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Holy Vastrams from Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple to Tirupati Temple

During the Tamil month of ‘Aani’ the authorities of Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple, Srirangam, sends ‘holy vastrams’ or holy dresses to the Tirupati Temple. This is in respect of TirupatiTemple protecting the processional deities of SriRanganathaSwamyTemple from Muslim invasion. When Mohammed bin Tuglaq invaded the Srirangam town, Pillailogachariyar, a Vaishnavite saint took the idols of Lord Namperumal and Goddess Sridevi and Sri Bhoodevi to the TirupatiTemple. The idols were safely kept at the Tirupati temple for more than two decades.In memory of this incident, the authorities of Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple, Srirangam, sends ‘holy vastrams’ every year in the month of ‘Aani’ (mid-June to mid-July) to Tirupati Temple.

Ganga by Julian Crandall Hollick

River Ganga is in danger of dying - but if the river dies, will Goddess Ganga too die? The question took journalist Julian Crandall Hollick on an extraordinary journey on the River Ganga – starting at Gaumukh, going down the Himalayas, past the great cities on the its banks and finally to Sagar Island where the river meets the sea. The book Ganga by Julian Crandall Hollick talks about the sacred Ganga and the exploited Ganga.
Julian Crandall Hollick is an award-winning producer and writer of radio documentaries and is co-founder of Independent Broadcasting Associates, Inc., a non-profit media production company based in Massachusetts.Through his journey, Crandall Hollick looks at all the issues Ganga faces: from the Tehri dam which diverts most of her source water to create electricity for Delhi to the Farakka barrage which has wrecked havoc in the villages in Bengal; from Kanpur where the river is at its most polluted to Varanasi, next door, where millions take their holy dip obliviou…

The philosophy of the Ramayana by Swami Vivekananda

Sri Rama was the Parmatman (Supreme Reality) and that Sita was the Jivatman (embodied individual soul). Each man’s or woman’s body was the Lanka. The Jivatman which was enclosed in the body, or captured in the island of Lanka, always desired to be in affinity with the Parmatman, or Sri Rama. But the Rakshasas would not allow it, and the Rakshasas represented certain traits of character.For instance, Vibhishana represented Sattwa Guna, Ravana represented Rajas Guna and Kumbhakarana represented Tamas Guna. Sattwa Guna means goodness, Rajas means lust and passion and Tamas means darkness, stupor, avarice, malice, and its concomitants.These Gunas keep back Sita, or Jivatman, which is in the body (Lanka) from joining Paramatman (Rama). Sita, thus imprisoned and trying to unite with her Lord, receives a visit from Hanuman, the Guru or divine teacher, who shows her the Lord’s ring, which is Brahma-Jnana, the supreme wisdom that destroys all illusions.Thus Sita finds the way to be at one wit…

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