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Shravani Mela 2017 at Deoghar Temple – Shrabani Mela at Baidyanath Dham

The Shravan month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India is of great importance at Baba Baidyanath Dham – the LordShivaTemple at Deogharh in Jharkhand. In 2017, Shravani Mela begins on July 10 and ends on August 7. Millions of Lord Shiva devotees from India, Nepal and other countries around the world undertake a pilgrimage from Sultanganj to BabaBaidyanathTemple. The month-long fair is also known as Shrabani Mela.

River Ganga flows northward at Sultanganj and it is the only place where the Ganga flows toward North during its course. Lord Shiva devotees collect Gangajal, holy water from Ganga, at Sultanganj and carry it to the DeogharShivaTemple. The Gangajal is used to bathe the Shivling here which is one among the Jyotirlingams – twelve temples dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Devout Hindus believe that offering Ganga water from Sultanganj to Lord Shiva at Deoghar is highly auspicious and it will help in removing ignorance and help in fulfilling their desires. The pilg…

Hindu Reaction to Legalizing Consensual Gay Sex in India

The Delhi High Court on Thursday, July 2, 2009 delivered a historic judgment legalizing private consensual sex between adults of the same sex. So How did Hindus react to the historic judgment? The reaction of some of the Hindu priests was on expected lines and they condemned it. But several articles written by Hindu leaders and scholars welcomed the decriminalization of private consensual gay sex as they thought Hinduism had always accepted Gay relationships.There is no central authority in Hinduism that reacts to incidents like the legalization of consensual Gay sex. Therefore opinions of Hindus vary. Some welcome, some accept, some ignore, some oppose it democratically and some react to it violently. The comments section of popular newspapers and news websites in India were filled with all these type of reactions.
Like it or not homosexuality is a reality and it is accepted by Hindu scriptures. Puranas and Epics have not condemned it and asks to learn to accept Gays and to avoid b…

Quotes from Gitanjali of Rabindranath Tagore

Life of my life, I shall ever try to keep my body pure, knowing that thy living touch is upon all my limbs.I shall ever try to keep all untruths out from my thoughts, knowing that thou art that truth which has kindled the light of reason in my mind.I shall ever try to drive all evils away from my heart and keep my love in flower, knowing that thou hast thy seat in the inmost shrine of my heart.And it shall be my endeavor to reveal thee in my actions, knowing it is thy power gives me strength to act.Rabindranath Tagore