Thursday, November 7, 2013

Bhaiya Dooj holy dip in Yamuna

It is believed that if the brother and the sister take holy dip together in Yamuna on Bhai Dooj day then they would get rid of Yama Lok troubles. This year, Bhai Dooj was observed on November 5, Tuesday. On the significant day of Bhai Dooj, which is observed on Kartik Shukla Dwitiya as per Hindu almanac, thousands of brothers and sisters took holy dip at Vishram Ghat of Mathura.

According to legends, Yamuna the daughter of the Surya Dev after getting cursed reached Mathura after wondering at different places. Goddess Yamuna took rest at Mathura and the place where she rested got famous as Vishram Ghat. Lord Yamaraj who is the son of Surya Dev and the elder brother of Goddess Yamuna came to Vishram Ghat to meet His sister. It is believed that it was an emotive meeting for Lord Yama and Goddess Yamuna. Goddess Yamuna did auspicious Tika to Lord Yama and in return Lord Yama asked Her to make any wish which He can fulfill. Goddess Yamuna asked that anyone who takes dip in my water at our meeting place would never go to Yama Lok.

Bhaiya Dooj Tika after holy dip in Yamuna at Vishram Ghat
Since then brothers and sisters take bath together every year on the auspicious day of Kartik Dwitiya. After bath sisters do Tika on the forehead of their brothers. After this brothers and sisters visit Yamuna Maharani and Dharmaraj temple at Vishram Ghat and offer Puja, clothes and various Shringar items.

Govardhan Puja

Govardhan Puja celebrations are none other than those at Govardhan town in Mathura. Govardhan Puja is celebrated on the next day of Diwali on Kartik Pratipada. Devotees throng to Govardhan hills from far flung places on the auspicious day of Govardhan Puja. In 2013, Govardhan Puja was celebrated on November 4, Monday.

Chhappan Bhog offered to Lord Giriraj on Govardhan Puja
The Puja began around 4 a.m. during Arunodaya time. Devotees took holy dip at the bank of Manasi Ganga and lit lamps to pay their respects to the holy lake. It is believed that Manasi Ganga was created by Lord Krishna itself. After holy dip at Manasi Ganga people worshipped Lord Giriraj Maharaj and performed Sapta-Kosi Parikrama of Govardhan Hills. Giriraj Maharaj is one of the several names of Lord Krishna.

Giriraj Maharaj made of cow-dung 
Traditionally, devotees who are not able to visit Govardhan hills make Giriraj Maharaj with cow-dung at home and worship it in the evening. People offer various types of food to Lord Giriraj and this ritual of offering different type of food items to Lord Krishna is known as Chhappan Bhog.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Ravi Pushya Yoga - Oct 27, (Sunday)

Ravi Pushya Yoga is highly regarded Yoga in astrology. Pushya is an auspicious Nakshatra and when it falls on Sunday it forms highly auspicious Ravi Pushya Yoga. 

Details of next Ravi Pushya Yoga are following.

Ravi Pushya Yoga Day on October 27, 2013 (Sunday) 
Start Time - After Sunrise
End Time - upto 19:13

As Diwali is just around the corner it is good time to do Diwali shopping. The five days Diwali Calendar can be checked at Diwali Calendar

People prefer Ravi Pushya Yoga to do shopping for upcoming marriages, events and festivals as this time is considered auspicious to buy all sort of new items. According to astrology, along with new items, Goddess Lakshmi comes and resides within the home for long time.

Ravi Pushya Yoga is also considered good to buy new car or any other vehicle, gold and diamond jewelry, domestic and electronic items. On this day any new venture can also be started. It is believed that all new works, started during this time, are fulfilled and give positive results.

In a year only two or three times such auspicious Yoga is formed. Ravi Pushya Yoga is also known as Ravi Pushya Nakshatra Yoga.

Exact time for Ravi Pushya Yoga can be found on the following link Ravi Pushya Yoga.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Vijayadashami on October 13th or 14th

As per Drik Panchang the date of Vijayadashami in 2013 is on October 13thThe team of Drik Panchang has received many queries on the date of Vijayadashami. Many sources have published Vijayadashami on 14th October.

We follow festivals rules mentioned in religious texts, including Puranas to decide the day of the festival. We don’t change our calculations to match the modern dates of the festivals and stick to what have been dictated in various religious texts.

This year there is no dispute among various religious texts to decide the day of Vijayadashami. On October 13th, Dashami Tithi starts at 13:17 and prevails during whole Aparahana duration (i.e. afternoon). It is Aparahana time of the day when most rituals on Vijayadashami are followed. Further most religious texts emphasize on the importance of Shravana Nakshatra on the day of Vijayadashami. On October 13th, Shravana Nakshatra prevails from sunrise to throughout the day.

Lord Rama killing demon Ravana on Dussehra
On October 14th Dashami Tithi is getting over at 11:15 only and this day doesn’t have significant touch of Shravana Nakshatra. Devotees who would observe Vijayadashami rituals on October 13th should not have any doubts on the significance of the day compare to October 14th. The day of October 14th has neither Tithi during Aparahana time nor the Sparsh of Shravana Nakshatra. 

The city based timings for Vijay Muhurat and Aparahana Puja Time can be checked on the following page Vijayadashami Puja Time.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

21 Patra for Ganesha Chaturthi

List of 21 Patra for Ganesha Chaturthi Puja 
In Hinduism, flowers and leaves are given utmost importance while worshipping Hindu Gods and Goddesses. All Gods and Goddesses have their own favorite list of flowers and leaves.

While worshipping Gods and Goddesses, devotees choose only those flowers and leaves which are favorite of the deity. Some flowers and leaves are prohibited for some of the deities and should not be offered to them.

21 different types of leaves are suggested for Ganesha Chaturthi Puja and popularly known as Patris Puja or Patra Puja. As it is not practical to have all of them during the Puja time, devotees can include some of them in Puja Samagari.

Due to one legend in Ganesha Purana which talks about Tulasi and Lord Ganesha cursing each other, Tulasi leaves are not offered to Lord Ganesha. However as an exception Tulasi leaves are offered to Lord Ganesha during Ganesha Chaturthi Puja which is also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi Puja. 

1. Peepal Patra
Peepal patra
Hindi – पीपल 
English - Peepal Tree
Botanical – Ficus Religiosa 
Sanskrit – अश्वत्थः  
Telugu – Raavi 
Marathi - पिंपळ  
Oriya – Ashwatth Patram

2. Bael Patra
Bael Patra
Hindi – बेल
English - Bengal Quince, Stone Apple
Botanical – Aegle Marmelos
Sanskrit – बिल्व
Telugu – Vilvam
Marathi - बेल

3. Durva Patra
Durva Patra
Hindi – दूर्वा, दूब
English - Bahama grass, Indian doab
Botanical – Cynodon Dactylon
Sanskrit – दूर्वा
Telugu – Arugampul, Garika
Marathi – दूर्वा

4. Datura Patra
Dhatura Patra
Hindi – धतूरा
English - Thorn Apple, Downy Thorn Apple
Botanical – Datura Innoxia, Datura Metel
Sanskrit – धत्तूर
Telugu – Ummetta
Marathi – धोत्रा

5. Tulasi Patra
Tulasi Patra
Hindi – तुलसी
English – Basil, Holy Basil
Botanical – Ocimum Sanctum
Sanskrit – तुलसी
Telugu – Tulasi
Marathi – तुळशी, तुळस

6. Apamarga Patra
Apamarga Patra
Hindi – अपामार्ग
English – Prickly Chaff Flower
Botanical – Achyranthes Aspera
Sanskrit – अपामार्ग, अपामार्गसस्यम्, खरमञ्जरी
Telugu – Uttareni
Marathi - अघाडा

7. Ber Patra
Ber Patra
Hindi – बेर
English – Indian date, Jujube
Botanical – Ziziphus Mauritiana, Ziziphus Jujuba
Sanskrit – बदर
Telugu – Regu
Marathi – बोर

8. Aam Patra
Aam Patra
Hindi – आम
English – Mango
Botanical – Mangifera Indica
Sanskrit – आम्र, अम्लफल
Telugu – Mamidaaku
Marathi - आंबा

9. Kaner Patra
Kaner Patra
Hindi – कनेर
English – Oleander, Indian Oleander, Red Oleander
Botanical – Nerium Indicum
Sanskrit – करवीर
Telugu – Ganneru
Marathi – कणेर, कणेरी

10. Shankhpushpi Patra
Shankhpushpi Patra
Hindi – शंखपुष्पी
English – Bindweed, Aloe weed
Botanical – Convolvulus Pluricaulis
Sanskrit – शङ्खपुष्पी
Telugu – Vishnukanta
Marathi – शंखवेल, गोकर्णी

11. Anaar Patra
Anaar Patra
Hindi – अनार
English – Pomegranate
Botanical – Punica Granatum
Sanskrit – दाडिमफलम्
Telugu – Danimma
Marathi – डाळिंब

12. Devdar Patra
Devdar Patra
Hindi – देवदार
English – Deodar Cedar, Himalayan Cedar
Botanical – Cedrus Deodara
Sanskrit – देवदारु
Telugu – Devadaru
Marathi – देवदार

13. Maruvaka Patra
Maruvaka Patra
Hindi – मरुआ
English – Marjoram
Botanical – Origanum Majorana
Sanskrit – सुरभिपत्त्र
Telugu – Maruvam
Marathi –

14. Sindhuvara Patra
Sindhuvara Patra
Hindi – निर्गुंडी
English – Five-Leaved Chaste Tree, Horseshoe vitex
Botanical – Vitex Negundo
Sanskrit – सिन्धुवार
Telugu – Sindhuvara, Vavili
Marathi – निर्गुंडी

15. Chameli Patra
Chameli Patra
Hindi – चमेली
English – Jasmine, Spanish jasmine, Royal jasmine
Botanical – Jasminum Grandiflorum
Sanskrit – मालती, मल्ललका
Telugu – Jaji
Marathi – जाई

16. Shami Patra
Shami Patra
Hindi – खेजड़ी, शमी
English – Prosopis cineraria
Botanical – Prosopis Cineraria
Sanskrit – केशदमनी, शङ्कुफला, पापशमनी
Telugu – Jammi
Marathi – शमी

17. Arjuna Patra
Arjuna Patra
Hindi – अर्जुन वृक्ष, कौहा / कोह
English – White Marudah
Botanical – Terminalia Arjuna
Sanskrit – अर्जुनवृक्षः, अर्जुन
Telugu – Tella Maddi, Yerra Maddi
Marathi – अर्जुन वृक्ष

18. Arka Patra
Arka Patra
Hindi – आक, मुदर
English – Sodom, Sodom Apple, Dead Sea Apple
Botanical – Calotropis Procera
Sanskrit – अर्क
Telugu – Jilledu
Marathi – अर्क, अर्की

19. Brihathi Patra
Brihathi Patra
Hindi – बृहती
English – Poison Berry, Indian Nightshade, African Eggplant
Botanical – Solanum Indicum
Sanskrit – बृहती
Telugu – Vaakudaaku
Marathi –

20. Nagadona Patra
Nagadona Patra
Hindi – नागदोना, दवना
English – Mugwort, Common Wormwood
Botanical – Artemisia Vulgaris
Sanskrit – नागदमन, दमनक
Telugu – Masipatri
Marathi – ढोरदवना
Oriya – Dayona

21. Gandaki Patra
Gandaki Patra
Hindi – गुलु, कुलु
English – Sterculia, Bassora Tragacanth, Indian Tragacanth
Botanical – Latha Durva, Sterculia Urens
Sanskrit –
Telugu – Tapasi Chettu
Marathi – कांडोळ
Oriya – Gudalo

In 2013 Ganesha Chaturthi is on Sept 9, Monday
In 2014 Ganesha Chaturthi would be on Aug 29, Friday

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Grand Abhisheka at Janmabhoomi

Grand Abhisheka at Janmabhoomi on Krishna Janmashtami 

On Krishna Janmashtami, grand Abhisheka was performed at Bhagwat Bhawan of Krishna Janmabhoomi Mathura. The milk, curd, Ghee, Boora (the crusted sugar), honey and the water from the Ganga and the Yamuna were used for Abhisheka. Later the Panchamrit, formed due to Abhisheka, was distributed to devotees. 

Being the birth place of Lord Krishna, it is the most significant place to watch the birth rituals of Lord Krishna. On the eve of Janmashtami 1008 Brahma Kamal (lotus flowers) were brought from Himalaya and were offered to Lord Krishna. 

It was the 5240th birth celebration of Lord Krishna. For details on the time of birth of Lord Krishna please visit Birth Time of Lord Krishna.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Nandotsav after Janmashtami

Nandotsav on the next day of Krishna Janmashtami 

Nandotsav which is also known as Nanda Mahotsav is celebrated on the next day of Krishna Janmashtami. Nandotsav is celebrated in most of the Krishna temples in Mathura and Vrindavan. In 2013, the date of Nandotsav is August 29. 

The word Nandotsav is formed after joining of Nanda and Mahotsav. Nanda refers to foster father of Lord Krishna and Mahotsav refers to celebrations. Hence the event refers to celebrations held at Nandgaon to mark the arrival of Lord Krishna. 

Nandotsav is also referred as Dadhi-Kando (दधिकांदौ). Dadhi-Kando is a mixture of curd and milk which is colored with Haldi, Chandan and Kesar known as turmeric, sandal and saffron respectively. In Dadhi-Kando, Dadhi refers to the curd and Kando refers to the sludge. 

Dadhi Kando is thrown on devotees during Nandotsav celebrations. Devotees who are sprinkled or smeared by Dadhi Kando are considered lucky as it is believed to be “Lala ki Chhee Chee” i.e. potty of new born Krishna

Dahi Handi is another popular event which is organized on the same day of Nandotsav.