Holashtak 2018

Holashtak 2018, Holashtak Dates 2018, Holashtak Begins Date and Time

Holashtak is the eight-day period associated with the Holi festival in India. Holashtak 2018 start date is Feburary 23. The eight days prior to Holi festival, is called the Holashtak, which is considered inauspicious Hindu communities in North India. Holashtak will come to an end on March 1, 2018. Holashtak period reminds us that the Holi festival is near

Holashtak begins on the Phalgun Shukla Ashtami (eighth day during the waxing phase of moon in Falgun month) and ends on the Phalgun Purnima day (full moon day) according to the North Indian Hindu Calender. The Purnima day is celebrated as Holika Dahan in different regions. In Holashtak, some people decorate the branch of a tree with colorful pieces of clothes. Everyone ties a piece of cloth and that is buried underground.

Holashtak period is considered inauspicious in Hindu mythology as this is the period when Lord Shiva killed Kamadeva and this is same period when Prahalada was given immense troubles by his father Hiranyakashipu and his father's sister Holika. Holashtak period is therefore considered inauspicious for performing auspicious ceremonies like marriage, housewarming, mundan ceremony or any of the 16 Hindu sanskars, starting of new business etc. During the Holashtak period, people must considered performing Daan – doing charity.

During the eight days of Holashtak, Moon on the eighth day, Sun on the ninth day, Saturn on the tenth day, Venus on the eleventh day, Jupiter on the twelfth day, Mercury on thirteenth day, Mars on fourteenth day and Rahu on the Purnima day take a nrgative transformation. That is why all the auspicious tasks should not be done during this period. In pilgrimage sites such as Shatrudra, Vipasha, Iravati and Pushkar are considered not affected by the negative effects of Holashtak.

As generally, Holashtak period is considered inauspicious for all and the world but for tantra sadhaks consider it as auspicious period and perform special puja.

Holika Dahan 2018 Date, Time

Holika Dahan 2018 Date & Time, Holika Dahan Story

Holika Dahan is one of the Hindu religious rituals while celebration of the holi festival. Holika Dahan is celebrated after the death of Holika and protection of Prahlad. Holika Dahan is always held at evening or night time as per the Hindu calendar. Hindu people roast the “Jau” in the Holika fire and bring them to their homes for the goodness and well being of the family members. Also are burnt 5 “Upali” in the fire denoting that as burning all their problems.

Holika was given a boon by Lord Brahma that she would never be harmed by fire. There was a time when Holika sat on a bonfire with Prahlad on the orders of her brother and Prahlad's father "Hiranyakashipu" so that Prahlad gets killed but instead as Prahlad was a great devotee of Lord Vishnu, the fire did no harm to him and Holika was burnt alive.

Holika Dahan 2018 Date and Time

Holika Dahan 2018 date is 1st March, Thursday.

Holika Dahan 2018 Date
1st March 2018 (Thursday)
Holika Dahan 2019 Date
20th March 2019 (Wednesday)
Holika Dahan 2020 Date
9th March 2020 (Monday)
Holika Dahan 2021 Date
28th March 2021 (Sunday)

Holika Dahan Muhurta 2018 = 18:16 to 20:47
Duration = 2 Hours 30 Mins
Bhadra Punchha = 15:54 to 16:58
Bhadra Mukha = 16:58 to 18:45

Holika Dahan, also known as Holika Deepak or Chhoti Holi, should be done at the time of Pradosh Kaal (which starts after sunset) while Purnimasi Tithi is still prevailing. All good work should be avoided when Bhadra prevails.

Holika Dahan Muhurta comes on the basis of following:

The first rule of thumb is to get Holika Dahan Muhurta at Pradosh time while Purnimasi Tithi is still prevailing and Bhadra gets over. If Bhadra occurs during Pradosh kaal but ends before midnight then Holika Dahan should be done when the Bhadra period is over. If Bhadra gets over after midnight then only Holika Dahan should be done in Bhadra and preferably during Bhadra Punchha. One must avoid Bhadra Mukha and in no circumstances Holika Dahan should be done in Bhadra Mukha. If Holika Dahan is done in Bhadra Mukha period, it brings bad luck for not only the individuals but for the whole city and country for the full year. In cases where Bhadra Punchha is not available between Pradosh and midnight period, one should do Holika Dahan during the Pradosh kaal. In occasions when neither Pradosh nor Bhadra Punchha is available (though which occurs rarely) then one should do Holika Dahan after Pradosh time.

It is of utmost importance to choose right Muhurta for Holika Dahan as compared to choosing right Muhurta for other Hindu festivals as it is believed that doing Holika Dahan at wrong time would only bring suffering and misfortune whereas doing puja at an incorrect time or muhurata will not bring puja benefits for other Hindu festivals.

Holika Dahan or Holi bonfire is followed by Holi/Dhulandi day when people play with colors. We at www.Durganavratri.in wishes all a happy and colorful Holi.

Holika and Prahlad Story

A great story of Hindu mythology revolves around the celebration of Holi festival as well as burning Holika as Holika Dahan. The story of Holika and Prahlad and subsequent Holika Dahan indicates that good always wins over the evil. Hiranyakashipu was a demon King and father of Prahlad (who was a staunch Vishnu devotee). Holika was Hiranyakashipu's sister.

Hiranyakshyap always wanted to be alive always and nobody could ever be able to harm him. In order to achieve this dream, he did a tapasya of Lord Brahma. One day, Lord Brahma was pleased and Hiranyakshyap was granted a boon by Brahma that made him think he was eternal and the most powerful man on earth. Lord Brahma could not grant him a boon that he would not die as death is the ultimate truth that comes to everybody.

Thus Hiranyakshyap asked Brahma for these boons:

Neither any human being nor any animal could kill him
Neither anybody could kill him inside the door nor outside the door
Neither he could be killed in day nor in the night time
Neither somebody could kill him by any Astra nor by any Shastra
Neither he could be killed on the land nor in the water and nor in the air.

Hiranyakshyap thought that if death has to come for everybody, he was able to persuade Brahma for boons which would made him immportal and nobody could kill him. Thus he started thinking that he himself was the God. He wanted all people to worship him as God. He started killing people did not accepted his orders, also killed many people including saints and rishis who refused to accept him as God. His son, Prahlad also did not accepted his father as God. Prahlad was a true worshipper of Lord Vishnu and saw Vishnu present in everything whether it was alive or materialistic. Hiranyakshyap got very angry with his son Prahlad and tried many ways to kill him. He was failed in a lot of attempts as Lord Vishnu always saved Prahlad when Hiranyakshyap gave him troubles. Then on one day, he called upon his sister Holika to help him. Holika had a boon by Lord Brahma that she would never be harmed by fire nor she could be burnt. Hiranyakshyap ordered Holika to sit on a fire with Prahlad so that Prahlad could be killed. But destiny had some else in store for them as because of ill mindset and the wrongdoings of Holika, she was burnt alive and Prahlad was saved by Lord Vishnu.

Later one day, Hiranyakashipu became very angry with Prahlad again when his son was worshipping Lord Vishnu and told him that the Vishnu is present everywhere and he could see him everywhere. Hiranyakashipu tied his son to a pillar and said that call here Vishnu to save you-he wants to see if Vishnu comes or not to save Prahlad. Prahlad said that Vishnu exists in everything, even in the pillar he has been tied. Upon hearing this he tried to demolish the pillar and in that way, he hit upon the pillar. As he was on his way to hit the pillar hard, Lord Vishnu came out of the pillar in the form of Narasimha (above half lion and other half human) in front of him, saved Prahlad and run towards Hiranyakshyap. Lord Narasimha caught hold of Hiranyakashipu at a doorstep and killed him by his big and sharp nails. Hiranyakashipu died at the time when it was dusk (means neither day nor night), doorstep (means neither inside the door nor outside the door), lap (means neither land nor water and air), killed by lion claws (means neither Astra nor Shastra) and Narasimha (means neither human being nor animal). So, Hiranyakashipu was killed that way as the boon by Brahma. Thus, Prahlad was saved by Vishnu god. This is a great real life story and Hindu mythology which indicates that, truth and good always wins over the false and evil.

Holika Dahan is celebrated by burning Pootana or Putana instead of Holika in some places of India. It revolves around the story of demon king Kansa, Putana and Lord Krishna. Kansa sent Putana to kill Krishna. Also a demon, Putana tried to kill Krishna with her poisonous breast milk. She started feeding baby Krishna of her poisonous milk. Baby Krishna in an attempt to kill the demon Putana, started sucking forcefully and she came in her original form. Finally Putana died and baby Krishna was saved but got dark blue skin color. From then onwards, people started celebrating Phagwah by burning Putana. On Holi celebration day, Krishna and Radha played holi by coloring each other's face's. Since then, people play holi every year by using colors.

Rituals of Holika Dahan

On the day of Holika Dahan, married women perform a ritual wherein they prepare a puja thali for worshipping Holika which contains Roli, Haldi, Wheat flour, 5 co-dung uple having hole, mauli (red thread), Jal and 5 or 7 jau bali. Women offer this puja to Holika for the well being and good future of their family. Often, women can be seen doing rounds of the Holika heap on the crossroads in the nearby regions. They offer water to Holika while making rounds for 5 or 7 times. A red thread is offered to the Holika in its diameter while making round for 5, 7 or 11 times . It is believed that offering haldi powder, wheat flour powder, jau bali and co-dung uple to the Holika will bring well being and long life of their kids. Women seek blessings from Holika for the prosperity and health for the whole year for their families.

Phulera Dooj 2018 Date - Most Auspicious Day of Phalgun Month

Phulera Dooj 2018 Date

‘Phulera’ is derived from a Hindi word ‘phul’ which means flowers. On Phulera Dooj people play with flowers and colors with Sri Krishna. Devotees of Lord Krishna worship with deep devotion and seek his blessing for health, wealth, prosperity and happiness. Devotees play Holi with flowers with Sri Krishna on this day and also apply color on the Lord Krishna's idol. In temples dedicated to Sri Krishna in Mathura and Vrindavan, priests along with people can be seen sprinkling ‘gulal’ on all the devotees.

Phulera Duja is a ritual dedicated to Lord Krishna and associated with the festival of Holi and is observed on the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) second day (dwitiya) of the of Phalgun month (February – March) in North India. Phulera Duj 2018 date is February 17. In Lord Krishna temples especially in Braj regions of Vrindavan and Mathura, special rituals are held on the day of Phulera Dooj. People put a bit of color on the face of Lord Krishna and Sri Radha. Phulera Dooj is also spelled as Phulera Duj. It is believed that the union of Krishna and Radha took place on this day.

Significance of Phulera Dooj

As per astrology, the whole day of Phulera Dooj is considered auspicious and free from all defects(Dosha) and is known as ‘aboojh muhurat'. Thus there is no need to contact astrologers and pandits for an auspicious time. It is believed that Marriages on this day don't require any muhurat. Starting of any new business is considered auspicious on Phulera Dooj.

The timing of Phulera Dooj is also important. Phulera Dooj is celebrated on Phalgun Shukla Dwitiya falling at sun rise. If Dwitiya tithi falls at sun rise on two days or does not fall at Sun Rise on any day then it is celebrated on the first day.

When is Phulera Dooj ?

17th February 2018 (Saturday)
8th March 2019 (Friday)
25th February 2020 (Tuesday)
15th March 2021 (Monday)
4th March 2022 (Friday)
21st February 2023 (Tuesday)
12th March 2024 (Tuesday)
1st March 2025 (Saturday)

Holi 2018 Date, When is Holi 2018

Holi 2018 Date, Dhulandi 2018 Date, Importance of Holi Festival

Holi is a religious and colourful Hindu festival celebrated by people all over the world. Holi is often considered as the second biggest festival of Hindu calendar after the Diwali which is the biggest festival of Hindu's as well as India. Holi is known as the festival of Colors. However the festival is widely accepted by the people in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka and other parts of the world. It is celebrated at the end of winter on the last full moon day in the month of Phalguna (February/March).

Playing of Holi and the celebration of Holi festival at places where Lord Krishna's whole life has been spent known as Braj regions which includes - Mathura, Vrindavan, Gowardhan, Gokul, Nandagaon and Barsana - are the most famous one. Barsana's Lathmar Holi is really world famous where males can be seen playing Holi with women or Gopikas where women with bamboo sticks (known as lath) beat the male counterparts and thus named lathmar holi.

Holi Festival Celebration

Holi festival is often celebrated for two days. The first day is known as Jalanewali Holi or Chhoti Holi or Holika Dahan. In South India, Holika Dahan is referred to as Kama Dahanam. The second day of the Holi festival is known as Rangwali Holi - the day when people play with colors. Rangwali Holi is the main Holi day and is also known as Dhulandi or Dhulendi. Also called by the names of Dhulandi, Dhuleti, Dhulheti.

Holika Dahan is done on the first day and people play with colors the next day of Holika Dahan and that is known as actual Holi festival. People play with colors like Gulal. Nowadays, herbal colors are also popular as other Holi colors could cause a reaction on the skin due to use of chemicals in Holi colors.

Holi Significance | Importance of Holi Festival

Holika Puja and Holika Dahan are Holi rituals that has been observed since ages. Prahlada, a staunch devotee of Lord Vishnu was saved instead of Holika who tried to burn Prahlad. Holika had a boon that she could not be burnt in fire.However, the boon became useless as Holika was burnt alive in fire and since then Holika Dahan is celebrated as a symbol of burning and warding off all evils in the society. After Holika Dahan comes the actual Holi festival which is the festival of colors and happiness. This is the importance of Holi.

Holi 2018 Date and Time

Holi festival is celebrated as per Hindu lunar calendar. On the day of Holika Dahan, it's always the Phalguna Purnima. The next day of Holika Dahan is observed as the Holi festival.

Holi 2018 Date
2nd March 2018 (Friday)
Holi 2019 Date
21st March 2019 (Thursday)
Holi 2020 Date
10th March 2020 (Tuesday)
Holi 2021 Date
29th March 2021 (Monday)

Love of Radha and Krishna

As per the mythology, the Hindu Holi Festival is connected with the celebration of immortal love of Krishna and Radha. Krishna complained to his mother Yashoda about the fairness of Radha, Yashoda told to him to apply colour on Radha and see the difference. Holi is celebrated in its full swing in Mathura, the birth place of Krishna. Today, the places such as Mathura, Vrindavan, Nandagaon, and Barsana are tourist destinations.

Colors of Holi

In the medieval period, the colors of Holi (gulal) were prepared at home from the flowers. These flowers were collected from the trees such as 'tesu' or 'palash'. These are also called the flame of the forest. As these are natural, these were very good for skin. The chemical colours used today are dangerous to the skin.

Holi is the opening festival of Hindu calendar. It is the festival of colours and the most ancient festival of Aryans. Dhulandi falls day after Holi Puja. This is considered as the actual festival of Holi.

Though Holi is celebrated all over India, it is mostly popular in North India. This is the time to forgive the enmities. Gujiya's Bhang and Thandai are one of those items that are in huge demand on the day of Holi. People send Holi greeting cards and Holi Messages, Quotes and SMS for celebrations on this day of Holi. We at www.durganavratri.in wishes all a Happy and Colorful Holi!

Hola Mohalla 2018 Dates Anandpur Sahib

Hola Mohalla 2018 Dates

Hola Mohalla Dates - February 27 2018 to March 09 2018.
Festival Dates : 01- 02 March 2018

Hola Mohalla - Sikh Festival (Anandpur Sahib)

Hola Mohalla is the second most important festival of Sikhs. It falls in the month of March after a day of Holi festival of Hindus. On this day, in accordance with traditions established by Guru Gobind Singh, the Sikhs demonstrate their valor and fighting skills through mock battles. They take out huge processions and these processions visit the various Gurdwaras.

History of Hola Mohalla

Guru Gobind Singh is the tenth guru of the Sikhs and some believe that he started this festival after being inspired by the Hindu festival of Holi. Still others believe that Guru Gobind Singh, after establishing the Khalsa army, was encouraged to start this new tradition when he saw demos of mock battles being carried out at the Holgarh fort. This event dates back to the time when the Sikhs were defending themselves against the Mughal regime. The tradition originated in the small town of Anandpur Sahib and later on spread to other towns and cities and is now celebrated all over the world. We have given here Hola Mohalla Anandpur Sahib video.


A special group of Sikhs called Nihang Singhs is considered as very important members of this tradition. They now shoulder the responsibility to carrying forth the tradition of Holla Mohalla and are believed to be the descendants of the tenth Guru. They are known especially for their ardent fighting spirits, their valor, and superior military skills. Their special skills in horse riding and also performing thrilling stunts and skilled archery along with fencing and other martial arts make them unique and widely popular across communities. Turbans, shimmering bright blue dresses, majestic swords, long spears, thick moustaches, and expert horse riding are the distinctive traits of this classy Sikh community.

Hola Mohalla Festival Highlights Video

Holla Mohalla celebrations span for three long days. Not only simulated battles and display of weaponry but also solemn recitation of religious discourses and sweet singing of religious songs form an integral part of the celebrations. Apart from this, various other types of cultural activities are also performed. Music, songs, dances, poetry recitation, all form a part of the celebration. Thousands of people from far off places throng the streets and gurdwaras of Anandpur Sahib on this auspicious day.

Langars or community services form another major aspect of Holla Mohalla celebrations. Here free meals are distributed to one and all. Pious Sikhs donate large amounts of rice, dal, vegetables, milk and other ingredients needed to cook these meals. People also volunteer to cook the food and serve food and wash utensils.

Sheetla Mata Katha in Hindi, Sheetla Mata Katha Video

Sheetla Mata Katha in Hindi, Sheetla Mata Katha Video

Sheetala Mata is a famous Hindu goddess. Since ancient times, Sheetala Mata is highly regarded. Skanda Purana mentions the vehicle of Sheetla Devi as a donkey. Shitala devi holds a kalash, soup, a broom and neem leaves in her hands. Goddess Shitala is believed to be the goddess who cures many diseases like the chicken pox.. These things carried by Mata Sheetla have a symbolic significance.
The patient of the smallpox removes clothing in anxiety. Soup is aired to the patient, the boils burst from the broom. Neem leaves do not allow the blisters to rot. The patient feels the need for the cold water, and that is why a vase is important, held by mata Shitala. Chicken pox stains are eradicated from the donkey's lid. Sheetla Mata has been shown to be seated on a donkey in any of idols in temples.

Shitala Mata is accompanied by Jwarasur, the fever demon, goddess of cholera, gods of skin and blood related diseases and other gods and goddesses of 64 diseases. Sheetla Mata's vase has soft, healthy and germicidal water.

In Skanda Purana, Sheetla Mata's worship is beautifully mentioned in the Sheetla Ashtakam. It is believed that this Sheetla Ashtakam stotra was composed by Lord Shankar for the benefit of people. Sheetla Ashtakam praises Mata Shitala and also inspires devotees to worship her.

शीतला माता एक प्रसिद्ध हिन्दू देवी हैं। इनका प्राचीनकाल से ही बहुत अधिक माहात्म्य रहा है। स्कंद पुराण में शीतला देवी का वाहन गर्दभ बताया गया है। ये हाथों में कलश, सूप, मार्जन (झाडू) तथा नीम के पत्ते धारण करती हैं। इन्हें चेचक आदि कई रोगों की देवी बताया गया है। इन बातों का प्रतीकात्मक महत्व होता है। चेचक का रोगी व्यग्रता में वस्त्र उतार देता है। सूप से रोगी को हवा की जाती है, झाडू से चेचक के फोड़े फट जाते हैं। नीम के पत्ते फोडों को सड़ने नहीं देते। रोगी को ठंडा जल प्रिय होता है अत: कलश का महत्व है। गर्दभ की लीद के लेपन से चेचक के दाग मिट जाते हैं। शीतला-मंदिरों में प्राय: माता शीतला को गर्दभ पर ही आसीन दिखाया गया है। शीतला माता के संग ज्वरासुर- ज्वर का दैत्य, ओलै चंडी बीबी - हैजे की देवी, चौंसठ रोग, घेंटुकर्ण- त्वचा-रोग के देवता एवं रक्तवती - रक्त संक्रमण की देवी होते हैं। इनके कलश में दाल के दानों के रूप में विषाणु या शीतल स्वास्थ्यवर्धक एवं रोगाणु नाशक जल होता है।स्कन्द पुराण में इनकी अर्चना का स्तोत्र शीतलाष्टक के रूप में प्राप्त होता है। ऐसा माना जाता है कि इस स्तोत्र की रचना भगवान शंकर ने लोकहित में की थी। शीतलाष्टक शीतला देवी की महिमा गान करता है, साथ ही उनकी उपासना के लिए भक्तों को प्रेरित भी करता है।

Sheetla Mata Mantra 

शास्त्रों में भगवती शीतला की वंदना के लिए यह मंत्र बताया गया है:

वन्देऽहंशीतलांदेवीं रासभस्थांदिगम्बराम्।।
मार्जनीकलशोपेतां सूर्पालंकृतमस्तकाम्।।

अर्थ है दिगम्बरा, गर्दभ वाहन पर विराजित, शूप, झाड़ू और नीम के पत्तों से सजी-संवरी और हाथों में जल कलश धारण करने वाली माता को प्रणाम हैं।

Sheetla Shasti Vrat katha (शीतला षष्ठी व्रत कथा)

शीतला माता महात्मय (Sheetla Mata Mahatmya)

चैत्र कृष्ण षष्ठी तिथि का व्रत शीतला माता के नाम से किया जाता है। इस व्रत का पालन आमतर पर महिलाएं करती हैं। शीतला माता के व्रत का महात्मय है कि जो भी व्रत रखकर इनकी पूजा करता है वह दैहिक और दैविक ताप से मुक्त हो जाता है। यह व्रत पुत्र प्रदान करने वाला एवं सभाग्य देने वाला है। पुत्री की इच्छा रखने वाली महिलाओं के लिए यह व्रत उत्तम कहा गया है।

शीतला माता व्रत कथा (Sheetla Mata Vrat Katha)

Here, we have mentioned Sheetla Mata Katha in Hindi. You can also watch Sheetla Mata Katha Video below. This Sheetla Mata story is a must listen. Sheetla Ashtami occurs after 6 days of Holi festival.

कथा के अनुसार एक साहूकार था जिसके सात पुत्र थे। साहूकार ने समय के अनुसार सातों पुत्रों की शादी कर दी परंतु कई वर्ष बीत जाने के बाद भी सातो पुत्रों में से किसी के घर संतान का जन्म नहीं हुआ। पुत्र वधूओं की सूनी गोद को देखकर साहूकार की पत्नी बहुत दु:खी रहती थी। एक दिन एक वृद्ध स्त्री साहूकार के घर से गुजर रही थी और साहूकार की पत्नी को दु:खी देखकर उसने दु:ख का कारण पूछा। साहूकार की पत्नी ने उस वृद्ध स्त्री को अपने मन की बात बताई। इस पर उस वृद्ध स्त्री ने कहा कि आप अपने सातों पुत्र वधूओं के साथ मिलकर शीतला माता का व्रत और पूजन कीजिए, इससे माता शीतला प्रसन्न हो जाएंगी और आपकी सातों पुत्र वधूओं की गोद हरी हो जाएगी।

साहूकार की पत्नी तब चैत्र मास की कृष्ण पक्ष की षष्ठी तिथि (Chaitra Krishna Shasti tithi) को अपनी सातों बहूओं के साथ मिलकर उस वृद्धा के बताये विधान के अनुसार माता शीतला का व्रत किया। माता शीतला की कृपा से सातों बहूएं गर्भवती हुई और समय आने पर सभी के सुन्दर पुत्र हुए। समय का चक्र चलता रहा और चैत्र कृष्ण षष्ठी तिथि आई लेकिन किसी को माता शीतला के व्रत का ध्यान नहीं आया। इस दिन सास और बहूओं ने गर्म पानी से स्नान किया और गरमा गरम भोजन किया। माता शीतला इससे कुपित हो गईं और साहूकार की पत्नी के स्वप्न में आकर बोलीं कि तुमने मेरे व्रत का पालन नहीं किया है इसलिए तुम्हारे पति का स्वर्गवास हो गया है। स्वप्न देखकर साहूकार की पत्नी पागल हो गयी और भटकते भटकते घने वन में चली गईं।

वन में साहूकार की पत्नी ने देखा कि जिस वृद्धा ने उसे शीतला माता का व्रत करने के लिए कहा था वह अग्नि में जल रही है। उसे देखकर साहूकार की पत्नी चौंक पड़ी और उसे एहसास हो गया कि यह शीतला माता है। अपनी भूल के लिए वह माता से विनती करने लगी, माता ने तब उसे कहा कि तुम मेरे शरीर पर दही का लेपन करो इससे तुम्हारे Šৠपर जो दैविक ताप है वह समाप्त हो जाएगा। साहूकार की पत्नी ने तब शीतला माता के शरीर पर दही का लेपन किया इससे उसका पागलपन ठीक हो गया व साहूकार के प्राण भी लट आये।

शीतला माता व्रत विधि (Sheetla Mata Vrat Vidhi)

कथा में माता शीतला के व्रत की विधि का जैसा उल्लेख आया है उसके अनुसार अनुसार शीतला षष्ठी के दिन स्नान ध्यान करके शीतला माता की पूजा करनी चाहिए (Sheetla Shasti)। इस दिन कोई भी गरम चीज़ सेवन नहीं करना चाहिए। शीतला माता के व्रत के दिन ठंढ़े पानी से स्नान करना चाहिए। ठंढ़ा ठंढ़ा भोजन करना चाहिए। उत्तर भारत के कई हिस्सों में इसे बसयरा (Basyorra) भी कहते हैं। इसे बसयरा इसलिए कहा जाता है क्योंकि इस दिन लोग रात में बना बासी खाना पूरे दिन खाते हैं। शीतला षष्ठी के दिन लोग चुल्हा नहीं जलाते हैं बल्कि चुल्हे की पूजा करते हैं। इस दिन भगवान को भी रात में बना बासी खाना प्रसाद रूप में अर्पण किया जाता है। इस तिथि को घर के दरबाजे, खिड़कियों एवं चुल्हे को दही, चावल और बेसन से बनी हुई बड़ी मिलाकर भेंट किया जाता है।

इस तिथि को व्रत करने से जहां तन मन शीतल रहता है वहीं चेचक से आप मुक्त रहते हैं। शीतला षष्ठी (Sheetla Sasti) के दिन देश के कई भागो में मिट्टी पानी का खेल उसी प्रकार खेला जाता है जैसे होली में रंगों से।

Shravan Month 2018 Dates & Importance

Shravan Month 2018 Importance

Shravan Mahina, or Sawan Mahina, is dedicated to Hindu god Shiva. Shravan Mahina is from July 28 to August 26 in this year 2018 in North Indian Hindu calendar for states such as for Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Bihar. According to Telugu, Kannada, Marathi & Gujarati calendars, or for states like Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Goa and Tamil Nadu, Shravan Maas 2018 is from Aug 12 to September 09. Special abhishek, prayers and rituals are performed with devotion in temples of Lord Shiva. In this month of Sawan, Kanwarias collect the water of Ganga River or Gangajal, and take away with them walking on foot to their homes and pour the holy water on Shivling.

Importance & Significance of Sawan Month

Sawan month also called as ‘Nabhas’. On the day of Shravan Purnima or the full moon day in Shravana maas, also comes the Shravana nakshatra (Nakshatra of God Sri Maha Vishnu), thus this full month is known as Shravana masam. This is one of the main reason Sravan month is important and auspicious for the Hindus.

Worshipping Shiva Parvati on Somvar or Mondays or observing a vrat/fast in the Sawan month is considered highly auspicious. There is also a legend that goes regarding Shravan Maas, Sati, the daughter of Daksh sacrificed her life and vowed that she would marry Lord Shiva in every birth she takes and when she was born as Devi Parvati to parents Himalaya and Maina, Parvati started fasting in this month of Sawan since her young age. Shiva was impressed with the devotion of Parvati and thus fasting in this Sawan month has a great significance.

Samudra Manthan in Shravan Mahina

It is during this period of shravan maas that Lord Shiva drank poison that came out during the churning of ocean and saved the world. This churning of ocean was popularly called "Samdura Manthan" in Hindi and all the Hindu gods and goddesses were witness to this Samudra Manthan and subsequent act of drinking poison by Shiva. This is one of the reasons that ganga -jal or water is offered to the Shivling to remove the ill-effects of poison.

Importance of Shravan Month is also due to the fact that the three other days are also considered auspicious- the Shravana Mangalvar (Tuesdays in Shravan month), Shravana Shukravar (Fridays in Shravan month) and Shravana Shanivar (Saturdays in Shravan month). Newly married brides observe Mangala Gauri Vrata on Tuesdays in the month of Shravan to get away from bad and negative omens. Shravana Shukravar Vrat (Varalakshmi Vratam) is observed by married women on Fridays in the month of Sawan. Saturdays in the month of Sawan, Lord Sri Maha Vishnu or Lord Venkatesha or (Lord Balaji) is worshipped.

Shivji is worshipped by offering Gangajal, Bilva leaves, Dhatura, Bhang leaves, fruits to the Shivling and people observe fast on every Monday that come during Shravan Puja. The fast is known as Saawan Somwaar Vrata. Some people prefer to eat only vegetarian foods and some people read Holy Scriptures of Shiva like ShivaPuran.

Famous Shiva temples like Shiva Deoghar Baidhyanath Dham, Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Mahakaleshwar in Ujjain is visited by lakhs of Hindus from all over the world in the month of Sawan.

Shravan Mahina is one of the first Hindu sacred months of four holiest months of Chatur Mas. Tuesdays are dedicated to the worship of Mangala Gouri Puja and Saturdays for worship of Lord Shani.in the  Shravan Month. Sawan maas is highly auspicious for good karmas. Grihpravesh in the sawan month has high significance as well as persons born in the sawan maas are also considered lucky like Lord Jagannath, Sri Krishna, Lord Hayagriva etc.

Shravan Pournami or Sharavan Purnima is also celebrated in some parts of the country as Jandhyala Pournami. In North India, Sawan Purnima is celebrated as Raksha bandhan. Worshipping of Sri Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi is also auspicious in the Shravan month.

Navratri Colours 2018

Navratri Colours 2018, Navratri 2018 Colors

The festival of Navratri has an interesting ritual for the women who wear nine different colours during the nine days of the Navratras festival. The nine colours of Navratri for 2018 goes like this:

Navratri colour of day 1 (October 10, Wednesday) - Royal Blue for Pratipada, Puja of Shailputri Mata
Navratri colour of day 2 (October 11, Thursday) - Yellow for Dwitiya, Puja of Brahmacharini Mata
Navratri colour of day 3 (October 12, Friday) - Green for Tritiya, Puja of Chandraghanta Mata
Navratri color of day 4 (October 13, Saturday) - Grey for Chaturthi, Puja of Kushmanda Mata
Navratri color of day 5 (October 14, Sunday) - Orange for Panchami, Puja of Skanda Mata
Navratri color of day 6 (October 15, Monday) - White for Shashthi, Puja of Katyayani Mata
Navratri colour of day 7 (October 16, Tuesday) - Red for Saptami, Puja of Kaalratri Maa
Navratri colour of day 8 (October 17, Wednesday) - Sky Blue for Ashtami, Puja of Mahagauri Mata
Navratri colour of day 9 (October 18, Thursday) - Pink for Navami, Puja of Maa Siddhidatri 
Dashami - 19th October, Friday

So don’t miss out on the excitement of the dress codes according the conventional Navratri colours 2018. These nine vibrant Navratri 2018 colors hold special significance and are even published in the local/regional newspapers to get the crowd dress in sync.

Navratri Fast 2018

During the nine days of Navratras celebrations, the Hindu devotees observe fast and offer their puja to the deity of Duga MaaNavratri fasting starts from the new moon day of the Ashvin month of the Hindu calendar and ends on the tenth day of Dusshera or Vijaya Dashami that celebrates the victory of good over evil. Navratri vrat is a very special vrat where devotees take water only after they offer their ritualistic puja to Goddess Durga. Mostly they take milk products and fresh fruits. There are also special recipes for dishes prepared for the people to take during their Navratre vrat. People also spend time listening to and reciting Navratri Katha during their puja that forms an important part of the rituals. Reading Durga Chalisa and Durga Saptshati is highly recommended.

Navratri 2018 in Gujarat and Garba

In Gujarat, the ancient and colourful festival of Navratri is a highly hyped affair where the entire state rises to an elaborate participation. Celebrations continue in an elevated level with dancing to the tune of garba and fast beat numbers of popular songs. Ladies adorn themselves in special and expensive clothes and order beautiful dresses comprising heavily embroidered ghagra choli for their appearance in rasa and garba dances. You can prepare yourself for the party by downloading and practicing with rhythmic mp3 Navratri songs of Goddess Durga. The dandia or the stick dance as it is called is a very popular dance form that centres around the festival of Navratras where the dancers form a circle and dance and as the rhythm or the beat gets faster and faster the dancers increase their pace to a crescendo and dance with complete abandon.

Garba is a popular dance form and is very popular during Navratras celebrations. People of all ages, gender and communities join in the special merriment coming out of the Garba during Navratri. Special dresses to be worn during the momentous occasion such as chaniya cholis or Navratri cholis are bought and ordered. These expensive, colourful and elegant dresses are a necessity during Dandiya Raas in Navratri. Exquisite Navratri cholis can be bought online and ordered and payment made from the comfort of your house wherever you are residing. They can also be stitched as per measurements and you can a get you coveted festive glamorous look for your special Navratri garba appearance.

Navratri 2018 Celebrations

These nine days of Navratri celebrations are spent in grandeur. People dressed in their very best with colourful expensive clothes and decked with loads of jewellery offer their prayers to Goddess Durga or Shakti and ask for strength and blessings. They also prepare a huge variety of dishes and make elaborate preparations for gala night parties. People gather in community halls and other chosen venues to dance to the tune of garba songs and enjoy good music and food. These are the occasions where everyone gets to meet their long-time friends, family members and relatives. The whole of North India gets charged up with the festive mood hanging heavy in the air.

Holi SMS Messages 2018

Holi SMS Messages, Happy Holi SMS 2018

Holi Sms And Shayari
If Wishes Come In Rainbow Colours, Then I Would Send The Brightest One To Say Happy Holi!

Holi Best Sms 2018
O' Mere Pyaare Se Humjoli;
Aaj Miljaye Hamaari Toli;
Peke Thandai, Machayein Dhamaal;
Aur Yaadgaar Banaye Yeh Holi!
A Very Very Happy Holi!

Holi Sms For Brother
Holi, The Festival Of Colours Reminds Us Of The Importance Of Colours In Our Life. Have A Colourful Holi!

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With My
1 Heart
2 Eyes
5 Liter Blood
206 Bones
4.5 Million Red Cells
60 Trillion Dna…
Wishing You A Very Very
Happy Holi!

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Best Wishes To You For A Holi Filled With Sweet Moments
And Memories To Cherish For Long.

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Rango Tum, Rangu Main,
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Aur Bhoolen Dhusmani Ka Nishaan!
Holi Mubarak Ho!

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Jab Phagun Rang Jhamkte Hon,
Tab Dekh Baharein Holi Ki,
Jab Daf Ke Shor Khadke Hon,
Tab Dekh Baharein Holi Ki,
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Tab Dekh Baharein Holi Ki.

Holi Sms For Bhabhi
Holi Aayi,
Satrangi Rango Ki Bauchar Laayi
Dher Saari Mithai Or Mitha Mitha
Pyar Laayi
Aap Ki Zindagi Ho Mithe
Pyar Aur Khusiyon Se Bhari
Happy Holi 2018..!

Holi Sms Chutkule
Dekho Ji.!
Saaf Kehna Sukhi Rehna!
Abhi Msg Kar Diye He,
Q Ki Kal 1 Rupya Katega
Wish U Very
@Happy Holi@
Tyohar Apni Jagah He,
Aur Bill Apni Jagah.

Holi Sms Dosti
Dipped In Hues Of
Love And Trust
Has Come The Festival Of Holi.
Happy Holi!!

Holi Sms For Girlfriend
Just Like A Red Rose That Fills The World With Beauty & Fragrance
You Have Made My Life So Beautiful By Being In It.
On Holi, The Festival Of Colors & Joy
I Wanna Say Thank You For All The Love & Smiles
You've Brought To My Life. Happy Holi

Holi Hindi Sms For Bhaiya Bhabhi
Bhar Pichkari Bauchar Jo Mari..
Bhegi Chunri, Bhegi Saree..
Apne Hi Rang Mai Rangwana Hai..
Holi Aj Mnana Hai...
Happy Holi Bhaiya Aur Bhabhi

Holi Sms For Friends 2018
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Aap Ki Zindagi Ho Mithe Pyar Aur Khusiyon Se Bhari,
Jisme Samaaye Saaton Rang Yahi Shubhkamna Hai Hamaari

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Holi Sms For Lovers
Apun Wishing You A Wonderful,
Xtra Special,
Ekdum Mast And Dhinchak,
Bole To Ekdum Jhakaas
'Happy Holi'.

Happy Holi Marathi Sms
Holi Dar Varshi Yete Aani,
Sarvana Rangun Jate,
Te Rang Nighun Jata Pan,
Tumachya Premacha Rang,
Tasach Rahto,
Happy Holi..!

Holi Sms English Messages
May God Paint The Canvas Of Your Life With
The Most Beautiful Colors Sprinkles,
Peace, Luck, Success And Joy At Every Step,
Wish U A Very Colourful And Happy Holi..:-)

Holi Radha Krishna Sms
Radha Ke Rang Aur Kanhaiyya Ki Pichkari,
Pyaar K Rang Se Rang Do Duniya Saari..
Ye Rang Na Jaane Koi Majhab Na Boli,
Mubarak Ho Aapko Khushiyon Bhari Holi..
Happy Holi

Happy Holi Bhojpuri Sms 2018
Kyo Mo Pe Rang Ki Maari Pichkaari,
Dekho Kunwarji Doongi Mein Gaari,
Bhag Sakoon Mein Kaise Mo San Bhaga Nahin Jaat,
Thadi Ab Dekhoon Aur Ko Sanmuch Mein Aat,
Bhojpuri Holi Sms Message
Bahut Dinan Mein Haath Lage Ho Kaise Jane Doon,
Aaj Phagwa To San Ka Tha Peeth Pakad Kar Loon.

Holi Sms In Advance Wishes
Pyar K Rang Se Bharo Pichkari, Sneh K Rang Se Rang Do Duniya Sari, Ye Rang Na Jane Koi Jaat Na Koi Boli, Aapko Mubarakh Ho Aane Wali"Holi"

Holi Messages Quotes 2018

Holi Messages Quotes, Religious Holi Messages 2018

Messages Of Holi In English
Lift A Bucket;
Fill The Balloons;
Just Aim It Right;
And Throw It With Vroom!
Have A Colourful Holi

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Bright Colors, Water Balloons, Lavish Gujiyas And Melodious Songs Are The Ingredients Of Perfect Holi. Wish You A Very Happy And Wonderful Holi!

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Cool Thandai To Drink,
And A Wonderful Reason To Smile,
Wish You And Your Family A Perfect And Colorful Holi…

Holi Romantic Messages
Tum Bhi Jhoome Masti Main,
Hum Bhi Jhoome Masti Main,
Shor Hua Saari Basti Main,
Jhoome Sab Holi Ki Masti Main,
Mast Mast Ye Masti Rahe Sada Aapki Kashti Main,
Beet Gayi Holi Fir Bhi,
Mubarak Ho Holi Bheegi Masti Main !

Holi Related Messages
Different People
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Dipped In Hues Of Love And Trust Has Come The Festival Of Holi.
Happy Holi!!

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Forever Green.
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Holi Messages Shayari 140 Words
Rang Ki Puhar Hai,Geet Ki Bahar Hai..
Btta Jo Pyar Hai, Holi Ki Bahar Hai..
Wishing U A Happy Holi...

Holi Messages Sms In Advance
Sher Kabhi Chupkar Shikar Nahi Karte,
Buzdil Kabhi Khulkar Waar Nahi Karte,
Aur Hum Wo Hain Jo 'Happy-Holi' Kehne Ke Liye 4 Ya 5 Tarikh Ka Intzar Nahi Karte!

Holi Special Messages In Hindi
Holi Ka Gulal Ho,
Rango Ki Bahar Ho,
Gujhia Ki Mithas Ho,
Ek Baat Khas Ho,
Sab Ke Dil Main Pyar Ho,
Yahi Apna Tyohaar Ho,
Wish U Happy Holi..!

Holi Messages Short
Holi, Holi Holi Hai Use Diwali Mat Samajhna ,
Hum Tumharey Ghar Aaye Tou Hame Mawali Mat Samajhna,
Happy Holi To You..!

Holi Romantic Messages In Hindi
Jab Phagun Rang Jhamkte Hon,
Tab Dekh Baharein Holi Ki,
Jab Daf Ke Shor Khadke Hon,
Tab Dekh Baharein Holi Ki,
Pariyon Ke Rang Damkte Hon,
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Holi Funny Msg
Fulo Ne Khilna Chhod Diya,
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Holi Ko Baki Hai 2 Din,
Fir Tumne Abhi Se Q Nahana Chhod Diya.
'Happy Holi'

Holi Messages To Friends
Jab Tak Hai Jaan,
Khate Rahe Ge Paan,
Kyoki Aaj Hai Rango Ki Holi,
Sabko Mubarak Ho Happy Holi!!!

Holi Messages To Girlfriend
Pink All Colours Are Dying To Touch Your Face.
Wishing You Happy Holi.

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Holi Festival Is The Time To Lift The Veil Of Anger And Acrimony In Relationships.
If I Have Been Mean, Bitter Or Fierce, I Am Sorry For It. This Message Is A Reminder That I Value And Cherish Our Relationship.
Warm Wishes Of Holi From The Bottom Of My Heart!

Holi Messages To Boss
Fortunate Is The One Who Has Learned To Admire, But Not To
Envy. Good Wishes For A Joyous Holi With A Plenty Of Peace And Prosperity.

Holi Messages To Wife
Holi Ke Is Tyohar Ko, Samjho Mere Pyaar Ko,
Yeh Tyhar Hai Mere Sache Pyaar Ka Izhaar,
Rango Ke Tyohar Mein Sabhi Rango Ki Ho Bharmaar,
Dher Saari Khushiyoon Se Bhara Ho Apka Sansaar,
Yehi Dua Hai Bhagwaan Se Hamari Har Baar.
Happy Holi….!!

Holi Messages To Sister
Happy Happy Holi..!
I Wish You A Very Happy Holi..!
Enjoy Bright Colours Of Happiness And Love.

Holi Messages To Husband
Na Zuban Se,
Na Nigaho Se,
Na Dimag Se,
Na Rango Se,
Na Greeting Se,
Na Gifts Se,
Direct Dil Se 'Aap' Ko,
'Happy Holi'

Funny Holi Messages To Frnds
Har Rang Aap Pe Barse,
Har Koi Apse Holi Khelne Ko Tarse,
Rang De Aapko Sab Itna,
Ki Aap Rang Chhudane Ko Tarse,
Wishing U A Very
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Holi Unique Messages
If Wishes Come In Rainbow Colors Then I Would Send The Brightest One To Say Happy Holi.

Unique Holi Messages In English
Hope The Colorful Festival
Blooms Into Joy, Smile And Good Times
Making Each Day Of Yours....Colorul And Happy
Happy Holi

Sheetala Ashtami 2018 Date

Sheetala Ashtami 2018 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, March 09 in the year 2018.

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. Sheetla Mata Katha in Hindi is also available.

Sheetala Ashtami Puja Timings

Sheetala Ashtami Puja Muhurat = 06:41 to 18:21
Duration = 11 Hours 40 Mins

Ashtami Tithi Begins from 03:44 AM on 09 Mar 2018 and ends on 06:00 AM on 10 Mar 2018

When is Sheetla Ashtami? Sheetla Ashtami Dates

If you are looking for Sheetla Ashtami dates, look below for various years.

2018Friday, 9th of March
2019Thursday, 28th of March
2020Monday, 16th of March
2021Sunday, 4th of April
2022Friday, 25th of March
2023Wednesday, 15th of March

Maha Shivaratri 2018 Date, Maha Shivaratri Story, Importance

Maha Shivaratri 2018 Date, Story, Importance

Maha Shivaratri in 2018 Date - 13th Feburary 2018, Tuesday.

Mahashivratri - Festival of God Shiva

Mahashivaratri festival is one of the major Hindu festivals dedicated to god  Shiva. Mahashivratri means the “big night of Shiva”, it is celebrated during Krishna Paksha Chaturdashi in the Hindu month of Phalgun or 13th or the 14th night of the new moon, corresponding to February-March in Gregorian calendar. The festival is celebrated on the night. Lord Brahma (Creator), Lord Vishnu (Preserver) and Lord Shiva (Destroyer) are the Hindu Trinity gods worshipped by Hindu people.

Mahashivratri Fast/Shivratri Importance

On Mahashivratri day, Hindu temples are thronged by the devotees to worship and carry pujas to Lord Shiva throughout the day. People chant the divine Shiva panchakshari mantra of 'Om Namah Shivaya'. Many people also observe a fast (upvas) for the whole day, not eating anything other than fruits, tea, milk, coffee and water. Popularly, on fasting or vrat days, people prefer and use sendha namak (rock salt) instead of the common salt.

The Shiva Purana states conducting of special pujas every 3 hours on the day of Mahashivratri. For Shiva pujas people do Abhisheks, where the Shiva Lingam or lingum is worshipped by pouring milk, yogurt, water, ghee, sugar and honey. On this day of Maha Shivaratri, devotees sing bhajans, aartis and chant mantras of the Shiva Shankar to seek the blessings of the almighty.

The MahaShivaratri festival is observed in honour of Lord Shiva and on this day Lord Shiva was married to Parvati. It is also believed that Lord Shiva performed the Tandava Nritya on this day. The great holy festival of MahaShivaratri holds special meaning for the Hindu ladies. It is believed that any lady who pray to Goddess Parvati also known as 'Gaura', the giver of 'suhag' for good husbands, marital bliss and a long, prosperous married life.

Names of Shiva

"Shankar", "Mahesh", "Neelakanth", "Bholenath", "Shambhu Kailasheshwar", "Umanath", "Nataraj", “trimbakeshwar” are a few of the many names of Shiva.

Mahashivratri Story

In Mahabharata, Bhishma, while resting on the bed of arrows referred to the observance of Maha Shivaratri by King Chitrabhanu. The story is as follows There was a time when King Chitrabhanu of Ikshvaku dynasty, who ruled Jambudvipa observed fast with his wife, the day being the day of Maha Shivaratri. The sage Ashtavakra came to the king’s court and asked the purpose of his observing the past. King Chitrabhanu explained that he got the gift of remembering the incidents of his previous life.

The King said to the sage that he was a hunter in Varanasi known by the name of Suswara. He killed and sell birds and animals to earn his livelihood. One day when he was roaming through the forests in search of any animal, due to darkness of night, he was unable to return home, so he took shelter and climbed over a tree. It was a Bael tree. He shot a deer previously on that day and he bundled and tied it to a branch on the tree. He was kept awake throughout the whole night because of hunger and thirst. He was worried and shed profuse tears at the thought of his poor wife and children who were also starving and anxiously waiting for him to come. Just to pass away the time, he started engaging himself in plucking the Bael leaves and dropping them onto the ground.

He returned home the next day, sold the deer, bought some food for the whole family. As he was about to break his nightlong fast, a stranger came and begged for food. The hunter served the food first to the stranger and then he had his own.

He saw two messengers of Lord Shiva at the time of his death. They came to conduct his soul to the abode of Lord Shiva. He learnt only then the great merit he had earned by the unconscious worship of Lord Shiva Shankar during that night of Maha Shivaratri. He came to know by the messengers that there was a Shiva Lingam at the bottom of the tree. The leaves he dropped fell on the Shiva Lingam and his tears fell onto the Lingam and washed it. Moreover, he had fasted all day and all night. Thus, the story’s conclusion was he unconsciously worshiped the Lord, lived in the abode of the Lord Shiva and enjoyed divine blessings for long ages and now he has been reborn as Chitrabhanu.

Shiva Mantra in Hindi

Om Namah Shivay(ॐ नमः शिवाय) is a powerful healing mantra which benefits the reciter of all physical and mental ailments. This divine mantra gives peace to the heart, mind and body and acts as a nectar for the Soul. Sages  had recited this "Om Namah Shivay" Mantra since long.

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MahaShivratri Puja Time

Nishita Kaal Puja Time = 24:09+ to 25:01+

On 14th, Maha Shivaratri Parana Time = 07:04 to 15:20
ShivRatri First Prahar Puja Time = 18:05 to 21:20
ShivRatri Second Prahar Puja Time = 21:20 to 24:35+
ShivRatri Third Prahar Puja Time = 24:35+ to 27:49+
ShivRatri Fourth Prahar Puja Time = 27:49+ to 31:04+

Mahashivratri Whatsapp Status, SMS in Hindi

Maha Shivratri Maha Mritunjay Mantra Hindi SMS
OM. Tryambakam yajamahe
Sugandhim pushti-vardhanam
Urvarukamiva bandhanan
Mrityor mukshiya mamritat
Happy MahaShivratri.

Maha Shivratri Hindi SMS
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om namah shivay

शिव की शक्ति,
शिव की भक्ति,
खुशी की बहार मिले,
महादेव की कृपा से आपको ज़िंदगी के हर कदम पर सफलता मिले.
हैप्पी महा शिवरात्रि

Shivratri Hindi SMS
एक पूसपम
एक बेल पतराम
एक लोटा जल की धार
कर्दे सबका उद्धार,
जय भोले

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Vijaya Ekadashi 2018 Date, Importance Of Vijaya Ekadashi

Vijaya Ekadashi 2018 Date, Importance Of Vijaya Ekadashi

Vijaya Ekadashi is one of the great Ekadashi that comes in the month of Phalgun that often comes in February/March. Vijaya Ekadashi date is Feburary 11, 2018. Vijaya Ekadasi importance can be found in the Skanda Purana. When one observe the Vijaya Ekadasi fast, it helps in removing all the guilt that has been associated with the sins committed in this and previous life. It is important to note here that Lord Sri Ram also observed the Vijaya Ekadashi fast before crossing the ocean to reach Lanka and defeat the demon king Ravana. As the name says, this Vijaya Ekadashi fast helps a person attains victory over his/her enemies, whether internal or external and evil powers. Vijaya Ekadashi  is dedicated to Lord Vishnu/Sri Hari and is marked on the 11th day in Hindu Calendar. Vijaya Ekadashi is called by the name of Pankoddhar Ekadasi in Orissa. Vijaya Ekadasi significance was told by Lord Brahma to Narada.

Vijaya Ekadashi 2018: Legend of Vijaya Ekadashi

When Lord Rama and Vanarasena, the monkey army thought about how they can cross over the ocean to reach Lanka,  Lakshmana told them about a great nearby Sage whom he thought could provide them the way to reach Lanka and come as victorious. The Sage told Lord Rama and others about the Vijaya Ekadashi fasting and its benefits and how they can reach Lanka.

When Lord Ram reached to Samudra (sea), he asked the sea for the help on showing them the correct path to Lanka, but the Sea God didn't reply. The great sage was named Balada Bhaya who was asked by Ram and Lakshman to show them how they can reach Lanka. Saint Balada Bhaya advised the two brothers to observe the Vijaya Ekadashi fast. Upon observing the Vijaya Ekadashi fast, they will definitely come as victorious in any difficulty and obstacle they face on their way to Lanka, said sage Balada Bhaya. Not ony that, he also told that this Vijaya Ekadashi vrat will also help them in defeating the evil powers of Ravana. Therefore, Lord Rama observed the Vijaya Ekadashi fast and this helped him in winning over Ravana as well as rescuing his wife Sita.

Importance/Significance of Vijaya Ekadashi

It is believed that when you observe the fast of Vijaya Ekadashi and worship Lord Vishnu with extreme faith, devotion and dedication, you will come as victorious over all the evil powers and all the sins of his past and present life are removed. Special powers and boons are showered by Lord Vishnu to overcome the worldly obstacles and evil forces when one fast on this day of Vijaya Ekadasi.

How to observe Vijaya Ekadashi Fast?

The same rules apply while observing Vijaya Ekadashi fast as with any other Ekadashi. These are as follows:
Bath in the morning, before sunrise (if possible)
Then worship and offer prayers to Lord Vishnu with extreme dedication and devotion.
As this Vijaya Ekadashi fast gives victory, if you follow and observe this fast with true devotion from your heart, you will definitely win.
If you are completely fit, then only fast for the whole day without taking any food or water. However, it is highly recommended to take only fruits, milk, tea on this day of ekadashi
No grains, cereals, vegetables, breads, honey should be taken.
Do not eat rice and non-vegetarian food, eat only vegetarian (satvik) food.
Recite and chant the Lord Krishna, Lord Vishnu mantra's and aarti's.
According to "Shastra's",  a person doing the ekadashi fast should not sleep during the night of Ekadashi and worship Lord Vishnu the whole night.
Every Ekadshi vrat starts from the ‘dashami’ tithi (10th day) and you should not take the last meal (dinner) on the day before ekadashi.
Every Ekadashi vrat gets complete after the sunrise on the 12th day or ‘dwadashi’ tithi.

Vijaya Ekadashi 2018 Date & Time

Ekadashi Tithi starts at 14:44 PM on 10th Feburary 2018 and ends at 17:24 on 11th Feburary 2018. On 12th Feburary, 2018, the Parana time (time of breaking ekadashi fast on dwadashi tithi) is from 07:06 to 09:17 AM. Vijaya Ekadashi 2019 Date & Time will be updated soon.

Iskcon Ekadashi Calendar 2018

Iskcon Ekadashi Calendar 2018

Ekadasi list for ISKCON Delhi is created independent of Gaurabda Calendar or GCal published by GBC Vaisnava Calendar Committee of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). It follows same Ekadasi and Parana (time to break Ekadasi fasting) rules as followed by GCal. Both calendars should match and if there is any mismatch it might be due to a software error. These Ekadasi dates are valid only for Vaisnava Sampradaya and followers of ISCKON. You must check Smarta Ekadashi List for Smarta Sampradaya Ekadasi dates 2018.

Iskcon Ekadashi Calendar 2018

Ekadashi Name Ekadashi Date Ekadashi Day Next Day Break Fast Time
Sat tila Ekadasi 13 January (Saturday) 07:15 to 10:45
Paksa Vardhini Mahadvadasi
Bhaimi Ekadasi 28 January (Sunday) 07:10 to 10:46
Trisprsa Mahadvadasi
Vijaya Ekadasi 11 February (Sunday) 07:02 to 10:44
Amalaki Ekadasi 26 February (Monday) 06:48 to 10:38
Papamocani Ekadasi 13 March (Tuesday) 06:32 to 10:31
Kamada Ekadasi 27 March (Tuesday) 06:59 to 10:22
Varuthini Ekadasi 12 April (Thursday) 05:58 to 09:04
Mohini Ekadasi 26 April (Thursday) 05:44 to 08:07
Apara Ekadasi 11 May (Friday) 05:32 to 10:02
Padmini Ekadasi 25 May (Friday) 05:25 to 10:00
Parama Ekadasi 10 June (Sunday) 05:22 to 10:01
Pandava Nirjala Ekadasi 23 June (Saturday) after 10:08
Yogini Ekadasi 9 July (Monday) 05:30 to 10:07
Sayana Ekadasi 23 July (Monday) 05:37 to 10:10
Kamika Ekadasi 8 August (Wednesday) 05:46 to 10:13
Pavitropana Ekadasi 22 August (Wednesday) 05:54 to 10:13
Annada Ekadasi 6 September (Thursday) 06:01 to 09:12
Parsva Ekadasi 20 September (Thursday) 07:52 to 10:12
Indira Ekadasi 5 October (Friday) 06:16 to 10:11
Pasankusa Ekadasi 20 October (Saturday) 06:25 to 10:12
Rama Ekadasi 4 November (Sunday) 06:35 to 10:14
Utthana Ekadasi 19 November (Monday) 06:47 to 10:20
Utpanna Ekadasi 3 December (Monday) 06:58 to 10:26
Moksada Ekadasi 19 December (Wednesday) 07:09 to 10:35
Trisprsa Mahadvadasi

Thai Amavasya 2018 Date

Thai Amavasya 2018 Date

Thai Amavasya is the no moon day in the Tamil Month of Thai (January – February) and it is regarded as highly auspicious day in Tamil culture. Thai Amavasai is dedicated to dead ancestors, siblings, parents and other relatives though it is believed that your ancestors come upon earth on the day of Amavasya but this one is powerful and magical. Thai Amavasya 2018 date is Tuesday, January 16. Special prayers, rituals and offerings are made on the day for departed souls to rest in peace.

Importance of Thai Amavasai/ Thai Amavasya Significance

People offer 'tarpanam' or respects for departed souls. 'Tarpanam' or 'Tharpanam' Offering of sesame seeds and water on Thai Amavasya make our ancestors happy and descendants are blessed with a happy and prosperous life. This helps in overcoming all obstacles from a person's life. It is believed that doing Tarpanam can remove sins of 7 generation of our ancestors helping us to get forgiveness from them. It not only helps one getting liberation from past curses and sins but also neutralize the unsuitable desires of ancestors.

Hindus bath in holy rivers, do Shradh and Tarpan in Tamil Nadu. It is believed that the dead souls visit their family ones to shower blessings on them. Thousands of people take dip at Rameshwaram and visit the Agnitheertha Kadarkarai (sea coast) in the morning for offering prayers and pujas to the dead ancestors. Special prayers are also offered to the Navagrahas at Devipattinam near Rameshwaram.

A special procession with idols of Lord Shiva, Lord Ram and Sita from the Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple reaches Agnitheertha on the the Thai Amavasya day and special prayers are carried out in Rameshwaram. Prayers and rituals as per Thai Amavasi are observed at various places in Tamil Nadu including Kannyakumari, Dhanushkodi, Muhuntharayarchatram, Sethukarai and Devipattinam.

Thai Amavasya day is observed as Mauni Amavasya in North India. Mauni means "maun" in Hindi meaning "silence". People observe a complete silence on the day. In Orissa, this day is observed as Triveni Amavasya. As per Puranas, the world was first created by Manu. His appearence day is known as 'Thai Amavasya' day or Mouna Amavasya. People must observe complete silence on this day of Mauni Amavasya and pray to Sri Hari Vishnu.

It is believed to be the appearence day of Sri VeeraRaghava Perumal (Sri Ram). Thiruvallur, TamilNadu, has one of the great temple dedicated to Sri VeeraRaghava.

When is Thai Amavasai or Thai Amavasya in 2018?

16th January 2018 (Tuesday)

Thai Amavasya Date

Thai Amavasya Date 2019 - 4th February 2019 (Monday)
Thai Amavasya Date 2020 - 24th January 2020 (Friday)
Thai Amavasya Date 2021 - 11th February 2021 (Thursday)
Thai Amavasya Date 2022 - 31st January 2022 (Monday)
Thai Amavasya Date 2023 - 21st January 2023 (Saturday)
Thai Amavasya Date 2024 - 9th February 2024 (Friday)
Thai Amavasya Date 2025 - 29th January 2025 (Wednesday)