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Why is curd offered in Hindu Pujas?

Curd is considered holy in Hinduism. The main reason why curd is offered to Hindu Gods during pujas is that it is derived from milk. Anything that is received from cow is holy in Hinduism. Cow is believed to be pratysha Brahman or visible God. There is concept in Hindu religion that all gods reside in the cow. This makes curd holy and worthy of offering it to various deities.
Another reason why milk products are considered holy because Sri Krishna used to consume them lavishly. Anything associated with Krishna is holy.
Curd is especially consumed by those people who are offering prayers to Chandra or moon god. Fasting dedicated to Chandra is broken by consuming white colored food.
Those observing Friday fasting, or Shukravar Vrat, offer curd to Shukra or Venus. The fast is broken by eating curd or other white colored food.
Curd is consumed before any auspicious beginning as it helps a person to stay focused and it also give positive results.
There are also many temples where curd is used…

Widows take part in Puja and Offered Colorful Saris at Kudroli Gokarnanatheshwara Temple – Bold Move

The condition of Hindu widows in many parts of India are not encouraging (in many cases it is pathetic). The saddest part is that society takes out color and happiness from their life and are not allow to take part in important rituals, celebrations and pujas in homes and temples. This Navratri, KudroliGokarnanatheshwaraTemple near Mangalore in Karnataka took a bold initiative by inviting widows to take part in puja and participate in Chandika homa. They were also offered sarees, bangles, vermillion and flowers. Deccan Herald Reports
As many as 2,300 widows from the coastal districts were offered sarees and other articles that are associated with marriage hood, as the ‘prasada’ of goddess. In addition to distributing various articles, the widows were also allowed to take part in ‘Chandika Homa’ and also pull the silver chariot adorned by the presiding deity Gokarnanatha and goddess Annapoorneshwari. The participation of widows in the Dasara festivities, wherein they were accorded utmos…

If you try to see demon in others the very same negative forces will swallow you up – Mata Amritanandamayi

At the end of our days on this earth, after all our successes and failures, the measure of worth for our life will be how much we have loved.
We are trying to learn how to see God, or the Pure Essence, in everything and everybody and not the demon in them, even in the wicked. If you see the demon in others, the very same negative forces will swallow you up and you yourself will become demon in the end.
You are the ‘I’ which is in me and I am the ‘you’ which is in you. The feeling of difference is due to the blindness of ignorance. In truth nothing is separate.
Mata Amritanandamayi
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Today’s Hindu Calendar – October 14, 2011 – Tithi, Vrat, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on October 14, 2011 – Krishna Paksha Dwitiya or the second day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Dwitiya tithi till 10:34 AM on October 14, 2011. After 10:34 AM on Oct 14, it is Krishna Paksha Tritiya or the third day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Bharani Nakshatra till 11:49 PM on October 14, 2011. Afterwards it is Krittika or Kartika or Karthigai Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mesha Rasi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Ashwin Krishna Paksha Dwitiya or the second day of the waning phase of moon in Ashwin month in calendars followed in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh
Kartik Krishna Paksha Dwitiya or the second day of the dark phase of moon in Kartik month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kas…