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Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple Tragedy January 14, 2011 – More than 100 dead – One more addition to the long list of Temple Stampedes in India– When will we awake?

In a temple tragedy on Friday, January 14, 2011 at the famous Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple in Kerala more than 100 pilgrims have died in a stampede – the pilgrims numbering more than 200,000 were returning from Pullumedu in Idukki after witnessing the Makaravilakku and Makarajyothi on January 14, 2011. More than a million devotees had gathered in and around the mountains in Sabariamala to witness the annual Makaravilakku and Makarajyothi which concludes the two month long pilgrimage, which is believed to be the second largest pilgrimage in the world. Temple stampedes during festivals and auspicious days is nothing new in India. (Naina Devi Temple tragedy in 2008 – 145 Dead, Wai Temple Stampede in 2005 – 265 dead, Chamunda temple at Jodhpur (2008) – 147 dead, 63 after a temple gate crashed in UP in 2010...the list is endless. Government, politicians and public react to such incidents with usual statements and immediately forget about it. Stampede happens repeatedly and finally we find an eas…

Important Hindu Festivals and Auspicious Days in February 2011

Dates of important festivals associated with Hinduism in February 2011 – based on major Hindu calendars and Panchangam used in India. The festivals and auspicious days are based on Indian Standard Time (IST). February 2, 2011 – Amavasya – No moon day February 2 – Thai Amavasya in Tamil calendars February 2 – Mauni Amavasya February 3 – Amavasya – No moon day February 4 – Magh month begins in Hindu calendars followed in Maharashtra, Goa, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. February 4 – Vallabhacharya Jayanti February 7 – Ganesh Jayanti – Tilkunda Chaturthi February 8 – Vasant Panchami – Saraswati Puja – Sri Panchami

Today is Makar Sankranti in Maharashtra – January 15, 2011

In Marathi culture, on Makar Sankranti day people exchange grains of multicolored sugar balls and fried til (sesame) mixed with molasses (til gul). Makar Sankranti is the season of the first sugarcane harvest in Maharashtra. The sugarcanes are ready to be made into fresh jaggery and this is reflected in the sweets distributed during the period. Find out more about Makar Sankranti in Maharashtra in this article.

Today is Sankranti in Karnataka – January 15, 2011

Sankranthi, or Makara Sankranti, is a harvest festival in Karnataka as is the case in other parts of India. Sankranthi is celebrated when sun transcends from Sagittarius to Capricorn (Makara) during the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere. Sankranthi means ‘change of direction’ and is based on solar event and it also marks the arrival of Spring Season. In Kannada culture, Sankranthi is synonymous with ellu (sesame-jaggery mix), sugar candies and sugarcane. Read more about Sankranti in Karnataka

Swami Ramakrishnananda Quotes

All our power comes from renunciation. Only when we have given up our life do we begin to live. At present we are like prisoners. We may get a glimpse of freedom now and then but the world falls upon us when we are off our guard and drags us once more into our prison cells. As soon as a man finds out, however, that these little pleasures of the flesh are nothing compared with the infinite pleasures of the spirit, he wants to renounce, not for the sake of renunciation but because he has found something better. He realizes the hollowness of the worldly enjoyments and can be satisfied with the higher enjoyments only. Renunciation means giving up a lesser thing for a greater one. Intellectuality and spirituality are diametrically opposed to each other. Intellectuality is based on ego, and spirituality is based on annihilation of ego. A man who is very shrewd and clever and asserts his opinions will never realize God, for that means he is full of egotism, and until egotism is destroyed he c…

Today is Sankranti in Andhra Pradesh – January 15, 2011

Sankranthi is an important festival observed by Telugu speaking people in January and is dedicated to Surya. In Andhra Pradesh on the Sankranthi day, ‘Pongali’, a dish prepared from the recent rice harvest is offered to Sankranthi Lakshmi. Read more about Sankranti in Andhra Pradesh

Today is Pongal – January 15, 2011

Pongal is one of the most important Tamil festivals and is an agrarian festival dedicated to Surya. The festival symbolically represents the pot of plenty and this is depicted by the boiling over of the cooking rice and lentils. Each Pongal is celebrated with the hope that the new harvest will bring fortune and prosperity to all. Read more about Pongal

Today in Hindu Calendar – January 15, 2011

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on January 15, 2011 – Today is Shukla Paksha Ekadasi – the eleventh day of the waxing phase / light phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. Ekadasi Tithi from 0845 hrs (08:45 AM)  on January 15 to 0900 hrs (9:00 AM) on next day. All time based on India Standard Time. Please note that before 8:45 AM it is Dasami or tenth day. Note – As it is Dasami Tithi, when the sunrise takes place. Ekadasi fasting is not observed by majority of Hindu communities today. Only those who follow smarta tradition observe it today. Paush Shukla Paksha Ekadasi or 11th day of Poush month in calendars followed in Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat. The last day of Margashirsha month in the calendars followed in these regions. Note in some calendars followed in Maharashtra – the day is marked as Shukla Paksha Dasami as the tithi during sunrise is Dasami. Paush Shukla Paksha Ekadasi or 11th day of Poush month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan,…