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Upakarma

The full moon day (Purnima) in the month of Shravan (August – September) in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and is some parts of Orissa is observed as Upakarma. In 2017, date of Upakarma is August 7 and  August 8. Gayatri Japam is on August 8. It is a highly auspicious day for the Brahmin community. The sacred thread worn by Brahmins known as ‘Yagnopavitam’ is changed on this day. The ritual is also referred as Shravani. In Tamil Nadu and Kerala it is known as Avani Avittam.
There are Brahmins who are the followers of Rig Veda, Yajur Veda and Sama Veda. The followers of Rig Veda change the thread a day after Shravan Poornima and followers of Yajur Veda change the thread on Purnima day. Therefore the day is also known as Rg Upkarma (Rig Upkarma) and Yajur Upkarma. The ritual is also known by the name of Upanayanam or Upanayana. The sacred thread Yagnopavitam is known as Jandhyamu in Telugu and Janivaara in Kannada.
The Brahmins who follow the Sama Veda follow it three days after Shravan A…

Narali Purnima or Nariyal Poornima

Narali Poornima, or Nariyal Purnima, is an auspicious festival and ritual observed on full moon day in Shravan Month. In 2017, the date of Narial Purnima is August 7. On this day Narials, or coconuts, are thrown into the sea to propitiate Varuna, the sea-god. The festival is most popular along the Maharashtra coast.
The festival is mainly observed by fishermen, especially by the Kolis in Western coast of India. The day also marks the gradual retreat of the monsoon winds. This helps the fishermen to venture into the sea. In another interpretation, the ritual of throwing coconuts is to seek the blessing of the sea god for a good catch and happy life.
Coconut is offered because it is considered to be the purest offering to gods. The water and the kernel inside the coconut are considered to be unadulterated.
There is also another legend associated with the Narial Purnima it suggests the ritual is a sort of thanksgiving to Lord Varuna for holding aloft the bridge that enabled Lord Ram t…

Oyster Pearl in the Form of Lord Ganesha

Pearls are naturally formed an Oyster, a living creature - marine mollusks having a rough irregular shell; found on the sea bed mostly in coastal waters. There are natural pearls and cultured pearls. Cultured pearls are created by slight alteration in the natural pearl formation. Now an Indian scientist Ajai Kumar Sonkar has created cultured pearls in the form of Lord Ganesha. The 42 mm Lord Ganesha-shaped pearl was created at Ajai Kumar Sonkar’s farm and research project in Andamans and NicobarIsland. Pteria Penguin, a special species of pearl oyster, was used to create it. The cost of a single Lord Ganesh pearl is around $30000 (Rupees 12 lakhs).Press Trust of India reports‘Earlier no free cultured pearl had been formed in the species, Pteria Penguin, because of its features. They are very sensitive to outside element and usually die when any foreign body is implanted,’ Ajai Kumar Sonkar said.

Sonkar, who in 2003 had developed the world's biggest black pearl in Andamans, said the…

Jiddu Krishnamurti on Truth

Truth has no path, and that is the beauty of truth; it is living. A dead thing has a path to it because it is static, but when you see that truth is something living, moving, which has no resting place, which is in no temple, mosque or church, which no religion, teacher, philosopher, nobody can lead you to – then you will also see that this living thing is what you actually are: your anger, brutality, violence, despair, the agony and sorrow you live in. In the understanding of all this is the truth, and you can understand it only if you know how to look at those things in your life. And you cannot look through an ideology, through a screen of words, through hopes and fears.What is important is to observe what is actually taking place in our daily life, inwardly and outwardly.And when we look at what is taking place in the world we begin to understand that there is no outer and inner process; there is only one unitary process, it is a whole, total movement, the inner movement expressin…

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