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Karthikai Masam – Tamil Month Karthigai

Karthikai, or Karthigai, is the eighth month in Tamil calendar and it derives its name from the star ‘Krithiga.’ The Mondays in the month are dedicated to Lord Shiva and is known as Karthikai Somavaram. Ayyappa devotees start the 41-day Vratam and take a pilgrimage to Sabarimala in this month. In 2017, Tamil Month Karthigai begins on November 17 and ends on December 15. The image that comes to mind when Karthikai Masam is mentioned is that of lamps which are lit in all the houses and streets.

It is believed that Lord Shiva gave darshan to Lord Vishnu and Brahma in the form of a pillar of fire with no ends known as Lingodabhavamurti. This form is also referred as Annamalai Deepam in Tamil and is celebrated as Karthigai Deepam. On this day small lamps are lit in all places in homes and in streets.

Another significant event in this month is the Mahabharani which is observed in Shiva temples by lighting bonfires.

The month is also highly auspicious for Lord Muruga devotees as the month i…

Sant Dnyaneshwar Punyatithi

Sant Dnyaneshwar Punyatithi is the death anniversary of Sant Dnyaneshwar, or Jnaneshwar, who revolutionized the bhakti cult in Maharashtra. In 2017, the date of Sant Dnyaneshwar Punyatithi is November 16. At the age of sixteen Sant Janeshwar wrote Jnaneswari – the first and the most popular Marathi commentary on the Bhagavad Gita. Jnaneswari continues to be read and discussed in Maharashtrian homes and its translation into various languages continues to inspire millions of people around the world.

During the time of Sant Dnyaneshwar, the unparalleled teachings of Sanatana Dharma were considered to be the prerogative of certain castes and sects. Dnyaneshwar unleashed a silent revolution against the religious monopoly and orthodoxy of the narrow-minded priestly class. Sant Jnaneswar was amongst the first to use the local language of Marathi to spread and demystify the message of the Hindu scriptures like Bhagavad Gita. He popularized the teachings of Sanatana Dharma and took it to the c…

Swami Vivekananda on Japa and Chanting of Om

Japa is repeating the Holy Name; through this the devotee rises to the Infinite. This boat of sacrifice and ceremonies is very frail; we need more than that to know Brahman, which alone is freedom. Liberty is nothing more than destruction of ignorance, and that can only go when we know Brahman. It is not necessary to go through all these ceremonials to reach the meaning of the Vedanta. Repeating Om is enough.Swami VivekanandaSource: The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda – Volume 7 – Inspired Talks – Monday, July 8, 1895