Friday, 9 May 2014

Mohini Ekadashi

Observe a Fast on Mohini Ekadashi
Mohini Ekadashi occurs during the waxing phase of moon in the month of Vaisakha (April – May). This year Mohini Ekadasi will be celebrated on May 10. The greatness of this Ekadasi was explained by Vasistha to Lord Ram; also Lord Krishna narrated it to Yudishitira, the eldest of the Pandavas.

Sage Vasishta talks about this Ekadasi to Lord Ram who approaches the Sage with a heavy 
eart after his separation from Sita. Sage Vasishta suggests to Lord Ram he will be able to over the sadness and remorse by observing Mohini Ekadasi. As it will help him overcome ignorance and distress created by Maya. The sage also says that this Ekadasi helps in removing the burden of sins.

It is said that the fasting on Mohini Ekadasi is better than bathing in holy rivers and performing sacrifices. On Ekadasi, fasting from sunrise to next day morning sunrise is generally observed by many Hindus. Some observe the fast from the start time of Ekadasi Tithi and break the fast at the beginning of Dwadasi Tithi.

Fasting of Mohini Ekadashi removes the darkest illusory attachments to material existence. There is thus no better fast day in all the three worlds than this. And he who hears and studies the glories of Mohini Ekadashi achieves the merit of giving away one thousand cows in charity. Ekadashi fasting is suggested for devotees who seek for love and affection of Lord Vishnu. 

The benefits of fasting on this day are endless. This Ekadashi bestows upon the devotee eradication of the greatest sins that he has committed and is awarded passage to the spiritual abode. One is granted freedom from obstacles in his spiritual progress and grants him perfection of life. Fasting on this day removes all sins eternally. This is the most meritorious day for destroying all kinds of sins. This fast can be observed by anyone who is truly universal does not discriminate; rather he/she respects and embraces all cultures.
You can read stories of Mohini Ekadashi buy worship items, watch videos, chant mantras and enter into the world of spirituality on this auspicious day.

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Rabindra Nath Tagore

Rabindra Nath Tagore Jayanti
Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti is the birth anniversary of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore – A Nobel Laureate - poet, novelist, musician, painter and playwright. The Jayanti celebrations will be held on May 9 this year. This is the 153rd birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore.

He was a freedom fighter, educational reformist through experimental school at Shantiniketan, painter, musician and a novelist. His poetry caught the imagination of his countrymen and the world. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913 for Gitanjali.  

Ravindra Jayanti or Poncheeshe Boishakh as it is popularly called in Kolkata is celebrated with much pomp and gaiety in Kolkata, West Bengal and many other states across India. The festival pays tribute to the great scholar Rabindranath Tagore. He is one of the very few Indian personalities to be awarded the Nobel Prize for his life time achievement as a novelist. This festival has gained a lot of popularity in West Bengal and beyond. The festival is marked by cultural shows and recitations from the poet's writings from all across the nation. Rabindra lovers across the globe gather and celebrate this event with much enthusiasm.  

The city of Kolkata throbs with vibrant life forces and is a hub of cultural activities throughout the ages. The many fairs and festivals here are celebrated with fun and, enthusiasm. Cultural association in Kolkata and surrounding villages celebrate this day by participating in programs of songs, dance and recitals. Rabindra Bharati University in Kolkata participates with gusto in this festival.  

Jorasanko Thakurbari where Rabindranath was born is considered as a heritage property in Kolkata. It is the main venue of all cultural activities during Rabindra Jayanti. Rabindra Sadan premise is another important venue. Many of the writer's plays and dramas are staged here and people flock with great enthusiasm even to this day.

Rabindra Sangeet, the genre of songs named after the singer writer can be heard in all nooks and corners of Kolkata on this special day. The function starts early in the morning and continues throughout the day. Every year the museum in Rabindra Bharati University displays all the articles that are associated with the poet. His manuscripts, glasses, family articles, and photographs are for all to see.

Shantiniketan in West Bengal is another destination that celebrates this occasion with equal passion. It is the university started by Rabindranath Tagore and is famed to have trained many a famous personalities including Indira Gandhi.

You can read poems, stories etc by Rabindranath Tagore online. You can also buy other spiritual journals, books,magazines, worship items and more online and celebrate this auspicious day by paying a tribute to the great novelist Rabindranath Tagore. 

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Akshaya Tritiya

The Most Auspicious Day
Akshaya Tritiya 2014 or Akha Teej is a Hindu and Jain holy day that will be celebrated on 2nd May 2014 across the nation. It is celebrated as the most auspicious day as per Hindu calendar. Akshaya Tritiya, falls on the third day after Amavasi (no moon) in the Hindu month of Vaishakha. The meaning of the word Akshaya is infinite that which never recede.

Akha Teej is when the sun and moon are equally radiant and bright. This day has many significant mythological events. It is an auspicious day of the birthday of Lord Parasurama who is the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. On this day, Veda Vyas and Lord Ganesha began to write the Mahabharata. Lord Shiva blessed Kubera with the position of Lord of wealth and property along with Goddess Lakshmi. Goddess Annapurna and God Balram were born on this day. Lord Krishna gifted an ‘Akshaya Patra’ to Pandavas. Akshaya Patra is considered to be the bowl which would never go empty and produce an unlimited supply of food. Maa Ganga originated from divine feet of Lord Vishnu and descended to the earth on this holy day. 

This is a day when every minute is auspicious and there is no need see for ‘muhurat’ for any kind of work. People wait for this holy day to start their new ventures, marriage and buy desired things. Many people consider buying gold as the most auspicious way of celebrating Akshaya Tritiya.

The holy Badrinarayana temple opens on this day. Construction of chariots for the Jagannath rath yatra at Puri commences. Jains observe fast and break it with sugarcane juice as king-turned-monk Rishabhdeva was offered sugarcane juice after a year-long fast. So the belief is that worshipping Lakshmi-Kubera, buying gold and silver ornaments, investing money in shares and real estate, buying household things, ploughing land, writing new account books on this day - will all bring prosperity.

It is also believed that this day is auspicious and of special significance as it symbolizes purity, hence white payasam, jasmine flowers, kolam or even white vessels are used and made for puja.

On this day, initiations made or valuables are bought. They're considered to bring success and good fortune. Another popular activity during this time is buying gold. This metal has always found a special place amongst Indians.

Gold is considered to be the ultimate symbol of prosperity and wealth. Wearing gold jewellery on this day signifies never diminishing good fortune. This day also marks a new beginning of business ventures and weddings in the Indian household and brings wealth and prosperity. On this day people indulge in buying of gold — whether in the form of jewellery, gold bars or coins. 

Each second of Akshaya Tritiya is auspicious. Whether you plan to buy any products or you wish toconsult experts for a happy married life, education, business orhealth, this is the best time to put in our best to get eternal benefits. If you are planning to buy any spiritual products, buy it on Akshaya Tritiya to enjoy the most benefits. Any product purchased on this day is most beneficial than on any other day. This Akshaya Tritiya, get beautifulgift items, worship items and other spiritual products for your loved ones online.