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Goddess Annapurna

Goddess Annapurna is an incarnation of Goddess Parvati and she is the Hindu Goddess of Food. Annapurna means ‘Bestower of Food.’ ‘Anna’, though translated as ‘food,’ has a wider connotation and includes all material objects/wealth, which are food for the five-sense organs. Goddess Shakti as Annapurna symbolizes nourishment without which the universe is dead.The most popular image of Goddess Annapurna is that of Her serving food to Shiva. There is an interesting story associated with Annapurna serving food to Shiva. Once Goddess Parvati was told by Shiva that all that is here is illusion or Maya including food. Goddess Parvati was not ready to agree to this and She disappeared from the world taking with her all the food items. Her disappearance caused havoc in the universe. Shiva soon realized that salvation or Moksha is not possible in an empty stomach. Goddess Parvati then appeared as Annapurna at Kashi and served food to Lord Shiva.The image of Annapurna is always depicted with a sm…

Kali Mints – Hindus in United States are Upset with Food Product Kali Spice Mints

Kali Mints, a new mint product launched by Accoutrements, have upset Hindus in the United States and have asked for a recall of the product. But what are Kali Mints? The explanation given by Accoutrements is this – Kali is a Hindu goddess that represents death, destruction, time and change. And what food comes to mind when you think of death, destruction, time and change? Curry! These exotic spice mints are great on their own or as an accompaniment to basmati rice and garlic naan. Hindu leader, Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada, said inappropriate usage of Hindu deities or concepts for commercial or other agenda was not okay as it hurt the devout.Zed, who is president of the Universal Society of Hinduism, stressed that the goddess Kali is revered highly in Hinduism and is meant to be worshipped in temples and not used for selling mints.Hinduism is the oldest and third largest religion in the world with about a billion adherents and a rich philosophical thought and it should not be…

Sabarimala Temple June 2017 Monthly Puja Dates

SabarimalaAyyappaTemple in Kerala opens on the first day of every Malayalam month and the shrine remains open for the next five days for the monthly poojas including Padi puja. In June 2017, SabarimalaAyyappaTemple will open on June 14 and will close on June 19 for Malayalam Mithuna Masa Puja. There is also a pradhishta puja on June 14. The temple will open for it on June 13, 2017. Thousands of Ayyappa devotees make use of this opportunity to visit the Sabarimala shrine to have a hassle free darshan.

June 4, 2017 – Ayyappa Idol installation anniversary day (Open for a day)

There are also several Ayyappa devotees who make it point to visit the shrine every month. The shrine remains opened during the first five days each Malayalam month.

Laksharchana, Udayasthamana pooja, padi pooja and pushpabhishekam are performed during these days.

The main pilgrimage season at Sabarimala shrine is during the Mandala Makaravilakku season (November – January). The period sees heavy rush of devotees to…

Swami Turiyananda Thoughts

Troubles exist as long as we live in the domain of thought. There is no peace until we transcend thought itself. When one kills the mind, the senses come under control. What does it mean to kill the mind? It is to detach it from sense objects. The enlightened person has their senses under perfect control. ‘The tortoise can draw in his legs: the seer can draw in his senses. I call him illumined.’Lust, anger, and avarice—these are but different forms of the same thing. They are the eternal enemies of the jnani, and destroyers of knowledge and wisdom. Join the senses to the Lord. That is the way to teach the senses a lesson.The illumined soul keeps himself detached from the mind and intellect and directs them to work, whereas the ordinary person identifies himself with the mind and intellect.Swami Turiyananda (1863–1922) - Disciple of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa