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Ear Piercing in Hinduism – Karnvedh or Karna Vedha Sanskar

Ear lobe piercing, known as Karnvedh Sanskar, is considered an important ceremony in many Hindu traditions. There is no unanimity regarding the year to perform ear piercing on a Hindu girl child. It is usually performed during the sixth month or seventh month or third year or fifth year or 7th year after birth. An auspicious day and auspicious time is chosen for performing the ear piercing ceremony. Special pujas and prayer is done and the ceremony is done under sunlight. Earrings are then offered to the child.
According Hindu scriptures like Dharma Sindhu, Karna Vedha Sanksar must be performed on the 10th, 12th or 16th day after birth of the child. But most people avoid this calculation. They perform it during the 6th or 7th month after birth.
After this, the ritual is performed on odd years after the birth of the child – 3rd or 5th year. The ritual is not performed during even years after the birth of the child.
The ear piecing ceremony is a ritual performed by all Hindus, irrespe…

Download Novel Bhimsen by Prem Panicker – English Translation of Malayalam Novel Randamoozham by M T Vasudevan Nair

Randamoozham is a classic novel in Malayalam by Jnanpith award winner and the popular Malayalam writer M T Vasudevan Nair. Randamoozham means the ‘second turn’ and the story of the Mahabharat is seen through the eyes of Bhima – the second of the Pandavas. Prem Panicker, senior journalist, had serialized the novel in English in his blog for over a year. Now he has published the entire novel in pdf format for free.Randamoozham is basically the re-imagining of the epic from the point of view of Bhima. It is a work of fiction and not a religious one. In the novel there are no supernatural heroes, even Lord Krishna is stripped of his divine powers and is presented as a normal human being. Bhima, who always gets the second turn in all the main incidents in the Mahabharata, talks about the favoritism, betrayal, helplessness and silent sufferings of many characters in the Mahabharata including himself. The focus is on the relationships between the main characters. A classic, Randamoozham is e…

Thrikartika 2017 date in Kerala – Trikartika

Thrikartika is observed on the Kartika Nakshatram (star) in the Malayalam month of Vrischikam (November – December). Thrikartika 2017 date is December 3. It usually falls on the full moon day in the month and on the day all the houses, streets and temples are well lit with traditional oil lamps. The festival is mainly observed in South Kerala.


In the neighboring state of Tamil Nadu the day is observed as Karthigai Deepam.

The main ritual on the day is the lighting of lamps or diyas in homes, garden, streets and temples.

The lamps are not dedicated to any particular deity in the Hindu Pantheon but are lit for peace and prosperity.

A special dish known as Karthika Puzhukku is prepared on the day. People who have domesticated animals do special pujas and clean the places designated for the domesticated animals.

You can find more details about Thrikartika in this earlier article.

Guha Sashti – Kartik Guha Shashti

Guha Sashti is observed on the sixth day of the waxing phase of moon, or Shukla Paksha, of Margasheersh month (November – December). Guha Sashti 2016 date is December 5. In some regions it is marked on November 17. Sashti or the sixth day during the fortnight of a Hindu calendar is generally dedicated to Lord Kartikeya. Guha is one among the numerous names of Lord Kartik, the son of Lord Shiva.

Lord Kartik, also known as Lord Muruga, is popularly worshipped in South India. Lord Kartik is the most handsome god and is the commander of the army of the Devas.

Pujas and rituals dedicated to Lord Kartik are observed on the day especially in North India. The day is observed as Champa Sashti in Maharashtra. You may also like to read Kartik in North India and Muruga in South India – the differences

Ayyappa Photos and Pictures – Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple Wallpapers

There are hundreds of Lord Ayyappa Photos and Pictures of Lord Ayyappa on the internet. We thought that it would be nice to provide our readers with Sabarimala Ayyappa wallpapers as the holy Mandala Makaravilakku period is starting at the SabarimalaAyyappaTemple. The Sabarimala Ayyappa wallpapers for this post were selected from several websites and the images are copyrighted to respective owners we are only providing a link to respective websites. Some of the images were modified and created by us to give the look of a wallpaper. Latest - Online Virtual Tour of Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple and other holy places Please click on the link for a larger view of the image. Right click and use the save image option.

Somvar Vrat Katha – Monday Fasting Story in Hinduism

Somvar Vrat, or fasting on Monday, is dedicated to Lord Shiva. On the day, devotees the fast listen to Somavar Vrat Katha. The story associated with Monday fasting narrates the experience of a devotee who observed the Somvar Vrat. There are a couple of stories associated with Fasting on Monday and this is one of them.
Once there was a wealthy merchant. He was an ardent Lord Shiva devotee. But after several years of marriage he had no children. He observed Monday fast to get a child. Soon Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati appeared in his dream and blessed him with a son but Lord Shiva said that the child will only live for 12 years.
After a year, the merchant’s wife gave birth to a child and everyone was happy. But the merchant was still sad as he knew that the child only had 12 years of life.
Even after the birth of the child, the merchant continued to perform the Somvar Vrat. He distributed cloths and fed the poor and needy.
When the son reached the age of eleven, the merchant asked hi…

Swami Vivekananda Thoughts and Quotes

There cannot be added in the economy of this universe one particle of matter or one foot-pound of force, nor can one particle of matter or one foot-pound of force be taken out. If that be the case, what is this intelligence? If it was not present in the protoplasm, it must have come all of a sudden, something coming out of nothing, which is absurd. It, therefore, follows absolutely that the perfect man, the free man, the God-man, who has gone beyond the laws of nature, and transcended everything, who has no more to go through this process of evolution, through birth and death, that man called the ‘Christ-man’ by the Christians, and the ‘Buddha-man’ by the Buddhists, and the ‘Free’ by the Yogis—that perfect man who is at one end of the chain of evolution was involved in the cell of the protoplasm, which is at the other end of the same chain.Swami Vivekananda

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