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AHOI ASTAMI

Date, Tithi And Puja Muhurat For Ahoi Ashtami 2022
Ahoi Ashtami 2022 Date: Monday, Oct 17, 2022
Tithi Timings: Ashtami Tithi Begins at 09:29 am on Oct 17, 2022 , and it will end on 11:57 am on Oct 18, 2022
Ahoi Ashtami Puja Muhurat: 18:13 to 19:27
Duration: 01 Hour 14 Mins
Time for Sighting Stars: 18:35
Moonrise Time on Ahoi Ashtami: 23:58

How do you keep AHOI fast?
The mothers fast from sunrise to sunset, without food & water. & is broken after sighting the stars. Puja preparations are finished before sunset. An image of Ahoi mata, is drawn on a large paper/wall. It has 8 corners.
The drawing also includes names & images of one’s children & a lion.
A water filled pot is kept on the floor, with 7 shoots of wheat grass.

What can we eat in AHOI fast?

The food items which are used in Puja include 8 Puri, 8 Pua and Halwa. These food items are given to a Brahmin along with some money.

Why do we celebrate AHOI ashtami? Story of origin? 

There are many tales related to this observance and one of them is told just after the puja is done as part of the ritual. Once upon a time, there lived a moneylender who had seven sons. One day in the month of Kartik, just a few days before Diwali festivities, the moneylender’s wife decided to repair and decorate her house for Diwali celebrations. To renovate her house, she decided to go to the forest to fetch some soil. While digging the soil in the forest, she accidentally kills the young cub of a lion with the spade with which she was digging the soil. The animal then curses her to a similar fate and within a year all her 7 children die. The couple unable to tolerate the grief decide to kill themselves en route to a final pilgrimage. They keep walking till they no longer able to and fall unconscious on the ground. God, on seeing this, feels pitiful for then and asks them to go back, serve the holy cow and worship Goddess Ahoi as she was believed to be the protector of the offspring of all living beings. The couple feeling much better return home. They follow the divine command. When the day of Ashtami came, the wife drew the face of the young lion and observed fast and performed Goddess Ahoi fast. She honestly repented for the sin which she had committed. Goddess Ahoi was pleased with her devotion and honesty and appeared before her and gave her the boon of fertility.

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Kartik mass Significance

Kartik Maas 2022: Kartik month starts after Sharad Purnima of Ashwin month. This month has a lot of importance in Hinduism. According to the English calendar, this month will start from Monday, 10 October 2022, which will continue till 8 November next month. Why is the month of Kartik considered special, what should be done in this month, let’s know 10 big things.

Significance of Kartik month Kartik Maas ka Mahatva:

Just as the month of Shravan is for Lord Shiva, in the same way Kartik and Purushottam are the special months of Lord Vishnu.

Special worship of Lord Vishnu and Mother Lakshmi is done in this month.

Kartik month is called Punya month.

The fruit which is obtained by bathing in the Ganges a thousand times in normal days, the same result is obtained by bathing in any river before sunrise in the month of Kartik.

Whatever donation is given on the day of Kartik Purnima, it yields many crores of times. It is believed that whatever a person donates on this day remains safe for him in heaven.

Lord Vishnu resides inside the water in this month. Therefore, by bathing in rivers and ponds, one gets the virtue of worshiping Lord Vishnu.

According to the Puranas, in this month Lord Vishnu took the Matsya avatar to protect the universe.

In the month of Kartik one gets freedom from worldly sins by bathing in the Ganges, donating lamps, havan, performing Yagya.

The special glory of the chanting of Vishnu Sahasranama has been told in the month of Kartik.

Kartik month bathing begins with Sharad Purnima and ends on Kartik Purnima.

10 Simple Remedies for Kartik Month | Kartik Maas Ke Upay:

1. Donate a lamp: In this month, by lighting a lit lamp in front of Lord Vishnu, Mata Lakshmi, Yamdev and Peepal Dev, all kinds of troubles disappear and peace comes in the house. Also, by lighting a lamp in the river, salvation is attained. By donating a lamp, all sins are destroyed.

2. Offer Bhog to Mata Lakshmi: Mother Lakshmi likes Kheer. Offering Kheer to them daily in this month does not result in loss of money and prosperity increases. In this month, special worship of the mother is done on the day of Deepawali.

3. Tulsi Puja: There is a lot of importance of worshiping, consuming and serving Tulsi in this month. The importance of Tulsi Puja in this Kartik month is considered to be manifold. Tulsi should be worshiped along with Lord Shaligram. This removes all kinds of diseases and sorrows and increases happiness and peace in life. Tulsi Vivah also takes place on Kartik Prabodhini Ekadashi in the month of Kartik.

4. River Bathing : In this month, Shri Hari resides in water only. Therefore, taking a bath in the holy river in this month is of great importance. According to Madanparijat, in the month of Kartik, keeping restraint on the senses, in the presence of moon and stars, before sunrise one should take bath regularly to attain virtue.

5. Offering Arghya to the Sun: Offering Arghya to the Sun at the time of sunrise in this month removes all kinds of defects.

6. Land Sleeping: It is considered beneficial to sleep on the ground in the month of Kartik. This creates a sense of sattvikta in the mind and other types of disorders are eliminated.

7. Yellow Fabric : If you want to progress in job or business, then tie a yellow cloth on the Tulsi plant on any Thursday of Kartik month. It gets promotion in business and promotion in job.

8. 11 leaves of Tulsi: Tulsi plant should be planted in the house in the month of Kartik and 11 leaves of Tulsi should be tied on the picture or idol of Lord Vishnu. By doing this, there will never be a shortage of money and property in the house.

9. Basil leaves in flour: Take 11 basil leaves and put them in a homemade flour pot. This will bring auspicious changes in the house.

10. Friday Worship: Worshiping Goddess Lakshmi on all the Fridays of the month of Kartik, along with the attainment of wealth and prosperity, makes married life happy.

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Krishna Janmashtami 2022

Krishna Janmashtami 2022: important date and time to remember
Ashtami tithi to begin on – 18th August, Thursday 2022
Time – 09:20 pm

Ashtami tithi to end on – 19th August, Friday 2022
Time – 10.59 pm

Rohini Nakshatra to begin on – 20th August, Saturday 2022
Time – 01:53 am

Rohini Nakshatra to end on – 21st August, Sunday 2022
Time – 04:40 am

When to hold the Grand Celebration?
This year Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated on both 18th and 19th of August; but the fast will be observed on the 19th of August. This is because according to many pronounced astrologers, The Ashtami tithi will be Udaya tithi on 19th of August.

Rohini nakshatra under which lord Krishna was born is not falling on Ashtami tithi this year.

Krishna Moola Mantra
In Hindi

ॐ कृष्णाय नमः

In English

“Om Krishnaya Namah”

Hare Krishna Maha Mantra

It is a 16-word Vaishnava mantra, the most famous mantra of Lord Krishna, which first appeared in the Kali-Santarana Upanishad.

In Hindi

हरे कृष्ण हरे कृष्ण कृष्ण कृष्ण हरे हरे
हरे राम हरे राम राम राम हरे हरे

In English

“Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare”

Krishna Gayatri Mantra

In Hindi

“ॐ देव्किनन्दनाय विधमहे 
वासुदेवाय धीमहि 
तन्नो कृष्ण:प्रचोदयात”

In English

“Aum Devkinandanaye Vidmahe
Vasudevaye Dhi-Mahi
Tanno Krishna Prachodayat”

Happy Janmashtami…

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Things to do on Akshay Tirthiya

On this day, we have to perform Madhusudhana Puja  with Tulasi Archana chanting Vishu Sahasranaamam .  Besides this, some other Daanams are suggested on this day, as listed  below:

  • 1.      Jala Daan [ Water Daan to Brahmin with betul nut and dakshina – For Wealth.
  • 2.      Sayana Daan [giving bed] – It gives all happiness.
  • 3.      Vasthra Daan [giving clothes] – Ayushyam –long life.
  • 4.      Kumkum Daan – It gives good position  in life and also long life for husband.
  • 5.      Chandhana Daan – It avoids from Accidents.
  • 6.      Thamboolam – It makes a man as ruler of the nation.
  • 7.      Naariyal Daan [Coconut Dhaanam] – Out last 7 Pithrus will get relief from Naraka (Hell).
  • 8.      Butter Daan – It is for Vidhya Praapthi.
  • 9.      Udakumbha Daan –Giving water in Bronze/Silver vessel –filling water with pacha Karpooram, saffron and tulasi, together with Betul nut and dakshina.  This gives Gaya Shrarddham phalan[benefit].  This is one of the most important dhaanam for those who wish to be married, people who want to get relieved off pithru shrap[curse], and also for those people who wish to be bestowed with a child.
  • 10.  Padaraksha Dhaan[Slippers] – This donation will avoid us from entering into Naraka.
  • 11.  Chatri Daan [Umbrella] – This donation removes many obstacles in life.

Most of all this, we have to take bath in Mahanadhis i.e. Ganga, Yamuna, Godavari, Sindhu, Saraswathi, Narmada, Krishna, Bheemaradhi, Phalgu, Sarayu, Gandaki, Gomathi, Kauveri  before sunrise.  This gives immense benefit.

PUJA MUHURAT

ParticularDate & DayTime startsTime ends
Akshaya TithiMay 03, 2022 05:18 AM 
Puja Muhurat May 03, 202206:10 AM12:35 PM
Akshaya Tithi May 04, 2022 07:32 AM

AUSPICIOUS TIME (MUHURAT) TO BUY GOLD

Date & DayTime startsTime ends
Tuesday, May 3, 202206:10 AM06:09 PM

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KHARMAS

Kharmas is the inauspicious month of Hindu Calender followed in North India. Kharmas is marked from December 16th, 2022 to January 14, 2023. Another kharmas period from March 14, 2022 to April 14, 2022. The period is considered to be bad periods and marriages and housewarming are not held. Khasmas is mainly followed in Bihar, Jharkhand and mainly eastern UttarPradesh.

IMPORTANCE OF KHARMAS

Kharmas is from mid december to mid January and also from mid March to mid April. It is believed that there is no sun transition during this period (Kharmas). Hindus refrain from commencing or doing anything new and auspicious during the period. It is only after the sun starts its Uttarayan journey for the next six months after Kharmas that the period becomes pious for devout Hindus.

 Kharmas is not followed in southern, western and eastern parts of India.

WHICH HINDU GODS ARE WORSHIPPED IN KHARMAS

SURYA

LORD VISHNU

It is believed that offering prayers to Surya and Lord Vishnu in Kharmas will help in attaining peace and prosperity.

WHAT TO DO IN KHARMAS

Daan – Donation and Charity
Visit of Holy Places
Taking bath in tirths – sacred rivers, ponds, lakes and water bodies
Donating medicines to poor and needy in the month will help in early cure of diseases.
Donating dals in this month will help in achieving profit and financial gains.

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Ganesh Jayanti 2022

Friday, February 4, 2022

Madhyahna Ganesh Puja Muhurat – 11:30AM to 01:41PM

To avoid Moon sighting – 09:23AM to 09:23PM

Ganesh Jayanti 2022

This day is believed to be the birthday of Lord Ganesha in many parts of Maharashtra and Goa. The festival is also known as Til Kund Chaturthi or Til Kund Chauth and is great importance to Ganpati devotees in Maharashtra. Ganesh Jayangti is observed on the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon (shukla paksha) in magh month as per traditional Marathi Hindu lunar calendar.

What to do on this day?

Keep Ganesh idol over yellow piece of cloth and offer Sindoor and turmeric to it.

Then apply kesar Chandan to the Lord and light a ghee diya with some Astagandh in ghee.

Offer rice and grass (durva) on his head and yellow colour flowers to Lord Ganesh.

Also off sweets made of til and Rice modak to God and chant the following Mantra.

VAKRATUNDA GANESH MANTRA

“Vakratunda Maha-Kaaya Surya-kotti Samaprabha

Nirvighnam Kuru Me Deva Sarva-Kaaryeshu Sarvadaa”

GANESH GAYATRI MANTRA

“Aum Ekadantaya Viddhamahe, Vakratundaya Dhimahi, Tanno Danti Prachodayat”

BASIC GANESH MANTRA

” Om Gan Ganpataye Namaha”

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Panchmukhi Hanuman

Lord Hanuman is one of the most revered gods in Hindu religions. Lord Hanuman, the devout “Bhakat” devotee of Lord Rama is the symbol of bravery, courage, loyalty and pure devotion. Lord Hanuman is the Avtar of Lord Shiva. Lord Hanuman inspires us to face all the odds and to fight all the challenges life throws at us bravely. He is depicted with a strong, muscular body, holding His weapon, the Gada (Mace) in one hand. Lord Hanuman blesses us with His protection, vitality, good health, physical/mental strength, knowledge, clears the path to success and many other blessings. He fulfils the desires of His devotees.

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Panchamukhi Hanuman

The Panchamukhi Hanuman is a form of Lord Hanuman in which He is depicted with five faces. The 5 Mukhi Hanuman is said to be the huge or ‘virat’ from of majestic Lord and is very powerful. Each face is the face of Lord Vishnu’s Avatar, with Lord Hanuman significance lies in the fact that the faces of Lord Vishnu’s Avatar faces a specific direction for a reason. Every aspects of this form has its own importance. Therefore each face has its own significance and reason for being and holds specific significance. The Panchamukha Hanuman benefits the worshipper with many blessings, including liberating from all kinds of fears, enemies, negative or lower energies.

Lord Hanuman is considered one of the prominent Yogis who is known to have gained complete control over the Pancha Indriyas (five senses) according to the ancient Holy Scriptures. The importance of number 5 is wonderfully given in the Tamil version of the epic Ramayana known as Ramavataram and popularly known as Kamba Ramayanam as it was written by the Tamil poet Kambar.

WE ENLIST BELOW THE IMPORTANCE OF NUMBER FIVE IN ASSOCATION WITH HANUMANJI:-

Lord Hanuman is the son of one of the five elements, son of Wind – Pavan Putra.

Lord Hanuman risked His own life, took the leap of faith and crossed the water body to find Sita Devi. Water is among the 5 basic elements.

He could fly in the air which again is one of the five elements namely the sky,

He met daughter of Earth which again is one of the five elements – Sita Devi.

Hanuman burnt the entire Lanka by fire, another element.

This may be one of the reasons why we circumambulate or to do Pradakshina 5times around the idol of Lord Hanuman or in digits which if summed up results as 14, 23 or 41.

The story of shree Panchamukhi Hanuman finds its mention in the renowned and great epic Ramayan. During the fierce battle between Lord Sri Rama demon King Ravana, Ravana sought assistance and help from Mahiravan, the king the king of Patal Loka (underworld or netherworld). After learning that Ravana has sought help from mahiravan, Vibhishan alters Hanuman and tells Him to protect Ram and Lakshman were sleeping. The entry to this fortress was only possible throught entering the mouth of Hanuman of Lord Hanuman Himself and exit was through his ears.

Stealthily, the demon king of Patala, King Mahiravan disguised himself as Vibhishan and entered the castle pretending to check the arrangements Lord Hanuman has made for Ram and Lakshma’s comfortable sleep. Mahiravan contracted the size of Lord Ram and lakshman through His magical powers and carried both (Ram and Lakshman) of them away in his betel leaves box. At dawn when Lord Hanuman opened the fortress He was shocked to see that Lord Ram and Lakshman were missing. Hanuman understood that it was the conspiracy of Mahiravan and without wasting. much time Hanuman quickly rushed to Patal Loka. While batteling with Mahiravan, Lord Hanuman learned that Mahiravan was invincible as his life was preserved and safeguarded in five different lamps which were kept in five different directions, far away from one another. Mahiravan could only be killed if the five lamps were extinguished at the same time. This is when Lord Hanuman took the powerful avatar (form) of Panchamukhi and extinguished the five lamps at once and thus killed Mahiravan and saved Ram and Lakshman.

SIGNIFIANCE OF PANCHMUKHI HANUMAN (FACES)

The five heads of Panchmukhi form includes Hayagirva, Narasimha, Hanuman, Varaha and Garuda. Among these five faces, the three faces namely Narasimha, Hayagriva, and Varaha are Lord Vishnu’s incarnations. Garuda is the devout Eagle-Human Bird, who served as the vehicle or Vahana of Lord Vishnu. Therefore the Panchamukhi Hanuman from holds the combined powers of Lord Hanuman and Lord Vishnu. All the five heads of the Panchamukhi Hanuman hold a specific signifiance which as follows:

HAYAGRIVA (THE HORSE FACE)

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Lord Hayagriva

Lord Hayagriva face is always seen facing the sky. This Hayagriva face offers superior knowledge, generates good will and blesses with good progeny. The devotees are bestowed with the zeal and passion to achieve what they aim for and help them in attaining salvation.

Narasimha (THE LION FACE)

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Lord Narasimha

Lord Narasimha faces the south. It blesses by liberating the worshipper from all kinds of fears, helps to stay away from sins and protects from evils. This avatar blesses the worshipper with victory and fearlessness.

GARUD (THE EAGLE FACE)

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Lord Garuda

The Garud face is seen facing the west. This avtar wards off negativities, Black Magic, and aliments.

VARAHA (THE BOAR FACE)

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Lord Varaha

The Lord Varaha faces the north. The Varaha face is sad to shower all kinds of wealth and prosperity to the worshipper.

HANUMAN (THE MONKEY FACE)

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Lord Hanuman

Lord Hanuman faces the east direction and besses His devotees with happiness aand fulfilment of their desires.

THE PANCHAMUKHI HANUMAN BEEJ MANTRA:-

OM SHREE HANUMATE NAMAHA…..

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SIGNIFIANCE OF SYMBOLES OF THE LORD SHIVA

Lord Shiva is the god of gods. It is also very difficult to tell about Lord Shiva and very easy. Difficult because Mahadev is eternal and easy because Mahadev is very naive. Nevertheless, some of the symbols of Mahadev have been worn, which are described as follows.

  1. Moon – Wisdom is beyond the mind, but it needs to be expressed with a tinge of mind and this is symbolized by the crescent moon.
  2. Snake – Snake is a symbol of vigilance. To express this state of consciousness, a snake is depicted in the neck of Lord Shiva.
  3. Trishul – Trishul signifies that Shiva is above all 3 states – waking, dreaming and sleeping, yet he upholds all 3 states.
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  1. Third eye – Alertness, knowledge, and wisdom are all related to the third eye.
  2. Damru – Symbolizes the universe which is always expanding all collapsing, From an expansion it collapses and then it re-expands, this is the process of creation.
    The darmru is also a symbol of sound. Sound is rhythm and sound is energy. The whole universe is nothing but a wave function, it is nothing but rhythms. What does quantum physics say? It says the same thing – the whole universe is nothing but rhythms. It is just one wave (Adviata). So the damru signifies the non-dual nature of the universe.
  3. Bull – Bull is a symbol of religion (righteousness). Lord Shiva riding on the bull means that when you are truthful, infinite consciousness is with you.
  4. Ganges – The holy river, signifying the flow of scriptural teachings passing wisdom from one generation to the next.
  5. Tiger Skin – The tiger represents lust and desire. Sitting on the dead tiger skin shows Shiva has conquered both.
  6. Rudraksha Mala – Rudraksha beads denote purity. The mala or rosary in the right hand symbolizes concentration.

HAR HAR MAHADEV !!!!

HARE KRISHNA!!!

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PANCHAK NAKSHATRA

What is Panchak?

According to Vedic Astrology, the union or conjunction of 5 constellations (Nakshatra) creates the Panchak. This period is not considered to be a good time to perform certain auspicious activities. Thus, it is important to determine the Panchak period before performing any auspicious activity. There are a total number of 27 Nakshatra as per Vedic Astrology. These 27 Nakshatra are divided into 12 Zodiac Signs. Thus, each zodiac sign consists of 2.15 Nakshatra. Every zodiac sign is of 30 degrees. The length of each Nakshatra is 13 degrees and 20 minutes. Each Nakshatra is divided into four parts. Each part measures 3 degrees and 20 minutes. When the luminary planet, Moon is posited in the Aquarius and Pisces zodiac sign, it leads to Panchak.

What are the Panchak Nakshatra?

When the Moon enters the Aquarius zodiac sign, the third phase of the Dhanishta Nakshatra commences. Post that, the Moon moves through the Satabhisha, Purva Bhadrapada, Uttara Bhadrapada, and Revati Nakshatra. The Moon takes around 5 days to complete its journey through these 5 Nakshatra. This is the time which is known as Panchak. It occurs as a repetitive phenomenon, which takes place after a period of 27 days.

Significance of Panchak

The concept of Muhurat is of utmost importance in the Hindu culture. Activities performed during the right Muhurat yield productive results. On the other hand, any task that is done during the wrong or unfavorable Muhurat is bound to yield undesirable results. Keeping in mind the importance of Muhurat, Panchak is considered to be highly significant.

Frequency Of Activities Performed During Panchak

Panchak signifies the combination of 5 Nakshatras. Thus, it is believed that if any inauspicious activity takes place during the Panchak period, it is repeated for five times. To save oneself from such a mishappening, it is important to avoid landing into trouble during the Panchak period. It is believed that if you hear the news of someone’s death during the period of the Panchak, there are high chances that you may get to listen to another four news about death. To escape this problem, a special ritual is followed. If anyone dies during the Panchak period, five dummies made up of wheat flour, and sacred grass is burnt along with the dead body during the funeral rites of the deceased person. This helps to eliminate the chances of 4 more deaths.

Types of Panchak

Panchak prevails during five days and is classified into five types on the basis of the day it commences on. All these Panchak are slightly different in nature. Also, their Do’s and Don’ts are different. Let us take a look at the different types of Panchak to get the gist of it.

1.  Rog Panchak

The word “Rog” means disease. When the Panchak period starts on Sunday, it is known as Rog Panchak. It is believed that the five days of the Rog Panchak cause physical and mental worries. One should abstain from performing any auspicious deed during Rog Panchak.

 Raj Panchak

The Panchak period that commences on Monday is referred to as Raj Panchak. The literal meaning of the word Raj is “to rule”. This is considered to be a favourable Panchak. During the 5-day span of this Panchak, there are high chances of achieving success. Also, the probability of getting gains through the government sector is quite high. Matters related to land and property yield positive results during this period.

3.  Agni Panchak

The Panchak period beginning from Tuesday is known as Agni Panchak. This period ensures success in matters of litigation. Thus, you may choose to make efforts if you have any pending court case or related issues. On the other hand, one should refrain from taking up any task related to construction. The word Agni means fire and exposing oneself to fire might pan out to be risky and dangerous during this stretch of time. Also, staying away from machinery and tools is recommended. Not adhering to the advice may put you in trouble.

4.  Chor Panchak

Chor means thief. Chor Panchak is the name given to the Panchak that starts on Friday. As the name indicates, there are chances of theft and robbery during this Panchak. Travelling is strictly prohibited within this duration. Carrying out business, financial transactions or deals is not recommended. Doing this may result in a major financial loss.

5.  Mrityu Panchaka

If the Panchak period starts from Saturday, it is known as Mrityu Panchak. Mrityu refers to death. It is believed that death-like hardships prevail during the span of this Panchak. One should avoid taking up any risky task during this period. Be careful during the Mrityu Panchak. There are high chances of injuries and accidents during this period. You may also get entangled in a conflict or an argument, so you should try to keep such a situation at bay.

Things To Avoid During Panchak

According to the scriptures, there are certain tasks and activities that one should abstain from during the period of the Panchak. Doing otherwise can put you in a whirlpool of problems. Here are some of them:

●  Travelling towards the South direction is not recommended. This direction is associated with Lord Yama, the god of death.
●  If you have a house or building under construction, you should avoid constructing the roof of the building during this period.
●  Apart from this, stay away from anything that involves wood or fuel.
●  There are some special instructions that need to be followed during the Panchak in order to minimise undesirable results. Buying a new bed or constructing one does not seem to be an activity that is recommended during the Panchak period.
●  Buying bedding, mattress, etc. or donating it to someone does not reel good results during the span of the Panchak period.

Thus, one should not perform any of the tasks mentioned above. Except these, you can perform all other tasks.

Things That Can Be Done During Panchak

Panchak is not always considered as an unfavourable period. There are certain activities, which when done during the Panchak, yield favourable and productive results. Let us have a look:

The special yogas forming during the Panchak period makes it a period of paramount importance. Dhanishta Nakshatra, Satabhisha Nakshatra, Purva Bhadrapada and Revati Nakshatra are considered to be auspicious for going on a journey, carrying out the Mundan Sanskar, doing business, etc. Also, the combination of Uttara Bhadrapada on a specific day (Vaar) results in the creation of Sarvartha Siddhi Yoga. Although, the Panchak is perceived to be an inauspicious period, it has another facet as well. Activities like engagement, marriage, etc. can be carried out during the stretch of the Panchak.

If any of the three Nakshatras of the Panchak, namely Purva Bhadrapada, Uttara Bhadrapada and Revati fall on Sunday, they lead to the formation of various auspicious Yogas. Char, Sthir and Pravardh are the most important out of these. They help to achieve success and gains in terms of money.

The significance of Muhurat is undeniable according to the Muhurta Chintamani. Dhanishta and Satabhisha are associated with motion (Chara). Thus, any task that involves motion is not considered to be auspicious. Setting your foot on a journey, buying a new vehicle, parts of machinery, etc. are a few activities that should be avoided during this period. On the other hand, the Uttara Bhadrapada Nakshatra signifies stability (Sthir). During this Nakshatra, such tasks should be undertaken that require stability. Activities like Griha Pravesh (housewarming), puja, planting new trees, etc. can be done during this span of time. Matters related to land and property should also be laid emphasis on.

The last of these five Nakshatras is Revati. It is associated with tenderness and friendliness. Therefore, it is recommended that reconciliation should be done when this Nakshatra prevails. Bringing an end to conflicts, dealing with a business in textile industry, buying new ornaments, etc. are some of the things that may be done during this period.

Important Facts To Be Kept In Mind During A Panchak

As we have already discussed what Panchak is and how it affects our life, we have realised the fact that Panchak is an important period, during which one should act accordingly. Doing so will eventually help to maximize gains and minimise losses. These are some quick tips that will help you to gain positive results during the Panchak period.

1.  Whenever Panchak of the Dhanishta Nakshatra starts, you should stay away from collecting wood, wooden objects, fuel, grass, etc. There are chances of these things catching a fire, which might hurt you or your loved ones.
2.  If someone dies during the Panchak period, his/her family and friends must consult a priest for the detailed information about performing the funeral. Additionally, the funeral rites should not be performed during the Panchak period, unless necessary. In case it becomes a necessity, the Garuda Purana should be followed.
3.  In Garuda Purana, it is instructed to perform the funeral rites of 5 dummies made of sacred grass and wheat flour along with the dead person. Performing the funeral rites of these dummies helps to eliminate the chances of any more death in the family.
4.  During this period, travelling towards the South direction is not advisable. The South direction is believed to be associated with the god of death, Lord Yama. Travelling in this direction might invite troubles and pose dangers to your life.
5.  If Revati Nakshatra is the constellation prevailing during the Panchak, one should make sure not to construct the roof of their house during this period. Doing so may result in a financial loss or lack of peace and harmony in the family. One should be very careful regarding money related matters during this period. Neither lending money nor giving loans is recommended within this duration.
6.  Construction of a bed during the time of the Panchak may put you in trouble. There are chances of fire related accidents during the Dhanishta Nakshatra Panchak. However, during the Satabhisha Nakshatra, there is a possibility of disturbance in the life of the native, which may invite mental troubles and worries.
7.  There is a possibility of getting ill and facing health issues during the Purva Bhadrapada Panchak. The Panchak of Uttara Bhadrapada is known to bring problems and sufferings in the life of the native.
8.  The Panchak of the Revati Nakshatra causes mental worries and tension. As there are various aspects of a Panchak, one should keep in mind to adhere to the Do’s and abstain from the Don’ts during the period of the Panchak.

I hope that with this article, your knowledge base has expanded and know about Panchak. I hope that you will give your best and get productive results with the help of the above stated information.

Jai Bhole!!!!

Hare Krishna!!!

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KHUMB MELA – LET’S TASTE THE NECTOR , HARIDWAR 2021

In the Bhagavad Gita it is mentioned that – When a person is devoted to something with complete faith, I (God) unify his faith in that. Then, when his faith is completely unified, he gains the object of his devotion.
Kumbh is the largest gathering of religion, faith, devotion, in which the whole of the world takes part and takes a dip in the sacred river to get emancipation. But have you ever thought that what is the significance of Kumbh, why it is important, what is the story behind Kumbh Mela? Let us take you to this divine experience –
Uttarakhand has always been considered as the land of God since ages. This land is considered as the land of seekers and devotion. It is the land of Shiva (Kedarnath & Haridwar), the land of Vishnu (Badrinath, Har-ki-Pauri), and also the origin place of Ganga, Yamuna & Saraswati.

Meaning, History and Signifiance of Khumb Mela

Origin of the Kumbh is perhaps as old as Hindu religion and later in the 8th century, it was revived by Adi-Guru Shankracharya. Kumbh Mela is formed with 2 words Kumbh & Mela. Kumbh means pitcher, also connected with the Astrological term Aquarius (which also means Kumbh), and Mela means fair or gathering. According to the mythology, Devtas (Gods) & Asuras(Demons) churning the sea (Samudra-Manthan) for the acquisition of 14 precious ratnas (items).

14 Ratnas:

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14 ratnas from samudra manthan

Lakshmi, Apsaras Rambha, Varuni Devi, Kamdhenu, Airavat, Uchhaishravas, Kaustubha, Parijata, Dhanvantari, Halahal (poison), Shankha, Kalpvriksha, Amirta Kalash/Kumbh (pitcher of nectar).

Few things owned by Demons and few by Devs, but when Amrita Kumbh appears, both Devs and Demons start fighting for owning the pitcher, to become immortal. So to hide this pitcher from Demons, four Dev (Brahaspati, Surya, Chandra and Shania) ran with Amrita Kalasha. Demons started chasing them and this chase lasted for 12 days and nights. During this chase, Devs hide this pitcher at four different locations Haridwar, Prayag, Ujjain, Nasik. To commemorate this holy event, Kumbh is celebrated at these places, every twelve years.

Another theory says by legends is – when Amrita Kalasha appears, Jayanta( the son of Indra) ran with the amarata Kalash for 12 days, during this few drops of nectar fell from the pitcher at four different location – Haridwar, Prayag, Ujjain and Nasik. Those 12 days are equal to 12 years for humans, and that’s why Kumbh is celebrated every 12 years at these locations.

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What’s the Mythological beliefs & Process of Snan:

According to mythological beliefs, taking a holy dip in the sacred river Ganga emancipates you from all the worldly sins. It is also believed that at the time of Kumbh, the water of Ganga is charged with positive healing effects and enhanced electromagnetic radiations of the Sun, Moon and Jupiter.
On Kumbh Mela Snan Day, the first bath is led by the Naga Sadhus and Akhara’s Saints, which is known as Shahi Snan of Kumbh. Firstly the Saints and the Naga Saints take the royal bath and after that common people get permission to take a bath in the holy river. This Snan process starts around 2-3 Am.

Interesting Facts About Kumbh:

  • The first written information about Kumbh Mela is mentioned in Bhagavad Purana, and Hiuen Tsnag (Chinese Traveller in 629-645 AD) also the Samudra Manthan evidence is mentioned in Vishnu Purana, Mahabharat, & Ramayan.
  • Recently organised Prayag Kumbh is the World’s largest gathering of religious pilgrims.
  • Kumbh means the pitcher of nectar. The Kumbh Mela story dates back to the time when gods resided on the earth. Due to the curse of Sage Durvasa, the Devs were weakened and demons were causing havoc on the earth.

How do khumb mela date decide?

Every year, the dates for Kumbh Mela are calculated according to the combination of the Sun, Jupiter, and the Moon’s zodiac positions. The Shahi Snan is usually held on full-moon or no-moon days.The astrological dates of Kumbh at Haridwar fall when Venus and Jupiter correspond with Aquarius and Sun and Moon are on the Aries and Sagittarius.
Kumbh Mela is held in four cities (Haridwar, Prayag, Nasik, Ujjain) every three years in the rotation, thus each place getting its turn only after 12 years.

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Why does Haridwar celebrate Kumbh 2021 instead of 2022?

The last Kumbh Mela festival in Haridwar was held in 2010, so mathematically the next Kumbh should be in 2022, but it would be celebrated in 2021. The reason is that after more than 100 years the Kumbh will be held earlier. It is happening because of auspicious dates and astrological positions.

Haridwar Kumbh Mela 2021 Dates (Shahi-Snan Bathing Dates):

  • Makar Sankranti (Snan) – 14 January 2021
  • Mauni Amavasya (Snan) – 11 February 2021
  • Basant Panchami (Snan) – 16 February 2021
  • Magh Poornima – 27 February 2021
  • Maha Shivratri (Shahi Snan) – 11 March 2021
  • Somvati Amavasya (Shahi Snan) – 12 April 2021
  • Chaitra Shukla Pratipada (Snan) – 13 April 2021
  • Baisakhi (Shahi Snan) – 14 April 2021
  • Ram Navami (Snan) – 21 April 2021
  • Chaitra Purnima (Shahi Snan) – 27 April 2021

Har Har Mahadev!!!