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Radhashtami - The Birthday of Radha Rani

Radhashtami: Tuesday, 29 August 2017 (Bhadrapad Shuklapaksh, 8th)
Vaishnav Devotee celebrates the birthday of RadhaRani. She was born in Barsana, 30 Km from Mathura, and she appeared as the daughter of King Vrishabhano and Mata Kirati.

Radhaji was older to Sri Krishna and it is believed that the Divine girl did not open her eyes until Krishna was born. The relationship of Krishna with Radha transcends human concepts and is Spiritual in nature.

Vedic Literature explains that Radha is Krishna’s Spiritual Energy. Whenever the Lord incarnates, His Spiritual Energy also takes up a Female Form. Hence Hindus always worship Laxmi with Narain, Seeta with Ram and Radha with Krishna. It is redundant to state that one may attain Krishna only through the Grace of Radha.

राधे रानी की जय महारानी की जय । बोलो बरसाने वाली की जय जय जय ॥ श्याम प्यारे की जय बंसीवारे की जय । बोलो पीत पट वारे की जय जय जय ॥ ठकुरानी की जय व्रजरानी की जय । वृषभानु दुलारी की जय जय जय ॥

Sri Radhayaah Parihaar Stotram श्री राधायाः परीहारस्तोत्रम्

Shri Radhaashtami : Tue, 29 August 2017 Sri Radhayaah Parihaar Stotram

|| श्री राधायाः परीहारस्तोत्रम् ॥
त्वं देवी जगतां माता विष्णुमाया सनातनी । कृष्णप्राणाधिदेवि च कृष्णप्राणाधिका शुभा ॥ १॥ कृष्णप्रेममयी शक्तिः कृष्णसौभाग्यरूपिणी । कृष्णभक्तिप्रदे राधे नमस्ते मङ्गलप्रदे ॥ २॥ अद्य मे सफलं जन्म जीवनं सार्थकं मम । पूजितासि मया सा च या श्रीकृष्णेन् पूजिता ॥ ३॥ कृष्णवक्षसि या राधा सर्वसौभाग्यसंयुता । रासे रासेश्वरीरूपा वृन्दा वृन्दावने वने ॥ ४॥ कृष्णप्रिया च गोलोके तुलसी कानने तुया । चम्पावती कृष्णसंगे क्रीडा चम्पककानने ॥ ५॥ चन्द्राक्ली चन्द्रवने शतश्रिङ्गे सतीति च । विरजादर्पहन्त्रि च विरजातटकानने ॥ ६॥ पद्मावती पद्मवने कृष्णा कृष्णसरोवरे । भद्रा कुञ्जकुटीरे च काम्या च काम्यके वने ॥ ७॥ वैकुण्ठे च महालक्ष्मीर्वाणी नारायणोरसि । क्षीरोदे सिन्धुकन्या च मर्त्ये लक्ष्मीर्हरिप्रिया ॥ ८॥ सर्वस्वर्गे स्वर्गलक्ष्मीर्देवदुःखविनाशिनी । सनातनी विष्णुमाया दुर्गा शंकरवक्षसि ॥ ९॥ सावित्री वे! दमाता च कलया ब्रह्मवक्षसि । कलया धर्मपत्नी त्वं नरनारायणप्रसूः ॥ १०॥ कलया तुलसी त्वं च गङ्गा भुवनपावनी । लोमकूपोद्भवा गोप्यः कलांशा हरिप…

Radhajanmashtami ( राधाष्टमी ) : Shri Radha Stuti

Sri Radha Stuti
त्वं देवी जगतां माता विष्णुमाया सनातनी । कृष्णप्राणाधिदेवी च कृष्णप्राणाधिका शुभा ॥ कृष्णप्रेममयी शक्ति: कृष्णसौभाग्यरुपिणी । कृष्णभक्तीप्रदे राधे नमस्ते मंगलप्रदे ॥
tvam devii jagataam maataa vishnumaayaa sanaatanii । krshnapraanaadhidevii ch krshnapraanaadhikaa shubhaa ॥ krshnapremamayii shakti: krshnasoubhaagyarupinii । krshnabhaktiiprade radhey namaste mangalaprade ॥
Shri Radhashtami : Tue, 29 August 2017
Radhey ! Radhey !

Ganpati Visarjan - Ganapathi Bappa Morya, Purchya Varshi Laukariya

Ganpati Visarjan Tuesday, 5 September 2017
It is the last day of the Hindu festival Ganeshotsava. Mostly celebrated in west and south India, it comes on the tenth or eleventh day of Ganesh Chaturthi which generally falls on the fourteenth day of Bhadrapada or the sixth month of the Hindu calendar.

According to the beliefs and customs, the immersion of the idols takes place on 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th or 10th day. Many families who have idols consecrated at home perform the immersion ceremony after a day. This is because scriptures state that the clay idol which is transformed into a divine being retains His sanctity for a day.

Ganpati Visarjan Dates 2017

1 1/2  day Visarjan: Sat, 26 August

3rd day Visarjan : Sun, 27 August

5th day Visarjan : Tue, 29 August

7th day Visarjan: Thu, 31 August

10th day Visarjan: Sun, 3 September
Last day of Ganesh Visarjan - Anant Chaturdashi : Tue, 5 September
On this final day of Ganeshotsav (Anant Chaturdashi), the image is taken through the streets in a procession a…

Anant Chaturdashi Vrat, Puja Vidhi and Katha (English & Hindi)

Anant Chaturdashi (Vrat) Tuesday, 5 September 2017
Puja Time: 06:05 - 12:40
The 14th day of the bright half of Bhadrapad (Aug-Sep) is called Anant Chaturdashi. On this auspicious day Lord Vishnu sleeping on the bed Anant (the serpent shesh), in the milky ocean is worshipped and meditated upon. People also observe a vow in honour of Vishnu, which if kept for 14 years is supposed to bring wealth.

This vrat is to be performed on Bhadrapada shukla chaturdashi. After bathing and attiring in red, decorate the altar with devotion. Keep a kalash on the south of the altar in which you invite the Lord. Keep 7 darbhas tied to each other to represent ananta. Keep a red thread with 14 knots on the altar. Worship lord with 14 variety of flowers and 14 variety of leaves. The prasad for this vrat is Atiras. Make 28 of them and serve them to brahmins. Those attendning should be given food and respect. Do this vrat for 14 years each year replacing the thread that was worn in the earlier year. 15th year do…

Rishi Panchami Vrat Katha (Hindi)

Rishi Panchami Vrat Katha ऋषिपंचमी 
Saturday, 26 August 2017 Puja Muhurta: 11:10 AM TO 01:35 PM
On the Rishi Panchami day homage is paid to the Sapta Rishis – the seven sages – Kashyapa, Atri, Bharadhvaja, Vishvamitra, Gauthama, Jamadagni and Vashishta. In some regions in North India, women observe the Hartalika Teej Vrat (fasting) for three days. For them, Rishi Panchami is the final day of fasting. The fast on the fifth day (Panchmi) of the waxing moon (shukl paksh) of Bhadrapad is undertaken by men and women alike. Its effect is to wash away sins done voluntarily or involuntarily. The devotee should after a bath in the sacred water, clean his/her hands 108 times, the mouth 108 times and listen to the story of Ganesh, Navagreh, Saptarishi and worship Arundhati. Fruits should be eaten only once in a day.

Hartalika Teej Vrat, Vidhi and Katha

Hartalika Teej Vrat Thursday, 24 August 2017 Morning (Pratah) Puja Time: 06:00 to 08:31 Evening (Pradosh) Puja Time: 18:47 to 20:25
Hartalika Teej falls on the third day of the first fortnight of the month of 'Bhadra'. It is a three-day festival which is celebrated by women in honor of Parvati Ma. On this day, womenfolk keep fast for long and conjugal life of their husband. Hartalika Teej fast proceeds without even drinking a drop of water. By rigorous fasting and praying to Goddess Parvati on Hartalika Teej, married women are blessed with healthy life of their husband while the unmarried girls are said to be blessed by a husband like Lord Shiva.
Haritalika Teej is basically celebrated in north Indian states of Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

It is believed that on this auspicious day, Goddess Parvati was accepted by Lord Shiva. 
As per the ancient story, Mata Parvati was in love with Shiva, but he was an ascetic and was not aware about her. In order to impress him, the …

ill-effects of Chandra darshan on Ganesh Chaturthi

This year Ganesh Chaturthi (Vinayak Chaturthi) falls on the Fri, 25 August 2017

It is extremely harmful to look at the Moon on Ganesh-Chaturthi. Therefore be very careful not to look at the moon on that night. If one happens to look at the Moon on the night of Ganesh-Chaturthi, then no matter how innocent one is, one will definitely be defamed.

Even Lord Krishna was accused of having stolen the ‘Syamantak Mani’ because of looking at the Moon on this night. However, if you look at the Moon on the 3rd and 5th nights of that lunar month, the harmful effects caused by seeing the Moon on the 4th lunar night is countered. In any case, if by mistake you do happen to look at the Moon on this night, read or listen to the episode narrating the theft of the Syamantak Mani as described in the 56th and 57th chapters of the tenth Skanda of the Srimad Bhagawata.

ill Effects of Chandra Darshan & it's Remedies
Avoid Moon Sighting
From 20:27 Hrs of 24th August 2017 to 21:45 Hrs of 25th August 2017 (…

Ganesh Puja Muhurta (Ganpati festival 2017)

Shri Ganpati (Vinayak) Chaturthi 
 Friday, 25 August 2017
Shubh Muhurta for Vinayak Chaturthi  (Ganesh Janmotsav Puja) 11:26 AM to 01:54 PM

Auspicious time to bring Idol - Welcome Sri Ganpati
25 August 2017 Laabh Choghadia : 07:59 AM to 09:33 AM 
Amrit Choghadia : 09:33 AM to 11:05 AM 

Chaturthi Start time: 20:27 hrs on 24 Aug
Chaturthi End Time: 20:31 hrs on 25 Aug
*Rahu Kaal : 11:06 to 12:40 (Skip, if possible)

* All Time : IST Mumbai Local Time
Ganesh Chaturthi (Janmotsav) is observed in the lunar month of Bhadrapada Shukla Paksha Chathurthi Madhyahana Vyapini Purvaviddha. If Chaturthi prevails on both days, the first day should be observed. Even if chaturthi prevails for complete duration of madhyahana on the second day, but if it prevails on previous day's madhyahana period even for one ghatika (24 minutes) the previous day should be observed.

( Dharmasindhu ) Madhyahana is the 3rd / 5th part of the day (Sunrise-sunset).

Ganpati was born on Bhadrapad Shukla Chaturthi around 12:00 PM ,…

Shri Ganesha Puja Vidhi: Sankalp, Aawahan, Pushpanjali

Ganpati Janmotsav : Fri, 25 August 2017 Ganesh Puja (Ganpati Pujan Auspicious Time) Ganpati Pujan Muhurta: 11:26 to 13:54
Sri Ganesha Pujan Vidhi (Stepwise)
1. Deep prajjwalan evam Pujan
2. Aachman
3. Pavitrikaran (maarjn)
4. Aasan Puja
5. Svastivachan 6. Sankalp
7. Shri Ganesh Dhyaan
8. Aavaahan v pratisthaapan 9. Snaan
10. Vastra evam upvastr
11. Gandh v Sindur
12. Pushp evam Pushpmala
13. Durvaa
14. Dhup
15. Deep
16. Naivaidya
17. Daksinaa evam Shrifal
18. Ganpati Aarti 19. Pushpanjali
20. Pradaksina
21. Prarthana evam kshama Prarthana
22. Pranam evam Puja Samarpan.

Also read: How to perfrom Ganesh Puja? (in English)
Some of these steps in detail with Mantra…

गणपति पूजन - How to Perform Ganesha Puja?

Ganesha Vandna
गणेश वन्दना  वक्रतुण्ड महाकाय सूर्यकोटिसमप्रभा ।
निर्विघ्नं कुरु मे देव सर्वकार्येषु सर्वदा || “Vakratunndd mahaakaay Suryakottisamaprabhaa. NirvighnaN kuru me dev sarvakaaryesshu sarvadaa.”
Meaning: O Lord Ganesha of large body, curved trunk, with the brilliance of a million suns, please make all my work free of obstacles always. Ganpati Puja : Stepwise-wise directions

Puja must be commenced only after performing ablutions .
Begin by reciting “Aum Shri Ganeshya Namah” (1) Follow this by repeating “Aum” thrice. Now take a sip of holy water and invoke the god to purify you by repeating Aum Shri Ganeshya Namah thrice and wash hands Now the puja can begin. Sprinkle the ganesha idol with rice grains and flowers and chant - 
‘Aum Shri Ganeshya Namah Asanam Samarpayami
Next wash the feet of the idol with rice and sandal water and chant -‘Aum Shri Ganeshya Namah Padyam Samarpayami’
Next wash the hands of the idol with sandal water mixed with rice and flowers and chant - ‘Aum Shri Ganeshya…

Sri Ganesha (Vinayak) Chaturthi - Friday, 25 August 2017

On the 4th day of the bright half of Bhadrapad (August-September), the great festival of Ganesh or Ganpati is celebrated. This festival marked the birthday of Lord Ganesh. Ganpati is one of the most popular deities. Both Shaivites and Vaishnavites worship him. Even Buddhists and Jains have respect for Ganpati. He is considered to be an avatar of both Shiva and Vishnu. Ganpati is the god of learning. He is addressed as the "Remover of Obstacles" ("Vignaharta").

Sri Ganesh Janmotsav 2017 Friday, 25 August 2017 Puja Time : 11.26 to 13:54 His devotees believe that no enterprise will succeed unless he is invoked. The picture of Ganpati is often found on the doors of houses and printed on wedding cards. On the occasion of the Ganpati festival a large number of images are made of all possible sizes, and people buy them to keep in their houses as a divine guest for one and a half, five, seven, or ten days, after which the image is taken out ceremoniously and thrown into the ri…