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Bahuda Jatra – The Return Journey of Puri Rath Yatra Festival

Bahuda Yatra, or Jatra, is the return journey of the three chariots in the Puri Rath Yatra Car Festival. In 2018, the date of Bahuda Yatra is July 22. In the Puri Rath Yatra, the chariots of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra, Subhadra after reaching the Gundicha Temple stays there in the Garden House or ‘Adapa Mandapa’ for seven days. On the ninth day, the deities return to the PuriJagannathTemple.
During Bahuda Jatra, the three chariots stop for awhile at the MausimaTemple.

This temple is dedicated to the aunt of Lord Jagannath and three deities are offered ‘poda pitha’, a special sweet made of rice, coconut, lentils and jaggery.
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Sri Srinivasa Kalyanotsavam – Celestial Wedding Ritual at Tirupati Balaji Temple

Sri Srinivasa Kalyanotsavam is an important ritual or ‘Seva’ held at the TirumalaTirupatiVenkateswaraTemple. The utsava murti or idol of Lord Balaji is the bridegroom and his consorts Sridevi and Bhoodevi are the brides in the celestial wedding. The rituals followed in the divine marriage ceremony are similar to those observed during Hindu marriages. Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD), the governing body of TirupatiTemple, also conducts the ceremony in important cities and towns in India.

Sri Padmavathi - Srinivasa Kalyanotsavam is a daily ritual performed at the TiruaptiTemple. In the Kalyanotsavam, the idols of Lord Malayappaswami (Balaji) and Sridevi and Bhoodevi face each other. A screen is placed in between the bridegroom and brides. The screen is removed during appropriate time in the ritual for the deities to see each other. The wedding ceremony is held amidst recitation of the Vedic mantras and pronouncing the family pedigree of the brides and bridegroom.
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Sri Sri Ravishankar on How to Stop the Mind from Wandering

Question: My mind wanders everywhere how do I meditate?Sri Sri Ravishankar: Take a stick and start chasing your mind. See where it goes. Chase, keep chasing and you see your mind is so tired that it will come and fall at your feet. That's why Maharshi Patanjali says meditate on everything, meditate on elements, on Rishis, who are out of craving, even if you meditate on Rishis who are out of craving, you get into meditation. And when you sit for satsang, you get into meditation. But sometimes if you sit for santsang, and you are not there 100%, you count the ceiling, you look here and there. You have to bring interest yourself. It is already there. You need not do anything its all burning for you. Become effortless. Just know that I am nothing and I don't want anything. But don't start thinking about it continuously, this is also a Maya. That's why Adi Shankaracharya says ‘it is foolish to even think that I am Zero.’(Source: An excerpt from a Satsang found in Art of Liv…