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Srinivasa Kalyanotsavam at Seekinankuppam in Chennai in July 2010 – Celestial Wedding of Tirupati Venkateswara

The Kalyanotsavam or celestial wedding ritual held at the TirupatiBalajiTemple will be held by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) in Chennai on July 24, 2010. TTD will be organising the wedding ceremony of the Lord Venkateswara at the Marg Swarnabhoomi, Seekinankuppam, ECR, Chennai. It is expected that 200,000 people will witness the celestial wedding.Sri Srinivasa Kalyanotsavam is an important ritual or ‘Seva’ held at the TirumalaTirupatiVenkateswaraTemple. The utsava murti or idol of Lord Balaji is the bridegroom and his consorts Sridevi and Bhoodevi are the brides in the celestial wedding. The rituals followed in the divine marriage ceremony are similar to those observed during Hindu marriages.Kalyanotsavam ritual which is regularly held at theTirumalaTemple is now performed in various towns and cities in India by TTD to propagate spiritual values among the people.You may also like to readAbout Sri Srinivasa Kalyanotsavam – Celestial Wedding Ritual at Tirupati Balaji Temple

Hindu Woman Performs Her Father’s Funeral Rituals – We need more daughters to come forward and perform the last rites of their parents

No idea who created this rule that only male members can perform the last rites in Hinduism. Daughters are forbidden from performing the funeral rituals even when there is no male member in the family to do it. But some daughters are showing the courage to change the social norm – it is not easy they have to battle relatives, neighbors, friends, onlookers and all those that have an opinion on this highly personal matter. Times of India writes about B G Indiramma from Mysore who had the courage to perform the last rites of her father and also got herself tonsured (the practice of shaving the head during funeral ritual.) Indiramma, an accounts officer with the Mysore Urban Development Authority, has four sisters. When her father Govindegowda died a fortnight ago, unmindful of all criticism, she lit the pyre after completing all rituals. Many were stunned when she asked the barber to tonsure her head just before the rituals.

Indiramma told TOI she had no qualms about losing her crowning g…

Rabindranath Tagore Thoughts and Quotes

The truth comes as conqueror only because we have lost the art of receiving it as guest.
Let us not pray to be sheltered from dangers but to be fearless when facing them.
He who wants to do good knocks at the gate; he who loves finds the gate open.
Where the old tracks are lost, new country is revealed with its wonders.
I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy Rabindranath Tagore

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