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Thaipusam Singapore in 2017

Thaipoosam, or Thaipusam, observed in the Tamil month of Thai (Januray – February), is an important festival dedicated to Lord Muruga, the son of Lord Shiva and Parvati. In 2017, the date of Thaipusam is February 9. Lord Muruga, also known as Shanmugha, Subrahamanya, Kartikeya and Skanda, is the general of the army of the Devas. Thaipusam is a major festival for the Tamilians in Singapore and the festival attracts more than 50,000 devotees.

Thaipusam celebrates the victory of good over evil – it is believed that Goddess Parvathi presented the ‘vel’ (lance) to Lord Muruga on the Thaipusam day to defeat the demons.

In Singapore, Thaipusam is a day-long event and is marked by processions carrying Kavadis and milk pots to famous Muruga Temples in Singapore. The main procession on the day is a four kilometer walk from ShriSrinivasaPerumalTemple in Serangoon Road to SriThendayuthapaniTemple on Tank Road.

Some of the important temples dedicated to Lord Muruga in Singapore are ArulmiguVelmur…

From Under Heaps of Garbage, Brahma Kund Restored in Vrindavan by Braj Foundation

Brahma Kund, or Brahm Teerth, located near the northern gate of the famous RangjiTemple in Vrindavan is mentioned in the Varaha Purana. Till recently the sacred water tank was lying beneath a heap of garbage and totally neglected. Thanks to the sustained efforts of Braj Rakshak Dal and Braj Foundation, Brahma Kund has been restored to its original glory. Legends associated with Brahma Kund narrate about Lord Shiva’s and Yog Maya’s appearance here. Spiritual personalities like Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Meera Bai have visited the spot.After restoring the Brahma Kund, the foundation members installed a nine-foot tall idol Lord Brahma, seated on a lotus flower. From each petal of the lotus emerges a stream of water. Braj Foundation is dedicated to the all round development of Braj - the culturally vibrant region associated with the legend of Sri Radha-Krishna. The Foundation’s efforts, which began with restoration of age old water retention tanks, commonly called ‘kund’s, have now spread t…

Sudasha Brata – Sudasa Vrata in Orissa

Sudasha Brata, or Sudasa Vrata, is a unique ritual observed in Orissa. When there is a rare combination of Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon), Thursday and Dasami in Oriya Calendar Sudash Brata is observed. Sudasa Brata is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi. April 6, August 31 and December 28, 2017 will be observed as Sudasha Brata in the year 2017.
Sudasha Brata is observed mainly by women for the wellbeing of the family. The main ritual involves the tying of a sacred thread on the hand by women. The thread is only replaced during the next Sudasa Vrata.

Special food items like Manda Pithas are offered to Goddess Lakshmi on the day.
Another Sudasa Vrata that is part of the culture of Eastern India is observed during the Dasami day in the Shukla Paksha of Bhadra month by some communities.

Dr S Radhakrishnan Thoughts

If the real is misconceived as an object of knowledge, it cannot be known. Empirical objects may be known by outer observation or inner introspection. But the Self cannot divide itself into the knower and the known. Logical reasoning is incapable of comprehending the living unity of God and man, the absolute and the relative. Logical incapacity is not evidence of actual impossibility. Reality unites what discursive reason is incapable of holding together.Every atom of life is a witness to the oneness and duality of God and the world. Being can never be objectified or externalized. It is co-inherent and co-existent in man. It is unknowable because we identify existence with objectivity.Spiritual reality is not revealed in the way in which objects of the natural world or principles of logic are apprehended. Yajnavalkya tell us that the self is its own light when the sun has set, when the moon has set, when the fire is put out – Atmavasya Jyotir Bhavati.Dr S Radhakrishnan Source: The Pri…