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Amla Navami

Amla Navami is observed on the ninth day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) of Kartik Month (October – November). This ritual is dedicated to the Amla Tree (Gooseberry). Amla Navami 2017 date is October 29. Women offer prayers and perform puja to the Amla tree and eat beneath the tree. The greatness of the Puja is mentioned in the Padma Purana and Skanda Purana.

The popular belief is that during the Kartik month gods and sages reside on the Amla Tree. Therefore worshipping Amla Tree during the period can help in destroying sins and in fulfilling wishes. The Puranas also equate Amla Tree with Goddess Lakshmi. Amla is also known as Dhatri and thus the worship is essentially for prosperity and auspiciousness.

The Amla fruit ripens during the period and therefore it is also a sort of thanksgiving to Nature. The medicinal and therapeutic value of Amla is very famous and is used in India for various medicinal purposes especially in Ayurveda.

The day is observed as Anla Navami in…

Fast Darshan at Tirupati Balaji Temple – New 300 Rupees Quick or Seegra Darshan Ticket for Impatient Devotees

TirumalaTirupatiBalajiTemple has launched a fast darshan facility at the temple known as Seegra Darshan for those who have money and do not have the patience to stand in the long queue. The cost of the new quick darshan ticket is 300 rupees and this will provide speedy access to offer worship of Lord Venkateswara. The centuries old free darshan facility still continues but the wait is long. The popular Rs 50 'darshan' facility ticket would also continue. But issuance of Archana Ananthara Darshan (AAD) tickets and Cellar Darshan tickets has been stopped from October 21, 2009. Under the new system, devotees buying Rs 300 ticket will be allowed to enter the shrine through a separate queue.

It is said that the quick 'darshan' system has been introduced to put a stop to cases of recommendations from influential quarters, to provide speedy access for viewing the deity and also check the middlemen menace.I personally feel all such tickets should be stopped and there should onl…

Quotes from Sama Veda

EESHE HI SHAKRAH (Verse 66)
A man of self-control becomes the master. Explanation: The person who has his senses under control is capable of accomplishing unimaginable feats. One, who has mastered himself, can have the world under his control. Nothing is impossible for such a man. A man of self-control has all his energy focused just as the scattered sunrays passing through a magnifying glass turn into a single ray. Therefore every individual should strive to develop self-control so that his energy gets channelized, mind focused and his capabilities naturally gets improved significantly.DEVAAH SWAPNAAYA NA SPRRIHYANTI (Verse 721)
Deities never favor the lazy and indolent.
Explanation: A lazy person can never achieve success. Nobody likes a person who spends his time sitting idle. Laziness erodes a person of his enthusiasm and energy. As a result the person loses all opportunities and finally becomes dejected and frustrated. The worst thing is that he stops believing in himself.