Samskrit Divas – Sanskrit Day

Samskrit Divas is annually observed on the Shravan Purnima day. The main objective of the observance of Sanskrit day is to promote Sanskrit and to educate the general public about the importance of Sanskrit. Samskrit Divas 2011 date is August 13.

Organizations that promote Sanskrit, government, schools and colleges, temples and other education institutions organize various programs on the day.

Book fairs, publication of Sanskrit books, lectures, reading of Sanskrit texts, talks and debates are organized on the day.
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Goddess Maramma

Goddess Maramma is a manifestation of mother goddess that is worshipped in South India, especially in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. She protects people from epidemic diseases and is also known as Mari, Masanamma, Chaudi, Kali and Karali. Some people believe she is an incarnation of Goddess Parvati and refer to her as Maheshwari.

In many villages in South India, Goddess Maramma is also an incarnation of Goddess Renuka Devi, mother of the Parashurama Avatar of Srihari Vishnu.

She is worshipped for a peaceful and happy life – without any ailments. She stops all epidemics. She is mother to those who follow the path of Dharma. Nemesis to all those who indulge in Adharmic activities.

In Tantric worship, Goddess Maramma is a blood thirsty deity. But this form is currently limited to some temples in rural areas and is not encouraged by majority of rural Hindus.

Almost all villages have a temple or murti of Goddess Maramma. Bisilu Maramma temple in Mysore Palace compound behind the Gun house and another one in Bangalore are very popular.
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Ekadanta Ganapati

Ekadanta Ganapati is one among the 32 forms of Ganesha. This form of Ganesh is believed to bless students and help them in concentrating in their efforts. Ekadanta means one with a single tusk. Ekadanta Ganapathi mantra is
Lambodaram Shyamatanum Ganesham
Kutaramakshastraja moordhavagaatram
Saladukkam dantamadhaha Karabhyam
Vameteraabhyam cha dadhaanameede
Ekadanta Ganapati is blue colored and has four hands. The hands hold axe, Rudraksha, sweet and the broken tusk.A symbolism attached with Ekadanta Ganapati states that those who work hard will be blessed with sweet by this form of Ganesha – meaning they will be successful in their endeavor.

This form of Ganesha is worshipped for attaining inner strength and to overcome lust. Meditating on this form helps in attaining peace.
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Magadi Ranganathaswamy Temple Thirumale or Laksmi Ranganatha Khsetra Near Bangalore

Magadi Ranganathaswamy Temple, popularly known as Thirumale or Lakshmi Ranganatha kshetra, is located near Magadi town in Karnataka and is dedicated to Rangantha form of Vishnu. The murti at this 12th century temple is in standing posture and is 3 feet tall. Legend has it that Sage Mandavya and Sage Vasishta installed the murti of Magadi Ranganatha. The temple is around 6 km from Magadi and around 45 km from Bangalore.
Soumya Narayan Achari writes about this temple in Deccan Herald
The beautiful gopuras were built by Vijayanagar emperor Krishnadevaraya in the 16th century and later renovated by King Jayachamaraja Wodeyar of Mysore. There are structures inside the sanctum sanctorum which were also built by the Cholas and later renovated.
The idol is about three feet tall, one hand in a mudra, which suggests that the deity fulfills all the wishes of people who pray to him here, according to local belief. There are sub shrines dedicated to Rama, Sita, Anjaneya and Venugopala Krishna. Behind the main shrine, there is a small temple dedicated to ‘Putta Ranganatha.’
The temple of Goddess Lakshmi is also near this shrine. There is a Garuda kamba (flagpost) which mentions the offerings made by Emperor Krishnadevaraya in 1524 AD. There are beautiful pillars inside the temple. Tipu Sultan is also said to have patronised the temple. The stepped well or kalyani (sacred pond) is on the right side of the temple and many rituals are conducted here.
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Sri Tembe Swami Jayanti Shri Vasudevanand Saraswati Tembe Swami Maharaj

Sri Tembe Swami Jayanti celebrates the birth anniversary of Sri Tembe Swami. Shri Vasudevanand Saraswati Tembe Swami Maharaj was a modern Hindu saint who revived the ancient Dattatreya tradition in Maharashtra during the 19th century. Sri Tembe Swami Jayanti 2011 date is on August 19.
The Jayanti celebrations are annually held on the Krishna Paksha Panchami tithi in Shravan month – fifth day during the waning phase of moon.
In nutshell the teaching of Sri Tembe Swami is that the primary objective of human life is to obtain liberation (from the recurring cycles of birth and death). To this end, one should carry out one’s religious obligations as ordained by the scriptures, consistent with his Varna and Ashram.
To attain the objective liberation he advocated study (Shravan), contemplation (Manan) and meditation (Nididhyasan) of Vedanta (conclusion of Vedas). He also laid on emphasis on taking lessons from detached and realized persons.
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Download Ganga Taranga Ramaneeya Mp3 for Free

Ganga Taranga Ramaneeya is the first lines of a famous prayer dedicated to Hindu God Shiva. The name of the prayer is Vishwanatha Ashtakam. This Ganga Taranga Ramaneeya is in mp3 format and is for free download. The Ashtakam, or eight stanzas, of prayer narrates the greatness of Kashi Vishwanatha.
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Alternative Link – Ganga Taranga Ramaneeya
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Subramanya Bhujangam Lyrics in Sanskrit with English Translation in pdf

Subramanya Bhujangam is a popular prayer dedicated to Muruga or Kartik. Sri Adi Shankaracharya is believed to have composed the Subramanya Bhujangam, which consists of 33 shlokas. This particular Subramanya Bhujangam Lyrics in Sanskrit and its English Translation is provided by Ambaa website. The prayer is in pdf format and you will need pdf reader installed to read or download.

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Subramanya Bhujangam Lyrics in Sanskrit with English Translation in pdf
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Shukla Yajur Shravani 3 August 2011, Rig Hiranyakesi Shravani 2011, Rig Shukla Yajur Taittariya Shravani

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Shukla Yajur Shravani is observed today, 3 August 2011. It is observed in Shravan month by some Brahmin communities in Maharashtra, Goa, and some parts of Gujarat. In 2011, Shukla Yajur Shravani is performed a day prior to Rig Hiranyakesi Shravani. On the Hasta Nakshatra in Shravan month, Rig Hiranyakesi Sravani ritual is observed.

The other Shravani ritual is Rig Shukla Yajur Taittariya Shravani. It is observed on Shravan Purnima, Rakshabandhan festival.

In South Indian Brahmin communities, generally Upakarma is performed during Shravan Purnima. There are some differences in dates and the procedures to perform. Samaveda Upakarma varies basically from Rig Veda and Yajurveda Upakarma dates.
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Important Hindu Festivals Auspicious Days in September 2011

Dates of important festivals associated with Hinduism in September 2011 – based on major Hindu calendars and Panchangam used in India. The festivals, Vrats and auspicious days are based on Indian Standard Time (IST). You can also take help through the comment section on good dates for various purposes including house warming, joining job, buying car or house, moving into new rented home etc.

September 1, 2011 – Ganesh Chaturthi – Ganeshotsav
September 2 – Rishi Panchami
September 3 – Muruga Sashti Fasting
September 4 – Bhanu Saptami
September 5 – Radha Ashtami
September 5 – 16 day Mahalakhmi Vrat in North India
September 8 – Ekadasi Vrat
September 8 – Dol Gyaras
September 9 – Thiruonam in Kerala
September 9 – Pradosh Vrat
September 9 – Vaman Dwadasi
September 11 – Ananda Chaturdasi Vrat
September 11 - Ganeshotsav ends
September 11 – Purnima Vrat
September 12 – Purnima or full moon day
September 12 – Mahalsya Shradh begins with Purnima Shradh
September 13 – Pitru Paksha Shradh
September 13 – Ashunya Shayan Vrat
September 13 – Ashwin month begins in traditional Hindu calendar in North India.
September 16 – Sankashti Ganesh Chaturthi Vrat
September 17 – Bishwakarma Puja
September 17 – Kanni Masam begins in Malayalam Calendar in Kerala
September 18 – Puratasi month begins in Tamil Calendars
September 19 – Aashin month begins in Bengali Calendars
September 20 – 16-day Mahalakshmi Vrat ends
September 20 – Jivitputrika – Jitiya Fasting
September 21 – Matru Navami
September 23 – Indira Ekadasi
September 25 – Pradosh Vrat
September 27 – Mahalya Shradh
September 27 – Amavasya – No moon day
September 28 – Navratri begins – Ghata Sthapana
September 28 – Ashwin month begins in Calendars followed in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Goa and Gujarat<
September 30 – Sindhoor Tritiya
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Budha Amarnath Yatra to Budha Amarnath Temple in Jammu and Kashmir

Budha Amarnath Yatra is annually held in Shravan month to the famous Swami Budha Amarnath Ji Temple dedicated to Hindu God Shiva. The temple is around 25 km northeast of Poonch town in Jammu and Kashmir. The yatra begins on the 3rd of the waxing phase of moon in Shravan month. The important rituals are performed on Shravan Purnima day. In 2011, Budha Amarnath Yatra is from August 2 to August 13, 2011.
Budha Amarnath Temple is famous for a naturally formed white Shivling. The main temple is carved into a single rock.

The temple is located on the confluence of rivers Nallah Gagri and Pulsta Nadi. Four holy springs also rise near the temple and devotees perform holy bath in the springs.

The chhari mubarak journey to the temple begins three days before Raksha Bandhan from Dashnami Akhara Poonch.
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Bala and Athibala Mantra in the Ramayana

Bala and Athibala are two mantras mentioned in the Ramayana. It is mentioned in the Balakanda of the Valmiki Ramayan. The mantras were given to Sri Ram and Lakshman by Vishwamitra Rishi while he was taking the two brothers to defend his yajna from Rakshasas (demons). It is believed that one who meditates on Bala and Athibala Mantras will not feel hunger, thirst and tiredness. No one will be able to defeat them in fights.

Although this mantra is mentioned in the Ramayan, it is not originally from the epic. The Bala and Athibala mantra is found in the Savitri Upanishad.

In Valmiki Ramayana the mantra is mentioned in the Balakanda – Sarga 22. But the mantra is not given in written format – it is mentioned that Sage Vishwamitra gave it to Sri Ram and Lakshman. The glory of it is also said in the chapter.

Although Bala and Athibala Mantra are two mantras – they are considered as one and are chanted together.

Apart from control over physical urges, knowledge, intelligence, beauty and oratory powers of a person will increase as a result of the chanting of the mantra.

The Rishi of this mantra is Virat Purush and the meter and Goddess is Gayatri.

The Bala and Athibala Mantra
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Kalash Dasami in Shravan month

Kalash Dasami is a ritual observed in Shravan month in western parts of India, especially by some communities in Maharashtra. Kalash Dasami 2011 date is August 8. It is observed on the Sravan Shukla Paksha Dashami or the 10th day of the waxing phase of moon in Shravan month.

The rituals are associated with offering prayers to the Kalash – a pot atop with a coconut.

Kalasha symbolically represents creation. The vacant pot, symbolizes earth, and the water filled symbolizes the primordial water from which life began on earth. Life began in water and nothing can exist in this world without water.
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Bhaja Govindam Teachings

Give up the desire that you should get a lot of money. Fill up your desireless mind with good thoughts. Be satisfied in your mind with the wealth that comes along with your karma.
The water drop playing on a lotus petal has an extremely uncertain existence; so also is life ever unstable. Understand, the very world is consumed by disease and conceit, and is riddle with pangs.

Seeing the seductive female form do not fall a prey to frenzied delusion. The form is only a modification of flesh and fat. Think well thus in your mind again and again.

As long as you have the ability to earn money, so long will your dependents be attached to you. After that, when you live with an infirm body no one would even speak to you a word.

Bhaja Govindam of Adi Shankaracharya
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Haridra Ganapati form of Ganesha

Haridra Ganapati is one among the 32 forms of Ganesha as mentioned in the Mudgala Purana. Haridra means ‘trumeric’ and this form of Ganesha instantly fulfills the wishes of His devotees. He helps in worldly success. Haridra Ganapati Mantra is

Haridrabham Caturbahum Haridravadanam PrabhumPashamkushadharam Devam Modaka Dantameva cha
Bhaktabhaya Pradataram Vande Vignavinashanam

This form of Ganapati has a yellow complexion. He has four arms and holds, broken tusk, modak, noose and goad.

For wealth and prosperity, Haridra Ganapati murti made from turmeric roots is kept at homes and shops.
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Baba Mohan Ram Temple Shravan Festival Mandir Baba Mohan Ram at Milakhpur in Rajasthan

Baba Mohan Ram Temple, located at Kali Kohli Village in Milakhpur in Alwar District in Rajasthan, is dedicated to Baba Mohan Ram, an incarnation of Shiva, Sri Krishna and Sri Ram. The most important fair and festival is held her from the first day of the Shukla Paksha of Shravan month – August 1, 2011 to August 3, 2011.

The temple is around 100 km from New Delhi. By road the temple is off the National Highway 18. On NH 18 from Daruhera take the Bhiwari Industrial Area road. Just about 2 km before Bhiwari Industrial Area take a right Milakhpur Village and Kali Kholi.

The temple is located atop a mountain. Khili is a holy black cave. There is an Akhand Jyoti in the cave.

The Shravan festival is for three days and attracts nearly 100,000 people.
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