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Ekadashi 2022 Dates | Ekadashi Calendar

Ekadashi dates are very important for Hindus; especially those who keep fast these days. In this Ekadashi calendar, you can find all the 24 Ekadashi 2022 dates and timings.

Ekadashi is considered a very auspicious day in Hinduism and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Eleventh lunar day each of the two lunar phases (Krishna Paksha and Sukla Paksha) is called Ekadashi. According to the Hindu lunar calendar; 24 Ekadashi will be observed this year.

All Ekadashi 2022 dates, tithi, and timings are provided below.

EkadashiDates & TithiTiming (Muhurat)
Pausha Putrada Ekadashi
Vaikuntha Ekadashi
Thursday, 13 January
Paush, Shukla Ekadashi
Begins- 04:49 PM, 12 Jan
Ends- 07:32 PM, 13 Jan
Shattila EkadashiFriday, 28 January
Magha, Krishna Ekadashi
Begins- 02:16 AM, 28 Jan
Ends- 11:35 PM, 28 Jan
Jaya EkadashiSaturday, 12 February
Magha, Shukla Ekadashi
Begins- 01:52 PM, 11 Feb
Ends- 04:27 PM, 12 Feb
Vijaya EkadashiSaturday, 26 February
Phalguna, Krishna Ekadashi
Begins- 10:39 AM, 26 Feb
Ends- 08:12 AM, 27 Feb
Amalaki EkadashiMonday, 14 March
Phalguna, Shukla Ekadashi
Begins- 10:21 AM, 13 Mar
Ends- 12:05 PM, 14 Mar
Papmochani EkadashiMonday, 28 March
Chaitra, Krishna Ekadashi
Begins- 06:04 PM, 27 Mar
Ends- 04:15 PM, 28 Mar
Kamada EkadashiTuesday, 12 April
Chaitra, Shukla Ekadashi
Begins- 04:30 AM, 12 Apr
Ends- 05:02 AM, 13 Apr
Varuthini EkadashiTuesday, 26 April
Vaishakh, Krishna Ekadashi
Begins- 01:37 AM, 26 Apr
Ends- 12:47 AM, 27 Apr
Mohini EkadashiThursday, 12 May
Vaishakh, Shukla Ekadashi
Begins- 07:31 PM, 11 May
Ends- 06:51 PM, 12 May
Apara EkadashiThursday, 26 May
Jyeshtha, Krishna Ekadashi
Begins- 10:32 AM, 25 May
Ends- 10:54 AM, 26 May
Nirjala EkadashiFriday, 10 June
Jyeshtha, Shukla Ekadashi
Begins- 07:25 AM, 10 Jun
Ends- 05:45 AM, 11 Jun
Yogini EkadashiFriday, 24 June
Ashadha, Krishna Ekadashi
Begins- 09:41 PM, 23 Jun
Ends- 11:12 PM, 24 Jun
Devshayani EkadashiSunday, 10 July
Ashadha, Shukla Ekadashi
Begins- 04:39 PM, 09 Jul
Ends- 02:13 PM, 10 Jul
Kamika EkadashiSunday, 24 July
Shravan, Krishna Ekadashi
Begins- 11:27 AM, 23 Jul
Ends- 01:45 PM, 24 Jul
Shravana Putrada EkadashiMonday, 8 August
Shravan, Shukla Ekadashi
Begins- 11:50 PM, 7 Aug
Ends- 09:00 PM, 8 Aug
Aja EkadashiTuesday, 23 August
Bhadrapada, Krishna Ekadashi
Begins- 03:35 AM, 22 Aug
Ends- 06:06 AM, 23 Aug
Parsva EkadashiTuesday, 6 September
Bhadrapada, Shukla Ekadashi
Begins- 05:54 AM, 6 Sep
Ends- 03:04 AM, 7 Sep
Indira EkadashiWednesday, 21 September
Ashwina, Krishna Ekadashi
Begins- 09:26 PM, 20 Sep
Ends- 11:34 PM, 21 Sep
Papankusha EkadashiThursday, 6 October
Ashwina, Shukla Ekadashi
Begins- 12:00 PM, 5 Oct
Ends- 09:40 AM, 6 Oct
Rama EkadashiFriday, 21 October
Kartika, Krishna Ekadashi
Begins- 04:04 PM, 20 Oct
Ends- 05:22 PM, 21 Oct
Devutthana EkadashiFriday, 4 November
Kartika, Shukla Ekadashi
Begins- 07:30 PM, 3 Nov
Ends- 06:08 PM, 4 Nov
Utpanna EkadashiSunday, 20 November
Margashirsha, Krishna Ekadashi
Begins- 10:29 AM, 19 Nov
Ends- 10:41 AM, 20 Nov
Mokshada EkadashiSaturday, 3 December
Margashirsha, Shukla Ekadashi
Begins- 05:39 AM, 3 Dec
Ends- 05:34 AM, 4 Dec
Saphala EkadashiMonday, 19 December
Pausha, Krishna Ekadashi
Begins- 03:32 AM, 19 Dec
Ends- 02:32 AM, 20 Dec

Significance of Ekadashi

Ekadashi Vrat is also known as Hari Vasar. This fast is celebrated by both Vaishnava and non-Vaishnav communities. On Ekadashi fast, offering more than Havan, Yagya, Vedic Karma-kand also gives more results. It is said that by observing this fast, our ancestors or fathers attain heaven. The Skanda Purana also mentions the importance of Ekadashi fast. If someone observes this fast, then one has to use wheat, spices, and vegetables on Ekadashi.

Rules of Ekadashi Vrat

Ekadashi - Lord Vishnu

There are very strict rules for observing Ekadashi fast on these Ekadashi dates. It is said that the people who keep this fast keep fasting from the sun rising before Ekadashi till the sun rises the next day. People of any gender and age can keep this fast according to their wishes.

  • People observing Ekadashi fast have to follow some important rules on the day of Dashami which is one day before Ekadashi. It is said that from the day of Dashami, devotees should not eat meat-fish, onion, lentils, and honey-like food items.
  • Remember that you have to stay away from indulgence in the night, as well as to follow celibacy completely.
  • On Ekadashi, you can not use Wooden brush to clean your teeth. Instead of using it, you can chew with lemon, berries or mango leaves and clean your throat with your hands.
  • On this day you cannot even break the leaf of the tree.
  • Also, after bathing, you should go to the temple (Vishnu Temple).
  • Read Ekadashi Vrat Katha.
  • Read or hear the Bhagavad Gita is very fruitful.
  • Chant ‘Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya’ with a sincere and clear mind.
  • Worship Lord Vishnu on Ekadashi Days.
  • You can donate according to your wishes.

The next day of Ekadashi is considered as Dwadashi. Nothing happens in Dwadashi Dashami and it is the same as in other days. It is said that on this day, Lord Vishnu is worshiped by taking a bath early in the morning, along with it, complete this fast by eating food as usual. It is said that it is good to give sweets and Dakshina etc. to Brahmins. Just remember that devotees should complete this fast before coming to Trayodashi. On this day try to follow the rules of Ekadashi fast and there should not be any mistake in this also.

Other Important Dates: Purnima DatesAmavasya Dates, and Sankranti Dates

Six Interesting Facts about Turban

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You might be eager to know why your Sikh friends or Sikh Community People wear that huge cloth on their heads. Stay tuned to this article as we will be sharing with you some interesting facts on the turban of the Sikh community.

What exactly does turban mean for Sikhs?

A turban is a traditional headwear based on cloth winding. It is worn by people of various cultures as per their religious beliefs. For Sikhs, the turban is an article of faith that represents equality, honor, self-respect, courage, and brotherhood.

Khalsa Sikhs are instructed to wear the five Ks by Guru Gobind Singh since 1699. In the five Ks, each k has individual importance. Among 5 Ks one is Kesh: keeping uncut hair. Sikhs wear turban to cover their long, uncut hair. It is an important part of the unique Sikh identity aimed at promoting equality and brotherhood.

6 Must-know Facts about the Sikh Turbans

1. Why do Sikhs wear turban?

Sikhs who have become religious must cover their heads with headscarves to show equality among faith followers. Since it is considered respect for Sikhs to protect their heads in public places and our religious rooms, the turban also fulfills this function. Another theory goes like Sikhs are not allowed to cut their hair. That’s why Sikhs have long beards and hair; this is an expression of acceptance of God’s will. The turban they wear helps cover the long hair and look fashionable with the Manbun curve.

Read Also: What Are the Five Ks in Sikhism?

2. Types of turbans

  • Dumalla: It is a larger, rounder headscarf. Some Sikh men wear a smaller round headscarf. Sikh women who wear headscarves also tend to wear round headscarves.
  • Parna: It is a small round headscarf, usually tied together with a thicker printed/checked cloth.
  • Paghri or pagh: It is the angular one or commonly called like this or that one. 

3. Turbans and the color codes

There is no religious significance associated with any particular headscarf color. Some colors, such as orange, blue, and white, are traditionally worn in religious celebrations or occasions. Red is usually worn at Sikh weddings. 

4. Is it a hat?

The turban itself is not a hat and mostly is not even worn like a hat. The Sikh turban is a long piece of cotton cloth, usually six meters long and one to two meters wide. To wear it, the scarf is folded several times (this process is called Pooni making) into a single layer and then is wrapped concentrically around the head in four-five layers.

5. It helps with excessive heat!

Even the thought of trying a few layers of fabric on the top of your head in hot weather feels uncomfortable, but in fact, headscarves are a ubiquitous piece of clothing in hot climates. It protects the wearer from sunlight and exposure to sunlight and saves them from extreme weather. Something different than what you thought, right?

6. Is it worn by sleeping or showering?

It is strictly prohibited to wear turbans while sleeping or sleeping. Most people do not wear it to bed or shower because it is not built waterproof.

Also, running water is lethal to the person wearing a headscarf. But it can be worn for short naps; it’ll be a good pillow for that!

Is every Sikh forced to wear a turban?

No, people wear turbans as per their religious beliefs. Some people get themselves good haircuts as well. Many faith followers do not wear a headscarf or grow their hair but still legally follow the faith and identify with it.

Conclusion

From the above facts, we hope that all your general doubts on why Sikhs wear turban are clear. The facts denote that the turban plays an important role in their religion.

Thaipusam – Date, Legends, Kavadi Attam Ceremony of the epic Festival

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Thaipusam is an important festival celebrated by Tamil-speaking Hindus all over the world. It is a popular festival in the southern part of India, especially in Tamilnadu. This anticipated festival is dedicated to Lord Murugan or Kartikeya, elder son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. In the modern days, this auspicious festival is not only celebrated in India and Sri Lanka; but it is celebrated by the Tamil community in other countries (Malaysia, Mauritius, Singapore, South Africa, Guadeloupe, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Suriname, Jamaica, and other parts of the Caribbean) and it is accepted by their localities also.

Thaipusam festival

Thaipusam 2022 Date

In the year 2022, Thaipusam observes on Tuesday, 18 January. The specialty of the Thaipusam festival is the festivity exhibits a special kind of ritual performed by the local people of the Tamil region. People pierce their body parts to impress the godhead on this day. This occurs on the full moon day during the Tamil month of Thai, as per the Tamil calendar.

Thaipusam festival

History and Legends: Thaipusam story of lord Murugan

According to Legends; When Devas were unable to resist demonic forces led by Tarakasur. They surrendered themselves completely and prayed to Lord Shiva for help. Lord Shiva granted their request and asked his elder son Kartikeya to lead Devas in the war. Lord Murugan (Kartikeya) was an obliged son and a great warrior. He kept his father’s words and got blessings from his mother Goddess Parvati, who presented a lance to vanquish the demon army and combat their evil deeds. By heroic leadership and bravery, Lord Murugan defeated demon forces. Then he killed Tarakasur and his brothers Simhamukhan and Surapadman at Thiruchendur, Tamilnadu. Therefore, Thaipusam is a celebration of the victory of good over evil. Devotees pray to the Lord of war and peace Murugan for his grace, so that they can face and destroy demonic forces or bad traits from the world.

Thaipusam festival

Kavadi Attam: The Ceremonial self-sacrifice Dance

Kavadi Attam is ceremonial self-sacrifice and offering by the devotees to please Lord Murugan. It is one of the major rituals in the Thaipusam festival. Kavadi means burden; this ritual specifies that take all your burdens and difficulties on your own to God; when you dedicated completely yourself to him, he will serve his grace upon you and all demonic forces with or against you will be destroyed. People who are willing to participate in Kavadi have to fast and pray regularly before approximately 48 days before Thaipusam. This is necessary as before facing to Lord of war Murugan, one should have cleansed from his/her soul. Normally devotees carry milk and water vessels(Kavadi) in the sacred journey to God in the procession of the Thaipusam festival. Many devotees show their complete dedication; when they pierce their body, tongue, and cheeks with metal screws. After piercing their body; devotees carry the Kavadi and travel approx four kilometers barefoot to receive the blessings from the Lord Murugan.

The major attraction of the festival is climbing 280 steps to the sacred religious pilgrimage Batu Caves. Kavadis hold a specific ritual to follow throughout the festivity and pierce their body parts through pointed sharp equipment with needles-like hooks. They roam in the streets of the temple and beat drums for the celebrations throughout while reciting mantras and shlokas. A million admirers follow the processions of the gods carried out on decorated chariots. The fanatics with excessive and single-minded zeal serve this extreme religious festival in their unique way. This, being one of the vibrant and lively festivals in Tamil state, is celebrated by other state residents and they especially pay visits to the temple which glorifies this much-awaited occasion.  

A mammoth dynamic celebration is witnessed the whole divine day of the Thaipusam festival. The entire Tamil locals and inhabitants get involved in the euphoria of the Burden Dance- the Kavadi Attam by carrying the big pots of milk to offer to the deities in the temple. Even they drag heavy-weighted toboggan (a long, light, narrow vehicle) with the steel rods pierced onto their body parts.

Thaipusam festival

Thaipusam Celebration

The ceremony of Thaipusam is not only celebrated by the Tamil community. Now in lots of countries; other societies widely accepted it. So countries this day is a national holiday also. It is not surprising that a regional festival of India is now celebrated widely in the world in more than twenty countries. Every spiritualist should be part of Thaipusam procession once in a lifetime to discover the warrior within. Happy Thaipusam to all.

Similarities And Differences Between Hinduism And Buddhism

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There is a popular misconception about Buddhism that it is not an individual religion, but a philosophy, an offshoot, or part of Hinduism. However, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Buddhism is an ancient religion, dating back to over 2500 years. Both the religions were founded in India, and hence, there are some unmistakable cultural similarities in the ways and words. But there are distinct differences in the path and philosophies they preach. A little understanding of the similarities and differences can help one understand the essence of these religions.

Similarities Between Hinduism And Buddhism

Concepts of Samsara, Karma, And Dharma

The concepts of Samsara, or worldliness, Karma, or actions and Dharma, or nature/conduct tie both Hindusim and Buddhism together. The religions do see Samsara as the cycle of birth and death, While Hinduism preaches oneness with God, or Moksha as freedom from this cycle, Buddhism aims to break this cycle by achieving enlightenment or Nirvana. The ideas of Karma and Dharma are less of a spiritual or ritualistic, and more of a concept of rightful conduct in Buddhism.

Shared Symbolism

In both religions, there is a concept of Dharmachakra or the wheel of law. While in Buddhism the eight spokes of the wheel refer to the revered Eightfold Path, in Hinduism it is the symbol representing the Sun god or Surya. Another common feature of both religions is the depiction of mudras, or hand postures, in paintings and statues. The positions and their meanings vary greatly.

Common Practices

Meditation and the chanting of mantras as parts of worship are followed by both Hinduism and Buddhism. Mantras or prayers in Hinduism are primarily chanted during rituals and are different for different gods. On the other hand, mantras in Buddhism go hand in hand with meditation for focus and self-actualization.

Differences Between Hinduism And Buddhism

Concept Of God

Hinduism is a religion, that believes in various forms and incarnations of gods, which are worshipped by different sects. The concept of God is pivotal in this religion. Buddhism negates the entity of any divine entity. They follow the path of righteousness and good conduct as shown by the Buddha, towards Nirvana.

Perceiving Pain

There is a major difference in both religions and their perception of pain. In Hindusim pain is deeply linked with karma or our actions. Often the pains of the present life are explained as a consequence of poor karma accrued from the past life and by performing good acts, one protects their future life from pain. Buddhism sees pain as the inevitability of life and preaches detachment from worldly attachments as a way to avoid pain.

Understanding Of Buddha

The founder of Buddhism, Siddhartha Gautam, was a historical figure from the 4th century BC. After finding enlightenment, he called The Buddha. Buddhism regards him as a mortal human being. The religion is founded on the path to enlightenment that he followed in his journey and preached to his disciples. On the other hand, in Hinduism Buddha is recognized as the 9th avatar of Lord Vishnu. This concept is not shared or endorsed in the Buddhist faith.

Conclusion: Hinduism and Buddhism are both ancient, beautiful religions with their own festivals, ways, and philosophies. While there are cultural similarities and overlapping ideas, the paths are entirely different and unique.

Myths About Buddhism You Need To Unlearn Today

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Buddhism is one of the oldest religions in the world and it plays a significant role in defining Eastern religion and philosophy. The roots of this religion date back to over 2,500 years ago, when it was founded by Siddhartha Gautam, who upon enlightenment was called the Buddha. Unfortunately, owing to the lack of popular understanding, and the deep nature of this religion, there are a lot of misconceptions regarding Buddhism, predominantly in the Western world. Here are some myths about Buddhism that you need to unlearn today.

Buddhists Are Vegetarians

Unlike several major religions, there are actually no dietary restrictions on practicing Buddhists. Buddha himself consumed meat, and he never preached for practicing vegetarianism either. Ancient Buddist monks, or bhikshus, used to beg for their food and they would consume whatever was generously donated, including meat. Even today several monasteries accept various forms of meat as an offering. However, in modern times, some schools of Buddhism, in certain areas, have taken up vegetarianism, although, it is largely not the common practice, nor enforced.

Read Also: Interesting Facts About Buddhism

Buddhists Worship By Meditation

Meditation is often mistakenly identified as a key practice in Buddhism. Although meditation is one of the aspects that the religion encourages, for its deep impact on the mind, it is not inherently the only form of Buddhist worship. Meditation, traditionally, does play a significant role as a monastic practice among several sects. Chanting, studying the sutras, and other forms of worship are also practiced. But generally, the only thing the religion really preaches is an insistence on excellent conduct. It is since the 20th century that the association of meditation with Buddhism developed, mostly in the Western world.

Read Also: Guide Your Life With The Quotes By Buddha

Buddhism Is Monotheistic

Contrary to the popular misconception of Buddhism as a monotheistic faith, the religion does not believe in the existence of a god or divine entity. The founder of Buddhism, Gautam Buddha was a human being and he is regarded as one in this religion. His teachings are collected in the form of sutras, and they guide his followers towards the path of enlightenment. In no way, does Buddhism preach Buddha or any other god that the disciples should worship. Buddha is an enlightened teacher who chose to guide his disciples into philosophy or path. In present-day Buddhism, there are monks and spiritual leaders, who take up the mantle of guiding their followers down the righteous path.

Read Also: Noble Eightfold Path of Buddhism

Buddhism is Nihilism

The First Noble Truth roughly translates to “Life is suffering”. However, it is far more complex than that. Primarily the concept of suffering is a deeper understanding and acceptance of all forms of pain, grief, sorrow, and every similar emotion, temporary or permanent. At a glance, people even consider the Buddhist principle of detachment as a solution to counter this suffering. However, while nihilism uses the concept of suffering to negate moral values, Buddhism, on the other hand, uses it to teach a set of values and principles to live life by. Religion merely accepts pain as an inevitability in life and teaches a philosophy to navigate through it.

Read Also: Five Precepts of Buddhism

Buddhism is a unique and beautiful religion that has a deep and meaningful take on life and its ways. The best way to understand this faith is to delve into it and learn. Don’t follow any misconceptions about Buddhism or any other religion.

Guru Purnima 2022: Eat Light On This Day To Become Intelligent

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Guru Purnima is a Hindu festival celebrated to pay gratitude to our spiritual and academic Teachers (gurus). It is observed on the full moon day (Purnima) of Ashad month. It is also known as Vyasa Purnima as the birthday of Veda Vyasa, the sage who authored the Mahabharata and compiled the Vedas.

Tithi: Ashadha Shukla Paksha Purnima
Guru Purnima 2022: Wednesday, 13 July

Read Also: Purnima 2022 Dates

We live in a world full of surprises and miracles. Every existence in the universe has a reason behind it, which is yet to be discovered. Similarly, the power of Guru Purnima is commendable. It is not just a date in the Hindu calendar, rather is a day full of scientific happenings.

Gurur Brahma, Gurur Vishnuhu, Guru Devo Maheswaraha
Guru Saakshaat Parabhrahma, Tasmai Sri Gurve Namah

In Sanskrit Gu means ‘Darkness’ and ru means ‘eradicating darkness’; hence, Gurus(teachers) are the ones who take away the ignorance from us and give us enlightening knowledge. Guru Purnima is dedicated to these bright sources of knowledge. Even nature showers respect to them by being scientifically effective on this day.

Read Also: Power of The Guru

Guru Purnima

Reasons to celebrate Guru Purnima

  • The Full Moon Day in the month of Ashadha (July-August) which is known as Guru Purnima. This sacred day marks the very first transmission of the yogic sciences from Shiva – the First Yogi – to the Saptarishis. Lord Shiva himself took the initiative and made the Rishis attain 18 Siddhas. These 18 Siddhas of divine knowledge were imparted to us earthlings by these Saptarishis. It is believed that this teaching of the 7 Rishis happened on the banks of Kanti Sarovar, near Kedarnath. Performing this great act of imparting the greatest knowledge to innumerable people made Lord Shiva the first Guru.
  • Hindus dedicate Guru Purnima to Maharshi Veda Vyasa, the sage who is believed to be responsible for editing the sacred Hindu text, the Vedas and writing the 18 Puranas, Mahabharata and the Srimad Bhagavatam–all of which form the very foundation of the Hindu religion.
  • For Buddhists, the festival is an occasion to rejoice in the divinity of their guru, Lord Buddha, who is said to have delivered his first sermon at Sarnath, Uttar Pradesh, on this very day.
  • The festival is also believed to mark the onset of monsoons and is thus a prime source of celebration for farmers.

How to eat light on this day?

Guru Purnima

STEP BY STEP Guide

  • The word light here signifies ‘knowledge’. Acquire more knowledge on the thing you do the best.
  • Take the help of the person who you think is well informed about that particular topic of your interest.
  • Accept him as your Guru for the day and further.
  • Dedicate the day for your inner wellbeing.
  • Meditate to bring in the calmness and concentration within you.
  • Watch the moon as it is believed to impart extremely positive energies in you, because it is the first full moon day after the solstice.
  • Perform Guru Pooja
  • Chant the powerful Guru Paduka Strotam

Guru Paduka Strotam

Guru Purnima

Anantha samsara samudhra thara naukayithabhyam guru bhakthithabhyam,
Vairagya samrajyadha poojanabhyam, namo nama sri guru padukabhyam.

Kavithva varahsini sagarabhyam, dourbhagya davambudha malikabhyam,
Dhoorikrutha namra vipathithabhyam, namo nama sri guru padukabhyam.

Natha yayo sripatitam samiyu kadachidapyashu daridra varya,
Mookascha vachaspathitham hi thabhyam, namo nama sri guru padukabhyam.

Naleeka neekasa pada hrithabhyam, nana vimohadhi nivarikabyam,
Nama janabheeshtathathi pradhabhyam namo nama sri guru padukabhyam.

Nrupali mouleebraja rathna kanthi saridvi raja jjashakanyakabhyam,
Nrupadvadhabhyam nathaloka pankhthe, namo nama sri guru padukabhyam.

Papandhakara arka paramparabhyam, thapathryaheendra khageswarabhyam,
Jadyabdhi samsoshana vadawabhyam namo nama sri guru padukabhyam.

Shamadhi shatka pradha vaibhavabhyam, Samadhi dhana vratha deeksithabhyam,
Ramadhavangri sthira bhakthidabhyam, namo nama sri guru padukabhyam.

Swarchaparana makhileshtathabhyam, swaha sahayaksha durndarabhyam,
Swanthacha bhava pradha poojanabhyam, namo nama sri guru padukabhyam.

Kaamadhi sarpa vraja garudabhyam, viveka vairagya nidhi pradhabhyam,
Bhodha pradhabhyam drutha mokshathabhyam, namo nama sri guru padukabhyam.

Importance of Guru Purnima

The Guru is said to be the guide and the one to remove ignorance. Guru only means, a child born by his parents, but the task of explaining and imparting knowledge to him is that of a guru. A man cannot attain salvation and heaven without a guru. Gurus are the ones who make one person’s soul meet with God and without them, no one else can do this work. On this day, not only the Guru but whoever is older than himself in the house, i.e parents, siblings, etc., are considered as gurus, and blessings are taken from them. A person definitely needs a guru to overcome this bond of life. This is the reason why Guru is given so much importance in Hinduism.

We hope you do not waste this upcoming energetic day and use it for your personal development to the fullest. Excel and help others excel!

Gayatri Jayanti 2022: Date, Vrat Vidhi, and Significance

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Gayatri Jayanti is a significant Hindu festival dedicated to Veda Mata Gayatri. It falls on Shukla Paksha Ekadashi in the month of Jyeshtha. Goddess Gayatri is Lord Brahma’s better half and is better known as a remarkable epitome of Lord Brahma.  Mother Gayatri is the Goddess of all Vedas and is venerated as the godhead of Trimurti (Hindu trisect divinity). She is also popular as Vedamata – the divinity of Vedas. Thus Gayatri Jayanti is stated as the birth anniversary of Goddess Gayatri. In erstwhile scriptures-Saivite, Goddess Gayatri is portrayed as Savitri who has been involved with Savitri in some way and thus considered as the consort of the Lord of universe Shiva.

gayatri mata

Gayatri Jayanti 2022 Date and Muhurat

Gayatri Jayanti 2022 Date: Saturday, 11 June

Ekadashi Tithi Begins – 07:25 AM on Saturday, 10 June 2022
Ekadashi Tithi Ends – 05:45 AM on Sunday, 11 June 2022

Gayatri Jayanti is observed on Shravan Purnima, mainly in the South Indian States. As per the Hindu calendar, it falls the very next day of Ganga Dusshera on the eleventh day of Shukla Paksha Ekadashi during Jyeshtha lunar month.

You should Know: Ekadashi 2022 Dates

Gayatri Jayanti Significance

Gayatri Jayanti Vrat

Each Hindu festival or religious occasion has its own importance and significance and so does have different rituals and traditional customs to conduct and follow. Most of the people believe that Mother of culture and enlightenments’ is the name given to Goddess- Gayatri who has been worshipped on this venerated day and some of them consider her notable personification of Goddess ‘Saraswati’ ‘Parvati’ and ‘Laxmi’.

Gayatri Maa’s passionate and avid admirers perform several prayers on her name in innumerable temples and pilgrimages. These devotees also recite Gayatri Mantra persistently and carry out archetypal sacred Hawans and Yagnas at Gayatri temples as well as homes.

In various places, it has also been reverenced with the name- Sanskrit Diwas to delineate the eminence of the Sanskrit language in Hindu culture. Divinity’s fervent believers exhibit that she is a sacred Goddess and eliminates ignorance by her spark and utmost power amongst the folks.

Benefits of Chanting Gayatri Mantra

gayatri mantra

Mother- Gayatri showers her protection, bounty, and endowment if she is being worshipped by chanting Gayatri Mantra, thrice a day, ideally in the early morning after the sunrise, after noontime, and before the sunset in the evening time.

It is said that Mother Gayatri removes all the hurdles, obstacles, and hindrances from one’s life if she/he has ever committed any crime or sin and unintentionally done any wrong deed in the past days.

Reciting the Gayatri mantra has innumerable health benefits, such as:

  • It helps in cooling down your mind.
  • Boosts up in increasing ability to think and understand quickly.
  • Intensifies ability, power and strength.
  • Improves immunity and stamina.
  • Lessens the heart attacks and breathing problems.

Shani Amavasya 2022 – Date, Puja Vidhi and Significance

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Amavasya falls on Saturday is known as Shani Amavasya. This year, it falls on Saturday, 30 April,(Vaishakh Amavasya) and Saturday, 27 August(Bhadrapada Amavasya).

Lord Shani is popularly known as Saturn. In Hinduism, vehement devotees offer their prayers to impress Shani Deva by following numerous religious customs. They follow strict traditional rituals to protect one from inadequate omens. It is esteemed as a very important and holy day to cleanse all your Deeds and Karmas and take care of any kind of astrological doshas.

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Shani Amavasya

Lord Shani Puja Vidhi at Home

Here is Lord Shani puja vidhi and procedure at home. But it is recommended not to worship Lord Shani at your home. You can perform Shani puja nearby Shani temples.

  • Keep an iron Statue or an image of Lord Shani in your temple.
  • It is considered very auspicious to esteem Lord Shiva, Hanumana, and Lord Ganesha along with Lord Shani on this opportune day.
  • Ideally, it is suggested to place idols of these gods inside the main sanctum-sanctorum.
  • Mix some Sesame seeds and Til Ka Tel in the water before taking a holy bathe.
  • Wear Black Clothes to impress Lord Shani.
  • Can observe a strict Fast as well.
  • One should also meditate and follow the Path of Enlightenment for inner- peace and satisfaction.
  • Offer Blue flowers and Bhoga to the idol.
  • Proffer black til seeds, black muslin cloth, castor oil, black channa, and iron nails.
  • Chant the Shani Deva Shloka for 11,000 times “OM PRAM PRIM PROM SAH SHANAYE NAMAH” or Om Sanaischaraya Vidmahe Sooryaputraya Dheemahi,Tanno Manda Prachodayata.
  • All the things worshiped should be distributed among the poor and necessitous.
  • Feed a black dog, a crow or other animals.

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Rituals of Shani Amavasya

On Shani Amavasya, Yagya or havan are performed in Navagraha temples of Shani temple. The idol of Shani is cleaned with Ganga Jal, Panchamrit, mustard oil, and water chanting “Om Shaneshwaraye Namah”. Fasting is observed on this day and Shani Chalisa is read. Shani Tailabhishekam and Shani Shanti Puja are the two most important rituals of this day. These rituals lessen the effect of Shani dosha on one’s horoscope.

Significance of Shani Amavasya

Lord Shani teaches us the importance of discipline to succeed in life. Having consistency is something that is highly beneficial to keep negative influences in check. People perform various pujas to please him. Shani Amavasya is considered the easiest day to appease Lord Shani and take his blessings for having a successful life.

  • This favourable day brings in good luck, riches and happiness in one’s life.
  • Removes all types of difficulties and the obstacles from the Success Path.
  • If one observes Fast (Vrata) on this felicitous day can relish a trouble and hurdle free life.
  • It is often suggested to visit Shani temples and Lord Shiva Temples for the betterment.
  • Light a lamp of Sesame (til) oil and perform Shani Taila Abisekham on the iron image.
  • Please the God by Offering Blue flowers and Sesame Oil.
  • Minimizes the impacts of Shani dosha and pitra dosha.
  • Recite Shani stotra to pay homage to lord- Shani. Shani mantra for 108 times can bring peace and stillness.
  • Perform Shani Graha Puja and Homa for the protection from Doshas.
  • It also cleanses once mind, Soul and shields from the- impurities, black magic and the Buri- Nazar Effect (evil eye).
  • You should donate clothes to Poverty-stricken to prevent misfortunes and can feed to Dogs, ants, crows to impress Lord Shani.
  • Puja to Shani can give relief from all kinds of sufferings caused by Malefic Saturn or Shani and neutralize the bad effects of the planet.

Shani Puja Benefits

Shani is an indicator of misery, longevity, sorrow, old age, death, restriction, discipline, delay, responsibility, authority, humility, wisdom, integrity, and ambition. It is regarded as the planet of darkness, which governs the dark side of human nature. It is seen as both a destroyer and a giver. Worshipping Shani sincerely blesses one with life sans obstructions, and fulfillment of all wishes.

Shanishchara Jayanti

Lord Shani is the most feared God in Hindu Folklore and is considered to be the Karma (deeds) Guru/Mentor for the worshipers. It is also popular as the Lord of Saturday and is famed as one of the nine primary celestial bodies (Navgrahas) of the Universe. Shani Deva is better known as “Śanaiścara”; therefore this eminent day is also noted as Shanishchara Jayanti.

Shanishchara Jayanti or Shani Jayanti is considered a divine day to worship Lord Shani. It is also presumed that, on this propitious day, Lord Shani was appeared on Earth to give blessing to his avid devotees. Worship is all about establishing a connection between Lord and doing such deeds which will bring peace and bliss to anyone’s life apart from all Vedic/religious rituals in our Sanatan Dharma.

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Purnima Dates 2022 | Purnima Calendar

According to the Hindu calendar, the full moon days are known as Purnima. These days hold immense importance in Hindus. Many festivals are celebrated on Purnima tithi and Purnima vrat is also observed. It comes 12 times in a year; the list of 2022 Purnima dates, you will find in this Purnima calendar.

Purnima calendar 2022: Here is the list of all 12 Purnima dates in 2022 along with festivals associated with those dates;

Purnima2022 DateFestivals & Vrats
Paush PurnimaMonday, 17 JanuaryShakambhari Purnima
Magha PurnimaWednesday, 16 FebruaryGuru Ravidas Jayanti, Lalita Jayanti
Phalguna PurnimaThursday, 17 MarchChhoti Holi, Holika Dahan
Friday, 18 MarchDol Purnima, Chaitanya Jayanti
Chaitra PurnimaSaturday, 16 AprilHanuman Jayanti
Vaishakha PurnimaSunday, 15 MayKurma Jayanti
Monday, 16 MayBuddha Purnima
Jyeshtha PurnimaTuesday, 14 JuneKabirdas Jayanti, Snana Yatra
Ashadha PurnimaWednesday, 13 JulyKokila Vrat, Guru Purnima, Vysaa Puja
Shravan PurnimaThursday, 11 AugustRaksha Bandhan, Hayagriva Jayanti
Friday, 12 AugustNarali Purnima
Bhadrapada PurnimaSaturday, 10 SeptemberPurnima Shraddha
Ashwin PurnimaSunday, 9 OctoberValmiki Jayanti, Kojagara Puja, Meerabai Jayanti
Kartika PurnimaTuesday, 8 NovemberGuru Nanak Jayanti
Margashirsha PurnimaWednesday, 7 DecemberDattatreya Jayanti
Thursday, 8 DecemberAnnapurna Jayanti, Bhairavi Jayanti

Festivals on Purnima 2022

Here is the list of festivals & vrats are to be observed in the 2022 Purnima dates.

  1. Shakambhari Purnima(Monday, 17 January): Paush Purnima is also known as Shakambhari Purnima. Shankabhari Devi is worshiped on this day.
  2. Magha Purnima(Wednesday, 16 February): Bathing and donating the Ganges on Magha Purnima eradicates all sins of a person. It is believed that on the day of Magha Purnima, Lord Vishnu himself comes to bathe in the river Ganges.
  3. Chhoti Holi and Holika Dahan(Thursday, 17 March): On auspicious Phalguna Purnima, Holika Dahan is celebrated. Dol Purnima, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu Jayanti is also observed on this day.
  4. Hanuman Jayanti(Saturday, 16 April): The birthday of Lord Hanuman is observed on Chaitra Purnima. Lord Hanuman is followed by many people and is worshiped with a lot of devotion. People chant Hanuman Chalisa 108 times together in a gathering and remember his contributions.
  5. Vaishakh Purnima(Sunday, 15 May): Buddha Purnima/Buddha Jayanti is also celebrated on Vaishakh Purnima. Many acts of charity and charity are performed on this day. This day is also called Satya Vinayak Purnima.
  6. Jyeshtha Purnima(Monday, 16 May): On this day, after bathing in the Ganges, all the wishes are fulfilled by offering alms and offering alms. In some areas, Jyestha Purnima is also celebrated as Vat Purnima Vrat.
  7. Ashadha Purnima(Wednesday, 13 July): This full moon day is celebrated as Guru Purnima.
  8. Shravan Purnima(Thursday, 11 August) is very sacred as it is counted as the last day of holy Shravan month. The famous Raksha Bandhan festival is celebrated on this day.
  9. Bhadrapada Purnima(Saturday, 10 September) is a widespread belief that one who performs the Bhadrapada Purnima Snan receives the divine blessings of Lord Vishnu.
  10. Ashwin Purnima(Sunday, 9 October): Ashwin Purnima falls on the Full Moon day during the Hindu lunar month of Ashwin. It is celebrated as a harvest festival and it marks the end of monsoon. Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped in the night. Ashwin Purnima is also known as Sharad Purnima, Kojagari Purnima and Kuanr Purnim
  11. Kartik Purnima(Tuesday, 8 November): On this day Lord Shiva killed a demon named Tripurasura; hence it is also called ‘Tripuri Purnima’. On the evening of Kartik Purnima, there was a mermaid of Lord Vishnu. On this day, after bathing in the Ganges, the fruit of Deep-dan is similar to ten yagyas. Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, Angira, and Aditya have called it Mahapunit festival.
  12. Margashirsha Purnima(Wednesday, 7 December): Bathing has a great importance by wishing for virtue on the full moon bath, and the fruit of the donation made on this occasion is immense. Fasting and worshiping on Margashirsha Purnima gives all the happiness.

Purnima Vrat

On Purnima, people wake up early in the morning and start vrat rituals. On these days a bath is taken in the Ganges or other sacred rivers. After this, people offer water to Shiva lingam as well as worship other Gods and Goddesses. Lord Vishnu is also worshiped on this day. It is said that many people observe Lord Satyanarayana vrat on this day. Also, after giving food to a needy person or a Brahmin, make a donation. Such as – Give especially sesame, jaggery, blanket or woolen cloth to charity.

Significance of Purnima Vrat

Purnima days are highly auspicious. By taking a bath in the Ganges on Purnima, you get a lot of merits. It is believed that if we observe specific rituals on this day, all the sufferings of human life will end. According to the astrological vision angle, this day is also considered very special. If the moon is weak in one’s horoscope; he/she should observe Purnima vrat as a remedy. Purnima vrat bestows prosperity and happiness.

Other Important Dates: Amavasya Dates, Sankranti Dates, and Ekadashi Dates

Navami Dates 2022 | Navami Calendar

The Ninth lunar day each of the two lunar phases (Krishna Paksha and Sukla Paksha) is called Navami. Navami which comes after the full moon (Purnima) is called Krishna Paksha Navami. And the Navami after Amavasya is called Shukla Paksha Navami. It comes 24/25 times in a year; the list of 2022 Navami dates, you will find in this Navami calendar.

Navami Dates 2022

2022 Navami Calendar with dates, festivals, and vrats.

Navami dates 2022TithiFestivals and Vrats
Tuesday, 11 JanuaryPaush Shukla Paksha
Wednesday, 26 JanuaryMagha, Krishna Paksha
Thursday, 10 FebruaryMagha, Shukla Paksha
Friday, 25 FebruaryPhalguna, Krishna PakshaSri Ramdas Navami
Friday, 11 MarchPhalguna, Shukla Paksha
Saturday, 26 MarchChaitra, Krishna Paksha
Sunday, 10 AprilChaitra, Shukla PakshaRam Navami
Sunday, 24 AprilVaisakha, Krishna Paksha
Tuesday, 10 MayVaisakha, Shukla PakshaSita Navami
Tuesday, 24 MayJyestha, Krishna Paksha
Thursday, 9 JuneJyestha, Shukla PakshaMahesh Navami
Wednesday, 22 JuneAshadha, Krishna Paksha
Friday, 8 JulyAshadha, Shukla Paksha
Friday, 22 JulyShravan, Krishna Paksha
Saturday, 6 AugustShravan Shukla Paksha
Saturday, 20 AugustBhadra, Krishna PakshaGoga Navami
Monday, 5 SeptemberBhadra, Shukla Paksha
Monday, 19 SeptemberAshwina, Krishna PakshaAvidhava Navami
Tuesday, 4 OctoberAshwina, Shukla PakshaMaha Navami
Wednesday, 19 OctoberKartika, Krishna Paksha
Wednesday, 2 NovemberKartika, Shukla PakshaAkshaya Navami
Thursday, 17 NovemberMarga, Krishna Paksha
Friday, 2 DecemberMarga, Shukla Paksha
Saturday, 17 DecemberPaush Shukla Paksha
Saturday, 31 DecemberPaush Shukla Paksha

Important festivals on Navami 2022

Ram Navami, Sita Navami and Maha Navami are the three most important festivals observed on navami tithi.

Ram Navami

Ram Navami is a Hindu spring festival observed on Chaitra, Shukla Paksha Navami. It is celebrated on the ninth and last day of Chaitra Navratri in the month of March/April. In 2022 Ram Navami falls on Sunday, 10 April. Eight Prahar fasting is suggested during Ram Navami. This means devotes should observe the fast from sunrise to sunrise.

Sita Navami

Sita Navami

Sita Navami or Jayanti is the day that celebrates the birth of Goddess Sita. It is also known as Janki Navami. It is celebrated during Shukla Paksha of Vaishakha month. In 2022 Sita Navami falls on Tuesday, 10 May. Even Lord Ram was born on Navami Tithi during Shukla Paksha of Chaitra month. Hence according to the Hindu calendar, Sita Jayanti falls after one month of Ram Navami.

Maha Navami

Maha Navami Tithi falls on the 9th day of Navratri which observes the worship of Goddess Siddhidatri, the 9th form of NavaDurga. On Maha Navami, Maa Durga is worshiped as Mahisasura Mardini.

It is important to note that depending on the starting time of Navami Tithi on the previous day Maha Navami Puja and Upavas might be done on Ashtami Tithi. The precise rule is that if Ashtami and Navami merge before Sanyakal on Ashtami Tithi then Ashtami Puja and Navami Puja including Sandhi Puja are done on the same day.

Other Festivals on Navami Dates

  • Mahananda Navami: This vrat falls on Navami tithi of Margashirsha Shukla Paksha. It is dedicated to the worship of Goddess Lakshmi. If you lack happiness, prosperity, wealth, and wealth for any reason. Then by observing this vrat; Goddess Lakshmi removes all these shortcomings. Fasting and donating on this day removes poverty.
  • Sri Ramdas Navami: Samarth Ramdas (1608-1681) is one of the greatest Hindu saints of Indian history. Sri Ramdas was born in 1606 on Krishna Paksha Navami in Magh Month. Hence, it is celebrated as Sri Ramdas Navami.
  • Mahesh Navami: Mahesh Navami is the biggest festival of the Maheshwari community. It falls on Jyeshtha Shukla Paksha Navami. This festival is mainly dedicated to the worship of Lord Mahesha and the Goddess Parvati.
  • Goga Navami: It is also known as Guga Naumi and dedicated to worship of Lord Guga – the Snake God. Goga Navami falls on the Bhadrapad Krishna Paksha Navami tithi.
  • Avidhava Navami: It falls on Ashwina Krishna Paksha Navami i.e. the 9th day of Pitru Paksha. Avidhava Navami is mainly observed in the northern states of India and is also popularly known as ‘Adukha Navami’.
  • Akshaya Navami: It is also known as Amla Navami. Akshaya Navami falls on Kartik Shukla Paksha Navami. According to traditional beliefs, on the day of Akshaya Navami, devotees worship Amla tree and seek blessings of Goddess Lakshmi. This day has a similar significance as Akshaya Tritiya.

Other Important Dates: Ashtami Dates

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