purnima January 11 – Magh Month begins in North India January 12 – Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda as per Gregorian Calendar January 13 – Sankashti Chaturthi Vrat – moonrise at 8:47 PM January 14 – Lohri – Bhogi Pongal – Dhanurmasam ends - Makara Vilakku in Kerala January 15 – Pongal – Makar Sankranti  - Sankranti in Andhra Pradesh Janu

Going Beyond Body

Our body is our first address. That is where we live, that is what we constantly associate our personality with. Our every action, speech, and thought is centered around our body. When one stands in front of the mirror, it is one’s own body that a person thinks of as one’s personality. Integral to our very existence in this ephemeral world, our body is the ladder to achieving anything, temporal or spiritual. Through this body, we have to toil and achieve our dreams of this mundane world. And it is through this body that we have to attempt to comprehend, contemplate, and realise the beyond. While we seem to have no problem adjusting ourselves to the fact that this body is a tool for achieving things temporal, it is beyond us, to most of us, how this body can be a stepping stone to things spiritual. The first step in understanding that this body can help us comprehend our true nature, our spiritual personality, is to understand that it is a window to our true personality, the At