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India Railway Howrah Kashi Varanasi Spiritual Package

Indian Railways is currently offering a special weekend Howrah Kashi Varanasi Spiritual Package. It is available from July 2008 to December 2008. The spiritual tour starts on all Fridays from Howrah. It is a four-day spiritual tour and the fare comes around Rupees 3200 for single occupancy and around Rupees 2500 for double occupancy. The cost includes all accommodation and other tickets needed for Darshan. There is also the option of online booking.Tour ItineraryDay 1 – Friday – Departure from Howrah Station by 2333 Vibhuti Express at 2000 hrs, packed dinner provided.Day 2 – Saturday – Arrival Varanasi at 09.45 hrs, transfer to Hotel and then darshan at KashiVishwanathTemple, visit the Ghats and prayer during the famous Sandhya Arati.Day 3 – Sunday – Visit toSarnath, Ramgarh Fort, Sankat Mochan Mandir, Tulsi Manas Manadir etc. Return to Varanasi in the evening. Departure by 2334 Vibhuti Express at 1800 hrs.Day 4 – Monday – Arrival at Howrah at 0755 hrs.Apart from the normal Indian rai…

Kolkata Badamtala Ashar Sangha Durga Puja Pandal Rights Sold to US Company

Badamtala Ashar Sangha Durga Puja Pandal in South Kolkata is one of the famous Durga Puja mandals in the city – especially noted for its innovative themes. The rights of the 2008 Durga Puja pandal and celebrations of Badamtala Ashar Sangha Durga Puja committee has been sold to ‘Media Morphosis,’ a US Company. Yep, Corporatization of Durga Puja – in common man’s term privatization.According to Times of IndiaThe entire expenses of the Badamtala Ashar Sangha Puja in south Kolkata will be borne by the US Company 'Media Morphosis' which will promote it in the media and the web.

In another trend-setting move, the organizers have got superstar Mithun Chakraborty to endorse the pujaIn the beginning there were no sponsors. Durga Puja committees managed with funds collected from public. Then came sponsors. And now corporates! Public is happy!In Hinduism, spirituality is in the mind and not in external objects. The religious aspect of a festival – prayers, pujas, food etc – is confined to…

Alfred North Whitehead Quotes on Religion

Religion is the vision of something that stands beyond, behind and within, the passing flux of immediate things; something which is real, and yet waiting to be realized; something which is a remote possibility, and the greatest of present facts; something that gives meaning to all the passes, and yet eludes apprehension; something whose possession is the final good, and yet it is beyond all reach; something which is the ultimate deal, and the hopeless quest.Alfred North Whitehead – Science and the Modern World. P. 191. (published in 1925)
(Don’t be surprised if the sentences above have striking similarities to ideas mentioned in Brihadaranyaka and Mandukya Upanishads.)