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Why Dance and Music Performances are Part of Hindu Festivals and Marriages?

Dance and music performances are an important part of Hindu festivals and marriages for many Hindu communities especially in North and western parts of India. But why are dance performances part of Hindu functions. This is not a new addition; the only new addition is the millions of rupees paid to Bollywood actors to dance to sleazy item song numbers. The music and dance performers of earlier ages were meagerly paid and for them it was a long tradition that they were carrying it forward.

It was believed that Hindu Gods and Goddesses especially the Gandharvas used to descent from heaven to watch the performance of the humans. They used to bless the performers and the people.

Earlier it was mandatory for many Hindu communities to invite traditional dance performers, singers, musicians, artists and story tellers to perform at marriages, festivals and during auspicious occasions. It was believed the family that invites the performers will be blessed by Gandharvas - artistic performers of…

Thirukadaiyur Temple Pictures – Virtual Tour of Thirukadaiyur Abirami Amman Temple in Tamil Nadu

ThirukadaiyurTemple is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva and is located at Thirukadaiyur in Nagapattinam District in Tamil Nadu. This popular Shiva temple is chosen by many people to celebrate their 60th and 80th birthdays. It is believed that Sage Markandeya attained the boon of immortality and ever youthfulness from Shiva here. is offering an online virtual tour of this ancient temple. You can view 10 pictures of the temple in 360 degree. LinkView online virtual tour of ThirukadaiyurTemple

Swami Akhandananda Teachings

There is no happiness here, no peace. How can there be? This is not our place – this narrowness, selfishness. We want freedom from all these. That is real happiness that is real satisfaction. To attain liberation and knowledge, even the gods have to be born in human form. Now I see God living in all human beings, and I have realized that the service to man is service to God. God, as it were, is whispering in my ears, - Verily these human beings are the Vedic sages; they are divine incarnations like Rama and Krishna - they are everything.
Swami Akhandananda -Direct Disciple of Sri Ramakrishna

Today in Hindu Calendar – January 6, 2011

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on January 6, 2011 – Today is Shukla Paksha Dwitiya – the second day of the waxing phase / light phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. Dwitiya tithi till 16:30 hrs (4:30 PM). Tritiya Tithi from then onwards. All time based on India Standard Time. Paush Shukla Paksha Dvitiya or 2nd day of Poush month in calendars followed in Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat.  Paush Shukla Paksha Dwitiya or 2nd day of waxing phase of moon in Poush month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir. Rashi or Moon Sign – Makar Rasi. Nakshatra – Uttarashada or Uttiradam or Uttradam till 0552 hrs (05:52 AM). Then onwards it is Shravan or Sravana or Thiruonam. As Uttarashada is only for a short time, some calendars have marked Shravan Nakshatram for the day. 22nd day of Margazhi Masam in Tamil Calendar follow…