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Arka Vratam

Arka Vratam is dedicated to Surya, the sun god in Hindu tradition. The Vrat is observed on Sunday. The important rituals of the vratam include fasting, chanting of Gayatri Mantra or any other prayer dedicated to Surya. Devotee observing Arka Vrata will be blessed with peace and prosperity.

The devotee observing the vrat should wake up before sunrise on Sunday. After taking bath, should view the rising sun and offer prayers and chant Gayatri mantra or any other prayer dedicated to Surya.
Only a single meal is taken on the day – mostly during noon. The fasting is continued even after sunset. The single meal should be a simple pure vegetarian meal.
No pujas are performed during the evening hours.
It is believed that Arka Vratam helps in alleviating various diseases and it also helps the devotee to attain spiritual awareness.

Kamakshi Amman Temple Pictures – Virtual Photo Tour of Kamakshi Amman Temple in Kanchipuram

KamakshiAmmanTemple located at Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu. Dinamalar newspaper has created a virtual tour of temple – high quality pictures of the temple. You can watch the photos in 360 degrees. There is also a narration in English regarding the elements in the picture.

Goddess Kamakshi is an incarnation of Goddess Shakti.
Link – you can take virtual tour of Kamakshi Amman Temple here at Dinamalar.

Calmness is resting the mind steadfastly on Brahman – Vivekachudamani

The man who discriminates between the Real and the unreal, whose mind is turned away from the unreal, who possesses calmness and the allied virtues, and who is longing for Liberation, is alone considered qualified to enquire after Brahman.
A firm conviction of the mind to the effect that Brahman is real and the universe unreal, is designated as discrimination (Viveka) between the Real and the unreal.
Vairagya or renunciation is the desire to give up all transitory enjoyments (ranging) from those of an (animate) body having already known their defects from observation, instruction and so forth.
The resting of the mind steadfastly on its Goal (viz. Brahman) after having detached itself from manifold sense-objects by continually observing their defects, is called Shama or calmness.
Related Quotes from Vivekachudamani

Today’s Hindu Calendar – October 15, 2012 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on October 15, 2012 – Amavasya Tithi or no moon day in Hindu Calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Amavasya Tithi or no moon day till 6:01 PM on October 15. Then onwards it is Shukla Paksha Pratipada Tithi or first day of waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.

Nakshatra – Hasta or Atham or Hastam Nakshatra till 9:59 AM. Then onward it is Chitra or Chithirai or Chithira Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kanya Rashi till 9:23 PM. Then onward it is Tula Rasi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Amavasi. Mahalaya Amavasya. Somvati Amavasya. Pitru Paksha Amavas – Pitru Paksha Shradh fortnight ends.
Bhadrapad Amavasya or the no moon day inBhadrapad month in calendars followed in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.
Ashwin Amavasya Tithi or no moon day inAshwin month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa…

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