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Deepasthamba Puja 2018 date - Deepasthambha Amavasya Pooja 2018

Deepasthamba Puja, also known as Deepasthambha Amavasya Pooja, is an important observance undertaken by women in Karnataka. Deepasthambha Puja 2018 date is August 11. It is observed on the no moon day (Amavas) in the Kannada month of Ashada (July – August) and is a unique Kannadiga ritual. On the day women pray for the well being of male members in the family – husbands and brothers. The ritual is also known as Bheemana Amavasi Vrata.

Deepasthambha Puja is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Married women perform it for the long life of husbands and brothers. Unmarried women for getting a good husband.

A pair of lamps made by women on the day using mud known as Kalikamba represents Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati on the day. Special pujas are done on the auspicious day to appease them. Thambittu Deepa or Thembittu lamp made from flour is made on the occasion and lit to cool all bad emotions like anger, frustration etc. It is these lamps that give the ritual the name Deepastha…

Tirupati Balaji Temple to Remain Closed During Surya Grahan on 22July

The famous TirumalaTirupatiBalajiTemple will remain closed during the Surya Grahan period on July 22, 2009. As per the TTD Panchangam the Solar Eclipse takes place from 05:28 Am to 07:21 Am on July 22. In view of the Surya Grahan, the TempleDoors of Lord Venkateswara, Tirumala will be closed from 9 pm on July 21 to 8 am on July 22.All morning Sevas such as Ekantham will not be conducted and there will be no Sahasra Kalasabhishekam. Sarva Darshanam will commence from 11 am on July 22. On July 21, the Ekantha Seva to the Lord will be conducted at 8.30 pm. This was reported by TTD in a Press Release. All time is based on Indian Standard Time.

Dos and Don’ts of watching Solar Eclipse – Precautions while viewing Surya Grahan

The most important precaution to be taken during Solar Eclipse is not to watch the eclipse with naked eye. Watching the Eclipse with naked eye might cause permanent damage to the eye or blindness. The safest method of viewing a Total Solar Eclipse is by projection, in which a small opening is used to cast the image of the Sun on a screen beyond the opening. Don’ts During Solar EclipseNever watch the eclipse with a naked eye.Don’t use Binoculars to view the eclipse.Don’t use Telescope to view the eclipse.Don’t use any cheap or easily available filters in Telescope or Binoculars to view the sun. Only specifically designed filters should be used with Telescope and Binoculars.Don’t watch the eclipse using color film.Don’t watch the eclipse with non-silver black and white film.Don’t watch the eclipse with medical x-ray films with images on them.Don’t use smoked glass to view the sun.All developed films lack a silver emulsion and therefore it should not be used to view the eclipse.Do’s Duri…

Hindu Leaders in Britain Pledge to Help in Environmental Conservation

Hindu Leaders in United Kingdom as part of an international initiative led by the Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC) and the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies (OCHS) have pledged to help in climate protection and environmental conservation. Times of India ReportsThe religious leaders have decided to set a benchmark for using a range of products and services. The measures include creating awareness through endorsement of traditional food and promotion of sustainable lifestyle.

These plans will be developed and implemented over the next nine years - a timeframe chosen to encourage long-term planning.Ranchor Prime, researcher on Hindu environmental issues said: "Food has always been at the heart of the Hindu way of life. Now with food, and especially the environmental cost of meat, right at the top of the global climate change agenda, Hindus feel they have something to say. One of their key concerns is to change public perceptions of the cow as simply a source of food."

Teachings from Narada Bhakti Sutras

Narada Bhakti Sutra is one of the popular Sutras and is attributed to Sage Narad and it expounds the Philosophy of Devotion. By attaining divine love man becomes perfect, immortal, and satisfied forever.On attaining true devotion, man does not desire anything else; he grieves no more, is free from hatred and jealousy; he does not take pleasure in the vanities of life; and he loses all eagerness to gain anything for himself. Realizing that, man becomes intoxicated and fascinated, as it were, because he is completely immersed in the enjoyment of the Bliss of the Atman, the truest and highest Self.Than all other paths, Devotion is readily available and easily attainable.
Narada Bhakti Sutra