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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

National Science Day Themes of Year 1999 to Year 2017

Here is Information about National Science Day Themes of Year 1999 to Year 2017.

The theme of the year 1999 was “Our Changing Earth”.
The theme of the year 2000 was “Recreating Interest in Basic Science”.
The theme of the year 2001 was “Information Technology for Science Education”.
The theme of the year 2002 was “Wealth from Waste”.
The theme of the year 2003 was “50 years of DNA & 25 years of IVF – The blue print of Life”.
The theme of the year 2004 was “Encouraging Scientific Awareness in Community”.
The theme of the year 2005 was “Celebrating Physics”.
The theme of the year 2006 was “Nurture Nature for our future”.
The theme of the year 2007 was “More Crop Per Drop”.
The theme of the year 2008 was “Understanding the Planet Earth”.
The theme of the year 2009 was “Expanding Horizons of Science”.
The theme of the year 2010 was “Gender Equity, Science & Technology for Sustainable Development”.
The theme of the year 2011 was “Chemistry in Daily Life”.
The theme of the year 2012 was “Clean Energy Options and Nuclear Safety”.
The theme of the year 2013 was “Genetically Modified Crops and Food Security”.
The theme of the year 2014 was “Fostering Scientific Temper and Energy conservation”.
The theme of the year 2015 was “Science for Nation Building”.
The theme of the year 2016 was “Make in India: S&T driven innovations”.
The theme of the year 2017 is “Science and Technology for specially abled persons”.
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National Science Day | About National Science Day | Celebration

National Science Day is celebrated all over India with great enthusiasm on 28th of February every year in order to commemorate the invention of the Raman Effect in India by the Indian physicist, Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman on the same day in the year 1928. For his great success in the field of science in India, Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman was awarded and honored with the Nobel Prize in the Physics in the year 1930.


The Day is observed to mark the novel discovery of Raman Effect by the great Indian Physicist Sir C. V. Raman on 28th February, 1928. Raman Effect is a phenomenon in spectroscopy discovered by the eminent physicist while working in the laboratory of the Indian Association for the Cultivation of science, Kolkata. After two years of this discovery, Sir C. V. Raman brought the first Nobel Award for the country in 1930. Hence the National Science Day is a great day for Indian Science and scientific community.

Besides, National Science Day offers an opportunity to bring issues of science on to centre stage. The activities organized on the occasion provide public with an occasion to personally attend various programmes and be aware of the emerging issues of immediate concern. Organizing activities with the involvement of large number of people results into purposeful interaction between the science fraternity and the common people for mutual benefit.

National Science Day  Celebration

National science day is celebrated as one of the main science festivals in India every year during which students of the schools and colleges demonstrates various science projects as well as national and state science institutions demonstrates their latest researches. The celebration also includes public speech, radio-TV talk shows, exhibitions of science movie, science exhibition based on themes and concepts, watching night sky, live projects and researches demonstration, debates, quiz competitions, lectures, science models exhibitions and many more activities.

It is celebrated every year with immense passion at the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (also called GMRT) at Khodad which is a worldwide famous telescope getting operated at low radio frequencies by the NCRA (National Centre for Radio Astrophysics) established by the TIFR (Tata Institute of Fundamental Research).

Variety of activities is organized by the NCRA and GMRT at the ceremony of national science day celebration in order to recognize their leading research activities in the field of radio astronomy and astrophysics. Variety of programmes is also held for the common public and student community to popularize the science and technology in the country.

The minister of science and technology give a message through his speech at this day to the students, scientists, researchers and general public of the nation.
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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Happy Holi 2018 Special Whats app Messages | Facebook Messages | Status | Dp | Quotes | Wishes | Greetings| Pictures

Holi is festival of Colors.It is the festival of Enjoy and Playing with Colours in the last of winter.According to Hindu Gujarati calendar Holi festival is celebrated on Falgun Purnima Day (Full moon day).Holi is not only about colours and sweets. It reminds of the divine and eternal love of Krishna and Radha.The holi festival is two days festival.First day is know as Holika Dahan or Chhoti Holi and the second day as Rangwali Holi, Dhuleti, Dhulandi or Dhulivandan.The celebration of this colorful festival begins with a Holika bonfire on the eve of Holi. The fire puja is known as Holika Dahan or Chhoti Holi. During this day people share Happy Holi 2018 Special Whats app Messages,Facebook Messages,Status ,Dp ,wishes,greetings and picture with friends,well wishers and relatives.We provide all this for you and your friends for holi festival.All of Happy Holi.

Happy Holi 2018 Special Whats app Messages | Facebook Messages | Status | Dp

May this Holi 2018 be filled with love and blessings from the divine. Happy Holi 2018.

Holi festival 2018 is the day to express love with colors. Happy Holi 2018.

Enjoy every moment. Keep smiling.Happy Holi..2018...

Holi is the time to develop understanding and love for each other.Happy Holi 2018.

My Sweetheart, U bought colours in my life. Thank U for being always with me.Happy Holi 2018.

Enjoy every colour of Holi and you will get every happiness you desire. God is always with u. Happy Holi 2018.

Holi is not only the festival of colours,It is a festival of togetherness,forgetting all differences,and eating delicious dishes.

Happy Holi 2018 Special Quotes | Wishes

Holi is a special time of year to remember those who are close to our hearts with splashing colors!- Anonymous 

Holi is the day to express love with colors. It is a time to show affection. All the colors that are on you are of love.- Anonymous

Nature has always loved us and now its time for us to love it back, play safe Holi and love nature.

Dipped in hues of love and trust has come the festival of Holi. - Anonymous  

Holi is the day to express love with colors. It is a time to show affection. All the colors that are on you are of love!

Happy Holi to you and your family.

We wish your health, prosperity and business achievements at this prismic colour eve.

Happy and colourful holi to all indians in India and abroad.

I wish a Happy Holi to everyone. Let the colors of holi fill your heart with warmth and love.

I wish, this Holi U were with me. Wish U all success in life. 

May the colours of love, and the fragrance of colours fill you life with joy. Happy Holi.

Happy Holi 2018 Special Greetings




Happy Holi 2018 Special Pictures






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Friday, February 24, 2017

Anjanshalaka Pratishtha Mahotsav at Manilaxmi Tirth Manej Anand Gujarat on 24th February 2017

Here is video of Anjanshalaka Pratishtha Mahotsav at Manilaxmi Tirth Manej Anand Gujarat on 24th February 2017.


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Anjanshalaka Pratishtha Mahotsav at Manilaxmi Tirth Manej Anand Gujarat on 19th February to 22 Feb 2017

Here is video of Anjanshalaka Pratishtha Mahotsav at  Manilaxmi Tirth Manej Anand Gujarat on 19th February to 22 Feb 2017.


19th February 2017




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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Bhavnath Fair at Bhavnath Mahadev in Junagadh Gujarat India

Bhavnath Fair is held at the Bhavnath Mahadev Temple near Damodar Kund, at Girnar Taleti, 8 km from Junagadh in Gujarat India.The Bhavnath Fair Festival begins on the night of Maha Shivratri festival, a huge procession of sages, decked up in ornaments, seated on elephants, proceed to the temple and the sound of which reverberates through the entire district. Procession marks the commencement of an inflammatory religious ceremony.Here is Some Fact about Bhavnath Fair at Bhavnath Mahadev in Junagadh Gujarat India.

Location: Bhavnath Mahadev Temple Junagadh Gujarat
Date: 25 February 2017 and According to Hindu calendar date of Magh Vad 11
When: During Maha Shivratri Festival
Duration: 5 Days
How to Reach by Air: The Nearest Airport is Rajkot Airport.
How to Reach by Rail: The Nearest Railway station is Junagadh Railway station.
How to Reach by Road: There are many public and private vehicles available to Reach here.

More Information about Bhavnath Fair

Bhavnath Fairis celebrated with great fanfare and many devotees do a ‘parikrama’ around the Girnar Mountains covering a total distance of 7 km during Maha Shivratri Festival.Thousands of pilgrims from all over converge here. Prior to the start of the Mahapuja, a huge procession led by “Naga Bavas” (ascetics with no clothes on) seated on decorated elephants and holding flags, gets under way. Bhavai, folk songs and folk dances attract large audiences during the event.


On the very day, Bhavnath Mahadev temple is decorated and thousands of devotees across the country come to visit the fair and the festival.Devotees believe that Shiva himself visits the shrine on this occasion. Girnar is said to be the abode of the nine immortal nathas, and eighty-four siddhas, all of whom also visit the temple in their invisible spirit forms during Mahashivaratri. Offerings are made to the deities, and the festive energy courses through performances of dance, music and traditional bhavai theatre.

Before going to the fair, many pilgrims do a parikrama of the holy hills of Girnar, a journey of about 7 km. Visitors are served free meals by the organizers. Special stalls sell idols, rosaries brought from Ayodhya and Mathura, and delectable sweets.This fair is beautiful but at the same time passionate and intense, so we caution first time visitors to move in groups, not  alone. It is a mammoth affair brimming with mysticism and revelry.

About Bhavnath Mahadev Temple 

 

Bhavnath Mahadev Temple is  situated near Damodar Kund, at Girnar Taleti, 8 km from Junagadh Gujarat.Bhavnath Mahadev Temple near Damodar Kund, at Girnar Taleti, 8 km from Junagadh.The temple is dedicatd to Lord Shiva. It has stood their since ancient times. Visited by religious minded devotees all along the year, it is however best known for being the venue of the famous Bhavnath Fair.
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Monday, February 20, 2017

Holi Festival | Holika Dahan Date,Pooja Timing,Shubh Muhurt of Year 2017 to 2022

Holi festival is the first major Hindu Festival of the year.Holi or the Festival of Colors, falls on the full moon day of the Phalgun month. It is also the first festival in the Hindu calendar and commemorates fertility and good harvest. Holika Dahan is an important ritual observed by Hindus as part of celebrating Holi with a lot of exuberance each year. The event is observed only after 'Bhadra' time to ensure maximum safety for people in an effective manner. The auspicious event of lighting the pyre of Holika must not be performed before sunset. Here is Information about Holika Dahan Date,Pooja Timing,Shubh Muhurt of Year 2017 to 2022.

Holi and Holika Dahan Date,Pooja Timing,Shubh Muhurt of Year 2017 

Holika Dahan Date of Year 2017: March 12th Sunday
Holika Dahan Muhurta - 18:26 to 20:23
Duration - 1 Hour 57 Mins
Bhadra Punchha - 04:11 to 05:23
Bhadra Mukha - 05:23 to 07:23
Purnima Tithi Begins - 20:23 on 11th March 2017
Purnima Tithi Ends - 20:23 on 11th March 2017
Colors Holi Festival on 13th, March 2017

Holi and Holika Dahan Date,Pooja Timing,Shubh Muhurt of Year 2018

Holika Dahan Date of Year 2018: March 1st Thursday
Holika Dahan Muhurta - 18:24 to 20:51
Duration - 2 Hours 26 Mins
Bhadra Punchha - 15:54 to 16:58
Bhadra Mukha - 16:58 to 18:45
Purnima Tithi Begins -08:57 on 1st March 2018
Purnima Tithi Ends - 06:21 on 2nd March 2018
Colors Holi Festival on  2nd, March 2018

Holi and Holika Dahan Date,Pooja Timing,Shubh Muhurt of Year 2019

Holika Dahan Date of Year 2019: March 20th Wednesday
Holika Dahan Muhurta - 20:57 to 24:26+
Duration - 3 Hours 29 Mins
Bhadra Punchha - 17:23 to 18:24
Bhadra Mukha - 18:24 to 20:07
Purnima Tithi Begins - 10:44 on 20th March 2019
Purnima Tithi Ends - 07:12 on 21st March 2019
Colors Holi Festival on 21st, March 2019


Holi and Holika Dahan Date,Pooja Timing,Shubh Muhurt of Year 2020

Holika Dahan Date of Year 2020: March 9th Monday
Holika Dahan Muhurta - 18:26 to 20:51
Duration - 2 Hours 25 Mins
Bhadra Punchha - 09:37 to 10:38
Bhadra Mukha - 10:38 to 12:19
Purnima Tithi Begins - 03:03 on 9th March 2020
Purnima Tithi Ends -  23:16 on 9th March 2020
Colors Holi Festival on 10th, March 2020

Holi and Holika Dahan Date,Pooja Timing,Shubh Muhurt of Year 2021

Holika Dahan Date of Year 2021: March 28th Sunday
Holika Dahan Muhurta - 18:27 to 20:50
Duration - 2 Hours 22 Mins
Bhadra Punchha - 10:12 to 11:15
Bhadra Mukha - 11:15 to 12:59
Purnima Tithi Begins - 03:26 on 28th March  2021
Purnima Tithi Ends - 00:17 on 29th March 2021
Colors Holi Festival on 29th, March 2021

Holi and Holika Dahan Date,Pooja Timing,Shubh Muhurt of Year 2022

Holika Dahan Date of Year 2022: March 17th Thursday
Holika Dahan Muhurta - 21:03 to 22:13
Duration - 1 Hour 9 Mins
Bhadra Punchha - 21:03 to 22:13
Bhadra Mukha - 22:13 to 24:09+

Alternate Muhurta  After Hindu Midnight
Holika Dahan Muhurta - 25:11+ to 30:28+
Duration - 5 Hours 16 Mins

Purnima Tithi Begins - 13:29 on 17th March 2022
Purnima Tithi Ends - 12:46 on 18th March 2022
Colors Holi Festival on 18th, March

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Vijaya Ekadashi and Vijaya Ekadashi Vrat Date,Puja Timing and Parna Timing of Year 2017 to 2022

Vijaya Ekadashi is celebrated all over India by devotees of Lord Vishnu.According to the Hindu calendar, Vijaya Ekadashi falls on the 11th day of the Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) in the month of Phalgun, i.e. during the months of February-March. The day of Vijaya Ekadashi is considered highly auspicious, as it is believed that by observing fast on this special day of Vijaya Ekadashi, will lead to victory over all the evil powers.Let's read about the significance of Vijaya Ekadashi before observing Vrat.Here is Vijaya Ekadashi and Vijaya Ekadashi Vrat Date,Puja Timing and Parna Timing of Year 2017 to 2022.



Vijaya Ekadashi Vrat Date,Puja Timing and Parna Timing of Year 2017

Vijaya Ekadashi Vrat Date of Year 2017 : 22nd February (Wednesday)
On 23rd, Parana Time - 06:42 to 09:02
On Parana Day Dwadashi End Moment -  21:18
Ekadashi Tithi Begins -  18:45 on 21st February 2017
Ekadashi Tithi Ends - 20:19 on 22nd February  2017

Vijaya Ekadashi Vrat Date,Puja Timing and Parna Timing of Year 2018

Vijaya Ekadashi Vrat Date of Year 2018 : 11th  February (Sunday)
On 12th, Parana Time - 06:46 to 09:05
On Parana Day Dwadashi End Moment - 20:04
Ekadashi Tithi Begins - 14:44 on 10th February 2018
Ekadashi Tithi Ends - 17:24 on 11th February 2018 

Vijaya Ekadashi Vrat Date,Puja Timing and Parna Timing of Year 2019

Vijaya Ekadashi Vrat Date of Year 2019 : 2nd  March (Saturday)
On 3rd, Parana Time -  06:38 to 08:59
On Parana Day Dwadashi End Moment -  13:44
Ekadashi Tithi Begins -  08:39 on 1st March 2019
Ekadashi Tithi Ends - 11:04 on 2nd March 2019 

Vijaya Ekadashi Vrat Date,Puja Timing and Parna Timing of Year 2020

Vijaya Ekadashi Vrat Date of Year 2020 : 19th February  (Wednesday)
On 20th, Parana Time - 06:43 to 09:03
On Parana Day Dwadashi End Moment - 15:59
Ekadashi Tithi Begins - 14:32 on 18th February 2020
Ekadashi Tithi Ends - 15:01 on 19th February 2020

Vijaya Ekadashi Vrat Date,Puja Timing and Parna Timing of Year 2021

Vijaya Ekadashi Vrat Date of Year 2021 : 9th March (Tuesday)
On 10th, Parana Time -  06:33 to 08:56
On Parana Day Dwadashi End Moment - 14:39
Ekadashi Tithi Begins -  15:43 on 8th March 2021
Ekadashi Tithi Ends - 15:01 on 9th March  2021 

Vijaya Ekadashi Vrat Date,Puja Timing and Parna Timing of Year 2022

Vijaya Ekadashi Vrat Date of Year 2022 : 26th February (Saturday)
On 27th, Parana Time - 13:42 to 16:03
On Parana Day Hari Vasara End Moment - 13:34

Alternate Vijaya Ekadashi - 27th february 2022
On 28th, Parana Time for Alternate Ekadashi - 06:39 to 09:00
On Parana Day Dwadashi would be over before Sunrise
Ekadashi Tithi Begins - 10:38 on 26th February 2022
Ekadashi Tithi Ends -  08:12 on 27th February 2022 

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Khajuraho Dance Festival Date | About Khajuraho Dance Festival | History | Celebration | How to Reach

The Khajuraho Dance Festival is the celebration of the traditional dance forms against the backdrop of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The cultural presentation is an intriguing spectacle of art and traditions of India presented in the form of dance.Here is Some Information about Khajuraho Dance Festival  like Date,Location,Contact Information,How to reach and celebration. 



Location: Khajuraho Madhya Pradesh
Date : Feb 20 2017 to Feb 26  2017
Main Attraction : The most important cultural event in Khajuraho
Duration: 3 Days
How to Reach by Air: The Nearest Airport is Khajuraho City Aorport(12 KM).
How to Reach by Rail: The Nearest Railway station is Khajuraho City Railway station.
How to Reach by Road: There are many public and private vehicles are available to reach there.

More Information about Khajuraho Dance Festival

Khajuraho Dance festival highlights the richness of various Indian classical dance styles such as Kathak, Bharathanatyam, Odissi, Kuchipudi, Manipuri and Kathakali. Also, there are performances from some of the best exponents in the field. Apart from the traditional classical dance forms, the modern Indian dance has also made it to the list.  

The Khajuraho Dance Festival is the celebration of the Indian traditional dance forms. Classical Indian dance originated in the ancient temples. The intriguing temples of Khajuraho have a mesmerizing association with dance as the art form has been glamorized and immortal in the exquisite stone carvings here. Khajuraho temples therefore serves as the idyllic backdrop of the art genre. As the hard winters make for warm spring, the Khajuraho Dance Festival is organized. Audiences from all over the world are drawn to the cultural extravaganza of Indian classical dance forms, music and art. Celebrate the art of dance against the backdrop of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Khajuraho.

History of  Khajuraho Dance festival

 

The history of Khajuraho takes you back between the periods of 10th century to 12th century, during the era of Chandela Monarchs. Let’s not go deep into the medieval era of the rich Indian history but something that offer a feast for the eyes and pamper our prurience are the Khajuraho Group of Monuments, one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of India and also listed one of the seven wonders of India. To be precise and flaring a bit out from the history of Khajuraho Group of Monuments, there were originally 85 temples those were built over a span of 200 years beholding the erotic sculptures crafted by Chandela artisans. Over the decades, today there are only 25 temples scattered over a sprawling landscape and reflects a fine example of Indian architectural styles.

Celebration of Khajuraho Dance festival


The Kala Parishad under the Madhya Pradesh government organizes the Khajuraho Dance festival. The celebration brings together many popular classical dancers from all over India. The dance performances comprise intricate foot skills of Kathak, cultured Bharathnatyam, poetic temple dance of Odissi, dance dramas of Kuchipudi and Manipuri and the Kathakali stage fights with elaborate masks. The performances are accompanied by the melodious strains of the flute and tanpura, rhythms of beats of the mridangam and tabla echoed by the ghungroo of dancers. The event is held at open air auditoriums in two of the most popular temples of Khajuraho, the Chitragupta and Vishwanatha Temple.

Khajuraho Dance Festival apart from displaying dance forms gives homage to the numerous unnamed artisans who brought to life the exquisite carvings of Khajuraho. The immortalized carvings are a remembrance to the heritage that withstood the ravages of time. The glory of the art still shines through and draws visitors from all over the globe.

Address and Contact Detail of  Khajuraho Dance festival

Western Group of Temples Area
Khajuraho, Chhatarpur (M.P.)
Phone: +91 94256 49707
Email: khajurahofestival@gmail.com
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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Maha Shivratri Festival Date,Puja timing and Shubh Muhurta of Year 2017 to 2021

Maha Shivratri is one of the biggest and most Important Hindu festival of Lord Shiva. Maha Shivratri  falls on the 13th or the 14th night of the new moon during Krishna Paksha in the Hindu month of Phalgun.The Sanskrit term, Krishna Paksha means the period of waning moon or the dark fortnight and Phalguna corresponds to the month of February - March in English Calendar.' Maha' means great and 'Ratri' means night. Thus, Maha Shivratri translates to the great night of Lord Shiva.Here is Maha Shivratri Festival Date,Puja timing and Shubh Muhurta of Year 2017 to 2021.


Maha Shivratri Festival Date,Puja timing and Shubh Muhurta of Year 2017

Maha Shivratri Festival Date of Year 2017: February 24 Friday
Nishita Kaal Puja Time - 24:08+ to 24:57+
Duration - 0 Hours 49 Mins
On 25th, Maha Shivaratri Parana Time - 06:41 to 15:28
Night First Prahar Puja Time - 18:24 to 21:28
Night Second Prahar Puja Time - 21:28 to 24:32+
Night Third Prahar Puja Time - 24:32+ to 27:36+
Night Fourth Prahar Puja Time - 27:36+ to 30:41+
Chaturdashi Tithi Begins - 21:38 on 24th February 2017
Chaturdashi Tithi Ends - 21:20 on 25th February 2017

Maha Shivratri Festival Date,Puja timing and Shubh Muhurta of Year 2018

Maha Shivratri Festival Date of Year 2018: February 13 Tuesday
Nishita Kaal Puja Time - 24:08+ to 24:58+
Duration - 0 Hours 49 Mins
On 14th, Maha Shivaratri Parana Time - 06:46 to 15:27
Night First Prahar Puja Time - 18:21 to 21:27
Night  Second Prahar Puja Time -21:27 to 24:33+
Night  Third Prahar Puja Time - 24:33+ to 27:39+
Night  Fourth Prahar Puja Time - 27:39+ to 30:46+
Chaturdashi Tithi Begins - 22:34 on 13th February 2018
Chaturdashi Tithi Ends - 00:46 on 15th February 2018

Maha Shivratri Festival Date,Puja timing and Shubh Muhurta of Year 2019

Maha Shivratri Festival Date of Year 2019: March 4 Monday
Nishita Kaal Puja Time - 24:06+ to 24:55+
Duration - 0 Hours 48 Mins
On 5th, Maha Shivaratri Parana Time - 06:36 to 15:28
Night First Prahar Puja Time - 18:25 to 21:28
Night Second Prahar Puja Time - 21:28 to 24:31+
Night Third Prahar Puja Time - 24:31+ to 27:34+
Night Fourth Prahar Puja Time - 27:34+ to 30:36+
Chaturdashi Tithi Begins -16:28 on 4th March 2019
Chaturdashi Tithi Ends - 19:07 on 5/th March 2019

Maha Shivratri Festival Date,Puja timing and Shubh Muhurta of Year 2020

Maha Shivratri Festival Date of Year 2020: February 21 Friday
Nishita Kaal Puja Time - 24:08+ to 24:57+
Duration - 0 Hours 49 Mins
On 22nd, Maha Shivaratri Parana Time - 06:42 to 15:28
Night First Prahar Puja Time - 18:23 to 21:28
Night  Second Prahar Puja Time - 21:28 to 24:33+
Night  Third Prahar Puja Time - 24:33+ to 27:38+
Night  Fourth Prahar Puja Time - 27:38+ to 30:42+
Chaturdashi Tithi Begins - 17:20 on 21st February 2020
Chaturdashi Tithi Ends - 19:02 on 22th February 2020

Maha Shivratri Festival Date,Puja timing and Shubh Muhurta of Year 2021

Maha Shivratri Festival Date of Year 2021: March 11 Thursday
Nishita Kaal Puja Time - 24:05+ to 24:53+
Duration - 0 Hours 48 Mins
On 12th, Maha Shivaratri Parana Time - 06:32 to 15:01
Night First Prahar Puja Time - 18:26 to 21:27
Night Second Prahar Puja Time - 21:27 to 24:29+
Night Third Prahar Puja Time - 24:29+ to 27:30+
Night Fourth Prahar Puja Time - 27:30+ to 30:32+
Chaturdashi Tithi Begins - 14:39 on 11th March 2021
Chaturdashi Tithi Ends -15:01 on 12th March 2021

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History of Maha Shivaratri | Significance of Maha Shivaratri Festival

History of Maha Shivaratri

This festival is celebrated to respect Lord Shiva by offering leaves of Bael or Bilva/Vilvam, Bhang, Dhatura, flowers, coconut, fruits, water, cow milk and other things. Devotees keep fast of full-day and full-night and pray to Lord Shiva for their beautiful life partner with healthy and prosperous life. According to the ritual belief and traditions, penances are performed to get benefited in the practice of Yoga and meditation. Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi is one of the most important places for tourist attractions in the UP state where a big fair is held on at Maha Shivratri in front of the Virla temple and Vishwanath Gali of the old Vishwanath temple.

Another myth of celebrating Maha Shivaratri in Hinduism is that, whole world was facing destruction and more near to the pralaya, and then the Goddess Parvati had worshiped her husband the Lord Shiva to save the world. Finally her prayer was approved by the Lord Shiva and then Goddess Parvati named that night, the Maha-Shivaratri, or the great night of Shiva.

Significance of Maha Shivaratri Festival

Mahashivaratri Festival is of great and tremendous significance for the millions of Hindu devotee’s all over India as well as abroad. It falls every year on fourteenth day of the Phalgun month in the dark fortnight at the end of winter season. This festival is the big festival during which devotees can please the Lord Shiva in order to fulfill their desires. It has another great significance for the Women. Both married and unmarried women keep strict fast for whole day and do Shiva Linga Puja with very honesty to please the Goddess Parvati or Gaura Mata in order to get the marital bliss as well as long, wealthy and prosperous married life. At Mahashivaratri, the marriage of Lord Shiva with Mata Parvati took place in the ancient time, so the Hindu people celebrate this festival by performing the same ceremony every year. People in Varanasi start this ceremony from Mahamrityunjaya temple of Daranagar to the Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi.

Lots of other ritual activities also are performed by the worshipers of Lord Shiva all across the India. It is considered that devotees who observe strict fast for whole from early morning to next morning in the honor of the God Shiva, they become blessed with their all wishes. Devotees may eat some fruits, milk or juice and water. However, some devotees keep Nirajal fast without eating and drinking anything according to their strong believe and trust to the God. It is also considered that at this auspicious day of Mahashivaratri, true devotees are forgiven by the God for their all sins and gets released with the cycle of birth and death and finally blessed with Moksha.

This festival is especially auspicious for the women. At this day, married women pray to God for the wellness and well being of their Suhaag however; unmarried women pray to God to get good husband in future just like the Lord Shiva means an ideal husband. Devotees of the Lord Shiva wake up in the early morning and take a ritual bath especially in the holy water of river Ganga. They wear fresh or new clothes and go to nearest Shiva temple to offer the Milk Abhishek to the Shiva Lingum and then with honey and water. They also offer some fruits, peach, dhatura, bael patra, bhang leaves, sweets, Ganga jal, etc. They pray to the God to fulfill their long list of wishes. People also sing ritual songs, do arti, drink bhang and dance at music.

The process of worshiping, offering and praying continues whole day long from early morning till night. First of all in the early morning a ritual puja of the Shiva Lingam is performed by the temple’s priests. First they give bath to the Shiva Lingam with milk, yoghurt, honey, ghee, sugar (also called panchagavya) and then with water by chanting the mantra of “Om Namah Shivaya”. Somewhere people give bath to the Shiva Linga with milk, yoghurt, honey, sandalwood paste and rose water. They apply vermilion paste on the Shiva Linga and keep Bilwa leaves (especially three joined leaves in one stalk) on the top in the believe that Goddess Lakshmi resides in Bilwa leaves and it has cooling effects to the hot-tempered deity so it would help devotees in pleasing the Lord Shiva.

Devotees ring temple bells in full sound. Then they allow devotees to come inside the temple and do their ritual. In some cities, a nightlong jaagran is organized at Shiva temples where a big crowd of large number of devotees stay whole night to sing holy hymns and devotional songs praising Lord Shiva and Mata Parwati. And in the early morning, devotees again perform all the ritual like bathing, offering Jal to Shiva Linga, etc and break their fast by taking Prasad offered by priests of the temple.

Significance of Offerings to the Shiva Linga

It is believed that bathing Shiva Linga with panchagavya or milk, honey, water, and bael leaves indicates purification of the mind, body and soul.
Offering Gang Jal represents attaining the enlightenment.
Applying vermilion paste to the top of Shiva Linga after ritual bath represents virtue.
Offering fruits to the Shiva Linga indicates the longevity and fulfillment of the desires.
Offering dhoop batti or incense sticks represents wealth.
Offering ghee diya represents the attainment of knowledge.
Offering betel leaves provides happiness, prosperity and satisfaction.
Offering bhang (which has cooling effect) represents pleasing the Lord Shiva.
Chanting mantras like “Om Namah Shivaya”, “Karpur Gauram Karunavataram, Sansara Saram Bhujagendra Haram, Sada Vasantam Hridayaravinde, Bhavam Bhavani Sahitam Namami”, etc during the worship represents the mind concentration and peacefulness.
Keeping fast at Mahashivaratri represents control over great natural forces, control over desire, anger and jealousy and power to conquer the evil power.
Taking bath in the Holy Gange water represents purification of body, mind and soul.

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Rituals of Maha Shivaratri | Maha Shivaratri puja According to the Shiva Purana

Rituals of Maha Shivaratri

At Maha Shivratri, People keep fast of whole day and night and Kashi Vishwanath temple gets congregated by the young and old devotees from the very early morning. They come to the temple to perform the puja of traditional Shivalingam and hope to get what they have prayed to the god. They take bath in the holy water of the Ganga (Symbol of the purity) early in the morning before sunrise and wear a clean clothe after the sacred bath.




Every worshiper brings a pot full of holy Gange water to the temple to offer the Shivalingam. Women pray to God for her well-being of their husbands and sons, an unmarried woman pray to get their desired husband like Shiva in future; boys pray to get beautiful wife and successful life in future. The temple full of sound of bells and people shouts of “Shankerji ki Jai” or “Mahadevji ki Jai”. Devotees take 5 round of the Shivalingam and pour water on the Shivalingam. Some also pour cow milk on the Shivalingam.

Maha Shivaratri puja According to the Shiva Purana

  • Taking bath in the Gange for purification of soul, mind and body. Bathing of the Shiv Linga with the holy water of Gange, then bathing with milk and honey. God Shiva loves bel patra (three leaves stalked in one) so every rituals added it to the puja.
  • After bathing of the Shiv Linga, vermilion paste applied on it which represents the virtue.
  • Offer fruits, flowers which are given to get long life and satisfaction of desires.
  • Burning enrage yields wealth.
  • The lighting with diya represents achieving more knowledge.
  • Offering betel leaves provide satisfaction full of great pleasures.

Worshipers also apply three horizontal lines of holy ash on their forehead just like the Lord Shiva which represents spiritual knowledge, cleanliness and penance. They wear garland made up of the Rudraksha (seed of Rudraksha tree) while worshiping the Lord Shiva. It is believed that Rudraksha tree was originated from the tears of Lord Shiva. Shivaratri is also considered as the wedding day of the Lord Shiva and Mata Parvati.

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Traditions and Customs of Maha Shivaratri in Haridwar and Varanashi

Traditions and Customs of Maha Shivaratri in Haridwar

Haridwar is known as the land of Yogis. Yogis are the great devotees of the Lord Shiva who celebrate Mahashivaratri with lots of preparations, devotion and enthusiasm every year. Haridwar is very famous place which is also known as way to God. It is popular for the temples and Ghats where thousands of pilgrims and devotees come here every year to celebrate mahashivaratri. They take bath in the holy water of Gange in the early morning to get free from their sins. Devotees of the Lord Shiva get together some days before the festival to the Haridwar in order to take a holy dip in the Har Ki Pauri (a famous Ghat at Gange river bank in Haridwar).


Devotees also visit the Lord Shiva temples at Haridwar and enjoy at Lakshman Jhula and water rafting in the Rishikesh. They also enjoy some adventurous activities like Bungee Jumping, etc. Mahashivaratri Festival is known as “The Grand Night of Shiva” and celebrated by the people of Hindu religion as a religious festival every year at Shree Jabreshwar Mahadev Mandir.

Traditions and Customs of Maha Shivaratri in Varanasi

A variety of traditions and customs associated with the Maha Shivaratri are followed by worshipers of the Lord Shiva from era in Benares. This festival is celebrated in the dark fortnight or in a moonless night. It is also considered that, at the Shivaratri Lord Shiva had performed the Tandava Nritya which is known as the dance of primeval creation, conservation and demolition. Devotees keep strict fast on this day in the respect of Shiva, they eat only fruits and drink milk, some of them do not take even a single drop of water.


At Maha Shivaratri, worship goes on whole day and night. Three hours of ritual puja performed by priests of the temple by bathing Shivalingam with the cow milk, yoghurt, honey, ghee, sugar and the Gange holy water with the chanting of “Om Namah Shivaya” and sound bells together. A large number of devotees take part in jaagran and spend their full night by chanting Shiva mantras and other devotional songs in the honor of Lord Shiva. In the next morning devotees break their fast by taking prasad of the Lord Shiva.

Shivaratri Pooja has remarkable significance in the Hinduism. According to the Shiva Purana, Shiva worship has merits means a sincere worship give up more blessings than others.
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Maha Shivratri Festival Special Recipes and Drinks Thandai(Bhang) Prasadam

Maha Shivratri is celebrated on the 6th night of the dark Phalgun (February- March) every year. On the auspicious day, devotees observe fast and keep vigil all night. Mahashivaratri marks the night when Lord Shiva performed the ′Tandava′. On the Maha Shivratri festival, people observe a stringent fast, when they would not consume anything other than the diet formulated especially for the occasion.On this day people make Thandai, a special drink made with bhang (cannabis), almonds, and milk, is essentially prepared on this day. The devotees, especially the ascetics, drink this cannabis drink and offer their prayers to the almighty and seek his blessings.Here is Some information about Maha Shivratri Festival Special Recipes and Drinks Thandai(Bhang) Prasadam.

Maha Shivratri Special Recipe Shivratri Raita

Ingredients
1 cup: Fresh thick curd
1 no: Sweet potato, boiled, chopped
1 no: Potato, boiled, chopped
1 no: Cucumber, chopped
4-5 no: Waterchestnuts (singhara), boiled, peeled & chopped
1 tbsp: Coriander finely chopped
1 no: small Green Chili, finely chopped
1 tbsp: Roasted peanuts, whole
1/2 tsp: Cumin seed, powder
1/2 tsp: Cumin seeds, whole
1 tsp: Oil
Sugar to taste
Salt to taste

Method
Beat curd in a deep salad bowl.
Add cumin powder, salt, sugar, chili and mix well.
Add all prepared vegetables, peanuts and mix to blend well.
Chill well till required.

Before Servin
Heat oil in a small crucible, or tempering spoon.
Add cumin seeds; allow spluttering.
Pour sizzling tempering over raitha.
Garnish with chopped coriander.

Maha Shivratri Special Rcipe Mewa ki Kheer

Ingredients
Milk : 1 litre
Makhana - 30-40 grams
Cashew - 20-25g nuts (Chop cashew into smaller pieces 5-6)
Raisins - 4 tablespoons
Almonds - 20-25 almonds, (chop almonds and into smaller pieces)
Chironji - 1 table spoon
Sugar - ½ cup (100 grams)
Cardamom - 1 tea spoon

Method
Put warm milk in a heavy bottomed pot.
Let the milk boil.
Keep stirring every 2-3 minutes after adding sugar.
Please cook for half an hour on a low flame.
Now add all the nuts and cook for 3-4 minutes.
Add cardamom powder.
Take out Mewa ki Kheer in a bowl, and serve.

Maha Shivratri Special Drinks Prasadam Thandai(Bhang)

Ingredients
Cold whole milk:  3 cupsSugar :  1.5 cup
Poppy seeds (Khuskhus) : 1 tbsp
Almonds :  15 nos
Saffron (Kesar) :  12 strands
Aniseed (Saunf) :  1 tbsp
Melon seeds (Char magaz) : 2 tbsp
Peppercorns (Kali mirch whole) : 8
Cardamom powder (Elaichi) : 1 tsp
Rose water :  1 tsp
Water :  3 cups


Method
Soak almonds, melon seeds, aniseed, poppy seeds and peppercorns in half of the water for couple of hours.
Finely grind all the soaked ingredients, using little water.
Tie this paste in a muslin cloth and extract the juices as much as possible.
The extract is then mixed with milk, remaining water, sugar, saffron, cardamom powder and rose water.
Mix well few times.
Serve chilled.

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Maha Shivratri Celebration in Lord Shiva JyotirlingaTemples

According to hindu Gujarati calendar , Maha Shivratri is celebrated every year on the 12th night or 14th day of the Maagha or phalgun month and according to Georgian calendar it comes in February-March month . The festival isdedicated to Lord Shiva.Maha Shivratri is the grand night festival of Lord shiva.The Hindu rises early in the morning and bathes in sacred rivers like Ganges and worship lord Shiva with Hindu traditions. Abhisheka of God Shiv is done with cold water, milk and Panchamrita, also offerings of Bael (Bilva) leaves. A special drink called bhang or Thandai specially drink during the holi and Maha shivaratri, mixed in with spices, milk, cannabis flowers and sugar. 

This auspicious day is believed to be the day of convergence of divine powers of Lord Shiva and Goddess Shakti. It is believed that on this day the planetary position in universe evokes the spiritual energies very easily. Religious penances are carried out to gain boons through the practice of medication and yoga. People worships lord Shiva whole day and chants "Om Namah Shivay". Some devotees also perform Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra to seek divine blessings of Lord Shiva.


The twelve jyotirlingas in India are very famous and most sacred places of Hindu, some of the holy cities where these twelve Jyotirlinga are situated, the oldest city Varanasi, ujjain, Nasik, Kedarnath and Somanath. Varanasi is considered as the city specially loved by Shiva, and is one of the holiest places of pilgrimage in India. Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal is one of the most important shrines of Lord Shiva hosts one of the biggest gatherings on Maha Shivaratri. Sadhu the Holy men’s of India are the true devotees of the Great Lord Shiva, who are always on their way to travel across all holy places in India of lord Shiva.

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Goddess Khodiyar Jayanti | About Khodiyar Jayanti | Khodiyar Jayanti Pictures

Goddess Jayanti is observed is birth anniversary of Goddess Khodiyar Ma.Khodiyar Jayanti is Observed eighth day known as Ashtami during the waxing phase of moon (Shukla Paksha) in Magh Month According to Gujarati calendar every year.Khodiyar Jayanti mostly celebrated in Gujarat especially celebrated in Goddess Khodiyar ma birth place Rohishala, Rajpara,and Matel Near Bhavnagar.On this day every khodiyar Ma temple decorated full of lighting and flowers.Special Puja arrange in big temples.

Khodiyar Jayanti is large celebration in Khodaldham Kagvad.Khodaldham Kagvad a big temple is recently open for Public.In this temple this festival is grand celebration.Many people take blessing on this day. Maa Khodiyar is very famous for her Kindness. Devotees believe that she is appeared anywhere to help them. There are so many sthaanak (mandir) of Khodiyar. Khodiyar went into a trance (Samadhi) at sanganva villege of lodhika Taluka, district Rajkot. 

History and Legends of Goddess Khodiyar

History says that , it is believe that Mamaniya Gadhav, whowas a scholar and friend of the king, was dishonored by the queen and soldiers as he did not have any children.Mamaniya worshiped to Lord Shiva for a child.One day Lord Shiva appeared before him and took him to the world of Nagas.The Nagas accepted to help him.They asked him to prepared eight crsdled. Mamaniya did as he was told.Soon a snake appeared on each of the cradles.

They took the shape of seven girl child and one male child.Goddess Khodiya Mata is one of the children.She is believed to have performed numberous wonders to help her devotees.She is also the guardian goddess of some Hindu communities in the western part of India and especially in Gujarat.

Popular Khodiyar Temple in India

Khodiyar Ma temple in Matel Near Bhavnagar Gujarat
Khodiyar Ma Samadhi Sthal in Rohishala Gujarat
Galdhara Khodiyar Temple, Aiyavej

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