Category: Hinduism

Sankashti Chaturthi 2013

Sankashti Chaturthi is celebrated every Hindu month,on the fourth day of Waning Lunar Phase i.e. Krishna Paksha. If Sankashti Chaturthi falls on a Tuesday it is called Angarika Chaturthi. Sankashti 2013 dates are listed below. You may want to refer to Panchang for exact timings. Many devotees of Lord Ganesha observe a fast on Sankashti Chaturthi / Angarika Chaturthi for the entire day which is broken after taking darshan of Moon followed by worshiping of Lord Ganesha

Observing Sankashti Chaturthi fast is believed to reduce problems (Vignas) as Lord Ganesha symbolizes the remover of Vignas and supreme lord of intelligence.

Date Day Chaturthi Name
01 January Tuesday Angarki Chaturthi
30 January Wednesday Sankashti Chaturthi
01 March Friday Sankashti Chaturthi
30 March Saturday Sankashti Chaturthi
28 April Sunday Sankashti Chaturthi
28 May Tuesday Angarki Chaturthi
26 June Wednesday Sankashti Chaturthi
25 July Thursday Sankashti Chaturthi
24 August Saturday Sankashti Chaturthi
22 September Sunday Sankashti Chaturthi
22 October Tuesday Angarki Chaturthi
21 November Thursday Sankashti Chaturthi
21 December Saturday Sankashti Chaturthi


Pushkaram is a Sanskrit word meaning “the one who purifies”. Pushkaram is the time during which the rivers are worshipped. In India festivals are mainly the days that hold spiritual significances like birthdays of gods, goddesses, religious seers and saints apart from some national festivals. Among them Pushmaram is considered to be very sacred as the rivers in India are equivalent to goddesses. It is celebrated for 12 sacred rivers which represent 12 zodiac signs according to Hindu mythology and it comes once in 12 years.

  Pushkaram comes for every 12 years and is the duration of the Jupiter entering and staying in the concerned zodiac sign. Each zodiac is associated with 12 rivers as follows: Ganges River with Aries; Narmada River with Taurus; Saraswati River with Gemini; Yamuna River with Cancer; Godavari River with Leo; Krishna River with Virgo; Kaveri River with Libra; Bhima River or Tambaraparni with Scorpio; Brahmaputra River with Sagittarius; Tungabhadra River with Capricorn; Indus River with Aquarius; Pranahita (tributary of Godavari) River with Pisces.

  The first twelve days when the Jupiter enters a zodiac sign is called Adi Puskharam. The last 12 days when the Jupiter leaves a zodiac are called Antya Pushkaram. These 24 days are celebrated on the banks of the respective rivers with pomp and vigor. A holy dip taken in the waters of the rivers during Pushkaram will wash away all our sins. This is a very strong belief in Hinduism. Along with prayers, people also do rites to the ancestors on the banks of the rivers during the time of Pushkaram. It is believed that they will reach ultimate heavens emancipated from cycle of life and death because of these rites.

Saraswati River Pushkararam is a holy festival celebrated for once in 12 years in India. The 12 day Saraswati River pushkarams celebrations begin from May 31, 2013(Friday) to June 11, 2013(Tuesday). For once in 12 years, Saraswati Pushkaralu takes place when Bruhaspati(Jupiter/Gurudu) enters into Mithuna(Gemini) Rasi. This time Saraswati Pushkaram begins on Vysaka Bahula Saptami May 31, 2013(Friday).

According to the Hindu Mythology on this auspicious date and time all gods and also Pushakara take a dip in the river of Saraswati. It is believed that all the sins will be lost by taking holy bath in the Saraswati river during this auspicious time.
The origin of the ancient river Saraswati is in the Siwalik range of hills between the rivers Sutlej and the Yamuna. The Siwalik Hills belong to the lower Himalaya Group of Mountains in north-eastern India. The rivers Hakra(in Pakistan) and the Ghaggar(in India) have been identified as the lost Saraswati.The Saraswati river is mentioned in the Vedic texts namely Rig Veda and was considered as one of the holiest rivers.
There are not many records about this river as it is believed to be evaporated into the desert region in Rajasthan. At present the ancient river Saraswati is no more existence on earth. The Ghaggar-Hukra was the Saraswati relic which was accepted by many archaeologists.
The Saraswati Pushakaram 2013 is celebrated in Gujarat, Haryana and Rajasthan States in India.

Some special qualities are indispensable
to man in certain circumstances.

Examples are: Courage in adversity, simplicity
in the midst of wealth, valor on the battlefield,
eagerness in acquiring knowledge, and the ability
to speak to public.

Generally, good and bad times alternate in a man’s life.
When a man faces adversity, he should never think
that his good days are over. Just as the day follows
the night, good times are sure to follow the bad.

Only when a man has this conviction, he will be
able to face any difficult situation if life.

Sri Rama in the Ramayana and Dharmaraja in
the Mahabharata had to live in the forest,
but they did so without losing courage
and attained happiness in the end.

Similarly, even if a man acquires a lot of wealth,
he should think that it is due to God’s grace
and learn to live in modesty.

If, however, he feels proud and starts doing wrong
actions, he will have to suffer in the end.

Ravana and Duryodhana attained wealth,
but because of their ego perpetrated evil.
This, we know, eventually led to their destruction.

In the case of a warrior entering the battlefield,
valor should be his outstanding quality.
He cannot hesitate to fight for fear of inflicting pain
on others. Under all circumstances,
he should stand up and fight with undaunted courage.

Again, there is one area in which a man should
not feel satisfied-and that is in the field of acquiring
knowledge. Even if he has knowledge,
he should be eager to learn more.

It will indeed do him good to attend satsangs,
whenever the opportunity presents itself,
and thus augment his wisdom.

Likewise, while addressing a public meeting,
he should be able to speak so as
to gladden the listeners hearts.

These are some of the qualities
which, when regularly practised,
will really change a mans’ life.

Source: Jagadguru Speaks…(1999)


I came across an interesting reading in Sankshipt Shiva Puran today,

As per Shiva puran,

1) a person who performs worship or temple darshan of Lord Shiva and Parvati on a day which is with conjunct with Ardra Nakshatra, he will get benefited immensely. Particularly if its with Margeshwara masa yukta Ardra Nakshatra , the person is treated equals to Lord Kartikeyas bhakti.

2) a person who perform Puja /Homam /Japa which is related to Pranava mantra or “OM” on Chaturdasi yukta Ardra Nakshatra gets immense punya, if it is surya sankranthi yukta Ardra Nakshatra it gives koti gun phala for single chant of mantra.

Ardra Nakshatra is the sixth Nakshatra among the 27 Nakshatras.

For the benefits of reader please find below Ardra Nakshatra 2013 date and time based on traditional Hindu calendar /Panchangam. {as per Indian Standard Time (IST)}

January 25, 2013
Time is from 9:57 AM on January 24 to 12:26 AM on January 25
February 21, 2013
Time is from 5:10 PM on February 20 to 7:41 PM on February 21
March 20, 2013
Time is from 12:15 AM on March 20 to 2:49 AM on March 21
April 17, 2013
Time is from 7:23 AM on April 16 to 9:56 AM on April 17
May 14, 2013
Time is from 2:36 PM on May 13 to 5:13 PM on May 14
June 10, 2013
Time is from 10:02 PM on June 9 to 12:38 AM on June 11
July 7 and 8
Time is from 5:25 AM on July 7 to 8:08 AM on July 8.
August 4, 2013
Time is from 12:44 PM on August 3 to 3:20 PM on August 4
August 31, 2013
Time is from 7:49 PM on August 30 to 10:25 PM on August 31
September 27, 2013
Time is from 2:46 AM on September 27 to 5:20 AM on September 28
October 25, 2013
Time is from 9:48 AM on October 24 to 12:21 PM on October 25
November 21, 2013
Time is from 4:52 PM on November 20 to 7:26 PM on November 21
December 18, 2013
Time is from 12:08 AM on December 18 to 2:36 AM on December 19

Sri Guru Pahimam…

Sri Guru Pahimam Parama Dayalo Pahimam Sringeri Jagadguro Pahimam Sri Bharati Tirtha Pahimam!!!

I salute Shankara!!!

Sruthi smruthi puranaanamalayam Karunalayam, Namami Bhagwatpadam Shankaram Loka Sankaram.

I salute Shankara who is known as Bhagawat pada,Who is the store house of Sruthi, Smrithi and Puranas, And is the one who does good to all people