Monday, October 25, 2010

Karva Chauth 2010: Moonrise Time in India for Karva Chauth on October 26, 2010

Karva Chauth and Sankashti Chaturthi are on October 26, 2010 and the moon rise time in India for Karva Chouth on October 26, 2010 is between 7:50 PM and 8:33 PM – (IST) India Standard Time. This is the time chosen to end the Karwa Chauth puja and Angarak Sankashti Chaturthi Fasting. The city specific time are as follows – Delhi – 19:53 hrs, Chandigarh – 19:51 hrs, Jaipur – 20:03 hrs, Mumbai – 20:33 hrs, Lucknow – 19:42 hrs, Allahabad – 19:42 hrs.

Karva Chauth is a similar festival to Atla Thaddi, It is a regional festival of Andhra Pradesh which is celebrated the day before Karva Chauth.

Hindu Festivals and Auspicious Days in November 2010

Dates of Auspicious Days and festivals in November 2010, which is associated to Hinduism (Hindu Religion). All the Auspicious dates based on major Hindu calendars and Indian Standard Time (IST), which is used in India.

November 2010 - Hindu Festivals and Auspicious Days.

November 2, 2010 – Rama Ekadasi Fasting
November 3, 2010 – Dhantryodasi – Dhanteras
November 3, 2010 – Pradosh Fasting
November 4, 2010 – Roop Choudash or Kali Chaudash
November 5, 2010 – Narak Chaturdasi
November 5, 2010 – Diwali
November 5, 2010 – Lakshmi Puja
November 6, 2010 – New Year in Gujarati Calendar
November 6, 2010 – Annakut
November 6, 2010 – Govardhan Puja
November 6, 2010 – Skanda Sashti Fast Begins
November 7, 2010 – Kartik month begins in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.

November 7, 2010 – Chitragupta Puja
November 11, 2010 – Skanda Sashti
November 11, 2010 – Sashti Fasting
November 12, 2010 – Dala Chath Evening Argh
November 13, 2010 – Chath Morning Argh
November 17, 2010 - Sabarimala Mandakala Kalam Begins
November 17, 2010 – Karthigai Month begins in Tamil Nadu
November 17, 2010 – Vrischika Masam begins in Kerala Malayalam Calendar
November 17, 2010 – Utppanna Ekadasi
November 17, 2010 – Tulsi Vivah begins
November 17, 2010 – Pandarpur Kartik Ekadasi Yatra
November 17, 2010 – Panchuka Begins in Orissa
November 17, 2010 – Bhishma Panchak Vrat Starts
November 18, 2010 – Agrahan month begins in Bengali calendar
November 19, 2010 – Pradosh Fasting
November 21, 2010 – Tulsi Vivah ends
November 21, 2010 – Purnima or full moon day
November 21, 2010 – Tripurari Purnima
November 21, 2010 – Dev Diwali
November 21, 2010 – Kartigai Deepam
November 22, 2010 – Margashirsh month begins on North Indian calendars
November 25, 2010 – Manabasa Gurubar Pujas in Orissa
November 26, 2010 – Sankashta Chaturti Fasting
November 28, 2010 – Kalbhairav Ashtami

Diwali 2010 Festival: Diwali Hindu Festival of Lights

Diwali or Deepavali is certainly the biggest and the brightest of all Hindu festivals. It is celebrated on a nation-wide scale on Amavasya (the 15th day of the dark fortnight of the Hindu month of Ashwin). It is the ‘Festival of Lights’ and an important and popular five-day festival, which is celebrated in India with lot of enthusiasm. During the five day of Diwali celebrations the entire country is lit with beautiful lights and lots of fireworks are used to celebrate Diwali. It is also known as a festival of wealth and prosperity. The festival of Diwali in India brings a lot of excitement across all the sections of society irrespective of their socio-economic background.

On the occasion of Diwali, homes and premises are decorated and beautifully colored. People wear new clothes. To celebrate the victory of good over evil, earthen lamps are lit. Diwali is celebrated after 20 days of Dussehra. It is also called ‘Deepavali’, is the abstraction of the Sanskrit word Deepavali - 'Deep' means diya (small pots made from clay) or light and 'Avali', means a row - meaning a row of small earthen lamps. Therefore, earthen lamps are kept burning during the days of Diwali. Lights indicate the victory of good over evils.

The Five Days of Diwali

Diwali is five day festival. Each of the five days is separated by different traditions. The first day of Diwali is called Dhanteras, which falls on the thirteenth day of the month of Ashwin. It is the one of the most auspicious day of Diwali. The word ‘Dhan’ means wealth. Purchasing of utensils and jewelry is considered auspicious on this day. Special pooja is performed of goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity. This day is also known as Dhantrayodashi or Dhanvantari Triodasi.

The Second day is called 'Narakachaturdashi', which falls on the fourteenth day of the month of Ashwin. It is also called Roopchaudas. Roop chaudas and Kali Chaudas are celebrated on this day. Goddess Kali is worshipped and it is believed that goddess Kali killed the demon Raktabija on this day. According to another legend, on this day the demon Narakasura was killed by lord Krishna and Satyabhama. These both incidents signify the victory of good over evil. On this it is believed that to bath before sunrise, when the stars are still visible in the sky is equivalent of bathing in the holy Ganga.

The third day of the festival of Diwali is the most important day. It is the main day of this great festival. Delicious sweets are made and distributed among friends and relatives and gifts are exchanged. On this day, Hindus worship Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi and then light lamps in the streets and homes to welcome prosperity and well-being. The cattle are also worshipped. The fourth day of Diwali, in northern part of India celebrated as Govardhan Pooja, while in the western parts of India the same festival is celebrated as Padva or Bali Prativpada. Govardhan Pooja is also known and celebrated as Annakoota that means ‘the mountain of food’. On this day, lord Kridhna defeated Indra, the king of the demigods, by the lifting of Govardhana hill to save his kinsmen and cattle from rain and floods. The fifth day of Diwali is called Yama Dvitiya (also called Bhai Dooja). On this day sisters invite their brothers to their homes.

The legend of lord Rama

For Hindus, Diwali is associated with the return of lord Rama (an incarnation of lord Vishnu) to Ayodhya, after his 14 years of exile and victory over the demon king Ravana. On that day, he was welcome to the kingdom of Ayodhya and on his return, people of Ayodhya lighted lamps throughout the kingdom. Thus, there is a tradition of lighting oil lamps that symbolize the victory of good over evil and freedom from darkness.

Diwali is considered a national festival in India and Nepal. Of all the festivals celebrated in India, Diwali is by far the most glamorous and important. This festival is enjoyed and celebrated enthusiastically by people of every religion, thus this festival is not only significant to Hindus, but, has importance in Jainism, Buddhism and Sikhism.

Diwali 2010 Festival: Diwali 2010 date is November 5


Roop Chaudas 2010: Kali Chaudas, Rup Chaturdashi

Roop Chaudas is a festival associated with Diwali, which is celebrated a day before Diwali. Diwali is the Indian festival of Lights. In ‘Roop Chaudas’, Roop represents Beauty and Chaudas represents the date 14. On this day, women beautify themselves. Roop Chaudas pooja is performed mainly by women to gain beauty or to enhance their beauty.

Kali Chaudas is celebrated as Roop Chaudas, which is the second day of Diwali festival. It is celebrated on the day before Diwali and the day after Dhanteras. Goddess Kali is worshipped on Kali Chaudas day. It is also known as Kal Chaturdashi. There are many legends or stories are associated with Kali Choudas. It is believed that on this day, Goddess Kali killed the powerful demon Raktabija.

On Roop Chaudas Hindus undertake beauty treatments so as to look their best on Diwali day. According to the legends, the demon Narakasura was also slain on this day by lord Krishna and Satyabhama. They fought very aggressively and beheaded the demon on this day. Narak Chaturdashi marks the destruction of evil in the world and arrival of new lights. So, the earthen lamps are kept burning for several days. Since the demon Narakasura was slain on this day, it is celebrated as Naraka Chaturdashi or Kali Chaturdashi. It falls on the fourteenth day (Chaudas) of the fortnight of the Krishna Paksha, in the Hindu month of Kartika. There are two independent significances of this day. One is that it is traditionally used to beautify oneself before the major part of the coming festivities. The other is that it was that, on this day, lord Krishna killed the demon, Narakasura.

Roop Chaudas 2010Roop Chaudas 2010 date is November 4


Dhanteras 2010: Dhanteras Festival Mythology and Information

Dhanteras is the one of the most auspicious day of Diwali, which is celebrated with great enthusiasm before two days of Diwali. This significant festival is also known as Dhantrayodashi or Dhanwantari Triodasi. In the word ‘Dhanteras’ Dhan stands for wealth (Dhana) and Teras stands for the date 13th. On this festival, Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity, is worshiped to provide prosperity and wealth. She is worshipped in the evenings when tiny earthen lamps are lit to drive away the shadows of evil spirits. The devotional psalms in praise of Goddess Lakshmi are also sung.

Dhanteras holds special importance for the people concerned with businesses, because to purchase precious gold, silver and metal articles on this day is considered very auspicious. It is believed that new precious metal is a sign of good luck, so people buy different items on this day. To celebrate this festival houses and business premises are decorated and beautifully colored. Entrances are made colorful with lovely Rangoli. Lamps are kept burning all through the nights.

Dhanteras mythology

According to the legend, once the sixteen years old son of king Hima was doomed to die by snakebite on the fourth day of his marriage. This was predicted by the prince’s horoscope. On that particular fourth day, his young wife did not allow him to sleep. She laid all the ornaments and numerous silver coins in a big heap at the entrance of her husband's boudoir. She lighted innumerable lamps all over the place and told many stories to him and sang songs through whole night.

In the mid night, when Yama, the god of death arrived there in the guise of a snake, his eyes got blinded by that dazzle of those brilliant lights and he could not enter the prince's chamber. So he climbed and sat on top of the heap of the ornaments and coins whole night and heard the harmonious stories and songs. In the morning he quietly went away. Thus the prince was saved by his young wife. Since then this day of Dhanteras came to be known as the day of ‘Yamadeepdaan’ and small earthen lamps are kept burning throughout the night in the respect of lord Yama.

The legend of the Ocean Churning

According to another legend, which deals with the churning of the ocean, when the gods and demons churned the ocean of milk for the divine amrita (nectar), lord Dhanavantri emerged carrying a pot of the divine amrita on the day of Dhanteras. Lord Dhanavantri is considered an incarnation of lord Vishnu and physician of the gods. According to this legendary tale, the word Dhanteras is taken from the name Dhanavantri.

In countryside, cattle are decorated and worshipped by farmers. The cattle form the main source of their income. Cows are specially worshipped, as they are considered the incarnations of the Goddess Lakshmi.

Dhanteras 2010 Dats: Dhanteras 2010 date is November 3