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Book on the Hindu Temple Architecture in India

The book titled ‘The Temple Architecture of India’ by Adam Hardy delves into the principles and processes underlying the designs of ancient Hindu Temples in India, which are architectural gems. The book traces the origins and formation of the Northern Nagara and Southern Dravida style of architecture. The period of these two classical architectures between 6th and 13th centuries is referred as the great age of Hindu temple construction.‘The Temple Architecture of India’ traces the extraordinarily development of Northern Nagara and Southern Dravida style of architecture and role played by the cultural and religious values between 6th and 13th centuries in it. A short historical background of the temples without the usual dynasty categorization is major attraction. The highlight of the book is the illustrations. In the quality drawings in the book, the complex Hindu temple architecture is dissected and is presented as simple components. ‘The TempleArchitecture of India’ is divided into …

Dahi Handi

The festival of Sri Krishna Janmashtami or Sri Krishna Jayanti is noted for the Dahi Handi breaking ceremony in Maharashtra. In 2017, date of Dahi Handi is August 15. Dahi Handi is a perfect amalgamation of sport and spirituality and provides youngsters an opportunity to be adventurous and to show team spirit and unity. Young boys and girls make human pyramids to break the earthen pot hanging high above and the attempt to break the pot is accompanied by the chanting of ‘Govinda ala re’ and by loud sounds of cymbals and drums.
Dahi Handi is observed a day after Gokulashtami or Janmashtami. The festival is also known as ‘Gopal kala’. The name comes from a dish or a mixture of yoghurt, pounded rice and jaggery, which is offered to Krishna on the day. The same mixture is placed in the Dahi Handi pot.
Legend has it that Sri Krishna was very fond of curd and butter. He and his friends used steal butter from the houses in Vrindavan. To save their curd and butter from Sri Krishna and his fr…

Ganesh Chaturthi Darshan – BEST Bus Trip in Mumbai during Ganeshotsav 2008

BEST buses are the most popular mode of transport in Mumbai for common man. During Ganesh Chaturthi 2008, BEST is planning trips to most popular Ganesh pandals in Mumbai city. People will get an opportunity to visit all the famous Vinayaka Chaturthi pandals and BEST authorities are trying to make arrangements with the Pandals to have special arrangements for BEST commuters so that there is no delay in the trip. BEST authorities will be issuing passes for the Ganesh Chaturthi Darshan.
The special BEST Ganeshotsav Darshan is expected to start from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and will cover areas in South Mumbai like Girgaum and Khetwadi. Then the bus will cover the most famous Ganesh Chaturthi mandals in Mumbai located in Byculla Ganesh Galli, Khotwadi and Lalbaug.The bus will then move to Ganesh pandals in Dadar and Mahim and finally the trip will end at Chembur.

Kajli or Kajari Teej

Kajari Teej, or Kajli Teej, is observed on the third day after Shravan Purnima and it one among the three Teej festivals – the other two being Hariyali and Hartalika Teej. In 2017, the date of Kajari Teej is August 10. Kajari Teej is dedicated to Lord Krishna and special pujas are also performed to the neem tree. The festival is mainly celebrated in Bundi in Rajasthan and in some parts of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Bihar.
Festivals associated with Lord Krishna are always filled joy and dance. Women and girls wear colorful new clothes and dance and enjoy on the day. Special Swings are prepared for the day and women take turns in swinging while other women sing and dance. Songs sung on the day welcome monsoons and praise the love of Krishna and Radha.
A community puja is performed around a neem tree in the village. Specific rituals are performed by elderly women and young women learn the tradition and perform it.
Kajli Teej in Bundi in Rajasthan is no…

Swami Chinmayananda on the importance of Japa in Hinduism

Japa is a training by which the ever-dancing rays of the mind are compelled to behave in some order and rhythm, and bring out of their co-operative effort, a single melody of repeated Mantra-chanting. In thus practicing, the mind becomes extremely single-pointed. In fact, Japa properly done can more effectively bring about a sustained single-pointedness than all the hasty methods of meditation. A mind seasoned with Japa is like tinned food, which is ready for consumption after a few seconds of warming-up on the fire. A short period of meditation can take a Japa-conditioned mind to unimaginable heights in an impossibly short time.
Swami Chinmayananda(Source: Kindle Life by Swami Chinmayananda)

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