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How to arrange Raksha Bandhan Rakhi Thali or Puja Plate?

The Thali is a flat metal plate with low rim on which the items needed for traditional Hindu puja are arranged. The Rakhi Thali of Raksha Bandhan apart from the traditional pujas items contains the Rakhis or threads meant to tie on brothers. Here is a simple idea regarding what goes into a Rakshabandhan Rakhi Thali.

The Thali or metal plate used can be made of brass, silver or steel. It can be decorated with banana leaf or betel leaves. Avoid using paper and plastic as it might burn while lighting the diya.
The items need for the Rakhi Tali Roli (Red kum kum) for applying TikaSandalwood pasteBetel leaves (optional)RiceWaterA Diya (lamp)Incense stick standFlowersSweetsRakhis How to arrange Raksha Bandhan Rakhi Thali? Get a Thali or metal plate. (If you feel the plate is not good looking you can use a banana leaf to cover the plate.) Today designer Raksha Bandhan Rakhi Thali are available in market so you can make use of it.On the middle of the plate draw a Swastika or figure of Ganesha…

Lunar Eclipse August 2009 Time in South Africa – Chandra Grahan Timing

There is a partial Lunar Eclipse, Chandra Grahan, on the early morning of August 6, 2009 in Africa. The partial eclipse is not visible to the naked eye. For Hindus in South Africa, Kenya and Uganda, this is a Madhya Chhaya Chandragrahan and you need not worry about it much and no niyamas need to be followed. Here are the timings of the Grahan in South Africa, Kenya and Uganda. All local timings. South AfricaDurbanEclipse Begins at 01:04 hrs Eclipse Ends at 04:14 hrsCape TownEclipse Begins at 18:04Eclipse Ends at 21:14The timing given is same for all the important cities and towns in South African including Johannesburg, East London, Port Elizabeth and Pretoria. KenyaNairobiEclipse Begins at 02:04 Eclipse Ends at 05:14UgandaKampalaEclipse Begins at 02:04 Eclipse Ends at 05:14Please note that this partial lunar eclipse is not visible to the eye and one need not observe any rituals. Related

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Gamha Purnima – Birthday of Lord Balabhadra in Orissa

Gamha Purnima is celebrated on the full moon day (Poornima) in Sravana month in Orissa. In 2017, Gamha Purnima date is on August 7. It is observed as the birthday of Lord Balabhadra (Baladeva), the eldest brother of Lord Krishna. Nowadays, people also celebrate Gamha Purnima as Raksha Bandan imitating the Rakhi festival which is celebrated in North India on the same day.

In some regions cattle (cows and bullocks) are worshipped on Gamha Purnima. A major highlight of the festival is a sort of regional sport known as Gamha Diyan.

Gamha is a platform made of bricks and mud and in the middle of it is a big projection. Two big poles are fitted into the Gamha on the opposite sides of the middle projection. The poles are connected by a bamboo stick.

From the bamboo stick different kinds of fruits and prizes are hung for participants. The participants run into the Gamha and use the middle projection of Gamha as a launching pad and try to snatch or touch the prize hung from the bamboo pole. …

Vakratund Mela – Eco-friendly Ganesha Idol Exhibition in Mumbai

The Vakratund Mela organized by the NirmiteeArtGallery held at Dadar (W) in Mumbai is noted for unique eco-friendly and natural Ganesh idols made from paper-mache, jute, dried vegetables, brass, clay, bamboo and even weaver bird nests. Some of the idols that are part of Vakratund Mela are an ideal choice for those looking to celebrate an eco-friendly Ganesh Chaturthi festival. (Ganesh Festival 2009 begins on August 23). This unique exhibition is one among the numerous attempts made by people who are concerned about the environmental pollution caused by Ganesh idols made using Plaster of Paris and chemical paints. The exhibition which is currently on will end on August 23, 2009. The price of the Ganesh idols range from Rs 100/- to 85,000/- The 2009 edition of the exhibition includes 1001 eco-friendly Ganesha idols and 101 idols of Bal Ganesha. Fifty one 51 tortoises are also part of the exhibition as they are considered auspicious and are eco-friendly creatures as they clean the wate…

Runanubandha – Rakshabandhan Rakhi for Blind People

On August 1, 2009 in Pune – to mark the 200th birth anniversary of Braille - at a program called Runanubandha, schools girls with good eyesight tied rakhi on blind students. The aim of the program was to spread awareness about the issues of blind students. A unique aspect of Runanubandha was the specially made Rakhis carrying the message of need for eye donation in Braille and Devnagari script.Indian Express writesSatish Navale, a teacher and an activist working for visually-impaired, who himself is a blind, has taken this initiative. As many as 10 girl students of ModernHigh School (English medium) will tie rakhis to 10 blind students of KoregaonParkBlindSchool. ‘It is an attempt to integrate the people with good eye sight with the blind people,’ said Navale. ‘Many a times the people with good eye sight don’t know what practical difficulties the visually-impaired people have to face in day-to-day life. In spite of so many hurdles, around 650 blind students are getting education in fi…

Kajari Purnima – Kajili Poornima

Kajari Purnima, or Kajili Poornima, is observed on the Shravan Purnima day especially in Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and parts of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. Kajari Purnima 2017 date is August 7. The rituals associated with Kajari (or Kajri) begin on the ninth day after Shravan Amavasi and ends on Kajli Purnima day. It is a seven day ritual.

Kajari Purnima traces its roots to the agrarian economy of India and is observed on the Raksha Bandhan day.

Kajari Poornima rituals begin on the Shravan Shukla Paksha Navami – nine days after no moon day in Shravan month. Women bring fresh clay from the field and it is worshipped during the Kajali rituals.

Houses are thoroughly cleaned. Some people apply a fresh coat of cow dung on the puja area. A major highlight of the ritual is the fresh and intricately designed Rangoli patterns.

The Kajili Poornima rituals are observed by farmers for a good harvest and by couples for the welfare of their kids. Farmers offer special puj…

Jandhyala Purnima

Jandhyala Purnima is observed on the full moon day (Poornima) in the month of Shravan in Andhra Pradesh. Brahmins perform the sacred thread changing ceremony on this day and it is also known as Yajurveda Nutanasahitha Upakarma. Jandhyala Purnima 2017 date is on August 7. It must be noted that those people who follow Rg Veda perform the ceremony on the day before Shravan Purnima.

Jandhyam is the sacred thread worn by Brahmins and it is also known as Yagnopavitham or Yagnopaveetham. Jeerna or old Jandhyam is removed and new Yagnopavitham is worn on the Jandhyala Purnima day.

The rituals associated with Jandhyala Purnima vary from place to place and also from community to community. Especially in regard with the chanting of various mantras. The procedure depends mainly on Mutt affiliation.

Brahmin boys also begin the learning of Vedas from this day. Vedic study is a must for a male member of the Brahmin community. In some regions, Brahmins also perform the ‘Kamo Karshit’ ceremony on t…

Swami Nirmalananda on Repetition of Holy Name of God

Repetition of the Holy name of the Lord is very good. The mind will become pure through it. While repeating the name of the Lord you should keep remembrance of the Lord in your mind. Such repetition and remembrance will do much good. Mere repetition without the remembrance of the Lord will not be of much use. I do not say that this is easy.As you proceed with meditation you will see that you are, getting more and more realization. There is no use in merely reading the Shastras (Sacred Scriptures) and discussing about them. By meditation the mind will become pure, and when the mind becomes pure, realization of God follows as a matter of course. Ordinarily, we hold our mind on worldly matters. No result worth the name comes out of this. But if you fix your mind in the pure thought of God, you will feel a taste of real bliss.Swami Nirmalananda (1863 - 1938)Swami Nirmalananda was a great disciple of Shri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa