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Why are puja items dropped in a river after Hindu pujas? – Why it should no longer be followed?

Dropping of puja items in a river is a very old tradition when all the puja items used in a Hindu puja were made of natural materials. Rituals and pujas are performed by a devotee to fulfill certain wishes. As per Hindu Holy Scriptures, water is one of the manifest forms of the Supreme Being (God). It is also said in the Rig Veda that in the beginning there was only Water. So when the devotee offers the puja items to water the devotee feels that it is directly offered to the Supreme Truth.

Dropping of puja items in rivers should not be practiced anymore as majority of puja items are not natural products. Most of the Hindu puja items today contain plastic and numerous other non-degradable materials. Rivers in olden days were free flowing and therefore what was offered was immediately carried away and there was no stagnation.

It must be noted that several rituals and practices in Hinduism were started more than 5000 years ago. In ancient days, only natural materials were offered to Hind…

Chakkulathukavu Temple Pictures – Online Virtual Tour of Chakkulathukavu Sree Bhagavathy Temple

ChakkulathukavuTemple located near ThiruvallaTown in Kerala is today one of the most popular temples dedicated to Goddess Shakti (Bhagavathy) in Kerala. Vanadurga form of Goddess Shakti is worshipped here. Leen Thobias of p4panorama.com has created an online virtual tour of ChakkulathukavuTemple. You can view the temple pictures in 360 degree. There are total seven images of the temple. The temple attracts thousands of daily from all parts of India. More than 100,000 women participate in the annual Pongala Ritual held here at the temple during November/December. You can take the Online Virtual Tour of ChakkulathukavuSreeBhagavathy Temple here at p4panorama.

Swami Dayanand Saraswati Thoughts on the Four Stages of Life in Hinduism

Swami Dayanand Saraswati founder of Arya Samaj Brahmacharya (or the 1st stage of life) is meant for perfecting one's body and acquiring knowledge and culture. Grihastha (or the 2nd stage of life) is for the pursuit of useful occupation and professions, marriage, etc. Vanaprasth (or the 3rd stage of life) for meditation, concentration of mind on abstruse subjects, perfection of character and acquisition of divine knowledge. Sanyasa (for the 4th stage of life) is meant of disseminating knowledge of the Veda and the Shastras practicing virtue and renouncing vice, preaching the gospel of truth and dispelling doubts and ignorance of the people. But all those who do not discharge the most important duties of Sanyasa, such as the preaching of truth and righteousness, are the most degraded wretches, and will go to hell. Therefore, it is necessary for Sanyasis to devote themselves assiduously to the preaching of truth and enlightening the minds of the people who are in doubt, to the studies of…