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Important Hindu Festivals and Auspicious Days in November 2007

5th November 2007 – Ekadashi7th November 2007 – Dhanteras8th November 2007 – Deepavali in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka
8th November 2007 – Chhoti Diwali9th November 2007 – Diwali – Deepavali and Lakshmi Puja9th November 2007 – Kali Puja (Bengal)9th November 2007 – Amavasai10th November 2007 – Skantha Sashti Fast Begins10th November 2007 – Sri Govardhan Puja11th November 2007 – Bhai Dooj15th November 2007 – Skantha Sashti Soorasamharam (Tamil)16th November 2007 – Thirukkalyanam Sri Skantha Sashti17th November 2007 – Pushkar Fair in Rajasthan Begins21st November 2007 – Ekadashi (in some calendars November 20)24th November 2007 – Karthigai Deepam24th November 2007 – Poornima24th November 2007 – Pushkar Fair Ends

Durga Puja 2007 Pictures

Creative IRIS has put together an excellent collection of images of Durga Puja 2007. The photos are that of the Winners of Asian Paints Sarad Shamman 2007 and that of the top 12 shortlist of honor in the Durga puja pandal competition in 2007.

100 pictures of Durga Puja 2007 from Creative IRIS can be found here.

Bollywood’s new found love for Hindu Mythology

In the beginning, Hindi cinema found inspiration in Hindu mythology and it produced some immortal classics. But after getting the Bollywood tag, in the past decade, Hindi cinema lost interest in mythology related to Hinduism. Now there seems to be renewed interest in Hindu mythology. Rajkumar Santoshi’s Ramayana is making news for quite sometime especially since Ajay Devgan and Kajol are playing Lord Ram and Sita respectively. Another much talked about project is Mani Ratnam’s Mahabharata. If news reports are to be believed Sharukh and Amir will be seen as Arjun and Karna.Then there are few movies exploring the beyond or getting into the character’s mind and exploring their views and standpoints. Leaving Bollywood, there was much talk about Uru Patel's Hanuman in Hollywood with Keanu Reeves as Lord Ram and Shilpa Shetty as Sita. After the initial hype there is no news about this project.No idea how many of these projects will make it to the theaters. Earlier when films were made o…

Mondays of Kartik Month Dedicated to Lord Shiva – Kartik Mahina Somvar Vrat

Mondays in the Hindu month of Kartik (October – November) are dedicated to Lord Shiva. Shiva devotees observe the Kartik Monday Vrat or fasting. Early morning dip in Yamuna River and Ganga River is considered highly meritorious.
The Mondays in the month is also highly auspicious for Lord Vishnu devotees and is known as Kartika Damodara. But generally the Mondays in the month Kartik are noted for Lord Shiva worship. Many people make it a point to visit Lord Shiva shrines on the Mondays of the month.
The importance of Somavar Vrat in mentioned in the Skanda Purana and is performed for the well-being of the family.
Those undertaking the Karti Somavar Vrat do not consume food after sunrise. Some people opt for a liquid diet or fruit diet and others go for the traditional strict fasting of without food.
Puja is performed early in the morning. The puja begins with prayer to Lord Ganesh. A picture of Lord Shiva or Shivling is used for the prayer. It must be noted here that according to Hind…

Quotes of Mata Amritanandamayi

Someone who has discarded all desires, alone, is a perfect one. We should tell children while they are very young that there is a power known as God who controls everything. If we teach a child to remember this divinity in all circumstances of life, that child will be able to keep his or her inner poise in every situation, whether it be victory or defeat.Whether you are living all alone or with a family, your life will not be happy and successful unless you have the mental capacity to adapt to any situation. This is one of life's most basic principles.Mata Amritanandamayi

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