Thursday, March 22, 2012
Friday, February 24, 2012
सूर्य गोचर के समय जिस नक्षत्र में है, उससे चन्द्र्मा का नक्षत्र जब 4,9,6,10,13,20 वाँ पडे़ तब उस दिन रवियोग होता है.
A Ravi Yoga is formed when Moon is four nakshatra's away from Sun. This yoga is the destroyer of all inauspiciousness, a good day for successful action and intent. This occurs when Moon nakshatra is 4,6,9,10,13 and 20 nakshatras distant from the Sun nakshatra. Ravi Yoga is a specific time period in Hindu lunar month. It is a good time period for important ceremonies like house warming, bringing car home, closing of home deal, opening of shops, booking of cars etc. Ravi Yoga nullifies all the bad muhurtas. In February 2012 Ravi Yoga time period and dates are given below:
From 6:00 AM on February 1, 2012 to 11:10 AM on February 3, 2012.
From 1:54 PM on February 5, 2012 to 2:11 PM on February 6, 2012
From 11:53 PM on February 6, 2012 to 1:48 PM on February 7, 2012
From 4:43 AM on February 13, 2012 to 3:13 AM on February 14, 2012
From 5:21 AM on February 25, 2012 to 7:59 AM on February 26, 2012
From 10:56 AM on February 27, 2012 to 2:04 PM on February 28, 2012
Holi (होली), is a religious spring festival celebrated by Hindus. Holi is also known as festival of Colours. Holi festival is celebrated on Full Moon day in Phlagun month, Falgun Purnima. Holi is also known as Holi Dhuleti, Dhulandi Holi, Holika, Lathmar Holi, Rang Panchami, Phagu, Dol Yatra, Basantotsav, etc. Holi festival marks the onset of the Spring Season (Vasant Ritu). In 2012 Holi will be celebrated on Thursday, 8 March 2012.
Holi is celebrated for seven to ten days in many holy places in North India. In Mathura, Barsana, and Vrindavan, Holi is celebrated for ten days. It starts with Laddoo Holi and Lathmar Holi in Barsana and continues until Rang Panchami. Holika Dahan also known as Choti Holi, is celebrated a day prior to Holi. It marks the burning of evils. Holi (Dhulandi) will be on March 08 and Holika Dahan will be on March 07 in 2012.
Happy Holi to All
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Fast of Mahashivaratri is very significant for devotees of lord Shiva. Lord Shiva get easily pleased by observing this fast and the wishes of the devotee comes true. This fast can be observed by everyone whether men, women, children, youths or old aged.
ऊँ त्रयम्बकं यजामहे सुगंधिम पुष्टिवर्धनम
उर्वारुकमिव बन्धनान मृत्योर्मुक्षीय मा मृतात
दारिद्रयदुःखदहनाय नमः शिवाय ॥1॥
गङ्गाधराय गजराजविमर्दनाय ॥
दारिद्रयदुःखदहनाय नमः शिवाय . ॥2॥
ज्योतिर्मयाय गुणनामसुनृत्यकाय ॥
दारिद्रयदुःखदहनाय नमः शिवाय॥3॥
मञ्जीरपादयुगलाय जटाधराय ॥
दारिद्रयदुःखदहनाय नमः शिवाय॥4॥
आनंतभूमिवरदाय तमोमयाय ॥
दारिद्रयदुःखदहनाय नमः शिवाय ॥5॥
नेत्रत्रयाय शुभलक्षणलक्षिताय ॥
दारिद्रयदुःखदहनाय नमः शिवाय ॥6॥
पुण्येषु पुण्यभरिताय सुरार्चिताय॥
दारिद्रयदुःखदहनाय नमः शिवाय ॥7॥
मुक्तेश्वराय फलदाय गणेश्वराय
मातङग्चर्मवसनाय महेश्वराय ॥
दारिद्रयदुःखदहनाय नमः शिवाय ॥8॥
वसिष्ठेन कृतं स्तोत्रं सर्वरोगनिवारणम्।
सर्वसम्पत्करं शीघ्रं पुत्रपौत्रादिवर्धनम्।
त्रिसंध्यं यः पठेन्नित्यं स हि स्वर्गमवाप्नुयात्
दारिद्रयदुःखदहनाय नमः शिवाय ॥9॥
नमामीशमीशान निर्वाण रूपं, विभुं व्यापकं ब्रह्म वेदः स्वरूपम् ।
निजं निर्गुणं निर्विकल्पं निरीहं, चिदाकाश माकाशवासं भजेऽहम् ॥
निराकार मोंकार मूलं तुरीयं, गिराज्ञान गोतीतमीशं गिरीशम् ।
करालं महाकाल कालं कृपालुं, गुणागार संसार पारं नतोऽहम् ॥
स्फुरन्मौलि कल्लोलिनी चारू गंगा, लसद्भाल बालेन्दु कण्ठे भुजंगा॥
चलत्कुण्डलं शुभ्र नेत्रं विशालं, प्रसन्नाननं नीलकण्ठं दयालम् ।
मृगाधीश चर्माम्बरं मुण्डमालं, प्रिय शंकरं सर्वनाथं भजामि ॥
प्रचण्डं प्रकष्टं प्रगल्भं परेशं, अखण्डं अजं भानु कोटि प्रकाशम् ।
त्रयशूल निर्मूलनं शूल पाणिं, भजेऽहं भवानीपतिं भाव गम्यम् ॥
कलातीत कल्याण कल्पान्तकारी, सदा सच्चिनान्द दाता पुरारी।
चिदानन्द सन्दोह मोहापहारी, प्रसीद प्रसीद प्रभो मन्मथारी ॥
न यावद् उमानाथ पादारविन्दं, भजन्तीह लोके परे वा नराणाम् ।
न तावद् सुखं शांति सन्ताप नाशं, प्रसीद प्रभो सर्वं भूताधि वासं ॥
न जानामि योगं जपं नैव पूजा, न तोऽहम् सदा सर्वदा शम्भू तुभ्यम् ।
जरा जन्म दुःखौघ तातप्यमानं, प्रभोपाहि आपन्नामामीश शम्भो ॥
ये पठन्ति नरा भक्तयां तेषां शंभो प्रसीदति।।
Friday, January 27, 2012
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
'Kumbh Fair' takes place when the planet Jupiter enters Aquarius and the Sun enters Aries. The Ardh (half) Kumbh Mela is held every 6th years at Haridwar and Prayag (Allahabad), the Purna (complete) Kumbh Mela is celebrated every twelve years at four places Prayag, Haridwar, Ujjain, and Nashik.
-Prayag (near the city of Allahabad, in the state of Uttar Pradesh) at the confluence of three rivers Ganga (Ganges), Yamuna and mythical Saraswati.
-Haridwar (in the state of Uttaranchal Pradesh) where the river Ganga enters the plains from Himalayas.
-Ujjain (in Madhya Pradesh), on the banks of Ksipra river.
-Nasik (in Maharashtra) on the banks of Godavari river.
The Maha (great) Kumbh Mela which comes after 12 'Purna Kumbh Melas', or 144 years, is held at Prayag.
Kumbh Mela is celebrated at different locations depending on the position of the planet of Jupiter and the sun. When Jupiter and the sun are in the zodiac sign Leo during the Hindu month of Bhadraprada (August-September) it is held in Trimbakeshwar (Nashik); when the sun is in Aries and Jupiter is in Aquarius during the Hindu month of Chaitra (March-April) it is celebrated at Haridwar; when Jupiter is in Aries or Taurus and the sun and Moon are in Capricorn during the Hindu month of Magha (January-February) Kumbha Mela is celebrated at Prayag (Allahabad); and Jupiter and the sun are in Scorpio the Mela is celebrated at Ujjain. In 2013 the Purna Kumbh Mela will be held on Allahabad which occurs after every 12th years.
Next Kumbh Mela
2013 Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad (January 27 to February 25, 2013).
2015 Kumbh Mela in Nashik (August 15 to September 13, 2015)
2016 Kumbh Mela in Ujjain (April 22 to May 21, 2016)
Dates of Maha Kumbh Mela, Allahabad 2013
27 January to 25 February 2013
Main Bathing Dates 2013:
Paush Purnima – 27 January 2013
Ekadashi Snan – 6 February 2013
Mauni Amavasya Snan – 10 February 2013: MAIN DATE
Basant Panchami Snan – 15 February 2013
Rath Saptami Snan – 17 February 2013
Bhishma Ekadasi Snan – 18 February 2013
Maghi Purnima Snan – 25 February 2013
Kumbh means pot or pitcher. Mela means festival or fair. Hence, the Kumbh Mela means festival of the pot. It specifically relates to the pot of nectar in Hindu mythology. Legend has it that the gods once lost their strength. In order to regain it, they agreed with the demons to churn the primordial ocean of milk for amrit (the nectar of immortality). The Mandara Mountain acted as the churning rod and Vasuki (king of serpents) was used as a rope for churning. Kumbh was the pot which consist the nectar of immortality and was recovered from Samudramanthan. This was to be shared equally between them. They churned the ocean for 1000 years, where demons were holding Vasuki’s head and Gods were holding its tail. Finally after this entire churning process, Dhanwantari appeared with Kumbh in his palms. To prevent the amrita (elixir of immortality) from demons, its safety was entrusted to Gods Brahaspati, Surya, Shani and Chandra. After learning the conspiracy of the Devtas, demons turned vicious and attacked them. However, a fight broke out, which went on for 12 human years. During the battle, the celestial bird, Garuda, flew away with the Kumbh that held the nectar. Drops of nectar are believed to have fallen in the places that the Kumbh Mela is now held -- Prayag (Allahabad), Haridwar, Nashik, and Ujjain.
It is believed that these drops gave mystical powers to these places. It is to make oneself gain on those powers that Kumbh Mela has been celebrated in each of the four places. Pilgrims who attend the Kumbh Mela come to see and listen to these men, in order to gain spiritual enlightenment. The main ritual performed at that Kumbh Mela is the ritual bath. Hindus believe that submerging themselves in the sacred waters on the most auspicious day of the new moon will absolve them and their ancestors of sin, thus ending the cycle of rebirth.