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Yama Dwitiya Mantra – Kannada Chants on Yam Dvitiya

Yama Dwitiya is the final day of Diwali celebrations in Karnataka. It is dedicated to Lord Yama, the Hindu God of Death. On the day brothers visit sisters and give them gifts and sisters apply a Tilak on the forehead of the brothers. Here is the Argya Mantra to Yama Dharmaraja in Kannada:
Argyamantra EhyEhi maartaanDaja paashahasta yamaantakaalEKakadharaamarEsha | bhraatRudvitIyaakRutadEvapOjaam gRuhaaNa chaarGyam bhagavan namastE |
Namaskara Mantra After pooja, this is the namaskara mantra to Yama and Yamune. dharmaraaja namastubhyam namastE yamunaagraja | paahi maam kinkarai: saardham sUryaputra namOstutE | yamasvasarnamastEstu yamunE lOkapUjitE | varadaa bhava mE nityam sUryaputrim namOstutu tE |
This article is an excerpt from an article contributed by Narahari Sumdhawa on Yama Dwitiya
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The Book of Lakshmi – a new book on Goddess Lakshmi

The Book of Lakshmi takes the reader through the mythical and historical development of the Goddess Lakshmi. Apart from telling the stories, facts and rituals associated with Goddess Lakshmi, the book also delves into the gender bias in the worship of the Hindu Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity. Written by R. Mahalakshmi, Assistant Professor at the Centre for Historical Studies, JawaharlalNehruUniversity, Delhi, introduces Goddess Lakshmi through a series of illustrations and short stories. The book is published by Penguin Books India.The book is divided into seven chapters:Lakshmi as the embodiment of wealth and beautyLakshmi as the daughter of the oceanSri Lakshmi and other deitiesSymbols of LakshmiThe Iconography of LakshmiLakshmi Festival and WorshipAshta Lakshmi StotramKanakdhara Stotram Sacred MantraAbout the book from the Penguin FlyerLakshmi is the goddess of all that is good—wealth (dhana), beauty (saundarya) and happiness (sukha). As Vishnu’s consort and in her incarnations a…

Sri Ramakrishna Thoughts on Pride

After dusk when the glow-worms make their appearance, they think, ‘We are giving light to the world.’ But when the stars begin to twinkle, the pride of the glow-worms is humbled.
Now the stars begin to think, ‘We are illumining the universe.’ But after a while the moon ascends the sky, and her silvery light humiliates the stars and they pale away in sadness.
Again, the moon grows proud and thinks that by her light the world is lighted and bathed in beauty. But presently the dawn proclaims the ascent of the sun on the eastern horizon. And where is the moon now!Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa