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Eco-friendly Ganesh Idols from Alum or Fitkari

People from all walks of life are joining into create awareness about the need to use eco-friendly Ganesh idols for Ganesh Chaturthi puja and make a positive difference. Some people are coming forward with unique solutions to Plaster of Paris idols and one such innovative idea is the making of Ganapati Idols using Alum. This unique solution which also helps in cleaning water was put forth by Civil engineer Ramesh Kher from Pune.
Large quantities of Alum, or Fitkari, (aluminum sulfate) are used clean portable water in India. Aluminum sulfate along with another chemical called sodium aluminate is pumped into lakes to control algae growth. The growth of algae is considered to be one of the main reasons behind murky and smelly water bodies.
Ramesh Kher from Pune who has come up with the idea suggests the Alum Ganesha idols will help in protecting and saving the rivers and lakes.
The main idea here is to make use of the Ganesh idol immersion environment friendly and also bring about a p…

Research on Historical Places Associated with Ramayan in Sri Lanka

Ramayana Trail Executive Committee associated with the Ministry of Tourism Sri Lanka is conducting extensive research to unravel the places associated with Ramayan in Sri Lanka. They have also got a website exclusively dedicated to the Ramayana Research in Sri Lanka.Ramayana Trail Executive Committee have identified around 18-places associated with Ramayan. Some of the places identified are CobraHoodedCave the place where Mata Sita was held captive. Rawan Ella cave, Nala Sethu, Molagoda etc are some of the places identified.You can find details of the Historical places associated with Ramayan identified so far in Sri Lanka here at the official website of Ramayana Trail Executive Committee – Ramayana ResearchYou may also like to readRamayana Related Sites in Sri Lanka

Lalita Sasti – 2018 Date | Importance And How to Observe Lalita Shashthi Vrat

Lalita Shashthi festival is associated with the Vaishnava Sect and is dedicated to one of Gopis of Vrindavan. Lalita Sasti 2018 date is September 15. The day is of great importance to ISKCON devotees.
Importance of Lalita Sasti Lalita Sashti Vrat is dedicated to Goddess Lalita Devi, a gopika in Vrindavan. This vrat is believed to have been suggested by Sri Krishna.

It is believed that married couples observing this vrat will be blessed with healthy children. Parents observe this for health, intelligence and long life of their children.

The vrat is quite similar to fast dedicated to Goddess Sashti. In some regions the fast is also known as Santan Sashti Fasting.
Who was Lalita? Lalitha was one of the best friends of Radha. She constantly features among the eight Gopis associated with Krishna and Radha. Lalita Sashti is observed on the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon in Bhadrapad month.

Scholars are of the view that Lalitha who was elder to Radha was a witness to the love of …

Polala Amavasya – Importance and 2018 Date of Shravan Poleramma Amavasi in Telangana - Andhra Pradesh

Polala Amavasya is observed on the Amavas (No moon day) in Shravan month in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and parts of Karnataka and Orissa. Polala Amavasya 2018 date is September 9. It is dedicated to Goddess Poleramma who is the protector of children. Mothers observe Polala Amavasi Vrata for the welfare of their children.

Goddess Poleramma is quite similar to the Goddess Shitala worshipped in North India. The popular belief is that the Goddess protects children from various diseases, especially chicken pox.

Monsoon rains are at its peak during the Shravan (July – August) month. Diseases spread quickly and those most vulnerable are children. The prayers are meant to keep children healthy.

Special pujas and rituals are held in Poleramma temples.

Thoughts on Hindu Religion

Here are a few thoughts on Hindu Religion which are independent and unbiased views of scholars and writers.Hinduism is the one world religion that reaches out to embrace other faiths with respect, a welcome change from groups who expend enormous amounts of energy condemning the sincere beliefs of others. There is no eternal damnation in Hinduism because Hindus believe absolutely no one is excluded from divine grace.Linda Johnsen - (Source: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Hinduism - By Linda Johnsen)Hinduism is the law of life, not a dogma; its aim is not to create a creed but character, and its goal is to achieve perfection through most varied spiritual knowledge which rejects nothing, and yet refines everything, through continuous testing and experiencing.Bhagavan S. GidwaniThere is an important difference between the Hindu and the Western ideas. In the Biblical tradition, God creates man, but man cannot say that he is divine in the same sense that the Creator is, where as in Hindu…