Friday, March 30, 2018

The Fiery month of July is the blood-red sun month

July is the fiery month of the blood-red sun that precedes a summer storm, the summer heat, and the gorgeous produce of the summer. July’s birthstone color is red and that it’s stone is the world’s most famous and popular red stone – the Ruby.
Ruby – the name is derived from Ruber, the Latin for Red. It is one of the hardest gemstones, second only to a diamond. It is a part of the Corundum family and is red in color due to the presence of Chromium Oxide.
The birthstone for July – the Ruby is special and is considered as the ‘King of Gems’ as per the ancient Hindu belief.
Ruby is considered to be a symbol of wealth, vitality and love. It is believed to be endowed with sacred powers. It can heal the emotional and spiritual wounds of the wearer as it wards off evil influences. It promotes positive dreams, fights exhaustion and lethargy, and imparts vigour. Being protective in nature, these red stones are tokens of harmony and peace, thus the wearer attracts both good luck and good friends. Ruby detoxifies the body, blood and lymphatic system. It treats fevers, infectious disease and restricted blood flow. The Ruby additionally stimulates the adrenals, kidneys, reproductive organs and spleen.
Rubies are representatives of the personality traits like courage, clarity, passion and leadership. The wearer have laser-targeted focus on achieving their goals and are action-oriented. Ruby emits a stable and warm vibration that transforms into a passion.
Rubies, however, can sometimes turn dark, which in ancient times was attributed to the wearer’s mood or oncoming danger. Therefore, those with this birthstone are quite prone to mood swings and experience their emotions more deeply and more often than most. Those with the Ruby birthstone are flashy and dramatic. This beautiful rich red stone symbolizes spontaneous, confident, fun-loving, fearless, and adventurous individuals who are unafraid of confrontations. They have a talent for defusing conflict with their upbeat personality. What a lovely reason to keep Cancers close!
Therefore, when it comes to birthstones, July birthdays are lucky.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Ekadashi fasting dates in 2018

Ekadashi fasting is observed on every 11th Tithi in Hindu calendar. There are two Ekadashi fasting in a month, one during Shukla Paksha and another during Krishna Paksha. Devotees of Lord Vishnu observe Ekadashi fasting to seek His blessings.

List of Ekadashi Vrat Dates 2018

12 January (Friday) Shattila Ekadashi(K)
28 January (Sunday) Pausha Putrada Ekadashi(S)
11 February (Sunday) Vijaya Ekadashi(K)
26 February (Monday) Jaya Ekadashi(S)
13 March (Tuesday) Papmochani Ekadashi(K)
27 March (Tuesday) Amalaki Ekadashi(S)
12 April (Thursday) Varuthini Ekadashi(K)
26 April (Thursday) Kamada Ekadashi(S)
11 May (Friday) Apara Ekadashi(K)
25 May (Friday) Mohini Ekadashi(S)
10 June (Sunday) Apara Ekadashi(K)
23 June (Saturday) Nirjala Ekadashi(S)
09 July (Monday) Yogini Ekadashi(K)
23 July (Monday) Nirjala Ekadashi(S)
07 August (Tuesday) Vaishnava Kamika Ekadashi(K)
21 August (Tuesday) Devshayani Ekadashi(S)
22 August (Wednesday) Devshayani Ekadashi(S)
06 September (Thursday) Aja Ekadashi(K)
20 September (Thursday) Shravana Putrada Ekadashi(S)
05 October (Friday) Indira Ekadashi(K)
20 October (Saturday) Parsva Ekadashi(S)
03 November (Saturday) Rama Ekadashi(K)
19 November (Monday) Papankusha Ekadashi(S)
03 December (Monday) Utpanna Ekadashi(K)
19 December (Wednesday) Devutthana Ekadashi(S)

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Dates of Masik Shivaratri in 2018

Shivaratri means the day of worshipping Lord Shiva.
Maha Shivaratri which falls in the month of Magha has a great importance. On the 14th day of fortnight of the waning moon, Shivaratri is celebrated which is also known as Masik Shivaratri. On this day, the convergence of powers of Lord Shiva is being celebrated. According to the mythological facts, it is believed that Lord Shiva was emerged as a Shiva Linga in midnight.
At this time only, Shiva Linga was worshipped by Lord Brahma and Vishnu for the first time. Doing fast on this day is prevailing in our society from ancient period. It is believed that people who vows on Masik Shivaratri are blessed by Lord Shiva and anticipated results are received.

Monday, 15 January
Tuesday, 13 February
Thursday, 15 March
Saturday, 14 April
Sunday, 13 May
Tuesday, 12 June
Wednesday, 11 July
Thursday, 09 August
Saturday, 08 September
Sunday, 07 October
Monday, 05 November
Wednesday, 05 December

Monday, November 6, 2017

Saturn Transit - 3 years

Saturn moved its house once again on 26th October 2017. This is the last but the most important change of 2017, as Saturn moves from Scorpio to Sagittarius, where it will be transiting for about 2 years & 3 months (till 24th January 2020) bringing major changes in our lives that are currently not imagined or planned. Sagittarius is a strange sign for Saturn as it is an aggressive sign full of fire, openness & impatience. All these traits are just the opposite of the true nature of Saturn, which would ensure that changes in life would come in due to changed circumstances and mostly out of reactions rather than planned or pleasant coincidences of life!
Saturn behaves like a teacher who is strict in maintaining discipline – who punishes as well as rewards the students as per their performances, deeds and behavior. Like a judge he is also known to give justice according to deeds of the persons. Saturn has an eye on the deeds and conduct of every person and he waits for a particular period to give the results of the same. These periods are popularly known as the period of Saturn like Major period of Saturn (Shani Mahadasha), Minor period of Saturn (Shani Antardasha), Seven and a half year period of Saturn (Sadhe Sati) and Two and a half period of Saturn (Kantak Shani). No one can escape, how great he may be, during these periods if he had performed bad karmas in life. These periods offer an opportunity to the native to balance his sins to make him more pure and pious.

Scorpio, Sagittarius and Capricorn would experience tough time as these natives are undergoing one of the phases of Saturn Sadhe Sati.

Those who are born with Sagittarius as their Moon Sign will get the worst results as they will be facing second phase of Sadhe sati.

Moon sign born Taurus, Gemini, Virgo and Pisces will feel bad effect of this Saturn transit.

Moon Sign born Cancer, Libra and Aquarius will have good results of this transit.

Moon sign born Leo and Aries will have neutral effect of transit.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Adhi Yoga - September 2017 to January 2018

Adhi Yoga will be caused by combination of the three beautiful planets Jupiter, Venus & Mercury. They can be either in combination or individually or in a chain. It started building up from 15th September and would operate till 13th January 2018. 'Adhi' in Vedic terminology means beginning.

This beautiful combination with Venus, Mercury & Jupiter marks a phase of luck & happiness for you in the year 2017 running into early 2018. Adhi Yoga gives a rare ability of inspiring respect & admiration from others and a rise in benign & humanitarian nature due to the involvement of Jupiter. 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.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Pitru Paksha Shradh Dates in 2017

Shradh 2017 - 6th to 20th September 2017

Shradh is important for the peace of our ancestors. Shradh marks an important time for performing the ritual of Tarpan. Performing Tarpan in Shradh is a way of remembering, thanksgiving and honoring the ancestors for whatever they have given to the present generations. It is a way of telling them that they are still an important part of the family and they still reside in our memories. Period of Shradh is also known as Pitru Paksha. Pitru Dosha arises if one does not perform the rituals of Tarpan in Shraddh.

Every year, an important period of 16 days (Pitru Paksha or Shraadh) is dedicated to the ancestors or forefathers. Pitru Paksha is considered perfect for performing Tarpan rituals. It is believed that the rituals performed during Shradh produces best results for pleasing the ancestors.

Pitru Paksha or Shraadh is considered as an inauspicious period for starting of any new venture and shopping of new clothes or any household item.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Ganesh Chaturthi - 25 August 2017

Lord Ganesh or Ganesha is an important deity in Hindu mythology. Lord Ganesh is in a human form but with the head of an elephant and he is worshipped before important auspicious events in every Hindu home.
Legend has it that Goddess Parvathi moulded Ganesh from the Sandal paste she had for taking bath.
Then she left him in the doorstep to guard her when she is taking bath. Lord Shiva who did not know of this episode cut off the head of Ganesh on seeing him in the doorstep. When he came to know about the truth, he cut the elephant's head and gave his son.

Ganesh Chaturthi is the celebration of the birth of Lord Vinayaka or Ganesh who is the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi.
On the day of the Ganesh festival sweets like laddoos and modaks are offered to the Lord as these are his favorite food and then distributed to the people. After a final offering of coconuts, flowers and camphor, the Ganesh idols are worshipped and taken through the streets in a procession and immersed in nearby lakes or rivers or sea or water-bodies.
According to the popular belief, Lord Ganesh descends on the earth on Ganesh Chaturthi to stay with his devotees for the course of ten days and clear all their obstacles in life .
Worship of Lord Ganesha has attained lot of significance as a remedy for various astrological problems. Lord Ganesha becomes an effective remedy related to Moon, Mercury, Mars and Ketu. Tuesday and Wednesday are said to be very favorable days for worshipping Lord Ganesha and for performing related remedies.
Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated for 10 days in which life-like model of lord Ganesha is made and placed at home or in outdoor tents, i.e. Sarvajanik mandals where people pay their homage to the Lord. Vedic hymns and Ganapati atharva shirsha Upanishad and Ganesha stotra from Narada Purana are chanted. On the last day, the image is taken through the street to a river or a water body that symbolizes misfortunes of all man.

Chant this mantra to Lord Ganesha to seek His divine blessings -
वक्रतुंड महाकाय सूर्यकोटी समप्रभ ।
निर्विध्नं कुरु मे देव सर्वकार्येषु सर्वदा ।।

vakratunda mahakaya surya koti samaprabha |
nirvighnam kurume deva sarva karyeshu sarvada ||

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Rahu - Ketu Movement 2017 ...........

Rahu (the dragon's head) & Ketu (the dragon's tail) would bring in some changes in our lives now. Rahu & Ketu remain 180° apart. Their movement on August 21 from Leo & Aquarius to Cancer & Capricorn respectively, would bring in unexpected & dramatic changes in our personal life as well as world events. This change comes in every 18 years and we would be revisiting the part of life as it was during 1999 & 2000. This was the time when Rahu & Ketu had last transited the sign of Cancer & Capricorn. During this period, the world experienced the great Dotcom Bust as the technology & financial markets had crashed. India saw a proxy war as Kargil was attacked by terrorists / mercenaries that were allegedly from Pakistan. The country also witnessed the high drama of Indian hostages at Kandahar, Afghanistan.
All these events had one thing in common. It's the very nature of Rahu & Ketu in Cancer / Capricorn axis that brings nearly 180° change. The very circumstances around us become different without any change in our own work, nature & abilities. This usually creates opportunities & changes we are not ready for & couldn't have planned for or insured in the normal circumstances.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Hindu Festivals/ Rituals in August 2017

August 3 – Ekadasi Fasting – Putrada Ekadashi
August 4 – Varalakshmi Vritham
August 5 – Pradosh Fasting – Shani Pradosh as it is Saturday
August 7 – Shravan Purnima – Full moon day
August 7 – Raksha Bandhan
August 7 – Nariyali Purnima
August 7 – Rig Upakarma
August 7 – Avani Avittam
August 7 – Hayagriva Jayanti
August 8 – Yajur Upakarma
August 8 – Gayatri Japam
August 8 – Bhadrapad Month begins in North India
August 9 – Ashunya Shayan Vrat
August 10 – Kajari Teej
August 11 – Sankashti Ganesh Chaturthi Vrat
August 13 – Hal Sashti
August 14 – Sri Krishna Jayanti in South and Western parts of India
August 15 – Sri Krishna Janmashtami in North India
August 15 – Dahi Handi and Gopala Kala
August 16 – Goga Navami
August 17 – Chinga Masam begins in Kerala Malayalam Calendar
August 17 – Aavani Month begins in Tamil Calendar
August 18 – Bhadra Month begins in Bengali Calendar
August 18 – Ekadasi Fasting
August 19 – Pradosh Fasting
August 21 - Pithori Amavas
August 21 – Amavasya - No moon day
August 21 – Pola in Maharashtra
August 22 – Bhadrapad month begins in Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Gujarat
August 23 - Sam Shravani
August 24 – Haritalika Teej – Swarna Gouri Vrat
August 25 – Ganesh Chaturthi Vrat
August 26 – Rishi Panchami
August 26 – Sam Panchami
August 27 – Muruga Sashti Fasting
August 28 – Mukabharan Saptami
August 29 – 16-day Mahalakshmi Vrat begins in North India
August 29 – Radha Ashtami - Mahananda Navami
August 30 – Gauri Puja in Maharashtra

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Purnima dates and time in 2017

Based on Hindu calendar and Indian Standard Time.
Purnima, or Poornima, is the full moon day in traditional Hindu calendar.
The day is considered highly auspicious by Hindus and some communities fast or keep Vrat (Purnima fasting) from sunrise to sunset on the day.

July 9, 2017, Sunday

August 7, 2017, Monday.

September 6, 2017, Wednesday

October 5, 2017, Thursday

November 4, 2017, Saturday

December 3, 2017, Sunday

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