Masi Magam February 2008



Masi Magam, or Maasi Maham, is an important annual festival observed by Tamilians around the world. Masi Magam falls in the Tamil Month of Masi (February – March). Magam, or Makam, is one among the twenty seven stars in the Hindu astrological system. In 2008, the date of Masi Magam is February 21.

The Maham, or Magam, star falls on a full moon day in the month of Masi and is considered highly auspicious in the Tamil speaking world and in several parts of South India. Once in twelve years, Masi Magam attains special significance and then it is known as Maha Maham.

A major event on the day is the bathing of the idols in the temples in a nearby water body – river, pond or sea. Idols of deities are carried in a procession to sea shores, rivers or ponds. Pujas and rituals are held here and thousands of people come to witness it. It is believed that those who take bath in the seas or rivers or ponds on the day will attain Moksha.

The myth associated with Masi Magam varies from region to region and sometimes even from temple to temple.

The day is of great significance in Pondicherry, Kumbakonam, Srirangam and in numerous other shrines associated with Lord Vishnu, Shiva and Shakti in this part of India.

Ramayana and Mahabharat to Dominate Television and Bollywood in 2008



There are nearly a dozen projects under consideration in Bollywood and for television serials based on the Hindu epics Ramayana and Mahabharat. Already NDTV Imagine is airing Ramayana produced by Sagar Arts.

The Hindi movies based on Ramayana that are being planned include

Ajay Devgan and Kajol starrer to be directed by Raj Kumar Santoshi.
Famous director Aparna Sen is planning a movie from Sita's point of view.
Another Hollywood – Bollywood co production is based on Ashok Banker's Ramayana
Bobby Bedi is planning a Ramayana.
There are also reports about Uru Patel's Hanuman with Keanu Reaves and Shilpa Shetty.
Firoz Nadiawala is planning an animated version of Ramayana.

Some of the movies that are being planned based on Mahabharat include

Ravi Chopra's Six hour two part movie with reports that Amitabh Bachchan will adorn the role of Bhishma.
Another interesting project is Rituparno Ghosh's Mahabharat from the point of view of Draupadi.
It is also being reported that Ekta Kapoor is planning to Mahabharat.
An animated version of Mahabharat is being planned by Firoz Nadiawala.

Then there are numerous reports about television serials being planned on Ramayana and Mahabharata.

There is also a serial based on the Upanishads which is being shot in various parts of India.

We will have to wait and see how many of this projects will reach the silver screen. Some of the projects have been in the news for quite sometime and nothing has hit the floor yet.

Sayings of Swami Tapovanam



Tapas means turning pain into pleasure.

He who sees not the hoarded gold in his house and goes about begging for pieces of copper is similar to one who seeks happiness outside himself – he will never find satisfaction.

One who sees God everywhere and in everything, what is there to gain for him by pilgrimages?

Swami Tapovanam