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Thirukkalyanam or Celestial Wedding Festival at Madurai Meenakshi Temple

Thirukkalyanam, or the celestial wedding of Goddess Meenakshi (Goddess Parvathi) with Lord Sundareswar (Lord Shiva), is one of the major events during the annual Chithirai festival at the world famous MaduraiMeenakshiTemple in Tamil Nadu. In 2012, the date of Thirukkalyanam is May 2. The highly auspicious day is also known as Arumigu Thirukkalyanam.

The Thirukalyanam is observed during the Tamil month of Chithirai and is observed on the tenth day of the 12-day Chithirai festival.

Thousands of devotees gather at temple to have a glimpse of the beautifully decked idols of Lord Sundareshwar and Meenakshi and to witness the Thirukkalyanam rituals.

Online Live Darshan From Mayapur – includes Aarati and Live Bhagavad Gita Class

Mayapur located in West Bengal, India, is the headquarters of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). It is the birthplace of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the initiator of the Bhakti Movement. ISKCON is currently providing live darshan from the temples in Mayapur including the Shri Mayapur Chandrodaya Mandir. It is a day-long broadcast and includes Bhagavad Gita class, prayers, Arati and important announcements.The first live webcast is of Mangal Arati at 04:00 hrs, Morning (Indian Standard Time)
The Gita class in the morning is from 07:45 hrs to 08:30 hrs. (Indian Standard Time)The evening Gita class is from 20:00 hrs to 20:30 hrs (Indian Standard Time)
The live webcasting closes at 21:00 hrs (Indian Standard Time)In between there are numerous other prayers and pujas which are aired live online.You can watch live darshan from Mayapur here at Mayapur.tv
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Pradosh Vrata in May 2011

Pradosh, or Pradosha Vrata, is an auspicious day dedicated to Lord Shiva on the 12th day of a lunar fortnight in a traditional Hindu calendar. Pradosh dates in May 2011 – May 15 and May 30. There are two Pradosh in a Hindu month. Shiva devotees observe fasting from sunrise to sunset on the day and it is considered highly beneficial. Pradosha puja is performed during the twilight period. As the Pradosh on May 30, 2011 falls on Monday, it is also known as Som Pradosh. Pradosh the name indicates is a period just before sunset and after sunset. The Pradosha period is between 1.5 hours before sunset and 1 hour after sunset. Some people only observe fasting on a single Pradosham day in a month. There are staunch Shiva devotees who observe fast on the both the days in a month. Special pujas are performed in Shiva temples during the period. It is said that Lord Shiva and Parvati are in a happy mood during Pradosham period and they shower blessings on devotees. You may also like to read How t…

Swami Chidananda Teachings

Spiritualize your activities. To live a Divine Life, offer all your actions, even reading, playing tennis, to the Lord. Feel that the whole world is in dwelt by Him. Feel that all your children are manifestations of the Lord. Serve humanity with such in ward spiritual feeling; then all your daily activities will be transformed into spiritual exercises. They will be transformed into Yoga. Every day, side by side along with your daily duties, you have to keep up this in ward contact, this link with the Divine Source through prayer, worship and silent meditation for some time. This is your fore most duty. This should not be neglected on any account.Swami Chidananda

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