Hindu Festivals, Important & Auspicious Dates in March 2017

Date Day Festival 2 Thursday Vinayaka Chathurthi / Puthra Ganapathi Vratham 3 Friday Skanda Shashti 4 Saturday Masik Karthigai 5 Sunday Bhanu Sapthami, Rohini Vrat 8 Wednesday Sarvesham Ekadashi / Amalaki Ekadashi 9 Thursday Givinda or Narasimha Dwadashi 10 Friday Pradosh Vrat 11 Saturday Masi Magam 12 Sunday Holi, Purnima Vrat 14 Tuesday Meena Sankranthi, Bhai Dooj, Karadaiyan Nombu 16 Thursday Sankashti Chathurthi / Sankatahara Chavithi 17 Friday Ranga Panchami 19 Sunday Bhanu Sapthami, Sheetala Sapthami 20 Monday Kalashtami, Sheetala Ashtami 24 Friday Papamochan Ekadashi 25 Saturday Shani Trayodashi, Pradosh Vrat 26 Sunday Masik Shivaratri, Madhi Krishna Trayodashi 28 Tuesday Chaitra Amavasya, Chaitra Navarathri, Bhaumvati Amavasya 29 Wednesday Ugadi / Telugu Samvathsaradi, Gudi Padwa 30 Thursday Gauri Puja, Matsya Jayanthi …
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How Devi worshipped during Navarathri at Vijayawada Indra Keeladri?

Indra keeldri temple, Vijayawada is well know temple of Goddes Kanaka Durga ma, during the Navarathri the Goddes Durga worshiped in different forms. Navaratri means Nine Nights and Ten Days. As per Amvasyanth Calender, Tthe first day on Ashvayuja Shudha Pournami devi worshiped in the form of Swarna Kavachala Alakrutha Devi. On the second day, on the same ththi and Nakshathra devi worshiped as Bala Thripura Sundari Devi. On the Third Day, on Ashvayuja Shudha Vidiya devi worshiped as Sri Gayathri Devi On the day Four, on Ashvayuja Shudha Thadiya devi worshiped as Sri Mahalakshmi. On the day five, on Ashvayuja Shudha Chavithi devi worshiped as Sri Annapurna Devi. On the day six, on Ashvayuja Shudha Panchami Devi worshiped as Sri Lalitha Thripura Sundari Devi. On the day Seven, on Ashvayuja Shudha Shashti devi worshiped as Sri Saraswathi Devi. On eighth day, on Ashvayuja Shudha Sapthami devi worshiped as Sri Durga Devi. On the day nine, on Ashvayuj…
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Bathukamma – Cultural Festival of Telangana

Bathukamma is the floral festival (Cultural Festival of Telangana) celebrated by the Hindu women in the Indian state of Telangana. The festival is celebrated for Nine Days. Bathukamma festival is celebrated for Nine Days. The festival is followed by Boddemma, it is celebrated two days before the Bhadrapada Amavasya and it marks an ending of Varsha Ruthu (Rainy Season). Bathukamma is a beautiful stack, arranged with different seasonal flowers in concentric layers. Goddess Gauri is worshiped in the form of Bathukamma for these nine days. Last day of the festival is celebrated on Ashwayuja Ashtami Tithi. The day is called as Durgashtami. Dussehra is celebrated on the second day after Durgashtami, i.e, on Ashwayuja Dashami (Tenth day in Ashwayuja month, is called as Vijaya Dashami. The Women gathers and celebrates the festival all the nine days by singing and playing around the Batukamma in traditional dresses. Most Popular Bathukamma Songs.   This …
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Sarvapithru Amavasya or Bhadrapada/Mahalaya Amavasya

Pithru Amavasya is also known as Mahalaya Amavasya or Bhadrapada Amavasya or Sarvapithru Amavasya. According to Amavasyanth calender it’s performed on the last day of the month and it is the starting of Vijaya Dashami (dusshera) and Bathukamma. Generally it falls in September- October months of Gregorian calender. This day is a special, most important and highly sacred day for Hindus as every Hindu family express their grattitude to the previous generations of people. Hindus pay homage to their ancestors by way of food offerings on this day. In Telangana, the colorfull festival of flowers i.e. BATHUKAMMA(A Floral Festival), starts on this day and it celebrated for nine days. On this aspicious day Bathukamma is called as Engili Puvvu Bathukamma, because first they pay homage to their ancestors by way of food offerings and then they start making Bathukamma. In Bengal, this day is the beginning of goddes Durga Devi puja festivities i.e., Navarathri Uthsav beginning.
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Adhika Masam or Adhik Masa

In Hindu religion each and every god is worshiped in a unique way and there is custom of finding God in each and every festival.  All the twelve months has its own significance in the Hindu Calendar. Adhika masam comes in every 3 years and it holds as a very special month. There are no festivals in this month, but the donations and rituals done in this month are very sacred. The month of moon in which surya sankranti is not there, is known as Adhika masa. Adhika masa is also known as “Malimlucha Maasa”, “Asankraanta Maasa” (as sun stays in just one zodiac the whole month) and “Purushottama Maasa”. How Adhik Masa Calculated? The calculation of time on earth should be in respect with the season of 2 months (ruthu). Revolution of seasons occurs accordingly to the rotation of Earth. Hence the solar measurement of time is dependent on the counting of seasons. Since from ages even the moon is seen at different stages, even the lunar measurement of time is considered. Hence bo…
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2 Types of Hindu Calendar

There are two Types of Hindu Calendar in regards to month, Amavasyant calendar Purnimant Calendar Amavasyant Calendar (Amanta Lunar Hindu Calendar) In the Amavasyant Calendar the month begins with Amavasya or the new moon, till the next Amavasya. In the Amavasyant calendar Krishna Paksh comes first. It also called as The Amanta Lunar Hindu Calendar. We can understand in, simple as Amavasya+Ant = Amavasyant The Amavasyant Calendar is mainly followed in the southern and eastern states of India: AndhraPradesh Assam Gujarat Goa Karnataka Kerala Maharashtra Tamilnadu Telangana Tripura West Bengal Purnimant Calendar (Purnimanta Lunar Hindu Calendar) In the Purnimant Calendar the month begins with the Purnima or the full moon, till the Purnima. In the Purnimant calendar Shukla Paksh comes first. It also called as The Purnimanta Lunar Hindu Calendar. We can understand in, simple as Purnima+Ant = Purnimant The Purnimant Cale…
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3 Reasons, why do we offer coconut to the God?

In Hindu religion one of the most common offerings to the God (in Temples, at homas or at any religious events) is a coconut. In Sanskrit coconut is called as Sriphala, means The Fruit of God. The Hindus believe that the coconut is the purest form of offering that one can render unto God. Why do we break coconut in front of the God? Coconut has very peculiar features like no other fruit or vegetable, with features like a hard, dark out shell with a soft white inner shell and filled with sweet water. The outer shell of the coconut resembles your ego, anger and all the negative qualities that can be associated. When you break coconuts in front of God or in homas, it shows that you are leaving ego, anger and all other the negative qualities. The white inner layer resembles the pure and all positive qualities. When you break coconuts by flattering in front of the God, it shows that asking for blessings with your pure heart, to keep your life pure and positive. The swee…
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How Weekdays called in different languages..?

Vara / Vasara refers to the weekdays. The names of the Vara in different Hindu Calenders may vary slightly from region to region also based on language. Below table shows Hindu Calendar days in different languages. English Sanskrit Telugu Tamil Malayalam Kannada Bengali Hindi Sunday Ravi Vasara Adivaram or Aitharam Nyayiru Njaayar Bhanuvara Rabibar Ravivara Monday Soma Vasara Somavaram Thingal Thinkal Somavara Somabar Somavara Tuesday Mangala Vasara Mangalavaram Chevvai Chovva Mangalavara Mangalbar Mangalavara Wednesday Budha Vasara Budhavaram Arivan or Buthan Budhan Budhavara Budhbar Budhavara Thursday Guru Vasara or Brihaspathi Vasara Guruvaram or Besthavaram Vyazhan Vyaazham Guruvara Brihaspathibar Guruvara Friday Shukra Vasara Shukravaram Velli Velli Shukravara Shukrabar Sukravara Saturday Shani Vasara Shanivaram Kaari or Sani Shani Shanivara Shanibar Sanivara Wee…
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Paush Purnima Significance and Importance

The day when Purnima falls in the month of Paush or Pushyam is treated as Paush Purnima. It marks the end of Paush Maas and the beginning of the Magh month (As per Purnimanth Calendar). Significance of Paush Purnima

On Paush Purnima devotees observe other festivals and vrat like Shakambhari Jayanthi, Satyanarayana Vratham, and Charta Festival. The famous Magh Mela in Allahabad starts on the next day of Paush Purnima. Pushyabhishek Yatra is celebrated in Sri Krishna temples all over India. Goddess Laxmi, Lord Shiva, and Lord Brahma are also worshiped on this day.

Ritual bath on Paush Pournima during the Magh Mela considered as very much auspicious. Thousands of devotees converge at the temple town of Prayag (Allahabad) for the holy bath at Triveni Sangamam.

Chhattisgarh people celebrate Charta festival on this day.  In some parts of India, the day is celebrated as Shakambari Jayanthi (An avatar of Go…
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Shiva Panchakshari Stostram in Telugu

Shiva Panchakshari Stotram lyrics, text in Telugu ఓం నమః శివాయ శివాయ నమః ఓం ఓం నమః శివాయ శివాయ నమః ఓం నాగేంద్రహారాయ త్రిలోచనాయ భస్మాంగరాగాయ మహేశ్వరాయ | నిత్యాయ శుద్ధాయ దిగంబరాయ తస్మై “న” కారాయ నమః శివాయ || 1 || మందాకినీ సలిల చందన చర్చితాయ నందీశ్వర ప్రమథనాథ మహేశ్వరాయ | మందార ముఖ్య బహుపుష్ప సుపూజితాయ తస్మై “మ” కారాయ నమః శివాయ || 2 || శివాయ గౌరీ వదనాబ్జ బృంద సూర్యాయ దక్షాధ్వర నాశకాయ | శ్రీ నీలకంఠాయ వృషభధ్వజాయ తస్మై “శి” కారాయ నమః శివాయ || 3 || వశిష్ఠ కుంభోద్భవ గౌతమార్య మునీంద్ర దేవార్చిత శేఖరాయ | చంద్రార్క వైశ్వానర లోచనాయ తస్మై “వ” కారాయ నమః శివాయ || 4 || యఙ్ఞ స్వరూపాయ జటాధరాయ పినాక హస్తాయ సనాతనాయ | దివ్యాయ దేవాయ దిగంబరాయ తస్మై “య” కారాయ నమః శివాయ || 5 || పంచాక్షరమిదం పుణ్యం యః పఠేచ్ఛివ సన్నిధౌ | శివలోకమవాప్నోతి శివేన సహ మోదతే ||
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Lingashtakam

Lingashtakam is a hymn in praise of Lord Siva. Shiva is also also called as Maheswara, Rudra, Pasupati, Shankara etc. The Linga is a symbol for Siva and there are eight phrases in hymn, So it is called as Lingashtakam. Find Lingashtakam Text, Script, Lyrics in English | Hindi | Telugu | Tamil | Kannada | Malayalam | Gujarati | Oriya | Bengali Lingashtakam-English Brahma Muraari Suraarchita Lingam Nirmala Bhashita Shobhita Lingam Janma-ja-Dukha Vinaashaka Lingam Tat Pranamaami Sadaa Shiva Lingam   Devamuni Prava-raarchita Lingam Kaamadaham Karunaakara Lingam Raavana Darpa Vinaashaka Lingam Tat Pranamaami Sada Shiva Lingam   Sarva Sugandha Sulepitha Lingam Buddhi Vivardhana Kaarana Lingam Siddha Suraasura Vanditha Lingam Tat Pranamaami Sadaa Shiva Lingam   Kanaka Mahaamani Bhooshitha Lingam Phanipathi Veshtitha Shobhitha Lingam Daksha Suyajna Vinaashaka Lingam Tat Pranamaami Sadaa Shiva Lingam   …
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Hindu Calendar or Panchangam

Understanding Hindu Calendar or Panchangam Hindu Calendar or Panchangam is a collective name for the lunar calendars. Since ancient times it has undergone many changes in the process of regionalization and today there are several regional Hindu Calendars. There are 2 types of Hindu Calendar read more here. Some of the more prominent regional Hindu Calendars include the Assamese Calendar, Bengali Calendar, Malayalam Calendar, Nepali Calendar, Tamil Calendar, Telugu Calendar, and Kannada Calendar. An ancient Hindu Vedic Calendar is called as Panchangam/Panchang/Panjika, which refers to Panch(Five)+Angam(Limbs) in Sanskrit.  5 Attributes of Hindu Panchang Hindu Calendar is based on Muhurtha or Muhurtham, A Hindu muhurtha or muhurtham (moment) can be represented in five attributes of Hindu astronomy. The five limbs or five attributes of Hindu calendar are Tithi, Vara, Nakshatra, Yoga, Karana. Vara / Vasara – The Weekday Tithi/Thithi – A Lunar day Nakshatra…
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Importance of Putrada Ekadashi

Significance & Importance of Putrada Ekadashi Putrada Ekadashi is a highly auspicious day to please Lord Vishnu and seek blessings for your child’s well being. Childless couples  await for this special day so that they could be blessed with a son by the God. As per Hindu culture a son is supposed to conduct the last rites of parents and observe Shraddha after their death. Besides providing the Santaan Sukh, Paush Putrda Ekadashi also provides other benefits like Get rid of sins committed in past and attain moksha Seek well being of your progeny Achieve a sharp intelligence Attain wealth and prosperity Shri Krishna explains the glories of observing the Ekadashi Vratam in Narada Purana by saying : अश्वमेधसहस्राणिराजसूयशतानिच। एकादश्युपवासस्यकलांनार्हन्तिशोडशीम्।। Ashvamedha Sahasrani Rajasuya Shathanicha | Ekadashi upavasasya kalanahithni shodashim || Meaning: Not even thousand Ashvamedha Yagas or hundred Raja Suya Yagas would match the fa…
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Sankashti Chathurthi or Sankat Chauth

Chathurthi is a Tithi in Hindu Calendar. Each lunar month in Hindu Calendar has two Chathurthi Tithis, one is in Krishna paksha and another in Shukla paksha. As per Purnimanth Calendar, the one falls in Krishna paksha is called as Sankashti Chaturthi and the one falls in Shukla paksha is called as Vinayaka Chathurthi. In North India, Sankashti Chaturthi is known as Sankat Chauth. Sankashti Chathurthi is also known as Ganesh Sankatahara Chathurthi or Sankatahara Chathurthi. Sankashti Chathurthi falls in Sankashti Chathurthi falls in month of Magha according to Purnimanth Calendar and in the month of Paush according to Amavasyanth Calendar. Sankashti Chaturthi fast is mostly observed in Western and Southern India especially in Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. Sakat Chauth is also known as Til-Kuta Chauth, Vakra- Sankashti Chaturthi fast is mostly observed in Western and Southern India especially in Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. Sakat Chauth is also known as Til-Kuta Chauth, …
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