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Tirupati Balaji Temple Goes Green – Environment Friendly Measures Adapted by Tirumala Tirupati Venkateswara Temple

TirupatiBalajiTemple, the most visited place of worship in a year and is also the richest temple in the world, is now setting example for other Hindu Temples by going green. Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanms (TTD) has adapted numerous environment friendly measures. Here are some of the ecofriendly and green concept promoted by TirupatiVenkateswaraTemple.
Solar Cooking System Clean energy to feed over 70, 000 people daily. Solar Cooking system saves 120, 000 liters of diesel. 106 solar dishes that use solar energy to convert water into steam, has become the pioneer effort in energy saving and also reducing oil pollution in the hill shrine. The steam is also used for the bathing purpose of thousands of devotees daily. It must be noted that during weekend, auspicious days and festivals the shrine attracts more than 100,000 people daily. Solar powered lights Windmills – produces 140 lakh units annually accounting for its 40-45 per cent of the energy needs. The total requirement in a year is 350 lakh…

Gopalashtami – Gopal Ashtami in Jammu and Kashmir

Gopalashtami is an important festival dedicated to Lord Krishna and is observed on the eighth day during waxing phase of the moon in the month of Kartik (October – November). Gopalashtami 2017 date is October 28. Gopal Ashtami festival celebrates the day when Krishna became an independent cowherd.

Go Puja, worship of cows, are performed on the day in Jammu and Kashmir by the Kashmiri Pandits and other Hindu communities.

In other regions of the India, the festival is known as Gopashtami. It is believed that Lord Krishna was allowed to herd the cows for the first time on this day by his foster father Nanda. Till then he was only looking after the calves. The day is a major event in all Krishna temples and in places associated with Krishna in Kashmir.

We Must Not Let Our Resentments Stay with Us - Swami Prabhavananda

Until we actually reach oneness with God, it is of course quite natural that we should have misunderstandings and quarrels with one another. But we must not let our resentments stay with us, or they will eat into our hearts like cancer.

Suppose someone has wronged you, and you feel irritated. When you begin to meditate, what happens? Prayer and meditation concentrate the mind and intensify the emotions. Consequently, the molehill of irritation becomes a mountain of anger. You start to imagine terrible things about the person who has wronged you. You find yourself unfit to pray and meditate, unable to come to God, until you are sincerely reconciled with your brother.

There is only one way to feel sincerely reconciled, and that is to try to see God in all beings, and to love Him in all. If you have been angry with your brother, pray for him as you pray for yourself—pray that both of you may grow in understanding and devotion to God. At once, you will gain spiritually. But if you keep yo…