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Rajagopuram of Sri Kalahasti Temple Collapses

The Gopuram of Sri Kalahasti Temple in Andhra Pradesh collapsed at 8:30 PM on May 26, 2010. The tower was more than 500 years old and was 135 meter in height. The main temple of Sri Kalahasti, dedicated to Hindu God Shiva, was not affected in the collapse. Deccan Chronicle ReportsThe gopuram had been in trouble for over a decade with stones and clay falling off from the structure. A few years ago, a tourist was killed when a stone fell on him. Though civil society groups had complained about the tower’s condition, the temple authorities did nothing except undertaking minor repairs. The neglected gopuram had become a shelter for tramps, sadhus and monkeys.The gopuram, with seven stories, was built in 1516 and stood to the right side of the temple and was a testimony to the grandeur of the Vijayanagara Kings. Till three decades ago, it was the practice of devotees to pass through it after taking the bath in SwarnamukhiRiver.A researcher from the SV University said that Srikrishna Devar…

Amavasya June 2010 Date – New Moon Day

Amavasya, also known as Amavas, is the new moon day in a traditional Hindu calendar. The Amavasya date is June 12, 2010. The new moon day begins on June 11, 2010 at 06:34 PM and ends at 04:44 PM on June 12, 2010. This is the Jyeshta Amavasi in North Indian calendars and in other regions it is the Nija Vaishaka Amavasya. The days is observed as Shani Bhagavan Jayanti, Savitri Amavasya and Vat Savitri Amavas Puja Amavasya is referred as New moon day by some communities and as no moon day by some. Some people consider the day as inauspicious and is the darkest day in a lunar calendar. Several Hindu communities perform Pinda Daan, Tarpan and Shradh ceremonies for the dead on the day. Some devout Hindus only take a single meal on the day. There are also many Hindus who undertake a complete fast on Amavasya. Amavas is also the last day in a lunar month in traditional calendars followed in Gujarat, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra.

Swami Brahmananda Thoughts

We judge men by their actions, but God looks into their innermost minds…. Under no circumstances give up your spiritual practices. If you give up the practices of japam and meditation and engage yourself solely in work, egoism is bound to arise in you, and you will become the source of quarrels and disharmony.Man suffers because of his ignorance. This ignorance is his sense of ego. When a man is free from this egoism, surrendering his life, his mind and his intellect at the blessed feet of the Lord of all, renouncing all that he calls his own – then is he blessed indeed. That man alone is truly happy.Swami Brahmananda 1863 – 1922 – the first president of the Ramakrishna Mission