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Coming date Jagannath Rath Yatra2013

Jagannath Rath Yatra is Coming on 10 July 2013 and According to Gujarati month coming on auspicious day of Ashadh Sud 2 or Day of Second.This day is also known as Ashadhi Bij.

About Jagannath Rath Yatra 

Jagannath Rath yatra  festival celebrated for 8 days is held at the famous Jagannath Temple at Puri (Orissa). Thousands of devotees flock to Puri during the occasion, as they believe that a glimpse of Lord Jagannath in his chariot gives salvation. Images of Lord Jagannath - the Lord of the Universe, his sister Subhadra and brother Balbhadra are taken out in a procession in three immense chariots. The main chariot is 14 meters high and 10 meters square with 16 wheels.

Thousands of devotees pull these chariots to Gundicha Mandir, a temple 3 km away. After a week, on 'Ashadha Sukla Dasami', the 10th day of the bright fortnight of Ashadha (June-July), return journey or 'Bahuda Yatra' of the deities commences in the same manner from Gundicha temple to the main temple like Rath Yatra.When two months of Ashadha fall in one year, Rath Yatra is observed as the festival of 'Nabakalebar' the old deities are buried within the temple premises ('Koilibaikuntha') and are replaced by new deities, carved out of Margosatrees for which there are set procedures. Double Ashadha occurs at intervals of 8 to 19 years. Construction of the chariots begin as early as April.

Jagannath Rath Yatra or the' chariot journey of Lord Jagannatha', observed in the month of Ashadha (June-July), is a festival that celebrates the annual visit of the God to his birthplace. The Jagannath Temple at Puri, Orissa is the venue for all celebrations. Several lakh people converge at Puri for this festival. An atmosphere of almost hysterical devotion prevails on this day and in earlier years; devotees were known to have thrown themselves under the wheels of the rath in the hope of obtaining instant salvation.
Images of Jagannath, as Lord Krishna is known, his brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra, are taken in giant chariots to Gundicha Ghar. They stay there for a week and then return to the temple. On their journeys, they are accompanied by a huge procession of people, singing and celebrating.
The festival has been celebrated since ancient times. According to a legend about its origin, Jagannatha is said to have expressed his desire to visit his birthplace every year for a week. Accordingly, the deities are taken to the Gundicha Mandir every year.
According to another legend, Subhadra wanted to visit Dwarka, her parent's home, and her brothers took her there on this day. The Yatra is a commemoration of that visit.
According to the Bhagavad Purana, it is believed that it was on this day that Krishna and Balarama went to Mathura to participate in a wrestling competition, at Kansa's invitation.
Some Hindus believe that Jagannatha is an incarnation of Vishnu. Since Vishnu has four arms, Balabhadra, Subhadra and Sudarshana represent Vishnu's four arms. Each deity has its own massive chariot, which are replicas of the temple. Jagannatha's chariot, Nandighosha, is yellow in color, 45 ft high and has 16 wheels, each one seven feet in diameter. About 4,200 devotees draw the chariot. Balabhadra's chariot is called Taladhvaja, is blue in color and has 14 wheels. Subhadra's chariot is the smallest, with 12 wheels and is called Deviratha.

Origin of the chariot rideAccording to a legend, when a poisonous arrow accidentally killed Krishna, his body was left under a tree. Later, someone cremated him and placed the ashes in a box. Directed by Vishnu, Indradyumna requested the divine artisan Vishvakarma to mould an image from the holy relics. Vishvakarma agreed to undertake the task, provided that he was left undisturbed till its completion. When several years passed, Indradyumna became impatient and went to see how work was progressing. Enraged, Vishvakarma left the image incomplete. Indradyumna had ordered the construction of a temple to house the statue. So he ordered his chariot to transport the statue, as it was, to the temple. There, Brahma breathed life into the image.
The Rituals On the day of the journey, people get up early and offer prayers to Jagannatha. The chariots are lined up in front of the Puri temple. The King of Puri with great pomp and ceremony then brings the deities to their respective chariots. Devotees offer prayers to the deities. Descendants of the King, heralded by gaily-caparisoned elephants sweep the chariot platforms with a gold-handled broom and sprinkle scented water to demonstrate that in the eyes of God, all men are equal. Devotees also hurl obscenities and profane abuses at the God.

Locals believe that there existed an incestuous relationship between Jagannatha and his sister Subhadra, which provoked abuses when the images were out in public. The entire yatra is a symbolic humanization of God and an attempt to bring God down from his pedestal of glory to a more human level.
Only the King of Puri and the King of Nepal are allowed to touch the idols as they belong to the Chandravanshi dynasty, the same as Krishna. Then the teeming pilgrims line up and pull the chariot.
When the chariots reach the summerhouse, the idols are installed. The journey back, a week later, consists of another ritual, known as Phera Rath Yatra.Every year, the chariots are broken down, its wood sold as relics and a replica made. However the images of the deities are preserved. It is only when two Ashadha months occur one after the other that the images are changed. This happens once in 12 or 24 years. The ceremony, Naba Kalebar, consists of burying the old images inside the temple. Then new images are created. This practice stems from the belief that in such a year, everything in the universe changes form, and therefore Jagannatha receives the same treatment.
This day is a public holiday in the state. Children are seen on the streets carrying miniature versions of the chariots with tiny idols installed on them. Shops and houses are decorated with flowers, lights and rangoli. Special dishes and sweets are prepared. Most people refrain from eating non-vegetarian food. As this festival falls during the monsoon season, people also thank the Gods for their mercy and bounty, by participating in the procession. Nowhere else is a deity, once consecrated, taken out of the temple. The Jagannatha Temple at Puri is the sole exception to this general rule.Watch a Jagannath Temple and other temple to

Rath Yatra Celebration

On the second day of Shukla Paksha in the month of Ashadh, Jagannath Rath Yatra is performed.
It is performed in the holy city of Puri which is one of the four ‘Dhams’.
Chaitanya Maha Prabhu is merged with the Lord Jagannath Idol in the city of Puri.
Jagannath, believed to be an avataar of Lord Vishnu, is the Lord of Puri. RathYatra is of great significance to the Hindus.
It is during this time that the three deities of Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra are rendered in a grand procession in specially made gigantic temple-like chariots called Raths, which are pulled by thousands of devotees. It is said that whoever pulls the Rath is blessed. Anyone who comes in contact with the wind that has touched the Rath and the idols is purified and all the sins are washed away.
The festival begins with the Ratha Prathistha or invoking ceremony in the morning, but the Ratha Tana or chariot pulling is the most exciting part of the festival, which begins in the late afternoon when the chariots of Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra start rolling. Each of these carriages have different specifications: The chariot of Lord Jagannath is called Nandighosa, has 18 wheels and is 23 cubics high; the chariot of Balabhadra, called Taladhvaja has 16 wheels and is 22 cubics high; Devadalana, the chariot of Subhadra, has 14 wheels and is 21 cubics high.
Each year these wooden chariots are constructed anew in accordance with religious specifications. The idols of these three deities are also made of wood and they are religiously replaced by new ones every 12 years. After a nine day sojourn of the deities at the country, temple amidst festivities, deities are returned to the city temple of Lord Jagannath.
Rath Yatra is a great festival because of its ability to unite people in its festivity. All people, rich and poor, Brahmins or shudras equally enjoy the fairs and the joy in celebrating the Rath yatra.
Puja is performed of Jagannathji by offering prasad and lighting the lamp. 

Rath Yatra Sms2013

Chandan Ki Khushbu,
Resham Ka Haar,
Bhadon Ki Sugandh,
Barish Ki Fhuhaaar,
Dil Ki Ummide,
Apno Ka Pyar.
Mangalmay Ho Aapko Lord Jagannath Ka Tyohar.
Happy Ratha Yatra And Ashadhi Duj !

Jay Jagannath Jiska Naam Hai,
Puri jinka Dham Hai Aise Bhagwan Ko, 
Hum Sab Ka Pranam Hai. 
Happy Ratha Yatra 2013

Let’s Celebrate The Glory of, Lord Jagannath,
To Destroy The Evil From The, 
Face of Earth. 
Happy Ratha Yatra 2013 

Jagannath Swami Ki Jyoti Se Noor Milta Hai,
Sabke Dilo Ko Shurur Milta Hai,
Jo Bhi Jata Hai Jagannath Swami Ke Dwar,
Kuch Na Kuch Jarur Milta Hai.

May The Good Times And Treasures Of The Present
Become The Golden Memories Of Tomorrow.
Wish You Lots Of Love, Joy And Happiness.
“Happy Rath Yatra 2013"

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Coming Date Mithuna Sankranti

Sankranti Mithuna is Coming on 15 June 2013.Snkranti Mithuna is Known as a Raja Festival.

About Mithuna Sankranti 

Raja Sankranti is also known as Mithuna Sankranti , Ashad Sankranti and Swing festival and it is one of the major festivals of Orissa. It is supposed that the Earth goddess had started to menstruate on the first day of the Raja and after the third day she is taken to a ritual bath and returned to normalcy. Raja Sankranti Festival is a 3 day festival. Mithuna Sankranti or Sankramanam is celebrated as Raja Sankranti in the state of Orissa. It is a festival marked with much celebration for the farming community in Orissa and some parts of bengal. Rest of the country celebrates the festival with small ceremonies marking the arrival of rains . Bhoomi or Vasundhara is revered as the mother earth in hindu scriptures . Mother earth is also worshipped as Bhoodevi the consort of Lord Venkateshwara and Sankranti is a tradition of praying to the mother goddess to bless the crops and animals so that the land remains peaceful.

It is widely believed that during Raja Sankranti period, mother earth who is the wife of Lord Vishnu undergoes menstruation for three days and on the fourth day called as Vasumati gadhua the ceremonial bath of Bhudevi is performed. The term Raja is derived from Rajaswala meaning a menstruating woman .On the day of Vasumati snan, the ladies bath the grinding stone in the house as a symbol of Bhudevi and worship it with flowers and sindoor. All the household utensils are cleaned and women generally take a break from their everyday schedule. This festival celebrates womanhood and woman are given utmost importance during Raja Sankranti.
The most important celebration during Raja Sankranti is that Girls play on swings tied to tree branches whereas the elderly ones play indoor games. The four days of Raja Sankranti are called Pahili Raja, Mithuna Sankranti, Basi Raja and Vasumati snan.

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Punya Kaal Muhurta = 12:36 to 17:55
Duration = 5 Hours 19 Mins
Sankranti Moment = 19:30:23
Mahapunya Kaal Muhurta = 16:08 to 17:55
Duration = 1 Hour 46 Mins
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Coming Date Shani Jayanti2013

Sani(Sani Dev) Jayanti is Coming on 8th June 2013.

About Shani Jayanti 

Shani Jayanti is marked as birth anniversary of Lord Shani. Shani Jayanti is also known as Shani Amavasya. Lord Shani is son of Lord Suryadev and rules planet Saturn and weekday Saturday.
Shani Jayanti is observed on Amavasya Tithi during Jyaishta month according to North Indian Purnimant calendar. According to South Indian Amavasyant calendar Shani Jayanti falls on Amavasya Tithi during Vaishakha month. It is name of Lunar month which differs and in both type of calendars Shani Jayanti falls on the same day.
Shani Jayanti coincides with Vat Savitri Vrat which is observed during Jyaishta Amavasya in most North Indian states. On Shani Jayanti devotees keep fast or Upvaas to propitiate Lord Shani and visit Shani temples to seek blessing of Lord Shani. It is believed that Lord Shani believes in fair justice and if appeased blesses His devotee with good luck and fortune. People, who don’t have blessing of Lord Shani, toil for years without getting any reward for their hard work in life. 
 Shani Jayanti Birth Story

As per legends, Saturn is the son of Surya Deva and his wife Chaya. Surya deva was married to Sandhya with whom he had three children, Manu, Yam and Yamuna. Sandhya could not bear the radiance of Sun for long and decided to go, leaving her shadow (chaya) behind in service of Lord Sun. After some time Chaya gave birth to Saturn.

Shani Jayanti Puja

On the occasion of Shani Jayanti, devotees worship Lord Shani and observe fasts with proper rituals. It is believed that donation, charity, puja, path etc made on Shani Jayanti gives relief from all sufferings caused by malefic Saturn. The observer should wake up early in the morning, take bath, greet all the nine planets and establish an idol of Lord Shani made of iron. Bathe the idol with mustard oil, sesame seeds and chant below given shani mantra:

Om Shanishcharya Namah||

After doing puja as per the rituals donate saturn related articles such as black cloth, black urad, black shoes. sesame, iron, mustard oil etc. along with things used in puja.
The person observing fast should not eat food and chant shani mantra throughout the day.
Sesame, black pepper, peanut oil, pickle, clove, basil leaf and black salt must be used in the puja. Worshipping Lord Hanuman also pleases Lord Shani.
Significance of Shani Jayanti
Huge crowd of devotees can be seen in major Shani temple during Shani Jayanti. They worship Lord Shani with faith and devotion to get relief from the sufferings caused by malefic Saturn. It is believed that Shani is black which is why he is fond of black colour. He is adorned with black clothes. According to hindu scriptures, Lord Shani was born on the amavasya of Jyeshtha month. Since birth he was black in complexion, had long physique, big eyes and long years. He is known as the lord of justice as he is always ready to help people. He gives results as per the karma of a individual.
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Coming Date Apara Ekadashi Vrat

Apara ekadashi Vrat is Coming on 4th June 2013 on Apara Ekadashi.

About Apara Ekadashi Vrat 

Apara Ekadashi Vrat is Observed on 4th june the day of Apara ekadashi.A significant Ekadashi fast, Apara Ekadashi is observed in the month of Jyeshtha during the waning phase of the moon (Krishna Paksha). This date usually falls in the month of May or June according to the Gregorian calendar. Followers of Apara Ekadashi believe that this vrat would help in eliminating their sins and henceforth, would finally assist them in attaining Moksha, or salvation. Apart from this, fasting on this Ekadashi is also known to bring in name and fame to the observer. Apara Ekadashi is also celebrated as Achala Ekadashi, Bhadrakali Ekadashi, Viashakha Vadi Ekadashi and Jalakrida Ekadashi in various parts of India. Scroll through the following lines to find out the story of Apara Ekadashi vrat and how to observe it.
Apara Ekadashi Vrat Vrat Katha(Story) 

Once Yudhishthira Maharaja said, 'Oh Lord Krishna, Oh Vasudeva, please accept my humble obeisance's. Please describe to me the Ekadashi that occurs during krishna paksha of the month of Jyeshtha (May-June). Please narrate to me everything like its name, importance etc. about this Ekadashi.

Lord Sri Krishna said, "Oh great king ! the name of this meritorious Ekadashi is Apara Ekadashi. Whoever fasts on this holy day becomes famous all over the universe. Even such sins as killing a brahman, a cow, or an embryo, blasphemy, or having sex with another man’s wife are completely eradicated by observing Apara Ekadashi. People who bear false witness, a person who falsely or sarcastically glorifies another, one who cheats while weighing something on a scale, one who invents his own scripture, one who cheats others, one who is a false astrologer, a cheating accountant, or a false Ayurvedic doctor. All these are surely as bad as persons who bears false witness, and they are all destined for hellish punishments. But simply by observing Apara Ekadashi, all such sinners become completely free of their sinful reactions. Warriors who fall from their kshatriya-dharma and flee the battlefield go to a ferocious hell. Even such a fallen kshatriya, if he observes fasting on the Apara Ekadashi, is freed of that great sinful reaction and goes to heaven. That disciple is the greatest sinner who, after receiving a proper spiritual education from his spiritual master, turns around and blasphemes him. Such a so-called disciple suffers unlimitedly. But even he simply observes Apara Ekadashi, can attain to the spiritual world.
 The merit attained by one who performs all of the following acts of piety is equal to the merit achieved by one who observes Apara Ekadashi: bathing three times daily in Pushkara-kshetra during Kartika,bathing at the time of a solar eclipse at Kurukshetra, bathing at Prayag in the month of Magh when the sun is in the zodiac of Capricorn; rendering service to Lord Shiva during Shivratri, offering oblations to one’s forefathers , bathing in the sacred Gomti River when Jupiter transits Leo (Singha); and and giving cows, elephants, and gold in charity. All the merit one gets from performing these pious acts is gained by a person who observes the Apara Ekadashi fast. Also, the merit attained by one who donates a pregnant cow, along with gold and fertile land, is attained by one who fasts on this day. This Ekadashi is an axe that cuts down the fully matured forest full of trees of sinful deeds, it is a forest fire that burns sins as if they were kindling firewood, it is the sun blazing before one’s dark misdeeds. Therefore one who faithfully observes the Apara Ekadashi and worship the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Shri Trivikrama. One who does so is freed of all his sins and promoted to the abode of Lord Vishnu.
"Oh King ! for the benefit of all humanity I have thus described to you this the importance of the Apara Ekadashi. Anyone who hears or reads this description is freed from all kinds of sins.
How To Observe Apara Ekadashi Vrat  

Observance of a vrat on Apara Ekadashi is said to clean a person from all the sins committed and also freeing from the various bonds in life, thereby achieving Moksha. A devotee practicing Apara Ekadashi is likely to receive merits equal to performing various religious and spiritual acts. To name a few, these include performing three ritual baths in Pushkar Kshetra in Kartika masam, performing ritual bath in Prayag in the month of Magha masam at Mesha Sankraman, worshipping Lord Shiva in Varanasi, offering tharpan to forefathers at Gaya, performing ritual bath in Gautami River at Simha Sankraman, and so on. People also believe that one can become famous and popular through various commendable actions.

In northern regions, like Punjab, Haryana and places of Jammu and Kashmir, the ritual is known as Bhadrakali Ekadashi and is considered one of the most propitious days for worshipping Goddess Bhadra Kali. This is an important festival for the Aryan Saraswat Brahmin sect. On the other hand in Orissa, this vrat is referred to as Jalakrida Ekadashi, which is dedicated to Lord Jagannath in Puri. The Apara Ekadashi vrat is observed from sunrise till the sunrise on the next day. While Apara Ekadashi vrat calls for a strict fasting, people also opt for observing a partial fast. In such a case, they are allowed to consume fruits and milk only. Most importantly, food containing rice and grains should be avoided. In some parts of India, Sabudana Khichadi is eaten by those observing a partial vrat.

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