Hindu auspicious Dates 2016 (July – December).
Hi All, apologies for not doing this 6 months ago.. I have put together this list for Hindu auspicious dates/ rituals take place in 2016. (dates collected from various online sites, as well as the booklets published by some of the major Hindu temples in London that I frequent). As many know, Hinduism is just full of so many events, fasting days, auspicious dates.. So this is just a part of that spectrum.. (one’s that are of interest to me at the moment..where I do Hindu magical works). Note that this list is also published as a page under my main menu (submenu under Hinduism) so you can always find it there. Bright Blessings. -Mani
1st July- Prathosham – special day for Shiva worship (bi monthly)
7th July- Sathurthi – special day for Ganapathy (monthly)
15th July- Ekathasi – special day for Vishnu (monthly)
17th July- Prathosham
22nd July- Kodi etram at Ealing Durga temple (hoisting of flag- annual event)
24th July- Kodi etram at Wimbledon Ganapthy temple (hoisting of flag- annual event)
29th July- Ekathasi
31st July – Prathosham
6th August – Sathurthi
7th August – Wimbledon Ganapathy Ther festival (Chariot through streets)
12th August – Varaluxmi Pooja – sacred day for worshipping of Luxmi (Lakshmi) Goddess of Love & wealth (equivalent of Venus). She was born of the churning of the seas, and God Vishnu marries her.
14th August – Ekathasi
14th August – Ealing Durga Temple- Chariot Festival
15th Aug- Prathosham
25th Aug – Krishna Jayanthi
28th Aug – Ekathasi
29th Aug- Prathosham
4th September– Vinayagar Sathurthi (Chaturthi) – Birthday of God Ganapathy / Ganesh celebrated .( It falls on the fourth day after new moon in the Hindu month of Bhadrapada)..The festival begins with the installation of huge elaborately crafted statutes of Ganesha in homes and podiums, which have been especially constructed and beautifully decorated. It’s forbidden to look at the moon on this first night as legend had it the moon laughed at Lord Ganesha when he fell from his vehicle, the rat. On Ananta Chaturdasi (the last day), the statues are paraded through the streets, accompanied by much singing and dancing, and then immersed in the ocean or other bodies of water. (see below for blog).
12th Sept- Ekathasi
14th Sept- Prathosham
26th Sept- Ekathasi
28th Sept- Prathosham
1st October – Navarathri begins . Nine nights of the Goddess festival/ rituals for Durga, Luxmi & Saraswathy. (see below for blog)
2nd Oct- Wimbledon Ganapathy temple- Chandi Omam
4th Oct- Sathurthi
9th October- Saraswathy Pooja.
10th October- Vijayathasami (vijayadhasami) – the 10th day after Navarathri festivals is celebrated as a day of victory and special day (also said to be when Lord Raman returned to his kingdom, with his wife Sita and brother Lakshman, after having been exiled in the forest for 14 years). see below for blog.
12th Oct- Ekathasi
13th Oct- Prathosham
26th Oct- Ekathasi
27th Oct- Prathosham
29th October – Deevali / Diwali (Deepavali – Tamil for path of light) – major Hindu festival of light.
31st October – kanthashashti fasting (viratham) begins – sacred time of worship for Murugan, god of war (brother of God Ganesh)
3rd Nov- Sathurthi
5th November- Kanthashashti / *Sooran Por (demon war) – Murugan defeats the Demon.Sooran Por (skanthashashti) – final day of the sacred rituals for Murugan.
6th November – Thirukalyanam– wedding of Murugan.
12th Nov – Prathosham
26th Nov – Prathosham
3rd Dec- Sathurthi
10th Dec- Ekathasi
11th Dec – Prathosham
12th & 13th Dec- Karthikai Villakeedu – Day of light for all hearth & homes. Homes are decorated with many small lamps on doorways, entrances.
24th Dec- Ekathasi
26th Dec- Prathosham
Here is the extended version of what I recently wrote on my facebook wall, about Hanuman. He is a monkey – who is supposedly an incarnation of Lord Shiva. Hanuman is the son of of Vayu (God of Air) and a mortal Lady Anjana. He can also fly.. well he’s a monkey and is able to leap over mountains and stay up in the air.. (Son of Vayu..god of Air). Another ability that Hanuman has is to grow into a giant form.
In the epic story Ramayanam, Lord Raman and his brother travel through the various forests looking for Rama’s wife Sita who has been abducted by a Demon King called Ravanan. Raman comes across a Monkey-Prince who is living in fear in a cave with his close ministers and confidants (one of whom is Hanuman). Once the brutish and most powerful Monkey Lord Vali has been defeated by Rama, Hanuman and other monkeys choose to help Rama help with the search for Sita.
It is Hanuman who leaps across the oceans, lands in Lanka (kingdom ruled by the demon King Ravanan) and eventually finds Sita ..who is imprisoned in a forest prison. Hanuman manages to meet Sita, pass message from Raman, takes a message from Sita, and eventually returns to Rama.. Great war ensues and Raman & his army defeat Ravana and free Sita.
Three events that are worth highlighting..
1. Burning of Lanka: After secretly meeting Sita in the forest prison, Hanuman causes problems and is caught (he allows himself to be caught) by Ravana. When his tail is wrapped in fabric and it is set on fire by the demons, Hanuman escapes…takes up his giant form..and using the lit tail as a burning torch, he sets flame to many parts of Lanka… before leaving….(to go back to Rama & Lakshman and tell them he has located Sita).
2. Carrying the healing mountain: During the war itself, at one point, due to magical trickery, both Raman & his brother Lakshman are mortally hurt and appear to fall in battle and die. A special healing herb was required to help them.. So Hanuman leaps off to find the herbs that only grow in a certain mountain range. As he was unsure which was the correct her, he uproots the entire mountain..carries it to the battle zone…where upon the essence of the herbs waft over the fallen Raman & Lakshman…and they awake. (Hanuman then returns the mountain to its proper place).
Hindus worship Hanuman as a powerful demi-god in his own right, and Hanuman is often depicted as flying with the mountain in his hands.
3. Giant Chariot in War: In another moment during the war, Raman’s chariot is destroyed by the demon king Ravanan. And Raman is left standing on the grounds of the war zone. Hanuman immediately assumes his giant form, and carries Raman and Lakshman on his shoulders, so that they may continue to fight the war on equal footing.who helped Raman & Lukshman win the war against Ravanna the Demon. In one of the stories, Hanuman opens up his chest to reveal his heart..where an image of Rama & Sita could be found. Hanuman is the Son .
Hanuman and Sani (Shani) or Saturn:
It is also said that Hanuman rescued Sani (Saturn) from the clutches of Ravana (when Hanuman was bound up by Ravana and set fire to his tail..)
Perfect Devotee of Raman :
In one of the chapters of Ramayanam, Hanuman opens up his chest to reveal his heart..where an image of Rama & Sita could be found. In another section, (after Raman & Sita return to their kingdom), Hanuman is given a gift of pearl necklace. He then set about pulling the necklace apart, and breaks each pearl. When asked why he was destroying the pearls, Hanuman answers that he was merely looking to `see’ if he can find Raman & Sita inside each pearl.
These two incidents illustrate Hanuman’s devotional nature towards Raman & Sita. All he wanted to do ..during and after the war was to worship and serve Raman & Sita.
Tale of monkey tail (meeting Beeman)
In the other great epic Mahabharatham,, one of the pancha-pandavas (5 brothers on the side of good) was going through the forest when he comes upon an old monkey sleeping on the side of the path..with his tail across the path. Beema (being the strongest man in that story) demands the monkey move. The monkey refuses but says that Beeman may pass if he can move the tail aside. Aggravated, Beeman tries to brush aside the monkey’s tail..then lifting it.. He fails…and realises his own ego.. And the monkey reveals himself to be none other than Hanuman. It transpires that Beeman is also the son of Vayu (God of Air). So the brothers embrace. Beeman then asks Hanuman to help the pandavas in the coming war. Hanuman says he is tired of wars and will not fight again, but promises to watch over their welfare.
The lead archer Archunan (one of the 5 brothers, the Pandavas) rides in a chariot (piloted by none other than Lord Krishnan himself..another long story). This chariot flies a flag that has the image of Hanuman.. and this is the `blessings’ that Hanuman had promised Beeman.
Well, I grew up reading the Hindu epics Ramayana (and Mahabaratham) ..so Hanuman is one of my favourite Gods.. The above are things I have written from a long term memory ..(it’s been over 30+ years since I read the hindu epics).
It is worth saying, that I am now starting work on an art/ writing project connected to hindu epics, and so will be re-reading Ramayanam & Mahabharatham (in tamil) soon.. Watch my blog for updates in the coming months 🙂
ps. I have used when possible, the Tamil pronunciations for the various Hindu epics and characters. Tamil versions usually end with an `m’ or an `n’..where as the Hindi / English way of writing ends with an `a’. For example, Ramayanam (Ramayana), Mahabharatham (Mahabharatha), Raman (Rama), Ravanan (Ravana).
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Do you have a talisman that you have created, or a ring, or a pendant that is to serve as a special protection for yourself? Now here’s a thing- Unless the item was made by you (creatively, in a state of magical state over many hours or even days..while holding psychic focus), it is not going to be having any sort of `special powers’. The only exception is if the item was made by another Priest / Priestess/ Ritual Magician or Witch..and charged with a special intention.
One further exception will be when the item or artefact n question is simply a natural object obtained from a magical or sacred place.. say a pebble from the grounds of a Temple, a twig from a sacred site etc [Note: Do not willfully damage any part of said temple or sacred grounds for the purpose of obtaining such trinkets – for that’s what the item becomes no sooner had you obtained it in any such manner. Whatever nature spirits or divine energy therein ..is not quite going to `come with you’ if you obtained the item by stealth or by damaging the source / venue.
So how then do you obtain the material?
Well – you obtain it- as I said – from the floor, from the grounds or nearby in an unobtrusive undamaging way.. (walk around nearby woods to find a pebble or twig!) THEN take the item to the sacred place..to be cleansed and charged. This way is much better.. In this manner, you are inviting the sacred and protective energies of that place to enter into the item and charge it for you 🙂
Okay.. so you have your artefact or an item, or a ring or a pendant or a talisman (even one that is bought from a new age shop or a high street jewellery place. as they make symbols and items…!)
Now either visit a sacred place (woods, temple) or create sacred space in your room (using cleansing, then casting a circle and calling the quarters / 4 elements to be present and bear witness).
Familiarise your self with the word `Om’ (universally used by so many magical or esoteric people now all over the world.. though it originates from the Indian subcontinent, mainly from the Hindu religions). There are different ways to draw `Om’ (depending on which language you use.. either Sanskrit or Tamil. I have used the Tamil version in the photos here).
Practise making the sound `Om’ for several minutes. Even the person who has `no concept of chanting’ can practise it for few minutes, and find that their breathing gets better, deeper, and the sound coming becomes clearer, crispy..).
Also familiarise your self with the actual symbol visually.. Look at it for several minutes…and try to copy it/ draw it on a piece of paper several times to get it right. Remember that this is not just a random symbol. It is a letter (well two) from a particular language. If someone who did not know the English Alphabet were to get a few strokes or curves incorrect, say for the letter R…it is not going to be an R.. 🙂 Get the symbol correct, for its powers to manifest better.
Now begin the magical task!
1. Hold the talisman/ item that is going to be charged – in the palm of your left hand. (left hand receives)
2. Clasp it with your right palm and close it. (Right hand projects energy).
3. Close your eyes.
4. Chant `Om’ several times first (to surround your self with the divine energy it generates). Visualising the symbol `Om’ large and in front of you ..growing and glowing.
5. Now this next part is tricky. Chant (it will be quite) `Om’ with an *In-breath*, while `breathing in’ the large `Om’ symbol that has been created in front of you (It’s all visualisation, with eyes closed). This energy now fills your lungs, body, head and mind..!
6. Now, with your out-breath, propel that `Om’ energy through your hands (from your body) into the Talisman clasped inside the closed palms. You can also propel the `Om’ energy into the talisman/ item by projecting that energy out through your 3rd eye or Solar plexis chakra (or the heart chakra). A variation is…to chant the name of a particular deity in the out-breath- whereby the in-drawn energy of Om is transformed into a particular Deity energy by the very calling of that deity name.
Repeat this whole process many times!
I have personally found this to be highly effective in charging talismans or pendants..
God & Goddess names have power in themselves.. whether they do exist or not no longer matters – because for thousands of years, millions of people have believed in them and thereby have created those very powerful god & goddess thought-forms. So when using such names, you are tapping deep into such collective energies (of the archetypes).
I shall share some more tools & techniques in these blogs soon.. (It is part of a `promise’ I have made with certain deities…to share such knowledge / experiences.. – well …call it a `Calling’ 🙂
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Knowledge is to be shared – that is the way of the wise and the experienced. No arguments there. However, in the realm of psychic development, it’s not so simple – proper guided teaching in person is absolutely fine, as the teacher/ mentor can assess the situation and answer any queries by the learner. But online teaching is prone to certain problems ..not to mention misunderstandings or even misuse of that knowledge. With that light awareness raising, I shall go into this particular exercise.
In recent months and weeks, I have come across a number of people who have had difficulties with energies around them, as well as even mild / intense forms of psychic interferences and attacks. There are certain things I do to keep myself protected – (and revealing all of them can be counter-productive to my own safety 🙂 as those opposing me might learn of it and do counter -attacks 🙂 It all gets rather tit for tat..
But some magical works can not be tampered with…and this is one of them..
Although easy to do, this might not be a `walk in the park’ in so far as the actual energy is concerned. I will explain later.
This exercise gives practitioner an opportunity to develop some psychic protection measures.. especially using his/her 3rd eye chakra (Chakras are 7 energy centres of the body…as developed/ taught by Hindu . vedic people of the East It is a system that is now known world-wise and used by almost any new age/ pagan/ psychic person tp develop their skills or spirituality).
3rd Eye is a chakra that is located just on the forehead…above the eye brows.. It is often seen or visualised as a spinning ball of light in purple colour. In Hindu myth & religious beliefs, the God Shiva has a 3rd eye..which he keeps closed. It is said that at times he opens it and sparks/ flames project out and those can destroy demons and evil spirits.
It is in that context that this following psychic work is developed / done (by me).
First you are advised to do regular meditation (for several days…weeks) to practise opening and closing (visualise) your chakras..especially your 3rd eye. Imagine that an eye exists on your forehead (vertically, as show in graphics here).. The development of this 3rd eye gives better clarity, intuition and even clairvoyance.
In this exercise,
1. light a plain consecrated candle and place it in a secure holder.
2. Be seated in front of the cande..and first do a mediation to ground and centre your self. (see links below).
3. Now open your eyes (and also imagine you are opening your 3rd eye) and gaze at the candle flame.
4. Initially, keep the candle at least a yard/ metre away.
5. Now visualise the light from the candle flame entering your 3rd eye..and making your 3rd eye brighter and brighter.
6. Advanced: begin to use breath control to move energy. As you breath in, imagine that you are `breathing in’ the flame into your 3rd eye.. Imagine that the flame is charging your 3rd eye…and accumulating energy just behind the eyes.. Once the `breathing in’ phase (1-5 minutes..or whatever you feel comfortable) is done, you may stand. up..and project energy outwards from your 3rd eye as a sharp beam. This can be used to project energy and eliminate negativity.
7. Warning: Inexperienced students may feel headache or a burning sensation. This advanced work is not advisable in sch a case…Cease the activity. Ground & centre your self. Go and wash your face in cold water (possibly salt water).
8. Those with plenty of practise may also scribe sacred symbols on the candle..whose flame you can use to charge your 3rd eye. Note: I have not explored all the symbols for this work, and so can not give you a full explanation / list of what each one may achieve. This is truly a personal exploration for you if you have the discipline and commitment to it.
9. Always build in safety for when ding any kind of magical / psychic work. ie …put in a contingency formula by which you can ease/ reduce / even reverse the work you are exploring. Such approach is what makes one a wise practitioner of psychic arts !
Very best of luck & magic to you.
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