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Ramayana Masam in Kerala – Malayalam Ramayan Month

Malayala Ramayana Masam is observed in the Malayalam month of Karkitakam (July – August) in the SouthIndianState of Kerala. In 2017, theRamayana Masambegins (date) on July 16 and ends on August 16. The entire month is dedicated to the recitation of the Adhyatma Ramayanam Kilippattu in the evening or morning. The Ramayan reading begins on the first day of the month and a portion of the epic is read on all days and is completely read by last day of the month. 

Adhyatma Ramayanam Kilippattu written by Thunchath Ezhuthachan is the most famous Malayalam version of the Epic Ramayan and this is chosen for recitation during Ramayana Masam.

After the evening prayers, family members – led by an elderly person in the family – sit before Nila Vilakku (Traditional Kerala Lamp) and recite the Ramayan. Adhyatma Ramayanam is in verse and it is a unique experience listening to an experienced person rendering the Epic in Malayalam.

Today the reading of Ramayanam in Hindu houses in Kerala is a rarity a…

Burger King Ad Insults Hindu Goddess Lakshmi – Goddess Laxmi Atop a Burger

A new Burger King Advertisement currently shown in Spain depicts Hindu Goddess Lakshmi sitting of a Burger and the caption reads – 'A Snack that is Sacred.' The advertisement is a rip off of the popular image of Goddess Lakshmi sitting on a lotus. Goddess Lakshmi is the Hindu goddess of wealth and is the consort of Lord Vishnu. She is one of the most popular deities in Hindu religion and is the patron deity of traders. The advertisement is no doubt inappropriate and insulting. It hurts the religious sentiments of Hindus. It shows Goddess Lakshmi sitting on meat. It must be remembered that cow is worshipped in Hinduism and majority of Hindus are vegetarians.Burger King is a global chain of hamburger fast food restaurants. Burger King Ads have run into trouble on several previous occasions mainly related to cultural issues.
What is shocking is the audacity of Burger King to insult one of the most popular deities in the oldest religion in the world. Several corporates and brands …

Mobile SMS Guide for Devotees Visiting Baidyanath Temple in Deoghar during Shravani Mela

Shravani Mela held during the Shravan Month in the famous BabaBaidyanathTemple in Deoghar dedicated to Lord Shiva attracts millions of devotees. The Jharkhand State Tourism Department has launched a mobile SMS service to guide pilgrims to DeogharShivaTemple. The free SMS service includes information on hotels, restaurants, hospitals and the service also provide information on demand. Millions of devout Hindus from India and Nepal carry the holy water from the GangaRiver from Sultanganj to DeogharShivaTemple during Shravani Mela. Sultanganj is the only place where the GangaRiver flows northwards. It is considered highly auspicious to offer Ganga water collected from Sultanganj at DeogharShivaTemple. The Kanwarias who participate in the pilgrimage walk barefooted from Sultanganj to Deoghar – a trek of 110 km. The free SMS facility is also provided to those who visit Basukinath Dham in Dumka. The Telegraph Reports “Once the kanwarias enter the networked zone, they start receiving infor…

Teachings from Shikshapatri of Swaminarayan Sect

Shikshapatri, originally written by Lord Swaminarayan, is read daily by the Swaminarayan devotees.Even the most learned of men will become morally declined if he is not involved in devotion to God and in good acquaintance.The killing of any animal such as a goat, etc., for the purpose of sacrificing to the Gods and Pitris, must not be practiced; because it is declared, that abstinence from injury to others is the highest of all duties.Narayana and Shiva should be equally regarded as manifestations of one and the same Universal Spirit, since both have been declared in the Vedas to be forms of Brahman.An unrighteous act that may have been committed by great persons in former times must not be imitated; but their virtuous conduct only is to be imitated.Shikshapatri