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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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Psychic Development: 3rd eye charging & protection

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.

Psychic development -3rd Eye charging & protection (c) Mani Navasothy 2014
Psychic development -3rd Eye charging & protection (c) Mani Navasothy 2014

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.

I welcome comments (will be moderated) or questions..

Bright Blessings

-Mani Navasothy

Links to more psychic works (blogs by Mani)

Personal psychic cleansing using candle magic

Mirror meditation (traspersonal)

Love & Light- Sending healing

Pleasures & pains of Kundalini rising

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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 🙂 

Vinayahar Sathurthi: Birthday of Ganesh the Elephant headed Hindu God

Elephant-headed Hindu God Ganesh

There are many auspicious days pooja (prayers), fasting & festivals in the Hindu (religious) calendar. Today is one of them.

It is called `Vinayahar Sathurthi’  where Vonayagar is one of the names for the Elephant-headed Hindu God, also known as Ganesh and  Pillayar. Sathurthi’s are special days that happen every month, but the one on this month is the most sacred of all, and belongs to God Ganesh.

Myth of the Elephant-headed God Ganesh.

Ganesh, son of Parvathi (Shakthi) and Shiva (in a manner of speaking)  was not born with the elephant head! That came later. He was originally born as a human. Born is the wrong word, as he was `made’ or created by his mother – the great Goddess Shakthi  (which means `power’ amongst other things).

The mythology goes that Shakthi was fed up of being intruded by her husband the God Shiva, whenever Shakthi was taking her bath (and he would just walk in). So she set a guard outside. But when the Lord Shiva came through, the guard was hesitant and did not stop him. How could he stop Shiva, who was not only the husband of Parvathi, but also the god of all gods?

Realising that she needs a guard who will not falter, Parvathi set about creating a statue of a boy, using her own skin fragments as clay! She brought this to life (she is Goddess!) and asked him to guard her privacy, and let none through. And so that is what the boy did – when Shiva tried to enter the Chambers.

Initially Shiva’s attempts to talk his way through failed, so he escalated his efforts with force. But the boy was powerful enough to stand against that. Eventually Shiva had to call in all the other gods..  Brahma (the Creator god), Vishnu (the protector God) and more. All joined forces and the conflict became a big battle of magic. The boy defeated all their efforts, and still stood firm. In the end, using diverting tactics, the gods cut the boy’s head off!  And rejoiced!

When Parvathi heard this, she was intensely angered. Out of her anger came two fierce war goddesses – Durga and Kali, and they began to destroy not only the gods, but the worlds!

The other gods pleaded with Parvathi for mercy. And she request that her Son be brought back to life! (and Shiva realised who the boy must have been..!)  But as the head was missing, Shiva told the others to go in a direction, and bring back the head of the first animal they see. So the other gods travel, and find an elephant, ad brought its head – which Lord Shiva fixed to the headless boy, and brought him back to life.    (It often bothers me that the Gods would go kill an innocent animal, but wold mythologies are full of all sorts of such violent acts by the gods!)

Shiva then takes the resurrected boy to his wife Parvathi, and she was semi-pleased. Shiva then proclaimed to all the worlds – that the first prayer in any ceremony or ritual should always go towards the boy, named Ganesh,

This is seen in any hindu ritual to date. People spend the first few minutes or seconds praying to God Ganesh. Sometimes they have images, in other cases, they use `Saani’ (the dung of a sacred cow!) or Tumeric powder-paste to make a small cone, and stick a sacred grass in it. This is treated as a divine symbol of Ganesh, and first prayers and respects are given, before proceeding with the main purpose of any pooja or festivities.

Lord Ganesh is said to be the remover of obstacles, and giving first prayers to him is a reason for all to wish that whatever initiatives they are beginning should go well.

-Manivannan Navasothy

related link. Elephantom Origins – new story by Mani Navasothy