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Surya Grahan July 2010 Not Visible in India – Surya Grahanam July 11, 2010

A Total Solar Eclipse – Purna Surya Grahan – will take place on July 11, 2010. It is not visible in India. The eclipse will be visible only in parts of South America, Cook Islands, French Polynesia etc. Hindu Panchangs and calendars have ignored the Suryagrahanam. As per the India Time the eclipse will be taking place from 23:45:00 hrs on July 11, 2010 to 02:20:00 on July 12, 2010. The GMT or Universal Time of the Eclipse is from 18:15 UT to 20:52 UTAccording to NASA, the Suryagrahan on July 11 is a ‘Total Solar Eclipse’ and Moon's umbral shadow crosses the South Pacific Ocean where it makes no landfall except for Mangaia (Cook Islands) and Easter Island (Isla de Pascua). The path of totality ends just after reaching southern Chile and Argentina. The Moon's penumbral shadow produces a partial eclipse visible from a much larger region covering the South Pacific and southern South America
The path of the Surya Grahan (Image from NASA)Usually, Hindus do not perform any work …

Museum based on Hindu Scriptures and Legends in Andhra Pradesh – Kunda Satyanarayana Kala Dhamam

Kunda Satyanarayana Kala Dhamam, at Surendrapuri near Yadagirigutta in Nalgonda District of Andhra Pradesh, is a mythological museum based on legends and stories from Hindu scriptures. The museum provides an opportunity to people to get acquainted important episodes and characters from Hindu scriptures like Puranas, Mahabharata, Ramayana etc. The museum is about 96km from Hyderabad and is located on Yadagirigutta Road.A visitor can see models of all the important Hindu pilgrim centers like Gangotri, Kashi, Badrinath, Kedarnath, Amarnath, Tirupati etc.There also models of the Sapta Lokas mentioned in the Puranas – Brahm Lok, Vishnu Lok, Shiva Lok, Naga Lok, Indra Lok, Yama Lok, Pathal etc.,Another important exhibit is the paintings on the life of Lord Hanuman. Kunda Satyanarayana Kala Dhamam is located on Yadagirigutta Road and just 2 KM before Yadagirigutta in Nalgonda District in Andhra Pradesh, India.You can find more details about Kunda Satyanarayana Kala Dhamam here at the offic…

How to observe or what to do on Vaikasi Visakam?

Vaikasi Visakam, also known as Vaigasi Visagam or Vaikaci Visagam, is the day when Lord Muruga is believed to have appeared on earth to annihilate the demons and restore order and alleviate the sufferings of human beings. Lord Muruga is believed to have incarnated on the Visakam Nakshatra on Vaikasi Pournami. Here is a brief guide on what to do on Vaikasi Visakam day. How to observe Vaikasi Visakam? Vaikasi Visakam is a ten-day festival in Lord Muruga Temples and special pujas and homas are performed during the period. A car festival, or pulling of chariots, is organized on the day. In homes, Vaikasi Visakam is observed by performing special pujas to Lord Muruga. Idols, portraits, paintings of Lord Muruga are thoroughly cleaned and decorated. Usual puja procedures are followed. Sarkarai Pongal, a special neviedya, or prasad, is prepared on the day. People also visit a nearby Muruga Shrine and do pujas and offer prayers. Prayers that are chanted on the day include Kanda Sashti Kavacham…

Brihadaranyaka Upanishad on Fearlessness

There is fear from duality. (Non-duality alone is fearless). (Chapter 1. 4.2).Yajnavalkya said: O Janaka! You have attained the fearless (Brahman). (Chapter 4. 2..4).Brahman is fearless; one who knows this, becomes the fearless Brahman. The knower of the fearless Brahman becomes himself absolutely fearless. (Chapter 4.4. 25).Brihadaranyaka Upanishad(Source: Conquest of Fear by Swami Sivananda)