February 2016 Hindu Festival Dates Calendar

Dates of important Hindu Festivals in February 2016. Maasi Maha Maham, Attukal Ponkala, Guruvaur Arat Ultsavam, Saraswati Puja and Ratha Saptami are some of the main festivals in February.

Hindu Festivals in February

4 February 2016

Ekadasi Fasting
Shattila Ekadasi

6 February

Shani Pradosh
Shivaratri monthly fasting

8 February

Makara Vavu Bali in Kerala
Mauni Amavasya
Thai Amavasya in Tamil Nadu

9 February

Ettumanoor Temple Festival begins
Magh month begins in calendars followed in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

11 February 2016

Tilkund Chaturthi
Sri Ganesh Jayanti – Varad Chaturthi

12 February

Sree Panchami
Vasant Panchami
Saraswati Puja

13 February

Sashti Fasting
Shitala Sashti in Bengal

February 14, 2016

Ratha Saptami
Kumbha Masam begins in Malayalam calendar
Maasi Masam starts in Tamilnadu calendar

February 2016 Hindu Festival Dates Calendar

February 15

Phalgun month begins in Bengal calendar
Bhishma Ashtami

16 February

Madhava Navami

February 18

Ekadasi Fasting
Jaya Ekadasi
Bheema Ekadasi

February 19

Bhishma Dwadashi

20 February

Guruvayur Temple Festival begins
Anayottam (Elephant Race at Guruvayoor)
Pradosh Vrat fasting
Shani Pradosh
Vishwakarma Jayanti in western parts of India

22 February 2016

Maasi Maha Maham in Tamil Nadu

23 February

Phalgun Month begins in calendars followed in North India
Attukal Pongala at Attukal Bhagavathy Temple Trivandrum

26 February

Sankashti Chaturthi Fasting

27 February

Swami Bhakthananda Guru Jayanti

February 29, 2016

Guruvayoor Arat

Attukal Pongala 2016 February 23

This year Attukal Pongala 2016 date is on February 23, Tuesday. The festival popular across the world as a “Women’s Festival” is celebrated at Attukal Bhagavathy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. The main ritual of the festival is Pongala offering by women to Goddess Attukal Amma – an incarnation of Goddess Parvati. Attukal Ponkala is a 10 days long festival which commences on the Karthika naksthatra in the Malayalam month of Makaram - Kumbham (February - March). Kappukettu ceremony marks the beginining of the fesival - the story of Goddess Kannaki is rendered in a musical form. The Pongala offering is on the 9th day. Kuruthi Tharppanam (Sacrificial offering) marks the conclution of the festival on the final day.

Attukal Pongala 2016 Festival Dates Calendar

15 February 2016, Monday

10:30 AM - Kappukettu & Kudiyiruthu

17 February 2016, Wednesday

8:30 AM - Beginning of the penance for boys who participate in the Kuthiyottam offering

23 February 2016, Tuesday

10:00 AM - Lighting of the Pongala Hearths
1.30 PM - Sancitification of Pongala
7:20 PM - Kuthiyottam Chooralkuthu

24 February 2016, Wednesday

9:45 PM - Kappu Azhippu and Kudiyilakkal
1:00 AM - Kuruthi Tharppanam

Attukal Pongala 2016 Festival February 23

Hindu Girl Baby Names of Parvati

Here is a list of Hindu Girl Baby Names of Goddess Parvati starting with English alphabet “S” with meaning. Parents can use this list to select Hindu girl names for their sweet ones. The Mother Goddess nams are takes from Lalitha Sahasranama Stotra.

Girl Child Baby Names of Goddess Lalitha Tripurasundari

1) Sarvani - She who is the consort of Lord Shiva in the form of Sarvar

2) Sadhwi - She who is eternally devoted to her husband

3) Sambhavya - She who is married to Shambhu

4) Sankari - She who is the consort of Sankara

5) Sreekari - She who gives all forms of wealth and happiness

6) Saharakshi - She who has thousands of eyes

7) Santha - She who is peace

8) Santhimathi - She who is peace personified

9) Sarvaruna - She who has light reddish colour of the dawn in all her aspects

10) Sarveshwari - She who is goddess of all

11) Sarvamayi - She who is everywhere

12) Sukhaprada - She who gives pleasures and happiness

13) Sarvangna - She who knows everything

14) Sandrakaruna - She who is full of mercy

15) Samanadhika varjitha - She who is incomparable

16) Sarva shakthi mayi - She who has personification of all strengths

17) Sarvamangala - She who is personification of all that is good

18) Sadgathi prada - She who gives us good path

Hindu Girl Baby Names of Parvati

Narayan Nagbali to get rid of Pitru Dosh

Narayan Nagbali ritual for Pitru dosh is one of the main poojas performed at Trimbakeshwar Shiva Temple in Nashik District of Maharashtra, India. Narayan Nag bali is a 3 day pooja which consists of two important rituals - Narayan Bali and Nag Bali, performed on the first and second day respectively. Narayan Bali is performed to get rid of Pitru Shaap or any ancestral curse happened knowingly or unknowingly. Nag Bali ritual is performed to get rid of sin of killing snake, especially Cobra. Ganesh Pujan, Punya Wachan & Nag Pujan are performed on the third day. Narayan Nagbali ritual is performed mainly at Trimbakeshwar Temple.

Narayan Bali Rites are mentioned on the 40th chapter of Garuda Purana. References to the rituals are also found in Skandha Purana and Padma Purana. The puja is done to please Lord Narayana and bless the family members.

Narayan Nagbali to get rid of Pitru Dosh

The puja is mainly done for

1) If any member of the family is dead to any mishap (accident, suicide, sinking in water)
2) To remove the trouble from Ghosts, black magic.
3) To get rid of the sin caused by killing a snake
4) Business Losses, Marriage Problems, Progeny Issues, Health problems in many family members

Important Things to Note

Narayan Nagbali is conducted for three days
The poojas should only be performed by a good Pandit Brahmin
Reservation for the ritual must be made 4 days in advance by contacting the temple authorities

Biranchi Narayan Sun Temple Buguda Odisha

Biranchi Narayan Sun Temple in Buguda, Odisha is popular as Wooden Konark Temple. The temple is the dedicated to Lord Surya and is the second Sun Temple build in Orissa after Konark Sun Temple. Biranchinarayan Temple is also known as the Abode of Viranchinarayana and Bruddha Khola Temple.

The temple was built in 1790 by King Srikara Bhanjadeva. The temple roof is built on a total of 46 pillars and is adorned with beautiful wood carvings that ornament its ceilings, struts and walls. The idol of Lord Biranchinarayana was recovered from the ruins of Malatigada Fort in the Malati hills near Kendupadar, and was installed here at Buguda. The unique feature of Biranchi Narayan shrine is that the temple is made of wood except the floor and some pillars, according to the desire of the king. Vistiors can see numerous Ramayana mural themes in the temple walls. A huge sculpture of Lord Surya made of granite stone is installed on a mandap.

Biranchi Narayan Temple faces west and the rays of the setting sun fall on Lord Surya’s feet.

Biranchi Narayan Sun Temple Buguda Odisha


Important festivals celebrated include

Magha Saptami
Samba Dashami
Rath Yatra
Danda Yatra (April)
Durga Puja
Kali Puja


The temple is located around 92 km from Chhatrapur, in Ganjam District of Odisha.

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