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Special Trains for Durga Puja 2011 by Indian Railways

Northern Railway and Eastern Railway of Indian Railways have announced special trains for Durga Puja festival in 2011 - from September 2011 to first week of November 2011. The Special Durga Puja trains are from Puri, Tirupati, Bangalore, Patna, Kanpur, Allahabad, Lucknow, Howrah, Delhi, Haridwar, Gorakpur, Gaya, New Jalpaiguri, Jaipur, Sealdah, Kathgodam and MaldaTown.

You can get details of special trains here in pdf format here at the Eastern Railway Website - Durga Puja 2011 special trains.(click this link for the latest information for trains to Kolkata, Howrah, New Jaipalguri etc from Delhi etc)
You can also get details of the special trains here - Special Trains

Other Trains announced

Howrah Mysore
Train number. 08003 Howrah-Mysore superfast weekly special will depart from Howrah at 16-10 hrs on Fridays from September 16 to November 18 (Total: 10 Specials) and arrive at 05-00 hrs at Mysore on Sundays.
Train number. 08004 Mysore- Howrah superfast weekly special will depart from Mys…

Salagramam Ashram at Trivandrum – A Place to Research, Learn and Explore Sanatana Dharma

Salagramam Ashram at Trivandrum in Kerala, found by Swami Sandeep Chaitanya of the School of Bhagavad Gita Trust, aims to help all those who want to learn about Sanatana Dharma by being faithful to the original teachings with the help of traditional and modern learning tools. Salagramam Ashram is located on the banks of the KaramanaRiver at Kundamonkadavu in Trivandrum and will be opened to the public on September 9, 2009.An important aspect of the Salagramam Ashram is the emphasis on environmental protection and the numerous projects to protect and spread awareness about environment.The ashram has various facilities, including guest rooms, dormitories, meditation hall, learning facilities for the young and old, classrooms with audio-visual equipment, dining hall, conference hall, bookshop, ‘koothambalam’, studio and a theater equipped with state-of-the art technology.Thakshasila Library Complex of the ashram will serve students, teachers, researchers and practitioners and common ma…

Puratasi Masam – Tamil Month Puratassi

Purattasi Masam, or Puratasi, is the sixth month in a Tamil calendar and is dedicated to Lord Venkateswara (Lord Vishnu). Saturdays in the Purattasi month are dedicated to Lord Shani and special prayers are offered for escaping from the bad effects of Sani in one’s horoscope. In 2015, Puratasi month starts on September 17 and ends on October 16.

Legend has it that Lord Venkateswara appeared on earth in Purattasi Masam. Lord Vishnu devotees consider Puratasi as the ideal month for thanking Lord Vishnu for preserving the Universe. Lord Vishnu is believed to do the job of preservation in Hinduism.

Special prayers are offered at the SrirangamRanganathaswamyTemple in Purattasi Month.

Another legend suggests that Lord Saneswara (Shani) loses his powers in Puratasi month and so it is easy to escape his malefic influences.

Devotees of Lord Venkateswara take only a meal on Puratasi Saturdays. Some devotees only eat vegetarian food during the month.

On Saturdays, Naamum, the two feet symbol …

Swami Chinmayananda on Four States of Self and OM

‘OM’ represents the Self, which is the Supreme non-dual reality. The sound ‘A’ represents the dream-state and the sound ‘M’ represents the deep-sleep state. The waking state is superimposed on the ‘A’ sound because it is the first of the three states of consciousness and so is ‘A,’ the very first of the letters of the alphabet in all languages. The dream is but a view within the mind of the impressions that reflected on the surface of the mental-lake during the waking state. Besides, the dream-state occurs between the waking and the deep-sleep state and comes second among the three sates of consciousness. And so, ‘U’ being next to ‘A’ in the order of sounds, and also between ‘A’ and ‘M,’ it is treated as representing the dream state. On the ‘M’ sound of ‘OM’ is superimposed the deep-sleep state. The comparison between the last sound of ‘OM’ and sleep lies in that it is the closing sound of the syllable, just as deep-sleep is the final state of the mind in rest. A short pregnant silenc…

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