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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

(4.1.4) A.P.J. Abdul Kalam / A brief note about Abdul Kalam

A Brief Note About Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam ( The main source - Wings of Fire - An Autobiography )

Important things about Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam - 
> His full name was - Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam.
> His date of birth was 15.10.1931.
> His birth place was the island town of Rameswaram in the erstwhile madras state.
> His father was Jainulabdeen, who had neither much formal education nor much wealth but he possessed great innate wisdom and a true generosity of spirit.
> His mother was Ashiamma, a house wife.
> He worked as a scientist at D.R.D.O and I.S.R.O.
> He is popularly known as Missile Man.
> He was elected as the President of India from 2002 to 2007.
> He received awards Padma Bhushan (in 1981) , Padma Vibhushan (in 1991) and Bharat Ratna (in 1997).
> Besides other books he wrote his autobiography "Wings of Fire".
> His 78th birthday was was recognized as the 'World Student Day' by the United Nations.
> His favourite teacher was Iyadurai Soloman. Dr Kalam specially quotes his (teacher's) advice in his autobiography - " To succeed in life and achieve results, you must understand and master three mighty forces - desire, belief and expectation."
> The great person departed from this world on 27.07.2015. 

(13.1.33) What to donate during Chaturmaas

Charity during Chaturmaas / What things to be donated during Chaturmaas

Chaturmaas, the four months' period, is considered very important and sacred for the Hindus, the Jains and the Buddhists. During this period doing good deeds and remembering God are considered very fruitful. Visiting temples or any other places of worshiping, performing religious activities and donating things are considered good and fruitful.
The things to be given as donation or charity -
The following things may be donated during Chaturmaas as per the capacity of the person (the donation beyond one's capacity is not considered fruitful).
> A bell made of brass to be used in the temple.
> Utensils made of copper.
> Sesame.
> Oil.
> Food grains.
> Beds
> Cot.
> Cow.
> Gold.
> Jaggery.
> Fruits.
> Rice.
> Barley.
> Dry ginger
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Monday, July 27, 2015

(13.1.32) What not to during Chaturmaas

What should not be done during Chaturmaas / What are prohibited acts and things during Chaturmas

In Hinduism Chaturmaas has a special significance. Our scriptures suggest the things to be done and not to be done during Chaturmaas. Here under is the list of things which are not to be done during Chaturmaas -
> One must not eat Taamsik food ( the eatables that have sedative effect on mind and body) during Chaturmaas.
> The saints usually do not move from one place to another during Chaturmaas. They stay at one place and preach and deliver religious lectures to the people.
> Marriages, engagements, mundan, janeo sanskaar, Dev sthapana and such other activities are prohibited.
> Some people avoid sleeping on the cot.
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Sunday, July 26, 2015

(10.4.9) Vyas Jayanti / Ved Vyas Jayanti

Ved Vyas Jayanti - A festival to pay respect to Guru (the spiritual teacher)

Aashdh Shukla Purnima is known as the birth day of Ved Vyas. The other names for this day are Vyas Purnima or Guru Purnima or Aashaadhi Purnima.
In the Hinduism Ved Vyas is the Aadi Guru (the first spiritual teacher) that is why this Tithi is known as Vyas Purnima or Guru Purnima. The position of the Guru is very high in the Hindu culture. One can find a lot of things in the scriptures     about Guru and his importance in the life of an individual. It is Guru who leads one from the darkness of ignorance to the light of knowledge. This day is celebrated as Guru Purnima in the memory of the great sage and Aadi Guru Ved Vyas.
Important things about Ved Vyas - 
> His father was great sage Parashar.
> His mother was Satyavati.
> Ved Vyas is known as Krishna Dwaipayan. (As he had dark complexion so he is called Krishna and he was born on an island in the river Yamuna so he is called Dwaipayan.)
> Vedas are the collection of hymns which have divine knowledge and Vyas is a compiler or a splitter or a divider. He classified or divided the Vedas into four parts so he is known as Ved Vyas.
> Ved Vyas wrote eighteen Purans.
> Ved Vyas wrote the great epic Mahabharat.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

(13.1.31) Dev Shayani Ekadashi Vrat Vidhi

Hari Shayani Ekadashi Vrat Vidhi / Hari Shayani Ekadashi Vrat Vidhi / Padma  Ekadashi Vrat Vidhi / Vrat process of Dev Shayani Ekadashi

Dev Shayani Ekadashi falls in the shukla Paksh of the month of Aashaadh. The other names for this Ekadashi are Hari Shayani Ekadashi and Padma Ekadashi. Lord Vishnu sleeps on this day that is why this Ekadashi is popularly known as Hari Shayani Ekadashi. The period of  Chatur Maas  also begins from this day.
Dev Shayani Ekadashi Vrat Vidhi / Process of Dev Shayani Ekadashi
> The person who wants to observe the Dev Shayani Ekadashi Vrat should get up early in the morning of Dashami tithi, one day before Ekadashi. He/ she should take a bath and perform his/her daily routine. And he/she should take a single meal on this day (on Dashami).
> On the Ekadashi, no meal should be taken. But if health does not permit, the Vrati can take some fruits and milk. In the night, the Vrati should hear the religious discourses or read religious books.
> On Dwadashi, the Vrati should break the fast after feeding the Brahmans and giving donations to the eligible persons.
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(13.1.30) Dev Shayani Ekadashi Vrat Katha / Hari shayani Ekadashi

Hari Shayani Ekadashi Vrat Katha / Dev Shayani Ekadashi Vrat Katha 

Aashaadh Shukla Ekadashi is known as Dev Shayani Ekadashi or Hari Shayani Ekadashi. It is believed that Lord Vishnu rests in Ksheer Sagar from this day to Dev Prabodhini Ekadashi which falls in the Shukla Paksh of Kartik month. This period of four months is known as  Chatur Maas .
Dev Shayani Ekadashi Vrat Katha - 
The story related to Dev Shayani Ekadashi is as follows -
In the Satyug, there was a Chakravarti Samrat named Mandhata. In his kingdom there was prosperity every where. They had enough store of food grains. So the people were very happy. But unfortunately, once there was no rain continuously for three years in the kingdom. As a result of it, the situation of famine arose and became the scarcity of food grains and water. The people had to face a great difficulty and suffered a lot.
The king Mandhata, went to the forest to find out the solution of the problem from some great sage. Walking through the forest, one day he reached the Asharam of the sage Angira. The king respectfully saluted him and told him about his problem. The sage Angira said to the king, " O pious king, the Ekadashi which falls in the Shukla Paksh of the month of Aashadh, is known as the Dev shayani Ekadashi . This Ekadashi is very pious and fruit giving. You must observe the Vrat on this Ekadashi. By the effect of this Vrat, you will have good rains and the prosperity in your kingdom will return."
Hearing the advice of the sage, the king Mandhata came back to his palace and observed the Vrat on Dev shayani Ekadashi with the members of his family, the courtiers and the citizens. By the auspicious effect of this Vrat, they had a good rain that year. The people of the kingdom felt relieved and the prosperity returned. It all happened because of the Vrat of Ekadashi.
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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

(10.5.11) Chatur Maas dates 2017 / When is Chaturmaas 2017

When is Chatur Masas in 2017/ Chatur Maas dates 2017

What is Chaturmaas -
Chatur Maas is a period of four months. This period is considered very sacred particularly for observing Vrat and Upvaas and performing other religious activities. This period is also considered good for the religious activities, listening or reading religious scriptures and making donations according to one's capacity.
The dates of starting and ending the Chaturmaas in the year 2017 (Vikram Samvat 2074) are as follows -
Chatur Maas begins on the Aasaadh Shukla Ekadshi which is also known as Dev shayani Ekadashi. In the year 2017 it falls on Tuesday, 04.07.2017.
Chaturmaas ends on the Kartik Shukla Ekadashi which is also known as Dev uthani Ekadashi or Dev Prabodhini Ekadashi . In the year Dev Prabodhini Ekadashi is on Tuesday, 31 .10. 2017. 
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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

(13.1.29) What to do during Chatur Maas

What should be done during Chatur Maas ( Chatur Maas men kya karen)

Chaturmaas is a period of four months. This period is considered very important and sacred for the Hindus. During this period the following activities are preferable -
> One must lead a Satvik life. Cleanliness of body as well as mind should be maintained. Purity of thoughts is also fruitful.
> During the period of chaturmaas Lord Vishnu should be given bath with curds, milk, ghee, honey etc. and should be worshiped by offering dhoop, deepak ( earthen ), pushpa ( flowers ), navaidhya ( eatables made of satvik material ).
> In the evening the deepak is to be lighted.
> Everyday charanamrit should be taken.
> During the whole period, the vrat should be observed.
> If possible one should go to the Vishnu temple and chant Vishnu sahastra naam or om namo bhagawate vaasudevaaya daily. If not possible to go to temple one can chant these things at home.
> Reading or listening the stories or discourses from the scriptures.
>Making donation ( according to one's capacity ) is also fruitful.
> One should give Arghya to the Sun god.
> Havan should be done using Til and food grains chanting Gayatri Mantra during the chaturmaas and when the chaturmaas ends one should donate Til and food to the eligible person.
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Monday, July 13, 2015

(10.2.8) Kumbh Mela Nasik 2015 / Nasik Kumbh Mela 2015

Nasik Kumbh Mela 2015/Kumbh Parva Nasik 2015/ Kumbh Mela Nasik 2015 

In the year 2015 (in Vikram Samvat 2072) Kumbh Parva will be held at Nasik.
The auspicious days for for bathing and other activities are as follows -
> Tuesday,14.07.2015 - The planet Jupiter enters Singh Rashi. Flag hoisting of the main celebration.
> Monday, 17.08.2015 - Singh Sankranti day ( The planet sun enters Singh Rashi)
> Wednesday, 19.08.2015 - Nag Panchami
> Sunday, 26.08.2015 - Pavitra Ekadashi
> Saturday - 29.08.2015- Shravan Shukla Purnima (First Shahi Snan)
> Saturday, 05.09.2015 - Krishna Janmashtami
> Tuesday, 08.09.2015 - Aja Ekadashi
> Sunday, 13.09.2015 - Kusha Grahani Amavasya ( Second Shahi Snan)
> Thursday, 17.09.2015 - Ganesh Chaturthi
> Friday, 18.09.2015 - Rishi Panchami ( Third Shahi Snan)
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(10.2.11) Singhasth Kumbh Parva
(10.2.12) Kumbh Parva Chakra
(10.2.13) Singhasth Kumbh Mela Ujjain 2016 dates 

(10.5.10) Ashadh Gupt Navratri / Aashadh gupt navratra 2017

Aashadh Gupt Navarata date 2017/ Muhurat  ( Ashadh Gupt Navratri Muhurat) / Aashadhi Gupt Navaratri dates 2017

When is Aashadh Gupt Navratra
Aashadhi Gupt Navratra begins on Saturday , 24 June, 2017 and ends on Sunday, 02 July 2017.  1.Ghat/ Kalash Sthapna Muhurat :-
Saturday , 24.06.2017.
Shubh Chaughadiya - From 08:00 to 09:15 
(Or) Abhijit - 12:13 to 13:07 hours 
2.Utthapan (Ashadh Gupt navratra ends ) on Sunday 02 July, 2017.
3. What to do during Gupt Navrata ?
During Gupt Navratra worship goddess Durga and do the Path of Durga Saptshati or chant the Mantras related to Durga.
(or) Read Ramcharit manas or do the path of Sundar kand.

(14.3.17) Festivals and Vrat during Chatur Maas

Which festivals ans Vrat fall durimg Chatur Maas

Chaturmaas is a very holy period of four months. It has much significance for the Hindu community. This period is also known as Dev Shayan Kaal. During this period the following festivals and Vrat fall -
> Kokila Vrat
> Guru purnima
> Naag Panchami
> Kamika Ekadashi
> Hariyali Amavasya
> Chhoti Teej
> Putrada Ekadashi
> Rakshabandhan
> Badi Teej / Saatudi Teej
> Halshashti
> Ub Chhat
> Janmahstami
> Goga Navami
> Aja Ekadashi
> Bachh Baras/ Gau Vats Dwadashi
> Kushotpatani Amavasya
> Haritalika Teej
> Ganesh Chaturthi
> Rishi Panchami
> Santan saptmi
> Teja Dashami
> Parivaratini Ekadashi
> Vaaman Dwadashi
> Anant Chaturdashi
> Shraaddh paksh
> Indira Ekadashi
> Shaaradiya Nav ratra
> Vijaya dasami
> Paapaankusha Ekadashi
> Sharad Purnima
> Kartik Maas
> Karava Chauth
> Ahoi Ashtami
> Ramaa Ekadashi
> Dhan Trayodashi
> Narak Chaturdashi
> Deepawali
> Annakoot
> Bhaidooj
> Gopashtami
> Anmala Navami
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(10.6.14) Chatur Maas Vrat / Chaturmaas Vrat vidhi

Chatur Maas Vrat process / Chaturmas vrat rituals

The period of Chaturmaas is considered as a very sacred  period. During this period various religious festivals and fasts are observed. Some people observe the fast during this whole period. This fast is known as Chaturmaas Vrat.
Chatur Maas Vrat rituals and process -
> Chatur Maas Vrat is observed for four months which begins on Dev Shayani Ekadashi and ends on Dev Uthani or Dev Prabodhini Ekadashi.
> The Vrati should get up early in the morning on the Dev Shayani Ekadashi and take a bath. He / she should wear clean clothes and then she/he should give bath to the idol of Lord Vishnu and make the idol sleep on a cot. Then he/she should pray to Lord Vishnu to sleep for four months and also to make his/her Chaturmaas Vrat successful.
> The Vrati eats one meal during the Chaturmaas period. The Vrati eats saatvik vegetarian food.
> Everyday taking Charanamrit is preferable.
> Chanting the Gayatri Mantra or Vishnu Sahrtanaan is done.
> Reading or listening religious scriptures or attending Katha meetings.
> On the last day of Chaturmaas i.e. on Dev uthani Ekadashi, the Chaturmaas Vrat ends. On this day the Vrati should give donations according to his/her capacity and feed the Brahmans and needy persons.

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

(13.1.28) Importance of Chatur Maas

What is the significance of Chaturmaas

> Chatur Maas period is considered as a special and significant period of four months for the Hindus, Jains and the Buddhists. The common thing for all these communities is to perform religious activities, listening or reading the scriptures and lead a pious life.
> As it is known that during the period chaturmaas a lot of small creatures are born and in some cases they are not even visible. The Jain saints do not like to harm any creature. So they stay at one place and do not move from one place to another.
> The Buddhists monks also stay at one place and give sermons.
> The people of the Hindu community also consider chaturmaas period as very specific. They follow the rules of this period and observe fast and celebrate festivals which fall during this period. Particularly the month of Shravan and Kartik have a special significance for the Hindus. Shravan month is devoted to Lord Shiva and Kartik is devoted to Lord Vishnu. So people do religious activities perform good deeds during these months.
> Shraaddh Paksh also comes during the period of Chaturmaas. Shraaddh Paksh is considered very significant to appease the deceased forefathers or ancestors. People observe and follow the rituals related to Shraaddh Paksh.
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(13.1.27) What is Chatur Maas

Chatur Maas / Chaturmas  (Which is Chaturmas)

> The word 'Chatur Maas' is the combination of two words - 'Chatur' and 'Maas'. The word 'Chatur' means 'four' and 'Maas' means 'month'. Thus Chatur Maas is a period of four months.
> This period of Chaturmaas or four month has a religious significance for the Hindu, the Buddh, and the Jain communities. It begins from the Ashaadh Shukla Ekadashi and ends on Kartik Shukla Ekadashi.
> During this period people usually perform religious activities without having the wish of getting their fruit like observing fast, taking a bath in holy rivers, visiting temples, eating Satvik food, listening to the lectures delivered by the Saints, chanting Gayatri Mantra, Vishnu Sahastranaam, Om Namo BhagavateVaasudevaay etc.
> Donating things according to the capacity is also done. Sanyasis usually stay at one place and give religious lectures.
> Emphasis is given on performing good deeds and religious activities with the belief that by doing so they get the blessings of Lord Vishnu.
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Saturday, July 11, 2015

(13.1.26) Importance of Kokila Vrat / Benefits of kokila vrat

What is the importance of Kokila Vrat / What is the significance of Kokila Vrat / Why should Kokila Vrat be observed / What are the benefits of Kokila Vrat

> Kokila Vrat is very auspicious and fruitful for the women. This Vrat is observed for one month by following   Vrat process or  Vrat Vidhi .
> The Vrati woman gets up early in the morning and takes a bath if possible in a nearby river or a lake and if it is not possible, she can have a bath at her home. One meal is taken everyday.
> Sleeping on the floor and observing celibacy also make the Vrat more important.
> One must not criticize nor should have malice against others during the whole month.
> So far as possible one should avoid Rag and Dwesh during this month. One must keep one's mind free from evil thoughts and desires. In the Kokila Vrat Gauri - Parvati is worshiped in the form Kokila, a bird cuckoo. (To know why she is worshiped in the form Kokila, click here.)
> At the time of Udhyaapan, the Vrati should perform Homa, give saari, blouse, Bichhiyaa (a type of ornament), the kalash made of copper as a donation and feed the Brahman. Katha should also be listened to.
> By observing this Vrat the unmarried girl gets the husband of her choice and leads a happy married life afterwards. The married woman observes Kokila Vrat to get good fortune, wealth, prosperity and good son. As a result of this Kokila Vrat the woman enjoys the happy married life as well as happy family life and at last goes to the abode of Gauri - Parvati.
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Friday, July 10, 2015

(13.1.25) Kokila Vrat Katha ( Kokila vrat ki kahani)

Kokila Vrat story / Why is Parvati worshiped in the form of kokila (a bird cuckoo)

Kokila Vrat is dedicated to goddess parvati (Gauri) and is observed by the women to get the blessings of  goddess Parvati. The following story illustrates why goddess Parvati is worshiped in the form of a cuckoo.
Kokila Vrat Katha 
Goddess Parvati, in the form of Sati, was the daughter of Daksha Prajaapati. She chose Lord Shiva as her husband against the wishes of her father (Daksh Prajapati).
After the marriage of Sati , once Daksha organised a Mahayaghya. He invited all the gods and goddesses to attend the Yaghya, but he deliberately did not invite his son in law, Lord Shiva and his daughter, Sati. Although Sati was not invited by her father, yet she wanted to go and attend the Yaghya. Lord shiva was against it. But seeing the determination of Sati, Lord Shiva allowed her to go there along with some of his attendants.
When she reached there, she found that nobody was ready to receive her. She felt insulted and jumped into the sacrificial fire and ended her life. Lord shiva came to know this happening and got furious. He sent his attendant Veer Bhadra to destroy the Yagya organised by Daksh. Veer Bhadra and his army destroyed the Yagya and killed the gods who tried to resist him.
At the request of the gods, Lord Vishnu appeared. He saw the destruction and advised the gods to pacify Lord Shiva. They all prayed to Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva took pity and revived the gods who had died.
As Sati had come to attend the Yagya against the will of Lord Shiva so Lord Shiva cursed her to take the form of a cuckoo and remain the same for ten thousand years.
After ten  thousand years when the effect of the curse ended, Sati took birth as Parvati, the daughter of Himalaya. Then at the advice of the sages, she observed one month long vrat and worshiped Lord Shiva. As a result of  this vrat and worshiping,  Lord Shiva was pleased with Parvati and married her.
So this one month's vrat is known as Kokila vrat. By observing this vrat unmarried girl get husband and married women enjoy a prosperous and happy married life.
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(13.1.24) Kokila Vrat process (Kokila Vrat Vidhi)

What is the Kokila Vrat Process / Kokila Vrat ki Vidhi / How is Kokila Vrat observed

Kokila Vrat is observed by women for good luck, prosperity and happy married life. this Vrat is dedicated to goddess Parvati or Gauri.The women who observe Kokila Vrat enjoy the the happy married life and at last go to the abode of Parvati. In this Vrat Parvati or Gauri is worshiped in the form of a cuckoo (Kokila or Koyal), a bird. (To know why she is worshiped in the form Kokila, click here.)
The Process of observing the kokila Vrat -
> Kokila Vrat is observed for one month. It begins on Aasaadh Shukla Purnima and ends on Shravan Shukla Purnima.
> The woman who wants to observe Kokila Vrat should take a bath on the evening of Aashaadh Shukla Purnima and do Sankalp (a resolution) as follows -
"I will observe the Kokila Vrat by following the rules of celibacy." Then on the Shravan Krishna Pratipada, She should have a bath and do the Sankalp -
" Mam Dhan Dhaanyaadi Soubhaagya praaptaye shiv santushtaye cha  Kokila Vrat maham karishya."
" मम धन धान्यादि सौभाग्य प्राप्तये शिवतुष्टये च कोकिला व्रत महं करिष्ये। "
> Everyday the Vati should have a bath and do the shodashopachar puja of idol of a cuckoo (this idol is made of clay and it represents goddess Parvati). This puja process goes on till the shravan Shukla Purnima.
> On the last day the idol of the cuckoo should be adorned with ornaments and donated to the eligible Brahaman or to the mother-in-law of the Vrati.
> Thus by observing this Vrat, doing puja and donating the idols, the woman enjoys the (seven)  worldly pleasures and then goes to the abode of  Gauri Parvati.
"May goddess Parvati fulfill your wishes !"
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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

(6.5.6) Vastu for study room / Vastu tips for study room

Study room and Vastu

Study room has a great significance in itself. The place for study should be neat and clean and free from any noise. The general environment of this room should be such that the children's attention may not distract. The tips for study room are as follows -
> The best direction for the study room in a house is north - east or east or north because the planets of these directions are respectively Jupiter, which is the significator of knowledge, religion and reasoning, and Sun which is the significator of self confidence and reasoning, and Mercury which is the significator of voice, intellectual and knowledge.
> While studying the face of the children should be either in the north or in the east.
> The of Saraswati, lord Ganesh, beautiful natural scenes and peacock feathers are favorable. 
> The walls of the study room should be painted light blue or light green or cream or white.
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Sunday, July 5, 2015

(9.4.16) Shivira Patrika (Education Dept. Rajasthan)

Shivira Patrika - A Magazine by the Education Department Rajasthan

The word 'Shivira' stands for shiksha vibhag Rajasthan and the word 'Patrika' stands for a magazine. Thus Shivira Patrika is a Magazine published by Education Department, Rajasthan. The important things about Shivira Patrika are -
> Shivira Patrika is a published monthly.
> The articles published in this magazine are related to education.
> Important and latest circulars are also published in the magazine.
For the latest Shivira Patrika click here.
Other important links -
Shivira Panchang
Promotions orders etc

Thursday, July 2, 2015

(6.5.5) Vastu for Drawing room / Vastu tips for drawing room

Drawing Room and Vastu

Drawing room is a place where the guests are welcomed and entertained. It should be big in size and free from any disturbance. The following are the tips for the drawing room -
> The drawing room should be in the north or in the north west direction.
> The walls should be painted white, light yellow, light green or light blue. Black, red and dark colours should be avoided.
> The pictures of mountains, green trees, beautiful flowers and auspicious birds are preferable. The pictures of eagles,owls, and other birds which are considered inauspicious should be avoided. The paintings of war, crime, unrest and distress should also be avoided.
> The furniture used in the drawing room should be square or rectangular. it is better to avoid circular or round table in the drawing room.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

(10.5.9) Purushottam Maas Amavasya / Adhik Maas Amavasya

Amavasya in Adhik Maas / Amavasya in Purushottam Maas

According to the Hindu calendar,there are thirty Tithis in a lunar month. Amavasya is also one of them. Thus there are twelve Amavasya in a year.
When is Purushottam Maas Amavasya -
In the year 2015 (Vikram Samwat 2072 ) Aashadh is the Adhik Maas and the Amavasya is on  Thursday, 16.07.2015 which is also the last day of Adhik Maas
Important things about Purushottam Maas Amavasya -
(1) As mentioned above  Amavasya occurs every month but the Amavasya which falls in Purushottam Maas or in Adhik Maas is known as Purushottam Maas Amavasya. Adhik Maas ends on this day.
(2) Purushottam maas Amavasya is considered very pious and important particularly for worshiping and appeasing the departed ancestors.
(3) The Hindus have a bath in the holy rivers on this day with the belief that it (taking bath) makes them free from sins and griefs.
(4) People feed Brahmins to please the souls of their ancestors. They also perform Tarpan and Shraddhkarm rituals.
(5) Giving donation on Purushottam Maas Amavasya is considered auspicious as it appeases the ancestors of the person who donates.
(6) It is also believed that observing fast on this day frees the people from their Pitar Dosh.
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