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Showing posts from November 15, 2010

Book - Plants of Religious Significance: The Hindu Perspective

Plants of Religious Significance: The Hindu Perspective is written by Rabindranath Lackhan from Trinidad and Tobago. The book aims to provide information about the plants and flowers used in Hindu rituals and pujas. Sri Lackhan wrote the first edition of the book while he was an undergraduate student in 1985. Now he has published a revised edition of the book. The book is currently available in stores in Trinidad and the author is planning to make it available on

You can contact the author and know more about the book here at his official website - Rabindranath Lackhan Trinidad and Tobago’s Newsday writes Rabindranath Lackhan wrote the first edition of the book while he was an undergraduate student at the University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine campus. Lackhan told Sunday Newsday that he and his good friend Ramnarine Ramkissoon became involved with a community project and helped in the construction of a Hindu temple in California. They decided to spruce up the sur…

Dhatri Puja in Kartik Month – Dhaatri Puja

Dhatri Puja is dedicated to the gooseberry tree and this particular puja is observed by certain communities in South India. Dhatri Puja 2018 date is November 20. In this particular puja, Awala or Amala or Gooseberry tree is equated with Goddess Lakshmi. Gooseberry, or nellikkai, is also known as Dhaatri.

Dhatri puja is essentially performed for prosperity and auspiciousness.

Special pujas are performed under the gooseberry tree or using parts of the tree at home.

It is observed on the trayodasi after Hariprabodini Ekadashi.

Utthana Dwadashi – Uttahana Dvadasi

Utthana Dwadashi is observed in Kartik month. Special pujas are offered to Tulsi plant and Damodara form of Sri Krishna on the day by many Hindu communities in South India.  Utthana Dwadashi 2018 date is November 20. The ritual is observed on the 12th day of the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in Kartik month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.

Tulsi leaves and flowers are offered to Damodara on this day. The ritual is mainly performed by the Vaishnavites.

Many Hindu communities also perform the Tulsi Vivah and puja on the day.