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Tree Saplings as Prasad after Lord Ram Worship to Protect Environment

NGO Raunak Evam Jagruk Samaj Sanstha (REJSS) in Sonbhadra District conducts Ramayan reading and worship of Lord Ram and as Prasad they distribute tree saplings to devotees to protect the environment and fight against global warming and climate change. Prasad is received by Hindus after the prayers and rituals and is considered holy as it has been blessed by the God. The usual Prasad comprises of fruits, sweets, panchaamrit (made from curd, milk and dry fruits.)Times of India reports about this unique effort to protect environment by Hindus"You can say it's our religious formula to protect the environment and fight against global warming. Planting trees is something simple everyone can do to reduce carbon dioxide, a principal greenhouse gas that causes global warming," REJSS director Arvind Singh Chattan told IANS on phone from Sonbhadra.

"You know the importance of prasad amongst Hindus, who traditionally accept it after prayers as they believe the prasad has been bl…

Sashti January 2010 Fasting Date – Kumara Shasti Vratam

Shasti fasting is observed on the sixth day during the Shukla Paksha or bright phase of moon as per a traditional Hindu calendar and is dedicated to Lord Muruga or Kartik or Kumara. Shasti fasting date in January 2010 is January 21. Muruga devotees observe a fast on the day. Special pujas and rituals are also held on the day in Muruga Temples.There are two Sashti fasting dates in a month one each during the waxing phase of moon and another during the waning phase of moon. Most devotees fast during the Sashti falling during waxing phase of moon.Fasting on Sashti is considered highly beneficial and some devotees observe a complete fast for 24 hours. Lord Muruga, also known as Shanmukha and Subramanian, is widely worshipped in South India, Singapore, Malaysia and Sri Lanka especially by Tamilians. In North India, Lord Muruga is known as Kartik or Kartikeya.You may also like to readSashti Dates in 2010How to do or observe Sashti fasting?

Holi 2012 date

Holi, the colorful Hindu spring festival, is celebrated on the full moon day in the month of Phalugna or Falguna (February – March). Holi 2012 date is March 8 – Dhulendi or Dhulandi. Holika Dahan, also known as Chotti Holi, date in 2012 is March 7. Talk about Holi and the first thing that comes to mind is playing with colours – throwing of colored water and colored powder on one another. Holi festival is largely associated with Lord Krishna and it said that in his childhood and teenage, Krishna played the festival with Gopas and Gopis in Vrindavan.

Saraswati Puja in January 2010 – Saraswathi Puja in Magh Month

Saraswati Puja observed in Magh Month (January – February) is of great significance in Eastern and Northern Parts of India. Saraswati Puja in Magh Month is January 20. The day is also observed as Basant Panchami and Sri Panchami. It is believed by some Hindu community that Goddess Saraswathi appeared on this day. The day is also known as Boi Puja (book worship).Elaborate Saraswati puja is held on this day in houses, temples and in educational institutions. Yellow color dress is preferred on this day as it stands for prosperity and knowledge. Children are introduced to the world of letters on this day. Elders or pundits make youngsters write ‘Om.’ Educational institutions conduct special poojas and students in large numbers participate in these poojas.Saraswati Puja is held through out the country on this day except in certain parts like Kerala, where it is held in October during Navratri and Vijaya Dasami.You may also like to readSaraswati Puja Dates in 2010Saraswati Puja in different…

Inspirational Quotes from Uddhava Gita

From the earth I learned to remain undisturbed
Even while being oppressed
By those under the sway of their own destiny
The earth taught me not to deviate
From the course that I set for myself –
Just as it does not deviate
From its path around the sun.As a disciple of this earth
I learned from its lofty mountains
That my movements should be guided
By the service and care of others.
As a disciple of this earth
I learned from its upright trees
That my life should be spent
In sweet dedication to the welfare of othersUddhava GitaSource: – The Uddhava Gita – the final teaching of Krishna - Page 33 and Page 34 - Translated by Swami Ambikananda Saraswati