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Beni Dan - Veni Dhan Ritual

Beni Dan, or Veni Dhan, is a unique ritual performed by Hindu married couples. In the ritual, couples pray and perform pujas and rituals to be reborn as husband and wife for seven lives. The ritual is performed by old Hindu couples.

The ceremony has all the formalities of the main marriage ceremony of the community the couples represent.

For the ritual women arrive with plaited hair - A hairdo formed by braiding or twisting the hair. The husband then cuts a small portion of the plaited hair and it is offered to a holy river along with other puja items.

The ritual is usually performed on the banks of Sangam – the confluence of Ganga, Saraswati and Yamuna.

Watch Video Documentary on Importance of Vegetarianism

This particular documentary on the importance of Vegetarianism is presented by Vichaar Television Network Ltd. The two part documentary is in Hindi with subtitles in English. Vichaar Television Network is  a  social  enterprise  working  in  the  field  of  inculcating  human  values amongst  youth. The length of the documentary is 31 minutes and is divided into two parts. You can watch the documentary for free here at the official website of Vichaar Television Network Ltd.

Matri Navami – Matru Navmi

Matri Navami is observed during the Krishna Paksha of Ashwin month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India. Matri Navami 2017 date is September 14. Navami Shradh is observed on the day. Tarpan and Shradh performed on the day are for women.

Matru Navmi falls on the ninth day of the Krishna Paksha of Ashwina month. The day is of great importance in the Mithilanchal region of India.

Amavas in October 2011 - Amavasi

Amavasya, also known as Amavasi or Amavas, is darkest day in a lunar Hindu calendar and is also referred as no or new moon day. Amavasya October 2011 date is October 26. As per traditional North Indian calendar it is the Amavasya in Kartik month. In other regions it is the Ashwina Amavasi. The Amavasi in October 2011 is of great significance as it marks the end of the Pitru Paksha Shradh Period and is known as Mahalaya Amavasya. Traditional Durga Puja rituals also commence on the day.

Amavasya begins on October 26, 2011 at 5:26 AM and ends at 1:26 AM on October 26, 2011. Navratri and Dasara begin on the day after Amavasya in October.

Diwali and Narak Chaturdasi are observed on October 26 2011. Lakshmi Puja is also held on the day. The Gujarati New Year is observed on the next day.

The day also marks the end of Ashwin month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.

Swami Rama Thoughts on the Purpose of Life

The journey to the rediscovery of the real Self is the goal of life. One who has rediscovered his own real Self, can then realize the Cosmic Self who encompasses the entire universe. The purpose of life is to grow, expand and completely realize one’s own true identity. Life is a drama. We compose and create the dramas that are enacted across the globe. The goal of life is not the drama that is being played, rather the lesson that it offers. Every human being is the playwright of his or her own drama but wrongly believes that it is the ultimate drama instead of a play momentarily enacted for a desired result. Life is a play and if one misses to understand the lessons of life, one experiences a great deal of sorrow. Swami Rama
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