Friday, December 2, 2016

Vivah Panchami 2016 - December 04 Sunday.

Vivah Panchami is a popular Hindu festival that commemorates the weddings of Lord Rama and Goddess Sita. It is celebrated on the ‘Panchami’ (5th day) of the Shukla Paksha (the waxing phase of moon) during the month of ‘Margashirsha’ in the Hindu calendar. This day is considered to be very auspicious as it marks the ceremonial marriage anniversary of Rama and Sita. Just like any Hindu wedding, the celebrations and festivals begin several days in advance
The celebrations of Vivah Panchami are very notable in Lord Rama temples in different parts of India, particularly in Mithilanchal region and some parts of North India. The day also holds immense significance at Janakpur, in Nepal as it was believed that the ceremony was held here itself. Thousands of pilgrims from Indian and other parts of the world come to witness this grand celebration.
Celebrations of Vivah Panchami:
The day of Vivah Panchami is celebrated with great fervour in Ayodhya, the birth place of Shri Ram. On this auspicious day all the temples are brightly lit with lamps. The celebrations involve the enactment of this divine wedding ceremony. During the day a grand procession leaves from one temple to another and ends with the magnificent wedding ceremony in the evening. The idols of Lord Rama and Goddess Sati are magnificently adorned with clothes and jewelry to make them look like bridegroom and bride respectively. The entire event is popularly known as ‘Ram Vivah Utsav’. All through the day devotional songs in praise of Lord Rama are sung by devotees. Besides the festivities at the temples, several stage shows and cultural programmes are also organized on this occasion. Ramleela, a stage performance that depicts the life of Lord Rama and Devi Sita is also observed in many regions. People from different parts of the country come here to participate in the celebrations.
At Janakpur particularly the celebrations are observed with great fanfare. Special rituals and pujas are held across temples including the renowned ‘Dashrath’, ‘Ram’ and ‘Janki’ temples. Here the celebrations continue for a period of 7 days and devotees observe all the rituals with immense zeal and dedication. Thousands of devotees visit these temples to seek the divine blessings for leading a happy family life. As a part of the rituals, devotees on the day of Vivah Panchami take a holy bath in renowned lakes of Mithilanchal like ‘Dhanushsagar’, ‘Gangasagar’ and ‘Argaza Pond’.
Significance of Vivah Panchami:
In the Ramayana and other Hindu scriptures, the day of Vivah Panchami is considered to be very significant and sacred. It is stated that Shri Ram, the eldest son of King Dashrath of Ayodhya is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. On the Panchami of the Hindu month of ‘Margashira’, Lord Rama visited Janakpur, the birth place of Goddess Sita. He broke the ‘dhanush’ (bow) of Lord Shiva in the Swayamvara and was married to Princess Sita. In order to immortalize this divine wedding ceremony, devotees have then been celebrating the wedding of Lord Rama and Devi Sita on Vivah Panchami every year.
The observance of Vivah Panchami also highlights the friendly relations and bonding between India and Nepal that has been cherished for centuries. Janakpur is a very spiritual and historical city of Nepal and thousands of Indians visit this birth place of Goddess Sita every year to observe the festival of Vivah Panchami.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Diwali and Lakshmi Puja 2016

Diwali and Lakshmi Puja is observed on October 30.
Amavasya is the no moon day in a month in a traditional Hindu lunar calendar. Amavasya October 2016 date and time is October 30.
Diwali lamps signify the removal of spiritual darkness and the ushering in of knowledge capable of realizing Brahman (That) – the Supreme Being present in all animate and inanimate.
There are several reasons for celebrating Diwali. The most important one is the commemoration of the return of Lord Ram to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile.
Lakshmi Puja during Diwali is observed as it is believed that Goddess Lakshmi emerged from the ocean on this day during the ‘samudra manthan’ (churning of ocean) by demons and gods as mentioned in the Puranas. So for the business people, the new business year begins on Diwali.

Dhanteras is celebrated two days before Diwali honors Dhanvantari, the physician of the gods. He is believed to have emerged from the ocean on this day during samudra manthan.

The Amavasya Time begins at 7:51 PM on October 29 and ends at 9:33 PM on October 30. The Amavasya Snan, dhan, Shradh and Tarpan are performed on October 30.
Amavasya is the darkest day in a traditional Hindu month and is considered both auspicious and inauspicious by different Hindu communities.
There are many Hindus who undertake a fast on Amavasi. Some devotees only take a single meal on the day.

Kartik month ends in traditional calendars followed in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka on October 30.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

All about Saturn - The Lord of Karma

Out of all the 9 planets, Saturn is the only planet honored with “Ishwar” status (name of Lord Shiva). According to Vedas, there is no other planet that can take away what the Great Saturn decides to give to you. You have multi-lifetimes of both good and bad deeds that are due to come to fruition in the future.
Karma is a form of energy that is very real. Like Saturn, it is very closely bound to time. Past, present, and future blur into one. If you have been bad in the past, then at a certain predestined time, an event will occur to teach you a lesson. If you been good in the past, then at a predestined time, an event will occur to reward you for your good deeds.

Saturn is the most powerful of all planets and He is matchless in giving good and bad fortunes. The bad fortunes may be in terms of hardships in material life – like loss of job, business, money, health problems etc. and the good fortune categories can be the opposite of all mentioned above. However, the bad fortune, which is created by Saturn is enlightening, giving the individual a valuable perspective on life; the pain that he brings with the changes is formidable and can be dealt with and lessened.

Becoming conscious of Lord Hanuman and his characteristics can help you deal with difficult times. Since Hanuman is influential over Saturn, he can relieve your troubles and make the impossible happen.

Mythologically, Saturn is the son of Sun and Chhaya. Saturn is a planet, which has been much, wronged and was cursed by his own wife and celestial mother Parvati. In fact after realizing her mistake Maa Parvati gave a boon to Saturn that no important event in the life of a person will occur unless Saturn gives his divine sanctity to that work either by transit or aspect to such relevant house. 

He is the elder brother to Yama(the god of death) therefore he plays the role of Yama and can bring an end to life. Therefore, if a bad Dasha is running and at the same time there is an evil transit of Saturn and the age of death have come Saturn will definitely kill. But, Saturn also represents detachment. It has great spiritual value. No saint can take birth without a well-placed and strong Saturn. 

It takes Saturn 28-30 years to complete its orbit of the zodiac. It is masculine energy and rules both Capricorn and Aquarius, and the Tenth and Eleventh Houses.

Monday, August 29, 2016


Ekadashi, or Ekadasi Vrat, is observed on the eleventh day of a fortnight in a Hindu lunar calendar. The day is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and many devotees undertake Upvaas or fasting on the day.
Ekadasi is a Sanskrit word, which means 'the eleventh'. It refers to the eleventh day of a fortnight belonging to a lunar month. There are two fortnights in a lunar month—the bright and the dark. So, Ekadasi occurs twice in a month, in the bright fortnight and the dark fortnight.
The Ekadasi observance is an astrological phenomenon and it is observed due to this relation we have with some of the planets in the system. The entire personality of ours is tremendously influenced by the movement of planets. There is no use imagining that the planets are above our heads. They are everywhere. There is a relative movement of planets among which the earth is one. The movement of one thing in relation to another is a relative movement. There is no planet which is static. Even the sun is not ultimately static. The whole solar system is moving and rushing towards some huge star, which is eighty million times larger and brighter than the sun, whose light has not yet reached us, as astronomers tell us. Each planet tells upon our system and we cannot get rid of the influence of theirs as long as we are in this planet, of which we are a part. The gravitational pull of planets has an influence on us.
In the Rig-veda, the sun is identified with the soul of the universe as well as the soul of the individual. The different limbs of our body and different parts of our system are supposed to be influenced by different planets. The sun is capable of influencing the entire being.
Ekadasi is particularly relevant to this relation of moon and mind. You will find that, when you go deep into the study of astronomy, you have nothing in your body except some planetary influences! We are made up of planetary forces and there is nothing independent to call our own. One part belongs to one planet and another part to another planet. If each planet claims its part, you will disintegrate. The moon influences the mind in its orbital relative movement with reference to other planets and us.
How, is Ekadasi related to the movement of moon and mind? We have certain centres called Chakras in the body. The Chakras are nothing but energy-centres which whirl in some direction as water whirls in a river. Chakra is a wheel or circular motion. They move in a spiral shape. They are not physical; but psycho-physical and psychological. These Chakras are neither in the mind nor in the body; they are in the astral body. The moon's influence physically on the body has an influence on the Chakras, which tells upon the mind ultimately. The mind moves through these Chakras. The passage of the mind is through these Chakras, up and down. When this operation takes place consciously, it is called Yoga; When done unconsciously by the mind, it is just influence. When the moon waxes or wanes, the mind is vehemently influenced. So people who are not normal in their minds become very bad on the full-moon and new-moon days. You cannot see the moon's influence on the earth because it is solid, but it can be seen on the ocean which is liquid. The moon influences the whole earth, but its influence is visible on the large body of waters in the sea. This happens due to the twofold pressure of the relation of the earth and moon. The sun influences the moon and the moon influences the earth. When the influence occurs automatically, we are instruments in the hands of Nature. When it is done consciously, we are said to practise Yoga. 
Fast and meditation! What connection have they? There is really no intrinsic connection between fast and meditation, but there is some advantage in keeping the body light and the stomach free from excessive metabolic function. When the stomach is given the duty of digestion, doctors will tell you, the blood circulation is accelerated towards the digestive organs, on account of which blood circulation to the head gets decreased after food is taken and so you feel sleepy and the thinking faculty practically ceases to function.  Hence, there is no advantage in giving the physical system work on days you want to do Yogic practice.  Thus, Ekadasi has also a spiritual significance.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Purnima 18th August 2016 / Full Moon Day

This Purnima on 18th August includes 

Raksha Bandhan.
Amarnath Yatra ends.
Nariyali Purnima in Maharashtra.
Purnima is the full moon day in a traditional Hindu calendar and fast and holy bath is performed on the day. In August 2016, the date of Purnima is August 18.
The Purnima in August 2016 is the Shravan Purnima in most regions.
Some Hindu communities observe fast on Purnima day. Special pujas and rituals are performed in many temples.
The day is also the last day in the Shravan month in the traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Adhi Yoga - 27th June to 7th Nov 2016

A celestial combination is coming up as the 3 super benefic planets namely Jupiter, Venus and Mercury are forming special configuration of Adhi Yoga. Starting 27th June till 7th November, these three super-positive planets will be involved in one of the best combinations/ yoga of the year 2016 - the Adhi Yoga.
This beautiful combination with Venus & Mercury in Gemini along with Jupiter in Leo marks a phase of luck & happiness in the year 2016. The coming 4 to 5 months will see much rise in activity level at work, position & gains, as Adhi Yoga kicks in. This planetary combination is known to bring untold riches, rise in power & status and one does well in his profession, embarking higher roles & responsibilities during Adhi Yoga lucky period.
Adhi Yoga gives a rare ability of inspiring respect & admiration for you among others and a rise in benign & humanitarian nature due to the involvement of Jupiter.
The complete Adhi Yoga is formed with 3 planets namely Jupiter, Venus & Mercury, when they will occupy 6th, 7th and 8th house from the moon either jointly or singly. This exclusively beneficial combination would run with full good effects till 7th November 2016. It is an exceptional period for making progress - both professionally and financially.
Since, the Adhi Yoga would be a temporary transit phenomenon effective for a limited period unlike a lifelong natal combination like that in the chart of Bill Gates & Arnold Schwarzenegger, one needs to ensure that the excellent short term opportunities coming up during this period are seized upon fully to help you achieve maximum financial & career progress during 27nd June & 7th November 2016.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Pitru Paksha Shraddh Dates in 2016

1. Purnima Shradh                September 16 Friday
2. Pratipada Shradh           September 17 Saturday
3. Dwitiya Shradh                   September 18 Sunday
4. Tritiya Shradh /
    Chaturthi Shradh           September 19 Monday
5. Panchami Shradh           September 20 Tuesday
6. Shashthi Shradh                   September 21 Wednesday
7. Saptami Shradh                   September 22 Thursday
8. Ashtami Shradh                   September 23 Friday
9. Navami Shradh                   September 24 Saturday
10. Dashami Shradh           September 25 Sunday
11. Ekadashi Shradh           September 26 Monday
12. Dwadashi Shradh           September 27 Tuesday
13. Trayodashi Shradh           September 28 Wednesday
14. Chaturdashi Shradh           September 29 Thursday
15. Sarva Pitru Amavasya
      Shradh                           September 30 Friday
16. Nana/ Nani Shradh           October 1         Saturday

The last day of Pitru Paksha is known as Sarva Pitru Amavasya Shradh because on this day one can perform the Shraddha of anyone.

In Hindu mythology, it is believed that our ancestors are still watching us, they are protecting us from the hurdles of life and blessing us. But at the same time, they want us to remember them and pay respect.

Rituals of Tarpan in Shraddha is a way to pay our gratitude toward the ancestors for all that they have given or giving to us. It is believed that if the rituals are performed with full faith, love, and respect, our ancestors get happy and protect us from all the evil powers of the universe. They don't let anything harm us either it is natural or supernatural.

We inherit the assets and properties of our ancestors, but at the same time we also inherit the results of their misdeeds. Sometimes, their misdeeds do not allow them to attain the peace after death. This disturbance of their souls can sometimes affect the present generations of the family. The rituals of Tarpan in Shradh helps them in attaining the peace of soul and paying of the misdeeds of their lives. Help your ancestors in gaining peace of soul by performing the Tarpan rituals in Shraadh 2016.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Puri Rath Yatra 2016 - 6th July

Puri Rath Yatra, the world famous chariot or car festival, at the Puri Jagannath Temple in Orissa. It is celebrated on the second day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon or bright fortnight) Ashadh month as per traditional Oriya Calendar. On the day of the Ratha Yatra (car festival), chariots (Rath) carrying Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra is pulled to the nearby Gundicha Temple.

The return journey of the chariots or Bahuda Jatra is on July 14, 2016.

At the world famous Puri Jagannath Temple in Orissa, Lord Krishna is worshipped as ‘Jagannath’ – ‘master of the universe.’ Balabhadra is the elder brother of Lord Krishna and Subhadra is his younger sister.
The making of the Rathas for the annual festival begins on the Akshaya Tritiya day. The main rituals associated with Puri Rath Yatra festival is spread over a month and several rituals, like Snana Purnima and Anasara, take place during this period.
 The Snana Yatra or Snana Purnima (Bathing Festival) takes place on the full moon day in the month of Jyestha (May – June). On this day, the three deities are bathed in 108 pitchers of water.
After the elaborate Snana Yatra festival, the three deities stay away from public view and this is known as ‘Anasara.’ It is believed that after such elaborate ritualistic bath the deities catch fever and therefore they do not return to the sanctum sanctorum of the temple.
The idols of the three deities then make an appearance after 15 days of ‘anasara’ in a new appearance known as ‘Navaya Yauvana Vesha.’ The wooden idols of the deities are given a fresh coat of paint.
Next auspicious ceremony is the world famous Ratha Yatra. On this day, thousands of devotees pull the three huge chariots carrying Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra through the grand road (Bada Danda) to the Gundicha Temple. The deities visit their aunt here.
The three deities enter the temple of their aunt on the next day and stay there for seven days.
On the fifth day, Goddess Lakshmi, wife of Lord Jagannath, comes in search of him to the Gundicha temple.
On finding his chariot there, she damages Jagannath’s chariot and returns back in anger.
After the week-long stay, the three deities return and the journey is known as Bahuda Yatra.
During the return journey, the chariot of Jagannath stops at the Ardhasani Temple (Mausa Ma temple). Here, Lord accepts his favorite rice cake known as Poda Pitha from his aunt who is the presiding deity of the temple.
The deities reach the Puri Jagannath Temple in the evening and wait outside for the day.
On the next day, the deities are attired in new costumes and this new form of the idols is known as ‘Suna Vesa.’
The following day, the deities move into the sanctum sanctorum of the temple and the Rath Yatra festival comes to an end.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Akshaya Tritiya - May 9 ,2016

Akshaya Tritiya, or Akha Teej, is a highly auspicious day which falls on the third day after Amavasi (no moon) in the Hindu month of Vaishakha.
As per Hindu astrology and almanac, each second on the Akshaya Trithiya day is auspicious. It is said that there is no need to look for a ‘muhurat’ on the day. The word Akshaya means ‘that which never diminishes’ and the day is ideal for beginning new ventures as it is believed that all investments on this day appreciates.In a traditional Hindu lunar calendar, Akshay Tritiya is observed on the third day of Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in Vaishakh Month.
It is believed that the sun and the moon are most radiant and best placed on the day. Therefore it is one of the most popular dates in Hindu calendar for marriages, for beginning new ventures, for investing and for purchasing valuables like gold and diamond.
Parashuram Jayanti is also observed on Akshaya Tritiya day. There are numerous legends associated with Akshaya Tritiya; most popular is that of Sudama or Kuchela visiting Lord Krishna in Dwarka with a handful of beaten rice (poha or aval).
Another legend suggests that the Pandavas received the Akshaya Pathram (bowl) from Lord Krishna (in the Mahabharata) on this day.
It is also believed that Sage Vyasa began the composition of Mahabharata on the day.
Lord Vishnu and his incarnations are worshipped on the day. People also conduct Lakshmi puja on Akshaya Tritiya.
But nowadays, Akshaya Trithiya is associated with gold purchase and many people wait for the day to make investments in gold.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Planetary Position during the Ujjain Kumbh Mela

The Ujjain Kumbh Mela is held on the banks of Shipra River at Ujjain when Sun is in the zodiac sign Aries (Mesha) and Jupiter in the zodiac Leo (Simha). This happens once in twelve years. 
The Kumbh Mela will begin on April 22, 2016

Shahi Snaan (Royal Holy Dip) – April 22, 2016
Pancheshani Yatra Start – May 1, 2016
Vratparv Varuthini Ekadashi – May 3, 2016
Vaishakh Krishna Amavasya – May 6, 2016
Akshaya Tritiya – May 9, 2016
Shankracharya Jayanti – May 11, 2016
Vrishabh Sankranti – May 15, 2016
Mohini Ekadashi – May 17, 2016
Pradosh – May 19, 2016
Narasimha Jayanti – May 20, 2016
Pramukh Shahi Snaan – May 21

The four Mondays during the period are also considered highly auspicious to take holy dip.
April 25, 2016
May 2, 2016
May 9, 2016
May 16, 2016

Devotees take holy dip in Shipra River. Simhasth Kumbh Mahaparv is celebrated by various Akharas. They undertake processions. The heads of Akharas join the procession on silver throne (Simhasanam) on elephants. The procession includes armed Sadhus on horses and camels followed by Sadhus, hermits and devotees. Peshwai completes at the Ram Ghat area on the banks of river Kshipra. It is expected that nearly 50 million people will participate in the Kumbh Mela.

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