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Showing posts from November 16, 2007

Karthigai Deepam 2007

Karthigai Deeepam is the festival of lights in South India, especially in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. In Tamil Nadu, it is observed on the full moon day in the month of Karthigai (November-December). In Kerala, the festival is known as Thrikartika or Kartika Vilaku and is held in the month of Vrichikam (November – December). In 2007, Karthigai Deepam and Thrikartika is on November 24. Talk about Karthigai Deepam and the picture that comes to mind is that of rows and rows of lamps or diyas. On this day, every Hindu home will light traditional Vilaku (diyas) in the evening. Locally, these lamps are known as ‘agal vilakkus.’ The lighted lamp is an auspicious symbol and it is believed to usher in prosperity and joy. The most famous Karthigai Deepam in Tamil Nadu is held at Tiruvannamalai.

Animation Feature Film on Ayyappa – Manikantan

Manikantan, an animation film based on Lord Ayyappa, is being created by Trivandrum-based production house Increation, in association with Sai Raksha Entertainment and Indiatales. The movie is in 2D format and is based on the history of Lord Ayyappa.The 90-minute film is in Malayalam and will be dubbed into English and other regional languages. Manikantan’s music director is Ilayaraja. Local newspaper reports indicate that the story of the film will be narrated through the eyes of a seven-year-old Parvati and her parrot Panchami. Parvati stumbles upon a bell that once belonged to Manikantan and the little girl is transported to the era in which Manikantan lived. The movie is expected to release in November 2008.

Adi Shankaracharya Quotes

Adi Shankaracharya’s concept of Advaita or absolute monism:The Supreme Spirit or the Brahman is alone real and the individual self is only the Supreme Self and no other. Brahman is supreme intelligence, devoid of attributes, form, changes or limitations. It is self-luminous and all pervading and is without a second. The empirical world is unreal, an illusion born of ignorance. The jiva continues in Samsara only as long as it retains attachment due to ignorance or Maya. If it casts off the veil of Maya through knowledge or Jnana it will realize its identity with the Brahman and get merged into it.Adi Shankaracharya(Source: Main Currents in Indian Culture - By S. Natarajan)