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CDs and MP3s for Conducting Hindu Pujas at home

Hindu Priests are now a scarce commodity and it is hard to find a priest during important festivals and rituals in Hinduism. Most of the purohits or pujari or thirumenis or priests also charge high fees for conducting pujas. Sensing an opportunity, music recording companies are releasing CDs, MP3s, cassettes, VCDs and DVDs of important Hindu pujas with all the mantras and rituals. The Hindus have easily adapted to this new method – instead of the Pujari reciting the mantras play the CD and to perform the rituals follow the method explained in the CD. There are several complex annual pujas for which many women need the help of elders or a priest. The CDs and MP3s of Hindu Pujas came as a boon for many Hindu women and they were warmly welcomed. Another advantage is that most of these CDs use both Sanskrit and regional languages. Some also provide explanations in English.Presently, the digital puja trend is mainly seen in South India. Next time, when you visit a Music shop don’t be surp…

Tirumala Tirupati Navaratri October Brahmotsavam 2007 Days

The Tirumala Tirupati Navratri October Brahmotsavams 2007 will be held from October 12 to October 20 in 2007. This year there is an Adhika Masam and therefore there are two Brahmotsavams – the Srivari (Salakatla) Brahmotsavams, which was held from Sept 15 to Sept 23, and the Navarathri Brahmotsavams. The Garuda Vahana procession of Lord Balaji attracts maximum devotees during the Brahmotsavam festivals. During 2007 Navratri Brahmotsavams, the Garuda Vahana procession is on October 16. Below is the usual schedule followed during the Brahmotsavams in TirupatiVenkateswaraTemple. The Ankurarpana and Senadhipati Utsavam will be celebrated on October 11, 2007. Brahmotsavam Day One – There will not be any Dhwajarohanam during Navratri Brahmotsavam. At night, the procession of Lord Venkateswara around the four streets of the main temple on the Pedda Seshavahana. The Pedda Seshavahana is a vehicle in the shape of Adisesha – the mythical seven hooded snake. It is believed that the seven hill…

Dusshera - 10-day Hindu Festival Dasara

The Navratri festival which commences on the first of the bright half of Ashwayuja (September-October) ends on the tenth day of Ashwayuja. The tenth day is called Dusshera or Dasara or Dussera or Dusharah or Dussehra. The term Dusshera is widely used in North India and Karnataka and it is also referred as Vijaya Dashami. There may be several spellings and different myths for the festival but in all places Dasara commemorates the victory of good over evil.

In North India and Karnataka, the 9 day Navratri festival and the 10th day Vijaya Dashami festival is at times together referred as Dusshera. Some people only refer the last day (10th day) as Dusshera. In North India, Dusshera or Vijaya Dasami is considered to be the day when Ravana was killed by Lord Ram. The 10-day festival reaches a climax on Dussehra with the burning of effigies of Ravana, Kumbakarna and Meghnath.
In Karnataka, Dusshera commemorates the victory of Goddess Chamundi or Goddess Chamudeswari over Demon Mahishasura. T…

Shirdi Sai Baba Quotes

If formless meditation is difficult, then think of my form just as you see it here. With such meditation, the difference between subject and object is lost and the mind dissolves in unity.
When you see with your inner eye; then you realize that you are God and not different from Him.
If you are wealthy, be humble. Plants bend when they bear fruit.

Spend money in charity; be generous and munificent but not extravagant.
There is a wall of separation between oneself and others and between you and me. Destroy this wall! Shirdi Sai Baba

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