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Karthika Masam Significance
Karthika Masam or Month is one of the most auspicious months in a lunar calendar. The lunar calendar is divided into two parts Dakshinayana and Uttararyana and Dakshinayana is set aside for Sadhana (penance). Sadhana means a process by which one would get moksha or salvation. Out of all the months in Dakshinayana, Karthika Masam is best suited for Sadhana. Any austerity, be it a pooja, charity, penance etc. performed during the Karthika Masam is more meritorious than one performed on ordinary days.
Puranas state that on Karthika pournami Lord Shiva kílled Tripurasuras and protected the world. Puranas also state that Lord Vishnu goes to sleep on Ashadha suddha ekadashi and wakes-up on Karthika suddha ekadashi. In this month Ganga, enters in to all rivers, canals, ponds and wells and flows as antarvaahini, making them as pious as the Ganga. In this month, Ayyappa deeksha is also taken and continued up to Makara Sankranthi.
Karthika Masam is considered highly auspicious and a sacred month for worshipping Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu as well as Lord Subrahmanya (Karthikeya) with great austerities. Devotees of Lord Shiva perform the Ekadasa Rudra Abhishekam for the whole month of Karthika Masam to please Lord Shiva. Devotees of Lord Vishnu perform Satyanarayana Vrata on Karthika Pournami. Devotees of Subrahmanya perform Skanda Shasthi during this month. Any austerity performed during the month of Karthika would help the sadhakas to free themselves from all sins and leads them towards moksha.
Lighting of Diya or Lighting a Lamp During Karthika Masam, it is considered auspicious to light a diya. Diyas are lit and placed in front of Tulasi plant and near the main entrance of the house before Sun rise, and just before Sun set. Temples light the Diya and bring the diya to the top of the Dhwaja Sthambam in the temple and tie it there on Karthika Pournami. This diya is called as Akaasa Deepam. On Karthika Pournami, the whole house is decorated with diyas.
Bathing in River or Nadi Snanam Another important significance is bathing in rivers during Karthika Masam. The rivers have received fresh water during the rain season comprising of Shravan and Bhadrapada Months and have completely setteled by the time Karthika Masam starts. Also, Sharad Rithu (season) known for its special Moon light comprises of Ashwayuja and Karthika Months. All along the Aswayuja Masam, the rivers would absorb the energy from Moon and by bathing in the river during Karthika Masam one can absorb this energy from the river.
Vanabhojana during Karthika Masam Another significant aspect of Karthika month is Vana Bhojana, where it is very auspicious to take food under the Amla tree in a forest or park. By doing so, we are rid of all Paraanna bhojana doshas which we accumulate by eating outside food and without proper prayer and discipline.
Karthika Somavara Vratam The most important aspect of Karthika masam is hearing Karthika puranam while observing the Karthika somavaara vratham. The normal process of the Vratham would be to get up at Brahma muhurtham (around 4am), take bath in the river, perform the Rudra Abhishekam by chanting the Rudra Namakam Chamakam, listen to Karthika Puranam and then break fast in the night.
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Tuesday, 1 November 2016
Makara Shankranti Hindu Festival
SALUTATIONS and adorations to the Supreme Lord, the primordial power that divided the year into the four seasons. Salutations to Surya, the Sun-God, who on this great day embarks on his northward journey.
The Sanskrit term “Shankramana” means “to begin to move”. The day on which the sun begins to move northwards is called Makara Shankranti. It usually falls in the middle of January
Among the Tamilians in South India this festival is called the Pongal.
To many people, especially the Tamilians, Makara Shankranti ushers in the New Year. The corn that is newly-harvested is cooked for the first time on that day. Joyous festivities mark the celebration in every home. Servants, farmers and the poor are fed and clothed and given presents of money. On the next day, the cow, which is regarded as the symbol of the Holy Mother, is worshipped. Then there is the feeding of birds and animals.
In this manner the devotee’s heart expands slowly during the course of the celebrations, first embracing with its long arms of love the entire household and neighbours, then the servants and the poor, then the cow, and then all other living creatures. Without even being aware of it, one develops the heart and expands it to such proportions that the whole universe finds a place in it.
As Shankranti is also the beginning of the month, Brahmins offer oblations to departed ancestors. Thus, all the great sacrifices enjoined upon man find their due place in this grand celebration. The worship of the Cosmic Form of the Lord is so well introduced into this, that every man and woman in India is delightfully led to partake of it without even being aware of it.
To the spiritual aspirants this day has a special significance. The six-month period during which the sun travels northwards is highly favourable to them in their march towards the goal of life. It is as though they are flowing easily with the current towards the Lord. Paramahamsa Sannyasins roam about freely during this period, dispelling gloom from the hearts of all. The Devas and Rishis rejoice at the advent of the new season, and readily come to the aid of the aspirant.
The great Bhishma, the grandfather of the Pandavas, was fatally wounded during the war of the Mahabharata, waited on his deathbed of nails for the onset of this season before finally departing from the earth-plane. Let us on this great day pay our homage to him and strive to become men of firm resolve ourselves!
As already mentioned, this is the Pongal festival in South India. It is closely connected with agriculture. To the agriculturalist, it is a day of triumph. He would have by then brought home the fruits of his patient toil. Symbolically, the first harvest is offered to the Almighty—and that is Pongal. To toil was his task, his duty, but the fruit is now offered to Him—that is the spirit of Karma Yoga.
The master is not allowed to grab all the harvest for himself either. Pongal is the festival during which the landlord distributes food, clothes and money among the labourers who work for him. What a noble act!—It is an ideal you should constantly keep before you, not only ceremoniously on the Pongal day, but at all times.
Be charitable. Be generous. Treat your servants as your bosom-friends and brother workers. This is the keynote of the Pongal festival. You will then earn their loyalty and enduring love
The day prior to the Makara Shankranti is called the Bhogi festival. On this day, old, worn-out and dirty things are discarded and burnt. Homes are cleaned and white-washed. Even the roads are swept clean and lovely designs are drawn with rice-flour. These practices have their own significance from the point of view of health. But, here I remind you that it will not do to attend to these external things alone. Cleaning the mind of its old dirty habits of thought and feeling is more urgently needed. Burn them up, with a wise and firm resolve to tread the path of truth, love and purity from this holy day onwards. This is the significance of Pongal in the life of the spiritual aspirant.
If you do this, then the Makara Shankranti has a special significance for you. The sun, symbolising wisdom, divine knowledge and spiritual light, which receded from you when you revelled in the darkness of ignorance, delusion and sensuality, now joyously turns on its northward course and moves towards you to shed its light and warmth in greater abundance, and to infuse into you more life and energy.
In fact, the sun itself symbolises all that the Pongal festival stands for. The message of the sun is the message of light, the message of unity, of impartiality, of true selflessness, of the perfection of the elements of Karma Yoga. The sun shines on all equally. It is the true benefactor of all beings. Without the sun, life would perish on earth. It is extremely regular and punctual in its duties, and never claims a reward or craves for recognition. If you imbibe these virtues of the sun, what doubt is there that you will shine with equal divine lustre!
He who dwells in the sun, whom the sun does not know, whose body the sun is, and by whose power the sun shines—He is the Supreme Self, the Indweller, the immortal Essence. Tat Twam Asi—“That thou art”. Realise this and be free here and now on this holy Pongal or Makara Shankranti day. This is my humble Pongal prayer to you all.
On the Shankranti day, sweets, puddings and sweet rice are prepared in every home, especially in South India. The pot in which the rice is cooked is beautifully adorned with tumeric leaves and roots, the symbols of auspiciousness. The cooking is done by the women of the household with great faith and devotion, feeling from the bottom of their hearts that it is an offering unto the Lord. When the milk in which the rice is being cooked boils over, the ladies and the children assemble round the pot and shout “Pongalo Pongal!” with great joy and devotion. Special prayers are offered in temples and houses. Then the people of the household gather together and partake of the offerings in an atmosphere of love and festivity.
There is family re-union in all homes. Brothers renew their contacts with their married sisters by giving them presents.
The farmer is lovingly greeted by the landlord and is given presents of grain, clothes and money.
On the next day, the herds of cows are adorned beautifully, fed and worshipped. In some villages the youth demonstrate their valour by taking “the bull by the horn” (and often win their brides thereby!). It is a great day for the cattle.
On the same day, young girls prepare various special dishes—sweet rice, sour rice, rice with coconut—and take them to the bank of a river or tank. They lay some leaves on the ground and place on them balls of the various preparations for the fish, birds, and other creatures. It is an extremely colourful ceremony. The crows come down in large numbers and partake of the food. All the time a valuable lesson is driven into our minds—“Share what you have with all”. The crow will call others before beginning to eat.
Both these days, which are family re-union days, are regarded as being inauspicious for travel. This is to prevent us from going away from home on those days.
When you celebrate the Shankranti or Pongal in this manner, your sense of value changes. You begin to understand that your real wealth is the goodwill and friendship of your relatives, friends, neighbours and servants; that your wealth is the land on which your food grows, the cattle which help you in agriculture, and the cow which gives you milk. You begin to have greater love and respect for them and for all living beings—the crows, the fish and all other creatures.
In Maharashtra and in North India, spiritual aspirants attach much importance to Makara Shankranti. It is the season chosen by the Guru for bestowing his Grace on the disciple. In the South, too, it should be noted that it was about this time that Mahadeva favoured several of the Rishis by blessing them with His beatific vision.
HOLI Hindu Festival
IN DAYS of yore, there were communities of cannibals in India. They caused much havoc. They threatened the lives of many innocent people. One of them was Holika or Putana. She took immense delight in devouring children. Sri Krishna destroyed her and thus saved the little children. Even today, the effigy or figure of Holika is burnt in the fire. In South India, the clay figure of Cupid is burnt. This is the origin of the great festival of Holi.
It begins about ten days before the full moon of the month Phalgun (February-March), but is usually only observed for the last three or four days, terminating with the full moon. This is the spring festival of the Hindus. In the spring season all the trees are filled with sweet-smelling flowers. They all proclaim the glory and everlasting beauty of God. They inspire you with hope, joy and a new life, and stir you on to find out the creator and the Indweller, who is hiding Himself in these forms.
Holi is known by the name of Kamadahana in South India, the day on which Cupid was burnt by Lord Siva.
Another legend has it that once upon a time an old woman’s grandchild was to be sacrificed to a female demon named Holika. A Sadhu advised that abuse and foul language would subdue Holika. The old woman collected many children and made them abuse Holika in foul language. The demon fell dead on the ground. The children then made a bonfire of her remains.
Connected to this legend of the demon Holika is Bhakta Prahlad’s devotion to Lord Narayana, and his subsequent escape from death at the hands of Holika. Prahlad’s father, Hiranyakashipu, punished him in a variety of ways to change his devotional mind and make him worldly-minded. He failed in his attempts. At last he ordered his sister, Holika, who had a boon to remain unburnt even in fire, to take Prahlad on her lap and enter into the blazing flames. Holika did so. She vanished, but Prahlad remained untouched and laughing. He was not affected by the fire on account of the Grace of Lord Narayana.
This same scene is enacted every year to remind people that those who love God shall be saved, and they that torture the devotee of God shall be reduced to ashes. When Holika was burnt, people abused her and sang the glories of the Lord and of His great devotee, Prahlad. In imitation of that, people even today use abusive language, but unfortunately forget to sing the praises of the Lord and His devotee!
In North India, people play joyfully with coloured water. The uncle sprinkles coloured water on his nephew. The niece applies coloured powder on her aunt’s face. Brothers and sisters and cousins play with one another.
Huge bundles of wood are gathered and burnt at night, and everywhere one hears shouts of “Holi-ho! Holi-ho!” People stand in the streets and sprinkle coloured water on any man who passes by, be he a rich man or an officer. There is no restriction on this day. It is like the April Fool’s Day of the Europeans. People compose and sing special Holi songs.
On the festival day, people clean their homes, remove all dirty articles from around the house and burn them. Disease-breeding bacteria are thereby destroyed. The sanitary condition of the locality is improved. During the festival, boys dance about in the streets. People play practical jokes with passers-by. A bonfire is lit towards the conclusion of the festival. Games representing the frolics of the young Krishna take place joyously around a fire.
On the last day of Holi, people take a little fire from this bonfire to their homes. They believe that their homes will be rendered pure, and their bodies free from disease.
Nowadays, people are found indulging in all sorts of vices in the name of the Holi festival. Some drink intoxicating liquor like toddy and fall unconscious on the roads. They indulge in obscene speech as a result of drinking. They lose respect for their elders and masters. They waste their money in drink and dice-play. These evils should be totally eradicated.
Festivals like Holi have their own spiritual value. Apart from the various amusements, they create faith in God if properly observed. Hindu festivals always have a spiritual significance. They wean man away from sensual pleasures and take him gradually to the spiritual path and divine communion. People perform havan and offer the new grains that are harvested to the gods before using them.
There should be worship of God, religious gatherings and Kirtan of the Lord’s Names on such occasions, not merely the sprinkling of coloured water and lighting of bonfires. These functions are to be considered most sacred and spent in devotional prayers, visiting holy places, bathing in sacred waters, and Satsang with great souls. Abundant charity should be done to the poor. Then only can Holi be said to have been properly celebrated. The devotees of the Lord should remember the delightful pastimes of the Lord on such happy occasions.
All great Hindu festivals have religious, social and hygienic elements in them. Holi is no exception. Every season has a festival of its own. Holi is the great spring festival of India. Being an agricultural country, India’s two big festivals come during the harvest time when the barns and granaries of our farmers are full and they have reason to enjoy the fruits of their hard labour. The harvest season is a festive season all over the world.
Man wants relaxation and change after hard work. He needs to be cheered when he is depressed on account of work and anxieties. Festivals like Holi supply him with the real food and tonic to restore his cheer and peace of mind.
The religious element in the Holi festival consists of worship of Krishna. In some places it is also called the Dol Yatra. The word dol literally means “a swing”. An image of Sri Krishna as a babe is placed in a little swing-cradle and decorated with flowers and painted with coloured powders. The pure, innocent frolics of little Krishna with the merry milkmaids (Gopis) of Brindavan are commemorated. Devotees chant the Name of Krishna and sing Holi-songs relating to the frolics of little Krishna with the Gopis.
The social element during Holi is the uniting or “embracing” of the great and the small, of the rich and the poor. It is also the uniting of equals. The festival teaches us to “let the dead bury the dead”. We should forget the outgoing year’s ill-feelings and begin the new year with feelings of love, sympathy, co-operation and equality with all. We should try to feel this oneness or unity with the Self also.
Holi also means “sacrifice”. Burn all the impurities of the mind, such as egoism, vanity and lust, through the fire of devotion and knowledge. Ignite cosmic love, mercy, generosity, selflessness, truthfulness and purity through the fire of Yogic practice. This is the real spirit of Holi. Rise from the mire of stupidity and absurdity and dive deep into the ocean of divinity.
The call of Holi is to always keep ablaze the light of God-love shining in your heart. Inner illumination is the real Holi. The spring season is the manifestation of the Lord, according to the Bhagavad Gita. Holi is said there to be His heart.
ON THE full moon day of the month of Kartigai (November-December) which falls on the ascension of the Kritigaistar, the Hindus celebrate the Kartigai Deepam. It is on this day that the huge beacon is lit on the holy hill Arunachala, in South India.
Once Lord Shiva assumed the form of a hill at Tiruvannamalai in South India. Here He quelled the pride of Brahma and Vishnu who were quarelling as to their relative greatness. One day, when Lord Shiva was in meditation, Parvati left Him and went to the hill of Arunachala. There She performed penance. She was the guest of the sage Gautama. It was during Her penance here that Mahishasura was killed by Durga hidden by Parvati. Parvati saw Shiva as Arunachalesvara. She was taken back by the Lord to His side, and made His Ardhangini once more, that is, She occupied half of the body of the Lord.
Arunachalesvara is Tejo Lingam. Arunachala or the Tiruvannamalai Hill is the place that represents the fire element. (The five elements are represented by five holy places in India.)
When the light on the top of the Tiruvannamalai Hill is unveiled on the Kartigai Deepam day, people see the big light and worship it. They recite again and again in a loud voice “Harohara”. The esoteric meaning is that he who sees the light of lights that is burning eternally in the chambers of his heart through constant meditation attains immortality. The light on the Arunachala brings the message to you that the Self or Lord Shiva is self-effulgent, He is the light of lights.
On the Kartigai Deepam day in South India, people make bonfires in front of temples in the evening. It is said that Lord Shiva burnt the chariots of several demons who were torturing sages and celestials. This bonfire symbolises this legend.
People place rows of earthen lamps in front of their houses on the evening of Kartigai Deepam and worship the Lord. They also light a variety of fireworks.
Annihilate the three impurities, namely, egoism, selfish action and delusion. Burn the mind, senses and the desires in the fire of knowledge of the Self or Shiva-Jnanam. Attain full illumination and behold the light of lights, which illumines the mind, intellect, sun, moon, stars, lightning and the fire. This is real Kartigai Deepam
May the light of lights illumine you all! May Lord Shiva bless you with more light! May you merge in this supreme light and attain the eternal abode of bliss and immortality!
Meditation On Sri Rama
Dhyaayedaajaanubaaham dhritasharadhanusham baddhapadmaasanastham,
Peetam vaaso vasaanam navakamala dala spardhinetram prasannam;
Vaamaankaaroodhaseetaa mukhakamala milal lochanam neeradaabham,
Naanaalankaara deeptam dadhatamuru jataa mandalam raamachandram.
MEANING: One should meditate on Sri Ramachandra, with hands reaching the knees, holding the bow and arrows, seated in the locked-up lotus posture, wearing a yellow garb, with eyes vying with the newly-blossomed lotus petals, with a pleasant gait, who has Sita seated on His left thigh, who is blue like the clouds, who is adorned with all kinds of ornaments and having a big circle of Jata on the head.
Meditation On Sri Krishna
Vamshee vibhooshita karaan navaneeradaabhaat
Peetaambaraadaruna bimbaphalaa dharoshthaat;
Poornendusundara mukhaad aravinda netraat
Krishnaat param kimapi tattwam aham na jaane.
MEANING: I know not any other Reality than the lotus-eyed Krishna with hands adorned with flute, looking like a heavy-laden cloud in lustre, wearing a yellow silk garment, with His lower lip like a ruddy bimba fruit, and with face shining like the full moon.
Meditation On Lord Subramanya
Mahaa matim divya mayoora vaahanam;
Rudrasya soonum sura sainyanaatham
Guham sadaaham sharanam prapadye.
MEANING: I always take refuge in Lord Guha (Lord Subramanya) of six faces, who is of deep red colour and infinite knowledge, who has the divine peacock to ride on, the son of Lord Shiva and the leader of the army of the Devas.
Meditation On Lord Ganesha
Kapittha jamboophala saara bhakshitam;
Umaasutam shoka vinaasha kaaranam
Namaami vighneshwara paada pankajam.
MEANING: I worship the lotus feet of Ganesha, the son of Uma, the destroyer of all sorrows, who is served by the host of gods and elementals, and who takes the essence of the kapittha-jarnbu fruit (fruit resembling the bilwa fruit).
Meditation On Lord Dattatreya
Maalaakamandalu dharah karapadmayugme
Madhyastha paaniyugale damarutrishoolam;
Adhyastha urdhva karayoh shubha shankhachakre
Vande tamatrivaradam bhujashatkayuktam.
MEANING: I meditate on Lord Dattatreya, the son of Atri, who has six hands, who holds the rosary and water-vessel in two hands, with damaru and spear in the other two hands, and with conch and discus in the upper two hands.
Meditation On Sri Shankaracharya
Padmaaseenam prashantam yamaniratamaanan gaari tulya prabhaavam,
Phaale bhasmaankitaam bhasmita rujira mukhaam bhojanindeevaraaksham;
Kambugreevam karaabhyaam avidtamurulasat pustakam jnaanamudraam,
Vandyam geervaana mukhyair natajana varadam bhaavaye shankaraaryam.
MEANING: I meditate on Sri Shankaracharya who is seated in the lotus posture with Jnanamudra, who is calm, endowed with virtues like Yama, Niyama, etc., whose glory is as great as that of Lord Shiva, who wears the sacred ashes on the forehead, whose face resembles the blossomed lotus, with lotus-like eyes, possessing sacred books in hand, who is ever adored by people of high learning and wisdom, and who fulfils the desires of his devotees (who prostrate themselves before him).Hindu calendar
Meditation On Lord Shiva
Shaantam padmaasanastham shashadharamakutam panchavaktram trinetram,
Shoolam vajram cha khadgam parashumabhayadam dakshinaange vahantam;
Naagam paasham cha ghantaam damaruka sahitam chaankusham vaamabhaage,
Naanaalankaara deeptam sphatika maninibham paarvateesham namaami.
MEANING: I prostrate myself before the five-faced Lord of Parvati, who is adorned with various ornaments, who shines like the crystal jewel, who is seated peacefully in the lotus pose, with moon-crested crown, with three eyes, wearing trident, thunderbolt, sword and axe on the right side, who holds the serpent, noose, bell, damaru and spear on the left side, and who gives protection from all fear to His devotees.Hindu calendar
Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra
Om trayambakam yajaamahe sugandhim pushtivardhanam
Urvaarukamiva bandhanaan mrityor muksheeya maamritaat.
Concluding Peace Chants
Sarveshaam swasti bhavatu, sarveshaam shaantir bhavatu,
Sarveshaam poornam bhavatu, sarveshaam mangalam bhavatu;
Sarve bhavantu sukhinah, sarve santu niraamayah,
Sarve bhadraani pashyantu, maakaschid duhkhabhaagbhavet;
Asato maa sad gamaya
Tamaso maa jyotir gamaya
Mrityor maa amritam gamaya;
Om poornamadah poornamidam poornaatpoornamudachyate,
Poornasya poornamaadaaya poornamevaavashishyate.
Om shaantih shaantih shaantih!
Monday, 31 October 2016
Important Festivals November :
03rd NOV THURSDAY NAGULA CHAVITI
05th NOV SATURDAY SKANDA SHASHTHI
06th NOV SUNDAY DST ENDS
07 – 09th NOV MONDAY – WEDNESDAY PAVITROTSAVAM
11th NOV FRIDAY KSHEERABDHI DWADASI
12th NOV SATURDAY SANI TRAYODASI
13th NOV SUNDAY KARTHIKA POORNIMA
16th NOV WEDNESDAY SRI AYYAPPA SWAMY MANDALA PUJA BEGINS
26th NOV SATURDAY SANI TRAYODASI
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Vaikuntha Ekadasi date
Friday, 28 October 2016
Thursday, 27 October 2016
26 OCTOBER 2016 RAMA EKADASHI
27 OCTOBER 2016 DHANA TRAYODASHI
28 OCTOBER 2016 DHANVANTRI JAYANTHI
29 OCTOBER 2016 NARAKA CHATURDASHI-LAKSHMI POOJA
30 OCTOBER 2016 DEEWALI,
31 OCTOBER 2016 KEDHAR GOWRI VRATH,BALI PADYAMI,
1 NOVEMBER 2016 DHANVANTRI DWITHIYA, YAMA POOJA
3 NOVEMBER 2016 NAAGULA CHAVITHI
4 NOVEMBER 2016 GHNAANA PANCHAMI
6 NOVEMBER 2016 SURYA SHASTI,AGNI POOJA
8 NOVEMBER 2016 GHOPASTAMI
10 NOVEMBER 2016 YAAGYA VALKI JAYANTHI,UDDHANA EKADASHI
11 NOVEMBER 2016 CHILUKU DWADASHI,KSHERABHDA DWADASHI
12 NOVEMBER 2016 SHANI TRAYODASHI
13 NOVEMBER 2016 TULASI JAYANTHI,
14 NOVEMBER 2016 JWALA THORANAM,POORNIMA,GURU NANAK JAYANTHI
17 NOVEMBER 2016 SANKASTHA HARA CHATURDHI VRATH
24 NOVEMBER 2016 UTTHAANA EKADASHI
26 NOVEMBER 2016 SHANI TRAYODASHI
27 NOVEMBER 2016 MAASA SIVA RAATRI
29 NOVEMBER 2016 GEETHA JAYANTHI
5 DECEMBER 2016 SUBRAMANYA SHASTI
6 DECEMBER 2016 GURU GOVINDH JAYANTHI,MITRA SAPTHAMI
7 DECEMBER 2016 KAALA BHIRAVA ASTHAMI
10 DECEMBER 2016 MOKSHADA EKADASHI,GEETA JAYANTHI
12 DECEMBER 2016 HANUMATH VRATHAM
13 DECEMBER 2016 DHATTA TRAYA JAYANTHI
17 DECEMBER 2016 SANKASTHA HARA CHATURDHI VRATH
24 DECEMBER 2016 SAPHALA EKADASHI
27 DECEMBER 2016 MAASA SIVA RAATRI
8 JANUARY 2017 PUTRADHA EKADASHI,MUKOOTI EKADASHI Vaikuntha Ekadasi date
9 JANUARY 2017 KURMA DWADASHI
12 JANUARY 2017 VIVEKANANADA JAYANTHI
14 JANUARY 2017 BHOGI
15 JANUARY 2017 MAKARA SANKRANTHI
16 JANUARY 2017 KANUMA
17 JANUARY 2017 MUKANUMA
19 JANUARY 2017 TRISPOSTAKA (THREE STARS)
23 JANUARY 2017 SATILA EKADASHI
27 JANUARY 2017 MAASA SIVA RAATRI
28 JANUARY 2017 MAAGA SNAAN(HOLY BATHING IN RIVER)
1 FEBRUARY 2017 MADHANA PANCHAMI,VASANTH PANCHAMI
3 FEBRUARY 2017 RADHA SAPTHAMI
4 FEBRUARY 2017 BISHMA ASTHAMI
7 FEBRUARY 2017 BHISHMA EKADASHI
10 FEBRUARY 2017 BHIRAVA JAYANTHI,MAHAA MAGHI
14 FEBRUARY 2017 SANKASTHA HARA CHATURDHI VRATH
22 FEBRUARY 2017 VIJAYA EKADASHI
24 FEBRUARY 2017 MAHASIVARATRI
8 MARCH 2017 AMALA EKADASHI
10 MARCH 2017 KAAMA DAHANAM
12 MARCH 2017 LAKSHMI JAYANTHI,HOLLI KA DAHAN
13 MARCH 2017 VASANTOSAVAM,HOLLI
16 MARCH 2017 SAN
24 MARCH 2017 PAAPAMOCHANA EKADASHI,SMARTHA EKADASHI
25 MARCH 2017 SHANI TRAYODASHI
26 MARCH 2017 MAASA SIVA RAATRI
Vaikuntha Ekadasi date
A) GULIKA KAALA :- It is the kala or Time ruled by Shani. It’s believed that any activity carried out during Gulika (Flowering Time) period will be repeated once again. So it’s an auspicious time for starting activities like building a house, buying assets or vehicles. Marriage should not be conducted during this period for obvious reasons. It is also said that dead body should not be taken out of the house to the cremation ground during Gulika kaala. Here is a table showing Gulika for every day of the week.’Gulika Kala’ is considered a good period to undertake new projects
GULIKA KAALA TABLE
Sun rise in AT 6.00AM & SUNSET 6.00PM
|Sunday||15.00 - 16.30 IST|
|Monday||13.30 – 15.00 IST|
|Tuesday||12.00 - 13.30 IST|
|Wednesday||10.30 – 12.00 IST|
|Thursday||9.00 – 10.30 IST|
|Friday||7.30 – 9.00 IST|
|Saturday||6.00 – 7.30 IST|
|Sunday||16.00 - 16.40 IST|
|Monday||12.00 – 12.48 IST|
|Tuesday||08.00 – 08.48 IST|
& 23.00 –23.48 IST
|Wednesday||11.00 – 11.48 IST|
|Thursday||9.30 – 10.10 IST|
& 14.30 –15.15 IST
|Friday||08.00 – 8.48 IST|
|Saturday||07.30 – 09.00 IST|
No auspicious work is to be initiated or journey undertaken during this time since it will not yield a positive or constructive result. It is believed that Rahu Kaal will not affect the work, journey or trade already in progress however we should not sign any major documents or start a new enterprise in this period. The sale or purchase of any assets is also discouraged during Rahu Kaal. It is a very negative period to be shunned for all auspicious and beneficial activities.
RAHU KAALA TABEL
|Sunday||16.30 - 18.00 IST|
|Monday||07.00 – 09.00 IST|
|Tuesday||15.00 – 16.30 IST|
|Wednesday||12.00 – 13.30 IST|
|Thursday||13.30 – 15.00 IST|
|Friday||10.30 – 12.00 IST|
|Saturday||09.00 – 10.30 IST|
Yamagandam means Yama + Gandam (Lord of death+ Bad Time) death time. Only death ceremonies are performed during Yamagandam. Any activity commenced during this time invites the ‘death’ of the work or energies relating to that work. So an activity during Yamagandam leads to a failure or destruction of the end-result. Avoid commencing important, money-related or travel activities, during this time. Leave your current location or have your meeting, or start your activity earlier than or after the Yamagandam time. Don’t be tempted to use this time-slot to end some issue as it is dangerous to plan an activity during this time as the end- result could be a failure for you. Following is a table showing Yamagandam.It is not considered good time for undertaking any project.
|Sunday||12.00 – 13.30 IST|
|Monday||10.30 – 12.00 IST|
|Tuesday||09.00 – 10.30 IST|
|Wednesday||07.30 – 09.00 IST|
|Thursday||06.00 – 07.30 IST|
|Friday||13.30 – 15.00 IST|
|Saturday||15.00 – 16.30 IST|
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Shankha chakra gaddaa-haste, Mahaa Lakshmi namo-astute.
Ohm Namaste garu-daaroode, kolaa-surabhayankari;
Sarvapaapa hare devi, Mahaa Lakshmi namo-astute.
Ohm Sarvagyesarvavarde, sarvadusthabhayankari;
Sarvaduhkha hare devi, MahaaLaxminamo-astute.
Ohm siddhi buddhipradedevi. bhukti-muktipradaayini;
Mantra moortesadaadevi, MahaaLaxminamo astute.
Ohm Aadhyantarahitedevi, aadhya-shaktemaheshvari;
Yogaje yoga-sambhoote, Mahaa Lakshmi namo-astute.
Ohm Stoolasukshammahaarovdre, mahaashaktemahodaye;
Mahaapaapa hare devi, MahaaLaxminamo-astute.
Ohm Padmaasanas-thitedevi, pare brahma svaroopini;
Para meshijagan-maatar, MahaaLaxminamo-astute.
Ohm Svetaambardharedevi, naanaalankaarbhooshite;
Ohm MahaaLaksham-yashtakstotram, yahahpathed-bhakti maannarah;
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Om Sri VenkateshaayaNamaha
Om Lakshmi PathayeNamaha
Om Sri harayeNamaha
Om Deva poojithaayaNamaha
Om Aneka MoorthayeNamaha
Om Kati hasthaayaNamaha
Om Aarthalokaabhayapradhaaya Namaha
Om Bhakta vathsalaayaNamaha
Om Ghanasaarasanmadhyakasturi ThilakojwalaNamaha
Om Jaganmagaladaayakaaya Namaha
Om Yagnaroopaaya Namaha
Om YagnaBhokthre Namaha
Om Chinmayaaya Namaha
Om Parameshwaraya Namaha
Om Sri vibhaveNamaha
Sri Venkateshwara Ashtothra Shatanaamavali
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SHIVA LINGASHTAKAM - A PRAYER TO LORD SHIVA-WITH MEANING Shiva Lingashtakam Mantra or Shiv LingaAshtakam Mantra is a highly revered prayer to Lord Shiva. Shiva Lingashtakam Mantra features eight Stanzas on Shivalinga and it is said that any devotee who chants the holy octet of the Shiva Lingam with great devotion would in the end get moksha and reach the Shiva Loka (The world of Lord Shiva)
BRAHMA MURARI SURARCHITA LINGAM
NIRMALA BHASITA SOBHITA LINGAM.
JANMAJA DUKHA VINASAKA LINGAM
TAT PRANAMAMI SADASIVA LINGAM.
I bow before that Lingam, which is the eternal Shiva,Which is worshipped by Brahma, Vishnu and other Devas,Which is pure and resplendent,And which destroys sorrows of birth.
DEVAMUNI PRAVARARCHITA LINGAM
KAMADAHANA KARUNAKARA LINGAM
RAVANA DARPA VINASAKA LINGAM
TAT PRANAMAMI SADASIVA LINGAM.
I bow before that Lingam, which is the eternal Shiva,Which is worshipped by great sages and devas,Which destroyed the god of love,Which showers mercy,And whichdestroyed the pride of Ravana.
SARVA SUGANDHI SULEPITA LINGAM
BUDDHI VIVARDHANA KARANA LINGAM
SIDDHA SURASURA VANDITA LINGAM
TAT PRANAMAMI SADASIVA LINGAM.
I bow before that Lingam, which is the eternal Shiva,Which is anointed by perfumes, Which leads to growth of wisdom,And which is worshipped by sages, devas and Asuras.
KANAKA MAHA MANI BHUSHITA LINGAM
PANIPHATI VESHTITHA SHOBHITA LINGAM.
DAKSHASU YAJNA VINASHANA LINGAM
TAT PRANAMAMI SADASIVA LINGAM.
I bow before that Lingam, which is the eternal Shiva,Which is ornamented by gold and great jewels,Which shines with the snake being with it,And which destroyed the Yagna of Daksha
KUMKUMA CHANDANA LEPITA LINGAM
PANKAJA HARA SUSHOSBHITA LINGAM
SANCHITA PAPA VINASHANA LINGAM
TAT PRANAMAMI SADASIVA LINGAM
I bow before that Lingam, which is the eternal Shiva, Which is adorned by sandal paste and saffron,Which wears the garland of lotus flowers,And which can destroy accumulated sins
DEVAGANARCHITA SEVITA LINGAM
BHAVAIR BHAKTIBHI REVACHA LINGAM
DINAKARAKOTI PRABHAKARA LINGAM
TAT PRANAMAMI SADASIVA LINGAM.
I bow before that Lingam, which is the eternal Shiva,Which is served by gods and otherbeings,Which is the doorway for devotion and good thought,And which shines like billions of Suns
ASHTADALO PARIVESHTIA LINGAM
SARVA SAMUDBHAVA KARANA LINGAM
ASHTADARIDRA VINASHANA LINGAM
TATPRANAMAMI SADASHIVA LINGAM.
I bow before that Lingam, which is the eternal Shiva,Which is surrounded by eight petals,Which is the prime reason of all riches,And which destroys eight types of poverty.
SURAGURU SURAVARA PUJITA LINGAM
SURAVANA PUSHPA SADARCHITA LINGAM
PARATPARAM PARAMATMAKA LINGAM
TATPRANAMAMI SADASHIVA LINGAM
I bow before that Lingam, which is the eternal Shiva,Which is worshipped by the teacher of gods, Which is worshipped by the best of gods,Which is always worshipped by the flowers, From the garden of Gods,Which is the eternal abode,And which is the ultimate truth
YAT PATHET SHIVASANNIDHAU
SHIVENA SAHA MODATE.
Anyone who chants the holy octet of the Lingam,In the holy presence of Lord Shiva, Would in the end reach the world of Shiva, ,And keep him company
Vaikuntha Ekadasi date
ADITYA YACHA SOMAYA MANGALAYA CHA
GURU SHUKRA SHANI BYASCHA RAAHAVE KETAVE NAMAH
JAPAKUSUMA SAMKASHAM KASHYAPEYAM MAHADWITHIM TAMOORIM
SARVAPAAPAGHNAM PRANATOSMI DIVAAKARAM.
DADHISHAMKHATUSHAARAABHAM KSHIRODAARNAVA SAMBHAVAM
NAMAMI SHASHINAM SOMAM SHAMBHORMUKUTA BHUSHANAM.
DHARANIGARBHA SAMBHOOTAM VIDYUTKANTHA SAMAPRABHAM
KUMARAM SHAKTI HASTAM TVAM MANGALAM PRANAMAAMYAHAM.
PRIYAMGUMKALIKAASHYAMAM RUPENAPRATIMAM BUDHAM SOWMYAM
SOWMYAGUNOPETAM TVAM BUDHAM PRANAMAAMYAHAM .
DEVANAMCHA RUSHINAMCHA GURUM KAMCHANA SANNIBHAM
BUDDIMANTAM TRILOKESHAM TVAM NAMAMI BRUHASPATIM .
HIMA KUMDA MRUNALABHAM DAITYANAAMPARAMAM GURUM
SARWASHASTRA PRAVAKTARAM BHARGAVAM PRANAMAMYAHAM
NEELAAMJANA SAMABHASAM RAVIPUTRAM YAMAAGRAJAM
CHHAYAMARTANDA SAMBHOOTAM TVAM NAMMAMI SHANISCHARAM.
ARDHAKAYAM MAHAVEERAM CHANDRAADITYA VIMARDHANAM
SIMHIKAGARBHA SAMBHOOTAM TAM RAHUM PRANAMAAMYAHAM.
PALASHA PUSPHASAMKASHAM TARAKA GRAHA MASTAKAM ROWDRAM
ROWDRATMAKAM GHORAM TAM KETUM PRANAMAAMYAHAM.
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1. om shriyai namah
2. om umayai namah
3. om bharatyai namah
4. om bhadrayai namah
5. om sharvanyai namah
6. om vijayayai namah
7. om jayayai namah
8. om vanyai namah
9. om sarvagatayai namah
10. om gauryai namah
11. om varahyai namah
12. om kamalapriyayai namah
13. om sarasvatyai namah
14. om kamalayai namah
15. om mayayai namah
16. om matangyai namah
17. om aparayai namah
18. om ajayai namah
19. om shankabharyai namah
20. om shivayai namah
21. om chandayai namah
22. om kundalyai namah
23. om vaishnnavyai namah
24. om kriyayai namah
25. om shriyai namah
26. om aindrayai namah
27. om madhumatyai namah
28. om girijayai namah
29. om subhagayai namah
30. om anbikayai namah
31. om tarayai namah
32. om padmavatyai namah
33. om hansayai namah
34. om padmanabhasahodaryai namah
35. om aparnayai namah
36. om lalitayai namah
37. om dhatryai namah
38. om kumaryai namah
39. om shikhavahinyai namah
40. om shanbhavyai namah
41. om sumukhyai namah
42. om maitryai namah
43. om trinetrayai namah
44. om vishvaroopinyai namah
45. om aaryayai namah
46. om mridanyai namah
47. om hinkaryai namah
48. om krodhinyai namah
49. om sudinayai namah
50. om achalayai namah
51. om sookshmayai namah
52. om paratparayai namah
53. om shobhayai namah
54. om sarvavarnayai namah
55. om harapriyayai namah
56. om mahalakshmyai namah
57. om mahasiddhayai namah
58. om svadhayai namah
59. om svahayai namah
60. om manonmanyai namah
61. om trilokapalinyai namah
62. om udbhootayai namah
63. om trisandhyayai namah
64. om tripurantakyai namah
65. om trishaktyai namah
66. om tripadayai namah
67. om durgayai namah
68. om brahmayai namah
69. om trailokyavasinyai namah
70. om pushkarayai namah
71. om atrisutayai namah
72. om goodhayai namah
73. om trivarnayai namah
74. om trisvarayai namah
75. om trigunayai namah
76. om nirgunayai namah
77. om satyayai namah
78. om nirvikalpayai namah
79. om niranjinyai namah
80. om jvalinyai namah
81. om malinyai namah
82. om charchayai namah
83. om kravyadop nibarhinyai namah
84. om kamakshyai namah
85. om kaminyai namah
86. om kantayai namah
87. om kamadayai namah
88. om kalahansinyai namah
89. om salajjayai namah
90. om kulajayai namah
91. om pragyyai namah
92. om prabhayai namah
93. om madanasundaryai namah
94. om vagishvaryai namah
95. om vishalakshyai namah
96. om sumangalyai namah
97. om kalyai namah
98. om maheshvaryai namah
99. om chandyai namah
100. om bhairavyai namah
101. om bhuvaneshvaryai namah
102. om nityayai namah
103. om sanandavibhavayai namah
104. om satyagyanayai namah
105. om tamopahayai namah
106. om maheshvarapriyankaryai namah
107. om mahatripurasundaryai namah
108. om durgaparameshvaryai namaha.
Om Sree mahaa Durga Devi namah ithi Astotara satanamavali pooja
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