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Cow Dung and Ghee can fight pollution – Agnihotra Practitioners

Institute for Studies in Vedic Sciences believes that the ancient Vedic Practice of Agnihotra can fight global warming and reduce pollution. The Vedic practice of Agnihotra involves burning of cow dung along with ghee and rice in a copper altar at sunrise and sunset while chanting specific mantras. The fumes that rise from this burning contain chemicals that absorb pollution and kill harmful bacteria. On March 12, 2009, the members of the institute are celebrating World Agnihotra Day.Aditya Paul writes about Agnihotra in Expressindia.comTo most rational and critical minds, the first question is how can burning cow dung help the environment? Dr Rajanvale answers, “Our institute scientifically researched the theory and I must admit though we are convinced of the effects, we don’t really understand the reasons. For example, we conducted an experiment at a junction in Pune in which we took air samples on a day without doing a morning and evening Agnihotra and a day after doing the Agnihot…

Meena Sankranti – Mina Samkranti

Meena Sankranti marks the beginning of the Sun’s transition from Meena to Mesha or from Pisces to Aries. There are 12 Sankranthis in a Hindu Solar Calendar and Meena Sankranti is the last in one cycle. It is an auspicious day for many communities in eastern parts of India. In 2017, the date of Meena Sankranti is March 14. Time is at 7:45 PM.

‘San’ means plenty and good and ‘Kranti’ means radical change and Sankranthi means plenty of good change. Meena Sankranti day is of importance is Orissa.

Saka Year 1931 – the Indian National Calendar 2009

Indian National Calendar is known as the Saka Calendar and is largely ignored by most Indians and also by the government. The Hindu Saka calendar begins with the Saka Era in 78 A D. This calendar is mostly ignored by Hindus as they follow regional lunar or solar calendars. In 2009, the date of the New Year according to the official Indian Calendar is March 22. It is also the first day of the Chaitra month in Saka Calendar. The Saka calendar is followed in the Bali Island of Indonesia but the New Year here begins with Nyepi, which falls on the Amavas day.The Saka calendar that is followed today by the Government of India was adopted in 1957.Today, the Saka Calendar is confined to a corner in government gazette notifications and is mentioned by the All India Radio in its daily morning broadcast.In North India, the traditional Hindu New Year begins on the Chaitra Shukla Pratipada, the day after the Amavasi in Chaitra Month (March – April) and the calendar is known as Vikram Samvat. In Gu…

Sayings of Sant Tukaram

He, who has truly renounced the world, could have a peaceful sleep in the crematorium. He, who is blessed by Panduranga, treats trees, bushes, living creatures and everything else equally. Tukaram Maharaj says, O Panduranga when by your grace we will attain this status?Earn money through an honest business. Spend money for noble cause by maintaining equanimity of mind. Work for others' welfare. Dont say harsh words for others. Consider others' ladies like your mother and sisters. Show kindness to all beings. Rear cows and other cattle. Make possible arrangements for drinking water at remote places for quenching the thirst of people. Don’t harm others. He, who abides by the above teaching, spreads good name of his parents all around. The virtue of renunciation that is required for realizing Panduranga is also acquired through such actions.Sant Tukaram