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Amavasi in August 2008

Amavasi, also known as Amavas and Amavasya, is the new moon day in Hindu calendar. The Amavasai in August is of great significance as it is the first new moon day in the Dakshinayana period. In many regions in India the day is chosen for performing Shraddha and Tarpan. In August 2008, there are two Amavasi – first one is on August 1 and second is on August 30. On August 1 there is also a Total solar eclipse (Surya Grahan). The Amavasi falling on August 30 is Shani Amavasi. The Amavasi on August 1, 2008 is of great significance in South India. In Tamil Nadu, it is the Aadi Amavasai and Hindus perform rituals dedicated to dead ancestors. People also take a dip in the holy rivers on this day. In Karnataka, the day is known as Bheemana Amavasya and married women perform special pujas for the long life of male members in the house. In Kerala, the day is known as Karkidaka Vavu Bali, people perform ‘bali’ for dead relatives and ancestors. In Hindi Calendar in North India, the Amavas on Au…

Shravana Month in Maharashtra

Shravan Month is an important and highly auspicious Maas or Mahina (month) in Marathi Calendar. In 2017, in Marathi calendar Shravan month begins on July 24 and ends on August 21. The month is dedicated to Lord Shiva and, as in North India, there are special pujas and prayers and vrat dedicated to Shiva, especially on Mondays. On Tuesdays of Shravani month in Maharashtra, Mangala Gowri Puja is observed by certain communities. Fridays in the month are also highly auspicious.
All days in the month are considered favorable and each day there is a particular observance. Shiva puja on Mondays and Mangala Gowri Puja on Tuesdays are very popular. Sundays in month of Shravan is dedicated to Lord Surya or Sun God and Aditya puja is performed on the day. Ashwattha Maruti Puja takes place on Saturday. Jara Jeevantika Puja takes place on Friday. Brihaspati Puja is held on Thursday. Budh Puja is held on Wednesday.
Shravani Shukrawar, or Fridays in Shravan Month, is highly auspicious. Pujas and p…

Watch Online Jagannath Rath Yatra Chariot Festival Held Around the World

Jagannath Rath Yatra is today held in more than 90 countries around the world. Majority of the Jagannath Car Festival in different countries around the world is conducted by International Society for Krishna Consciousness’ (ISKCON). There are also Jagannath Temples around the world, founded by Oriya and Hindu community living abroad, that conducts the world famous chariot festival dedicated to an incarnation of Lord Krishna. Now ETV Oriya is hosting a comprehensive show online which contains videos of Jagannath Rath Yatra held around the world.The episode titled ‘Dariaapari Jagannath’ (Jagannath around the World) is the last episode of the series on Jagannath titled ‘Jeebana Jagannath.’ The online presentation of the last episode has videos of Jagannath Rath Yatra held in cities around the world and an introductory program on the spread of Jagannath devotion outside India. Some of the most important Jagannath Rath Yatra outside India is held in cities and towns in United States, Unite…

Swami Chinmayananda on Idols of Gods in Hinduism

Conceptual thinking is hard to the many. To contemplate upon the formless and therefore the Transcendental Essence is given but to a few. The majority needs some grosser expression of the Pure and the Infinite, for their mind to conceive It and their intellect to contemplate upon It. These ‘symbols’ of the Supreme Truth are called the idols.
Thus, an idol represents an ideal. When we do not know the ideal which a given idol represents, it is something like seeing a portrait in a studio! If it were my beloved’s portrait I would have seen in it more than what the black-and-white picture represents.
In the same way the religious symbols and idols have a deeper depth for us to discover, over and above their mere external shape, the general forms of the symbol and, in each, even the exact arrangements of its various aspects.
To bring out eloquently the voiceless beauty and joy of the Infinite, through unsaid significances of Its finite expressions and symbols, is called Mysticism. All re…

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