Janaki Jayanti 2017

Janaki Jayanti 2017, Janaki Jayanti Importance

Janaki Jayanti is observed every year in the month of Phalguna on Krishna Paksha Ashtami according to North Indian calendar. However, Janaki Jayanti occurs during Magha month in Amanta calendar followed in Gujarat, Maharashtra and Southern Indian states. Janaki Jayanti is also known as Sita Ashtami. Sita Ashtami, or Janaki Janma, is believed to be the day when Mata Sita appeared on earth according to North India Calendar. Mata Sita is considered as the embodiment of purity and devotion and is believed to be an incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi. Sita was adopted by King Janaka when he was ploughing the fields and as she became a daughter to King Janaka, Maa Sita came to be known as Janaki. She married to Lord Rama and later was known by the name "Vaidehi". As per Ramayana, Ravana abducted her and later was rescued by Rama, Lakshman, Hanuman and Vanar Sena. Married women keep fast on this day and special pujas and satsangs are arranged in Ram temples.

Please note that Maa Sita's birthday or Sita Jayanti is also known as Sita Navami with Hindu communities in Eastern and Western parts of India and Sita Navami or Janaki Navami is observed in the month of Vaishaka(April-May). Sita Navami 2017 Date is 4th May. Wish to all - Happy Janaki Jayanti or Happy Sita Ashtami.

Hymn dedicated to Maa Sita

जनकसुता जग जननि जानकी। अतिसय प्रिय करुनानिधान की॥
ताके जुग पद कमल मनावउँ। जासु कृपाँ निरमल मति पावउँ॥

Temples dedicated to Maa Janaki

    Janaki Mandir in Janakpur, Nepal.
    Sita Mai Temple in Sitamai village in the Karnal district of Haryana, India.
    Sita Kund, Punaura Dham in Sitamarhi District in Bihar, India.
    Seetha Devi Temple in Pulpally in the Waynad district, Kerala, India.
    Seetha Amman Kovil in Nähe Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka.

Janaki Jayanti 2017 Date
19th February 2017 (Sunday)
Janaki Jayanti 2018 Date
8th February 2018 (Thursday)
Janaki Jayanti 2019 Date
26th February 2019 (Tuesday)
Janaki Jayanti 2020 Date
16th February 2020 (Sunday)
Janaki Jayanti 2021 Date
6th March 2021 (Saturday)

Skanda Sashti 2017 Dates, Skanda Shashti Kavacham Video

Skanda Sashti 2017 Dates, Skanda Shashti Kavacham Video

Skanda Sashti 2017 dates are from October 20 to October 25, 2017 with Soorasamharam. Tirukalyanam is on October 26.

Skanda is a famous Hindu God quite popular in South India particularly in Tamil Nadu. Along with Lord Ganesha, Lord Skanda is also the son of God Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Skanda is considered as the younger brother of Lord Ganesha in South India whereas Skanda is considered as the elder brother of Lord Ganesha in North India. God Skanda is also known by the names of Murugan, Kartikeyan, Kumaresa, Guha, Shanmukha, Velayudhan and Subramanya. Valli and Devayani are two wives of Lord Skanda.

Sashti Tithi, which comes during Shukla Paksha Sashti day, is dedicated to Murugan or Lord Skanda. Many people fast on this day of Skanda Sashti. Skanda Sashti is observed on the sixth day of the bright fortnight of the Tamil month of Aippasi (October – November) and is believed that Lord Skanda killed the demon Taraka on this day. Skanda Sashti Vratam or Kanda Shasthi Vratam is considered the day when Sashti Tithi is combined with Panchami Tithi, therefore Skanda Sashti Vratam is to be observed on Panchami Tithi. Skanda Sashti is also known as Kanda Shashti.

When Panchami Tithi concludes or Sashti Tithi begins between sunrise and sunset then both Panchami and shashti are united then this day is observed as Skanda Sashti Vratam. Dharmasindhu and Nirnayasindhu scriptures have this rule written. Popular Murgun temple - Sri Subrahmanya Swami Devasthanam in Tiruchendur, follows this rule along with other Murugan temples in Tamil Nadu and Soorasamharam day is observed one day before Sashti Tithi if on previous day shashti Tithi is combined with Panchami Tithi.

The Tiruppugal, one of the famous religious book in Tamil, contains the devotional songs of Arunagirinathar in praise of Lord Subramanya. Hymns from Kavadichindu and the Skanda Sashti Kavacham are also sung on this day by Skanda devotees.

People observe six days fasting starting from first day or Pirathamai of Karthika lunar month and concludes on the sixth day known as Soorasamharam day during the Skanda Shashti fasting. Soorasamharam is the final and most significant day during the six days festival as it is considered that Lord Murugan killed Demon Surapadman on this day and thus Soorasamharam festival is observed year after year to mark the victory of good over evil.

All Sashti(s) tithi's are dedicated to Lord Murugan or Skanda but Shukla Paksha Sashti that comes in lunar month Kartika (which is during Solar month Aippasi or Karthikai) is the most important. Murugun devotees fast six days which lasts on Soorasamharam day. Tiru Kalyanam is the next day after Soorasamharam. Next Skanda Sashti after Soorasamharam is called as Subramanya Sashti also known as Kukke Subramanya Sashti occuring in the lunar month Margashirsha.

03 - January - 2017TuesdaySkanda Shashti
02 - February - 2017ThursdaySkanda Sashti
03 - March - 2017FridaySkanda Sashti
01 - April - 2017SaturdaySkanda Sashti
01 - May - 2017MondaySkanda Shashti
30 - May - 2017TuesdaySkanda Sashti
28 - June - 2017WednesdaySkanda Shashti
28 - July - 2017FridaySkanda Sashti
27 - August - 2017SundaySkanda Shashti
25 - September - 2017MondayKartik Amavasya
25 - October - 2017WednesdaySoora Samharam
24 - November - 2017FridaySubrahmanya Sashti
24 - December - 2017SundaySkanda Sashti

Some basic rules are observed while doing the Skanda Shasti fasting:

  • Non-vegetarian food is completely avoided, although some people even avoid garlic and onions.
  • Lord Muruga scriptures are recited like Skandha Shashti Kavasam or Subramanya Bhujangam.
  • People do visit the Skanda temples.
  • Some people fast for the full day, some eat only one meal, some people consider to take only fruits and juices during the 6 day festival.
  • Mantra "Om Saravanabhavaya Namah" is recited by Lord Murugun devotees.

Temples dedicated to Lord Murugan

The undermentioned six temples which are known as Arupadaiveedu, are the most important shrines for Murugan devotees in Tamilnadu, India:

  • Palani Murugan Temple
  • Swamimalai Murugan Temple
  • Thiruthani Murugan Temple
  • Pazhamudircholai Murugan Temple
  • Sri Subrahmanya Swami Devasthanam, Tiruchendur
  • Thirupparamkunram Murugan Temple

Marudamalai Murugan Temple is one other Skanda shrine. Kukke Subramanya Temple, near Mangalore, Karnataka, is also very popular temples dedicated to Lord Kartikeya but not forms part of six abodes of Lord Murugan located in Tamil Nadu.

Gupt Navratri 2017, Gupt Navratri Dates

Magha Gupt Navratri Dates - 28th January to 6th Feburary 2017

Ashadha Gupta Navratri Dates - 24th June to 3rd July 2017

Magh Navratri, also known as Gupt Navaratri (गुप्त नवरात्रि), comes in the Shukla Paksha of Magha month i.e January – February. Magh Navratri starts on January 28 and ends on February 6 in the year 2017. Magh Navratri is dedicated to the nine forms of Shakti Goddess. Many people observe fast on the days of Magh Navratri and only vegetarian food is eaten during this period.

Gupt Navratri is also observed during the month of Ashada (June – July). The most popular Navratri comes twice a year - Chaitra Navratri (March-April) and Sharad Navratri (September – October).

Navratri festival is considered as the best time to worship mother Goddess Durga. During Navratri, the "sadhak" or the worshipper performs special worship of the mother goddess to attain powers or learn tantra saadhana . Nine days of Navratri falling in the months of Ashadh and Maagh shukla paksh or the bright fortnight are called the Gupt Navratri. The observance of Gupt Navratri is not known to everybody.

Persons who worship Durga reads and listens to Shri Durgasaptshati paath, Shriamd-devi Bhawad, Devi Mahaatmaya to get the blessings of Maa Durga. The Navaran Mantra which is regarded as very powerful is recited in front of Goddess Durga idol or picture. This is the Navaran Mantra - “Om Aim Hreem kleem chaamundaayai vichche”

As per Devi Bhagwat, as Navratri comes 4 times a year and like the way nine forms of Maa Durga are worshipped in the Navratri, likewise in the Gupt Navratri, "dus mahavidya" or the 10 Mahavidya Devis are worshipped. Gupt Navratri are special to persons who perform tantra rituals, those associated with Mahakala and for those who wish to attain spiritual strength. The Goddess Bhagwati seeker fast and worship Devi Maa with very strict rules. People try to achieve rare spiritual powers after a long period of meditation.

In the Durga Saptashati, Goddess Durga herself tells us that one who does worship her with utter trust, faith and devotion in the nine days of Navratri, he or she gets free from all difficulties and gets health, wealth, prosperity and children.

As per Ramayana, in this Magh month's nine days of Gupt Navratri, Sri Ram along with Goddess Sita sat and performed "Shakti puja" or "Goddess worship" near the banks of river "Saryu" in Ayodhya

Also, Pandavas in the epic Mahabharata performed the "Shakti puja" or "Goddess worship" in these nine days of Magh month Gupt Navratri as told by Sri Krishna to get victory in the battle against the Kauravas.

Names of Gupt Navratri Goddesses

Persons who perform tantra rituals during Gupt Navratri worship 10 Mahavidya Devi's namely Maa Kali, Maa Tara Devi, Maa Tripur Sundari, Maa Bhuvaneshwari, Maa chhinnamasta, Maa Tripur Bhairavi, Maa Dhrumawati, Maa Bagalamukhi, Maa Matangi and Maa Kamla Devi.If you are willing to worship dus mahavidya, you must not waste this precious time of Gupt Navratri as these days can really change your life.

Amavasya 2017 Dates

Amavasya 2017 Dates

In Hindu calendar, Amavasya is when there is no moon visible in the sky, also known as the darkest day of the month. Every month has a specific date according to Hindu lunar month when Amavasya falls. So, there are 12 amavasyas in a year. Amavasya Tithi has a lot of importance as many rituals including the donation to temple and poor is performed, the amavasya day is for the ancestors or the "pitr".  When Amavasya falls on any Monday, it is known as Somvati Amavasya and if it falls on any Saturday, it is known as Shani Amavasya.

Some people fast for the whole day, some take a single meal and some who do not perform are advised to stay away from non-veg, alcohol and even onion and garlic. Shraddha rituals for getting the blessings of ancestors or dead parents and family members and Kalasarpa Dosha puja can be performed on any Aamavasya.

The following are the 2017 Amavasya Daysthe dates for Amavasya Calendar or the New Moon Days.

27 - January - 2017FridayMagha Amavasya
26 - February - 2017SundayPhalguna Amavasya
28 - March - 2017TuesdayChaitra Amavasya
26 - April - 2017WednesdayVaishakha Amavasya
25 - May - 2017ThursdayJyeshtha Amavasya
24 - June - 2017SaturdayAshadha Amavasya
23 - July - 2017SundayShravana Amavasya
21 - August - 2017MondayBhadrapada Amavasya
20 - September - 2017WednesdayAshwin Amavasya
19 - October - 2017ThursdayKartik Amavasya
18 - November - 2017SaturdayMargashirsha Amavasya
18 - December - 2017MondayPaush Amavasya

Purnima 2017 Dates

Purnima 2017 Dates, When is Pooranmashi in 2017

Puranmashi or Purnima is the full moon day of the month. The day of Pooranmashi holds a great deal of importance in Hinduism as well as Sikhism. Fasting on the poornima day or taking bath in a holy river like Ganga, Yamuna etc. are considered auspicious. Many people also hold a Satyanarayan vrat or simply recite the Satyanarayan vrat katha on the day of puranmashi. Below you can find the Purnima 2017 dates.

Pooranmashi Dates in 2017/Full Moon Dates in 2017 with Timings

Following are the Puranmashi dates in 2017 and Puranmashi time in 2017 but could vary by a day depending upon the locations:

When is Pooranmashi in January 2017?
Paush Purnima - January 12, 2017, Thursday
Time - 7:23 PM on January 11 to 5:30 PM on January 12.
Paush Purnima Vrat - January 11.

When is Purnima in Feburary 2017?
Magha Purnima - February 10, 2017, Friday
Time - 07:08 AM on Feb 10 to 06:00 AM on Feb 11
Magha Purnima Vrat  - February 10.

When is Purnima in March 2017?
Phalguna Purnima - March 12, 2017, Sunday
Time  - 7:39 PM on March 11 to 7:25 PM on March 12
Phalguna Purnima Vrat - March 12.

When is Purnima in April 2017?
Chaitra Purnima - April 11, 2017, Tuesday
Time - 9:25 AM on April 10 to 10:15 AM on April 11
Chaitra Purnima Vrat - April 10

When is Purnima in May 2017?
Vaishakha Purnima or Buddha Purnima - May 10, 2017, Wednesday
Time - 12:13 AM on May 10 to 1:52 AM on May 11
Vaishakha Purnima Fasting or Buddha Purnima Vrat - May 10

When is Purnima in June 2017?
Jyeshtha Purnima - June 09, 2017, Friday
Time - 3:36 PM on June 08 to 5:38 PM on June 09
Jyeshtha Purnima Vrat - June 08

When is Purnima in July 2017?
Ashadha Purnima or Guru Purnima - July 09, 2017, Sunday
Time - 7:02 AM on July 08 to 8:51 AM on July 09
Ashadha/Guru Purnima Vrat - July 08

When is Purnima in August 2017?
Shravan Purnima August 07, 2017, Monday
Time - 9:56 PM on August 06 to 11:02 PM on August 08
Shravan Purnima Vrat - August 07

When is Pooranmashi in September 2017?
Bhadrapada Purnima - September 06, 2017, Wednesday
Time - 11:57 AM on September 05 to 12:06 PM on September 06
Bhadrapada Purnima Vrat - September 05

When is Pooranmashi in October 2017?
Ashwin Purnima - October 05, 2017, Thursday
Time - 12:55 AM on October 05 to 12:08 AM on October 06
Ashwin Purnima Vrat - October 05.

When is Pooranmashi in November 2017?
Kartik Purnima or Guru Nanak Jayanti - November 04, 2017, Saturday
Time - 12:58 PM on November 03 to 11:14 AM on November 04
Kartik Purnima Vrat - November 03.

When is Pooranmashi in December 2017?
Margashirsha Purnima - December 03, 2017, Sunday
Time - 12:17 AM on December 03 to 10:09 PM on December 03
Margashirsha Purnima Vrat - December 03

We would update here for the Puranmashi Dates in 2018

Note: Fasting days on Purnima or Pournami could be different for locations to locations. One should make sure that the day he/she is fasting must be the Purnima day only. Poornima is called by the name of Pournami or Pournima in South India and fasting is called as Pournami Vratam.

Which names of Shiva can do wonders for you? Chant Shiv Names

Which names of Shiva can do wonders for you? Chant Shiv Names 

Chant the name of Lord Shiva "Vishwambhara" if you are facing the problems of employment. Whether you are eating or drinking, in a sitting position or in standing position, continue to chant the name "Vishwambhara", Your employment problem will soon be solved by the grace of Lord Shiva.

If your business is not running well or business not doing well, try chanting the name of "Mahesh". When you are leaving for work/business, keep on chanting the name of "Mahesh". If your business is not as usual, you will see positive signs in a few days.

If you don't like the behaviour of your better half meaning if you don't like the behaviour of your wife or your husband or you think wife behaviour is unreasonable or husband behaviour is unreasonable or one of you have a bad or rude behavior, chant the name "Ashutosh". Whenever you go to sleep in the night or wake up in the morning, chant the Lord Shiva's name "Ashutosh" for sometime.

If you are facing health problems, chant Shiva's name "Mahadev". Go and offer water to Shivling in the morning and chant the name "Mahadev" for atleast 15 minutes.

If you are troubled by your child's behaviour or your child's behavior is worse, chant "Rudra", a powerful Shiva's name. Chant the name "Rudra" for 15 minutes every afternoon. After that, take your child's name 11 times.

If you want respect from others, chant Shiva's "Natraj" name or the name of Shiva Nataraja. Chant the name "Natraj" 108 times in the Pradosh Kaal period. The full time between 45 minutes before sunset and 45 minutes after sunset is called Pradosh Kaal time. Pradosh kaal time for today could be different from yesterday.

If there is some big problem, chant the name "Baba" as one of Shiva's other name. Chant the Shiva's name "Baba" while inhaling and exhaling. Chant "Baba" name more to get more benefits.

If you are looking for Moksha or salvation and liberation and simply the grace of god, chant the name "Shiv" - his own name this time. Chanting the name "Shiv" while attentively remembering Lord Shiva with closed eyes would be wonderful. If you get this name to chant from a proven individual or saint, it would do more good.

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Benefits of Shiv Names in Hindi

शिव के किस नाम से होगा चमत्कार 

रोज़गार की समस्या पर शिव का विष्वम्भर नाम का जाप करें
खाते पीते, उठते बैठते विष्वम्भर नाम का जाप करते रहें
रोज़गार की समस्या दूर हो जाएगी

व्यवसाय के ना चलने पर शिव का महेश नाम का जाप करें
काम पर जाते हुए महेश नाम जपते हुए जाएं

जीवनसाथी के व्यवहार से परेशानी हो तो शिव का आशुतोष नाम का जाप करें
सोकर उठने के बाद और रात में सोने से पहले इस नाम को थोड़ी देर ज़रूर जपें

सेहत के समस्या पर शिव का महादेव नाम का जाप करें
सुबह शिवलिंग पर जल चढ़ाएं और महादेव नाम का कम से कम 15 मिनट जाप करें

संतान के व्यवहार से परेशानी हो तो शिव का रूद्र नाम का जाप करें
दोपहर के समय इस नाम को 15 मिनट तक जपें
इसके बाद अपनी संतान का नाम 11 बार लें

मान सम्मान चाहते हों तो शिव का नटराज नाम का जाप करें
प्रदोष काल में नटराज नाम का 108 बार जाप करें

अगर कोई बड़ी परेशानी हो तो शिव के बाबा नाम का जाप करें
इस शब्द का जाप सांस लेते और छोड़ते समय करें
जितना ज़्यादा इस शब्द का जाप करेंगे उतना ही ज़यादा लाभ होगा

मुक्ति-मोक्ष और ईश्वर की कृपा चाहिए तो भगवन शिव का नाम ही मूल मंत्र होगा
शिवजी का ध्यान करते हुए इस नाम का जाप करना अच्छा होगा
अगर किसी सिद्ध व्यक्ति से ये नाम मंत्र मिले तो सर्वोत्तम होगा

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Sheetala Ashtami 2016 Date

Sheetala Ashtami 2016 Date

Sheetla Ashtami comes 6 days after the Holi festival but many people observe the Sheetla Ashtami on the first Monday or Thursday after Holi. Sheetala ashtami is on Friday, April 01 in the year 2016.

Sheetla Mata - Introduction

Sitala devi is considered as one of the avataars of Goddess Parvati. Goddess Sheetala is seated on a donkey and holds neem leaves, broom, soup and a pot. Skanda Purana explains the worshipping of Sheetala Mata. Skanda Purana also mentions about Sheetala Mata Stotra which was written by Lord Shiva and that is also known as ‘Sheetalashtak’.
Some Mothers obey Shitala fast or Vrat for the good health and prosperity of their children.Sheetala Mata wears a red-colored dress, rides a donkey. She has 4 hands which hols a silver broom, small bowl, winnow fan, and river Ganga's jal or water.Famous shrines - Sheetla Mata Mandir in Delhi and Gurgaon, Sheetala Mata temple at Dhanop in Rajasthan are some of the shrines dedicated to Sheetla Mata, to name a few.

Sheetla Ashtami - Famous Festival of Hindus

Shitla Ashtmi is one of the famous festivals of Hindus, also known by the name of Basoda. The food is prepared the previous evening and not taken hot or with any hot items as it had to be 'Sheetal' or 'thanda khana', (the food that is not hot). Sheetla mata's name itself means 'nirmal', or 'cool'. After offering Sheetla Mata, the food or roti that has been made a day before is eaten with cold items like Dahi or curd as a prasad. Hot items are not eaten on this day and water is poured on the idol of Sheetla Mata.People also give food to the hungry and needy persons.House is cleaned on this day.

Shitla Ashtami Celebrations

Celebrated mostly in North India in states like Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Uttaranchal, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Rajasthan and in some parts of Bihar. Shitla Ashtmi is also celebrated in Nepal.A Sheetla mela or fair is organised every year in the months of march-April (month of Chaitra, Krishna Paksh according to Hindu calendar) for Shitla Ashtami in the village of Seel-Ki-Doongri in Chaksu at Jaipur. The shrine of Sheetla Mata is on the top of this hill Doongri. A fair is also held in Kaga in Jodhpur.Religious music is played and Food, utensils, shoes, clothes and agricultural items are put up on sale in this fair. Also organised is the cattle fair.

The Legend - Sheetla Mata Story

Sheetla Mata - Goddess who cures chicken pox

Significance/Importance of Sheetala Ashtami: Sheetla Mata is well known as the goddess who cures chicken pox. It is believed that Shitala Mata will save from the epidemics. People worship her and make offerings.As per Puranas,Hindu's religious scriptures Sheetla Mata was created by Brahma who promised her that she should carry the seeds of lentils along and will be worshiped on earth. Jvara Asura or the fever demon born from the sweat of Lord Shiva, was made as her companion.

They came to Earth in the rule of King Birat. The king agreed to worship her but said that she will not be treated as the same as Lord Shiva. Upon listening, she got angry the result was small pox in the kingdom. After this, the king promised her that people of earth will worship her on this day of Sheetla Ashtami. People who worship her do not catch epidemic diseases and live a long and healthy life.

Dedicated to the worship of Goddess Sheetala, it is believed that Sheetala Mata controls chickenpox, measles, small pox and related diseases. If you worship the Sheetala Goddess on the day of Sheetla Ashtami, this will prevent the outbreak of epidemic diseases in the family, particularly among children.

Sheetala Ashtami Puja Timings

Ashtami Tithi Begins from 08:28 AM on 31 Mar 2016 and ends on 08:53 AM on 1 Apr 2016

When is Sheetla Ashtami? Sheetla Ashtami Dates

2016Friday, 1st of April
2017Tuesday, 21st of March
2018Friday, 9th of March
2019Thursday, 28th of March
2020Monday, 16th of March
2021Sunday, 4th of April
2022Friday, 25th of March
2023Wednesday, 15th of March