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Avani Avittam and Gayatri Japam Sankalmpam in 2008

Avani Avittam and Gayatri Gayatri Japam Sankalmpam are two important rituals associated with the Brahmin community in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The day is of great significance to Rig and Yajur Vedi Brahmins. In other parts of South India, the observance is known as Upakarma. In 2008, the date of Avani Avittam is August 16 and the date of Gayathri Japam is August 17. It must be noted here that some communities are postponing the Avani Avittam ceremony as a Chandra Grahanam or Lunar eclipse is taking place on the day.
Legend has it that Lord Hayagriva, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, brought back the Vedas stolen by Asuras on this day. On the Avani Avittam, day the sacred thread worn by the Brahmins is changed and it is usually a community observance and takes place on the banks of a pond. Gayatri Japam Sankalmpam is noted for the chanting of the Gayatri Mantra for 1008 or 108 times. The sequence and the mode of performing the rituals depend on mutt (Math) affiliation.Sama Vedi Brahmins per…

Buy Ecofriendly Natural Clay Ganesh Idols for Ganesha Puja

When celebrating and performing pujas and rituals on Ganesh Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chaturthi, please make sure that you buy Ecofriendly Natural Clay Ganesha. Hinduism and Nature are so entwined that one cannot be separated from another. Ganesha itself is a classic example of the role of Nature in Hindu religion. But still we Hindus do little to stop pollution. At least we can stop creating more pollution in the name of Ganesha by only buying natural clay Ganesh idol and natural items for Ganesha Puja.
The glossy Plaster of Paris Ganesh idols with chemical paint is good to look at but when it is immersed (Ganesh Visarjan) in water it creates water pollution. Plaster of Paris Ganesh idols take months to dissolve in water and it becomes a breeding ground for harmful germs. The chemical paints used to decorate the Ganesh idols contain heavy metals such as mercury and lead and this enters the water and this very same water is used by humans. The environmental pollution caused by Ganesh Cha…

Nandi Shradham

Nandi Shradham, also referred as Naandi Shradh, is an ancestral worship performed before marriage in South India by some communities. It is similar to the annual rites that are performed for dead ancestors and relatives. In Nandi Shraddham, the dead relatives and ancestors are invoked and their blessings are sought before marriage and other auspicious functions and beginnings. ‘Naandi’ or ‘Nandhi’ means pleasing. Shraddh or Shradh is that which is done with care – the ancestral worship. Thus Nandi Shradham is that which is pleasing to the ancestors.The offerings made in Shradham are usually food or material needed for making food or money. Gifting money is the most popular mode of Nandhi Shradham for many communities. The Nandi Shradh performed before wedding is done by both the groom’s and bride’s family. The head of the family, or bride’s father, usually performs the ceremony in the bride’s home. In the case of groom’s home, the groom usually performs the ceremony. You may also like…

Sir Edwin Arnold on Katha Upanishad

The subtle thought, the far-off faith,
The deathless spirit mocking Death,
The close-packed sense, hard to unlock
As diamonds from the mother-rock,
The solemn, brief simplicity,
The insight, fancy, mystery
Of Hindu scriptures all are had
In this divine Upanishad. Sir Edwin Arnold(Source: The Secret of Death – Page 1 Introduction section)

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