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Chingam Month 1 – New Year According to Malayalam Calendar

Chingam (August – September) is the first month in the Malayalam calendar used in Kerala. The first day of Chingam is the beginning of the New Year according to the Malayalam calendar and is locally referred as (Andu Pirappu). In 2017, Chingam 1 falls on August 17. The first day is welcomed by special pujas and people in large numbers visit the temples. The day is of great significance to the farmers. 
As per Malayalam calendar, Kolla Varsham 1193 (the Malayalam year) begins on August 17. The Malayalam Panchangam for the year is also released in this month.
Onam the most popular festival of Malayalis is observed in this month. The month is considered highly auspicious and numerous marriages and other ceremonies take place in the month.

Sri Krishna Jayanti and Ganesh Chaturthi are also observed in this month.
Special schemes and several new initiatives are made in the agricultural sector in this month.

It must be noted that Vishu (April 14 or 15 - the first day of Medam Month in Mal…

A child - Nineteenth Guru of Dattatreya

The nineteenth guru was a little child Dattatreya saw playing relaxed and untouched by the past. A child lives from moment to moment. He does not remember the past, nor does he dream of the future. All of him is present at every moment. There is no tension in play, no competition, just sheer joy and fun and celebration, like the flowering of the trees. The spiritual path too can be light and full of celebration. The sadhak should be alert against the dangers of succumbing to the heaviness of the ego. It is for this reason that santhosh, contentment, is one of the qualities of a disciple.Another interpretationMy nineteenth guru is the baby that cries when it is hungry and stops when it suckles at its mother's breast. When the baby is full, it stops feeding and nothing its mother does can induce it to take more milk. I learned from this baby to demand only when I really need. When it's provided, I must take only what I require and then turn my face away.RelatedSmall bird – eight…