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Tungabhadra Pushkaram in Andhra Pradesh

Pushkaram is a major Hindu spiritual event happening once in every 12 years at each of the 12 major rivers in India. Pushakram festival takes place when Jupiter enters certain signs of the Zodiac. It is similar to the famous Kumbh Mela held in North India. Tungabhadra Pushkaram happens once in 12 years when the Brihaspathi (Jupiter) enters Makara Rasi (Capricorn). The 12-day Tungabhadra Pushkarams begins on December 10, 2008. The main ritual during the period involves taking a dip in the TungabhadraRiver. It is popularly believed that snana (bath), dana (charity), japa (recitation), archana (worship) and dhyana (meditation) performed during Pushkaram will help a person attain Moksha. Thousands of pilgrims take holy dip along the course of TungabhadraRiver at Mantralayam and other places in Kurnool and Mahboobnagar districts. Cultural and spiritual programs are a major event during the period.

Dhanur Masa – Dhanurmasa

Dhanur Mas, or Dhanurmasa, is an important period in traditional Hindu calendar. The month is known as Dhanur Maas as the sun transits through the Dhanur Rashi (Sagitarius) and the period ends with the Makar Sankranti. In some regions the first day of Dhanur Maas is known as Dhanur Sankranti. In 2017, Dhanur Masa begins on December 16 and ends on January 13, 2018. Dhanur masa is also known as Marghazhi month in Tamil Nadu. The period is highly auspicious for Vishnu devotees.

It must be noted here that in Tamil Nadu, Margazhi month, which is also known as Dhanurmasam, begins on December 16 and ends on January 13, 2018.

Dhanur Mas is not an independent month in any Hindu calendar. It begins in the middle of Margashirsh month in Gujarati and Marathi calendar. In North Indian, calendar it begins during the Krishna Paksha of Poush month. Dhanur Mas is therefore the period the sun shifts from the Dhanur rashi to Makar Sankranti.

The Ekadasi falling during this period is considered highly …

National Geographic Channel India – The Habitat Young Visionary Awards 2009

National Geographic Channel and India Habitat Centre are inviting essays for The Habitat Young Visionary Awards 2009. The essay topics are India’s Youthful Energy: Power and Potential: Your Vision. Phase 1: Entries (till 15th December’08) Participants to send across their visions in the form of essays on the given topic. Single topic for a fair basis of judgment. Phase 2: Semi Finals (28th January’09) Of all the entries received, 15 short-listed candidates present their visions in the presence of a jury. Best 5 are then selected as the finalists. Phase 3: Finals (30th January ’09)5 Finalists to present and defend their visions in a large forum and in the presence of an eminent jury.Grand Prize is a Summer Programme at the CambridgeUniversity, London. Runners Up will be given internship with Nat Geo and other reputed NGOsParticipants can send their entries either directly to IHC or by entering the YVA microsite on the NGC website. You can find more details about the The Habitat Young…

Quotes of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

An ecstatic lover of God enjoys Him in different ways. Sometimes he says, ‘O God, You are the lotus and I am the bee, or You are the Ocean of Satchidananda and I am the fish.’ At other times the lover of God says, 'I am your dancing-girl.' He dances and sings before Him. He thinks of himself as the friend of God and sometimes as His handmaiden. He looks on God sometimes as a child, as did Yashoda, and sometimes as husband or sweetheart, as did the ‘gopis.’Man's ego itself is Maya. It is the veil that shuts the light.A poor devotee points to the sky and says, ‘God is up there.’ An average devotee says, ‘God dwells in the heart as the Inner Master.’ The best devotee says, ‘God alone is and everything I perceive is a form of God.’Ramakrishna Paramahamsa