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Hindu in Britain Loses Law Suit on Cremation on Traditional Open-Air Funeral Pyre

Davender Ghai, an elderly Hindu man, who wants an open-air cremation in United Kingdom when he dies, lost his case in the High Court in London. The devout Hindu was challenging the decision by Newcastle City Council in 2006, northeast England, which denied to let his body be burnt on an open-air pyre in line with his Hindu religious beliefs.Davender Ghai is the founder of the Anglo-Asian Friendship Society (AAFS) and had argued that a traditional open-air funeral pyre was essential for the release of his spirit into the afterlife and had suggested a site in a remote part of Northumberland. He wants his body to receive Vedic last rights and burned close to flowing water. Similar to what is the usual practice in Kashi.BBC ReportsOn Friday, Mr Justice Cranston ruled that pyres were prohibited by law, and the prohibition was "justified".Mr Justice Cranston said that Justice Secretary Jack Straw, who had resisted Mr Ghai's legal challenge, argued that people might be "up…

Hanuman Jayanthi in Andhra Pradesh in 2011

Hanuman Jayanthi is celebrated in Andhra Pradesh on the Dasami or tenth day during the Krishna Paksha (waning phase of the moon) of Vaishakha month in the Telugu traditional Hindu calendar. In 2011, the date of Hanuman Jayanthi in Andhra Pradesh is May 27. Also known as Hanumantha Jayanti, it marks the end of 41-day Hanuman Deeksha which began on Chaitra Purnima. Hanumanth Jayanti is observed in a unique way by Telugu devotees by visiting important temples dedicated Lord Hanuman. Apart from conducting prayers and pujas, people also undertake pilgrimages during the 41-day Deeksha period. Aku Pooja and other special rituals are performed by devotees on the occasion at the Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy hill shrine in Yadagirigutta. Those who embraced Hanuman deeksha visit the hill shrine offer special prayers to Lord Hanuman, who is the ‘Kshetra Palaka' of the hill shrine. ‘Laksha pathra pooja' and other devotional programs are held on the day. Devotees chant or listen to Hanuman Cha…

Download books of Nisargadatta Maharaj in English in PDF format for Free

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897 – 1981), an Indian spiritual teacher and philosopher of Advaita, is noted for his direct and simple explanation of non-dualism (Advaita). ‘I AM THAT’, an English translation of his talks in Marathi by Maurice Frydman, brought him worldwide recognition and followers. Now a website dedicated to Nisargadatta Maharaj – nisargadatta.org – is offering all the books of Nisargadatta Maharaj in English in PDF format for free download. The books that can be downloaded are: I am THAT, Seeds of Consciousness, Prior to Consciousness, Consciousness and the Absolute, Pointers from Nisargadatta Maharaj, The Nectar of Immortality, The Ultimate Medicine, Gleanings from Nisargadatta, I am Unborn and Self Knowledge and Self Realization. If you have not heard about Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj here is an example of his teachings: Nisargadatta Maharaj: The sweetness is the nature of sugar; but that sweetness is there only so long as the sugar is present. Once the sugar has been c…

Tirupati Darshan Booking Counter at Udupi

The E-Darshan facility is Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) online services to pilgrims in India on a single window system. An E-Darshan was opened at Geetha Mandira at Udupi in Karnataka. This is the second counter in the state, the first is in Bangalore. The system enables a devotee to book special darshan, Archana Anthara Darshan, Nijapada Darshanam and accommodation at Tirumala in advance.The counter will prepare bio-metric identity (computerised photograph and fingerprints) of those devotees wishing to visit the temple and record them in the temple's service ticket.Tickets for TTD's various Sevas like Srinivasa Darshana (Rs. 50), Post Archana Darshana (Rs. 200 barring Fridays) and lodging facilities can be reserved through this counter.A total of 7,500 Seva tickets will be reserved online everyday, on a first come-first serve basis at Udupi.Udupi's service counter will be open on all days of the week except Tuesday.On weekdays the counter will function from 9 am to…

Vat Puja 2012 Date

Vat Savitri Vrat, or Vat Puja, is an important fasting observed by Hindu married women in North India. In 2012, the date of Vat Savitri Vrat is May 20 (Vat Savitri Amavasi Vrat in  North India). Those observing Vat Savitri Vrat on Purnima the date is June 4, 2012 (Maharashtra and Gujarat).

Vat Savitri Vrat is based on Savitri-Satyavan legend in the Mahabharata. The Vat Puja is observed either during Amavasi (No moon) in the Hindu month of Jyestha or during Purnima (Full moon) in the month of Jyeshtha as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India.

In strict sense, Vat Puja fasting is for three days. It begins on the Trayodashi day (13th day of a lunar fortnight) and ends on Amavasi or Purnima – the fast is for three nights and ends on the fourth day. Prayers and pujas are dedicated to Vat Vriksha (Banyan Tree) and Savitri.

Most people now fast only on the main ritual day that is on the Amavas or the Poornima day.

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Ramana Maharshi Teachings on Reality

There is no greater mystery than this, that being the reality yourself, you seek to gain reality.There is nothing new or anything you do not already have which needs to be gained. The feeling that you have not yet realized is the sole obstruction to realization.You think there is something binding your reality and that something must be destroyed before the reality is freed. This is ridiculous.You have realized the unreal, in other words, you regard the unreal as that which is real. Give up this attitude and you will attain wisdom.A day will dawn when you will laugh at all your efforts. What is there to realize? The real is always as it is.Ramana Maharshi

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