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Puja of Tulsi Plant in Front of House – Do’s and Don’ts

Tulsi Plant, or Basil, is grown in many traditional Hindu homes on a raised platform. Today the plant is grown on portable or moveable Tulsi plant pots. The Tulsi plant should be placed where there is good sunlight. It plant should be ideal placed before a door opening to the east. The Krishna Tulsi variety of the Tulsi plant to should be grown for worship and puja purposes. The platform used for growing Tulsi plant should not be too small. The Tulsi plant should be always above the foundation of the home. You can grow more than one Tulsi plant in the platform at a time – this is because in some areas Tulsi plant dries during some season. So an extra plant will be helpful. You should also scatter the dry seeds inside the platform. The plant should be watered daily. Cow dung which has been sun dried should be used as manure occasionally. The small plants and dry leaves should be removed regularly. If you do regular puja to the Tulsi plant, then you light a lamp daily. The lamp or the hea…

A Different Pilgrimage – Documentary Explores Hinduism in Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Indonesia and Thailand

A different Pilgrimage is a documentary by S. Krishnaswamy of Krishnaswamy Associates and it explores the footprints of Hinduism in Laos, Vietnam, Indonesia and Thailand. The documentary traces the travels of Krishnaswamy and his wife Mohana Krishnaswamy across the above said countries in Southeast Asia. They explore the Hindu culture in these regions and Hindu temples that date as far as 1 A.D. You can watch trailer of a A Different Pilgrimage here at Youtube.
A Different Pilgrimage - (109 minutes) feature length Documentary premiered at the India Pavilion of the Cannes International Film Festival in May 2010.. It deals with the impact of ancient India on South East Asia covering Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, produced by Dr. Mohana Krishnaswamy, written and directed by Dr. S. Krishnaswamy.

Tracking Indian Footmarks - (in four parts of 25 minutes each) presents more or less the same content as A Different Pilgrimage in a different manner for an International audience …

Today November 3, 2010 First Day of Diwali Celebrations – Important Rituals and Pujas

Important Diwali celebrations begin on November 3, 2010. Here are the list of pujas, rituals and festivals that are observed on November 3, 2010 by different Hindu communities in India. Dhanteras – Lakshmi Puja (only by some Hindu communities) and auspicious day to make investments. Dhantrayodashi – Another name of Dhanteras and lighting of lamps for Yama Yampanchak – Diwali in Nepal begins Tihar Festival – Diwali in Nepal begins Govatsa Dwadasi – Dedicated to Cow in Gujarat Yama Deepdan – Lighting of lamps for Yama Dhanvantri Jayanti – Appearance day of God Dhanvantri Vasubaras – Dedicated to Cow in Maharashtra Vagh Barash – Dedicated to Cow and other domesticated animals in Gujarat
Note - As always this list is not complete because the Hindu tradition is so vast and it is impossible to capture everything associated with even a single festival in Hinduism. There are numerous other rituals and pujas that are observed today. If you know some that is not in this list please write about it in the …

Kannada Kartik Masa 2017 – Kartika Month in Calendar in Karnataka in 2017

Kartika Masa is the eighth month in a traditional Hindu Kannada calendar and Panchanga followed in Karnataka. Kartik Masa 2017 begins on October 20 to November 18. Bali Padyami is observed on October 20 and is an important ritual during Diwali.

Shiva Pradosha Fasting Dates in Kannada Kartik Masa are:
Pradosh – November 1 Pradosh – November 15
Sankashtahara Chathurthi Vrata dedicated to Ganesh in Kartik Masa 2017 is on November 7 – Moonrise or Chandrodaya is at 9:07 PM – Indian Standard Time. As it is Tuesday, there is Angarak Yog.

Kannada Kartik Masa Shukla Paksha and Krishna Paksha Kartik Masa Kannada calendar 2017 Shukla Paksha (Waxing phase of moon) is from October 20 to November 4. Kannada Kartheeka Masam 2017 Krishna Paksha (Waning phase of moon) is from November 5 to November 18, 2017.

Ekadasi Fasting Dates in Kannada Kartika Masa: Pradosh – November 1 Pradosh – November 15
Purnima in Kannada Kartik Masa  Kartik Purnima or Full moon day is on on November 4, 2017. The Purnima begins …

Swami Sukhabodhananda Thoughts on the Bhagavad Gita

The whole message of the Gita is remove your “Shoka,” your sorrow, and the message is that the sorrow is eliminated if you remove the cause of the sorrow. What is the cause of the sorrow? – The cause of your sorrow is delusion and therefore the essence of the Gita is eliminate your sorrow by removing the cause which is delusion. When delusion is eliminated sorrow is eliminated. The verses of the Gita are not only concepts – they are great words but unless you convert them into your experience, it is not going to help. One of the biggest symbols of the Gita is of a person, who is in deep sleep, and the trumpets are blowing and the drums are beating and still this man is snoring. And there is a divine ladder from the earth to heaven that can be climbed, so trumpets and drums are playing loudly to wake up the sleeper but he is sleeping. The teaching of this symbol is that we are all asleep, and the Gita is like a divine ladder, which tells you climb from worldly living to divine living. Swa…