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Karadai Nombu: Savitri Nombu Vratam

Karadai Nombu or Savitri Nombu is a Tamil observance in which married woman prays for the well being and long life of her husband. Karadai Nombu 2017 date is March 14. It is observed on the particular day when the transition between the Tamil months Maasi and Panguni takes place. Karadi Adai is the name of a unique nivedya (holy dish) prepared on this day. Nombu means Vratam or upvasam (fast).

Note - Detail fast breaking time in different countries can be found in this latest article.

Savitri Nombu festival is observed in remembrance of the Satyvan – Savitri legend. A princess, Savitri through her supreme devotion saved her husband, Satyvan, from the clutches of death. This legend is very popular in India and there are several other observances based on this legend like the Vat Savitri Puja. Karadi Nombu is observed at the exact time when Masi month ends and Panguni begins. The ideal method to know the exact time is to consult with the temple priest or consult the Panchangam.

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Shri Shri Nimishananda Quotes on Awareness

What quality prevents life from becoming mechanical? What ingredient ignites zeal and keeps boredom at bay? Awareness. If we are constantly aware, life is always interestingWe enjoy everything for everything inspires us. Awareness is not alertness. Alertness requires effort and has an element of stress and tension. Awareness is alertness without tension. When we are in this relaxed state, zeal and interest are spontaneous.

From interest come memory and dedication. We should do nothing mechanically. Even stirring a spoon of sugar into a cup of tea should be done with complete awareness. Then there is always a deep sense of joy and connectivity with Divinity.Awareness is a relaxed and expansive state that eliminates tension. If we are constantly aware, we give cravings no scope to take root. Even drinking a cup of tea can be done with complete awareness so that we savor every sip. Then the tea is enjoyed by the body, senses and mind. There is satisfaction and no craving.

When we fulfill a…

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