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Durga Puja Idols in Fiber Glass

If the Durga Puja tradition is to be strictly followed, the idol of Goddess Durga should be made from pure clay and should only be decorated with natural paints. But today majority of the Durga Puja idols are made from Plaster of Paris and painted using chemical paints. Another popular material used is paper mache. There are also plastic idols but are rarely used. A new entrant to the list of material used to make Durga idols is fiber glass. Fiberglass Durga idols are mostly exported from India to various Durga Puja celebrations take place around the world. The advantages are that the idol is lighter in weight and is easy to transport. Chances of breaking are minimal. It can be molded to look like clay idol. If the Durga idol is not to be immersed in water at the end of the festivities, then it can be reused. Fibre glass Durga Idols are not meant to be immersed in water. Today, Fiber glass Durga idols are the costliest and a medium sized idol will cost around $6000. Minimum sized clay…

Chandra Grahan on August 16, 2008

Chandra Grahan, a partial lunar eclipse, will be taking place in India and Nepal. It will be visible in India from 0106 hrs to 0415 hrs (Indian Standard Time) on August 17, 2008 (Sunday midnight to early morning). Since it is taking during at midnight it is mentioned as taking place on August 16, 2008 in most Hindu calendars and Panchangam – a day is calculated from sunrise to next sunrise. The Chandra Grahanam (lunar eclipse) will be visible in South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.Chandra Grahan will be visible in South America, United Kingdom (around 9:30pm), Europe and in some parts of United States on Saturday, August 16, 2008. In India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Singapore, and Malaysia it is on August 17, 2008 (Night to early morning). It is a partial lunar eclipse in all places. In Malayasia, it is visible from (0225 hrs to 0644 hrs) on August 17.During Chandra Grahan Hindus usually observe a fast. The fast begins about 9 hours before the beginning of Chandra Grahan. People…

Hayagriva Jayanthi

Hayagriva Jayanti celebrates the birthday of Hayagriva, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. In the Hayagriva incarnation, Lord Vishnu appears with the head of a horse rescues the Vedas that were stolen by the demons. In South India, the day is observed as Upakarma and Avani Avittam by Brahmins. In 2017, the date of Hayagriva Jayanthi is August 7.

Hayagriva is one of the lesser known incarnations of Lord Vishnu. Hayagriva, the horse-headed Vishnu, is considered to be the guardian of Vedas. Hayagriva Avatar is mainly mentioned in the Shantiparva of Mahabharat and the Puranas.
In the main legend associated with Hayagriva, Devas led by Indra are the villains. It is said the powers of Vishnu made Indra jealous and they decided to kill him. Once the Devas found Lord Vishnu resting with his chin on his bow. The Devas turned into termites and chewed one end of the tight bowstring until it snapped. The bowstring snapped with such force that it beheaded Vishnu.
Without Vishnu, the Devas were helpl…

Sayings of Bhartruhari

Enjoyments of embodied beings are fleeting like the quick play of lightning within a mass of clouds; life is as insecure as a drop of water attached to the edge of a lotus leaf and dispersed by the wind; the desires of youth are unsteady; realizing these quickly, let the wise firmly fix their minds in Yoga, easily attainable by patience and equanimity.As long as this body is free from disease and decrepitude, as long as senility is far off, as long as the powers of the senses are unaffected and life is not decaying, so long, wise persons should put forth mighty exertions for the sake of their Supreme good, for when the house is on fire what avails setting about digging a well for water?Raja Bhartruhari – a well-known poet and philosopher
(Source: ‘Vairagya Satakam’ by Swami Madhavananda)

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