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Ganga Dashami – Ganga Dashahara Festival

Ganga Dashami, also referred as Ganga-Dashahara, celebrates the birthday of River Ganga – her descent on earth. The festival begins on the Amavasi day in the Hindu month of Jyestha and ends on the Dashami tithi. The festival lasts for 10 days.

Goddess Ganga Devi is an important deity in Hinduism and bathing in the divine river is the believed to cleanse the sins committed. The ritual of bathing in Ganga is also a way to achieve moksha – the escape from the endless cycles of birth and death.

The festival of great importance in those places through which the Ganges flows especially at Haridwar and Prayag (Allahabad). Ganga is worshipped in Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Bengal during this period.

Apart from bathing in the river on the day, people mediate on the banks and recite the prayer dedicated to Ganga: Devi suresvari bhagavati gange
Tribhuvana tarini tarala tarange
Sankara mauli viharini vimale
Mama matirastam tava pada kamala Bhagirathi sukhadayini matas

REACH Foundation to restore 1,200-year-old Kailasanatha Temple at Uttaramerur near Kanchipuram

REACH Foundation, a non-governmental organization, indulged in restoration of heritage sites in Tamil Nadu is all set to begin the restoration of 1,200-year-old KailasanathaTemple at Uttaramerur near Kanchipuram. Built in the 8th century AD, the KailasanathaTemple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is in ruins today due to neglect. A Shivling in the temple is still worshipped and pujas are held here. The temple has storeys with sanctum sanctorum on the ground, first and second floors.T.S. Subramanian writes in the HinduR. Nagaswamy, former Director, Tamil Nadu Department of Archaeology, who has written a book called Uttaramerur in both Tamil and English, calls this “a great temple, a Mahaprasada,” as “seen from the construction technique.”This temple, thus suffused with history, presents a pathetic picture now. Dense vegetation over the vimana has dislocated its brick structure. Beautiful stucco figures, which adorned the vimana, are no longer there. Granite slabs of the base have moved …

Sage Sanatkumara Advice to Narada on How to Begin Spiritual Quest

Sage Narada: How do I Begin my Search?
You begin with food. Through ahara shuddhi, by eating pure food, you purify your body. Then just as your gross body needs solid food to maintain its existence, your pranic body needs pranic energy to sustain itself. Senses, mind, ego, and intellect all require their own kind of food.
Sattvic food, which is fresh, light, and nutritious, taken in the appropriate quantities, at the right time, and with the right attitude of mind, provides a pure diet. Similarly, breathing clean air, with a regulated dominance of right and left nostrils, nourishes the pranic body.
Maintaining positive thoughts in a cheerful mind provides nutritious food to the mental body.
Constant awareness of the fact that anything indicated by the words 'my' and 'mine' belongs to prakriti-whereas the truth indicated by 'I' is pure consciousness-supplies nutritious food to the ego. Purify yourself by maintaining the constant awareness that all objects belo…