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Download Garuda Purana in English for free

Garuda Purana is one of the Sattvika Puranas and is believed to have been first narrated by the Divine Bird Garuda, the Vahana or Vehicle of Lord Vishnu. It narrates the glory of Vishnu and contains chapters like observing Vratas and on rituals dedicated to the dead. Now you can Download Garuda Purana in English in word format for free. This Garuda Purana was first published in 1908 AD and was translated by Manmatha Nath Dutt. You can also read the Purana online.You can get details of the Purana here – Garuda PuranaLink – Download Garuda Purana in English in word format It is not a direct download – select the text and then copy it into notepad or Microsoft word.

On Spirituality as a Way of Life in India

Hinduism is a way of life and not a religion – this is an oft repeated statement by Hindus. For a change a non-Hindu discovers spirituality as a way of life in India. Susan L. Smalley, Ph.D., a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, writes in her column in The Huffington Post about her discovery of Spirituality as a Way of Life in India during her first journey to India.Let me define spirituality as 'a sense of connection to something larger than oneself' and in India this attention to spirituality is pervasive. It is evident in every aspect of the culture -- there is a constant integration of reminders that we are part of something larger than the self.

It is evident in the shrines that are present on every street corner, created on sides of houses, roadside stops, hilltops, alleyways, the back of tractor trailers, and beyond. Shrines are big, small, colorful, bland, dedicated to Shiva, Ganesh, Hanuman, or thousands of other manifestations of our…

Maasi Maham – Masi Makam

Masi Makam, or Maasi Maham, is an important annual festival observed by Tamilians around the world. Maasi Maham 2018 date is March 1. The ritual falls in the Tamil Month of Masi (February – March). Magam, or Makam, is one among the twenty seven stars in the Hindu astrological system.

A major ritualistic event on the day is the bathing of the Murtis worshipped in temples in a nearby water body – river, pond or sea. Idols of deities are carried in a procession to sea shores, rivers or ponds. Pujas and rituals are held here and thousands of people come to witness it.

It is believed that those who take bath in the seas or rivers or ponds on the day after the Maasi Maham ritual will attain Moksha.

The Makam, or Magam, star falls on a full moon day in the month of Masi and is considered highly auspicious in the Tamil speaking world and in several parts of South India.

The myth associated with Masi Maham varies from region to region and sometimes even from temple to temple.

The day is of g…