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Puri Jagannath Yatra to Continue on Tuesday

Lakhs of devotees participated in the Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra. And this year devotees will get a second chance to pull the chariot of Lord Jagannath. The chariots of Lord Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra reached near the Gundicha temple before sunset. But the chariot of Lord Jagannath has covered only half the distance. The chariot has stopped on the Grand Road (Bada Danda). This is because as per tradition the chariots cannot be pulled after sunset. The chariot of Lord Jagannath will continue its journey tomorrow to the Gundicha temple. Devotees are not complaining as they will get another chance to pull the chariot of Jagannath tomorrow.

Herbal Drink for Ahmedabad Rath Yatra Participants

The health authorities in Ahmedabad are distributing an herbal concoction during the Rath Yatra 2007 to fight fever and digestive ailments. With monsoon at its peak and thousands of people gathering for the Rath Yatra, the authorities are making sure that there is no outbreak of any disease. People can have the medicine for free from the fourteen centers functioning along the Rath Yatra route. Health authorities also want to make the people aware of Ayurvedic medicines through the campaign. The herbal drink is ideal for fever, joint pain and indigestion. The Ayurvedic preparation mainly consists of ‘kadiyatu’ a regular Ayurvedic medicine consumed in Gujarat to boost immunity. The herbal drink had provided relief to several people with fever and joint pain during last year.

Mission to Save Satras in Assam

Satras are Vaishnavaite religious centers in Assam, India, and were founded mainly by saint and reformer Srimanta Sankardev and his disciples during the 15th and 16th century. These Vaishnavaite monasteries are noted for its collection of Assamese manuscripts, relics, sculptures and other artifacts. Large scale encroachment, neglect by the government administration and natural causes have nearly destroyed the Satras and numerous manuscripts in it. Biman Hazarika of DhingCollege and New Delhi-based Bijoy Bhuyan are now on a mission to save the Satras of Assam. Biman Hazarika says ‘Till half a century ago, most of these satras were both culturally and academically rich. Our plan is to make the local villagers aware of the necessity of preserving the cultural and religious resources of these institutions.’ Hazarika said.The duo intend to cover seven Vaishnavite monasteries (satras) — Kubaikata, Ai Lakhi, Aibheti Nasatra, Salaguri Leteri, Bali, Kuji and Ali Pukhuri Patekibori — during th…

Lord Krishna's Cuisine: The Art of Indian Vegetarian Cuisine

Lord Krishna's Cuisine: The Art of Indian Vegetarian Cuisine by Yamuna Devi is an impressive cookbook with more than 500 recipes and was the winner of the International Association of Culinary Professionals Cookbook of the Year Award. The book was first published in 1987 and numerous editions followed. All recipes are based on readily available ingredients. The recipes are enlivened by the author's anecdotes and personal reminiscences of her years in India, including stories of gathering recipes from royal families and temple cooks, which had been jealously guarded for centuries. From a review on the Book…I'm not Indian, and I'm not vegetarian, but the recipes in this book are outstanding! I've cooked out if it for years, and am still tempted by new and wonderful recipes, and I can't remember ever cooking something out of this book that my family didn't love. The instructions are clear and easy to follow.You can buy the book or find more details here

Quotes from Tirukkural on Charity

Giving to the poor is true charity. All other giving expects some return.Men of good birth graciously give, never uttering the wretched excuse, ‘I have nothing.’Great, indeed, is the power to endure hunger. Greater still is the power to relieve others' hunger.The fiery scourge called hunger never touches the man who shares his daily meal with others.More bitter than even a beggar's bread is the meal of the miser who hoards wealth and eats alone.