Shravana Rudra Saptami

Shravana Rudra Saptami is an auspicious vrata dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. In 2023, Shravana Rudra Saptami date is November 19. It is observed on Saptami in Shukla Paksha of Kartik Month. As Shravana Nakshatra is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Shiva is worshipped in Karthika Masam in South India, this vrata is […]

Som Pradosha Vrata, 30 December 2013


Today, October 30, 2013 is Som Pradosha Puja, Pradosham Shiva Pooja. As it falls on Monday (Somavara), it is also referred to as Som Pradosha Vrata. It falls on Trayodashi in Krishna Paksha in Paush Month in Hindu calendars followed in North Indian states and in Margashirsha Month as per Maharashtra, Karnataka, Gujarat, Goa and […]

Rajan Zed listed as ‘Global Person of the Year’

Rajan Zed

“Face2News”, a tri-lingual (English, Hindi and Punjabi) Internet newspaper from Chandigarh (India), has selected distinguished religious statesman Rajan Zed as “Global Person of the Year” for 2013. “Face2News”, which aims at “stimulating the public discourse in right direction”, says that its team headed by Chief Editor Dharam Loona and Editor Roshan Lal Goyal and constituted […]’s Lord Ganesha pants, Upset Hindus urge Amazon to withdraw

Upset Hindus have urged world’s largest online retailer headquartered in Seattle (USA) for the immediate withdrawal of pants carrying image of Lord Ganesha and sold on its website, calling it inappropriate. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that Lord Ganesha was highly revered in Hinduism and was […]

Approval of Hindu-Sikh seat by Afghan Parliament Upper House, Hindus welcomed

Hindus have welcomed the reported approval by Afghanistan National Assembly House of Elders (Meshrano Jirga) of reserving one seat for Hindus and Sikhs in the House of People (Wolesi Jirga) in 2015 elections. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, called thus efforts at giving representation to country’s Hindus and […]

Hindu statesman Zed welcomed at Xmas celebrations in Nevada

In a remarkable interfaith gesture, distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed was invited and welcomed by Living Stones Church in Reno and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Sparks over their Christmas celebrations. At Living Stones Church, Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, was welcomed by Harvey Turner, Founding […]

Hindus urge California fashion company to recall Lord Ganesha pants

Upset Hindus have urged for the immediate withdrawal of pants carrying image of Lord Ganesha sold by a Southern California (USA) based firm Teeki, calling it inappropriate. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that Lord Ganesha was highly revered in Hinduism and was meant to be worshipped in […]

Zed talked to highschoolers on Hinduism

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed talked about Hinduism and its contributions to the world to Rainshadow Community Charter High School students in Reno (Nevada, USA) on December 18. Kristin Quintana, leadership teacher, facilitated this talk, which was part of school’s Multicultural Day, aimed at helping “to breakdown stereotypes and encourage communication between people of different cultures”. […]

Kakatiya Utsavalu 2013 at Ramappa, Thousand Pillars Temple in Warangal

Kakatiya Utsavalu 2013

Kakatiya Utsavalu (Kakatiya Festival) marks the beginning of Warangal Ramappa Temple’s 800th Anniversary celebrations. In 2013, Kakatiya Utsavalu are held for three days – December 20, 21 and 22. The year 2012 marked the completion of construction of Ramappa Temple of Palampet which makes the Kakatiya architecture different and unique from all the temple architecture systems of […]

Sankashti Chaturthi, 21 December 2013 (Today)

Ganapati Bappa

December 21, Today, is Sankashti Chaturthi (Sankat Chaturthi, Sankashta Hara Vinayaka Chaturthi). This Sankashti Chaturthi falls in Poush month in North Indian Hindi calendars. In Gujarati, Marathi, Kannada and Telugu panchangams, Sankat Chavithi of December 2013 falls in Margashirsha month. Moon rise or Chandrodayam time on Sankashti December 2013 is 9.10 PM in Indian Standard […]

Sabarimala Virtual Queue Booking from 15 October 2013

Sabarimala Ayyappa Swamy

Sabarimala Virtual Queue Booking 2013-2014, Sabarimala queue booking online for Sabarimala Yatra 2013-2014… The virtual queue online booking for devotees wanting to visit the Lord Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala this pilgrimage season starting mid-next month will begin on October 15. Pilgrims from any part of the world can choose a date and time of their […]

Parashurama Jayanti in Kerala, 19 December 2013


December 19, 2013 Today is Parashurama Jayanti in Kerala. It is celebrated with utmost fervor in Konkan area. Konkan region is called as Parashurama Bhoomi (the land of Parshurama) because Lord Parshurama is considered as the creator of the Konkan coast. Parsuram Jayanti in Kerala is celebrated in Vrishchika masam which comes usually in December. […]

Thiruvathira, 18 December 2013 (Thiruvathira Festival in Kerala)

Bhujanga Lalita Murthy Lord Shiva

December 18, 2013, Today is Thiruvathira Festival, an important cultural celebration in Kerala. Also known as Arudra Darisanam, this festival falls on Thiruvathira Nakshatram day in Dhanu Month of Malayalam calendar. Married women pray to Lord Shiva for health and longevity of their husbands. Unmarried girls offer special prayers to get good husbands. ‘Thiruvathira Pattu’ (a […]

Urban Outfitters apologizes to Hindus & removes Lord Ganesh socks from stores & web

Urban Outfitters, a publicly traded American retail company which offers a variety of lifestyle merchandise, has apologized to Hindus upset over socks carrying image of Lord Ganesh and offered to remove it from stores and website immediately. In an email to distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, who spearheaded the protest, Crystal Carroll, Public Relations Manager […]

$4.5 million Indian Cultural Center opens in New Jersey

A $4.5 million Indian Cultural Center has opened in Evesham Township in New Jersey (USA), said to be the first of its kind in the region. A project of Indian Temple Association Cultural Center and about 25 years in the making, Griha Pravesh Pooja (religious housewarming) to bless this two-storey 20,577 square foot multipurpose building […]

Purnima, 17 December 2013 (Today)

December 17, 2013 Today is Purnima Vrat. Purnima is the Full Moon as per Hindu Calendar. This Purnima is Margashirsha Purnima (Margashira Pournami), Margazhi Pournami, Dhanurmasa Pournami, Poush Purnima. This is the last Full Moon in 2013 year. Time of Purnima December 2013: Purnima begins on 12.51 PM on December 16 and ends at 2.58 […]

Dhanurmasa Puja, Margazhi Bhajans in Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham

Dhanurmasa Pujas will commence from 16 December 2013 at Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham. The First Kala of the Trikala Nitya Chandramouleeswara Puja during the Dhanurmasa will begin in the Ushah-kala at around 4.00 am in morning. During the pujas, Margazhi Bhajans will be rendered by different bhajan mandalis and devotees as per following schedule: Scroll down […]

Yoga Room launched at Chicago O’Hare Airport

Hindus have applauded launching of “Yoga Room” at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, calling it a “step in right direction”. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, San Francisco International Airport and Burlington International Airport Vermont—all in USA, already offer yoga facilities. “Yoga Room” at O’Hare International Airport, located on Terminal three Rotunda and opened on December 10, “provides […]

Margali Masam 2013-2014 (Margazhi Month)

In 2013-2014, Margali Masam begins on December 16 and ends on January 13, 2014. Margazhi Masam, Margali Month, is the ninth month in traditional Tamil calendar followed in all parts of Tamil Nadu. It comes after Karthikai Masam and prior to Thai masam. Margali Masam is very popular for music and spirituality. In many places […]

Hindus urge Urban Outfitters to withdraw Lord Ganesh socks

Upset Hindus have urged for the immediate recalling of socks carrying image of Lord Ganesh sold by a Philadelphia (USA) headquartered firm Urban Outfitters, Inc., calling it inappropriate. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that Lord Ganesh was highly revered in Hinduism and was meant to be worshipped […]