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Stop Parading Elephants in Kerala Temples and Save the Poor Animals

MajorHinduTemple festival season in Kerala begins by January mid-week and ends in April. And this is the cruelest and toughest period for the living representatives of Lord Ganesha, one of the most popular deities in Hindu pantheon. More than 400 captured elephants in Kerala that are trained to perform duties during temple festivities are paraded in the numerous temples in the scorching sun during this period. Interestingly, it is not written in Hindu scriptures that elephants should be part of temple festivals. In fact Ganesha symbolizes that man and animals (all animate and inanimate) are nothing but Brahman – the Supreme Being.
Caparisoned elephants are paraded to satisfy the egos of the temple committee members and to gain superiority over the temple in the next village or town. Thanks to the tourist promotion campaign ran by the Government of Kerala, caparisoned elephants are one of the biggest attractions in the state.
Elephants killing people during temple festivals is now a…

Hindu Prayers and Mantras Chanted on Thursday

Thursday, or Brihaspativar, is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Shirdi Sai Baba, Dattatreya and Raghavendra. It must be noted here that incarnations of Lord Vishnu is also worshipped on Wednesday. Simple prayers dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Sai Baba, Dattatreya and Raghavendra are chanted on the day. Most popular prayers that are chanted are the Shatanamavali – the 108 names of Sai Baba, Dattatreya and Raghavendra. You can download Shatanamavali dedicated to Sai Baba, Dattatreya and Raghavendra in PDF format from below Link to download Shirdi Sai Baba Shatanamavali in PDF formatLink to download Dattatreya Shatanamavali in PDF formatLink to download Raghavendra Shatanamavali in word format Link to download Raghavendra Shatanamavali in word format (Kannada)You may also like to read Each Day of a Week Dedicated to a Particular Hindu God

Quotes from Vairagya Shatakam of Bhartrhari

The Sun rises and sets. Day passes into night and night into day. But what is really happening is they are taking away our lives. But we are not even aware of the passage of time. Such is our deep involvement in the weight of our businesses. We do not get a jolt of fear even after watching, almost daily, the inescapable sequence of birth, old age, adversity, misfortune, disaster, failure and final death. We are just over drunk with the delusion of attachment which is our own making.
It is therefore necessary to work for the spiritual elevation well before the body gets weak and unhealthy, well before old age overtakes us, well before the limbs lose their power, well before one’s life is exhausted.
To wait and postpone spiritual activity until old age is like starting to dig a well for water when the house has already begun to burn.

Vairagya Shatakam of Bhartrhari