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A Mission in Maharashtra to Save the Tree from which Dhoop or Incense Sticks Are Made

Dhoop or incense is an essential part of all Hindu pujas. It is common that we rarely bother to find out how the dhoop is made or from which tree is the resin extracted. Dhoop or Incense Sticks are made from the resin extracted from Black Dammar (canarium strictum) trees. But sadly due to human greed and over exploitation this tree is on the verge of extinction in Maharashtra. Times of India writesAt present, there are just five Black Dammar (canarium strictum) trees in the state," Ankur Patwardhan, head of the bio-diversity department, GarwareCollege, told TOI. Asked the reason for this catastrophic decline in number, Patwardhan said, "The main reason is inhuman practices like cutting or burning of these trees, as these trees have good market value. Another reason is unsustainable harvesting."

Patwardhan is working on a project for the re-introduction of these trees in their natural habitat. According to him, the trees grow well only in crest line areas. The first phase…

Raaghu Peyarchi Festival at Thirunageswaram Raghu Temple - Rahu Transit Festival at Raghu Temple near Kumbakonam

Thirunageswaram Raghu Temple, or Sri Naganathaswamy Temple (Sri Raaghu Sthalam), at Thirunageswaram near Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu is one of the rare temples in India dedicated exclusively to Lord Rahu one of the Navgrahas. Rahu Peyarchi will be held on January 30, 2016 – the transition of Rahu and Ketu as per astrology. Such transitions, or Peyarachi, are viewed in detail by those people who believe in astrology.
Lord Raaghu (The Serpant Deity) is enshrined in the ThirunageswaramRaghuTemple. It is said that the milk that is poured on the Murti (idol) of Lord Rahu here turns light blue color.
Lord Raaghu's transit from Mahara Rasi to Thanusu Rasi in anti clockwise direction and His stay in Dhanusu for 18 Months is a major astrological temple.
Offering of prayers and participation in the above mentioned rituals at the lotus feet of Lord Raaghu will confer relief from sickness and evil spirits and bestow benefits.
The temple informs that the transition will have bad effect on those…

Swami Brahmeshananda on how to avoid getting entangled in the trap of worldliness

Worldly entanglements, let us understand, will always remain around. One will have to get over them with the help of a strong will power and right attitude. We should plan out our life in such a way that we gradually reduce our worldly entanglements and devote more and more time to higher life.Hindu view of life says that the very purpose of a householder’s life is to gradually fulfill one’s worldly duties and withdraw from active life — after one’s son or daughter takes up the responsibilities. This is the concept of vanaprastha or retirement, when both husband and wife devote more and more time to spiritual practices.Swami Brahmeshananda isa monk in the Ramakrishna Order