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Durga Puja 2008 Package Tours and Pandal Trips from West Bengal Tourism Board

To get a feel of the Durga Puja in Kolkata, the West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation (WBTDC) has come up with attractive package tours to Durga Puja Pandals in 2008 for both domestic and foreign tourists. This West Bengal government initiative includes a two nights/three days stay at a four star hotel for reveling in the Durga Puja celebrations in Kolkata, pre-puja trips, special Durga Puja trips to traditional Puja pandals outside Kolkata city and cruise rides on the river on the day of immersion of the Durga idols. In 2008, the Durga Puja celebrations begin on October 5 and ends on October 9. “This time we have tried to design packages in such a way that there is something for everyone. It is a Government initiative, as many outsiders feel safe to book packages with the WBTDC,” said MD WBTDC, TVN Rao.(Indian Express) The two nights/three days stay at a four star hotel package during the Durga Puja celebrations in Kolkata includes conducted tours around the city, Durga Puja P…

Interiors of Ananda Nilayam of Tirupati Temple to be Gold Plated – O Balaji when will realization happen

The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams Trust (TTDs) is planning to gold plate the interiors of Ananda Nilayam, the sanctum sanctorum of Lord Venkateswara. The aim is to convert TirupatiTempleBalajiTemple into a GoldenTemple. The interiors – including the walls and ceiling – of Ananda Nilayam will be gold plated after consulting Agama Pandits and archeologists. The exteriors of Ananda Nilayam are already gold plated. Many people want to please Lord Venkateswara with the yellow metal or other costly items when the Lord was pleased with the sweat-drenched beaten rice (Poha or Aval) of Kuchela, which even contained mud. HE was satisfied with the remnants of food that Draupadi gave. HE was satisfied with the gruel that Vidura gave in his humble abode. He exists everywhere even in gold and dirt. For thousands of years Santana Dharma has been trying to teach this immortal truth but sadly very few realize it. Nearly 100 tonnes of pure gold will be needed for the purpose of gold plating and it is …

Navratri Fasting – How to do Navaratri Upvaas?

There are many Hindus who observe Navratri Vrat or fasting during the nine days of Navratras. Most people observe a partial fast during Navaratri and abstain from non-vegetarian food, alcohol etc.  In 2016, Navratri begins on October 1 and ends on October 10. The fasting is generally dedicated to Goddess Durga. In South India, especially in Kerala, Navratri Vrat is dedicated to Goddess Saraswathi. Puranas indicated that the importance of Navarathri fast was narrated by Goddess Durga to one of her devotees.
There are no strict rules for any fasting in Hindu religion and usually, the devotees decide how they want to do the fasting during the period.
In South India, the nine days of Navratri is divided into three parts – three days each for Goddess Durga, Goddess Lakshmi and Goddess Saraswati. In North India, there is no division but is dedicated to Mother Goddess or Shakti.
People take bath in the morning and evening during Navratri period. Some devotees only consume food after bathin…

Dasara – Dusshera in 2008

In North India and Karnataka, the 9-day Sharad Navratri festival in Ashwin month and the 10th day of Vijaya Dashami festival is together referred as Dusshera. Some people only refer the last day (10th day) as Dasara. If Navratri festival celebrates the victory of Goddess Durga over Mahisha, Dussera in North India celebrates Lord Ram’s victory over Ravan in Ramayana. The Dussehra celebrations thus symbolize the prevalence of Dharma or the victory of the good over evil. In 2008, the date of Dasara, or Dusshera, is October 9.The term Dusshera is widely used in North India and Karnataka and it is also referred as Vijaya Dashami. In South India, Vijaya Dasami is the day after Navratri celebrations. In Eastern parts of India, it is the last day of Durga Puja celebrations.In Karnataka, Dusshera commemorates the victory of Goddess Chamundi or Goddess Chamudeswari over Demon Mahishasura. It is believed that Goddess Chamundi (Durga) vanquished Mahisha and other demons on this day after 10-day…

Dr B L Atreya on Philosophy in India

In India, philosophy has never been only an intellectual pursuit of knowledge of the Ultimate Reality. The task of a philosopher here is not over with his having constructed a metaphysical system, which satisfies the intellect. The intellect is not the whole man. He has other aspects, equally or probably more alive in him, which seek for satisfaction. Man aspires to seek for Power and Joy as much as for knowledge. It is really doubtful whether man would have philosophized at all, if he were absolutely happy and if all his wants were satisfied. The chief concern of man therefore is not to know what God is but to know how he can become God. If the self-satisfied and perfect absolute God is ever free from want and is Blissful in itself, what is that to us? It will be like an enormous treasure of wealth existing somewhere, which we cannot use. That everything is dear to us for own sake is an eternal truth discovered by Yajnavalkya long, long ago. An important part of the task of a philoso…

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