Vaishakha Masam 2018 in Telugu Calendar

Vaishakha masam or Vaishakh month is the second month in traditional Hindu Telugu calendar followed in Andhra Pradesh. In 2018, Vaishakha masam starts on April 16 and ends on May 15. The similar calendar is followed in Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Gujarat. Vaisakha masam is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is also known as Madhava Masam […]

Somvati Amavasya Sankalp Mantra | Sankalpa Mantram to chant on Somavathi Amavasya

Somvati Amavasya is the most auspicious Amavasya day to worship Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva, and Pitru Devatas or dead ancestors. Somavathi Amavasya, also known as Ama Somvar Vrata, was observed by King Yudhistira to get noble successors for his dynasty. Sankalpa Mantra for Somvati Amavasya puja is the most auspicious prayer to chant which is […]

Somvati Amavasya Story, Vrat Katha, Legend

The story, vrat katha of Somvati Amavasya is associated with the daughter of a moneylender and a washerwoman… The story goes like this…. Once upon a time, a moneylender lived in a village with his wife, seven sons and a daughter. All of his sons got married but the daughter was yet not married. A […]

DakshaYagnaharamurti, Shiva as destroyer of Daksha Yagna

DakshaYagnaharamurti is the form of Lord Shiva, in which he spoils the Yagnya performed by Daksha to insult him and abuse him. This episode is mentioned in one of the epics where Lord Shiva is about to marry Goddess Shakti. In this incident Lord Shiva takes the form of Daksha Yagnaharamurti, rather the form of Veerabhadra, which is […]

Akshaya Tritiya Daana (Donations, Charities on Akshaya Tritiya)

Akshaya Tritiya Daana – Donations, Charities or giving on Akshaya Tritiya has very significant merits. In Ancient Scriptures, it is mentioned that donating a particular thing on Akshaya Tritiya has some special merit… Here is the list… Jala Daanam (donating water) is for wealth. Shayana Daanam (donating bed – cot and bed sheets) gives all […]

Chandanotsavam on Akshaya Trutiya 2018 in Simhachalam Temple

Chandanotsavam or Nijarupa Darsanam is an important ritual celebrated in Simhachalam Temple on Akshaya Trutiya day. In 2018, Chandanotsavam date is April 18. During the ritual of Chandanotsavam, Lord Sri Narasimhaswamy appears with his actual shape which is called Nijaroopam. On normal days Simhachalam Narasimha swamy appears with four layers of chandanam (sandalwood paste). The […]

Vat Purnima 2018 | Vata Savitri Vrat on Jyeshta Purnima

Vat Purnima, also known as Vat Savitri Purnima, is an auspicious day dedicated to Savitri and Goddess Gauri. In 2018, Vat Purnima vrat date is June 27. Vat Savitri Vratam is observed by married women on Vat Purnima day (Jyeshta Purnima) in many regions of North India and Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka. Savitri Puja […]

Vaisakha Masa 2018 in Kannada Calendar

Vaishakha masa or Vaishakh month is the second month in traditional Hindu Kannada calendar followed in Karnataka. In 2018, Vaishakha masa starts on April 16 and ends on May 15. The similar calendar is followed in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Gujarat. Vaisakhamasa is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is also known as Madhava Masam […]

Hindu Festivals in May 2018, Auspicious Days

Hindu Festivals in May 2018, Auspicious Days in May 2018. Here are the dates of important Hindu festivals and auspicious days in May 2018. The dates and tithis are given based on the standard Hindu Panchangams of India. Here are the dates of important Hindu festivals and auspicious days in May 2018. The dates and […]

Hindus push for Diwali holiday in New Jersey’s Bernards School District

Hindus are urging Bernards Township School District (BTSD) in New Jersey to proclaim official holiday on Diwali, most popular of Hindu festivals. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, said that Diwali holiday in BTSD would be a step in the positive direction in view of presence of a substantial number […]

Muni Shukadeva Jayanti

Muni Shukadeva Jayanti is the birth anniversary of Shukadeva Muni, the son of the Sage Vyasa (Veda Vyasa Maharshi). In 2018, Muni Shukadeva Jayanti date is April 16. Muni Shukadeva Jayanti falls on Jyeshta Amavasya (in North Indian Hindi calendars) and Vaishakha Amavasya (in Amavasyant calendars) as per some calendars. Shukadeva Muni was the main […]

Yoga can help school children manage anxiety & stress, per Tulane University study

Yoga/mindfulness activities may facilitate stress management among elementary school students and may be added as a complement to social and emotional learning activities, according to a Tulane University study. Published April 10 in Psychology Research and Behavior Management Journal, the school-based study “Effect of mindfulness and yoga on quality of life for elementary school students […]

Shani Trayodashi, 14 April 2018

14 April 2018 is Shani Trayodashi. Sani Trayodasi is an auspicious day for Hindus who perform Shani Puja. It is celebrated on Trayodashi day or the thirteenth lunar day which falls on Shanivar or Saturday. Shani Trayodashi – 14 April 2018 This Shani Trayodashi falls in Vaishakh Month Krishna Paksha as per all Hindu calendars […]

Baisakh Mash 2018 in Bengali Calendar

Baisakh Mash or Baishakh Month is the first month in Bengali calendar. Baishakh month 2018 starts on April 15 and ends on May 15. In 2018, it marks the beginning of Bengali Calendar 1425 in West Bengal and Bangladesh. The first day of the month is celebrated as Poila Boishakh or Bengali New Year Day […]

Pohela Boishakh 2018 | Poila Baisakh 2018, Naba Barsha 1425 | Bengali New Year

15 April 2018 is Pohela Boishakh (Bengali New Year, Naba Barsha 1425) in Bengali calendar. The first day of Boishakh month marks the beginning of New Year as per Bengali calendar (Bengali Panjika). Transition of Sun from Meena Rasi to Mesha Rasi (Mesha Sankranti) heralds the Naba Barsha in Bengal and some parts of Bangladesh. Mesha […]

Rongali Bihu 2018 | Bohag Bihu | Assamese New Year 2018

Rongali Bihu or Bohag Bihu is the Assamese New Year celebrated in mid April. In 2018, Bohag Bihu or Rongali Bihu date is April 14. Actually, Bohag Bihu is celebrated for 7 days but nowadays it is confined for 3 days. Goru Bihu, Manuh Bihu, and Gosai Bihu are the three festivals of Rongali Bihu. […]

Vishu Kani Darshanam 2018 in Sabarimala Temple

Vishu Kani or Vishukkani is the most important ritual performed on Vishu, Malayalam astrological New Year in Kerala. Sabarimala Ayyappa temple (Sabarimala Devaswom) is the great place to observe Vishukkani Darshanam. Vishu Kani 2018 time will be from 4 am to 7 am on 14 April 2018. Vishu Kani Darshanam will be followed by Neyyabhishekam. […]

Significance of Vishukkani Darshan

Significance of Vishukkani Darshan, importance of Vishukani Darshanam. What is Vishukkani Darshan? When is Vishukkani celebrated?  The auspicious sight or the Vishukkani is the arrangement of a yellow laburnum flower known as ‘konna pua’,  the traditional bronze vessel ‘Uruli’ filled with rice, fruits such as mangoes and jack-fruit, vegetables such as snake gourds and gourds, […]

Vishukkani Vili, a ritual of Vishu in Kerala

In the north Malabar region of Kerala, a practice prevalent that is traditional is Vishukkani Vili. This particular event involves children, who move in group or in large number from one house to the other within villages, shouting or calling ‘vishukaniye, vishukaniye.’ It is to be noted that when they arrive at different houses making […]

How to prepare Vishukkani?

The most important event of Vishu is Vishukanni. It is strongly believed by the Hindu Malayalees that what one witness on the dawn of the New Year will largely decide the prosperity and luck for the coming year. Therefore Vishukanni is seen by the Malayalees on the auspicious day of Vishu. Vishukanni is prepared by […]