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Sankatahara Ganesha

Sankatahara Ganesha, or Sangadahara Ganapati, is one among the 32 forms of Lord Ganesh. As the name indicates, he is the remover of sorrows – ‘Sankata hara’. In this form Ganesha is shown as seated on a red lotus and his Shakti (female energy) sits on his lap. Ganesha and Shakti together are depicted in Tantric form of worship.The complexion of Sankatahara Ganesha is that of the rising sun and is shown wearing blue color dress. He has four arms and holds a goad, another a noose, a bowl of sweet milk and the right hand is in boon giving posture.Sankatahara Ganesh is shown as a celibate in non-Tantric forms. The female energy or Shakti that is depicted is green in color and holds a blue flower.
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Indian Railway announces Special Trains for Onam 2008

Southern Railway of Indian Railways has announced special trains for Onam festival 2008. The advance railway reservation started on 24th August 2008. Onam is the harvest of Kerala and in 2008, Thiruonam is on September 12. Special trains are from Bangalore, Chennai, Mangalore to Trivandrum, Ernakulam and Mangalore.Following are the special runs announced by Southern Railway for Onam:Ernakulam - Bangalore – Ernakulam Onam Special TrainsBangalore – Ernakulam (Train No 0642) – September 9 and September 16 stops at Aluva, Thrissur, Ottapalam, Palakkad, Podanur, Tiruppur, Erode, Salem, Tirupattur, Bangarapet, Krishnarajapuram and Bangalore Cantonment. Will leave Bangalore at 1715 hrs and reach Ernakulam at 0430 hrs. The composition of the trains will be 1 AC 2 tier, 1 AC 3 tier, 8 Sleeper class, 2 General second class and 2 Luggage-cum-brake van coaches. Ernakulam – Bangalore (Train No 0641) - September 8 and September 15. Will leave Ernakulam at 1700 hrs and reach Bangalore at 0420 hrs. S…

Hyderabad Khairatabad Ganesha Idol for Ganesh Festival 2008

Ganesh idols made during Ganesh Chaturthi festival at Khairatabad near Hyderabad is always noted for its enormous size, which is usually more than 40 feet. It is not just for size that the Khairatabad Ganesha made for Vinayaka Chaturthi is famous for but also for the use of natural colors. For 2008 Ganesh Chaturthi too, the Ganesh idols prepared by Khairatabad Ganesh Utsav Committee will use natural colors.In 2008, the huge Khairatabad Ganesh will appear seated on a throne. Khairatabad Vinayaka Chavithi Ganesh idol was last seen in seated posture in 1982. The Ganesha idol in 2008 is flanked on the right side by Aadi Shakti in the backdrop with Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva in the foreground. To the left of the Ganesha is Lord with his consort Parvathi and Goddess Ganga.
Government talks a lot about eco-friendly Ganeshas but there is no major drive on the part of authorities to create awareness. The government is also not willing to financially help people who are making nature friendly Gane…

Gowri Ganesha Festival

Gowri Ganesha Festival, also known as Swarna Gowri Vratam, is an important festival that coincides with the famous Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Karnataka and in some parts of Andhra Pradesh. In 2017, the date of Gowri Ganesha Festival is August 24. It is observed on the third day in the Kannada Bhadrapada month and the festival is also known as Gowri Habba. The first day of the festival is Gouri Habba and the second day is Vinayaka Chaturthi.
An idol of Goddess Gowri (Goddess Parvati) is worshipped on the Gowri Habba day. Usually the idol is prepared using Turmeric or a clay idol of Goddess Gowri is also procured from the market. There are several regional variations in the observance. In some places, a clay idol of Ganesha is also worshipped. The main legend is associated with a creation of Ganesha from her own body Goddess Gowri.
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Idols of Hindu Gods and Sculptures to auctioned by Christie’s in September 2008

Christie’s, one of world’s leading art business and a fine arts auction house, is auctioning several idols of Hindu gods and sculptures, stone works, miniatures at its auction of artworks in New York on September 16, 2008. The idols on sale range from the 1st century BC to 18th century AD. Bronze figure of Shiva as Nataraja, Vishnu, Skanda (Muruga), Ganesha, Goddess Durga, Goddess Ambika, Goddess Parvati, Kamadeva and idols of numerous other deities and paintings are part of the auction. Around 85 idols and paintings related to Hinduism will be auctioned by Christie’s on the day.Most of these idols were stolen from India during the British rule and some after independence. What is baffling is that nearly 60 Hindu idols and around 15 paintings of ancient India is going to be auctioned and there is not even an attempt from any quarters in India to get back these priceless idols and artifacts.The costliest is Shiva Nataraja of Chola Period (975 AD), estimated at 1.5 million dollars from …

Thoughts of Sri Ramana Maharshi on Meditation

Silent meditation, in the mind, is higher than the best devotional praise, or the uttering of sacred names, loudly or softly.Like an unbroken flow of oil or a stream of water, continuous meditation is better than that which is interrupted. Meditation on the identity of the individual and the Lord, ‘I am He,’ is more purifying than meditation which assumes difference between them.Ritual worship, repetition of sacred names, and meditation are done with the body, the speech and the mind, and they progress to excellence in that order.Ritual worship – bodySacred names – speechMeditation – mind Sri Ramana MaharshiSource: Upadesa Saaram of Sri Ramana Maharshi

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