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Kula Mangalbar Ritual

Kula Mangalbar is observed in certain parts of eastern India especially in some parts of Bengal. As the name ‘Mangalbar’ indicates, the ritual is observed on Tuesdays. The Kula Mangalbar ritual is partly dedicated to Surya or Sun God and to two of his sons who are part of regional folklore. Interestingly, none of the gods from Hindu Pantheon are worshipped on the day. The main Kula Mangalbar ritual involves pujas with seventeen pumpkins and seventeen pumpkin leaves. The pumpkins and the leaves are placed on a copper vessel smeared with red sandalwood paste. An interesting story of Surya or Sun God having twin sons is read or listened to by those performing the ritual.

Buy Natural Holi Colors Prepared by Women

Rang Dulaar is the brand name of natural Holi colors promoted by eCoexist. These Holi color powders are free from any chemical content and have been made by the women of the Malnad Seed Collective, Sirs, and also by women prisoners of the Yerawada Central Prison. The colors that are currently on sale are red, blue, yellow, green and orange. E-coexist is an environmental organization based in Pune, Maharashtra, which promotes eco-friendly products. The Natural Holi Color powders are available in packets of: 1 kg (single color)250 gm (50 gm each of five colors)100 gm (100 gm single of five colors).Corporate gift sachets with 50 gm (25 gm of any two colors). You can read more about eCoexist and contact them here at the official website. You can find details of stores that sell Rang Dulaar in India here.
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Sant Gadge Baba Jayanti

Sant Gadge Baba, also known as Sant Gadge Maharaj, was a Marathi saint and great social reformer who worked for the upliftment of villages in Maharashtra. Sant Gadge Baba Jayanti in 2018 as per Tithi is on February 13. It is the birth anniversary of this great saint who led by example – he traveled to villages in Maharashtra and started cleaning the gutters and roads. Through this he spread the message of cleanliness and values like service to humanity and compassion. As per Gregorian calendar, Sant Gadge Baba was born February 23, 1876.

The money that he received for cleaning villages was used to build educational institutions, poor homes, hospitals and shelters for animals.

Through his discourses he asked people to rise above rituals and superstitions and to identify the Supreme Truth through self realization. His mode of teaching was through devotional songs.

He continues to inspire villagers in Maharashtra through his life and teachings. A campaign started in his name to clean th…

Swami Viditatmananda Thoughts on Violence or Ahimsa

The word ahimsa is derived from the Sanskrit verb ‘hims’ which means to kill, to injure, or to hurt. The absence of these violent tendencies is ahimsa. The practice of non-violence calls for an understanding of violence and its cause. The principal cause of violence is ignorance of the true nature of the Self that is characterized by happiness, peace and completeness. This ignorance results in insecurity, selfishness, hatred, aggression and competition.Ignorance propels a person to resort to violence to fulfill his egocentric needs. It is for this reason that scriptures advice: “Do not harm any living being.” Why, because I do not want to be harmed. I should not do unto others what I do not want done unto me. In this way, ahimsa becomes a universal law to safe guard the order of the universe.Violence occurs at three levels in deeds, words and thought. The more we increase our needs and the more extravagant we are, the more the violence. An awareness of this would require one to cut do…