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How to perform Mundan ceremony of new born child?

The mundan ceremony of new born child should be performed after child’s first birthday and before the child turns three years old. Here is a brief account on how to perform mundan ceremony.
On the auspicious day of the Mundan ceremony, the child is duly bathed and clothed and sits on the mother’s lap or any female member in the house.
Father or a male member moistens the hair of the child with warm water. He offers prayers to Ganesha, Shiva, Vishnu and Devi.
He then uses a porcupine quill, three blades of Darbha or Durva Grass and cuts off a tuft of hair. While cutting he prayers for the longevity of life and prosperity of the child.
The act is repeated thrice.
He then leaves the shaving of the hair to the barber.
Top hair or tuft of the child is left intact by some Hindu communities.
Note - if a priest is present during the function, then he will chant the relevant mantras.
If there is no priest then the family members can pray to Ganesha.

Koppudai Amman Temple Karaikudi - Koppudai Nayaki Amman temple in Tamil Nadu

KoppudaiAmmanTemple is located at Karaikudi in Tamil Nadu and is dedicated to Koppudai Nayaki Amman. The murti of Amman is made from Panchaloha. She wears a crown like burning fire. She muri is four armed. The hands hold trident, rope and skull. On hand is in Abhaya posture.
The temple was visited by Adi Shankaracharya and he is believed to have installed Sri Chakra in the temple. Amman blesses devotees with prosperity, knowledge and peace.
The most important festival in the temple is held from the last Tuesday of Chithirai month to the first week of Vaigasi Month. The showering of flowers on the murti is an important festival in Chithirai month and it is held on the second Tuesday of the Chithirai month. Other important festivals are Tamil New Year day (Chithirai 1), Purattasi Navratri, Aadi Chovai (Tuesday in Aadi month), Margazhi and Painguni.
Tuesday, Friday and Sunday are important dates in the temple.
A unique aspect of the temple is that the processional deity and presiding deity i…

Sri Padmanabhaswamy Murti in Spadikam – Glass – Buy Replica of Ananthashayanam Murti Worshipped in Trivandrum Padmanabha Swamy Temple

KowdiyarPalace, which manages the world famous TrivandrumPadmanabhaSwamyTemple, is releasing Ananthashayanam Murti in Spadikam (or Glass) of Sri Padmanabha Swamy. It is a replica of the murti worshipped in the SriPadmanabhaswamyTemple.
The murti is depicted as sleeping on Ananta Sesha and with one hand in Abhaya Mudra posture.
Sculptors from Chennai who are specialized in making sculptors of Hindu Gods are preparing the murti of Sri Padmanabha Swamy in Spadikam. The design of the murti is in such a way that a small amount of light can be passed through it. This would give the effect of Ananthashayanam or Vishnu sleeping on the milky ocean.
As per KowdiyarPalace, the Spadikam murti can be used for worship in homes.
You need to make a booking for the Sri Padmanabha Swamy Murti in Spadikam directly in the KowdiyarPalace office in Trivandrum.
KowdiyarPalace used to earlier make the same murti in mud. But as time goes by the mud murti used get deteriorated. To avoid this deterioration, Sr…

Satishwar Shiva – Story of Shiva as Satiswar

Satishwar Shiva is one among the numerous manifestations of Shiva. The story of Satiswar Shiva is associated with His marriage to Goddess Sati. Legend has it that Mother Goddess Shakti was born as the daughter of Daksha Prajapati. She was called Sati.
When Sati reached marriageable age, She found no man who could become her husband.
Sati then reached Kashi and offered prayers for a good husband. One day a Shivling appeared on the spot where She was praying. A voice was heard from the Shivling and it stated that She need not perform any more austerities and Mahadev Shiva will Himself become Her Husband.
Shiva as the Husband of Goddess Sati is known as Satishwar.
The Shivling that appeared before Sati in Varanasi is known as the Satishwar Shivling.

The temple housing Satishwar Shivling can still found in Varanasi.

God finds himself by creating – Rabindranath Tagore

God finds himself by creating.
The mind, sharp but not broad, sticks at every point but does not move.
Like the meeting of the seagulls and the waves we meet and come near. The seagulls fly off, the waves roll away and we depart.
Wrong cannot afford defeat but Right can.
The woodcutter’s axe begged for its handle from the tree. The tree gave it. Rabindranath Tagore

Today’s Hindu Calendar – August 15, 2013 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on August 15, 2013 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waxing phase of moon till 9:32 PM on August 15. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Anuradha or Anusham or Anizham Nakshatra till 10:07 PM. Then onward it is Jyeshta or Kettai or Triketta Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrischika Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – 
Kali Yuga Year – 5115
Vikram Samvant 2070 – Shravan Shukla Paksha Navami Tithi or ninth day during the waxing phase of moon in Shravan month in calendars followed in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir.
Vijayanama Samvatsar/ Shalivahana Saka 1…