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Devaprasnam in Kerala Temples

Devaprasnam is an astrological ritual performed in the temples in Kerala primarily to know the ‘divine opinion’ regarding the functioning of the temple. A chief astrologer selected by the temple authorities decides the time and method of the Devaprasnam ritual. The divine opinion too is revealed by the chief astrologer.Thought of a Devaprasnam arises when there are difficulties in the day-to-day functioning of the temple and when corrupt practices are noticed in a temple. Devaprasnam also suggests solutions for the problems faced by the temple. There are several variations in the Devaprasnam ritual and the most famous one performed in major Kerala temples is the Ashtamangalya Devaprasnam. There are numerous rituals associated with the Devaprasnam and also there are several astrological calculations involved in the ritual. The astrological ritual is usually performed by a senior most astrologer, who is widely respected in the field. The prasnam is usually headed by the main astrologer …

Chhat Vrat in 2007

Chhat or Dala Chhath Vrat (Upvaas) is an important ritual observed by people of Bihar after Diwali. It is observed for four days in the month of Kartik (October – November). Chhat fasting is also observed in eastern parts of Uttar Pradesh and in some parts of Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. In 2007, Chhat Sandhya Argh is on November 16 and Chhath Sooryodaya Argh is on November 17. Chhat vrat is dedicated to Lord Surya (Sun) and Lord Kartikeya or Skanda. People undertake this vrat for the well being of the family. It is believed that people get their wishes fulfilled, if they observe Chhat. The fast is mainly kept by women but some men also join in the ritual and observe fast.On the first day of Chhatt, Hindus take bath in River Ganges – a symbolic act of purification. Houses are thoroughly cleaned and people prepare for the vrat. Vegetarian food is preferred during the period of vrat. During the Chhat vrat period devotees cook food and ‘Prasad’ or offerings to Sun God with dry wood o…

Couplets or Dohas of Kabir Das

No meditation equals truth,
Equal to falsehood there's no sin;
In whoever's heart lies the truth,
Know it's that heart where God dwells in.Dying, dying, the world keeps dying,
but none knows how to die.
No one dies in such a way
that he won't die again.Maya is the Lamp, man is the moth,
circling around the flame, he falls:
thanks to the Guru's wisdom,
a few are saved.The wretched people slander,
for they have not found wisdom.
But those who are drunk with the Liquor of Ram
have taste of nothing else!