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Maha Kumbabhishekam at Madurai Meenakshi Temple in April 2009

A Maha Kumbabhishegam will be performed at the MaduraiMeenakshiTemple in April 2009. Maha Kumbabhishekam is performed once in every twelve years in ancient Hindu temples. The rules and rituals associated with Maha Kumbabhishekam are mentioned in the Agama Shastra. It is performed to remove all inauspiciousness and usher in greater prosperity and peace. In 2009, the date of Maha Kumbabhishekam at MaduraiMeenakshiTemple in April 8. The time is from 0900 hrs to 1000 hrs.In view of the Maha Kumbabhishegam to be held on April 8, 2009, the sanctum sanctorum of the ArulmiguMeenakshiSundareswararTemple will remain closed from 02.4.2009 to 07.4.2209. However the devotees will be allowed to worship at the yagasala located in the North Aadi Street.During the Maha Kumbabhishekam rituals the divinity of the deities is transferred to Kalashas or Kumbhas (divine pot) through mantras and rituals. Different types of homas are performed at a specially prepared yagashala. The homas are conducted for s…

Naba Barsha 2018 date - Bengali New Year in 2018

Naba Barasha or Poila Baisakh is the traditional Hindu New Year in West Bengal and Bangladesh. It is celebrated in the month of Vaishakh or Baisakh (April – May). In 2018, the date of Naba Barsha or Poila Baisakhis April 15. The New Year is popularly referred as Naba Barsa or Nava Varsha in Bengal and Pohela or Poila Baisakh in Bangladesh. It is the first day in the traditional Hindu Bengali Calendar.

In Bengali houses, Naba Barsa is welcomed with elaborate alpanas (rangolis). A kalash is placed in the center of the alpana pattern and it symbolizes prosperity. Houses are elaborately decorated with flowers as there is no shortage of flowers during this season. Another important event is the Prabhat Pheries or early morning processions.

Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, and Lord Ganesh are worshipped on the Bengali New Year day. Traders perform the halkhata ceremony that marks the advent of the Bengali New Year. All shops are decorated with flowers and one will notice stringed …

Chandogya Upanishad Teachings

That alone which is infinite is Bliss and there is no bliss in the finite. (7.23.1).Through purity of food comes purity of mind, through purity of mind comes a steady memory of Truth, and when one gets this memory one becomes free from all knots of the heart.’ (7.26.2)Where one sees another, one hears another, so long as there are two, there must be fear, and fear is the mother of all misery. Where none sees another, where it is all one, there is none to be miserable, none to be unhappy.’ (7.33)Chandogya Upanishad

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