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Hidden Spiritualism in the Architecture of Old Hindu Homes in South India

Some of the old Hindu homes in South India were noted for its unique linear, architecture – especially the steps, small entrance door, walkway etc. Most of the houses had entrance steps referred as ‘Padi’ in local languages. The term ‘padi’ also meant to learn – this symbolically denotes acquiring knowledge – learning of Vedas, Upanishads and other scriptures.Ego sets in when one acquires knowledge. Therefore the four steps usually led to a door which was small in height. Except for children (who are without ego) all the people had to bow down to enter the house. Symbolically, this taught one to be humble and to drop the ego even if one had acquired vast knowledge. The small door led to a long walkway. This symbolically suggests that there is no point in acquiring knowledge, if you do not live by it. The walkway thus symbolically suggests a person live by the knowledge he has acquired it.The walkway leads to a hall - a place of get together. This symbolically suggests that instead of…

Avvaiyar Amman Temple at Nagercoil – Special Significance during Tuesdays in Aadi Month

Aadi Masam is an important month in Tamil Calendar and numerous rituals are observed in the month. The Tuesdays in the month are considered highly auspicious and special prayers are offered to Goddesses in Hindu pantheon on the day. Thousands of devotees visit the 300 year-old Avvayar Amman temple near Nagercoil in Kannyakumari district on Tuesdays in the Aadi month.Unmarried women observe special pujas here for early marriage. Couples who have no children offer prayers and pujas for begetting children.A special dish made from rice flour and coconut is offered on the day here during the auspicious days.You may also like to readSpecial rituals in Aadi MonthAadi Chevvai – Importance of Tuesday in the Tamil Month Aadi

Jhoola Festival at Banke Bihari Temple in Vrindavan

Jhoola Festival is observed on the third day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) of Shravan Month as per traditional North Indian calendar. Jhoola Festival 2017 date is July 26. It is the traditional swing festival dedicated to Banke Bihari (Hindu God Krishna). The day is popularly observed as the Hariyali Teej.

On the Jhoola festival day, the murti of Banke Bihari is placed on a swing in the courtyard of the VrindavanBankeBihariTemple. The festival celebrates the arrival of monsoon. Therefore Banke Bihari is decorated with green dress. Thousands of devotees arrive at the temple to witness Krishna swaying on the swing.

Special dishes are offered as Prasad on the day.

The ritual is known as Jhoolan Yatra in eastern parts of India and is widely observed in temples dedicated to Krishna. But it is observed from Shravan Ekadasi to Purnima.

Divasi Gowri Puja – Diwasi Gouri Pooja

Divasi Gowri Puja is observed on the Amavasya or no moon day in the month of Ashada in Karnataka and parts of Andhra Pradesh. Divasi Gowri Puja 2018 date is August 11. This Gouri Pooja is performed by Sumangalis or married women. This ritual is popularly known as Bheemana Amavasya.

On the Diwasi Gouri Pooja day women pray for the well being of their husbands and brothers.

The rituals on the day are dedicated to Goddess Gouri (Parvati) and Lord Shiva.

You may also like to read Story of Bheemana Amavasi Vrata How to observe Bheemana Amavasi

Swami Swarupananda Thoughts

As fire is enveloped by smoke,
as a mirror by dust,
as an embryo by the placenta, so is
Knowledge covered by desire. (Bhagavad Gita 3.38)Swami Swarupananda Explains this asThree states of the over-clouding of knowledge or Self by desire are described by the three illustrations here given.The first stage is sattvika — ‘fire enveloped by smoke’—the rise of a slight wind of discrimination dispels the smoke of desire in a sattvika heart.The second, the rajasika — the removal of ‘the dust on a mirror,’ requires some time and preparation.While the third — the tamasika, takes a much longer time like the release of ‘the embryo’ from the placenta after birth.The time taken to overcome desire depends on the nature of a person.Source – Srimad Bhagavad Gita, Tr. and notes by Swami Swarupananda