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Aadi Perukku

Aadi Perukku is celebrated on the 18th day of the Tamil Month Aadi (mid July to mid August). In 2017, the date of Aadi Perukku is August 3. Since it is celebrated on the 18th day, the festival is also known as Pathinettam perukku. The aadi month falls during the monsoon season and is essentially a thanksgiving to monsoon which fills the rivers – the lifeline of farmers.

The festival is celebrated in full fervor by people residing along the CauveryRiver bank. ‘Perukku’ means rising – indicating the rising water in rivers. The festival is essentially a form of Nature worship.

Special food is prepared on this day and family and friends get together and pray for uninterrupted supply of water and a good harvest. In some communities on Aadi Perukku day, the bride’s parents invite their daughter’s husband and present new clothes.

Another major festival in Aadi month is the Aadi Puram. Related Aadi auspicious or inauspicious?

Listen to Sanskrit Stories, Conversations and Songs Online

Several organizations and individuals are tirelessly working towards reviving Sanskrit. One such organization is umd_samskritam promoted by a group of enthusiastic people from all walks of life interested in learning and promoting spoken Sanskrit. The web site of umd_samskritam is The ideal way to learn any language is first by listening to it. Just like how parents and elders teach children to speak a language. Speak Sanskrit has got a small but an excellent collection of audio files of Sanskrit stories, songs, and conversations. A unique and effective method to take Sanskrit to the masses. I was bowled over by the two songs. The songs, stories and conversation can be found here.

Dress Code Change in Guruvayur Temple Women wearing Churidar and Salwar allowed

Guruvayur Devaswom managing committee of the famous SriKrishnaTemple in Guruvayur changed the dress code and allowed women wearing churidars and pyjamas to enter the temple. Men wearing pants (trousers) and shirts are still not allowed. So are women wearing jeans and other non-Indian dresses.Before the decision, only women wearing sari or Kerala traditional ‘mundu’ and ‘veshti’ were allowed in. The change in the outdated custom is a great relief to thousands of female devotees from India and abroad. Even majority of the young women in Kerala will find it more comfortable in churidars and salwar and kamis. Earlier, women to enter the temple used to wear mundu over the ‘kamis’ and it used to look funny and it was a mockery of the outdated custom. A group of people in the temple thrived due this custom by providing mundu for rent to women. The poor women devotees were often forced to wear those unclean mundu to enter the temple. Similar is the fate of men who are forced to wear the uncle…

Mata Amritanandamayi on Householders Attaining Liberation

A griha (house) is an ashram or hermitage. That is how the word ‘grihasthashrami’ (householder) came into being. A griha can be converted into an ashram. An ashram is a place where people devote all their time and energy to the remembrance of God, doing selfless service and developing qualities like love, patience and respect for others. They do spiritual practices to help them see unity in diversity. Family life can also be like this. 
It was like this before, in the olden days. That is why a householder devotee is known as a grihasthashrami, a person who leads an ashram life while remaining in his house. He is a person who tries hard to attain the supreme goal, bliss, even while living with his wife and children. This is possible if you sincerely try.
Stay where you are and do your duty with love and dedication. If you are married and settled in the world, don't run away, abandoning your job and your responsibilities as a husband or wife, and parent. Don't think that God wil…