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Ganesh Festival 2012 – 12-day Lord Ganesha Festival

Ganesh Festival, popularly known as Ganesh Chaturthi, or Vinayaka Chaturti, is the birthday of Lord Ganesha, the Hindu God of wisdom and auspiciousness. In 2012, the date of Ganesh Festival is September 19. The Ganesha Festival ends with the immersion (Visarjan) of the idol on Ananta Chaturdasi day on September 29. The elephant-faced Hindu god Ganesh is one of the most popular deities in Hinduism and is today worshipped around the world. Lord Ganesha is slowly becoming the face of Hindu religion.

Ganesh Festival is observed on the fourth day of the Shukla Paksha (Waxing Phase of moon) in the Hindu month of Bhadrapada (August - September).

In Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh, Ganesh Festival is observed for 2 days. In other parts of India, it is celebrated for one day on the Ganesh Chaturthi day. In some regions for three or five days. During Ganesh festival, an idol of Lord Ganesha is brought home. Special prayers are performed in all Hindu homes and hymns and songs are sung in praise o…

Pollution in Holy Ganga River

The level of pollution in GangaRiver has reached alarming proportions and the holy river is also one of the most endangered rivers in the world. Due to increase in pollution, global warming and over-extraction of water, Ganga might not reach the ocean in near future. Dr. Nitish Priyadarshi, a geologist and an environmentalist, has created a brief report on the pollution in GangaRiver.
In the article published in the American Chronicle, Dr. Nitish Priyadarshi delves into the past, present and future of the pollution in GangaRiver. More than 400 million people live along the GangesRiver. An estimated 2,000,000 persons ritually bathe daily in the river. As per the UECPCB study, while the level of coliform present in water should be below 50 for drinking purposes, less than 500 for bathing and below 5000 for agricultural use—the present level of coliform in Ganga at Haridwar has reached 5500.Nearly 89 million litres of sewage is daily disposed into Ganga from the 12 municipal towns that fa…

Kark Sankranti

Kark Sankranti is the summer solstice of Sun and it marks the beginning of the Dakshinayana Period in traditional Hindu Solar calendars. The term Sankranti in a Solar Calendar generally refers to the means the first day of each month – when the sun passes from one constellation to another. In 2017, the date of Kark Sankranti is July 16. Time is 3:17 AM on July 17.

Kark Sankranti is the southern transit of the Sun and it ends with the Uttarayan or Makar Sankranti in mid-January. The nights are longer during Kark Sankranti Period.

Kark Sankranti marks the beginning of the night of Devas for some Hindu communities. There is also a popular belief that Lord Vishnu goes to sleep during this period and the Ekadasi just before Karka Sankranti is referred as Dev Sayani Ekadashi.

In Tamil Nadu, the month Aadi marks the beginning of Kark Sankranti.

It must be noted that Kark Sankranti or Dakshinayana is calculated differently in North Indian Hindu calendars and other regional calendars.

Sawan Somavar Vrat – Mondays of Shrawan Mahina dedicated to Lord Shiva

Sawan Somavar, or Mondays in the month of Sawan or Shrawan (July – August), is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Shrawan month is one of the holiest months in traditional North Indian Hindu calendar and is dedicated to the worship of Shiva. Sawan Mahina Somvar Vrat, or Shrawan Somavara Upvaas, is observed on Mondays. Fasting is observed from sunrise to sunset on all Mondays in the month.
In the Sawan month, Shivalingam is bathed with holy water from River Ganga and devotees travel hundreds of kilometers to collect Gangajal.
Fasting on Mondays dedicated to Lord Shiva is observed from sunrise to sunset.
Married women observe Sawan Mahina Somvar Vrat for a happy and long married life.
Unmarried women observe Shrawan Somavara Upvaas for getting good husbands.
Men observe the Vrata for a happy and peaceful life.
Those who observe fast eat only a single vegetarian meal.
Shivlinga is bathed with holy water from Ganges or milk at temples in the month. Devotees also offer flowers and Bilva or Bel le…

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Thoughts on the Illusion of God is speaking to me

Many people talk in terms of ‘God is speaking to me, I have a message from God.’ It is your own consciousness split into two. One part of your own consciousness becomes God, another part becomes your mind. That is not God. God is the totality. Everything is in God. There is nothing that can be outside God. Whether good or evil, both exist in God.Which thought is there which has not come from God? Every thought is in God. The thinker is God. You are not separate from God. You cannot be separate from God, this is for sure. You can never be away from space, whatever you do. Even the worst sinner can never escape from God. God is omnipresent, and if He is omnipresent, He is present in the rich or in the wicked, as much as He is present in the wonderful. The only difference is that one knows it, another one does not. Sri Sri Ravi ShankarSource: Excerpts from God Loves Fun