Monday, June 19, 2017

A Biography of Revered Baba Manohar Das ji

Shri Manohar Das ji

As per shuchInA.n shrImatA.n gehe yogabhraShTo.abhijAyate revered Shri Manohar Das Baba had brought the distinctive samskaras[1] of his previous lives and come to this world.


 Maheshwar, Situated on the Banks of the Narmada

The birth of Baba Manohar Das ji took place in ancient Mahishmati-puri (Maheshwar) situated on the banks of the Narmada River. He was born on Shukla Chaturthi of Baisakh, in 1976 of the Vikram Samvat Era  to a brahmin family of Maharashtra , early in the morning at 4 o' clock in the year 1919. 
 
Till after a month of his being born he was snugly kept wrapped in cotton-wool. Not a drop of water, milk or medicine could enter his stomach, in the beginning. Merely his heart throbbing in his chest could be heard as proof of his being alive. Seeing this precarious condition of his, people had begun to say that some saint was completing the sadhana of his previous birth. All his physical functions activated a month later on their own accord.


Shri Baburao & Shrimati Saraswati Bai Mule, Parents of Manohar Das ji

His father Shri Khanderao-Narayan Rao Mule (Baburao ji) was the royal family priest of Maharaji Tukoji Rao Holkar of Indore State. He was a jagirdar and a renowned vaidh in his own right. Shrimati Saraswati Bai Mule, the mother of revered Manohar Baba, was an extremely pious, religious, and sattvic l[2]ady.


Sakhyahari Mule (Standing)& Shri Manohar Das ji (right) with Shri Balkrishna Das ji Maharaj(left)

 Sakhyahari Mule (Vishnu Panth) was the only elder brother of Baba and he had no sister.  Manohar Das ji was brought up with doting affection since he was the youngest child of his parents. Particular care was taken of every interest of his.

When Manohar Das ji and his elder brother were sent to Indore for acquiring education, Baba was not interested in studying at school. Consequently he came back home. He learnt the teachings up to Yajurveda and Karmkanda, and got a diploma in 'Kavya Tirth' from Damodar Pandit, a great scholar of Maheshwar.


 The Sitar

By learning to play the sitar Shri Manohar Das ji imbibed pure knowledge of music. He learnt how to swim in the waters of River Narmada and became an expert swimmer in a short span of time. Baba learnt the stratagems of wrestling from Ram Moorti, a renowned wrestler in those days. He remained an active member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) along with his brother Sakhyahari ji for some days.

The samskaras of his previous lives gradually became evident in a powerful manner. Arrangement of a separate puja room had been made for him. 


 A Shivlanga

Some saint had gifted Manohar Das ji an extraordinary shivling.He would pluck 108 bilav patra and regularly worship the aforementioned Shivlinga with them. When he was roughly 15-16 years of age, he learnt the six duties of hatha yoga (a kind of austerity in which the body is subjected to severe hardships) form Rangnath Guru a renowned yogi  in Maheshwar.


 Goddess Gayatri

Maharaj Kulkarni ji, a siddh saint used to live in a hut made on the banks of river Narmada. Baba did several Gayatri purushcharanas[3]  under his guidance. “The storm of renunciation is going to uproot you and carry you off, very soon,” is what Maharaj Kuklarni would often tell Manohar Baba


 Shri Kripalu ji Maharaj

A young saint named Shri Kripalu ji Maharaj had fervently propagated Naam Sankirtan in Madhya Pradesh in those days. Being in the company of this saint for a short span of seven days made Baba completely detached from the mundane world and inflamed the immanent fire of asceticism within him. His mind ardently longed to find a true sadguru and he was passionately drawn towards Vrindavan. Baba found it increasingly difficult to stay at home now.


Shri Vrindavan

Finally breaking all ties with this material world and totally depending on divine intervention:
ananyaashchin tayanto maam ye janaahaa paryupaasate |
teshaam nityaabhiyuktaanaam yogakshemam vahaamyaham || 22 ||


‘With single-pointed meditation, those who are constantly engaged in my worship, I carry the burden of acquisition and preservation of their needs. ‘

Baba came to Shri Dham Vrindavan In the Shravan month of 1945, in search of his chirsangi, his long standing companion. 


 Shri Balkrishna Das ji Maharaj

Shri Manohar Das ji took the refuge of self-realized saint, ‘Shri Balkrishna Das ji Maharaj ‘as his  true guru and offered his entire being at the holy feet of Shri Maharaj ji for all times to come. Shri Maharaj ji made him understand the spiritual importance of Vrindavan Dham and made Baba take a tour of Nandgaon and other sites of Braj Mandal on foot. He kept showering Baba with constant affection. Wowing the seeds of love for Supreme Lover Krishna and His Beloved Shri Radha in him, he made them sprout and blossom. In strict accordance to the orders of revered Maharaj ji, Baba and Devi ji would chant the mahamantra three lakh times, every day of the month. 


  Kalpataru, the Wish Fulfilling Tree

Highly revered Shri Maharaj ji was virtually a kalpataru [4] for Manohar Baba. Besides, Baba would secretly put Maharaj ji’s satsangs down in writing. These spiritual discourses have been published as ‘Bhagwat Saar Sanket.’

24 photographs  of Maharaj ji in various emotional-postures with shut eyes and ruffled clothes, running in ecstasy,sitting in a trance, lying down lifeless in an inanimate condition, shedding tears on  reaching the heights of elation, have been made available to us due to Baba’s efforts. Baba had sequentially penned down the daily routine of Maharaj ji's entire life in his diaries, which has been published in 'Charit Vaibhav,' his biography.

Revered Shri Maharaj stayed for years together in the Ganga Mandir with respected Baba, respected Devi ji respected Thakur ji, respected Kusum ji and others, his inner circle of devotees.

 Shri Manohar Das ji (left) with Shri Balkrishna Das ji Maharaj

 Ever since (1945) respected Baba came into the refuge of Shri Balkrsihna Das ji Maharaj he became a bee in the lotus feet of Shri Bal Krishna Das ji Maharaj ji and forever stayed by his side. He could not bear to be away from the feet of his Guru so much so that when he had to go for madhukari [5] Maharaj ji would surely be by his side. Having darshan of several siddh saints through Maharaj ji and venturing out with him to see the Rasa Lila had become his routine and system of dedicated devotion. Crossing the auspicious paths of bhajan and sadhan from 1945 to 1956, Shri Guru ji separated Baba from himself due to some godly ordinance, as if to tighten him on the touchstone of toughness for attaining the elevated state of sadhana and bhajan, in the beginning of 1957. In this manner for about 30 years revered Baba was heated as well as assayed by fire. Becoming pure gold, he came into the proximity of Shri Guru Dev. Even on experiencing this state of separation for such a long time Baba’s dedication to his Guru was least affected. During this period Manohar Baba stayed in a hut made on the Suraj Ghat near Madan Mohan ji, and this is where his sadhana reached the zenith. Out of affection, 

 
Santosh Bahenji

Santosh Bahenji, the embodiment of patience and tolerance, would make arrangements of serving him and taking care of Baba’s needs and comforts, as well as make others do the same. Baba would invariably get phalahar ( a meal of fruits) at her residence on Ekadashi during this time span of about 30 years.

 
Bhaktisvarupa Shri Usha Bahenji

Bhaktisvarupa saint Usha Bahenji had come to stay for good in Vrindavan in 1959. She had immense affection and regard for Manohar Baba. Holding him in high esteem, she would always pay respects to him. She would address Baba as ‘Bhaiya’ and therefore her entire parikar called him 'Bhaiya ji.' Bahen ji would always give Baba importance and urged bahenas of her inner circle of devotees to ask him for advice and follow his instructions. Manohar Baba was famed in her parikar as ‘sabke pyare sabke hitkari bhaiya’, ‘doing good to all and being loved by all.’ Baba had asked them to do paath on a regular basis and they have been dedicatedly following his instructions till date.

If Baba would step out of Vrindavan for a few days he would return to Vrindavan like the bird of a ship and hover around Shri Maharaj ji like a black bee.


 Gajendra Moksha

Shri Manohar Baba was asked to start the paath (recitation) of Gajendra Moksha as a daily routine by Swami Krishan Anand ji Maharaj. Baba instinctively accepted this advice and carried on doing the paath throughout his life. People say that his ordained terrifying death was averted by this practice .He asked several members of his parikar to do the paath of gajendra moksha as a daily routine and those people could see its perceptible benefits during their lifetime.   
    
Baba was once lying down in his hut in a semi-conscious state. Suddenly he saw that Shri Hanuman leapt and came out from the puja-room of his house situated in Maheshwar. The instant Hanuman ji bent his face towards his ear, Baba was apprehensive that he would give Baba the Ram Mantra but amazingly Hanuman ji gave him the diksha of Krishna Mantra. Hanuman ji is the protector of sadhus and saints and makes them steadfast in their devotion for their isht.


 Raas Panchadhyayi

Manohar Baba once went to visit Usha Bahen ji in the evening. Suddenly dense clouds gathered and it began to rain heavily. Baba was incapable of returning to his hut in this deluge. Therefore revered Usha Bahenji arranged for his stay in a room near her own. It was Baba's routine to bathe in the middle of the night every day and read the 'Raas Panchadhyayi.'[6]

Thence when he sat down to read the scripture, Usha Bahenji saw from her room that Baba was in gopivesh and had been completely adorned as a gopi. Baba would never hide any matter of his from Usha Bahenji. Early in the morning when Bahenji narrated this amazing incident to Baba, he readily accepted the fact that Thakurji had braided his hair and done his shringar by decking him at night.


 Sakhis Searching for Krishna

Baba was once affected by extreme weakness for three days in a row. On some close person asking him the reason for this state of his Baba revealed,” A couple of sakhis and I had gone out to search for Shri Krishna, the Supreme Lover. Selling curd was just an excuse. We thoroughly looked around for Him and the entire day passed by. The sun was about to set but dark-hued Krishna was not to be found. The fatigue of that body of bhavas had repercussions on this earthly body.” While saying so his throat became hoarse and eyes streamed with tears, the anguish of not being able to meet Supreme Lover Krishna was apparent on his face.

Venu Vinod Kunj had been built in the year 1963, on the insistence of bhaktas and devotees of Shri Maharaj ji. Baba also came to stay here from 1987 onwards, as per the orders of Shri Maharaj ji. He continued to live in these premises throughout his life.


 Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's Sankirtan Movement

On completion of 500 years of the tirobhava (disappearance by divine power) of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the chief exponent of the sankirtana movement, a resolve arose in Shri Maharaj;s heart to get the 501 days akhand sankirtan done in Barwani. He encouraged the people of Barwani to do so. Soon after, they got the non-stop sankirtan of the Mahamantra which lasted for 501 days (18 months), done in the Ram Mandir of Barwani from 18th July, 2004 till 5th January, 2006.
 
Shri Radha Baba

Dejected on seeing someone else’s distress, tolerance and composure were naturally present in Manohar Baba. He lived in an extremely simple manner since his needs were very few. Ever since his mother had passed away in 1954 he had never worn stitched clothes. His attire comprised of an outer wrap, a saafi or sash tightly tied around his waist and an upper cloth. During winters he would tie a silken cloth, measuring three metres, firmly around his chest and alongside he would wind a white cloth around his head, very much like a turban. Revered Radha Baba of Gorakhpur would be very pleased on seeing this dress up of his.


 Shri Sushila Bahenji

Even on being in an infirm state for four months, Baba’s elegance and dedication for his Guru remained unshaken. He was philosophically looking at the dance of Mrityu Sundari, a beauty called death. On revered Shri Sushila Bahenji’s asking him how he was feeling, one day before he left for the supreme abode, Baba replied with a slight smile,”I have reached my destination.” ( eternal search of the individual soul for union with the Divine). Besides, he told saint Devi ji,” I have taken permission from Shri Maharaj ji. Just three more days left for me to go.”


 Lord Krishna Welcomes His Beloved Sakhi

This inheritance of the holy waters of the Narmada, the embodiment of a beloved sakhi, entered the rasa mandala on Bhadra Shukla Purnima, 3 September, 2009, a Friday, [samvat 2066], wherein Krishna, the Supreme Lover, was waiting for her with outstretched arms. I bow hundreds of times before revered Baba who was such an eminently great saint.


[1] Samskaras: In fact, everyone carries around with them a whole host of saṃskāras from this lifetime and previous lives (since the subtle body does not die with the physical one), and those impressions unconsciously shape our preferences and the assumptions we project onto the people and situations we encounter.
[2] Sattvic: characterized by sattva; having a serene, harmonious, balanced mind or attitude.
[3] Purushcharan: a preliminary rite; repetition of the name of a deity with burnt offerings, to obtain a purpose
[4] Kalpataru: one of the fabulous trees of Krishna's paradise that grants all desires
[5] Madhukar collecting alms (consisting of cooked food from door to door
[6] Raas Panchadhyayi: a quintet of chapters in the Bhagavata Purana on the theme of Krishna's relationship with the gopis.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Humble Request


Revered Manohar Das ji

All of you will be very pleased to know a that a compilation of motivational letters written by revered Baba Manohar Das ji (Venu Vinod Kunj, Vrindavan)is going to be published. The sweet form of spiritual rasa which revered Baba poured into these letters with his affectionate brush has been attained by us as ‘Madhur Patheya[1].’  We have been getting the closeness and holy company of revered Baba for the past more than 50 years. Although Baba was mainly connected to the parikar[2] of Venu Vinod Kunj but he had come into contact with and become extremely close to Bhaktimati Shri Usha Bahenji and her parikar since 1959-60. That is why he was known as ‘sabke priya sabke hitkari bhaiya,’ ‘saintly Bhaiya doing good to members of Bahenji’s parikar and loved by all of them. He would keep writing spiritually inspirational letters to us bahenas from time to time. You will get to read how we bahenas, detached from the mundane world, should meditate on the Divine in letters related to means and end .


 Sushila Bahen ji(Right) with Bhaktimati Usha Bahen ji

Some members of our inner circle of devotes, particularly Anil Bhatnagar, Vipin Aggarwal and Minaksh Aggarwal, insisted that Baba’s letters should be collected from everyone and published so that his showing us the path of attaining the Divine and satprerna, inspiration to realize the Ultimate Truth, is available to us throughout our life. Everyone got together and appealed to revered saint like Sushila Bahenji, who has been the right hand and the very life of Bhaktisvarupa[3] Usha Bahenji, to make this possible. She happily gave permission for the publication of these letters.



Shri Santosh Bahen ji

You will be surprised to know that Baba had written many letters addressed to revered Santosh Bahenji. [4]Reason being that whenever Baba would go to Maheshwar, Ambala and other places revered Bahenji would insist on his explaining the shlokas of Shri Krishna Karnamrita and serious verses steeped in Krishna’s lila, whose answers we will get to read as his beautiful interpretation in this book. Several years before she left the mundane world Santosh Bahenji had handed over the treasure to me. I had preserved this collection by putting the letters down in writing with my own hands. All this took place unknowingly. Similarly letters addressed to me were very large in number. I had selected some of these and noted them down in my diary. On getting an opportunity to get them published now I have done a favour to my younger brothers and sisters, members of the parikar. Never imagining that this was possible, I would just glance over them from time to time for inspiration to realize the ultimate truth.
Prem Piyush Dhara’ and Prem Sudha Dhara,’ two books on compilations of letters, have been published by Brajnidhi Prakashan. Similarly  ‘Prem Rasamrit Dhara,’ the third link in this chain, a new compilation of letters written by revered Baba Manohar Das ji is being published.
‘Prem Rasamrit Dhara has two parts

Pratham Pravah: Lila Anushilan[5]


Shri Venu Geet

Venu Gitam-During the priceless moments of sadhtana in his hut on Suraj Ghat while revered Baba meditated upon Venu Geet [6], he had done translation of the Sanskrit commentary written by eight acharyas in his own words. I got to acquire this translation from somewhere. In ‘Prem Rasamrit Dhara’ we have added the implied meaning of Venu Geet in understandable Hindi which has been given in the 21st chapter of the 10th canto of Srimad Bhagwat by Gita Press Gorakhpur, so that it can be understood by ordinary sadhakas. Therefore we are very grateful to the respected editor of Gita Press for having made this interpretation of the bhavas easily available for everybody.

2)Van Te Braj Aavat


Lord Krishna Returns Home at the Hour of Cowdust

When the cows have finished grazing, gopis relish the beauty of the Supreme Lover with thirsting eyes as He returns home at the hour of cowdust. Revered Baba had reflected upon and written about this lila and given the write up to me years ago.

Dvitiya Pravah-Madhur Patheya
The compilation written by revered Baba(approximately 108 letters) is presented in front of all of you as Madhur Patheya. In the beginning we have letters addressed to revered Krishna Anuragini Sanosh Bahenji, the beloved of Krishna; all of them are relishable and laden with the rasa of lila. Thereafter we have letters written to respected Darshan Bahenji, Usha Bahenji and Vijay Bhaiya. Revered Baba has acquainted us with bhajan pranali, the method of confidential bhajana which is useful for sadhakas leading a totally detached life. Revered Baba has watered the sadhaka with his ras amrit as per the level of the spiritual aspirant.


Naam Smarana, Chanting God's Name

For sadhakas leading a detached life Baba has poured the nectar of spiritual instructions which is beyond moh maya or attachment to the mundane world, wherein the aspirant has to do austere spiritual practice and constant Naam Smarana/Smaran by chanting God’s Name in the mind.

The loving message that Baba gave to householders who took care of their families was that they should seek the refuge of chanting God’s Name by constant naam smarana which was capable enough of making them attain their spiritual goal. There was no need for them to undertake any austere sadhana or spiritual practice.

At times when Baba would feel that we were inattentive (on the spiritual path) we were even scolded sweetly.

Finally I do hope that all sadhakas, right from the ordinary to higher levels, and viraktas or those detached from worldly affairs will certainly benefit on relishing this Madhur Patheya. Furthermore, I hope that they will strive to walk on the path to spiritual self-realization, shown by revered Baba.


'Prem Rasamrit Dhara'

First of all I am extremely grateful to our highly revered Bahenji Sushri Sushila Sharma who obliged us by agreeing to have revered Baba’s letters brought out in this compilation ‘Prem Rasamrit Dhara’ as a publisher.


Shri Radha-Krishna

I pray to the Yugal Sarkar (Shri Radha-Krishna) that they keep her in good health so that she can give us satprerna, inspiration to realize the Ultimate Truth and guide us on the path to union with the Divine. Staying under her protection, we brothers and sisters are  progressing on the spiritual path.


Bottom: Dr Santosh Gupta (Centre)

Moreover, I am grateful to all those who have given me their respective letters to be published and to those brothers and sisters who have helped in completion of this task in whichever way. Although all of them have been close to Shri Manohar Das ji and recipients of revered Baba’s mercy but even then I wish that Baba’s causeless mercy and affectionate grace keeps being showered on them along with me for all times to come.

Spiritually inclined intellectuals should kindly correct any shortcomings which have been overlooked in this compilation.

Rasikjan Kripakankshini [7]
Dr Santosh Gupta
M.A.Ph.d (HIS)
Retired Principle
Rajkiya Mahavidyalaya, Hodal Haryana
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[1] Patheya: sweet provisions for our spiritual’s journey
[2] Parikar: inner circle of devotees
[3] Bhaktisvarupa: embodiment of bhakti
[4] Santosh Bahenji: The waters of Jhelum abound with love tales of Laila Majnu and Shiri Farhad. Born in a Sikh family of these environs of Kashmir and impressed by Gandhi's principles, Santosh Bahenji, daughter of an affluent father, got Shaligramji from a sage when she was very young. Longing for Krishna In 1942, she came to the holy site of Vrindavan at the tender age of 19 and met great saints like Sri Sri Maharaj ji, Bobo ji & Sushila Bahenji who influenced her life. Sarla Bahenji was her constant companion. 

'Sri Krishna Anuragini Santosh Bahenji' was published in 2005 and showcases her experiences with Shri Bihari ji, Vrindavan, Yamunja ji, the Yugal Sarkar of Saint Ushaji and the parikar in Vrindavan. She left for Gaulok on 3rd August 2004.

[5] Lila Anushilan: in pursuit of Lord Krishna’s lila or divine play
[6] Venu Geet: The Venu Geet or Song of Lord Krishna's Flute Play is a compilation of 20 shlokas in the tenth canto of Shrimad Bha gwat. Shri Manohar Baba's moving commentary on Venu Geet in 'Prem Rasamrit Dhara' helps us imbibe the essence of Krishna's message given by the song of his flute play.

[7] Rasikjan Kripakankshini: desiring the favour of Rasikas

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Spiritual Calendar: June,2017


4th June, 2017: Ganga Dussehra


Birth of Goddess Ganga

During this festival ten days of the month are devoted to the worship of Holy River Ganga venerated by the Hindus as a mother and a goddess.

Places such as Rishikesh, Haridwar, Garh-Mukteswar, Prayag, Varanasi and others where the Ganga flows, hold a special significance on this day. Devotees flock to these places & Varanasi with its many ghats situated on the west bank of the Ganga, to touch the river water, bathe in it and take the river clay home to venerate.

In Haridwar, 'aartis' are performed at twilight and a large number of devotees meditate on the riverbanks.The river Ganga rises at Gangotri, high in the snow-clad Himalayas. Cascading down mighty boulders, it flows into the hot plains of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and finally merges with the sea in the Bay of Bengal.

Bhagirath Prays for the Ganga to Descend on Earth

Regarded as a celestial river originating in the heavens, Ganga was gifted to mankind in answer to the great sadhana undertaken by Bhagirath, after whom she is also called Bhagirathi. Bhagirath, a descendant of the Sagara dynasty, prayed for the Ganga to descend onto the parched earth and bring life. But the torrential waters of the Ganga were a mighty and destructive force. Brahma and Vishnu asked Shiva to accept the Ganga into His matted locks. Confined in Shiva's hair, Ganga lost the wild force of her flow and became a placid, life-giving river.

Despite its pollution, the Ganga is a symbol of purity. Its water bestows salvation to the dying and new life to the living. Unusual images of Lord Jagannath, his brother Balaram and sister Subhadra are ceremonially pulled in the grand chariots at Puri.

5th June, 2017: Nirjala Ekadashi

Lord Vishnu

This Ekadashi falls in the month of Jyestha, during the Shukla paksha (June). Amongst the 24 Ekadashis , the vrata on Jyeshtha Shukla Ekadashi is considered most beneficial and said to give the fruits of 24 Ekadashis observed throughout the year. A complete fast is kept on this day with not a drop of water to drink. People worship Lord Vishnu to ensure happiness and prosperity, and forgiveness of transgressions and sins. On the preceding day that is on the 10th lunar day, Sandhya (evening prayer) is performed and only one meal is taken.

6th June, 2017: Pradosh Vrata


 Lord Shiva 

Pradosh means dusk and this fast is kept on the 13th day of each lunar fortnight for propitiating Lord Shiva.

With His blessings all desires are fulfilled and one attains spiritual enlightenment.It is said that on this day all gods and goddesses assemble on Mount Kailash to worship Lord Shiva.  When the Pradosh vrata falls on a Tuesday it is known as Bhaum Pradosh.

9th June, 2017: Sant Kabir Jayanti


 Saint Poet Kabir

Saint Kabir Jayanti is celebrated in honour of Sant Kabir Das, a mystical saint and poet predominant in North India. Kabir was born to Muslim parents in Benaras (erstwhile Varanasi) who turned to spirituality and religion at a very young age. Saint Kabir Jayanti is observed as an auspicious day dedicated to Kabir.

His life took a major turn after he started following the teachings of Guru Ramananda, a 15th century Hindu mystical guru who coined the name Kabir Das.

9th June, 2017: Snan Daan Purnima


Shri Jagannath Purnima

Snan Purnima occurs in the month of Jyestha. This Purnima is celebrated at a grand scale in the Jagannath Puri Temple of Orissa. Jyestha Purnima is also known as Jagannath Purnima.

13th June, 2017: Angarkhi Sankashti Chaturthi


Lord Ganesha

Each lunar month in Hindu calendar has two Chaturthi Tithis. The one after Puranmasi or full moon is known as Sankashti Chaturthi and the one after Amavasya or new moon is known as Vinayaka Chaturthi.

If Sankashti Chaturthi falls on Tuesday it is called Angarki Chaturthi and is considered highly auspicious. Sankashti Chaturthi fast is mostly observed in Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu in Western and Southern India.

20th June, 2017: Yogini Ekadashi

Lord Vishnu

Yogini Ekadashi occurs during the waning phase of the moon in the Hindu month of Ashadha (June – July) as per the traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India. The importance of this Ekadasi was explained to Yudhisthira by Lord Krishna. Fasting on this Ekadashi helps us overcome the remorse caused by committing sins and get ‘moksha.’

The significance of Yogini Ekadasi is mentioned in Brahma Vaivarta Purana. The Purana narrates the tale of a gardener named Hemamali who overcame a curse, which made him a leper, by observing a fast on Yogini Ekadasi. The gardener was instructed by sage Markandeya about the Ekadashi.

All the usual rules associated with Ekadasi fasting are observed on the day. The fast begins with the sunrise on Ekadasi day and ends with sunrise on the next day.

21st June, 2017: Bhaum Pradosh

Lord Shiva

Pradosh means dusk and this fast is kept on the 13th day of each lunar fortnight for propitiating Lord Shiva.

With His blessings all desires are fulfilled and one attains spiritual enlightenment. It is said that on this day all gods and goddesses assemble on Mount Kailash to worship Lord Shiva.

When the Pradosh Vrat falls on Tuesday, it is known as Bhaum Pradosh

24th June, 2017: Ashadha Amavasya


Ashadha Amavasya

The last day of the waning phase of the moon is called Amavasya which is the new moon day in the Hindu calendar. Many rituals are performed only on Amavasya Tithi. Amavasya falling on Monday is known as Somvati Amavasya and Amavasya falling on Saturday is known as Shani Amavasya.

All Amavasya days are appropriate to perform Shraddha rituals to appease ancestors. Amavasya day is also appropriate day to perform Kalasarpa Dosha puja.

25th June, 2017: Jagannath Puri Rath Yatra


Shri Jagannath, Subhadra & Balbhadra

Jagannath is a Hindu God worshipped primarily by the people of Orissa and Bengal. Jagannath is generally considered an aspect of Lord Vishnu or His avatara Krishna. He is worshipped as part of a triad along with Krishna's brother Balabhadra and his sister Subhadra. 

The Chariots of Shri Jagannath, Subhadra & Balbhadra

The most famous festival related to Jagannath is the Ratha Yatra, where the three deities are transported in three massive wooden chariots pulled by devotees from Puri to Gundicha Temple, about 3 kms away. Similar Ratha Yatra processions are organized all around the world.

26th June, 2017: Eid-ul-Fitr


Eid-ul-Fitr

Lakhs of Muslims, dressed in the best of finery, greet each other, exchange gifts and enjoy special sweet dishes, particularly sewaiyan. Eid which means happiness in Arabic is one of the most important festivals of the Muslims. Eid al-Fitr also called the Feast of Breaking the Fast, is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting . The religious Eid is a single day and Muslims are not permitted to fast that day. The holiday celebrates the conclusion of the 29 or 30 days of fasting from dawn to sunset during the entire month of Ramadan. Therefore, the day of Eid falls on the first day of the month of Shawwal. This is a day when Muslims around the world show a common goal of unity.

27th June,2017: Vinayaka Chaturthi


Lord Ganesha

Vinayaka Chaturthi is also known as Varad Vinayaka Chaturthi. Varad means “asking God to fulfill any desire which one has”. Lord Ganesha blesses devotees who observe this fast with wisdom and patience.Wisdom and patience are two virtues whose significance is known to human kind since ages.

Ganesha Puja on Vinayaka Chaturthi is done during the afternoon which is midday according to Hindu calendar.