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Book – Thakur: A Life of Sri Ramakrishna by Rajiv Mehrotra

‘Thakur : A Life of Sri Ramakrishna’ is a biography of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa by Rajiv Mehrotra, an award winning documentary director and producer and the host of the talk show ‘In Conversations’ on Doordarshan. A documentary of the same title was earlier directed by Rajiv Mehrotra in association with Ramakrishna Math and is now available in DVD format. In the book – ‘Thakur: A Life of Sri Ramakrishna,’ the author explores the ‘challenge and the riddle’ presented by the great mystic who, more than a century after his death, continues to dominate secular Hindu consciousness. Sri Ramakrishna brought a new vitality not only to the practices, rituals and symbols of the Hindu heritage but also to the celebration of divinity in diverse forms, and reinforced the underlying possibility of a real harmony between all religions. It is this vision that makes him one of the great religious teachers of all time and so profoundly relevant today.

Drawn by his cheerful and buoyant enthusiasm and hi…

Download Ramayan MP3 Reading in English – Ramayana Podcast

Ramayan Podcast, reading of Ramayana in English, is presented by the Institute for Inner Wisdom (IFIW). The prose text that is read is the Sri Ramacharitramanas of Saint Tulsidas. Each of the reading, which appears weekly, is about 30 minutes long. Each episode is about 25 MB in size and has to be downloaded to listen to it. To download and listen to the Ramayan reading in prose follow this link – The Ramayan Podcast.

Sabarimala Temple Timings – Opening and Closing Dates in 2008

The SabarimalaAyyappaTemple is open only for ‘darshan’ during certain specific periods in a year – Monthly pujas for five days, SabarimalaTemple festival, Idol installation anniversary puja, Onam puja, Sri Chitira Attam Thirunnal, two months during the Mandalam season (November – December) and finally during the Makaravilakku (January) season. June June 11, 2008 – SabarimalaTemple opens for idol Installation Anniversary Puja.
June 12 – Idol Installation Anniversary Puja – Prathishta day.
June 12 – Temple closes after the Idol Installation Anniversary Puja. June 14, 2008 – Temple opens for Malayalam month Midhunam Puja.
June 19 – Temple closes after Midhunam Puja. July July 15, 2008 – SabarimalaTemple opens for Malayalam month Karkidakam Puja.
July 20 – Temple closes after Karkidakam Puja. August August 16, 2008 – SabarimalaTemple opens for Malayalam month Chingam Puja.
August 21 – Temple closes after Chingam Puja. September September 10, 2008 – SabarimalaTemple opens for Onam Puja.
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Encyclopedia of Hinduism by Ramakrishna Math Released

A Concise Encyclopaedia of Hinduism by Swami Harshananda of Ramakrishna Math was released by former President of India A P J Abdul Kalam on May 31, 2008 in Bangalore. The Encyclopedia covers Hindu religion, philosophy, culture, mythology, rituals, spiritual work, festivals and pilgrim centers. Astrology, biographies of religious personalities, iconography, Sanskrit language and literature, temple and religious institutions are part of this massive literary work. This blog had written about the Concise Encyclopaedia of Hinduism and other details about the book in January. Image courtesy: Times of India

Sri Adiguru Shankaracharya Quotes

Forgive me
Oh, Shiva
my three great sins!
I came on a pilgrimage to Kashi forgetting
that you are omnipresent.
In thinking about you
I forgot that You are beyond thought.
In praying to You
I forgot that You are beyond words.
Sri Adiguru Shankaracharya

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