Skip to main content


Showing posts from August 29, 2008

School Children in Maharashtra make 20,000 Eco-friendly Ganesh Idols

With the help of National Green Corps (NGC) in Maharashtra, school children from 800 schools across the state have made 20,000 eco-friendly Ganesh idols using soluble clay and vegetable dyes rather than Plaster of Paris and chemical paint, which are polluters. National Green Corps (NGC) which is under the Directorate of Social Forestry is constantly conducting workshops prior to popular Hindu festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi, Holi, Vat Poornima, Shravan, and Nagpanchami to spread the awareness for the need for nature friendly celebrations.National Green Corps (NGC) in Maharashtra has more than 400,000 school children as its members and they have been spreading the message of eco-friendly celebrations in villages and towns in the state. reports about this wonderful movement in Maharashtra“.. students who are part of the NGC will continue to implement the Ganesh festival awareness campaign in every village, advising people to make idols with materials that are easily sol…

Atham Nakshatram in Chingam Month – Preparations for Onam Festival Begin in Kerala

There is a famous saying in Kerala – Atham Pathinu Ponnonam. In 2018, the date of Atham is August 15. It means the tenth day from Atham day is Thiru Onam – the day King Mahabali or Maveli visits his citizens. The famous Atha Pookalam (floral designs) made during Onam has ten rings. On the Atham day there is a single ring and as each day progress a ring is added to the Pookalam and finally there are ten rings on the Thiruonam day. Thiruonam in 2018 is on August 25.
Square clay pyramids are made on the Atham day and is kept outside the house and a small pookalam is made and it signifies the beginning of Onam festival. Atham is one among the 27 nakshatrams (Asterism) in Kerala astrological calendar. 
The ten stars (nakshatrams) that lead to Onam are - Atham, Chithira, Chodhi, Visakam, Anizham, Thriketa, Moolam, Pooradam, Uthradam, Thiruvonam. The days are meant for the preparation of Onam. Houses get cleaned, menu is decided, pickles are prepared, banana chips and other delicacies are pr…

Hindu Festival Pola in Maharashtra – Indian Farmers Pay Respect to Bullocks

Hinduism is rooted in nature and is one religion which observes festivals exclusively dedicated to animals. In 2018, the date of Pola festival is September 9. Pola festival observed in Maharashtra and other parts of rural India by farmers pay respect to bullocks and cows. It is observed on the Amavasi (no moon day) in the month of Shravan in Maharashtra.
Special care is given to oxen by farmers as it is their main source of livelihood. The rope (Vesan) tied on the ox is removed and turmeric paste and oil is applied the body on the previous night. On Pola day, bullocks are bathed and special food prepared like Puran Poli, Kichadi and Bajari are given to eat.
Oxen are also adorned with various ornaments and clothes. Their horns are given a fresh coat of paint. The bull is also worshipped in many places and villagers in large numbers gather to pay their respect. Bullocks are taken around the village in processions accompanied by drums and lezhim. Many farmers also start the next farmi…

Jiddu Krishnamurti Quotes

Every day we see or read of appalling things happenings in the world as the result of violence in man. You may say, “I can’t do anything about it,” or “How can I influence the world?” I think you can tremendously influence the world if in yourself you are not violent, if you lead actually every day a peaceful life – a life which is not competitive, ambitious, envious – a life which does not create enmity. Small fires can become a blaze. We have reduced the world to its present state of chaos by our self centered activity, by our prejudices, our hatreds, our nationalism, and when we say we cannot do anything about it, we are accepting disorder in ourselves as inevitable.Any action which has any deep significance must begin with each one of us. I must change first; I must see what is the nature and structure of my relationship with the world – and in the very seeing is the doing; therefore I, as a human being living in the world, bring about a different quality, and that quality, it see…