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Important days in a Week and Month dedicated to Lord Ganesha

Each day in a week is dedicated to a particular deity in the Hindu pantheon. People visit the temples or offer pujas or undertake a fasting to the deity on the particular day. In a week, Tuesdays and Fridays are dedicated to Lord Ganesh. Ganesha is the god of auspiciousness, intellect and remover of obstacles and every auspicious beginning is undertaken after offering prayers to Vinayaka.Tuesdays and Fridays are considered auspicious to Ganesha throughout the Hindu world. People observe vratas on the day or visit Ganesha Shrine or make special offerings. Unmarried girls in South India, especially in Tamil Nadu, offer special prayers and observe a Vrata on all Tuesdays in a year to get married to a good home and to get good husbands. In some places in India, Ganesha is worshipped before sunrise on Fridays. It is believed to bring special benefits.Sankatahara Chaturthi or Sankashti Chaturthi is an important and auspicious day dedicated Lord Ganesha in a Hindu month. It falls on the four…

Meet Mata Bhakti Priyananda who leads a Solitary Life at the Origin of River Ganga

Mata Bhakti Priyananda, or Bhakti Priya, lives in a cave at Tapovan meadow (more than 13500 feet) near Gangotri Glacier, the origin of River Ganga. She is 51 and has a Master's Degree in Special Education from NorthernIllinoisStateUniversity. And her religion is peace. She worships a god who, she believes, created this wonderful Nature.David's Journal from India in pbs.org talks about Mata Bhakti Priyananda, who lives at Tapovan meadow, a destination beyond source of River Ganges and reaching the place is torturous with vertical climbs. Mata Bhakti Priyananda shares her experience at the Tapovan Meadow and also talks about global warming and other issues affecting the area. But what is she doing is doing in a cave faraway from civilization, friends and families. The article does not give a direct answer. Real quest for inner peace and search for truth often takes daring human beings to places where many are scared to go or only dream to go. You can read about this unique women…

Quotes from Subala Upanishad

He who knows this as seedless (Brahman), he verily becomes seedless. The Self is not attainable even by a hundred expositions of the Vedas, nor by the study of the countless scriptures, nor through the means of intellectual knowledge, nor through rituals, nor through severe austerities, nor through Samkhya, nor through Yoga, nor through observance of four stages of life.The Self is achieved only through contemplation and discipline. Having become tranquil, self-controlled, withdrawn from the world and indifferent to it and forbearing, he sees the Self in the Self. He becomes the Self of all.
Subala Upanishad