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Where to have puja room at a Hindu home?

A puja room, or pooja area, is an indispensable part of Hindu home and the position of the Pooja room in house is very important. Usually, the puja room faces east or west side. Puja area usually never faces north or south. The ideal position according to many scholars is to position the puja room in the north-east corner.The idols and pictures of gods and goddess should be placed facing west or east. The idols and portraits should not be placed on the ground. It should be placed on a small table or should be hung on the wall.Toilets should be never near the Puja room.It should be remembered that God is there in all corners and in all directions and in everything. Realizing this is more important. A puja room is meant to be quiet place where you can contemplate and realize that all is Brahman.

Ancient Sanskrit Manuscripts at Anandashram Sanstha in Pune Being Digitized

Anandashram Sanstha at Appa Balwant Chowk in Pune was founded by late lawyer Mahadev Chitanmani Apte in 1888 to propagate Sanskrit and preserve and publish Sanskrit texts. There are more than 10,000-odd Sanskrit manuscripts at Anandashram Sanstha and majority of them dates back to the 16th and 17th century. The manuscripts are based on the Ramayana, Mahabharata, Vastushastra, Kamashastra, astrology, Ayurveda, creative arts like fine arts, music, poetry and literature and numerous other topics.Currently, National Mission for Manuscripts, an arm of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Government of India is digitizing the Sanskrit manuscripts at Anandashram Sanstha. Laxmi Birajdar Writes in Times of IndiaEach of the manuscripts are being scanned and copied on to a computer. Finally, the pictures files will be stored in a DVD format.

Besides Sanskrti, Anandashram also has 400 manuscripts in Marathi and 400-odd palm leaves in Tamil. Currently, only the Sanskrit manuscripts are being digiti…

Sant Namdev Teachings

You are the Creator,
You alone are my friend;
You, O Lord, are all-pervading.
True meditation reveals You
in all Your perfection;
And the snares of illusion
are rendered ineffective.
Vast and vicious is this mesh of illusion,
Whose intricate tentacles suck you dry.
Sing with all your heart,
the Name of the Lord;
It costs nothing, O Nama,
to repeat His Name.Sant Namdev (1270 AD – 1350 AD) – Marathi Saint and Bhakti Poet

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