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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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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