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Sama Upakarma 2016 date

Sama Upakarma, or Sama Veda Upa Karma, is the sacred thread changing ceremony observed by the Brahmins who follow the Sama Veda. In 2017, date of Sama Upakarma is August 24. The Upakarma prayogam or method employed by Sama Vedi Brahmins is different from Upakarma of Rig and Yajur Vedis. The sacred thread worn by Sama Vedi Brahmins known as ‘Yagnopavitam’ is changed on this day.
The ritual is also known by the name of Upanayanam or Upanayana and Avani Avittam. The sacred thread Yagnopavitam is known as Poonol in Malayalam, Jandhyamu in Telugu and Janivaara in Kannada.
The Upakarma ritual is usually performed by a group in a temple or by the side of a river or sacred pond (Tirth). Today, people also perform the ritual at home.

Lord Ganesha Shaped Women's Strapless Purse from Judith Leiber – Price $5595

Famous clutch-maker Judith Leiber has introduced a women's strapless purse in the shape of Lord Ganesh, which is a collectors item. The price of Ganesh Evening Bags is $5595 and around 285,000 rupees in India. The bag is adorned with multi-tone Austrian crystals and has a swirl-embossed gold-tone circular bottom.Famous Porcelain masters like Lladro and Lenox have already introduced several Ganesha sculptures. Most of them are limited editions and unique sculptures. The only one released by Lenox was priced around $2000. Lladro has already created a series of Ganesha porcelain figures which is a major hit around the world and the price ranges around $900. In recent years, there is a craze for Lord Ganesha shaped idols, paintings etc. This cute-faced Hindu God who is the remover of obstacles (Vigneshwara) and the Lord of the Ganas (Ganapati) is slowly and steadily becoming the face of Hinduism around the world.

This Durga Puja Priests Will Explain the meaning of Mantras and Shlokas while Performing Poojas

During Durga Puja 2008 in Kolkata, SarvaBharatiyaPrachyaBidyaAcademy is planning to help people understand the meaning of mantras and shlokas that are recited while performing pujas. To achieve this, the academy is organizing workshops in Kolkata in which priests and common people will be taught meaning of the verses and the reason why it is recited. All this because there is a genuine concern among people that the spirituality part is lost in the Durga Puja festivities. The workshop is a major hit with the general public and women in large numbers are attending the classes. The workshop is being conducted at the premises of the Shovabazar Rajbari Natmandir. Expressindia.com reports “Somewhere amidst all the festivities, the spirituality has disappeared from Durga Puja. Through the workshops, we intend to teach Sanskrit, Vedas as well as Upanishads,” said Jayanta Kushary, principal of the academy. Forty students have already joined the course. Interestingly, several doctors, lawyers …

NDTV Imagine’s Ramayan in VCD and DVD

The hugely popular Ramayan serial being telecast on NDTV Imagine television channel in India will be soon released in VCD and DVD packs. The home video of NDTV Imagine’s Ramayan will hit the market before Diwali. The TV channel will release the mythological series in three- to four-volume VCD packs. (Business Standard)The Ramayan on NDTV is available free online on Bigflix.

Snake – Twenty First Guru of Dattatreya

The twenty-first guru was the snake which taught two things. One was to abandon crowds. The second was that familiarity and the known blunt awareness and create attachment. The lesson also applies to the mind. Shun the crowds within oneself, the market place within, and move closer to an uncluttered state of consciousness. Do not hold on to anything known, whether a thought, or an emotion. This will help the sadhak keep his awareness totally in every moment, unconditioned by yesterdays.Another Interpretation A snake that makes no hole for itself, but who rests in holes other creatures have abandoned, or curls up in the hollow of a tree for a while, and then moves on. From this snake, I learned to adjust myself to my environment and enjoy the resources of nature without encumbering myself with a permanent home. Creatures in nature move constantly, continually abandoning their previous dwellings. Therefore, while floating along the current of nature, I find plenty of places to rest. Onc…