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Modern Hinduism – New Course at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana

Modern Hinduism – a new course under which students would examine the rise of Hinduism from colonial period to the present day – has been approved by DePauwUniversity in Greencastle, Indiana.Founded in 1837, DePauwUniversity has a long and proud history of offering a strong liberal arts education to top young scholars from United States and the world.The Hindu reports“The main objective is to “encourage an understanding of the embedded nature of modern Hinduism within the historical matrices of culture, society, politics and economics in South Asia,” the university said in a statement after the course was approved by its faculty last week by show of hands.Senior Melissa Zimmerman, a religious studies major, said the course is a natural component to the current religious studies class catalogue.“I think it definitely sounds like a useful class. There are modern courses in Islam and Christianity, so why not Hinduism?” she said, adding that the course description seems to embody the goa…

Which is the Ekadasi Chosen to Start Ekadashi Fasting?

The Ekadasi chosen to start Ekadasi fasting is the one falling during the waning phase of the moon in the month of November/December and it is known as Utpanna or Uttpatti Ekadasi. This Ekadasi falls during the Krishna Paksha of Margashirsh month as per traditional North Indian calendar. The corresponding period in other major calendars is the Krishna Paksha of Kartik Month.


In Tamil Calendars the month is the Aippasi or the Karthigai Masam. In Malayalam calendars it is the Thulam or the Vrischika Masam. In Orissa, it is the Margashar month.

Once begun many devotees observe the Ekadasi fasting for a year. Sometimes the devotees continue it for their entire life.
Ekadasi fasting is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and falls on the 11th day of a lunar fortnight as per traditional Hindu calendar. It is believed that observing Ekadasi fasting will help in redemption of sins and in attaining Moksha.

You may also like to read How to observe Ekadasi fasting?

Margshirsh Month 2010-2011 in Traditional Marathi Calendar

Margshirsh (November – October) is the ninth month in a traditional Marathi calendar followed in Maharashtra. In 2010, Magshar month in Marathi Calendar begins on December 6 and ends on January 4, 2011. Some of the auspicious days in the month include Gita Jayanti, Mokshada Ekadashi and Saphala Ekadasi. Many Hindu homes avoid non-vegetarian food during Margshirsh month.
Margshirsh Shukla Paksha (Waxing phase of moon) begins on December 6 to December 21. Margshirsh Krishna Paksha (Wabing Phase of moon) begins on December 22 and ends on January 4.
Margshirsh Purnima (full moon day) is on December 21 Margshirsh Amavasi (no moon day) is on January 4. In traditional North Indian calendars the Margshirsh month began on November 22, 2010 and it will end on December 21. In Gujarati, Telugu and Kannada Calendar also Margshirsh month begins on December 6, 2010 and ends on January 4, 2011.

Swami Sivananda Thoughts and Quotes

The true goal of life is to get back to the source from which we came. Just as the river flow restlessly till they join the ocean, the ultimate source from which they got their supply of water, just as fire leaps and burns furiously till it merges in its own origin, so too, we should be restless here till we obtain His grace and become one with him.If you want to be a devotee of the Lord, you must also realize the evils of undivine life. This will surely save you. Repetition of the Lord's Names will purify the mind. But along with these you must also practice vichara. When the mind entertains unholy thoughts, remember the consequences, viz. pain, disease and death. Also think of the advantages of leading a pure life. Remember the lives of saints and draw inspiration from them.Swami Sivananda

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