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Book – In Search of Sita: Revisiting Mythology

In Search of Sita: Revisiting Mythology is a collection of essays, poems, conversations and commentaries by people from various walks of life that explore different aspects of the life of Mata Sita in the Ramayana. The book revisits the incidents in the life of Sita and links to happenings in the contemporary world. The influence of Sita is not limited to a particular religion or country and this is proved by certain essays and conversations in this book. A major highlight of the book is Aman Nath's creative interpretation of Sita's life through the Victorian Indian prints from his private collection.One of the conversations in the book is with American animator Nina Paley who created her own animated feature on the Ramayana, title Sita Sings the Blues. Nina found herself relating to Sita's plight in the Ramayana as she watched her marriage end abruptly.Lord Meghnad Desai whose essay Sita and Some Other Women from the Epics states that Sita has always been viewed as the Id…

Boita Bandana Utsav in Orissa – Odisha Kalinga Bali Yatra

Boita Bandana Utsav, also celebrated as Bali Yatra in coastal Orissa (Odisha), is observed on the full moon day in the month of Kartik as per traditional Odiya calendar. In 2018, Boita Bandana Utsav date is November 23. The main ritual on the day involves floating miniature boats in seas, ponds, lakes and rivers. Boita Bandana was originally performed by the wives of the sailors for their safe return during the medieval period.
People from Odisha used to travel through sea to Bali, Java, Sumatra and Borneo in their typical boats called Boita for trade. They used to start their sail during the Kartik Purnima period.
The Boita Bandana Utsav is known as Kalinga Bali Yatra in the coastal areas of Orissa and is a major festival here. As part of the festival, Hindu devotees sail fancy boats with earthen lamps, flowers, coins and other offerings.
The traditional annual Bali Yatra fair at Gadagadia Ghat on the banks of Mahanadi in Cuttack begins on the Kartik Purnima day.
Important rituals…

Satguru Shivaya Subramaniya Swami Thoughts

Austerity is the powerful bath of fire and bright rays of showering light that washes the soul clean of the dross of its many past lives, and of the current life, which have held it in the bondage of ignorance, misgiving, unforgivingness and the self-perpetuating ignorance of the truths of the Sanatana Dharma.When you react to a situation, do not re-enact it. Wait until the emotional nature has completely composed itself, then study your reaction.Parents must teach children to appreciate those who are different, those who believe differently; teach them the openness that they need to live in a pluralistic world where others have their unique ways, their life and culture; teach them the value of human diversity and the narrow-mindedness of a provincial outlook; give them the tools to live in a world of differences without feeling threatened, without forcing their ways or their will on others; teach them that it never helps to hurt another of our brothers or sisters. Satguru Shivaya Sub…