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Chandra Grahan in December 2011 in India Chandragrahan Lunar Eclipse December 10, 2011

Chandra Grahan, Total Lunar Eclipse, will take place on December 10, 2011 in India. According to NASA, the Chandra Grahan is a Total lunar eclipse and is visible in India, Dubai, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and United States. The Chandragrahan will be taking place in India between 6:16 PM on December 10 to 9:48 PM on December 10, 2011.
Total Lunar Eclipse – the moon is fully covered – is from 7:36 PM to 8:37 PM on December 10, 2011.
The eclipse in India begins during moonrise so the initial phase of eclipse will not be visible in most parts of India.The time is same throughout India as per NASA.

Radha Ashtami

Birthday of Radha is celebrated as Radhaashtami throughout the
country and especially in the north, with full devotion and joy. Radha Ashtami
is observed after 15 days of Janmashtami, which is celebrated as the birthday of
Lord Krishna. Radharani’s birthday is the sacred eighth day of the month of
Bhadrapada (August-September). Sri Radha was born in Barsana, suburb of Mathura
and appeared as the daughter of Vrishabhanu and

On the day of Radhaashtami, devotees are
allowed special sanctions which are not allowed generally. Like, Radharani’s
name is usually not chanted due to the possibility of committing faults towards
her. Neither people are allowed to enter into Radha Kunda, or Radharani’s Pond,
which is considered holy. On the day of Radhastami, people wait until midnight
in order to bathe there. People chant her names on the ”appearance day” or
birthday of Sri Radha. Radharani is believed to ”appear”, being an eternal
companion of Krishna, she does not take birth or die.

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Sri Radha was older to Lord Krishna and it is believed that the
divine girl did not open her eyes until Sri Krishna was born. The relationship
of Sri Krishna and Radha surpasses human concepts and is spiritual in nature. It
is redundant to affirm that one may attain Krishna only through the Grace of

The Legends of Rakhi

Bhavishya Purana

refers to a battle between gods and demons, and Indra (the king of the gods) was feeling depressed. At that time Indra’s wife Sachi took a thread, charged it with sacred verses or Mantras for protection and tied it on Indra’s hand. Through the strength of this thread Indra conquered his enemies. Since then till today this festival is celebrated.

In the Epics

In Mahabharata when Lord Krishna advised Yudhishtthir to tie the puissant Rakhi to guard himself against impending evils. Thus the Raksha Bhandhan symbolizes all aspects of protection of the good from evil forces. In the ancient Puranik scriptures, it is said that King Bali’s stronghold had been the Raakhi. Hence while tying the rakhi this couplet is usually recited:

Yena baddho Balee raajaa daanavendro mahaabalah

tena twaam anubadhnaami rakshe maa chala maa chala

“I am tying a Rakhi on you, like the one on mighty demon king Bali. Be firm, O Rakhi, do not falter.”

Rani Karnawati and Emperor Humayun

During the medieval era, Rajputs were fighting Muslim invasions. Rakhi at that time meant a spiritual binding and protection of sisters was foremost. A famous incident relates how rakhi by then had broken the religious barriers. When Rani Karnawati the widowed queen of the king of Chittor realised that she could in no way defend the invasion of the Sultan of Gujarat, Bahadur Shah, she sent a rakhi to Emperor Humayun. The Emperor touched by the gesture started off with his troops without wasting any time.

Alexander The Great and King Puru

The oldest reference to the festival of rakhi goes back to 300 B.C. at the time when Alexander invaded India. It is said that the great conqueror, King Alexander of Macedonia was shaken by the fury of the Indian king Puru in his first attempt. Upset by this, Alexander’s wife, who had heard of the Rakhi festival, approached King Puru. King Puru accepted her as his sister and when the opportunity came during the war, he refrained from Alexander.

Ganesh Chaturthi

By Subhamoy Das

How to celebrate the great Ganesha festival

A life-like clay model of Lord Ganesha is made 2-3 months 
prior to the day of Ganesh Chaturthi. The size of this idol 
may vary from 3/4th of an inch to over 25 feet. 
On the day of the festival, it is placed on raised platforms 
in homes or in elaborately decorated outdoor tents for people 
to view and pay their homage. The priest, usually clad in red 
silk dhoti and shawl, then invokes life into the idol amidst 
the chanting of mantras. This ritual is the pranapratishhtha. 
After this the shhodashopachara (16 ways of paying tribute) 
follows. Coconut, jaggery, 21 modakas (rice flour preparation), 
21 durva (trefoil) blades and red flowers are offered. The idol 
is anointed with red unguent (rakta chandan). Throughout the 
ceremony, Vedic hymns from the Rig Veda and Ganapati Atharva S
hirsha Upanishad, and Ganesha stotra from the Narada Purana 
are chanted. 

For 10 days, from Bhadrapad Shudh Chaturthi to the Ananta 
Chaturdashi, Ganesha is worshipped. 

On the 11th day, the image is taken through the streets in 
a procession accompanied with dancing, singing, to be 
immersed in a river or the sea symbolizing a ritual see-off 
of the Lord in his journey towards his abode in Kailash 
while taking away with him the misfortunes of all man. 
All join in this final procession shouting "Ganapathi Bappa 
Morya, Purchya Varshi Laukariya" (O father Ganesha, come 
again early next year). After the final offering of coconuts, 
flowers and camphor is made, people carry the idol to the 
river to immerse it. 
The whole community comes to worship Ganesha in beautifully 
done tents. These also serve as the venue for free medical 
checkup, blood donation camps, charity for the poor, dramatic 
performances, films, devotional songs, etc. during the days 
of the festival.

Swami Sivananda Recommends 

On the Ganesh Chaturthi day, meditate on the stories connected 
with Lord Ganesha early in the morning, during the Brahmamuhurta 
period. Then, after taking a bath, go to the temple and do the 
prayers of Lord Ganesha. Offer Him some coconut and sweet 
pudding. Pray with faith and devotion that He may remove all 
the obstacles that you experience on the spiritual path. 
Worship Him at home, too. You can get the assistance of a pundit. 
Have an image of Lord Ganesha in your
house. Feel His Presence in it. 

Don’t forget not to look at the moon on that day; remember that 
it behaved unbecomingly towards the Lord. This really means 
avoid the company of all those who have no faith in God, and 
who deride God, your Guru and religion, from this very day. 

Take fresh spiritual resolves and pray to Lord Ganesha for 
inner spiritual strength to attain success in all your 

May the blessings of Sri Ganesha be upon you all! May He 
remove all the obstacles that stand in your spiritual path! 
May He bestow on you all material prosperity as well as 

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