Showing posts with label Hindu Lunar Calendar. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Hindu Lunar Calendar. Show all posts

Hinduism - What Is A Malamasa Or Mala Masa(Impure Month) In The Hindu Lunar Calendar?

 


Malamasa ("Impure month") is a term used to describe a period of time, generally a month that occurs every 212 years. 

This is an intercalary month is placed into the lunar calendar to remedy a difference between the lunar and solar calendars.

Although this month is required to keep the two calendars in sync—for example, to keep the spring festivities in the spring—it is seen as an exceptional occurrence, unclean, and ritually harmful.


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Hinduism - What Is Indira Ekadashi?

 

Indira Ekadashi is the eleventh day (ekadashi) of the dark (waning) half of the lunar month of Ashvin (September–October) falls on this day.

This, like other eleventh-day observances, is dedicated to the worship of Vishnu in his avatar as the Shalagram on this day.

Most Hindu holidays follow a set of rituals, which generally include fasting (upavasa) and prayer, and offer particular blessings.

This ekadashi occurs during the pitrpaksha, the fortnight devoted to the ancestors, and it is thought that diligently honoring this festival day would result in the rescue of millions of one's forefathers from bad incarnations and their rebirth in paradise.

The name "Indira" is an epithet of Vishnu's bride, Lakshmi. 


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