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Largest Solar Steam System in the World at Shirdi Sai Baba Temple

ShirdiSaiBabaTemple at Shirdi in Maharashtra has installed the world’s largest solar steam system. The solar powered cooker has the capacity to cook food for 20,000 people. This helps in reduction of green house gases – solar energy technology is used instead of diesel, cooking gas and firewood and produces zero emissions.The solar cooking project which is environment friendly – reduces pollution and is cost saving.The Hindu reportsBy installing the solar powered cooker, at a cost of Rs 1.33 crore, the organiser can cook food for 20,000 people per day incurring cheaper cost on fuel. The Centre has granted a subsidy of Rs 58.40 lakh so that Sri Sai Baba Sansthanan can save every year one lakh kg of LPG, estimated to cost Rs 20,00,000. The steam system at Shirdi generates about 3,500 kg of steam every day. The system will generate steam for cooking even in the absence of electricity to run the feed water pump for circulating water in the system.TirupatiBalajiTemple, Sringeri Mutt in Kar…

Perform Upakarma Live Online – Live Broadcast of Avani Avittam

Yajur Vedi Avani Avittam falls on August 5, 2009 and for those who are unable to visit a temple or unable to participate in the community Upkarma rituals and rites now there is an opportunity to perform the Yajur Vedi Upakarma rituals online. An online platform provided by will help in performing the Upakarma. A Priest (Vaadhyar) will be helping you with the rituals online. There will also be a coordinator sitting near the Vaadhyar to interact with the users using text or voice chat.The Live Upakarma is available only on August 5, 2009.You need to register to perform the ritual online.You can register for the live Upakarma by providing the required details like Vedam, Gothram etc.Once done the website owners claim that you would see the video screen where you can see the live streaming from the video camera on 5th August. There would be no video before that as this is a live broadcast and would be available on 5th August.For text and voice interaction, there is a …

Raksha Bandhan in Nepal – Different from the Rakhi Ritual in India

Raksha Bandhan festival in Nepal is observed on the Purnima day (full moon) in Shravan month. On the day all people including children, girls and women tie a sacred yellow thread on their wrist. The thread is worn for protection and for good luck. In 2016, the date of Raksha Bandhan in Nepal is August 18.

The ritual is dedicated to King Bali, a generous king mentioned in the Puranas who was pushed to the underworld by Lord Vishnu in his Vamana Avatar.

There is a big difference between the Raksha Bandhan festival in India and Nepal. In India, the festival celebrates sister-brother relationship. On this day, the sister ties ‘Rakhi’ on her brother who pledges to protect her from any danger.

In Nepal, the Raksha tied is a yellow thread and is tied by a priest. All people including men, women and children tie the thread. The priest chant prayers and ties the thread. Men tie it on their right wrist and women tie it on the left wrist.

The Raksha Bandhan thread is removed on the Diwali Laksh…

Luv Kush Jayanti

Luv Kush Jayanti is observed on the Shravan Purnima day in North India. In 2018, the date of Luv Kush Jayanti is August 26. Luv and Kush were the twin sons of Lord Ram and Sita and there story is mentioned in the Ramayan. Luv Kush Jayanthi is the day when Luv and Kush, is believed to have born in the Ashram of Sage Valmiki.

The birthday of Luv and Kush is celebrated mainly in North India, especially by some particular Hindu communities like the Koiri Samaj and Kushwah Samaj. Children dress as Luv and Kush and episodes from their life is enacted. Other cultural programs and satsangs are organized on the day.