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Marble Carving Institute at Ambaji in Gujarat – Learn to Carve Murtis (Idols) of Hindu Gods and Goddesses

Ambaji Stone Artisan Park Training Institute (ASAPT) will help aspiring sculptors to learn the art of marble carving. Majority of Hindu temples that are now constructed in India and abroad use marble Murtis (Idols) of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. Initially, a candidate will be trained for a fortnight. Thereafter he will get a stipend of Rs 100 a day. Besides operation of lath, drilling, stone cutters compressors and carving, the trainee will learn to carve sculptures including idols, flowers, flower pots, miniature of temples among others.Times of India ReportsConstructed by the state geology and mining (G&M) commissionerate, the institute is spread over 1,200 square metres and is located in the vicinity of Gujarat Mining Development Corporation (GMDC). "It is the only training centre of its kind in the country. It will foster a dynamic process of skill formation and knowledge building and contribute to enterprise development and employment generation, particularly for rural poo…

Hindola Utsav 2017 – Swing Festival of Swaminarayan

Hindola Utsav is the swing festival observed Swami Narayan sect starting from the day after full moon or Purnima day in Ashada Month. Hindola Utsav 2016 begins on July 10 and ends on August 7. During the one-month festival, the idol of Lord Swaminarayan is seated on a swing in the temples and is rocked.

Hindola festival begins after the Guru Poonam day in Ashadh month (June – July). The festival is seen as an opportunity to meditate on the murti of Swaminarayan.

There is a popular belief is that the Hindola Utsav is inspired by the rocking of Lord Krishna and Radha on a swing by the gopis and gopas in the Vrindavan.

Mithuna Masam 2017 – Midhunam Month in Malayalam Calendar in 2017

Midhunam, or Mithuna Masam, is the eleventh month in a traditional Malayalam calendar followed in Kerala. Mithuna Masam in 2017 is from June 15 to July 16. The famous Oachira Kali will be held on the first two days of the month.

Full Moon and No Moon Day Karthuvavu or Amavasi – June 24 Veluthuvavu or full moon day (Purnima) – July 9

Ekadasi Fasting days in Mithuna Masam are June 20 and July 4
Pradosham Fasting days are on June 21 and July 6.

Sashti Vratam is on June 29.
There will be the usual monthly pujas for the first five days at SabarimalaTemple from June 14 to June 19.

Next month in Malayalam calendar is the Karkidaka Masam also known as Ramayana Masam.

Rig Veda Quotes On Creation

Then even nothingness was not, nor existence.
There was no air then, nor the heavens beyond it.
Who covered it? Where was it? In whose keeping?
Was there then cosmic water, in depths unfathomed?
But, after all, who knows, and who can say,
Whence it all came, and how creation happened?
The gods themselves are later than creation,
So who knows truly whence it has arisen?
Rig Veda, X, 129