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Shani Peyarchi – Transition of Shani or Saturn

Shani Peyarchi or transition of Saturn is the movement of Shani from one ‘rasi’ or zodiac to another. Shani is also referred as Shanaiscarya, Shaneesvara and Shani Deva and is the son of Lord Surya and Chhaya. Shani Peyarchi 2014 is on December 16. In 2014, Shani transits from Tula Rashi (Libra) to Vrischika (Libra) on December 16 (Indian Standard Time) at 2:43 PM. Lord Shani will remain there for next two and half years.

If you are a believer in Hindu Astrology, then this transition is bound to have some impact on your fortunes. The effect is mainly on people born on certain ‘rasis’ or zodiacs. To know the effects of the transition of Shani the ideal method will be to consult a learned astrologer.
During Shani Peyarchi, people in large numbers visit Lord Shani shrines especially in Tamil Nadu. Special poojas are conducted on the day at the Lord Shani Dharbaranyeswarar temple in Tirunallar near Karaikal in Pondicherry. Other important temples of Lord Shani are the Shani Shingnapur in…

Nag Panchami

Nag Panchami, an important Hindu festival dedicated to Naga or Snake, is held on the fifth day after Amavasya in the Shravan month (mid July – mid August). Nag Panchami 2017 date is July 27. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Krishna overpowered the deadly snake Kalia and performed the famous Kaliamardhanam on a Naga Panchami day. The monsoon season is at its zenith during the Shravan month and the burrows of the snakes will be filled with water and the snakes move to areas occupied by humans. The pujas conducted are to avoid snake bites and to keep the nagas happy.

On the Nag Panchami day, people worship the snake idols which are found in almost every village and some offer prayer near anthills. Prayers are also offered at Lord Shiva temples as snakes are the ornaments of Shiva. In many places, two idols of snakes are drawn on both sides of doors using cow dung on this day. Five-hooded idols are worshipped in many regions. The idol of five-hooded snake is made using mud, turmeric,…

Debate on Shambo the Sacred Bull Continues

Shambo, the sacred bull at Skanda Vale that created headlines around the world, is dead but a debate on whether Shambo row has undermined Hinduism's credibility or not is on in Britain. Two articles in Newstatesman one by Ramesh Kallidai, the Secretary General of the Hindu Forum of Britain, and another by Jay Lakhani, a Hindu Educationalist, explores the two divergent views.According to Jay Lakhani the ‘Save Shambo’ saga has done severe damage to the public image of Hinduism. Ramesh Kallidai maintains that the views of Hindus who campaigned for Shambo were best for them.There is no doubt that Shambo episode captured the imagination of so many people around the world. Brahman concept of Hinduism strongly suggests that human beings are part of Nature just like other living beings and are dependent on each other. Worship of the cow is a part of the Brahman concept. But today Human Beings behave and live as if they are above Nature. We humans have broken all the laws of Nature. Nature…

Mother Meera on Japa – repetition of sacred names or mantras

Japa is the repetition of the name of that in which we believe. Japa is essential.Japa is not simple words - each divine name is full of divine vibrations. These surround us and protect us and penetrate both our bodies and our whole inner being. Remembrance of the divine name gives immediate peace and happiness and turns us from the worldly to the Divine. There is no special and limited time for japa. It is very good to do japa all day. If this is not possible then remember whenever it is possible. We can practice japa during all activities. It is easier to remember when we do physical work without mental work. This japa helps us to purify our consciousness and make our sadhana easy.Mother Meera

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