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Hindu Calendar September 2009 – Desktop Wallpaper Durga Puja and Navratri

This is a Desktop Wallpaper Hindu Calendar for September 2009 with some of the important festivals and auspicious days in September 2009. The festival and fasting dates are based on Indian Standard Time. The theme of the wallpaper is Durga Puja - Navratri and Durga Puja is observed in September 2009.Click on the image for a larger view. Right click on the image and use the save as option.You may also like to readImportant Festivals and Auspicious days in September 2009

Limited Edition Lord Shiva-Themed Pen from Swiss Caran d'ache Worth $15000

Swiss Caran d'ache is known for high quality and high priced writing instruments that are smart in looks and durable in performance – Swiss Quality. In 2009, a limited edition 108 fountain pens and 55 roller pens have been created by Caran d'ache to honor Hindu God, Shiva. Today, there is a huge interest and vast market for various products based Hindu Gods and other aspects associated with Hinduism. Several international brands are tapping into this unexplored market sometimes successfully and sometimes landing in trouble and controversy by hurting the religious sentiments of Hindus.This collector’s item has been created by Caran d'ache, in collaboration with the jeweler and artist, Edouard Jud. According to Caran d'ache the Shiva-themed pen isProduced entirely by hand in 800 solid silver with a distinctive somber finish, these sumptuous pieces evoke all the mystery and symbolism of the most important figure in the Shaivait tradition. Shiva, the personification of the…

Kerala Sabarimala Temple Onam 2015 Puja

The world famous Sabarimala Temple dedicated to Lord Ayyappa in Kerala will open in the evening on August 26, 2015 for special Onam 2015 pujas and rituals. The shrine will remain open for four days during the Onam period and thousands of Ayyappa devotees visit the shrine during the brief period to celebrate their Onam with Lord Ayyappa. A major highlight during the period is the Onasadya (Onam Feast) prepared for Ayyappa, which is shared by the Lord and devotees. The most important puja is on August 28, 2015 - the Thiruonam day.

The Onasadya will be offered to Ayyappa on all the four days.

Sahasrakalasa ritual will be performed on Thiruvonam day on August 28. On the same day, Udayasthamana pooja and Padi puja (pooja on the holy 18 steps) also will be held.

The temple will close on August 30, 2015 evening.

It must be noted that the Sabarimala Temple remains closed for the major part of a year and is only open throughout from mid-November to mid-January. The temple also opens for f…

Pratipada Shradh

Pratipada Shradh, also known Dehhitr Pratipada Shraddh, is the first day of the Shraddh during the Pitru Paksha period in Ashwin month in traditional calendar in North India. In 2017, the date of Pratipada Shradh is September 6. The corresponding period in other regions is the Krishna Paksha of Bhadrapad month. Shraddh rituals are offered to dead parents, relatives and ancestors.

The popular belief is that the Shradh rituals performed during the period will directly reach the dead ancestors and they will attain Moksha. The rituals are performed during Pitru Paksha fortnight all over India except in some parts of South India. Related Importance of rituals dedicated to the dead in Hinduism

Parivartini Ekadasi Vrat Katha – Story of Parsava Parivartini Ekadashi

The Parsava Parivartini Ekadasi observed during the waxing phase of moon in Bhadra month is associated with incarnation of Lord Vamana of Lord Vishnu and also with sleep of Vishnu during Chatur Mas period. Parivartini Ekadasi Vrat Katha (Story) extols the glory of the legendary King Bali.King Bali was popular on earth for his honesty, compassion, justice and there was all-round prosperity in his kingdom. He made the utopia a reality. Although born into a family of Demons, King Bali was an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu. His glory and power made Indra (the lord of Demi Gods) weak. Soon King Bali overthrew Indra and took over the heavenly kingdom. Indra took refuge at the feet of Lord Vishnu.Lord Vishnu took the form of Vamana – a dwarf Brahmin and went to the palace of King Bali who was conducting a huge Yajna. King Bali was distributing gifts to all gathered there and the young Vamana asked for three steps of land. King Bali thought that three steps of land was too little and asked th…

Dr S Radhakrishnan on the concept of Maya

The world has the tendency to delude us into thinking that it is all, that it is self-dependent, and this delusive character of the world is also designated maya in the sense of avidya. When we are asked to overcome Maya, it is an injunction to avoid worldliness. Let us not put our trust in the things of this world. Maya is concerned not with the existence of the world but with its meaning, not with the factuality of the world but with the way in which we look upon it.Dr S RadhakrishnanYou may also like to readThoughts on true knowledge of God by Dr S Radhakrishnan