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Ramayana Coloring Book and Stickers for Children

The coloring book based on the epic Ramayan is presented by the publication division of the British Library. The images are based on the book 'Ramayana: Love and Valour in India's Great Epic'. The picture book Ramayana also comes with 18 stickers with which kids can create their own Ramayana scene.Currently British Library is holding a Ramayana Exhibition based on this 17th century illustrated Ramayana. The paintings in 'Ramayana: Love and Valour in India's Great Epic' can also be viewed online.The fun and coloring book can be brought from the online shop of British Library. It is also available in select book stores.Ramayana Colouring Book with Stickers
Published by: British Library Publishing
Published: May 2008

Ambubasi Festival – The Tantric Shakti Fertility Festival at Kamakhya Temple Assam

Ambubasi Festival or Tantric Fertility Festival is held annually during the monsoon in the famous Kamakhya temple at Guwahati, Assam. Ambubhasi is also known as Kamakhya Devi Puja or Ambubachi and is closely associated with the Tantric Shakti cult prevalent in eastern parts of India. In 2017, Ambubasi Festival begins on June 22 and ends on June 25. This festival associated with Tantrism is observed for four days.

Legend has it that Goddess Kamakhya goes through her yearly menstrual cycle during the Ambubachi days. The temple remains closed for three days – the menstruation period. Due to this unique observance the ritual is also known as fertility festival or Ameti in local language. A fair takes place in the vicinity of KamakhyaTemple during this period and is known as Ambubasi Mela – a rural craft fair.

Shakti devotees in large numbers visit the shrine during the period and thousands of devotees wait outside the temple on the fourth day to have a glimpse of the deity – when the God…

Important Hindu Festivals and Auspicious Days in July 2008

Dates of important festivals associated with Hinduism in 2008 July – based on major Hindu calendars in India.2nd July, 2008 – Amavasi (New Moon) or Amavasya (In some regional calendars Amavas is marked on 3rd July)3rd July – Gujarat Month Ashadh starts4th July – Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra6th July – Chaturthi or Sathurthi7th July – Skanda Panjami (Tamil)8th July – Sashti12th July – Bahuda Yatra – Return journey of Lord Jagannath13th July – Suna Besha at PuriJagannathaTemple14th July – Ekadasi – Devshayani Ekadashi14th July – Gauri Vrat Begins14th July, 2008 – Pandharpur Yatra15th July – Pradosham - Pradosh Vrat16th July – Jaya Parvati Vrat Begins16th July, 2008 – Tamil Month Aadi begins16th July - Karka Sankranti or Dakshinayana begins
16th July – Malayalam Month Karkidakam begins (Ramayana Masam Begins)17th July – Bengali Month Shraban Begins18th July – Satyanarayan Vrat18th July – Gauri Vrat Ends18th July, 2008 – Poornima (full moon) (In some calendars Pournami is marked on 17th) 18th …

Sri Ramakrishna Quotes on the Presence of God in Temples and Sacred Places

Know that there must be manifestation of God in places where countless people have practiced austerity. From time immemorial numberless devotees and men of realization have come to these holy places to have the vision of God. Therefore, God, though equally present everywhere, manifests Himself especially in these places in the same way as water can be had anywhere by digging in the ground, but where there is a tank or a lake, one has not to dig for water, but can get it whenever one likes.Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

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