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Pancha Ganapati Festival in December – Ganesh Puja in Hawaii

Pancha Ganapati is a five day festival observed in December month in Hawaii by the Kauai Ashram during the Christmas week. Pancha Ganapati festival is from December 21 to December 25. Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, founder of Hinduism Today, started the festival. The festival is meant for children and is popular among the Kauai Ashram followers.A major highlight of the festival is that during the five-day puja, Lord Ganesha is dressed up in a different color on each day. Ganapati appears in golden yellow on December 21. On December 22 in Royal blue, on December 23 in ruby red, on December 24 in emerald green and December 25 in orange color. You can read about Pancha Ganapati Festival here at the official website of Hinduism Today.

Name of the Months in a Hindu Calendar

The Hindu calendar is based on the lunar and solar system. There are twelve lunar months in a year and begins with Chaitra (March - April). But as many of the calendars are based on the lunar system there will be a difference of 11 days in year from the Gregorian or English calendar. This difference of 11 days is solved by adding an extra month known as Adhik Mas to a Hindu Year after 32 months. There is an Adhik Mas in 2012 and it is known as Adhika Bhadrapada Maas. The Hindu months are Chaitra – (March – April) Vaishakh – (April – May) Jaishta – (May – June) Ashada – (June – July) Shravan – (July – August) Bhadrapad – (August – September) Ashwin – (September – October) Kartik – (October – November) Margasheersh – (November – December) Paush – (December – January) Magh – (January – February) Phalgun – (February – March)

Madurai Meenakshi Temple in Tamil Nadu Wants to Ban Coconut in the Temple Due to Security Threat

The administrators of the world famous MaduraiMeenakshiTemple in Tamil Nadu wants to ban the use of coconut as an offering in the temple as they believe it is a security threat. The administrators have not taken a final decision on the matter and have no sought the views of the devotees. The Telegraph Kolkata reportsThe Madurai temple had taken the first step in keeping out the fruit some six months ago when it banned breaking coconuts in front of the giant Ganesh idol inside the precincts.Now the authorities have put up notices urging devotees to present fruits other than coconuts along with puja items like flowers and camphor.“The trustees have taken a decision not to allow coconuts, but we have sought the views of devotees before taking a final call. They can send their views by mail or in person at our office inside the temple,” said K. Rajanayagam, joint commissioner of temple administration.The main reason for the proposed ban is that explosives can be packed inside coconuts and…

Pampa Vilakku at Sabarimala – The tradition of floating lamps in River Pampa

Pampa Vilakku is the floating of lamps on a conical shaped small structure resembling a temple on the river Pampa by Ayyappa devotees before beginning the trek to SabarimalaAyyappaTemple. The ritual is performed at Pampa after sunset. There is no special day or time to perform Pampa Vilakku. Some Ayyappa devotee before climbing the hill performs this ritual on the River Pampa after sunset. The small structure for floating the Pampa Vilakku is made using bamboo from the nearby forest. The base is made using parts of Banana tree or plantain. Small candles are then attached to the structure.Ayyappa devotees chant the glory of Lord Ayyappa and float it on the river after sunset.There is a popular belief that Lord Ayyappa arrives to during sunset on the banks of Pampa to bless his devotees. So the lamps are offered to Him at Pampa for a safe trek.
Another symbolism attached to the Pampa Vilakku is that the lamps celebrate the victory of the good over evil. The evil here is the bad qualities…

Safala Ekadasi Vrat Katha – The story of Saphala Ekadashi

Safala Ekadasi falls during the waning phase of moon in December.It is observed during the Krishna paksha of Paush month in North India and the corresponding month in other regions is the Krishna Paksha of Margashirsh month. There is an interesting story regarding the glory of Saphala Ekadashi. This Safala Ekadasi Vrat Katha is read or listened by those observing the fast.Once there lived a very powerful and famous king named Mahishmata. He had four sons but the eldest son Lumpaka was arrogant and was indulged in all sort of bad activities including harming the citizens. The king was not ready to tolerate the behavior of his eldest son and exiled him.Lumpaka began to live in a forest on the outskirts of the kingdom and started robbing travelers. He used to sleep during the day time under a banyan tree where there was a small idol of Lord Vishnu but he never bothered to worship it. His meals consisted of raw meat and fruits.He lived like this for several years and once a couple of days…

Rabindranath Tagore Thoughts

Love is the only reality, and it is not a mere sentiment. It is the ultimate truth that lies at the heart of creation.

Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man.

Oneness amongst men, the advancement of unity in diversity – this has been the core religion of India.

Death is not extinguishing the light; it is putting out the lamp because the dawn has come. Rabindranath Tagore