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Mangala Aarati – Red color water-based Arati in Tamil and Kannada Culture

Mangala Aarati in South India involves swirling a red-colored liquid during festivals and rituals and also to welcome newly wed couples, important persons and relatives. This ritual is mainly performed in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. The red-colored liquid is waved in a salver, or flat vessel, and is performed to ward of evil forces and absorb jealous vibes. The ritual is also performed during Grih pravesh, wedding and upanayanam.
Please note that Aarati is usually referred to the swirling of lamps before a deity.
Mangala Aarati is specially performed during Varalakshmi Vratam to welcome Goddess Lakshmi. It is also performed after functions, important pujas and ceremonies to ward off evil.
The red color solution for Mangala arati is prepared using turmeric, gypsum or Kumkuma. Water is added to the mixture of turmeric or gypsum to give a red color.
The popular belief is that turmeric represents Goddess Lakshmi, and gypsum represents Goddess Saraswati and the red-colored …

Shiva Nataraja in Porcelain figurine from Lladro – A Rare Nataraja Idol in Porcelain

Lladro, a Spanish firm noted for high quality porcelain figurine, has release a Limited Edition figurine of Shiva Nataraja during Fall 2009. Nataraja idol is an impressive reproduction in porcelain of Shiva, the Hindu God associated with Creation and Destruction. Lladro Shiva as Nataraja costs $4700 which is around 220,000 Indian rupees.Due to the complexity of the structure and painting, the representation of Shiva as Nataraja is usually only found in brass or copper, but has never been depicted in porcelain before – claims Lladro press release.Shiva, when depicted in a dancing pose, is called Nataraja, a symbol of the act of creation. When Shiva performs the cosmic dance, he arouses energies that can shape the world. His position reveals the path of liberation for every soul and every detail has a symbolic meaning in the sculpture.
The complicated process of creation of this Limited Edition sculpture of 3,000 units implied an exercise of virtuosity and delicacy in matching accuratel…

Osho Thoughts on Seeking

Not that one can reach without seeking. Seeking is needed, but then comes a point when seeking has to be dropped. The boat is needed to cross the river but then comes a moment when you have to get out of the boat and forget all about it and leave it behind.Effort is needed, without effort nothing is possible. And also only with effort, nothing is possible.A moment comes when you see the whole futility of effort. You have done all that you can do and nothing is happening. You have done all that is humanly possible. Then what else can you do? In sheer helplessness one drops all search. And the day the search stopped, the day I was not seeking for something, the day I was not expecting something to happen, it started happening. A new energy arose – out of nowhere. It was not coming from any source. It was coming from nowhere and everywhere. It was in the trees and in the rocks and the sky and the sun and the air – it was everywhere. And I was seeking so hard, and I was thinking it is ver…