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Tulsi Mala – Rosaries Made using Tulsi or Basil Plant

Tulsi Mala, or Tulsi Rosary, is made using the Basil Plant. Tulsi is a sacred plant associated with Lord Vishnu, Sri Krishna and Goddess Lakshmi. Mala made from Tulsi plant is said to have medicinal values. It is also believed that the place where Tulsi mala is kept remains pure.Tulsi Mala is worn by Ayyappa devotees when they are undertaking the Vratam to visit SabarimalaAyyappaTemple in Kerala and have darshan of Lord Ayyappa. The Ayyappa mala is worn during the entire period of vratam and is only removed after returning home back from Sabarimala.Wearing of Tulsi Mala is believed to help in curing diseases like fever etc. It is also said that a devotee who wears Tulsi mala develops mental peace and strong devotion.Small balls are made using Tulsi plant and this is used to make the Tulsi mala and rosaries which devotees wear.Some people also offer Tulsi mala to Lord Krishna. Tulsi Mala is also made using leaves and stems and this is usually offered to Lord Vishnu or Lord Krishna.You …

Avatar The Movie – Similarities with Hindu Teachings and symbols and concepts in Hinduism

In the Hollywood movie Avatar, it is not just the term ‘Avatar’ that is associated with Hinduism. The core concept of Hinduism is that all animate and inanimate are the result of a single energy source, which is Brahman or God. All the plants, animals, human beings rise and fall in this single energy source. This formless and indefinable is given form by humans and worshipped as God. One of the important themes of Avatar is based on this core concept of Hinduism which was taught first time more than 5000 years ago. In the movie, the Na'vis are able to physically connect to animals and plants. And they believe that they are just a part of the whole which includes all animate and inanimate present on their planet Pandora. This concept is explained beautifully and there is a magical scene in which the Tree is connected to the human body and this body is connected to all the Na’vis through holding their hands each other. Another striking aspect is the use of the color blue. Hindu Gods…

Quotes from Aditya Hridayam

Aditya Hridayam is dedicated to Lord Surya, or the Sun God in HinduismHail to the dispeller of darkness, the destroyer of cold, the exterminator of foes, the one whose extent is immeasurable, the destroyer of the ungrateful, the god who is the ruler of lights!Hail to you, possessing the luster of refined gold, the dispeller of ignorance, the architect of the universe, the uprooter of darkness, splendor incarnate, the onlooker of the world!The aforesaid Lord alone actually destroys, brings into existence and sustains all that has come into being. He radiates heat by his rays and sends showers.Planted in created beings, he remains awake when they have fallen asleep. Nay, he himself is the act of pouring oblations into the sacred fire as well as the fruit attained by those who pour such oblations.Nay, he comprises the gods as well as the sacrifices as also the fruit of sacrifices. Again, he is the Supreme Controller of activities which are found in all living beings.RelatedEnglish Transl…