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2014-2015 Ekadashi Dates

Ekadashi dates for Jaya Nama Samvatsara 2014-2015 based on Uttaradi Mutt. I will add this to list of important dates in 2014-2015 as well. Check your local calendar before fasting.

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Update – Vaikunta Ekadashi – Jan 11th 2014

January 11th 2014 is Vaikunta Ekadashi.

P.S: Please check your local calendars and temples to see the exact date.

Vaikunta Ekadashi falls in the month December-January. This year it falls on January 11th 2014. This is observed with all solemnity in the temples of Lord Vishnu. Please check your local calendars to see when it falls.

Vaikunta Ekadashi is of great significance at the Tirupati Balaji Temple, and also all Balaji temples. They prepare what is called a “Swargada Bagilu” also called as ‘Vaikunta Dwaram’ or ‘the gate to the heaven‘ This gate is opened on this day. This is the passage encircling the innermost sanctum of the Lord. Scores of devotees queue up to pass through the Gate of Vaikunta in the temples.

Orthodox Madhwa people in South India observe complete fasting on ordinary Ekadashi day.

For the devotees of Lord Vishnu, every Ekadashi is a very sacred day No rice should be eaten on Ekadashi days. This is very important.

Those who are unable to fast completely can take some light fruit and milk. So you may ask why we shouldn’t eat rice, so here comes the story for the same.

The sweat that fell down from the head of Brahma assumed the form of a demon and said to the Lord, “O Lord! now give me an abode to dwell.” Brahma replied, “O demon! go and dwell in the rice particles eaten by men on Ekadashi day and become worms in their stomach.” For this reason rice is prohibited on Ekadashi.

If you don’t believe in this story, just think of all the benefits you can get from fasting.

Fasting makes a man strong, both spiritually and mentally.Fasting controls passion. It checks the emotions. It controls the senses also. It is good to fast once in a while as it recuperates the body. Ekadashi observance cleans our body and the digestive organs get much needed rest.

Those people suffering from ailments and on medications should take the advice of a doctor before fasting. Never torture your body in the name of religion. There is nothing wrong in having fruits or milk. And you can bring a certain amount of flexibility in the way it is observed.

Updated: Gita Jayanthi – December 12th/13th 2013

The Shukla Ekadashi prior to Vaikuntha Ekadashi was the day when Lord Krishna imparted the Bhagawad Gita to his greatest devotee Arjuna. This day is celebrated as Gita Jayanthi. It is also an important Ekadashi in many many parts of India, and of course to Madhwas.

On this day Lord Krishna spoke to Arjuna about the ultimate goal of human life in 700 verses in 18 Chapters.

The Bhagavad Gita is considered to be the greatest spiritual books the world has ever known. In a very clear and wonderful way Lord Krishna describes the science of self-realization and the exact process by which a human being can establish their eternal relationship with God.

I still remember singing the the first sloka in the Bhagavad Gita in my school:

dharmakshetre kurukshetre samaveda yuyutsavaha
mamaka pandavaschaiva kimakurvata sanjayaha

P.S: The SSVT temple lists December 12th as Ekadashi and Gita Jayanthi. However, the Uttaradi Mutta lists it as 13th. So, please verify the dates at the country you reside in.

Tapta Mudra Dharana On Prathama Ekadashi

My Mom, Dad and Grandmother (Mysore Ajji) all had Mudra Dharana in Mysore. Mom is taking care of Ajji for a week. I just visited the Mantralaya website after work, and found amazing pictures of people getting Tapta Mudra Dharana on account of Prathama Ekadashi.

Below is the link for the same.

March 2013 – Important Dates

Here are some important dates in March 2013. Mark your calendars.

  • March 8th – Ekadashi

  • March 10th – Shivarathri

  • March 11th – Amavasya

  • March 19th – Birthday of Sree Raghavendra Swamy

  • March 23rd – Ekadashi

  • March 27th – Holi Festival /Hunnime

  • March 29th – Sri Sudeendra Tirthara Aradhana (Sri Raghavendra Swamy’s gurugalu), Phalguna Bahula Dwitiya, @ Anegondi(Navavrundavana)

  • March 30th – Sree Vadirajara Aaradhane

  • March 31st – Ranga Panchami

  • March 31st- Sri Vyasaraja Tirthara Aradhana, Phalguna Bahula Chaturthi @ Anegondi(Navavrundavana).

More details will be posted for each and every festival at least a week before.

February 2013 – Important Dates

Here are some important dates in February 2013. Mark your calendars.

  • 6th – Ekadashi

  • 17th – Ratha Sapthami

  • 19th – Madhwa Navami

  • 21st – Ekadashi

  • 25th – Hunnime – Poornima

More details will be posted for each and every festival at least a week before.

Vaikunta Ekadashi – December 17th 2010

Vaikunta Ekadashi falls in the month December-January. This year it falls on December 17th 2010. This is observed with all solemnity in the temples of Lord Vishnu.

Vaikunta Ekadashi is of great significance at the Tirupati Balaji Temple, and also all Balaji temples. They prepare what is called a “Swargada Bagilu” also called as ‘Vaikunta Dwaram’ or ‘the gate to the heaven‘ This gate is opened on this day. This is the passage encircling the innermost sanctum of the Lord. Scores of devotees queue up to pass through the Gate of Vaikunta in the temples.

Orthodox Madhwa people in South India observe complete fasting on ordinary Ekadashi day.

For the devotees of Lord Vishnu, every Ekadashi is a very sacred day No rice should be eaten on Ekadashi days. This is very important.

Those who are unable to fast completely can take some light fruit and milk. So you may ask why we shouldn’t eat rice, so here comes the story for the same.

The sweat that fell down from the head of Brahma assumed the form of a demon and said to the Lord, “O Lord! now give me an abode to dwell.” Brahma replied, “O demon! go and dwell in the rice particles eaten by men on Ekadashi day and become worms in their stomach.” For this reason rice is prohibited on Ekadashi.

If you don’t believe in this story, just think of all the benefits you can get from fasting.

Fasting makes a man strong, both spiritually and mentally.Fasting controls passion. It checks the emotions. It controls the senses also. It is good to fast once in a while as it recuperates the body. Ekadashi observance cleans our body and the digestive organs get much needed rest.

Those people suffering from ailments and on medications should take the advice of a doctor before fasting. Never torture your body in the name of religion. There is nothing wrong in having fruits or milk. And you can bring a certain amount of flexibility in the way it is observed.

Ashwin Masa ಅಶ್ವಿನ್ ಮಾಸ – October 8th – November 6th 2010

Ashwin Masa ಅಶ್ವಿನ್  ಮಾಸ, Dhakshinayana ದಕ್ಷಿಣಾಯನ, starts from October 8th – November 6th 2010.

  • October 8th – Navarathri Starts
  • October 13th – Saraswathi Avahana
  • October 14th – Saraswathi Pooja
  • October 15th – Durgastami
  • October 16th – Mahanavami
  • October 17th – Vijaya Dashami
  • October 18th – Ekadashi
  • October 22nd – Poornima, Hunnime
  • November 2nd – Ekadashi
  • November 5th – Naraka Chaturdashi
  • November 6th – Deepaval Amavasaya, Lakshmi Pooja

Handbook for performing Festivals

I received an email from a mailing list which I have subscribed, which had links to several books on Hinduism. As I was browsing through the content of the web site which had several important books scanned, I found this simple and very well explained book which has details of all the festivals, the rituals which needs to be followed and so on.. This book is in Kannada. You can read the book online or even download a PDF file, whichever is convenient to you all.

Attached below is the link for the book:

P.S: The details for all the many festivals coming during Shravan Masa starts from page 32 onwards.

Adhika Vaishaka Masa(ಅಧಿಕ ವೈಶಾಖ ಮಾಸ) – April 15th-May 14th 2010

Vikrutinama Samvatsara ವಿಕೃತಿನಾಮ ಸಂವತ್ಸರ, Adhika Vaishaka Masa ಅಧಿಕ ವೈಶಾಖ ಮಾಸ, Uttarayana ಉತ್ತರಾಯಣ, Vasantha Ruthu ವಸಂತ ಋತು April 15th – May 14th 2010.

  • April 25th Ekadashi ಏಕಾದಶಿ
  • April 28th Purnima ಪೂರ್ಣಿಮ
  • May 9th and 10th Ekadashi ಏಕಾದಶಿ
  • May 14th Amavasya ಅಮಾವಾಸ್ಯ

P.S: It is during this Adhika Masa that special offerings are given to deserved people like Brahamana, married ladies. As per the panchanga, you should give 33 fruits, gold coins, silver coins or any special dish. Anything worth offering should be given.

It is also said that if you can’t prepare any dish, than offer all the ingredients required to prepare 33 numbers of the dish. For e.g: if you want to prepare Kadabu, you should prepare 33 of them, offer it as Naivedya to the Lord, and than give this to a Brahmana, or a priest or a married lady. If you are unable to prepare the same, than offer ingredients like sugar, ghee, rava, flour, cardamom for preparing the same.

If you can do this everyday great, if not this has to be done at least one day as per the panchanga.

There are also several other rules you can follow during this month, refer to page 6 of the panchanga. Attached is a cut out from the panchanga, click on the image to see it enlarged.

If you have any questions, please ask.

P.S: Attached is the list of daily offerings posted here

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