Maha Shivaratri Date, Rituals & Story

The Hindu mythology is built around the philosophy of three Gods that constitute the universe. The concept of Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwar are well illustrated in our ancient Puranas. The Trinity is thought of to be the ultimate force that guides the whereabouts of the universe. While Lord Brahma is accounted for the creation of this vast universe, Vishnu is considered to be the operator of the same. In comparison, Shiva or Maheshwar is personified as a more destructive entity. Shiva is said to be the force that initiates destruction. Mahadev, as Shiva is widely known, opens his third eye, which emits raging aura to destroy all that comes its way. It is said that Maha Shivaratri is the festival dedicated to the sustenance of peace. Let us dive into the deep Hindu philosophy to figure out the main reason behind the celebration of this epic festival. Maha Shivratri Dates Maha Shivaratri 2019 - Monday, March 4 Maha Shivaratri 2020 - Friday, February 21 Maha Shivra…
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Vinayaka Chavithi Vratha Kalpam in Telugu – వినాయక చవితి కథ & పూజా విధానం

ఏ కార్యక్రమం ప్రారంభించినా తొలి పూజ వినాయకునికే. గణనాధుని అనుగ్రహాం పొందితే అన్ని కార్యాల్లోనూ విజయం సిద్దిస్తుంది. సాక్షాత్తు విధాత సైతం సృష్టి ప్రారంభానికి ముందు గణపతిని పూజించినట్టు 'ఋగ్వేదం' చెబుతోంది. అలాంటి వినాయకుడి పుట్టిన రోజైన 'భాద్రపద శుద్ధ చవితి' రోజునే 'వినాయక చవితి' పండుగను జరుపుకుంటారు. వినాయక వ్రతం పూజకు కావాల్సిన సామాగ్రి పసుపు, కుంకుమ, గంధం, అగరవత్తులు, కర్పూరం, తమలపాకులు, పూలు, అరటిపండ్లు, కొబ్బరికాయలు, బెల్లం, కుందులు, నెయ్యి, నూనె, వత్తలు, గరిక, పత్రి, ఉద్దరిణ, నైవేద్యాలు. వ్రత విధానం ఒక పీటపై బియ్యం పోసి, తమలపాకు చివర తూర్పు వైపు ఉండునట్లు పెట్టి, దానిపై పసుపుతో గణపతిని చేసి ఉంచవలెను. మొదట ఈ శ్లోకంతో మొదలు పెట్టవలెను. ఓం దేవీంవాచ మజనయంత దేవాస్తాం విశ్వరూపా: పశవో వదంతి సానో మంద్రేష మూర్జం దుహానాధే నుర్వాగాస్మానుప సుష్టుతైత్తు అయం ముహూర్తస్సుముహూర్తోస్తు శ్లోకం:  య శ్శివో నామరూపాభ్యాం యా దేవీ సర్వ మంగళా తయో స్సంస్మరణా త్సుంసాం సర్వతో జయమంగళం ఇప్పుడు పీటపై వినాయక ప్రతిమను ఉంచి, పువ్వులు, పండ్లతో అలంకరించవలెను. ఆ తర్వాత, రాగి పాత్రను…
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Shravana Masam Dates, Sravana Shukra Varam Dates Importance & Significance

Shravana Masam 2019 Dates (Vikari Nama Samvatsaram) Sravana Masam 2019 dates for Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Goa, Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Karnataka

 August 2, 2019 - August 30, 2019

Sawan Month 2019 dates for Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Haryana, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, and other North Indian states

July 17, 2019 - August 15, 2019

Also view, Karthika Masam 2019 Dates. Sravana Sukravaram 2019 Dates August 2nd August 9th (Varalakshmi Vratam) August 16th August 23rd August 30th Sravana Somavaram 2019 Dates August 5th August 12th August 19th August 29th There is fifteen days difference in the starting time of Sravan month depending on the following calendar in the region. Amant calendar is followed in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Purnimant Calendar is followed in …
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Varalakshmi Vratham 2019 Date, Puja Vidhanam & Pooja Items List

In Hinduism, Fridays are dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi. Varalakshmi Vratham is observed on second Friday that falls just before Purnima (Full Moon Day) in Sravana month. As per Puranas, the Vrat was adviced by Lord Shiva to Goddess Parvathi. On this day, Women perform puja to Goddess Lakshmi for good wealth, health and prosperity of the family. Varalakshmi Vratham in 2019 is on 9th August - Friday.   Varalakshmi Vratham Telugu PDF File Free Download శ్రీ వరలక్ష్మి వ్రతకల్పం మరియు వ్రత విధానం. Varalakshmi Vratham English PDF File Free Download - Link   Varalakshmi Vratham Pooja Items List Photo or Vigraham of Goddess Lakshmi Devi Pasupu/Haldi/Turmeric Kumkum/Vermilion Akshatalu (Rice grains + Turmeric + 1 or 2 drops of ghee) Chandan / Sandalwood paste or powder Agarbatti/ Incense sticks Karpuram / Camphor Tamalapakulu / Paan patta / Betel leaves - Min 12 leaves To place pasupu Vinayakudu / Haldi Ganesha - 1 To offer Tambulam to Gane…
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Ekadashi – List of Ekadasi Vrat & Fasting Days

Ekadashi is the 11th day in Hindu calendar. In each Hindu month, there are two Ekadashi Tithi, one is during Shukla Paksha & another during Krishna Paksha. The day is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Devotees observe fast on Ekadashi day. There are 28 Ekadashi Days in 2019. Here is the list of Ekadashi Fasting Days. Ekadashi 2019 Calendar DATE DAY EKADASHI 01-Jan Tuesday Saphala Ekadashi 17-Jan Thursday Pausha Putrada Ekadashi 31-Jan Thursday Shattila Ekadashi 16-Feb Saturday Jaya Ekadashi 02-Mar Saturday Vijaya Ekadashi 17-Mar Sunday Amalaki Ekadashi 31-Mar Sunday Papmochani Ekadashi 15-Apr Monday Kamada Ekadashi 16-Apr Tuesday Kamada Ekadashi 30-Apr Tuesday Varuthini Ekadashi 15-May Wednesday Mohini Ekadashi 30-May Thursday Apara Ekadashi 13-Jun Thursday Nirjala Ekadashi 29-Jun Saturday Yogini Ekadashi 12-Jul Friday Devshayani Ekadashi 28-Jul Sunday Kamika…
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Dussehra (Vijayadashami) Festival Guide

Vijayadashami is a combination of two phrases Vijaya and Dashami, which means “Success” and “Tenth”. Vijayadashami is well known as Dasara, Dusshera or Dussehra. The festival is celebrated in the month of Ashwin on the tenth day of Shukla Paksha. It marks the end of Navratri. Dussehra is one of the major festivals in India and celebrated in a different way in different regions for different reasons. In the northeast states & some other parts, it is celebrated as Durga Puja and it marks the goddess Durga’s victory over the demon Mahishasura. In other parts of India Vijayadashami is celebrated as Dussehra, which marks god Rama’s victory over the demon Ravana. On Dasara, effigies of Ravana are filled up with woods and burnt with fireworks, indicating the destruction of evil.
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Maha Navami

Maha Navami is the 9th day of Navratri festival and the day before Dussehra (Vijaya Dashami). The festival is celebrated on the ninth day of the Shukla Paksha in the month of Ashwin (Ashwayujam). According to mythological stories, Devi Durga battled against the king of demon Mahishasura for nine days. On the ninth day, Goddess won the battle. On Mahanavami Goddess worshipped as Sidhidatri or Saraswati - the deity of knowledge and wisdom.
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Navratri & 9 Avatars of Goddess Worshipped on The 9 Days

What is Navratri? Navratri, nine holy nights are most auspicious days in Hinduism. The festival is celebrated to mark the victory of the Goddess Shakti over evil (Mahishasura). The festival has a profound religious significance. Navratri is celebrated five times a year – Vasanta or Chaitra Navaratri, Ashadha Navaratri, Sharad Navaratri (Sharadiya Navratri), Paush Navaratri and Magha Navaratri. Based on their local calendar, people celebrate the festival in different months. In Telangana, Navratri is celebrated as Bathukamma. Why is Navaratri Celebrated for 9 Days & 9 Colours? People observe fast during the nine-day festival with dedication. Each day has its speciality. The nine nights of the festival commemorate the nine avatars of Goddess Shakti (Durga). Each day is dedicated to the distinct avatar of the goddess. Each day of the Navratri stands with the particular colour & each colour signifies something during the nine days of the festival. The first c…
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Indira Ekadashi Date, Importance & Rituals

When is Indira Ekadashi? Indira Ekadashi 2019 Date - 25th September, Wednesday. Indira Ekadashi 2020 Date - 13th September, Sunday. Indira Ekadashi Indira Ekadashi is one of the auspicious days for Hindus. It falls on Krishna Paksha (the waning phase of moon) Ekadashi, the 11th day of Hindu month Ashwin. As per the Gregorian calendar, this festival falls in September or October. Lord Vishnu is worshipped on Indira Ekadashi. One should offer Tulsi leaves, fruits, and flowers to the Lord at the time of the puja. As Indira Ekadashi falls in Krishna Paksha (Pitru Paksha), it is dedicated to ancestors and it is also called as Ekadashi Shradh. The main objective of this day is to pray to the forefathers or ancestors for deliverance from sin and its consequences. Once as Lord Krishna said to Yudishter Maharaj, a person fasts on this day, he can get rid of all sins and his forefathers who have fallen into hell are liberated. One of the important responsibilities of th…
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Basant Panchami 2019 Date – Vasantha Panchami

Vasant Panchami is also known as Basant Panchami or Shri Panchami and Saraswati Panchami which marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring (usually in Magh month). Vasant Panchami 2019 Date - Sunday, 10th February Vasant Panchami is dedicated to the goddess Saraswati Devi and worshipped on this day. One of the most famous rituals of Vasanth Panchami is initiating education to the children which are known as Akshara Abhyasam or Vidhya Abhyasam. Schools and colleges arrange puja to seek blessings of the goddess. Pens, notebooks, and pencils are placed in front of goddess Devi’s feet. Vansant Panchami is celebrated on Panchami Tithi day during Purvahna Kala which is between the sunrise and the midday. Purvahna Kala is also the time when people perform puja including schools and colleges. People dress up in yellow color as it signifies the brilliance of nature and the vibrancy of nature. Kesar halwa is prepared on this special occasion which is made of fl…
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Thaipusam

Thaipusam is also spelled as Thaipoosam. The festival is celebrated by Tamil community on full moon day in the month of Thai. Pusam refers to a natchathiram (star), which is at its highest point on this day. According to the Gregorian calendar, Thai month falls in January – February. The festival is dedicated to Hindu God Lord Murugan. Murugan is also known as Skanda, Murugan, Shanmukha, Kartikeya, Subrahmanya, Guha, etc. Skanda Sasti Kavasam Tamil Lyrics.   It is believed that on this day, mother of Murugan – Goddess Parvathi presented a spear to Murugan to help him to destroy the demon Tarakasura. Celebrations on Thaipusam Thaipoosam celebrations take place in all Murugan Temples worldwide. The festival is celebrated not only in India but most of the South East Asian countries like Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Mauritius and Fiji. Kavadi Attam A Major feature of this festival is Kavadi Attam (Burden Dance), it is a ceremonial sacrifice. Body …
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Mattu Pongal or Kanuma Festival – A Festival of Cattle

Mattu Pongal or Kanuma is one of the many festivals associated with seasons and is associated with winter harvest. It is celebrated on the third day of Sankranthi Festival. The first day is called Bhogi. The second day is Sankranthi. The third day is Kanuma (a festival of cattle), it is a very important festival to farmers who consider cattle as a symbol of good fortune and prosperity. Prayers to them for helping with a successful harvest season. On this day, usually, all farmers, clean cattle and cattle sheds and the sacred cows are decorated with colors and marigold flowers. Kanuma or Mattu Pongal is a festival which is dedicated to cows, farm animals and farm equipment and also offering flowers and worshipped as well. Significance of Mattu Pongal (Kanuma) It is believed that on this day Lord Krishna saved people and animals of Gokulam by lifting Govardhana Hill. Jalli Kattu is the famous local game in Tamilnadu, which plays in this season. Mukkanuma Festiv…
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Bhogi

The first day of 4-day festival Makara Sankranthi (Pongal) is celebrated as the Bhogi. The theme of these festivals is thanksgiving to nature and gods who blessed people with a good harvest. This day is celebrated as Lohri in Panjab. Significance of Bhogi Festival The significance of this festival is winter crop season celebrations and remembrance of the deity Sun. People welcome the Sankranthi (Utharayan) on the next day with the warm atmosphere, when the sun enters into Utharayan from Dakshinayan.  The festival is celebrated in honor of Lord Indra who is the God of Clouds, Rains and Nature. Lord Indra is worshiped for the abundance of harvest, thereby bringing plenty and prosperity to the land. Rituals on Bhogi The day starts with the bonfire (bhogi mantalu) in the early hours of the morning (Before Sunrise). The contents of this bonfire are the waste material cleaned up from the home and cow dung cakes (pidakalu). Girls dance around the Bhogi mantalu by singing…
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Utpanna Ekadashi Significance, Rituals & Dates

Ekadashi (11th day) of Krishna Paksha (Waning Phase of the moon) during the month of Margashirsh is known as Utpanna Ekadashi, it is also Known as Uttpatti Ekadashi. It is celebrated to mark the victory of Lord Vishnu over demon "Murasura". According to some legends, the birth of Ekadashi Matha took place on this day. Main deities of Utpanna Ekadashi are Mata Ekadashi and Lord Vishnu. The festival is celebrated on the same day but Hindu month names are called with the different name in different states. In Tamilnadu, it falls in the month of Karthigai Masam or Aippasi. In Kerala, it is celebrated on Vrischika Masam or Thulam. whereas in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Telangana and Maharashtra it falls in the month of Karthika (Kartik). ***In Northern states, it falls in the month of Margashirsh, because they follow Purnimant Calendar. Read more about Amant and Purnimant Calendars. Rituals To Do On Utpanna Ekadashi  Devotees offer prayers to the main …
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