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Kali Puja 2010 date

Kali Puja is dedicated to Goddess Kali and is observed on the no moon day, or Amavasya, in the month of Aashin as per traditional Bengali calendar. In 2010, the date of Kali Puja is November 5. The pujas and rituals associated with Mahakali puja coincide with the Diwali festival (Diwali 2010 is also on November 5). Most rituals associated with the Kali Pooja begin at midnight. Goddess Kali incarnated to annihilate Demon Rakhta Beeja and restore Dharma. In some regions, she is named as Goddess Chandika and Goddess Chamunda. Goddess Kali symbolically destroys ignorance and ego and clears the path to self realization. She is also the human representation of the fury that Mother Nature can unleash.Kali Puja is performed in Pandals or temporary temples in Bengal and Jharkhand. Fresh idols of Goddess Kali is installed in the Pandals and special pujas and rituals are performed at midnight. You may also like to readOrigin of Goddess KaliWhy is Goddess Kali shown drinking blood?

Vedanta – Mindful Eating and Weight Management Inspired by Rig Veda

There is a famous passage in the Rig Veda describing two birds – one bird eating and another looking on. Two birds with fair wings, inseparable companions,
have found a refuge in the same sheltering tree.
One incessantly eats from the peepal tree;
the other, not eating, just looks on.Pavel Somov Author of ‘Eating the Moment: 141 Mindful Practices to Overcome Overeating One Meal at a Time’ finds inspiration in this verse for his subject of weight management and weight loss. Writing in the Huffington Post, Pavel Somov attempts to unravel the hidden Vedantic message in the verse and tries to apply it in weight management in daily life.What is this enigmatic passage about? Who is this "other" bird that is not eating and just looking on? While mindful eating is a wonderful vehicle for weight maintenance, it is also an invaluable platform for daily meditation. Eating is inevitable, but mindfulness isn't. When we use eating as an opportunity to awaken ourselves from our zombie-liv…

Karva Chauth Katha

Karva Chauth Vrat falls on the fourth day of the waning phase of moon in the Kartik month. There is an inspiring katha or story associated with the Karva Chauth fasting. Newly wed brides and married women observe Karva Chauth fast on this day for the welfare of their husbands. Those undertaking the fast listen to the Karva Chauth Katha or the story associated with the fasting.
Once there lived a pious woman named Virvati. She was the only sister of seven brothers and she was married to a prince. She used to fast for the welfare and long life of her husband on Karva Chauth. Young Virvati was a weak and fragile woman and she could not bear hunger. But still she kept the fast. Virvati’s brothers did not like her suffering. But she was not ready to break the fast without watching the rising moon.
Virvati’s brothers then thought of a plan to alleviate the pain of their sister. They decided to create the rising moon. For this they created a huge bonfire and put a big screen to make it look lik…

Brihadaranyakopanishad Quotes

He who knows the Self as such becomes self-controlled, calm, withdrawn into himself, enduring and concentrated, and sees the Self in his own body; he sees all as the Self. Evil does not overtake him, but he transcends all evil. Evil does not trouble him, but he consumes all evil. He becomes sinless, taintless, free from doubts and a knower of Brahman (theInfinite). (Chaper IV, iv. 23)All that is invisible is verily the Infinite. All that is visible is also the Infinite. The whole universe has come out of the Infinite, which is still the Infinite.This earth is like honey for all beings, and all beings are like honey for this earth.Brihadaranyakopanishad