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Book: Goddess Mahalakshmi at Kolhapur: Shaktipeeth

A recently released book titled ‘Goddess Mahalakshmi at Kolhapur: Shaktipeeth’ explores the famous temple dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi at Kolhapur in Maharashtra. Important architectural details and legends associated with the temple are narrated in the book. A major highlight of the book is the aerial photographs of the KolhapurMahalakshmiTemple by aerial photographer Gopal Bodhe.The book is authored by Gopal Bodhe, P M Powar, Dattatray Lad and Dyaneshwari Talpade.The book delves into the legends of Mahalakshmi of Kolhapur, local tales of Goddess Lakshmi, the idol worshipped in the temple, temple architecture, and various festivals celebrated at the temple.The book is published by Siddhishakti Publications.

Ancient Hindu Scriptures and Modern Business Management

The unparalleled wisdom in Hindu Scriptures like Vedas, Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads and Puranas are now being applied in many areas of modern business management. An article titled ‘Applying Meaning to Management With Ancient Hindu Mythology’ by Rama Lakshmi in the Washington Post explores this new trend in Business Management by tracing the methods adopted by Devdutt Pattanaik, an expert on Hindu Scriptures and he also writes the column Management Mythos in the Economic Times.Excerpts from the article"I am a pattern-finder. The mythologies are stars -- I point out the constellation," Devdutt Pattanaik said. "The world of business and the world of our mythological tales are not too different. The characters and the situations are similar. I apply their meanings to modern corporate management. Business is run on a pattern of behavior. I help create the belief that governs behavior." "They understand how beliefs are created, how forms acquire meaning over centurie…

Sashti Vratam in February 2009

Sashti Vratam falls on the sixth day after Amavasai (no moon) and Purnima (full moon) in a traditional Hindu calendar. It is dedicated to Lord Muruga or Kartik. The Sashti day after Amavasi is considered highly auspicious by Muruga devotees and many observe a fast on the day. Fasting on Shashti is considered highly beneficial and many devotees observe a 24-hour fast, while some take a single meal on the day. The date of Sashti fasting is February 2, 2009.Lord Muruga temples attract a large number of devotees on Sashti day. Some temples conduct special pujas and spiritual discourse on the day. There are also temples that provide food to devotees. Lord Muruga, also known as Skanda, Shanmugha and Subramanian, is widely worshipped in South India, Malaysia and Singapore especially by Tamilians. In North India, Lord Muruga is known as Kartik or Kartikeya.RelatedSashti Days in 2009Shasti fasting – How to observe Sashti

Quotes on Truth from the Upanishads

Satyam vada! Dharmam cara! – Speak the truth! Practice Virtue! (Taittiriya Upanishad Chapter I, section 11, Verse 1)Satyameva Jayate nanrtam – Truth alone wins, not untruth (Mundaka Upanishad Chapter Chapter III Verse 6). Satyam na pramaditavyam – Let there be no neglect of Truth (Taittiriya Upanishad Chapter I, section 11, Verse 1)By truth is laid out the path leading to the gods (Mundaka Upanishad Chapter III Verse 6). Truthfulness is excellent. What is excellent is truthfulness only. By truthfulness those who have attained to the state of blissfulness never fall from there. What belongs to sat, namely good people, that is indeed satyam (truthfulness). For this reason seekers of the highest good find delight in truthfulness. (Maha Narayana Upanishad Verse 78 – 1)