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Showing posts from October 18, 2007

Tirumala Tirupati Balaji Temple Festivals on Mobile

Reliance Communications Ltd or R-Com and Chennai-based Techzone 6060 Pvt. Ltd is planning to provide recorded and live festivities from TirupatiVenkateswaraTemple on mobiles with wireless application protocol. Techzone has an exclusive tie-up with Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD), the administrative body that runs the temple, to broadcast video images of areas around the temple and within the temple complex on mobile phones. Videography is not allowed within the sanctum sanctorum. Customers have the option of viewing live or pre-recorded religious events at Rs15 for a five-minute clip. The only catch is that customers need to have mobile phones that support the so-called wireless application protocol. The service is expected to go on stream within the week. (Livemint reports)

Sand Image of Goddess Durga by Sand Artist Sudarsan Pattnaik

This sand image of Goddess Durga by sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik was created on the PuriBeach on the Durga Puja eve with prayers to Goddess Durga to save Earth from Global warming. The picture was taken before the completion of the sculpture. The artist also created demon Mahishasura and he symbolized global warming.

This sculpture below was created last year during Durga Puja.

Kalabau on the Maha Saptami of Durga Puja

On the Saptami Day of the Durga Puja, a Banana or Plantain tree is taken to a nearby pond or river and is cleaned and decorated like a bride. Special pujas are done by priests and this banana tree is referred as ‘Kolabau’ or ‘Kola Bou.’ Kalabau is considered to be the bride of Lord Ganesha. The ritual is also referred as Nabapatrika and many people do not appreciate Kalabau being referred as the bride of Ganesha. Many feel origin of Nabapatrika practice can be traced to the agrarian society of East India. The Nabapatrika consists of nine leaves and they are used in the ritual.The Kalabau ritual is an elaborate one and the stem of the banana tree is draped in a sari and the leaves are left uncovered. The ‘kolabau’ is brought back in a procession and it is placed near Lord Ganesha in the Durga puja pandal.

Guru Nityachaitanya Yati Quotes

If there is a spiritual teaching which is beneficial to people, it should be beneficial when one sits in a closed room where there is no one to offend him and it should be beneficial right in the market place where he is confronted by so many problems and people. All through he should be able to keep up his spiritual light as his eternal guide, under all circumstances, in all places, and in all kinds of social and nonsocial situations. Otherwise I do not see any value to that wisdom. Buddhi, or the intellect, is the greatest friend to take us up to the door of realization. And then it becomes the greatest stumbling block. It won't leave you, it holds on to you, making demands for one more logical ramification. And thus you are caught by the very reason that was helping you to come that far. For this reason Shankara and Narayana Guru have called it the grandham; grandham is a grandhi which means that a book becomes a binding knot. The scripture itself, which is meant to guide, final…