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Kamika Ekadashi 2017: Here’s all you need to know about the Hindu Festival!

This year the lesser known Hindu festival Kamika Ekadashi falls on 19th July, Wednesday

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Hindu festival, Kamika Ekadashi
Hindu festival Kamika Ekadashi. Wikimedia
  • Very little is known about the Hindu festival Kamika Ekadashi
  • The festivities start with Parana, that means breaking the fast
  • Pratahkal is the most preferred time to break the fast

Kolkata, July 18, 2017:

Kamika Ekadashi is one of the lesser known Hindu festivals in India. There is a possibility that very few of us may have heard about it. This year, Kamika Ekadashi is on July 19 and is celebrated by many, particularly who believe in Hinduism.

The festivities start with Parana, that means breaking the fast. Ekadashi Parana should be done after sunrise on next day of Ekadashi fast. Parana needs to be done within Dwadashi Tithi unless Dwadashi is over before sunrise. Not doing Parana within Dwadashi is treated similarly to an offense.

Parana is not supposed to be done during Hari Vasra. One needs to wait for Hari Vasara to get over before breaking the Ekadashi fast. The first one-fourth duration of Dwadashi Tithi is Hari Vasara.

Pratahkal is the most preferred time to break the fast. However, breaking the fast during Madhyahna should be avoided. Only if due to some reasons one is not able to break the fast during Pratahkal then one is allowed to do it after Madhyahna.

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Sometimes Ekadashi fasting is suggested on two consecutive days but it is advised that Smartha with family should observe fasting on the first day only. The alternate Ekadashi fasting, which is the second one, is suggested for sanyasis, widows and for those who intend to achieve Moksha. If alternate Ekadashi fasting is suggested for Smartha it may coincide with Vaishnava Ekadashi fasting day.

Ekadashi fasting on both days is suggested for only those staunch devotees of Lord Vishnu who seek love and affection from their respected deity.

This year the Kamika Ekadashi falls on 19th July, Wednesday. On 20th, Parana time is from 13:02 to 15:40. On Parana Day the Hari Vasara end moment is 9:38. Here is the list of the other important timings for Kamika Ekadashi this year:

Alternate Kamika Ekadashi = 20/07/2017
On 21st, Parana Time for Alternate Ekadashi = 05:07 to 07:45
On Parana Day Dwadashi would be over before Sunrise
Ekadashi Tithi Begins = 07:25 on 19/Jul/2017
Ekadashi Tithi Ends = 04:27 on 20/Jul/2017

– by Durba Mandal of NewsGram. Twitter @dubumerang

 

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Know How Each Community in India Celebrates Hindu New Year

It is a celebration of life; however, it is not a celebration of its creator

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Jhulelal, the Ishta Devta of the Sindhi Hindus.

By: Jatin Damudre

Many communities in India celebrate their New Year on Chaitra Shukla Pratipada (First day of the month of Chaitra of Hindu Lunar Calendar). Marathi community celebrate it as Gudi Padwa, the Kanada and Telgu community celebrate it as Ugadi, Sindhi community celebrate it as Cheti Chand. Every community has their unique way of celebrating this festival, but for all it is a day of New beginning; the day when Lord Brahma created this Universe.

Unlike the rest of the world, which welcomes and celebrates New year on 31st December, on cold winter nights (except Australia), the Hindus prefer the warmth of the spring celebrating, at sunrise, where the molten ice has made the soil moist, tiny blades of grass have covered the earth, trees are festooned with leaves, flowers and fruits. It is a celebration of life; however, it is not a celebration of its creator. Surprisingly Hindu’s don’t worship the Creator of Universe Lord Brahma.

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12th-century Brahma with missing book and water pot, Cambodia. (Wikipedia)

Throughout puranic stories, Brahma has either been cursed to never have been worshipped, or he has had his head cut off. This is a subtle reminder to each one of us, in our own way, to be the creator and maintainer of our own life-long journey, so that people find us worthy of their acknowledgement, unlike Brahma, who has been forgotten.

The seed of creation is desire and the god of desire is Kama. However, Shiva burns Kama to ashes, which I see as a subtler reminder to keep our intentions pure and genuine.

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Traditional Gudhi.

In a Marathi household, the day is celebrated by erecting Gudi, which stands tall on a wooden base with an offering of coconut and beetlenut. It is a wooden stick on which hangs, a sugar string, neem leaves, marigold flowers, a cloth with a border and an inverted kalash. The wooden base represents stability in life, while the coconut represents knowledge, the beetlenut is your commitment. The stick represents your strength, a bordered cloth represents prosperity, the sugar string is sweetness of life and bitter neem leaves offer health and immunity, the marigold flowers represents fruition of every task under taken and the kalash is achievement. The traditional meal of the day is Shrikhand- Puri which one relishes in the company of family and friends.

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The traditional meal of the day is Shrikhand- Puri which one relishes in the company of family and friends.

Meanwhile, as you are researching and seeking your own help, here are a couple of tips that can help you for your new beginnings:
# Let bygones be bygones – make peace with the past, ask forgiveness if need be.
# Set yourself free from guilt and self-criticism.
# Face your fears
# Let go of the things beyond your control
# Clean your clutter, it will refresh your mind
# Find time to connect with yourself and disconnect with the world, like taking a day off from your phone or the internet.

Originally Published by hinducouncil.com

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Saphala Ekadashi: Significance, Celebrations, Rituals, Festival Timings and Dates

Saphala Ekadashi is celebrated on Krishna Paksha in the month of Paush

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Saphala Ekadashi: Significance, Celebration, Rituals, Important Dates and Time
Saphala Ekadashi: Significance, Celebration, Rituals, Important Dates and Time, Image Source: wikimedia commons
  • Saphala Ekadasi is one of the most popular festivals observed in India
  • Saphala Ekadasi is a propitious fasting day celebrated on the 11th day of the waning phase of moon also known as “Krishna Paksha”
  • Saphala Ekadashi is celebrated during the month of ‘Paush’ as per the Hindu calendar
  • According to the Gregorian calendar, Saphala Ekadashi is celebrated between the months of December to January
  •  Upcoming Saphala Ekadashi Date and Day: 13th December 2017, Wednesday

About Saphala Ekadashi: The word ‘Saphala’ in Hindi signifies ‘to thrive’ and hence this Ekadashi ought to be seen by any individual who wants achievement and satisfaction in every one of the fields of life. Saphala Ekadashi is along these lines a way to open the entryways of copious, achievement, thriving and fortune. It is praised with incredible energy and eagerness in every one of the edges of the nation. Enormous occasions are sorted out on this day in Lord Krishna sanctuaries as; He is a symbol of Lord Vishnu.

 Significance of Saphala Ekadashi: The significance of Saphala Ekadashi is said as a discussion between Dharamraja Yudhisthira and Lord Krishna in the ‘Brahmanda Purana’. As indicated by the Hindu sacred texts, it is said that even 100 Rajasuya Yagas and 1000 Ashvamedha Yagas are not as advantageous as watching a holy quick upon the arrival of Saphala Ekadashi. The day of Saphala Ekadashi is sacrosanct to Hindus as it is trusted that by fasting earnestly on this day, the fans can wash away their wrongdoings and furthermore appreciate an ecstatic life. Ekadashi is a loved day that happens twice in each lunar Hindu month and is a day committed to worshipping the preserver of this Universe, who is none other than Lord Vishnu.

Saphala Ekadashi celebrations and rituals: Lord Vishnu is the primary idol of the Saphala Ekadashi. Vaishnavas love Lord Vishnu with dedicated hearts to summon His adoration and love. Offering Tulsi leaves to Lord Vishnu on this day is accepted to expel everyone of the wrongdoings of a person. Enthusiasts please Lord Vishnu by offering incense sticks, coconut, betel nut and other fragrant articles. Lighting of diyas amid the night will make it additionally fulfilling.

On Saphala Ekadashi, the devotees who maintain fast, ought not to rest the entire night. They share in different bhajans and kirtan programs in the respect of Lord Vishnu. Aficionados tune in to the popular stories of Lord Vishnu. Toward the end ‘aarti’ is done and later Prasad is circulated among relatives. On Saphala Ekadashi one must give cash, sustenance and different basics to the Brahmins and poor. While keeping the Saphala Ekadashi Vrat, just ‘Saatvik’ sustenance is eaten by the lovers. For individuals who are not proficient to keep the entire quick, can even quick watch halfway quick or quick for simply half day.

Important Timings of Saphala Ekadashi

  • Sunrise: Dec, 07:09 AM
  • Sunset: Dec, 17:43 PM
  • Dwadashi End Moment: Dec, 06:06 AM
  • Ekadashi Tithi Begins: Dec, 00:54 AM
  • Ekadashi Tithi Ends: Dec, 03:32 AM
  • Hari Vasara End Moment: Dec,10:10 AM
  • Parana Time: Dec, 13:30 PM – 15:37 PM

Saphala Ekadashi festival dates between 2019 to 2024

  • 2019: Sunday, 22nd of December
  • 2021: Thursday, 30th of December
  • 2022: Monday, 19th of December
  • 2024: Thursday, 26th of December

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hindu Mandir in Illinois, USA Witnesses Grand Tulsi Vivah on a Global Scale

The Hindu Mandir of Lake County, Grayslake, IL celebrated a grand Tulsi Vivah, the ceremonial marriage of the Tulsi plant (holy basil that represents purity) to the Hindu God Vishnu or his Avatar as Krishna

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Grand Tulsi Vivah
Grand Tulsi Vivah in Grayscale. IANS.

Grayslake, IL, November 17: The Hindu Mandir of Lake County, Grayslake, IL celebrated a grand Tulsi Vivah, the ceremonial marriage of the Tulsi plant (holy basil that represents purity) to the Hindu God Vishnu or his Avatar as Krishna on October 31 (the day of ” Dev Ekadashi” – 11th day of Hindu month of Kartik Shuklapaksha), with more than 200 devotees.

During Tulsi Vivah, which signifies the end of the monsoon and the beginning of the Hindu wedding season in India, male devotees carried Lord Krishna’s statue with Shaligram stone into the shrine as Varpaksha. The temple priests performed Gotraachar and Hasth-meelap of Varpaksha with Kannyapaksha of female devotees who came in with Tulsi and other deities.

The Tulsi Vivah puja is celebrated auspiciously
The Tulsi Vivah puja is celebrated auspiciously . Wikimedia.

Pt. Anil Joshi, Ramachari, and Yogesh Pandya performed first Abhishekam and Vivah Vidhividhan with all the Vedic rituals, mantras, Saptapadi, offering of Mangal Sutra and Sindoor and Bidayi of the bride to Groom’s abode.

Rita Anand Patel and Kamlesh Desai sang melodious “Saath Phere” songs that narrated the meaning and significance of the relationship of couples in each phere that represents each life of the couple. Devotees donned Indian traditional colorful dresses but also brought nice new clothes for the deities with elegant jewelries, Shringar samagris, flowers, and various sweets.

Mandir celebrates all Hindu festivals with all the Vedic rituals to preserve, educate, and encourage the continuation of Hindu culture and heritage by Indian younger generation. (IANS)