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Google joins in Makar Sankranti and Uttarayan Festival

The Google search logo today sports the kite festival observed during Makar Sankranti and Uttarayan in Gujarat and western parts of India.
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Mauni Amavasya Snan during Haridwar Kumbha Mela 2010

Mauna, or observing silence, denotes a state of oneness with the Supreme Being. Mauna is also regarded as one of the highest forms of spiritual discipline. The Amavasya (no moon or new moon) falling during Magh Month (January – February) is observed as Mauni Amavasi. Mauni Amavasya 2010 date is January 15. It is one of the major bathing dates during Haridwar Kumbha Mela 2010. This year it is highly auspicious as there is a Surya Grahan or Solar Eclipse taking place on the day.Kalpavasis, saints and thousands of Hindus observe complete silence on Mauni Amavasya. It is widely believed that performing holy dip in holy rivers on the day is highly rewarding. The aim of taking bath on the day during sunrise is to attain Moksha – an escape from the cycle of birth and death and to merge with the Supreme Soul.Symbolically, Mauni Amavasya is an opportunity to make the mind calm and still. All thoughts should be directed towards the supreme energy manifest in the individual – which is in turn ma…

Purnima in January 2010 – Full moon day or Pournami

The full moon day is known as Purnima, or Poornima, in a traditional Hindu lunar calendar. Purnima January 2010 date is January 30. This is Magh Poornima in most regions and in Tamil Nadu it is Thai Pournami. It is also the last day of Magh month in the calendar followed in North India. The full moon day is known as Pournami in South India. Please note that in most regions the Purnima in January 2010 begins in the afternoon around 3:33 PM on January 29 and ends around 11:33 AM on January 30, 2010.The day is of great significance as it is an important bathing date at the Haridwar Kumbh Mela and Magh Mela at Sangam Prayag in Allahabad. The month long Magh Snan also comes to an end on the day.Fasting from sunrise to sunset is observed by some Hindus on the day.The next Purnima is the Phalgun Poornima and it is on February 28.RelatedPurnima Dates in 2010

The Importance of Taking Bath in Holy Rivers during Kumbh Mela

The importance of Kumbh Mela is that it offers the chance to attain Moksha (liberation) from the endless cycle of birth and suffering of existence and to merge with Brahman – the supreme soul. The legend of Kumbh Mela begins with the search of Amrut or elixir of life in Puranas. The Kumbh Mela bathing ritual is believed to help in redemption of sins of several births and the history of ritual is traced back to the Rg Veda.Haridwar Kumbh Mela is being held from January 14, 2010.Liberation or merging with the Brahman is the main significance of Kumbh Mela.The two main elements worshipped during a Kumbh Mela are the Sun or Surya and the HolyRiver (water). Surya is worshipped in Hinduism as the Pratyaksha Brhaman or the visible God. The combined force of sun and river is essential for the existence of human life.Some scholars are of the view that this unique occasion used be a gathering of Holy men and Sadhus from around the world to discuss about Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism).Another popula…

Taittiriya Upanishad – How to make an offering?

An offering should be made with honor. The offering should not be made with dishonour. The offering should be made according to one’s prosperity. The offering should be made with modesty. The offering should be made with awe. The offering should be made in a friendly way. Taittiriya Upanishad