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Sapindi Ceremony after Death

Sapindi ceremony is a unique ritual observed after the death of a person by certain Hindu communities. The ceremony is performed to merge the soul of the dead in Vaikunta – the abode of Vishnu. Sapindi is observed on the 13th day after the cremation in some regions. Sapindi is not performed for younger members of a family if the elders are still alive. Sapindi is only performed in an order – for example grand father, father, and then son. So the Sapindi ceremony of a younger member is delayed if elders are alive. It must be noted that not all Hindu communities perform the Sapindi Ceremony.

You may also like to read Pitru Paksha Shraddh – Annual Rituals to Dead Ancestors

Read English Translation of Narayaneeyam Online – Blog on Narayaneeyam

Narayaneeyam, a Sanskrit classic dedicated Lord Guruvayoorappan (Lord Krishna), was composed by Melpathur Narayana Bhattathiri. The literary gem is a condensation of the Srimad Bhagavad Purana in 1036 shlokas (stanzas). Now Raja Thatha, a 68 year old retired Indian scientist, has written an English Translation of Narayaneeyam Online. The translator writes blogs under the pseudonym of Kerala Brahmin.  Narayaneeyam is noted for its literary merit and bhakti (devotion) and is a classic in its own right. The core theme of Narayaneeyam is Vishnu Bhakti. Link - You can read the Read English Translation of Narayaneeyam in blog format here.
Apart from the translation the blog also contains a very good introduction, Narayaneeya Haarathi, Sampoorna Narayaneeya Parayanam -procedure, Sankalpa Mantras for Parayanam and effect of reading Narayaneeyam. Narayaneeyam is associated with the famous Lord Krishna Temple in Guruvayoor. It is believed that the holy text was submitted by Melpathur Narayana Bha…

Varaha Chaturdasi – Varah Chaturdashi

Varah Chaturdashi is observed in the month of Ashwin as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India. Varaha Chaturdasi 2018 date is October 23. It is observed on the fourteenth day of the shukla paksha or waxing phase of moon and is dedicated to the Varah incarnation of Sri Hari Vishnu

This particular observance is limited to only a few Hindu communities.

It must be noted that there are numerous days in a calendar year which are dedicated to Varaha. Several Hindu communities observe Varaha puja on different days.