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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Makara Sankranthi or Pongal or Utharayan

Makara Sankranthi or Pongal is one of the many festivals associated with seasons. Makara Sankranti  marks beginning of spring season in India, hence it is a harvest festival. It is celebrated for three days. The first day is called Bhogi, the second day is Sannkrathi which is dedicated to worshipping Surya, the Sun god. The third day is Kanuma. During this entire festive season women decorate the entrance of the house (Vakili or Front Porch) with rangoli (muggu or kolam) of varied hues and sizes and place small balls made from cow dung and decorated with pumpkin flowers (Gobbemmalu) in the center. Makara Sankranthi marks the transition of the Sun into Makara rashi (Capricorn) on its celestial path (towards the northern hemisphere, hence is known as uttarayan) and from this day begins the six-month long Uttarayana, considered very auspicious for attaining higher worlds hereafter. The traditional Indian calendar is based on lunar positions, Sankranti is a solar event, s…
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Shattila Ekadashi

Sattila Ekadashi Significance and Rituals Shattila Ekadashi is also know as Sattila Ekadashi or Tila Ekadashi or Tilda ekadashi or Magh Krishna Ekadashi. In some regions Sattila Ekadashi called as Magh Krishna Ekadashi, as it falls in Magh Maas(As per Purnimanth Calendar) and in Krishna Paksha. The name of the Ekadashi is Sat-Tila is came from Tila (Sesame) Seed. It is believed that donating Til (Sesame) seeds on this day will help in redeeming sins. It is also considered highly auspicious to take bath in water mixed with Tila (sesame seeds) and offer oblations to dead ancestors with water mixed with sesame seeds. All normal rituals associated with Ekadashi Fasting are also observed on this day. Significance and Importance of Sattila Ekadashi Removes all the sins and attains moksha. Keep control on your senses. Get rid of negative thoughts, anger, ego, gossips and other sinful activities. Build your fate stronger by donating sesame (til) seeds, cereal…
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Magha Purnima Importance & Rituals

Hindus believe that Purnima is a very auspicious day in their life and it is associated with prosperity & divinity. As per the Hindu Calendar, the full moon day which falls in the month of Magha is Maghi Purnima. Magha Purnima is also called as Magha Pournami and Maghi Purnima. Fast on Magh Purnima People observe fasting on Magh Purnima, The Vedas state that as the full moon and no moon may have some influence on the human body this is exactly why on these days people are told to fast and this will ensure that the acidic content in their blood is reduced. Doing puja on a no moon and full moon day can also ensure that the people attain peace of mind and become calm. The Vedas stated that the change in the shape of moon leads to the change in the gravitational pull that every man in earth experiences. This is exactly why people tend to behave weird and short tempered don this day. If they stay involved in puja then they may not feel this change. Even modern medica…
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About Thiruvathirai (Arudra Darshanam) & Thiruvathirai Dates

Thiruvathira is a Hindu festival celebrated in Tamilnadu and Kerala. Thiruvathira also called Thiruvathirai or Ardra Darshan. Arudra Darshan is observed in the month of Markazhi (Margashirsa) on the full moon day (Pournami or Purnima). Thiruvathirai (Arudra Darshan) Dates from the year 2018 to 2025 Thiruvathirai 2018 Dates Tuesday, 2nd January Sunday, 23rd December Thiruvathirai 2019 Dates No Thiruvathirai in 2019 Thiruvathira 2020 Dates Friday, 10th January Wednesday, 30th January Thiruvathirai 2021 Dates Monday, 20th December Thiruvathirai 2022 Dates No Thiruvathirai in 2022 Thiruvathirai 2023 Dates Friday, 6th January Wednesday, 27th December 2024 Dates No Thiruvathirai in 2024 2025 Dates Monday, 13th January   About Thiruvathirai It is believed that the Lord Nataraja, the dancing form of Lord Shiva was born on this day and it is considered as highly auspicious. On this day Ardra Nakshatra c…
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Hindu Festivals in February 2017

Hindu Festivals, Important Days, Vrat Days in February 2017 Date Day Festival 1 Wednesday Vasantha Panchami 2 Thursday Skanda Shashti 3 Friday Ratha Sapthami, Narmada Jayanthi 4 Saturday Bhishma Ashtami, Masik Durgashtami 5 Sunday Masik Karthigai, Mahananda Navami 6 Monday Rohini Vrat 7 Tuesday Jaya Ekadashi 8 Wednesday Pradosh Vrat 10 Friday Magha Purnima, Purnima Vrat, Thai Pusam 12 Sunday Kumbha Sankranthi 14 Tuesday Sankashti Chathurthi, Angarki Chathurthi 17 Friday Yashoda Jayanthi 18 Saturday Kalashtami, Shabari Jayanthi 19 Sunday Janaki Jayanthi 22 Wednesday Vijaya Ekadashi 24 Friday Maha Shivarathri, Pradosh Vratam 26 Sunday Phalgun Amavasya, Surya Grahan 27 Monday Chandra Darshan, Somvar Vrat 28 Tuesday Phulera Dooj List of Hindu Festivals, Important Days, Vrat Days in February 2017.     Listed in Web Directory.
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