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Kalki Dwadashi Vrata

Kalki Dwadashi Vrata is dedicated to the Kalki Avatar of Lord Vishnu. In 2017, the date of Kalki Dwadashi Vrata is September 3. It is observed on the 12th day of the waxing phase of moon in Bhadrapad month. The importance of Kalki Dwadasi Vrat is mentioned in the Varaha Purana and is observed by staunch Vishnu devotees.

The fasting of Kalki Dwadashi begins on the previous day which is the Parivartini Ekadasi day. The fast is broken on the morning of the Dwadasi day. An idol of Lord Kalki is made using clay or turmeric and is placed on top of a pot filled with water. This idol is worshipped on the day. The idol is donated to a learned Sanyasi or immersed in water on the next day, the trayodashi day.

Hindu Temple Choir – Hindus Innovate In United States with New Form of Praying

A temple choir which is a rarity in Hinduism is being practiced in United States by Hindus. “Om! Ganesha Sharanam!” the choristers sang from the corner of New YorkGaneshaTemple in Flushing, Queens, on Ganesh Chaturthi and it marked the beginning of Hindu Temple Choir.Religious Choir is a disciplined group of people that sings as part of a religious ceremony and is mostly associated with Christian prayers in Churches. Choirs are not performed in Hindu Temples. Hindus do sing bhajans in group in temples but it is not choir as it is sung without any proper practice and is sung more out of devotion. TempleChoir is not performed in Hindu religion because Hinduism gives importance to individual worship and an individual can come and visit a temple whenever he/she feels. Hindu Bhajans are mostly solo performances. The auspicious beginning of Hindu Temple Choir was made by about 50 singers at the New YorkGaneshaTemple in Flushing, Queens, during the Ganesh Chaturthi in 2009.New York Times rep…

Navratri Brahmotsavam 2010 at Tirupati Temple - Navaratri Brahmotsavams in October 2010

The annual Sri Vari Navratri Brahmotsavam celebrations in Tirumala Tirupati Venkateswara temple attracts thousands of devotees from India and abroad. Navratri Brahmotsavam 2010 at TirupatiTemple begins on October 8 and ends on October 16. During the nine-days of Navaratri Brahmotsavams, Lord Balaji is taken in procession around the streets of the temple in different Vahanas (special decorated Vehicles based on Lord Vishnu legends). During the Sri Vari Navratri Brahmotsavams, there will be special Unjal Seva during the period. The Garuda Vahana procession attracts maximum number of devotees. Brahmotsavam is the most important festival in South Indian temples and it is believed that Lord Brahma conducts the festival.You can find details of the procession conducted during Brahmotsavam at Tirupati Temple in this article.

Sri Narayana Guru Jayanti

The 19th century sage and social reformer, Sri Narayana Guru, a member of the Ezhava community in Kerala, was revered for his deep spiritual attainment, humanistic philosophy and commitment to social reform and equality. In 2015, the date of Sri Narayana Guru Jayanti is on August 30. He taught the ideal of ‘One caste, one religion and one  God for mankind’ and stressed social self-upliftment by the lower castes to fight the caste system.

Sri Narayana Guru Jayanthi is observed on the Chathayam Nakshatram day in the Malayalam month of Chingam. (August – September) Sri Narayana Guru (1854-1928) brought about revolutionary change in Kerala by organizing the lower caste people. His motto was one caste, one religion, one god – echoing the teachings of the Upanishads.

Special programs and pujas are held on the day in Kerala, other parts of India and around the world by Shree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam (SNDP).

You may also like to read Sri Narayana Guru Teachings

Mata Amritanandamayi Teachings

Mata Amritanandamayi, popularly known as the hugging saint of India, provides spiritual guidance and solace to millions of people around the world. Talking high philosophy often confuses people, whilst a look from an egoless person can lift the clouds of pain and despair in others. The most serious problem facing the world today is the pollution of the human mind and the increase in selfishness and cruelty. This is the root of all the others problems facing the world today. Everything in the world is changing — with one exception: our negative mental state! Our personality is a reflection of our mind. The ability of human beings to rise up to a situation and act is slowly disappearing. In the name of stability and competition, mankind is allowing their lives to be led by hatred, revenge and stubbornness. Mata Amritanandamayi

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