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Tila Tarpan – Shradh Tarpan Ritual using Til or Sesame Seeds

Tila, or Sesame seeds (Til or Ellu in South India), is an important puja item while performing Shradh and Tarpan – rituals and rites for dead ancestors, parents and relatives. According to Hindu scriptures, Tila or Black Sesame is one of the favorite items offered to the dead. Another popular belief is that there will be no obstruction to the Shraddh rituals if sesame is offered.
In Tila Tarpan, black sesame seeds are mixed with water and are offered to the ancestors. Each ancestor is offered separate Tila Tarpan.



In most regions, Tila Tarpan is performed after offering the annual Shradh. In some regions, if it is performed while performing annual Shradh or Pitru Paksha Shraddh then Tila Tarpan is performed the next day after Shradh rituals.

Til contains fire, water and earth. Only Til has the correct combination of the three elements. Pitrus come down and enter Til during the Shradh ceremony. Pancha Bhutas which form the body is represented through Til.
Til is also distributed o…

Navratras 2011 – Navratri celebrations in Gujarat

Navratras, the nine-day festival of Navaratri, is one of the most important Hindu festivals in Gujarati culture. Navratras 2011 begins on September 28. Navratri in Gujarat is popular for the Dandiya Dance performance during the nine nights. Navaratri pujas and rituals take place during the nine-day period, which begins on the first day of Gujarati month of Ashwin. Nine aspects of Goddess Durga are worshipped during the period and women wear nine different colors of Saris or dress on each day.
The Navratri festival in Gujarat begins with the Ghatasthapana. The first three days are dedicated to Goddess Durga, the next three to Goddess Lakshmi and the last three days to Goddess Saraswathi.
Lalitha Panchami rituals dedicated to Goddess Saraswathi is observed on the fifth day of Navratri. You can get the details of Navratri festival in Gujarat in this article.

Sage Kapila Teachings

Sage Kapila, or Kapila Muni, is the father of the Samkhya system of philosophyThose who lead a life of domesticity are certainly auspicious and acquire excellence of every kind. They are unable, however, to enjoy the bliss that attaches to renunciation.Acts only cleanse the body. Knowledge, however, is the highest end (for which one must strive). When all faults of the heart are cured (by acts), and when the mind gets established in knowledge, then benevolence, forgiveness, tranquility, compassion, truthfulness, and candor, abstention from injury, absence of pride, modesty, renunciation, and abstention from work are attained. These constitute the path that leads to the spiritual realization.When one is completely cleansed of the impurities of lust and greed produced from the false identification of the body as ‘I’ and bodily possessions as ‘mine’, one’s mind becomes purified. In that pure state he transcends the stage of so-called material happiness and distress.Sage Kapila