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Swine Flu – Low key Dahi Handi 2009 celebrations in Maharashtra

Due to Swine flu, Dahi Handi 2009 celebrations on August 14 has been toned down or cancelled. Even a small Dahi Handi celebration in a small street corner in Maharashtra attracts hundreds of people. And popular Dahi Handi celebrations organized by religious institutions and political parties attract thousands of people. With swine flu deaths constantly on the rise in Maharashtra, government, religious leaders and political parties have given a call for low key Dahi Handi and Janmashtami celebrations in 2009.Some of the most popular Dahi Handi celebrations in Maharashtra have been called off on concerns over the spread of H1N1 virus. All the big Ganesh mandals in Pune city have decided to cancel the Dahi Handi celebrations. Some of the Ganesh Mandal committees that had collected money for Dahi Handi celebrations will now contribute it for buying masks for citizens. The need of the hour is to be socially responsible and it is good to note that people and religious organizations are disp…

On Hinduism and Atheism

Hinduism was never uncomfortable with Atheism and in fact it is perhaps the only religion that has accepted a fully developed school of thought supporting atheism. The Carvaka philosophical school rejected the notion of karma, moksha, the authority of the sacred scriptures including the Vedas, and the immortality of the self. The Carvaka School of Thought only recognizes direct perception (anubhava) as the true means of knowledge (pramana).While atheism negates the existence of God, Hinduism sees God in all animate and inanimate. In fact Hinduism sees atheism also as a path to reach the Supreme Knowledge. Prakash Shesh, a management consultant, writes in Times of India Hinduism — the religion of a large majority of Indians — officially accepts that atheists can continue to be Hindus. India has produced many towering personalities who did not believe in God. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, despite his traditional upbringing, was an avowed nonbeliever. The Indian atheist list would include: Ba…

Aavani Month in 2010 in Tamil Calendar – Aavani Maasam

Aavani is the fifth month in a year in a traditional Tamil calendar. In 2010, Aavani month begins on August 17 and ends on September 16. In Gregorian calendar or the general English calendar, Aavani month begins in Mid August and ends in Mid September. The most important festival in the month is the Sri Vinayagar Chathurthi or Pillayar Chaturthi. Aavani Amavasai is on September 8.Muruga Sashti Fasting is on September 13.Aavani Pournami is on August 24.Sri Vinayagar Chaturthi is on September 11.

Varah Jayanthi 2017 – Varaha Avatara Jayanti

Varah Jayanthi, also referred as Varaha Avatara Jayanti, is believed to be the day when Lord Vishnu incarnated as Varaha – the Boar. Varaha Jayanthi 2017 date is August 24. It is the third incarnation of Lord Vishnu. As per Hindu scriptures, Lord Narayana took the form of the Varaha to rescue Earth from Demon Hiranyaksha who dragged the earth to the bottom of the sea. Please note that for some Hindu communities Varaha Jayanti in Chaitra Mahina.


Unique rituals and pujas are held on the day in Lord Vishnu temples, especially at the TirumalaTirupatiBalajiTemple. It is believed that Lord Varaha is the Lord of the region of the Seven Hills. Special prayers are held at the VarahaTemple here. Symbolically, the dragging of the earth by demon Hiranyaksha is Tamas (Evil) overcoming human beings. Bloated with ego, man falls deep into misery. The only saving grace is that of self realization. When it happens we slowly move out of deep dark pit – that is symbolically represented by Varaha uplift…

The journey which begins from I and ends in WE

This, then, is the final state of our journey: to recognize everything belongs to Him, and not to our little ego. 
The disillusion of possessiveness and pride will disappear, and we will discover that this search for pleasure, fame and recognition, and all the struggles born of it are just a case of ‘searching for the right thing at the wrong place.’
The search has been right but the method to obtain it was wrong. We search for the infinite in the finite, for the unlimited in the limited and for the eternal peace and joy in the momentary objects and person. After all trials and tribulations we discover that infinite can be found only in the infinite.
Having reached that stage, one arrives at the end of the journey which begins from ‘I’ and ends in ‘we’. The seeming I indeed becomes seeming and the journey reaches its culmination in ‘we’. Such a person is spontaneously selfless, strong and compassionate – and what else makes one spiritual?
Source – Excerpts from the editorial of the Ju…

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