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Mankameshwar Temple in Lucknow Gets First Woman Chief Priest

The famous MankameshwarTemple in Lucknow gets first woman chief priest or Mahant. Arunima Singh (25) took over as the first woman Mahant of Mankameshwar Temple on Tuesday. A Mahant in Hinduism is a chief priest of a temple or the head of an Ashram. Arunima Singh, whose new name is Devaigya Puri, holds a diploma in pathology from Indian Institute of Paramedics in Delhi. She succeeds her Guru Mahant Keshav Giri.Virendra Nath Bhatt reports in Indian ExpressDid she face any opposition on grounds of gender? “Tough opposition was expected at the election of a woman as mahant of the MankameshwarTemple but it turned out to be a smooth affair. I had the blessings of my guruji and support of people,” said a beaming mahant Devagiya Puri, facing a rush of disciples eager to touch her feet and seek her blessings. “A divine soul has no gender. Guru parampara is an ancient tradition and anybody can be a mahant, “said mahant Meera Puri, who represents the Shree Panch Dasnaam Junagadh Akhara. Presiden…

Durga Puja in 2008

Durga Puja is one of the most popular Hindu festivals and is the biggest festival in Bengal and East India. Durga Puja celebrates the annual visit of Mother Goddess Durga. In Bengal, she is worshipped as Shiva’s consort and is given the warmest welcome a married daughter can receive when she comes home. Traditionally Durga Puja begins on the Mahalaya day in Ashwin month. In 2008, date of Mahalaya is on September 29. Durga Puja rituals and celebrations begin on October 5. Durga Puja Shasthi is on October 5, 2008Maha Saptami is October 6, 2008.Maha Ashtami is on October 7, 2008.Navami or Maha Nabami is on October 8, 2008Dashami is on October 9, 2008. On the Shashti day, Kalash is prepared and it is kept in the house and with it begins rituals and celebrations. The most auspicious day of the Durga Puja festival is the Maha Ashtami and the Maha Navami.

Symbolism of Dandiyas – The sticks used during Navratri Dandiya Ras in Gujarat

Dandiyas are the sticks used during Navaratri Dandiya Ras dance in Gujarat. Since the dance involves the rhythmical striking of the Dandiyas, it also referred as stick dance. Dandiyas are referred as dancing sticks. Dandiya Ras dance take place every night during the nine nights of Navratras. 
Each dancer participating in Dandiya Ras carries small decorated wooden sticks which are struck in rhythm. The rhythmical striking of the Dandiyas has a symbolic meaning derived from Gujarati culture and Hindu legends. The Dandiya Ras dancers waving the decorated sticks represent harvesters using their sickles on paddy field. This interpretation is based on the belief that Navratri was once a harvest celebration.
Another interpretation is that the Dandiya Ras dancers swirling round in circles with their sticks colliding in mid-air represents the warriors in the battle between Lord Ram and the Ravana in the Ramayana.

Reformation in Hindu Society is the need of the hour

It is high time that Hindus thought about reformation in Hindu society and religion. There is widespread inequality and there is a lack of concern for impoverished Hindus and this is damaging Hinduism. A section of Hindu society has progressed economically in the last couple of decades, primarily due to their hard work and willingness to adapt to the modern needs. But majority of Hindus are still fighting in the name of caste and they are being exploited by politicians, fundamentalists and Christian missionaries.Untouchability and caste discrimination – Indian constitution has done all that is possible to stop this heinous practice. But sadly Untouchability and caste discrimination still persists in Hindu society. Laws are not going to change the situation; change should happen in the mindset of the people. Know that all this, whatever moves in this moving world, is enveloped by Brahman. Therefore find your enjoyment in renunciation; do not covet what belongs to others – this first st…

Svetasvatara Upanishad Quotes

What is perishable is the pradhana (primary matter). What is immortal and imperishable is Hara (Brahman). Over both the perishable and the soul the One rules. By meditating on That, by uniting with That, bye reflecting on That more and more, there is complete cessation from the illusion of the world. (I.10)
That eternal which rests in the self should be known. Truly there is nothing beyond this to be known. The individual soul, prakrti and the Supreme Lord Ishavara are all forms of Brahman. (I.12)Svetasvatara Upanishad