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Varsha Pirappu: Tamil New Year

Varsha Pirappu, the New Year in Tamil Nadu, is observed on the first day of Tamil month Chithirai. Chitirai (April - May) is the first month in the Tamil Calendar. Tamilians also refer the New Year as Puthandu Vazthukal meaning ‘Happy New Year.’ In 2017, the date of Tamil New Year is April 14.

It must be noted here that the ruling DMK government had recently suggested that Pongal, which is observed in January, should be celebrated as the Tamil New Year. Debates are taking place on this suggestion. It is hard for any government to thrust the date of a celebration, especially Hindu festivals which depend on independent calendar. And today Tamil speaking people are spread across the world, especially in Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia and South Africa. So it will not be possible to for the Tamil Nadu government to unilaterally declare Pongal as the New Year day. Hope the issue will be solved amicably by scholars.

Varsha Pirappu begins with viewing of ‘Kanni’ – auspicious things. Legend…

Hanuman Heritage Festival at Dattatreya Yoga Center in Trinidad and Tobago

The famous Dattatreya Ashram at Orangefield Road, Carapichaima in Trinidad is organizing a Hanuman Heritage Festival from April 10th to 20th, 2008. The DattatreyaYogaCenter in Trinidad and Tobago is noted for an inspiring temple and the world famous 85-foot statue of Lord Hanuman, which is one of the tallest Hanuman statues in the world. Hanuman Heritage Festival will be taking place under the guidance Sri Ganapathi Sachchidananda Swamiji. One of the main objectives of the festival is to explore and benefit from work, wisdom, devotion and exemplary life of Lord Hanuman for the attainment of a higher level of consciousness.There will be regular pujas during the festival days and includes Homams and Havans. The highlight of the festival is the lectures and discussions on Lord Hanuman by leading scholars from India, Trinidad and Tobago and other countries. The festival also provides the opportunity to experience Hindu culture through music, dance, art and cuisine. The festival conclud…

Swami Rama Quotes

You are searching for something without understanding that it is within you. Search within. This is a direct approach. Do not search for God outside. God is already within you. When you come to know that God dwells within you, then your life will totally change and you will be transformed. When you have perfect control over the modifications of the mind, you will attain the highest level of consciousness or samadhi.
When you practice meditation, initially you come in touch with yourself and all your thought patterns; you come to understand your inner dialogue. Then, you learn to discriminate – to select and reject; and finally, you learn how to work with yourself.Spiritual practices, undertaken at an early age, have a profound and long lasting effect.
Human beings have tremendous potential provided they are taught to train themselves on all levels – physical, mental, and spiritual. Let us teach our children how to become aware of themselves on all levels. With a calm and one-pointed min…

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