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Durga Puja in Kolkata – Global Warming and Nature to be Puja Pandal Themes in 2008

Some of the important and famous Durga Puja pandals in Kolkata city will have Nature, Global Warming and Pollution as puja pandal themes during Durga Puja 2008. It is expected that at least 10 puja pandals will be focusing on Global Warming or other environment friendly aspects. Many vigilant citizens are realizing the fact that global warming is one of the most important issues facing mankind and this will be reflected during Durga Puja in Kolkata in 2008. Important Durga Puja pandals in Kolkata like FD block in SaltLake, Suruchi Sangha in New Alipore, Ajeyo Sanghati in Haridebpur, and Tridhara Sammilani near DeshapriyaPark will have environment protection as theme. (Reports the Telegraph Calcutta) The pandals will be concentrating on the need to turn green, and the negative aspects of industrial emission, vehicular pollution, unplanned urbanization and deforestation. Apart from exhibitions at the pandals, the organizers will also be distributing leaflets which deal with the import…

Vijayadashami - Information about Vijayadashami

Vijaya Dashami, or Vijaydasami, is observed after the nine-day Navratri festival. It is observed as the final day of Dusshera in North India and Karnataka. In 2017, the date of Vijaya Dashami is September 30. Durga Puja comes to an end on the day. Vijaya Dasami is observed as Vidhaya Arambham in Kerala. All tools and books that were untouched during the previous day (which is the Ayudha Puja day) are taken up after blessings from the Goddess.

Vijaya Dashami is the victory of good over evil – Goddess Durga annihilating Mahisha and Lord Ram defeating Ravana. Symbolically, it is the prolonged struggle against the ego and ignorance in each human being. After the struggle there is the day of new beginnings – Vijaya Dasami.

Many people start learning music, art and new courses on the Vijaydasami day. Children are initiated into the world of letters on the day. People also use the day to begin new businesses and make new investments.

In North India and Karnataka, the 9 day Navratri festiv…

Change of Tamil New Year from the First Day of Chithirai to First of Thai legal, says Tamil Nadu High Court

The present Tamil Nadu State Government had changed the Tamil New Year from the first day of the Tamil month of Chithirai (mid-April) to first of Thai (mid-January) through legislation in the beginning of year 2008. This was challenged in the court and now the High Court has given its verdict that there is no unconstitutionality or illegality in changing the Tamil New Year to Thai first day, which is also the Pongal day. The decision to change the New Year date by the state government is based on a decision made in 1922 when over 500 scholars, led by Maraimalai Adigal, founder of the Thani Tamil Iyakkam (Pure Tamil Movement) met at Pachaiyappa’s college in Chennai and decided that Tamils needed a separate calendar in the name of Tamil savant Tiruvalluvar. They also determined that the birth year of Tiruvalluvar was 31 BC. This was accepted in 1971 by the then Tamil Nadu Government headed by M Karunanidhi.Giving its approval to the change of Tamil New Year day the court made the follow…

Swami Ranganathananda on the Significance of River Ganga to Hindus

A special object of reverence in India is the River Ganga, whose water is treated as the symbol of God Himself. No river in the world is treated with such reverence as the Ganga in India, and this from pre-Buddhistic times.
Millions of Hindus bathe in it every year and carry its water in brass pots and jars to their homes, even to foreign countries, to sip a few drops every drop or on special occasions.
A few drops of the sacred water of the Ganga are put into the mouth of dying persons by their relatives. On its banks, thousands of people practice meditation and austerity, getting the stimulation of its holy atmosphere.
Swami Ranganathananda (Source: Eternal values for a changing society)