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Showing posts from November 10, 2009

Modern Hinduism – New Course at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana

Modern Hinduism – a new course under which students would examine the rise of Hinduism from colonial period to the present day – has been approved by DePauwUniversity in Greencastle, Indiana.Founded in 1837, DePauwUniversity has a long and proud history of offering a strong liberal arts education to top young scholars from United States and the world.The Hindu reports“The main objective is to “encourage an understanding of the embedded nature of modern Hinduism within the historical matrices of culture, society, politics and economics in South Asia,” the university said in a statement after the course was approved by its faculty last week by show of hands.Senior Melissa Zimmerman, a religious studies major, said the course is a natural component to the current religious studies class catalogue.“I think it definitely sounds like a useful class. There are modern courses in Islam and Christianity, so why not Hinduism?” she said, adding that the course description seems to embody the goa…

Which is the Ekadasi Chosen to Start Ekadashi Fasting?

The Ekadasi chosen to start Ekadasi fasting is the one falling during the waning phase of the moon in the month of November/December and it is known as Utpanna or Uttpatti Ekadasi. This Ekadasi falls during the Krishna Paksha of Margashirsh month as per traditional North Indian calendar. The corresponding period in other major calendars is the Krishna Paksha of Kartik Month.

In Tamil Calendars the month is the Aippasi or the Karthigai Masam. In Malayalam calendars it is the Thulam or the Vrischika Masam. In Orissa, it is the Margashar month.

Once begun many devotees observe the Ekadasi fasting for a year. Sometimes the devotees continue it for their entire life.
Ekadasi fasting is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and falls on the 11th day of a lunar fortnight as per traditional Hindu calendar. It is believed that observing Ekadasi fasting will help in redemption of sins and in attaining Moksha.

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