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Shasti July 2011 – Muruga Sasthi Vratam

Shashti Fasting dedicated to Lord Muruga is observed on the sixth day after Amavasai (no moon) and Poornima (full moon) in a traditional Hindu calendar. The Shasti after Amavasai is considered highly auspicious by Muruga devotees. Shasti fasting July 2011 date is July 6. Fasting on Sashti day is highly beneficial and some devotees observe a partial fasting or complete fast. Lord Muruga, also known as Shanmukha and Subramanian, is widely worshipped in South India, especially by Tamilians. In North India, Lord Muruga is known as Kartik or Kartikeya. Muruga worship is also prominent in Malayasia and Singapore. Many devotees make it a point to visit Lord Muruga temple on Sashti day. Those observing partial fast eat Prasadam from the temple. You may also like to read Shasti fasting – How to observe Sashti

Solar Eclipse in Delhi – Surya Grahan Time on 22 July

The Total Solar Eclipse, or Surya Grahan, which will take place in India on 22 July, 2009 is a partial eclipse in Delhi, Amritsar, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Jammu, Jaipur, Jalandhar, Shimla, Srinagar and in other places in North India. In these regions the sun will be covered 70 to 80% by the moon. The time of eclipse in India is from 05:30 AM to 07:30 AM.Here are the timings of the Partial Eclipse in Delhi and other nearby cities in North India.DelhiEclipse Begins before SunriseGreatest Phase of Eclipse – 06:26 AMEclipse ends at – 07:24 AMAmritsarEclipse Begins before SunriseGreatest Phase of Eclipse – 06:28 AMEclipse ends at – 07:23 AMChandigarhEclipse Begins at – 5:35 AMGreat Phase of Eclipse – 06:27 AMEclipse Ends at – 07:24DehradunEclipse Begins at – 05:34 AMGreat Phase of Eclipse – 06:27 AMEclipse Ends at – 07:25JaipurEclipse Begins before sunriseGreat Phase of Eclipse – 06:25 AMEclipse Ends at – 07:23 AMShimlaEclipse Begins at 05:35 AMGreat Phase of Eclipse – 06:28 AMEclipse Ends…

Are Hindus Obsessed with fair skin even when praying to a Dusky Lord Krishna?

The images of popular Hindu Gods like Lord Krishna, Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva and Goddess Kali are dark or blue or dusky in appearance. Some of the prayers and bhajans dedicated to Gods and Goddesses extol their dark color. But even while praying to these dusky skin gods and chanting these mantras, a large section of Hindus have an obsession for whiteness or fair skin complexion.There are numerous other Gods that are blue or dusky colored. Lord Ram is blue colored. Popular characters in the Mahabharata have dusky skin tone. Arjuna is said to have had dark skin tone and it is mentioned in numerous regional versions of the Mahabharat. Draupadi, for whom all the kings and princess of that era vied for in the Swayavara, was dark. Some were even ready to go into war for the dark-colored Draupadi, who had captivated and enamored all the men her era.But followers a great tradition that worships dark color is obsessed with fair skin.Perhaps we Hindus yearn for fair skin because it is what major…

There is No Instant Knowledge and Instant Enlightenment – Swami Rama

People often come to me (Swami Rama) for instant knowledge, instant Samadhi or instant enlightenment. They say, ‘I do not want to do anything. Please, Swamiji, give me ashirvada (blessing) or shaktipat initiation.’ Let me assure you that samadhi is not something that dawns all of a sudden. There is nothing like instant samadhi or instant enlightenment. Many of you think that a guru comes and blesses you and you are in samadhi. This never happens. Many people would like to be enlightened in a second’s time without having to do any preparation. If someone has the power to awaken the dormant power of shakti, the primal force of kundalini, how are you going to handle it if you are not prepared? In the path of sadhana, preparation is very necessary. Preparation does not mean making any physical effort. Preparation means becoming aware of another level of consciousness.The greatest power in the world is the divine power of grace. This happens when you are prepared, when you have done your d…

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