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International Ramayana Festival 2008 in Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh state government is organizing an International Ramayana Festival from June 6 to June 17, 2008. The festival will be held simultaneously at Bhopal, Ujjain and Gwalior. Ramayana presentations by troupes from Cambodia, Bali and Java in Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Singapore and Laos will be part of the festival. Apart from this there will also be Kudiyattam performance from Kerala and Awadh Ram Lila Mandal from Ayodhya. The festival will start on June 6 and end on June 14 in BhopalIn Ujjain, it will start on June 7 and end on June 15.In Gwalior, it will start on June 9 and end on June 17.More details about the festival can be found in the Department of culture, Government of Madhya Pradesh, India.You may also like to read
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Paid Darshan at Vaishno Devi Shrine for the Impatient

Got the money, then skip the long queue at Vaishno Devi Shrine in Jammu. The Vaishno Devi Shrine board has come up with paid darshan or VIP darshan for all those who have the money to buy the special tickets. The paid darshan move hurts millions of poor Hindu devotees who barely manage the travel expenses needed to reach the shrine. The poor devotees are at the shrine to seek the blessings of Vaishno Devi to have a better life. But even at the shrine money rules and poor devotees are pushed back.

Update: Respecting popular demand, the shrine dropped all sort of paid darshans.The shrine board refers to paid darshan as a tatkal system and is limited to 1000 devotees per day.A traditional ‘mata ki aarti’ can be organized inside the sanctum sanctorum at Rs 1000 in the morningSkip the long queue and have a darshan of the deity from the Bathing Gate (gate No 2) for Rs 500 per person, For darshan through gate no 5 it is Rs 200.The paid darshan is also available to pilgrim groupsSeveral organi…

Sun – the seventh Guru of Dattatreya

The sun is my seventh guru. With its bright rays, the sun draws water from everything, transforms it into clouds, and then distributes it as rain without favor. Rain falls on forests, mountains, valleys, deserts, oceans, and cities. Like the sun, I learned how to gather knowledge from all sources, transform that knowledge into practical wisdom, and share it with all without preferring some recipients and excluding others. (Source: The Himalayan Masters: A Living Tradition by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD)Another InterpretationJust as the sun evaporates large quantities of water by its potent rays and later returns the water to the earth in the form of rain, similarly, a saintly person accepts all types of material objects with his material senses, and at the appropriate time, when the proper person has approached him to request them, he returns such material objects. Thus, both in accepting and giving up the objects of the senses, he is not entangled.Even when reflected in various obje…