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Biswakarma Puja

Bishwakarma Puja, or Biswakarma Jayanti, is an important festival in Bengal, Orissa and other parts of Eastern India and is dedicated to Bisvakarma, the divine architect of the universe in Hindu religion. In 2017, the date of Biswakarma Puja is September 17 in most calendars. The festival is mainly celebrated in Eastern parts of India and it is a holiday for the industrial belts in this part of India. Kite flying is a major activity on the day.
In Hindu Mythology, Bishwakarma is the divine architect of the universe. He is also called the divine carpenter and is mentioned in the Rigveda and is credited with Sthapatya Veda, the science of mechanics and architecture.
Artisans, craftsmen, mechanics, smiths, welders, industrial workers, factory workers and workers of all kind worship Lord Biswakarma on this day and pray for a better future, safe working conditions and above all success in their respective fields. Workers also pray for the smooth functioning of various machines.
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Ashwin Month in 2008 in Traditional Hindu Hindi Calendar

Ashwin Month is the seventh month Vikram Samvat Calendar, the traditional calendar followed by Hindus in North India. This calendar is followed mainly in Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar and Chhattisgarh. Shradh rituals, Navratri, Durga Puja and Dasara (Vijaya Dashami) are the important festivals in Ashwin month. In 2008, Ashwin month begins on September 16 and ends on October 14.The first fortnight of Ashwin month is dedicated to Shradh or Tarpan rituals. It ends with Mahalaya Shradh on September 29. The Amavasi in Ashwin month in 2008 is Somvati Amavasya, which falls on September 29. Navratri rituals begin on September 30. It is known as Sharadiya Navrati Vrat. Devi puja begins on the day with Ghada Sthapan – a pot symbolizing Mother Goddess. Durga Ashtami is on October 7 and Mahanavami is on October 8. Vijaya Dashami is on October 9. In the calendars followed in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, Ashwin Month begins on September 3…

Somvati Amavasi – Amavasya or No Moon day on Monday

Somvati Amavasi, or Somavati Amavasya, is the new moon day or the no moon day that falls on a Monday (Somvar) in Hindu calendar. Amavasai is the darkest day in a month in Hindu calendar and is considered highly auspicious for conducting Tarpan and Shradh rituals dedicated to dead ancestors.

The importance of Somvati Amavasi was explained by Bhisma to Yudhishtra in the Mahabharata. It is said that who ever takes a dip in the holy rivers on the day would be prosperous, free of diseases and would be free from grief and sorrow.
It is also believed that by taking a dip in the holy rivers the soul of ancestors will rest in peace. Married women take the holy dip for a happy family life and for the long life of husbands. They also worship the pipal tree on the day.
Somavara Amavasya Vrata (fasting) is observed for a long and happy married life by couples. Many devout Hindus also fast on the day and some people only have a single meal.
On the day thousands of people take a dip in Ganga at Haridw…

Challenge Christian Conversion Methods in India with Non-Violence and Self Introspection

Violence is not the answer to any problem. Violence only breeds hatred, resentment and more violence and the vicious cycle continues. The conversion method adopted by Christians in India was condemned by Hindus in private and many Hindus showed a callous attitude towards the Christian conversion issue. But dramatic developments around the world in the past three decades saw secular Hindus becoming insecure and threatened and this was cleverly exploited by fundamentalists. A very minority section in Hindu society started adopting tit for tat method and the majority of secular Hindus kept silent.Christian aggression in the form of conversion was met with violence by Hindus. Churches were attacked or burned, poor people were killed and thousands were rendered homeless. What did Hindu society gain from this meaningless violence? Nothing! In a democratic society there are several non-violent methods to show protest. Printed literatures and methods employed by Christian missionaries for con…

Aditya Purana Quotes

Shiva says to Skanda: Jnana (knowledge) is never the attribute of Atma (Self). Atma itself is of the nature of Jnana, which is all pervasive, eternal and auspicious. I am the self of all beings. The supreme ruler is one only. All the objects are fictitiously imposed on me. All the world is only Consciousness. Ignorant people see it as world. Wise people see the world as the mere Self. This truth, incomprehensible for the ordinary, was taught by Vashishta to Rama in bygone times. Aditya Purana – Chapter 15(Source: Journey to the Sublime – compiled and edited by K. N. Subramanian)