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Sri Chakra Darshana – a Documentary on Muthuswamy Dikshitar’s compositions and Devi worship Traditions in Hinduism

Sri Chakra Darshana, released by Bangalore-based Vanamala Arts Foundation, is a documentary based on Muthuswamy Dikshitar’s Kamalamba Navavarna Kritis (compositions). The two-hour documentary, Sri Chakra Darshana, also takes the viewer through the life of Muthuswamy Dikshitar and includes an elaborate and detailed background of Devi Worship (Goddess Shakti or Mother Goddess traditions) in Hinduism.Documentary Sri Chakra Darshana is in DVD format and is available in English and Kannada format.Aruna Chandaraju writes in The HinduThe documentary begins with a general introduction to the concepts and forms of Sri Vidya and Sri Chakra worship and goes on to the specifics of each composition. Each of the nine songs is respectively on one of the nine enclosures or avaranas of the Sri Chakra matrix or auspicious wheel employed in the Devi worship. We are told that Dikshitar chose the Samhaara Krama for this. That is, he begins from the outermost enclosure or avarana and proceeds to the innerm…

The Story of the birth of Lord Vamana – the fifth incarnation of Lord Vishnu

Lord Vamana is the fifth incarnation of Srihari Vishnu. In Vamanavatara (Vaman Avatar), Lord Vishnu appeared as a dwarf Brahmin before King Bali. As a result of this incarnation, demon King Bali got Moksha and the company of Lord Vishnu during Chaturmasa period. Indra, the king of Devas, got back his kingdom.Story of the Birth of Lord VamanaThis story of the birth of Lord Vamana was sent to us by Narahari Sumadhwa.When Devataas (Demi gods) lost their power to Balichakravarthi (King Bali), Adithi, the mother of Devataas requested Kashyaparu (Sage Kashyapa) to get a son who can bring back the powers to Devataas from Daithyaas (Demons or Asuras).

Balichakravarthy in his quewt for power of Indra, was doing the 100th Ashwamedha Yagna. He had already completed 99 yagnas. If he completes the 100th yagna he would be eligible for the post of Devendra – he can throw out Indra. (The present Indra is Purandara).

Kashyapa Rushi told Aditi to do Payovratha for one year, which she did successfully…

Ashvin Mahina 2010 – Ashwina Month 2010 in Traditional North Indian calendar

Ashvin month, or Ashwina Mahina, is the seventh month in a traditional Hindi calendar followed in North India. Ashvin Mahina 2010 begins on September 24 and ends on October 23. The Krishna Paksha fortnight (waning phase of moon) of Ashvin month is known as Pitru Paksha and is dedicated to the rites and rituals associated with the dead ancestors. Navratri and Durga Puja are observed in this month. Ashvin Krishna Paksha is from September 24, 2010 to October 7, 2010.Ashvin Shukla Paksha is from October 8, 2010 to October 23, 2010. Ashwin Amavasya is on October 7.Ashwin Poornima is on October 22. - The full moon day ends on October 23. Kojagari Purnima and Sharad Purnima is on October 22. Navratri starts on October 8. Durga Puja Shasti is on October 13 Apart from Navrati and Durga Puja, the other important festivals and auspicious day in the month are Indira Ekadasi – October 4 Mahalaya Shradh – October 7 Durga Ashtami Puja – October 15 Navami Puja – October 16 Vijaya Dasami and Dasara – October 1…

Durga Puja 2010

Durga Puja observed in Aashin or Ashwin month (September – October) is one of the most popular Hindu festivals. Durga Puja 2010 begins on October 7 with Mahalaya. Durga Puja rituals and celebrations begin on October 13, 2010 with Durga Sashti. Durga Puja is the biggest festival in West Bengal and eastern parts of India and it celebrates the annual visit of Mother Goddess Durga. In Bengal, she is worshipped as Shiva’s consort and is given the warmest welcome a married daughter can receive when she comes home. Traditionally Durga Puja begins on the Mahalaya day in Ashwin month. Mahalaya – October 7, 2010 Durga Puja Shasti – October 13, 2010 Maha Saptami – October 14, 2010 Durga Ashtami – October 15, 2010 Durga Navami or Maha Nabami – October 16, 2010 Dashami – October 17, 2010 On the Shashti day, Kalash is prepared and it is kept in the house and with it begins rituals and celebrations. The most auspicious day of the Durga Puja festival is the Maha Ashtami and the Maha Navami.

Dada J P Vaswani on Silence

Dada Jashan P. Vaswani is the spiritual head of Sadhu Vaswani Mission in Pune, IndiaSilence is our true Teacher. Silence is our real Guru! In silence are all our doubts cleared. And in silence is heard the Voice of God which speak the ancient word: - Uttishtha! Jagrata! O sleeper, Arise! Awake! How long will you in slumber lie?To awake is to know that we are not creatures of the earth, earthy. We do not belong to this world. We must live in the world but not be of the world.We must attend to our daily tasks but our mind should be fixed on the Lotusfeet of the Lord. We must practice the presence of God. And He is not afar. He is with us, within us. To practice the presence of God elaborate rites and ceremonies are not needed. What is needed is love and childlike trust. Let us go to God as a child would go to its mother or father. Let us place all our problems and needs before Him. In Him is the solution to all our problems: and in Him is all that we need! Dada J P Vaswani(Source: Why D…