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Hindu Gold Rush Day – Akshaya Tritiya

The most auspicious time to by gold! Usher in prosperity with Akshaya Tritiya collection. Prosperity and wealth will increase manifold if pure gold is bought and worn on the auspicious occasion. Come let us welcome prosperity….These are advertisement captions by jewellery shops which can be found on television, newspapers and magazines. All meant to attract customers on Akshaya Tritiya – the Hindu Gold Rush Day.Majority of the Hindus are ignorant about Hindu scriptures, especially the Puranas which talk about auspicious days and events. Hindus are again confused by astrologers, who make a living by it! Ten years (even five years) back few devout Hindus performed pujas and chose the day to conduct marriages and begin new ventures. Majority of the Hindus even did not bother about Akshaya Tritiya. In fact, very few people knew about it.But the clever managers of jewelry shops made use of the word ‘Akshaya.’ In India, nothing sells like spirituality. We might debate but Hinduism is truly …

Akha Teej

Akshaya Tritiya is known as Akha Teej in North India. It falls on the third day after Amavasi in the month Hindi of Vishaka (April – May). In 2012, the date of Akha Teej is April 24. Astrologically, the day is auspicious because the sun and moon are believed, astrologically, to be at their best position and shower brilliance on earth.

Thanks to the crass commercialization of the society, buying Gold is today the main event during Akha Teej. Another bad practice on the day is mass child marriages. Although government has banned the evil practice, it still takes place in small pockets in rural areas in India.
Akha Teej is also the birthday of Lord Parashuram, the 6th incarnation of Vishnu. Each moment on the day is considered auspicious. There are numerous myths associated with Akha Teej and each varies from region to region.
It is believed that any investment or relationship begun on the day will be long lasting. ‘Akshaya’ means eternal or that which never diminishes. Lord Vishnu and Mah…

Huge 61 feet Hanuman Statue at Hosanadu Kodyadka near Mangalore in Karnataka

A 61 feet Hanuman Statue was consecrated at ShriAnnapoorneswariTemple at Hosanadu Kodyadka in Moodbidri near Mangalore in Karnataka. Lord Hanuman is shown as carrying the Mountain with the Sanjeevani herb. The mammoth idol is located near the main gate of the temple. Lord Hanuman is here referred as Hanumantha and the main temple is dedicated to Goddess Annapurna. The temple is maintained by Shri Jayaram Heggade, an NRI business man.The temple also enshrines idols of other major deities in the Hindu pantheon.Hosanadu Kodiyadka village is located a few kilometers off the Mangalore - Moodbidri - Karkala Road (National Highway 13). To reach, take a diversion to the west at Alangar on the highway which is near Moodbidri or Mudbidri.Other huge hanuman statues around the world are the 85-feet hanuman statue in Trinidad and the 108-feet statue in New Delhi.

Games Based on Ramayana

Vanavaas, Search for Sita and Battle for Lanka are three games based on Ramayana from Kreeda, an organization involved in making and popularizing traditional Indian games. The main aim of the games based on Ramayana is to introduce the immortal the Indian epic to children through games. Apart from the games based on Ramayan, Kreeda also has numerous other traditional Indian games. Kreeda means ‘play’ in Sanskrit and all the games are eco-friendly and special care is given to child safety. The game Vanavaas begins with Rama and Lakshmana leaving Ayodhya and follows their adventures in the forest. The game follows Rama’s stay at Chitrakoot, Bharata’s encounter with Rama, the demons Rama and Lakshmana encounter in the forest, the meeting with Shoorpanaka and the incident of the golden deer.The game is a board game and is played with long dice – the traditional dice in India.Search for Sita is the sequel to Vanavaas and here Rama and Lakshmana meet Hanuman and the journey to Ravan’s Lank…

Saint Jnaneshwar Thoughts on Ultimate Reality

If there is a pot, a pot is perceived,
And if the pot is broken, its brokenness is perceived;
If there is no pot at all,
Is not its absence perceived as well?

It can be seen, therefore,
That he who perceives that there is nothing
Does not himself become nothing.
The Self has this same unique kind of existence,
Beyond both existence and non-existence.

The ultimate Reality
Is neither an object to Itself
Nor is It an object to anyone else.
Should it then be regarded as non-existent?

In a tank the water may be so clear
That it appears non-existent;
Though one who looks into the tank may not see it,
Still it is there.

Similarly,
The ultimate Reality exists in Itself,
And is beyond the conceptions
Of existence or non-existence.

When a jar is placed on the ground,
We have the ground with a jar;
When the jar is taken away,
We have the ground without a jar;

But when neither of these conditions exists,
The ground exists in its unqualified state.
It is in this same way
That the ultimate Reality exists.Saint Jnaneshwar(Sour…