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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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  • 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.

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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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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 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)

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Ten Inspiring Quotes by Famous Personalities on World’s Oldest Religion “Hinduism”

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Hinduism is a choice of living and is only one absolute, pure and eternal reality that can be found through enlightenment: A Temple in India. Pixabay

– by Tusheeta Kaushik

About hinduism:

June 24, 2017: “Hinduism” Being the oldest and the third largest religion in the world and with over a billion followers – many believe that Hinduism is a choice of living (way of living) and is only one absolute, pure and eternal reality that can be found through enlightenment. Its all about spirituality.

Some Hinduism practitioners and scholars refer to it as Sanātana Dharma, “the eternal tradition,” or the “eternal way,” beyond human history. Scholars regard Hinduism as a fusion or synthesis of various Indian cultures and traditions,[7][note 5] with diverse roots and no founder.This “Hindu synthesis” started to develop between 500 BCE and 300 CE following the Vedic period (1500 BCE to 500 BCE)

Its sacred writings date as far back as 1400 to 1500 B.C. It is also one of the most diverse and complex, having millions of gods. Hindus have a wide variety of core beliefs and exist in many different sects. Although it is the third largest religion in the world, Hinduism exists primarily in India and Nepal.

The main texts of Hinduism are the Vedas (considered most important), Upanishadas, the Mahabharata, and the Ramayana. These writings contain hymns, incantations, philosophies, rituals, poems, and stories from which Hindus base their beliefs. Other texts used in Hinduism include the Brahmanas, the Sutras, and the Aranyakas.

This faith has taken on the form of everything we see today- including gods and goddesses. So even though they worship many gods, in reality it’s a monotheistic religion. 

10 Inspiring Quotes on Hinduism By Famous Personalities

 

  1. George Bernard Shaw believed Hinduism to be a monotheistic religion. He said that Hinduism is so elastic and subtle that the most profound Methodist and crudest Idolator are equally at home with it.”
    10 Inspiring Quotes on Hinduism
  2. Sir Charles Norton Edgecumbe Eliot didn’t consider Hinduism as a religion but a way of life. He also said “The Hindu has an extraordinary power of combining dogma and free thought, uniformity, and variety, here utmost latitude of information is allowed and in all ages Hindus have been devoted to speculation”.
10 Inspiring Quotes on Hinduism

3. Mark Twain believed that the only way to save oneself from any danger, loss or harm would be through Hinduism. He also said ” Our most valuable and instructive materials in the history of man are all treasured up in India, it is already becoming clear that a chapter which had a western beginning will have to have an Indian ending if its not to end in self destruction of the human race. In Hinduism we have the attitude and spirit that can make it possible for the human race to grow together into a single family.”

10 Inspiring Quotes on Hinduism

4. Dr Arnold Toynbee believed in the concept of spreading love, honesty and attaining enlightenment- mentioned in the holy book of Hindus. He said that “This spiritual gift i.e Hinduism that makes a man human is still alive in Indian souls, go on and give the world Indian examples of it, nothing else can do so much to help mankind to save itself  from destruction.”

10 Inspiring Quotes on Hinduism

5. Mahatma Gandhi strongly believed in hunting of truth through non- violent means and that Hinduism is a constant trailing after truth. He also said ” Ancient India has survived because Hinduism was not developed along material but spiritual lines.

10 Inspiring Quotes on Hinduism

6. Swami Vivekananda was proud to belong to a religion which taught the world forbearance at the time of adversity and a worldwide acceptance. He also said “I am proud to belong to a nation which has sheltered the persecuted and the refugees of all religions and all the nations of the earth. I am proud to tell you that we have gathered in our bosom the purest remnant of the Israelite s, who came to the southern India and took refuge with us in the very year in which there holy temple was shattered to pieces by Roman tyranny.”

10 Inspiring Quotes on Hinduism

7. Sir Monier Monier Williams relentlessly believed in the strength of infinite adaptability to the infinite diversity to the human character and human tendencies mentioned in the holy books of Hindus. He stated that “no description of Hinduism can be exhaustive which does not touch on almost every religious and philosophical idea that the world has ever known.”

10 Inspiring Quotes on Hinduism

8. Will Durant fervently believed in the teachings of Bhagwat Gita on tolerance, gentleness of mature mind and spreading love in the world. He further added – “It is true that even across the Himalayan barrier, India has sent such gifts such as grammar, logic, philosophy, fables, hypnotism, chess and above all numerals and the decimal system to the west.”

10 Inspiring Quotes on Hinduism

9. Thomas Berry believed Hinduism to be a dynamic process and said “For this reason, Hinduism must be studied not as a fixed body of doctrine but as a developing tradition that has changed considerably throughout the centuries and which is still changing in the creative direction, everything in India makes sense in the light of the changing process.”

10 Inspiring Quotes on Hinduism

10. Alain Danielou a.k.a Shiv Sharan believed that the Hindus live in perpetuity, while in Banarus, Danielou converted to Hinduism taking the initiates name of Shiv Sharan.

– by Tusheeta Kaushik of NewsGram

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Shradh Puja: Five Facts you should Know about Death Anniversary Ritual In Hinduism

It is stated that by offering this puja to the forefathers and departed dear ones, their souls feel gratified and they bless the person with happiness and prosperity

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A man performing Hindu rituals- shradha puja. Wikimedia

Shradh Puja Date In 2017:

5th September – 19th September’2017:  Shradh Puja also known as  Pitru Paksha is a sixteen lunar days period in Hindu Calendar when Hindus pay homage to their ancestors especially through food offerings. The Puja Includes Individual Puja, Sankalp, Brahmin Bhojan and Dakshina.

Legend of Pitru Paksha

According to Hinduism, the souls of three preceding generations of one’s ancestor reside in Pitru-loka, a realm between heaven and earth. This realm is governed by Yama, the god of death, who takes the soul of a dying man from earth to Pitru-loka. When a person of the next generation dies, the first generation shifts to heaven and unites with God, so Shradh offerings are not given. Thus, only the three generations in Pitru–loka are given Shradh rites, in which Yama plays a significant role. According to the sacred itihas , at the beginning of Pitru Paksha, the sun enters the zodiac sign of Libra (Thula). Coinciding with this moment, it is believed that the spirits leave Pitru–loka and reside in their descendants’ homes for a month until the sun enters the next zodiac—Scorpio (Vrichchhika)—and there is a full moon. Hindus are expected to propitiate the ancestors in the first half, during the dark fortnight.

Meaning of Shradh Pitru Paksha

Pitru Paksha is considered to be very auspicious by the Hindus. Shradh marks an important time for performing the ritual of Tarpan. Performing Tarpan in Shradh is way to remember and privilege the ancestors for whatever they have passed on to the present generation. Tarpan is considered to be a way to communication with the ancestors to let them know that they are still an integral part of the family and they still alive in our memories.

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Time of the year when Pitru Paksha or Shradh Puja observed:

In the month of Ashwin each year, during Krishna Paksh, i.e.  15 days commencing from Purnima (full moon) to Amavasya (dark night) “Shradh” days are observed. In the year 2017, it will start from 5th September 2017 and end on 19th September 2017.  Shradh is the ritual carried out to gratify one’s ancestors. It is stated in the ancient texts that a person who does not execute the Shradh of his departed paternal and maternal near and dear ones has to bear much in life and even after.

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Hindu Rituals. Wikimedia

Significance of Shradh Puja or Pitru Paksha

I.  In Hindu mythology, it is believed that ancestors are with us, they are protecting us from all the hurdles of life, keeping us away from problems, but simultaneously they also want us to pay them respect and remember them. The rituals of Shradh is a way to pay a tribute and gratitude to our ancestors. It is believed that if the rituals are performed us with full faith, love and respect our ancestors get happy and bless us with all the good fortune.

II. We inherit the assets and properties of our ancestors, but at the same time we also inherit the results of their misdeeds. Sometimes, their misdeeds do not allow them to attain the peace after death. This disturbance of their souls can sometimes affect the present generations of the family. The rituals of Shradh helps them in attaining the peace of soul and paying for the misdeeds of their lives.

III. Shradh is considered significant to remove the effects of the unnatural death of family members and attain peace of those souls.

IV. Kaal Sarp Dosh is a kind of sin in the birth chart of an individual. People with Kaal Sarp Dosh are likely to face problems related to money and fertility. Performing Shradh rituals is likely to reduce the effects of this dosh.

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  • Rules of Shradh Puja

I. When and where : The Shradh is performed during the lunar days of the Ashwin month. The Shradh is performed only at noonday, usually on the bank of a river or lake.

II. Who and for whom, Shradh Puja is : It is essential that Shradh is performed by the son–customarily the eldest or the male relative of the parental branch of the family for the preceding three generations.

III. Food: The food offerings made to the ancestors are usually cooked in earthen vessels and placed on a banana leaf. The food must include kheer, rice, dal, vegetable of spring bean, and a yellow gourd.

IV. Rites of shradh Puja: The males who perform the Shradh should take a purifying bath beforehand and is expected to wear a dhoti. He wears a ring of Kush grass. It is considered that the ancestors are invoked in that ring. The Shradh involves Pinda-Daan which is an offering to the ancestors, accompanying the release of water from hand.

Advantage Of Shradh Puja/ Pitra Dosha & Daan:

Shradh Puja and Pitra dosha Puja and daan is very effective for achieving success in the following

  • To promote financial prosperity and stability
  • To obtain power/immovable property
  • To accelerate/smooth functioning of business
  • To minimize the malefic effect of afflicted Jupiter
  • To obtain Siddhi
  • For overall materialistic and spiritual development
  • For excellent results and higher education of students

 

by Enakshi Roy Chowdhury of Newsgram. Twitter: @enakshirc58