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Kali Puja – Mahakali Pooja in Bengal

Kali Puja, dedicated to Goddess Kali an incarnation of Shakti, is observed mainly in Bengal, Orissa, Assam and in other eastern parts of India. In 2017, the date of Kali Puja is October 18. Mahakali puja is observed on Maha Amavasya Tithi (the new moon day or no moon day) in the Bengali month of Aashin (October – November). Kali Puja takes place on the Diwali day. The rituals and pujas associated with Kali Pooja begin at midnight.

Goddess Kali is believed to be the human form of the anger of Goddess Durga and she appears to annihilate the most terrible evil. Kali symbolically destroys ignorance and ego and clears the path to realizing ‘Brahman.’ She is also the human representation of the fury that Mother Nature can unleash.

In many areas in eastern India, Kali puja is a community festival and huge idols of Goddess Kali is worshipped. The main rituals begin at midnight. Special aratis and pujas are conducted on the day. Another tradition is the bursting of the crackers.

It is believe…

Simple Ideas and Tips to decorate home during Diwali

Financial crisis or prosperity, rich or poor, decorating the house during Diwali is a must for all people. Utmost importance is given to cleanliness during Deepavali because Goddess Lakshmi is welcomed to home on this day. Decoration during Diwali is not all about costly renovation and new paint. Time, few constructive ideas, determination and patience can give every home a makeover and new look during Diwali. Here are few simple tips and ideas for decorating home during Diwali:
Who is going to clean the entire house? Don’t try to clean and decorate the entire house in a day. Forget the big picture. Find time daily to do some work. Make it a point to clean a room daily. Within a week the entire house will be clean. This will help in better concentration and less work.
Forget about painting the house in a short period. Instead give the walls a new look by tickling your creativity. Use floor rugs, wall rugs, old colorful Saris, rangolis, flowers, colorful clothes etc on the wall. Go f…

Thula Snanam – Holy Bath in River Kaveri in Tamil Nadu

Thula Snaanam, also referred as Tula Punya Snanam, is an important bathing ritual observed in Tamil Nadu. It is observed in the Tamil Month Aipassi (October – November), which is also referred as Thula – Aipassi. In the month, people wake up in the early morning and take holy dip in the River Cauvery (Kaveri). Puranas like Agni Purana narrates about the importance of the holy bath. Thula Snaanam begins on October 17 and ends on November 16 with Muduvan Muzhuku.
Interestingly, during the same period the Kartik Snaan takes place in North India. Lord Krishna explained about the importance of this period of year to Satyabhama.
Scriptures indicate that bathing in River Kaveri during Tula-Aipassi month will help in absolving all the sins. Taking a holy dip in morning in Cauvery is equated to taking a dip in Ganga at Prayag and at other holy Tirthas.
Special pujas dedicated to Kaveri are also held during the month.
Temples along the banks of KaveriRiver attracts large number of devotees dur…

Confusion in the date of Karva Chauth in 2008

Due to the various calculations adopted by different regional Hindu calendars there is always confusion regarding the dates of some Hindu rituals. In 2008, the date of Karva Chauth created some confusion as it was marked differently in different calendars. Majority of the calendars accepted October 17 as Karva Chauth date. But some regional calendars put the date as October 18.‘Chauth’ refers to the fourth day when the Karva Chauth is observed.Karva Chauth is observed on the fourth day after full moon in the Kartik month in North India. The corresponding period in Gujarat and Maharashtra is the fourth day after full moon in Ashwin month.In the Hindu lunar calendar, a day is calculated differently. The days overlap depending on the moon calculations.Thus in 2008, Chauth begins on October 17 and ends on October 18. Usually, a day like Chauth or Panchami is decided by looking whether the major portion falls on the particular day. Thus depending on the place and time astrologers mark the …

Swami Ranganathananda – Change in religious rule is necessary

A smriti (set of rules) that sustained society in one age may choke it in another age. As socioeconomic conditions change, laws and regulations need to be recast and reinterpreted. Otherwise, they result in strangling the social organism.  If the bark that protects the tree fails to grow and expand along with the growth of the tree, it will choke the tree; and if it is a living tree, it will shed that bark and grow a new living bark for itself. Swami Ranganathananda Source: The message of the Upanishads by Swami Ranganathananda (page 9) You may also like to read Swami Ranganathananda Thoughts and Quotes