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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Panchamukhi Vishnu Ganapathi Temple in Shirdi

The name itself saying that the lord vishnu is in the form of Ganapathi or Vinayaka with panch mukha(five heads). The temple is located in Kankuri village, 2.5 kilometers from Shirdi, Maharashtra. Mr. Bejan Daruwalla, a famous astrologer and staunch devotee and believer of Lord ganesha installed a 7.5 feet height Panchamukhi Vishnu Ganesh idol in new temple on June 13th, 2002 at 12 PM with step by step holy chants by pundits. An idol of mouse(the vehicle or vahan of lord Ganesha) is placed in front of the Ganesh idol in the temple. It is believed that the devotees needs to whisper his/her wish in the ear of the mouse but not disclose it to anybody and the wish would be fulfilled by the lord ganesha. Men used to whisper in the right ear and women in the left ear of the mouse. A temple dedicated to lord Hanuman ji is also present behind the Panchamukhi Vishnu. Sai & Annapoorneswari temple at Panchamukhi Vishnu Ganapathi Temple Ganapathi temple and a temple dedica…
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Importance & Significance of Pradosh Vrat and Pradosh Fast

Pradosham Pradosham is thirteenth day of every fortnight, i.e, Trayodashi tithi in Hindu Calendar. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The word Pradosh or Pradosham means eliminating sins.  Pradosh Vrat or Pradosha Vratam or Pradosham is a Vrat or puja for the worship of Lord Shiva and Parvathi. Pradosh Fast Generally, people observe fast (Pradosh vrata) on every Thrayodashi Tithi  i.e., Krishna Paksha Thrayodasi and Shukla Paksha Thrayodasi  (13th Lunar Day falling in Krishna Paksha and Shukla Pakshas) in lunar Month. Pradosh Kaal is the time when the day and the night meets (evening), it’s known as an auspicious time for worshipping Lord Shiva. Pradosh fast is considered to be very important, as this fast gives the best results. Read Pradosh Vrat Katha. Types of Pradosh Vrat Nithya Pradosh – The evening time on all days. Paksha Pradosh – Evening time of Shukla Paksha Chathurthi Maasa Pradosh – Evening time of Krishna Paksha Thrayodashi in every Month …
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Importance & Significance of Mauni Amavasya

The fifteenth day of the dark fortnight (The Amavasya) of Magha Maas (As per Purnimanth Calendar) is called as Mauni Amavasya. Mauni Amavasya is the last Amavasya before Maha Shivarathri. It is also called as Maghi Amavasya. Mauni or Maun means silence, on this Amavasya day Maun Vrat should be observed. Maun (Silence) Vrat is to control all our senses. On this day taking bath in holy rivers, along with fasting is considered very auspicious. Five Important Thing about Mauni Amavasya As per Hindu scriptures The universe was created on this day. It is believed that, Manu Rishi born on earth on this day. The Sun and Moon enters into the Capricorn sign on this day. It is believed that practicing austerities helps to purify one’s existence and the easiest way to do so is through a vow of silence. This day holds extreme importance in the Hindu religion and taking a bath on this day in holy waters gives freedom from the clutches of materialistic comfort. Duri…
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Ratha Sapthami or Surya Jayanti Importance & Significance

Ratha Sapthami is a Hindu Festival which is celebrated on Shukla Paksha Saptami tithi (7th day from Amavasya) in the Maagha month(Jan-Feb). It is believed that Lord Surya started enlightening the world on this day and considered as the birthday of GodSurya born to sage Kashyapa and his wife Aditi.  Ratha Sapthami is also called as Magha Sapthami, Surya Jayanthi, Maha Sapthami. Ratha Sapthami falls on the next day after Vasanth Panchami. The tithi Sapthami is dedicated to God Surya. Lord Surya Bhagavan placed in the centre of nine planets (Navagrahas), because Surya is considered as an important god because he is the source of life. God Surya is worshipped early in the morning when fresh sunrays emerge. Exposure to fresh sunrays rejuvenates energy and purifies the mind & body, it believed from the ages and proven scientifically. Significance & Importance of Ratha Sapthami Ratha Sapthami is the highly auspicious day as Surya Grahan for donations to charities and…
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Vaikunta Ekadashi

Ekadashi is an Eleventh Lunar day or Eleventh Tithi of the fortnight of the waxing or waning moon. Ekadashi occurs twice in a month i.e., once in Krishna Paksha and once in Shukla Paksha. Vaikunta Ekadashi Celebrations takes place in all the temples that dedicated to Lord Vishnu and his incarnations. 

Ekadashi that occurs in the Hindu month of Marghashira, Shukla Paksha (fortnight of waxing the moon) is known as Vaikunta Ekadashi.

Vaikunta Ekadashi – A Main Festival in South India

 

This is one of the main festivals for Vaishnavas and celebrated across all temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu and his incarnations in South India.

The day is also known as Mukkoti Ekadasi or Sw…

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