Skanda Sashti – 21 April 2018

The 21st of April 2018 marks the holy Hindu event of Skanda Sashti. Skanda is a Sanskrit word. Skanda is a name. Skanda means the Hindu deity Lord Kartikeya. There are more names of Lord Skanda. Lord Skanda is more popular in the Indian State of Tamil Nadu. Skanda in Buddhism is also a popular Chinese holy being. Sashti means the 6th. Sashti is also a Sanskrit word.

Skanda Sashti is observed on the 6th lunar day of the Shukla Paksha. Shukla Paksha is the waxing-rising phase of the moon. Skanda Sashti is the day to observe Vrat. Vrat means fasting. It means to vow or to dedicate. Periodical fasting is said to be good for health. The fasting is in honor of Lord Skanda. It is to seek his blessings, to safeguard natives.

In Hinduism, Lord Skanda is the God of War. He is the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Lord Ganesha is his younger brother. Some say Lord Ganesha was elder.

Some of the other names of Lord Skanda are Subramanya, Lord Swaminath, Murugan, Muruga, Subramani, Shanmukha, Swaminatha, Kumaraswamy etc.

Skanda Sashti is observed on a monthly lunar calendar basis. The remaining dates of Skanda Sashti for 2018 are: the 20th May, 18th June, 17th July, 16th August, 14th September, 14th October, 13th November and the 13th December.

Skanda Sashti is mostly observed dedicatedly by Tamil Nadu Hindus. Devotees bathe early in the morning. Then they perform prayers. Neither alcohol nor non vegetarian is consumed. A single meal is taken. Juices without salt and fruits are allowed. It is for the entire day. Many devotees visit Lord Skanda temples. These temples are mostly found in South India. Some famous ones are in Madurai, Coimbatore, Chennai etc. 

A common Mantra for Lord Skanda (Kartikeya) is—
Om Sharavana Bhavaya Namaha

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Akshaya Tritiya – 18 April 2018

The 18th of April 2018 marks the Hindu holy event of Akshaya Tritiya. Akshaya is a Sanskrit word. It means never failing…never diminishing. It is supposed to empower luck-fate. It enables success and prosperity. Tritiya is the 3rd lunar day of the Shukla Paksha. Shukla Paksha is a waxing-rising phase of the Earth’s moon. It is observed in the Hindu calendar month of Vaisakh. Akshaya Tritiya is considered one of the most auspicious days to start anything new. Akshaya Tritiya is also called Akha Teej.

Akshaya Tritiya is observed in India and Nepal. It is celebrated by Hindus and Jains. Akshaya Tritiya is marks the birthday of Lord Parshuram. Lord Parshuram is the 6th incarnation of Lord Vishnu. It is called Parshuram Jayanti. Jayanti means birthday or anniversary. But popularly Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi are worshiped on Akshaya Tritiya. Lakshmi means wealth and financial wellbeing.  She signifies abundance. She is the wife of Lord Vishnu.  

Akshaya Tritiya is regarded auspicious and lucky for new beginnings. It can be new work, a new journey, marriage, friendship, new endeavor etc. Many ladies go out shopping. Many buy gold. A lot of Jewelers come out with gold schemes. Many investors make investments. A few devotees observe Vrat. Vrat means fasting. They bathe early in the morning. Then they perform Puja, prayers.

We wish our readers all the wealth, prosperity, good luck-fate, success on the auspicious occasion of Akshaya Tritiya. We also wish you all Happy Parshuram Jayanti.

Common Mantra for Goddess Lakshmi is OM HREEM SHREEM LAKSHMI BHAYO NAMAH.

A Mantra for Lord Vishnu is OM NAMO NARAYANAYA.

Here Om means the Supreme Soul. Namo means salute. Narayanaya is the Lord Vishnu.

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Dr Ambedkar Jayanti – 14th of April 2018

Respected honored Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar was the man behind the Constitution of India. He is also known as the Father of the Indian Constitution. He is also known as Babasaheb. Jayanti means the birth or anniversary celebration. Dr. B. R. Ambedkar was born on the 14th of April 1891. Therefore, Dr. Ambedkar Jayanti is celebrated in his remembrance every year.

Dr. Ambedkar was a son of an Army Officer. He belonged to Maharashtra.  He had many siblings. He pursued his higher studies very well. He went to the University of Bombay. He was set in an arranged marriage at a very early age, under 18. After completing studies at the University of Bombay, he went to the prestigious Columbia University in the US. He achieved a scholarship. He did his MA and Ph.D. in Economics. Then he moved to London

The Constitution of India came into effect on the 26th of January 1950. It marks the Republic Day of India. Republic Day is celebrated across India. It is a gazetted holiday. Many schools, other educational institutes, offices etc observe a ceremony. Typically a parade, speech and other activities are held. The speech is normally by a prominent person or head of the institute like Principal. India’s Republic Day in New Delhi is the most prominent. It is forecasted on leading channels-media. Foreign guests are invited. Cultural, military, defense display, social, cultural dances etc convoys enlighten the event.

There are many accolades, lifetime milestones, achievements, accomplishments etc to Dr. Ambedkar’s credit. He pioneered many subjects like economics, political science, sociology, philosophy, anthropology, history. His praise, value, fight, noble causes especially in shaping India’s core structure etc are mentioned in every educational literature in India. These are the subject of prestigious examinations.

Let us salute him, honor him. He was one of the pillars in the turning point in the shaping of India. Happy Ambedkar Jayanti.

Happy Baisakhi – 14th of April 2018

The 14th of April 2018 marks India’s New Year. This is according to the Indian solar calendar.  Baisakhi is also considered a holy festival. Baisakhi is also spelled Vaisakhi. The Solar New Year is celebrated in different names across India. In north India, it is called Baisakhi. In other regions, the names are like ‘Puram Vishu’ in Tamil Nadu, ‘Baisakh’ in Bihar, ‘Rangoli Bihu’ in Assam etc. 

It is celebrated enthusiastically by farmers. They go their harvest farming fields. There is a lot of singing, dancing, music, feasts, greetings etc. Often natives visit each other’s homes. Many decorate their homes with colorful lights. Sweets are distributed. Many even visit holy religious sites like Gurudwaras, temples. Prayer, worshiping ceremonies are conducted. Natives pray for prosperity. Farmers call upon for a favorable farming season.

Baisakhi also has a historical significance. Several events took place around this time in history. One of the Sikh Gurus Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji, in the Sikh leadership, refused to convert to Islam. The Mughals used to force religious conversion like by Emperor AurangzebGuru Tegh Bahadur Ji was executed for refusing. It also leads to the formation of a rebellion Group against forced conversion and aggression, on the Baisakhi day.

Jallianwala Bagh massacre also took place on Baisakhi time. There was a huge gathering in the Bagh in Amritsar. Next year will mark the 100th anniversary in remembrance of those martyred by the British. The massacre happened on the 13th of April 1919.

This 14th of April 2018 also marks Ambedkar Jayanti. So there is a double celebration and remembrance.  Baisakhi is a restricted holiday. Ambedkar Jayanti is an observance.

Let us celebrate the two occasions this 14th of April 2018; especially for each native, farmers, and to commemorate India’s every step and event in the struggle against injustice, unfairness, aggression and our beloved freedom fighters.

We wish our readers Happy Baisakhi .

Sun Transit – 14th of April 2018

Our solar system’s Sun will make a transit on the 14th of April 2018. The Sun moves into Aries on the 14th of April 2018. The Sun spends about 30 days in each of the 12 zodiac signs. The Sun will stay in Aries until the 15th of May 2018. The transit is from Pisces to Aries.

The Sun is the only star of our solar system. It is gigantic. It is about 14 lac km in diameter. That is approximately 870,000 miles. The size of Earth is 12,742 km in diameter. That is about 7,900 miles. The Sun is about 109 times in diameter to Earth.
There are thousands of Sun temples in India and Nepal. Many are ancient. Many are from the Vedic times.  There are a few in China (Buddhism), Mexico, Egypt etc. From the ancient Vedic times to modern day, Lord Surya is a prominent deity. Surya means the Sun. Sun is also a deity in other followings like Buddhism, in South America, Africa, Greek-Roman culture etc.

The 14th of April 2018 also marks the Solar New Year in India. Baisakhi, the New Year is celebrated among Sikhs. It is celebrated in many parts of India. Other regional names are like ‘Puram Vishu’ in Tamil Nadu, ‘Baisakh’ in Bihar, ‘Rangoli Bihu’ in Assam etc. 

The Sun has a significant role in astrology, astronomy, life on Earth etc. It is the main source of energy on Earth. It has its effect on the humans, physically and mentally.

The ‘Sun Sign’ represents a native’s core. It is his/her main personality. It represents the Self. The Sun has one of the greatest influences on humans. Then comes the Moon. ‘Moon Sign’ comes after the ‘Sun Sign’.

The presence of the Sun in a natal birth chart, sign or horoscope has different interpretation and results. It changes from time-to-time. This is due to movement of the celestial bodies. Numerous other aspects play a pivotal role, such as the degree, House, conjunction etc.

The Sun qualities are vibrant. It reflects dominating nature, authoritative, position, Government, power, strength etc. Each celestial body has its malefic aspects too. The negative side of the Sun is arrogance, jealousy, ego etc.

Sundays are named after the Sun. The Sun’s direction is the east. The color of Sun in astrology is orange. The friends of the Sun are Mars, Jupiter, and the Earth’s moon. Mercury is neutral with the Sun. Opponents are Saturn and Venus. The Sun gemstone is ruby.  

The Sun’s transit will mean differently. It depends on the status, conditions etc in the natal birth chart.

A Surya Mantra for general success and future is:
                        Om Aditya Vidmahe Martandaya Dheemhi
                        Tanay Surya Prachodyat

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April 2018 Auspicious Marriage Dates, Happy Married Life

Indian or Hindu marriage dates are mostly set with reference to the Hindu lunar calendar. Marriage is endeavored as a once in a lifetime affair. Even in re-marriages, the stars are referenced. This is for auspiciousness. It is to bring favorability, longevity, sureness, confidence etc in marriage. Also to bring fate-luck in love, profession, job, business, wealth, health, child, parents, growth, prosperity, mental peace, harmony, balance etc.

In India, generally in all religions the holy Priests, Astrologers etc are consulted. This is to set an auspicious marriage date. Many determine the marriage success likelihood and couples’ compatibility beforehand.

Re-marriages can happen due to any reasons like spouse death, divorce, family issues, lack of trust, suicide, separation, extra marital affairs, lack of commitment, family interference, individual space, financial, child-birth, behavior-temperament, infidelity, communication gap, work demand, forced marriages, lifestyle disparity, social causes, status, sex, lack of intimacy or emotions, mental or physical  mismatch, respect, ego, culture, professional reasons like call-center/ night shifts and so forth. To mitigate such unforeseen happenings, Janam Kundali, Natal Birth Charts of the couples are matched. This is to mitigate any future discourse.

Like in many Western societies, the divorce rate is rising amongst the modern Indians; though Indians way far behind. It is still believed that mostly in the Indian middle class, divorce is a taboo. This is more in the rural areas. There are family pressures to make marriages work against all odds. Families encourage couples in giving time, especially in the initial critical years of marriage.

About 40+% of American couples divorce or live separately. Whereas in India, the overall average is much lower than 1% (through internet source). The US has same-sex marriage as well. In India it is illegal. It will be US’ Ms. Megan Markle’s 2nd marriage to the UK’s Prince Harry. The wedding is scheduled for the 19th of May 2018 in Windsor, the UK.

Astrology tells about the favorability, possibility and potentiality in the couples. It can tell about the merits and demerits. Predictions about success of a marriage can be determined. Nobody wants divorce, legal, tension, unluckiness in aspects like profession, child, parents, health, wealth etc. after the marriage.

The auspicious wedding dates and times are called Shubh Vivah Mahurut. Here, Shubh means auspicious. Vivah means wedding. Mahurut means date, time, moment. 

The Shubh Vivah Mahurut dates for April 2018 are the 18, 19, 20, 24, 25 27, 28, 29 and 30.

We wish everyone a happy, lucky, loving, everlasting, harmonious married life.

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Haridwar: Brief Background, Pilgrimage, Yoga, Spirituality

Haridwar is a religious holy ancient city. It is in the northern Indian State of Uttaranchal. It is on the foothills of the great Himalayas. Hindu holy river Ganges, also called Ganga, flows through Haridwar. Ganges reaches the plains here in Haridwar. This is after traveling about 250 kms through the Himalayan mountains.

The Hindu religious journey to Char Dham starts from Haridwar. Char Dham means the four top holy pilgrimage places of the Hindus. The Char Dhams are Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. ‘Char’ means four. ‘Dham’ means holy location-places-spots. Gangotri is the origin-source point of the 2,500 kms long river Ganges. Yamnotri is the starting point of the 1,370 kms long river Yamuna. Haridwar mostly has Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu temples, a few Jain temples and Gurudwara Nanakwara.

Some of the famous Hindu temples in Haridwar are Chandi Devi Temple, Mansa Devi Temple, Har Ki Pauri, Maya Devi Temple, Neeleshwar Temple. There are many other small and big temples in the area.

It is believed that Jesus Christ spent time in the Himalayan foothills, caves, ahead of Haridwar. Some Historians say that Jesus came in contact with Buddhists, cave meditators or Saints.

The temperature in Haridwar has a contrast. In summers, it can reach up to 43°C. In the winters, the minimum temperature can mark about 15°C. Rains in Haridwar take place between July – September.   

The population of Haridwar is about 19,50,000, i.e., 1.95 million.

Haridwar is about 225 kms from the capital New Delhi, India. That is roughly a 5-hour straight drive. One can reach by train or by road. Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is the closest airport. It is about 38 kms from Haridwar.

Many tourists, visitors, devotees come to Haridwar for pilgrimage, Yoga, meditation, Aarti (prayer ceremony) with Diyas, small oil lamps at Har Ki Pauri, to seek blessings, mental peace etc. Thousands of Hindus take the holy dip in the river Ganges every month here. However, during festivities and Hindu prominent events like Makar Sankranti, Ram Navami, Kumbh Mela etc, the Ganges river banks are flooded with devotees.

Some come for other tourism purposes, such as, river rafting in nearby Rishikesh. Rajaji National Park is also a must visit. International Yoga Festival took place in Hardwar, in 1-7 March 2018 with worldwide visitors.

Mahavir Jayanti – 29 March 2018

The 29th of March 2018 marks the holy Hindu event of Mahavir Jayanti. Lord Mahavir was the 24th religious-spiritual teacher, in Jainism. Lord Mahavir was an enlightened soul. Jainism and Hinduism co-exist; in many aspects Buddhism aspect. Jayanti means birth or anniversary remembrance.

Mahavir Jayanti date is determined as per the Hindu lunar calendar. Lord Mahavir was born on the 13th day of the Shukla Paksha. Shukla Paksha means the rising phase of the moon. He was born in the Hindu month of Chaitra. Chaitra is the 1st month of the Hindu calendar. Chaitra relates to March/April period in the Gregorian calendar.

Lord Mahavir is believed to be born in the 6th century BC. This is around the time of Lord Buddha. Lord Mahavir was born in the land that is now the Indian state of Bihar. Lord Mahavir is believed to be the last of the Jain and spiritual teacher. He traveled across the then vast Indian peninsula. He spread the Jain philosophy.

Lord Mahavir’s father was King Siddhartha and mother Queen Trishala. His wife was Yashoda. He had a daughter named Priyadarshana. He left all his comforts, home, princely status. He left in pursuit for supreme spirituality, intense meditation, seeking Moksha, penance etc. Lord Mahavir believed in simple life.

Lord Mahavir endorsed men and women as equals. He discouraged blind material possessions, selfishness, anger, greed etc. Let us remember and pay honor-respect to Lord Mahavir. The day Mahavir Jayanti is dedicated to him.


Kamada Ekadashi – 27 March 2018

Kamada Ekadashi is a religious spiritual sacred Hindu day. It can fall on a different date every year. The date is determined per the Hindu lunar calendar. It is observed on the 11th day of moon of the fortnight. It falls inthe waxing moon phase. This auspicious phase phenomenon is called Shukla Paksha. Every year, Kamada Ekadashi falls in the period March-April per the Gregorian calendar.

This Kamada Ekadashi is the first Ekadashi in the Hindu New Year. This Kamada Ekadashi falls in the first Chaitra Hindu month of year. The Hindu New Year began on the 18th of March 2018.

Zoroastrian New Year began the 20th of March 2018. Bahai calendar New Year also the 20th of March. In many different parts of the world, New Year starts in the March-April time.

In India different New Year names are given. The New Year start falls in March-April. Names are like Ugadi, Gudi Padva, Baisakhi, NaboBorsha etc. This is region wise.

On Kamada Ekadashi, Lord Krishna is worshiped. Lord Krishna is also an avatar of Lord Vishnu.

Kamada means grant and fulfillment of natives’ desires. It also means forgiveness towards any sin. Lord Krishna is worshiped for his blessings towards this. Ekadashi means eleven. 

Many devotees observe fast, Vrat. The devotees bathe early in the morning. Then they perform prayers to Lord Vishu and-or Lord Krishna. Many devotees visit temples. Many devotees chant Vedic Mantras.

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What is Pradosha Vrata? And its benefits?

15 December 2017
Pradosha Vrata is the time - one of the aspects, followings, devotion (dedication) of the Hindu religion. Pradosha is also called Pradosham (especially in south India). Pradosha means that it is a bi-monthly time for any individual or devotee-followers-believers of Hindu Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati to remember, and the appropriate moment to worship them. The date and time is set-determined per the Hindu calendar based on the Tithi (13th Tithi, or 13th day of the lunar calendar, also called Trayodasha). It is performed in the evening twilight of this day (called Sandhya Kala in Sanskrit ancient texts). Vrata (of Pradosha Vrata) in common language and usage means fasting, cleansing, pilgrimage, devotion. Again, Pradosha Vrata falls twice a month. It is predominantly followed and worshiped in south India.

The significance of Lord Shiva is - the enemy of the evil, its destroyer, creator of all life and everything (living and non living); while Mother Goddess Parvati signifies love, devotion and fertility (child birth). For example, Goddess Lakshmi signifies wealth and professional prosperity, and Goddess Sarawasti – knowledge, power and education. Goddess Parvati is the wife of Lord Shiva. She is also famed as the mother of famous Lord Ganesha and Kartikeya. 

Why worship Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati? In simple words, and in modern day linkage/context - it is like asking God for favorability in wealth procurement, income stability, secured life, good health-wealth-children and so forth. It signifies removal of sins and liberation from it, asking of mercy, to attain salvation etc.

How to perform Pradosha Vrata for a common person in modern busy day life? Just go to any Shiva temple and light a ‘Jyot’ during Pradosha Kaal (twilight-evening time). One can keep a fast (Vrata) on this day, that falls twice a month. Typically in a Vrata (fast) there should not be intake of salt through the day. There are special Vrata food items available on the market and that can be prepared at home – often basic and tasty! But one can drink as much water, water melon etc; can have fruits, tea, plain fruit juice (without sugar-masala). One meal in the day can be consumed (but pure vegetarian and without salt). Items like milk, yogurt-curd, sugar, honey, should be donated-given to Lord Shiva, like in a temple. If one doesn’t have access to a Shiva temple in his/her vicinity-area, then it can be done in small quantity at home or workplace like a Puja holy spot with a Shiva idol in it.

Please note that it has been proven scientifically, through studies and medically that periodical-intermittent fasting is actually good for health, especially in cleansing of the body-system. Some of the benefits are like slight weight loss (burns fat), control over blood pressure, cholesterol reduction etc. However, consultation is important especially if there are particular physical ailment-problems, liver or kidney etc issues. Many celebrities, sports personnel etc have resorted to fasting. Such as, Beyonce, Hugh Jackson, Ms. Liv Taylor, Mr. Ben Affleck etc. Prime Minister Mr. Modi is also said to have fasted for 9 days in dedication to the Hindu Goddess Durga, even during his US visit with the then US President Mr. Obama. It is said that Mr. Modi has been doing the fasting practice for the past 35+ years. There is a fasting festival in India during the Navratri festivities. Many Dieticians and Doctors recommend fasting.