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Importance of Lalitha Sahasranamam

Lalitha Sahasranamam is dedicated to Mother Goddess Shakti and details the thousand names of Shakti. Adi Parashakti Sri Lalitha Mahatripurasundari form of Shakti is worshipped in this Sahasranama. This prayer is considered to be the best for householders (Grihastashramam). Poverty and diseases never happens in those homes where Dharma is followed and Lalitha Sahasranamam is chanted. Lalitha Sahasranama is found in the Brahmanda Purana.
Each name of Mother Goddess mentioned in the Sahasranamam is pregnant with meaning. They also contain hidden symbolism. Generally stories of various Shakti incarnations, the beauty of goddess and numerous of her qualities are enumerated. 
The greatness of this Sahasranama is that not a single name of Goddess is repeated. Also there are no unnecessary addition of syllables etc to make the rhyme correct. One will only find pure mantras in it.
You may also like to read Lalitha Sahasranamam Text in English Lalita Sahasranamam Text in Tamil

Century-old Traditional Family Durga Puja That Sticks to All Durga Puja Rituals

The Durga Puja annually hosted by family of one of the authors of Bishuddha Siddanta Panjika is more than 120 years old and sticks to all the traditional rituals associated with the Pujas. The puja was started around 122 years ago and is still continued at Behrampore by Sashadhar Tarkachuramani’ family. The same original wooden murti of Durga is still worshipped here. From Hindustan Times, Kolkata E-paper
Around 122 years ago, Sashadhar started the puja at home in Faridpur-Pranpur in undivided India for his brother. His descendants carried on with the legacy. The family came to Behrampore in 1942. They brought with them the wooden structure of the idol from Bangladesh. Later it was renovated and remodeled. Durga Puja festivities begin with Rath Yatra (June – July). A local artisan after worshipping Ganesha starts making the murti from the day of Rath Yatra. The family puja is locally known as ulto pujo as Lakshmi and Ganesh are to the left of Durga and Saraswati and Kartik to her right…

Tallest Goddess Durga idol during Durga Puja 2011

The Goddess Durga murti created by the Kolkata Salt Lake FD Block Puja Committee in association with Fever 104 FM Radio is the tallest Durga Puja idol in 2011. The idol is 14.5 meter tall. The murti and pandal is created using environment friendly materials.

The Durga murti won’t be immersed but will be dismantled after the pujas.
The murti is held firmly with 150 teak pillars and more than 2000 bamboo poles.
The back drop of the murti is a huge mountain.
The entire murti is made using fiber glass. Crown, face, body, waist and legs were created separately and assembled to form the 14.5 meter Goddess Durga.
The height of the face of Goddess Durga is 10 feet – from forehead to neck.

Balaji Hanuman Mela at Burhanpur in Madhya Pradesh

Balaji Hanuman Mela is annually organized after Dasara (October) at Burhanpur in Madhya Pradesh. This is a three-day fair and attracts thousands of people. Balaji Hanuman Mela 2017 date is October 1. The highlight of the mela is the procession of Hanuman murti through the town.
The fair is held on the banks of the Tapti River.
Burhanpur is around 340 km southwest of Bhopal.

Swami Kriyananda – Words of Wisdom

A true devotee offers up his trials bravely, even lovingly, to God. He sees every test as an opportunity for spiritual gain. Each test passed brings him an increase of inner freedom, joy, and wisdom. At last he learns to behold God’s love behind every trial. No longer do his tests, then, seem like punishment, whether karmic or divine. Perfect self-offering is possible only in deep communion with the Lord.
By working on ourselves from the superconscious level, we find that it becomes actually a blessing to discover faults in ourselves. Each one gives us the joyful opportunity to offer something more to God. He can purify us, as no amount of psychological counseling and self-analysis ever will.
No institution can determine a person’s progress on the path to perfection, for this is determined by God alone, and consists in personal self-offering to the Creator. Swami Kriyananda
Related Swami Kriyananda Thoughts on Meditation

Today’s Hindu Calendar – October 3, 2011 – Tithi, Vrat, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on October 3, 2011 – Shukla Paksha Saptami or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi from 3:40 AM on October 3, 2011 up to 2:07 AM on October 4. Before 3:40 AM on Oct 3, it is Shukla Paksha Sashti or the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Jyeshta or Kettai or Triketta Nakshatra till 9:12 AM on October 3, 2011. Afterwards it is Mool or Moolam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrischika Rasi till 9:12 AM. Then onwards it is Dhanu Rashi
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Durga Puja Saptami. Saraswati Avahan.
Ashwin Shukla Paksha Saptami or seventh day during the waxing or light phase of moon in Ashwin month in calendars followed in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
Ashwin Shukla Paksha Saptami or seventh day during the waxing phase of moon in Ashvin month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, U…

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