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Hindu Auspicious Dates 2016 (July-Dec)

Hindu God Ganesh (Ganapathy)
 Hindu God Ganesh

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

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Video: Demon War (Sooran Porr)- Hindu festival of Victory

Soora Por (meaning `Demon war) is a annual  Hindu festival..  that takes place in late Autumn, after Diwali (festival of Light). It is the culmination of a highly sacred week of prayers and rituals called the `Kanthashasthy fasting’ dedicated to the warrior god Murugan (also known as Karthikeyan, Velavan and many other names).

Murugan is the son of Shiva & Parvathi, and brother of the elephant headed god Ganesh. Murugan was born by the act of god Shiva opening his third eye and 6 divine sparks shooting out, and settling on 6 lotus flowers in a lake. Each spark then became a small baby and were nursed by sacred nymphs of the lake. When Shiva’s wife the Goddess Parvathy went to visit them, she embraced them all, and all 6 children amalgamated and became one child – Murugan!

Sooran Porr is the day when Murugan defeated a major demon (`Sooran’) in a battle (`Porr’). Hence the name `Sooran Porr’ – meaning `Demon War’. During this war, the demon is said to have attacked the god Murugan several times, and each time was defeated by being beaded. And following each beheading, the demon sprouted another head and came to attack the god Murugan again. Finally the god not only struck his head off with his sacred spear (called `Vel’) but split his chest, where upon the demon shape-shifted into a mango tree. This too tried to attack the god, and Murugan split the tree truck open with his sacred spear once more. And from the split tree, a Cockerel and a Peacock flew out (aspects of the demon), to attack the god as a last resort. Murguan immediately tamed the Peacock and turned it into his carrier, and transformed the Cockerel into a Victory-flag.

This is why in all graphical representations, Hindus depict this Warrior God Murugan as being seated on a Peacock, and holding a flag with a picture of a Cockerel on it.

Giants of Hindu Festivals - Mani NavasothyThe battle itself is re-enacted every year in Hindu Temple grounds all over the world, using idols and large statues  (Giants) of the god Murugan and the demon. Devotees fast for the 5 preceding days, and on the last day, attend the temple, and carry these idols and giant statues as part of the festivities and processions. The enactment can take anything from half an hour to a few hours, as each stage of the battle is carefully attended to. It is usual for the head Priest to stand by the idol or statue of the god Murugan and `use the sacred spear’ to attack the `Demon’. Usually it takes about 10-12 devotees (highly strong men) to carry he large statue of the Demon, and to put it through various rigorous battle movements – of attacks, withdrawals, threats, swings and turns.

The exact date of this `Sooran Por’ varies according to the Nakshathra positions (Hindu astrology has 27 Nakshathra positions through which the Moon passes through each month, in addition to the 12 zodiacs and 12 house positions), but it usually falls towards the middle of the month of November, which has the name `Karthikai’ and hence the god himself has another name deriving from the month,`Karthikeyan’.

[This article was originally written for `Gaian Times Magazine #6  November 2012].

-Mani Navasothy

ps. As this blog has now had over 35,000 views, and this happens to my 275th blog post..I thought a bit of celebration was in order. Being spiritual, I thought writing about this `Hindu festival of Victory’ was an appropriate blog 🙂