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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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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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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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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