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Harmukh Gangbal Yatra in Jammu and Kashmir after 100 years

HarmukhGangbalis dedicated to Lord Shiva and is located at an altitude of 12000 feet in Ganderbal District in Jammu and Kashmir in India. The pilgrimage to the HarmukhGangbalTemple is a 3-day yatra and has been revived after a gap of 100 years. It is believed that the HarmukhGangbaLake here is formed from the waters of Ganga flowing down from the hair locks of Lord Shiva. The yatra coincides with Ganga Dasara or Ganga Puja during the Shukla Paksha in Jyeshta Month, the day when Goddess Ganga is believed to have descended on to Earth.
Gangbal is also known as Harmukut Ganga and is an important pilgrim spot for Kashmiri Pandits. Ashes of the dead were immersed in the Lake by devotees in olden days as part of Tarpan rituals. Gangabal is the name of the Lake and Harmukut is a Mountain.
To reach the sacred lake one has to trek through a steep ladder-like path known as Yamhear meaning Lord Yama's ladder. Lord Yama is the God of Death in Hinduism and this particular name for the path to H…

Purnima in June 2010 – Full Moon Day or Jyeshta Poornima

Purnima, or Poornima, is the full moon day in a traditional Hindu calendar. The Purnima in June 2010 is the Jyeshta Purnima in most regions. In Tamil culture it is the Aani Purnima. In 2010, the date of Purnima in June month is June 26. Vat Savitri Purnima Vrat is observed on the day in western parts of India but this is on June 25. There is a Chandra Grahan or Partial Lunar Eclipse on the day but it is not visible in most parts of India and there is no need to follow any ritualsThe Purnima begins at 04:13 PM on June 25 and ends at evening 04:59 PM on June 26. In 2010, Sant Kabir Jayanti is observed on the day. The day is also observed as Snana Purnima at the JagannathTemple in Puri and in other places in Orissa.Some Hindu communities observe fast on Purnima day. Special pujas and rituals are performed in many temples. Snana Purnima or Snan Yatra is held on the day at the Puri Jagannath Temple.The day is also the last day in the Jyeshta month in the traditional Hindu calendar followed…

Inspirational Thoughts – Ramesh Balsekar

Essentially, what the average person wants out of life is just one thing: happiness. It is in this quest that he goes through life day after day in the firm belief that he will somehow, someday find final satisfaction through the things and circumstances of his world. There comes a time, however, when man gets utterly tired, physically and mentally, of this constant search because he finds that it never ends. He comes to the startling discovery that every kind of satisfaction has within itself the roots of pain and torment. At this stage his search cannot but take the turn inwards toward that happiness which is independent of external things.Ramesh BalsekarSource - A Net of Jewels

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