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Places in India where Total Solar Eclipse on July 22, 2009 is Visible in Totality

The Total Solar Eclipse, Surya Grahan, is visible in its Total Phase in some regions in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh (Timing is given below). It is a partial eclipse in majority of the places in India. The Total Solar Eclipse is visible in Patna, Bhopal, Indore, Gaya, Varanasi, Bhavnagar, Darjeeling, Gangtok, Sibsagar, Surat, Ujjain and Vadodara. The time is early morning from 05:30 AM to 07:30 in most regions.The other places where the Total Solar Eclipse is visible in totality include Bankipore, Bharuch, Chhapra, Chhatarpur, Cooch Bihar, Daltoganj, Daman, Darbhanga, Dibrugarh, Gangtok, Itanagar, Itarsi, Jabalpur, Katihar, Khandwa, Maihar, Mirzapur, Muzaffarpur, Panchmarhi, Purnia, Rewa, Sagar, Siliguri, Silvassa and Vidisha.Here is a list of important places in India where the Total Solar Eclipse on July 22, 2009 is Visible in its totality.BhopalEclipse begins before SunriseTotal Solar Eclipse Begins at 06:22:11 AMGreatest …

Book: Puntanam and Melpattur: Two measures of Bhakti – English Translations of Jnanapaana and Narayaniyam

The book ‘Puntanam and Melpattur: Two measures of Bhakti’ contains the English translations of the Malayalam Jnanapaana poem by Puntanam and Sanskrit Narayaniyam of Melpattur. The book also contains a small poem by Mahakavi Vallathol. The verse translation in English of the poems is done by Vijay Nambisan. The book is published by Penguin Books India and is part of the Penguim Classics.Jnana Paana by Puntanam and Narayaniyam of Melpattur is considered to be gems of medieval Indian literature. Narayaniyam is a Sanskrit classic and is dedicated Lord Guruvayoorappan (Lord Krishna). It is a condensation of the Bhagavad Purana in 1036 shlokas (stanzas).Jnanapaana is a Malayalam classic and is an important literary work in the Bhakti tradition. Apart from the translations, the book also contains a detailed introduction on these literary gems.The flyer of the book saysFor four centuries, Jnana-paana and Narayaniyam have been touchstones of faith in Kerala. Puntanam’s Jnana-paana may claim to…

Importance of Chanting of Mantras and Prayers in Hinduism

Chanting of a simple mantra or prayer is considered one of the easiest ways to worship God in Hinduism. The prayer can be Om or Om Namah Shivaya or Om Namo Narayanaya or any of the numerous other simple Hindu prayers. It is said in the Puranas that chanting of mantras is the best way to approach God in Kali Yuga and attain Moksha. It is believed that self realization, tapas, Dhyanam etc., are tough to practice for human beings living in Kali Yuga (the present age). In the Satya Yuga, Dhyanam was the easiest way to approach God. The human mind was not polluted in Satya Yuga and therefore he/she was able to climb the ladder of self realization easily.In the Treta Yuga, Yajna and Yagams were seen as the methods of worship.In the Dwapara Yuga, pujas and rituals were seen as the best modes or worship.In the Kali Yuga, chanting of mantras and prayers is considered to be the ideal method to attain self realization. This is because the age of Kali is an age of inauspiciousness. Mind will be e…

Marathi Shravan Month 2010 – Sawan Mahina in Maharashtra Calendar

Shravan, or Sawan, is the fifth month in a traditional Marathi calendar followed in Maharashtra, India. Shrawan is a highly auspicious month and Mondays is dedicated to Shiva Poojan and on Tuesdays women perform Mangala Gowri Puja. Other important festivals and auspicious days include Nag Panchami, Narli Purnima, Sri Krishna Jayanti and Dahi Handi. In 2010, Shravan month in traditional marathi calendar begins on August 10 and ends on September 8.Shravan Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) is from August 10 to August 24.Shravan Krishna Paksha (waning phase of moon) is from August 25 to September 8.Shravan Purnima (Narli Poornima) is on August 24 and Shravan Amavasi is on September 8.Some of the other important auspicious days and festival dates are:Wednesdays of Shravan month is dedicated to Budh Puja.Thursdays of Shravan month is dedicated to Brihaspati Puja.Varalakshmi Vrat – August 20.Sri Krishna Jayanti – September 1.It must be noted that Shravan month in 2010 in the traditional …

Thoughts on Success by Swami Nikhilananda Saraswati

Success can be measured from two standpoints: External and the internal. Externally it is the measure of a job well done and recognition. Internally it is a feeling of achievement and wholeness derived from the completion of a task or the fulfillment of a desire.
Our goals are based on our desires and aspirations. When we fulfill a desire or achieve a goal we feel happy and successful. But shortly another desire arises and we feel incomplete and begin to strive again.
Modern management philosophy says that if a person is satisfied there is a lack of motivation and this works against the interest of the corporation. This is a negative approach. When people are positively satisfied, they want to share their feelings with others... Their motivational levels get higher. They want to work more and also efficiently.
Swami Nikhilananda Saraswati is associated with Chinmaya Mission (Source – Excerpts from an article in the Speaking Tree section of Times of India dated November 23, 2008)

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