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Tamil New Year 2007

Tamil New Year or ‘Varsha Pirappu’ falls on April 14, 2007. The festival is celebrated in the month of Chitthirai and is also referred as Puthandu Vazthukal meaning ‘Happy New Year.’ Legend has it that Lord Brahma started the creation on this day. The New Year day begins with viewing of ‘Kanni’ – meaning auspicious things. Legend has it that viewing auspicious things on this day will bring good fortune throughout the year. Auspicious objects include gold and silver jewelry, mirror, new calendar, bananas, areca nuts, betel leaves, raw rice, coconuts, fruits, vegetables and other newly harvested items.Then it is time for an extensive bath. After the bath, it is time to draw the ‘Kolam’ or Rangoli. The ‘kolam’ is believed to bring good fortune to the home. Then, the doorways are decorated with mango leaves. After this the family assembles for prayers. The prayers begin with the lighting of the traditional lamp (kuthu vilakku). The lamp is placed next to a brass bowl with a short neck, wh…

Ramayana on Internet Radio

The presentation of Ramayana on Internet Radio is a unique initiative from Yoga Spirit Radio to take the great Indian epic to audience in the West. Yoga Spirit is an international learning hub serving the global yoga community. To their audience they bring outstanding international teachers through globally accessible tele-classes, podcasts, radio programming and workshops. The first episode of Ramayana on Internet Radio starts on April 22nd, 2007. Each episode will be available for one week. If you happen to miss an episode you will be able to stream the audio or retrieve it from the archives for free or purchase for your own.The Ramayana translated by late N. Raghunathan is the one chosen to air on the radio. Mr. N. Raghunathan was a brilliant writer, a profound scholar in English and Sanskrit, and the doyen of Indian journalism. He was an Assistant Editor of The Hindu for 30 years. Mr. Raghunathan undertook the monumental task of translating both Srimad Bhagavatam and Srimad Valmik…