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Sashti Vratam: Shasti Fasting Days in 2008

Shasti, or Sashti, is an important day associated with Lord Muruga. There are two Sashtis in a month and devotees of Muruga observe partial or full fast on the Sashti occurring after the new moon (Amavasya). Below are the Shasti and Kanda Sashti fasting days in 2008. In January 2008 on 14
February 2008 on 12March 2008 on 12April 2008 on 11May 2008 on 10June 2008 on 09July 2008 on 08August 2008 on 07September 2008 on 05October 2008 on 05October 29, 2008 - Skanda Shasti StartsOctober 30, 2008 - kanda Shasti fasting Day 2October 31, 2008 - kantha Shasti fasting Day 3November 1, 2008 - Skanda Sasti fasting Day 4November 2, 2008 - Skanda Shashti fasting Day 5November 3, 2008 - Skanda Shashti fasting Day 6November 3, 2008 - Skantha Sashti Soora Samharam (Please note in some calendars Soora Samharam is marked on November 4) December 2008 on 04Lord Muruga is also referred as Subrahmanya, Skanda, Kanda and KartikRelatedShasti Fasting Days in 2009
How to observe Shasti Vratam?How to do Skanda Sa…

A Revolutionary Change: Dalit Hindu Temple Priests in Tamil Nadu Temples

The present Tamil Nadu government had made a law in May 2006 that provided all Hindus, whatever their caste, to become priests and conduct temple rituals if they are ‘qualified.’ To educate Hindus in becoming priests the government had setup six priest-training institutes. The first batch of students from the training institutes will be ready to adorn the role of Hindu priests from June 2008.To train Hindu priests, the government had setup two Vaishnava and four Shaiva priest-training institutes. The Vaishnava Archaka Training Institutes are housed at the Ranganathaswamy temple in Srirangam and the Parthasarathy SwamiTemple in Chennai. The four Shaiva institutes are at Tiruvannamalai, Madurai, Palani and Tiruchendur. The centers are run by the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department of the Tamil Nadu State Government.The students are trained in all methods of temple worship and rituals and the year-long certificate course is known as 'Agama Sastras' (priesthood st…

Swami Nikhilananda Quotes on Meditation

Any action giving a feeling of joy and a sense of performing duty is meditation. It is not necessary to go to Haridwar or Rishikesh to meditate, or even sit at one place for meditation. With such an attitude, even when a person fights for his country, he is in meditation. Observe great singers, dancers and artists; when they perform, they tune themselves becoming instruments in the hands of the Lord, free of any ego or pride. This state of joy is meditation in action.When we express deep feelings of love and respect towards anyone we love and revere, in thought, word or action, we are in meditation.We experience meditation in understanding the true nature of the Universe, through the intellect or buddhi. The philosophy of division sees differences, creates hatred, violence, misery, and agitation in the mind. This cannot give us peace and quietude. The Vedanta philosophy of Oneness views the whole cosmos and every thing in it as pervaded with Ishwara. Through touching, seeing, smelling…