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Pushkarani – Holy Temple Water Tanks

What is a Pushkarani? Temple water tanks are known as Pushkarani in Andhra Pradesh and in some temples in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. The most famous is the Swami Pushkarani at the TirumalaTirupatiBalajiTemple. The pushkaranis are sacred water bodies (referred as Tirthas or Teerth) and the water in it are used for the bathing the presiding deity in a temple. Large Pushkaranis are used for Theppam festivals – float festival when the presiding deities move on the water body on specially designed boats. The Pushkarani also serves to maintain the water levels in the region.Pushkaranis are often built within the temple complex or in its front (outside). Some of the most important ones are mentioned in the Puranas and there are stories about how they were formed. Some of the popular Pushkaranis are the big stepped Tirtha at SrirangamRanganathaTemple known as Chandra Pushkarini. Swami Pushkarani at the TirumalaTirupatiBalajiTemple, Surya Pushkarini at Uraiyur near Kumbakonam.Sadly some of the …

Hindu Wins Traditional Funeral Pyre Legal Battle In England

A devout Hindu, Davender Ghai, aged 71, had asked for an open-air cremation when he dies but it was denied by Newcastle city council in Britain. Davender Ghai had argued then that denying him an open-air ritual ‘will enslave his soul in endless earthly entrapment.’ This legal debate in England had taken place in March 2009. Now through an appeal in Court of Appeal, Davender Ghai won the right to be cremated on a traditional funeral pyre. Mr Ghai agreed that he was willing to be cremated within existing rules with his funeral pyre ‘enclosed in a structure.’Dailymail.UK reportsDavender Ghai was refused permission for the ceremony by Newcastle City Council and lost a challenge to that decision at the High Court in London in May last year.But today the Master of the Rolls, Lord Neuberger, who headed a panel of three appeal judges, over turned those rulings.He said: … it seems to us that Mr Ghai's religious and personal beliefs as to how his remains should be cremated once he dies can …

Shivaratri Puja Time in 2010 – Mahashivratri Time

Shivaratri puja is held during the night of February 12, 2010. Some people opt for the Nishita Kala to perform pujas and rituals. All pujas and rituals are completed before Amavasya (No moon) starts. In Shivratri 2010, the Nishita Kala is from 12:29 AM to 01:19 AM (the midnight of February 12 as per traditional Hindu calendars). This period as per general time will be the early hours of February 13 (0029 hrs to 0119 hrs). The Amavasya begins at 0540 hrs (morning of February 13, 2010). It must be note that the whole day of Shivratri is dedicated to Lord Shiva. People visit Siva Temples from the early morning hours of Shivratri. Most important pujas and rituals are held at night.

Swami Chinmayananda on Worship in Temples

As a devotee visits at a temple and in a true spirit of devotion, is inspired by the vision of the murti (idol) he feels a thrill a joy and inner peace, in spite of the prevailing tensions around. 
It need hardly be emphasized how much more temples are necessary these days. 
They would serve as speed breakers to soften our hectic blind rush forward in life. 
They would also serve as sources of inspiration and solace during times of depression and disappointments, which are mostly beyond our control. 
Building of temples was, therefore, considered a sacred activity in ancient times, as sacred as any other community service.

Swami Chinmayananda