Monday, August 29, 2016

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF EKADASI

Ekadashi, or Ekadasi Vrat, is observed on the eleventh day of a fortnight in a Hindu lunar calendar. The day is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and many devotees undertake Upvaas or fasting on the day.
Ekadasi is a Sanskrit word, which means 'the eleventh'. It refers to the eleventh day of a fortnight belonging to a lunar month. There are two fortnights in a lunar month—the bright and the dark. So, Ekadasi occurs twice in a month, in the bright fortnight and the dark fortnight.
The Ekadasi observance is an astrological phenomenon and it is observed due to this relation we have with some of the planets in the system. The entire personality of ours is tremendously influenced by the movement of planets. There is no use imagining that the planets are above our heads. They are everywhere. There is a relative movement of planets among which the earth is one. The movement of one thing in relation to another is a relative movement. There is no planet which is static. Even the sun is not ultimately static. The whole solar system is moving and rushing towards some huge star, which is eighty million times larger and brighter than the sun, whose light has not yet reached us, as astronomers tell us. Each planet tells upon our system and we cannot get rid of the influence of theirs as long as we are in this planet, of which we are a part. The gravitational pull of planets has an influence on us.
In the Rig-veda, the sun is identified with the soul of the universe as well as the soul of the individual. The different limbs of our body and different parts of our system are supposed to be influenced by different planets. The sun is capable of influencing the entire being.
Ekadasi is particularly relevant to this relation of moon and mind. You will find that, when you go deep into the study of astronomy, you have nothing in your body except some planetary influences! We are made up of planetary forces and there is nothing independent to call our own. One part belongs to one planet and another part to another planet. If each planet claims its part, you will disintegrate. The moon influences the mind in its orbital relative movement with reference to other planets and us.
How, is Ekadasi related to the movement of moon and mind? We have certain centres called Chakras in the body. The Chakras are nothing but energy-centres which whirl in some direction as water whirls in a river. Chakra is a wheel or circular motion. They move in a spiral shape. They are not physical; but psycho-physical and psychological. These Chakras are neither in the mind nor in the body; they are in the astral body. The moon's influence physically on the body has an influence on the Chakras, which tells upon the mind ultimately. The mind moves through these Chakras. The passage of the mind is through these Chakras, up and down. When this operation takes place consciously, it is called Yoga; When done unconsciously by the mind, it is just influence. When the moon waxes or wanes, the mind is vehemently influenced. So people who are not normal in their minds become very bad on the full-moon and new-moon days. You cannot see the moon's influence on the earth because it is solid, but it can be seen on the ocean which is liquid. The moon influences the whole earth, but its influence is visible on the large body of waters in the sea. This happens due to the twofold pressure of the relation of the earth and moon. The sun influences the moon and the moon influences the earth. When the influence occurs automatically, we are instruments in the hands of Nature. When it is done consciously, we are said to practise Yoga. 
Fast and meditation! What connection have they? There is really no intrinsic connection between fast and meditation, but there is some advantage in keeping the body light and the stomach free from excessive metabolic function. When the stomach is given the duty of digestion, doctors will tell you, the blood circulation is accelerated towards the digestive organs, on account of which blood circulation to the head gets decreased after food is taken and so you feel sleepy and the thinking faculty practically ceases to function.  Hence, there is no advantage in giving the physical system work on days you want to do Yogic practice.  Thus, Ekadasi has also a spiritual significance.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Purnima 18th August 2016 / Full Moon Day

This Purnima on 18th August includes 

Raksha Bandhan.
Amarnath Yatra ends.
Nariyali Purnima in Maharashtra.
Upakarma.
Purnima is the full moon day in a traditional Hindu calendar and fast and holy bath is performed on the day. In August 2016, the date of Purnima is August 18.
The Purnima in August 2016 is the Shravan Purnima in most regions.
Some Hindu communities observe fast on Purnima day. Special pujas and rituals are performed in many temples.
The day is also the last day in the Shravan month in the traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Adhi Yoga - 27th June to 7th Nov 2016

A celestial combination is coming up as the 3 super benefic planets namely Jupiter, Venus and Mercury are forming special configuration of Adhi Yoga. Starting 27th June till 7th November, these three super-positive planets will be involved in one of the best combinations/ yoga of the year 2016 - the Adhi Yoga.
This beautiful combination with Venus & Mercury in Gemini along with Jupiter in Leo marks a phase of luck & happiness in the year 2016. The coming 4 to 5 months will see much rise in activity level at work, position & gains, as Adhi Yoga kicks in. This planetary combination is known to bring untold riches, rise in power & status and one does well in his profession, embarking higher roles & responsibilities during Adhi Yoga lucky period.
Adhi Yoga gives a rare ability of inspiring respect & admiration for you among others and a rise in benign & humanitarian nature due to the involvement of Jupiter.
The complete Adhi Yoga is formed with 3 planets namely Jupiter, Venus & Mercury, when they will occupy 6th, 7th and 8th house from the moon either jointly or singly. This exclusively beneficial combination would run with full good effects till 7th November 2016. It is an exceptional period for making progress - both professionally and financially.
Since, the Adhi Yoga would be a temporary transit phenomenon effective for a limited period unlike a lifelong natal combination like that in the chart of Bill Gates & Arnold Schwarzenegger, one needs to ensure that the excellent short term opportunities coming up during this period are seized upon fully to help you achieve maximum financial & career progress during 27nd June & 7th November 2016.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Pitru Paksha Shraddh Dates in 2016

1. Purnima Shradh                September 16 Friday
2. Pratipada Shradh           September 17 Saturday
3. Dwitiya Shradh                   September 18 Sunday
4. Tritiya Shradh /
    Chaturthi Shradh           September 19 Monday
5. Panchami Shradh           September 20 Tuesday
6. Shashthi Shradh                   September 21 Wednesday
7. Saptami Shradh                   September 22 Thursday
8. Ashtami Shradh                   September 23 Friday
9. Navami Shradh                   September 24 Saturday
10. Dashami Shradh           September 25 Sunday
11. Ekadashi Shradh           September 26 Monday
12. Dwadashi Shradh           September 27 Tuesday
13. Trayodashi Shradh           September 28 Wednesday
14. Chaturdashi Shradh           September 29 Thursday
15. Sarva Pitru Amavasya
      Shradh                           September 30 Friday
16. Nana/ Nani Shradh           October 1         Saturday

The last day of Pitru Paksha is known as Sarva Pitru Amavasya Shradh because on this day one can perform the Shraddha of anyone.

In Hindu mythology, it is believed that our ancestors are still watching us, they are protecting us from the hurdles of life and blessing us. But at the same time, they want us to remember them and pay respect.

Rituals of Tarpan in Shraddha is a way to pay our gratitude toward the ancestors for all that they have given or giving to us. It is believed that if the rituals are performed with full faith, love, and respect, our ancestors get happy and protect us from all the evil powers of the universe. They don't let anything harm us either it is natural or supernatural.

We inherit the assets and properties of our ancestors, but at the same time we also inherit the results of their misdeeds. Sometimes, their misdeeds do not allow them to attain the peace after death. This disturbance of their souls can sometimes affect the present generations of the family. The rituals of Tarpan in Shradh helps them in attaining the peace of soul and paying of the misdeeds of their lives. Help your ancestors in gaining peace of soul by performing the Tarpan rituals in Shraadh 2016.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Puri Rath Yatra 2016 - 6th July

Puri Rath Yatra, the world famous chariot or car festival, at the Puri Jagannath Temple in Orissa. It is celebrated on the second day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon or bright fortnight) Ashadh month as per traditional Oriya Calendar. On the day of the Ratha Yatra (car festival), chariots (Rath) carrying Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra is pulled to the nearby Gundicha Temple.

The return journey of the chariots or Bahuda Jatra is on July 14, 2016.

At the world famous Puri Jagannath Temple in Orissa, Lord Krishna is worshipped as ‘Jagannath’ – ‘master of the universe.’ Balabhadra is the elder brother of Lord Krishna and Subhadra is his younger sister.
The making of the Rathas for the annual festival begins on the Akshaya Tritiya day. The main rituals associated with Puri Rath Yatra festival is spread over a month and several rituals, like Snana Purnima and Anasara, take place during this period.
 The Snana Yatra or Snana Purnima (Bathing Festival) takes place on the full moon day in the month of Jyestha (May – June). On this day, the three deities are bathed in 108 pitchers of water.
After the elaborate Snana Yatra festival, the three deities stay away from public view and this is known as ‘Anasara.’ It is believed that after such elaborate ritualistic bath the deities catch fever and therefore they do not return to the sanctum sanctorum of the temple.
The idols of the three deities then make an appearance after 15 days of ‘anasara’ in a new appearance known as ‘Navaya Yauvana Vesha.’ The wooden idols of the deities are given a fresh coat of paint.
Next auspicious ceremony is the world famous Ratha Yatra. On this day, thousands of devotees pull the three huge chariots carrying Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra through the grand road (Bada Danda) to the Gundicha Temple. The deities visit their aunt here.
The three deities enter the temple of their aunt on the next day and stay there for seven days.
On the fifth day, Goddess Lakshmi, wife of Lord Jagannath, comes in search of him to the Gundicha temple.
On finding his chariot there, she damages Jagannath’s chariot and returns back in anger.
After the week-long stay, the three deities return and the journey is known as Bahuda Yatra.
During the return journey, the chariot of Jagannath stops at the Ardhasani Temple (Mausa Ma temple). Here, Lord accepts his favorite rice cake known as Poda Pitha from his aunt who is the presiding deity of the temple.
The deities reach the Puri Jagannath Temple in the evening and wait outside for the day.
On the next day, the deities are attired in new costumes and this new form of the idols is known as ‘Suna Vesa.’
The following day, the deities move into the sanctum sanctorum of the temple and the Rath Yatra festival comes to an end.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Akshaya Tritiya - May 9 ,2016

Akshaya Tritiya, or Akha Teej, is a highly auspicious day which falls on the third day after Amavasi (no moon) in the Hindu month of Vaishakha.
As per Hindu astrology and almanac, each second on the Akshaya Trithiya day is auspicious. It is said that there is no need to look for a ‘muhurat’ on the day. The word Akshaya means ‘that which never diminishes’ and the day is ideal for beginning new ventures as it is believed that all investments on this day appreciates.In a traditional Hindu lunar calendar, Akshay Tritiya is observed on the third day of Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in Vaishakh Month.
It is believed that the sun and the moon are most radiant and best placed on the day. Therefore it is one of the most popular dates in Hindu calendar for marriages, for beginning new ventures, for investing and for purchasing valuables like gold and diamond.
Parashuram Jayanti is also observed on Akshaya Tritiya day. There are numerous legends associated with Akshaya Tritiya; most popular is that of Sudama or Kuchela visiting Lord Krishna in Dwarka with a handful of beaten rice (poha or aval).
Another legend suggests that the Pandavas received the Akshaya Pathram (bowl) from Lord Krishna (in the Mahabharata) on this day.
It is also believed that Sage Vyasa began the composition of Mahabharata on the day.
Lord Vishnu and his incarnations are worshipped on the day. People also conduct Lakshmi puja on Akshaya Tritiya.
But nowadays, Akshaya Trithiya is associated with gold purchase and many people wait for the day to make investments in gold.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Planetary Position during the Ujjain Kumbh Mela

The Ujjain Kumbh Mela is held on the banks of Shipra River at Ujjain when Sun is in the zodiac sign Aries (Mesha) and Jupiter in the zodiac Leo (Simha). This happens once in twelve years. 
The Kumbh Mela will begin on April 22, 2016

Shahi Snaan (Royal Holy Dip) – April 22, 2016
Pancheshani Yatra Start – May 1, 2016
Vratparv Varuthini Ekadashi – May 3, 2016
Vaishakh Krishna Amavasya – May 6, 2016
Akshaya Tritiya – May 9, 2016
Shankracharya Jayanti – May 11, 2016
Vrishabh Sankranti – May 15, 2016
Mohini Ekadashi – May 17, 2016
Pradosh – May 19, 2016
Narasimha Jayanti – May 20, 2016
Pramukh Shahi Snaan – May 21

The four Mondays during the period are also considered highly auspicious to take holy dip.
April 25, 2016
May 2, 2016
May 9, 2016
May 16, 2016

Devotees take holy dip in Shipra River. Simhasth Kumbh Mahaparv is celebrated by various Akharas. They undertake processions. The heads of Akharas join the procession on silver throne (Simhasanam) on elephants. The procession includes armed Sadhus on horses and camels followed by Sadhus, hermits and devotees. Peshwai completes at the Ram Ghat area on the banks of river Kshipra. It is expected that nearly 50 million people will participate in the Kumbh Mela.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Chaitra Navratri 2016 is from April 8 to April 15

Navratri' meaning 'nine nights' is a significant Hindu festival, which is celebrated twice a year - 'Chaitra' or 'Vasant Navratri' (March-April), and 'Sharad Navratri' (October-November). Both the celebrations center on the worship of Goddess Shakti.

Ghatsthapana – Navratri Day 1 – April 8, 2016
Sindhara Dooj, Dwitiya - April 9, 2016
Gaur Teej, Saubhagya Teej, Tritiya - April 9, 2016
Varadvinayak Chaturthi - April 10, 2016
Sri Laxmi Panchami Vrat, Naag Vrat Pujan - April 11, 2016
Skand Shashthi, Yamuna Jayanti - April 12, 2016
Mahasaptami Vrat, Chaiti Chath, Vijaya Saptami - April 13, 2016
Sri Durga Mahaashtami, Annapurna Ashtami - April 14, 2016
Chaitra Navratri ends – Ram Navratri Day 9 –  April 15, 2016.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Holashtak 2016 starts on 16th March

According to the lunar month (Chandra Maas), Purnima of Phagun Maas is celebrated as Holika festival.
Holashtak witnesses the arrival of Holi. Hola + Ashtak, means eight days before Holi. Basically, we can see that holi is a festival of nine days instead of a single day. On the day on Dhulendi with colors and Gulal, this festival comes to an end. All the nine days, nature has a festive and happy atmosphere. In the year 2016, the time between 16th March 2016 to 23th March 2016.

Holashtak stays from the Phagun Shukal Ashthami to Holika Dahan, that is, Purnima. In these days, the season start showing changes. Winters seem to say goodbye, with the arrival of spring. In addition, the coming of spring is indicated with the fragrance of flowers in the nature. It is believed that, Holashtak began when Lord Shiva got angry on Kaam dev and killed him.

Holika Dahan is the major ritual performed at the time of Holi which is also considered an important Holi Puja.
People light bonfires on the eve of Holi festival to celebrate the victory of 'good' over 'bad' which is called Holika Dahan. It can be performed at any place and its preparations begin almost 40 days before by gathering woods on important crossroads of the town.
On the night before Holi, effigies of Holika and Prahlad are placed on the huge heap of woods. The effigy of Holika is made of combustible material and that of Prahlad is made of non-combustible material and upon setting them alight, people chant Rakshoghna Mantras of the Rig Veda to cast away the evil spirits.
The left over ashes are collected by people next morning and are smeared on the limbs of the body as Holi Prasad which is an act of purification.

This is a special day when the Vastu related issues of your home, factory and work place can be effectively taken care off. Just bring some ash from the bonfire you had lit on the day prior to Holy. Offer this ash along with some colour in the Ishaan corner of your home, factory or work place and see that you have taken care of the Vastu Dosha just for nothing.

Make a point to visit everyone in your locality and especially the ones with whom you do not get along well. By just putting the right colour on the forehead on the person you could transform the old enmity what you had.

Offer your respect to all the elders you meet this day. Ill placed Jupiter shall feel elated in your horoscope.

Throwing pranks and showering anyone with abuses may do no good to the planet mercury in your horoscope. Avoid this, be gracious and throw pranks only in your friend circle.

Try to use that colour powder (Gulal) which suits you astrologically. You may be coloured by people by different Gulals but you apply the Gulal to people with is most appropriate to you.
The list moon sign wise is as below:

Sign           Holi Colours

Aries         ~Red, Yellow
Taurus         ~Orange, Purple
Gemini         ~Purple, Green
Cancer         ~Blue, Green
Leo                 ~Red, Yellow, Orange
Virgo         ~Orange, Purple, Green
Libra         ~Pink, Saffron, Purple
Scorpio         ~Red, Yellow, Green
Sagittarius ~Red, Yellow, Grey
Capricorn         ~Black, Blue, Orange, ~Purple
Aquarius         ~Black, Blue, Pink, Purple
Pisces         ~Yellow, Blue, Green


Wednesday, March 2, 2016

March 7th - The Night of Hindu God Shiva – Mahashivratri 2016

Shivratri, or Mahashivratri, is the most auspicious day dedicated to Lord Shiva.
In 2016, the date of Shivratri is March 7.
In 2016, Shivratri is doubly auspicious as it is falling on Monday or Somvar (March 7). Monday is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Planetary Position on Shivaratri Night
It is believed that the planetary positions align in such a way on Shivratri night that it naturally creates an upsurge of energy in the human system.
The planetary positions on the night of Mahashivratri are such that, in the northern hemisphere of the planet, a powerful upsurge of energy can be experienced by those who stay awake with their spines erect throughout the night. This is why, traditionally, one is advised to stay awake all night. Any spiritual sadhana performed on this night has a deeper impact on the system. Thus, people on the spiritual path make use of this extra assistance from nature to intensify their sadhana.

Shivratri and Amavasya (No Moon)
The significance of Shivratri is closely associated with ‘amavas’ - the no moon night or full dark night as per traditional Hindu Calendar.
Shivratri is celebrated to get rid of evil and ignorance.


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