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Vedic Yajna in Kerala – The World’s Oldest Surviving Ritual – Athirathram from April 4, 2011

Vedic Yajna (Yajgya or sacrifice or ritual) is performed for the prosperity of human race through peaceful co-existence with nature by energizing the various forces in nature – especially sun. Agni, fire, that represents Sun, the Prathyaksha Brahman or Visible God, in Sanatana Dharma, is worshipped during the Yajna. This vedic ritual is known as Athirathram and is one of the world’s oldest surviving ritual. The 12-day ritual begins on April 4, 2011 and ends on April 15, 2011 at at Panjal in Thrissur District in Kerala. The saddest part during a Vedic Yajna today is that often the spiritual meaning and traditional values associated with it are buried beneath superficial things associated with the yajna. Vedic Yajna is not performed for miracles neither are they meant to invoke any deity and achieve materialistic gains. All Vedic yajnas are aimed at propitiating various elements in nature – a deep understanding that the existence of human race depends on the elements in nature. The very…

Veda Vyasa Teachings

What is the enemy difficult to conquer? – Anger What is the best of riches? – Knowledge. What is the best happiness? – Contentment. What is courage or bravery? – Being able to control the five senses. By destroying ego and arrogance one become lovable. Veda Vyasa

Today’s Hindu Calendar – April 3, 2011 – Tithi, Vrat, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on April 3, 2011 – Today is Amavasya – No moon day in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. Amavasya Tithi till 7:09 PM on April 3. Afterwards it is Shukla Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day of the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time. Nakshatra – Uttarabhadra or Uttarabhadrapadam or Uthrittati till 1:42 pm on April 3, 2011. Afterwards it is Revathi Nakshatram. Rashi or Moon Sign– Meena Rasi. Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Amavasya Falgun Amavasya or no moon day of waning phase of moon in Phalgun month in calendars followed in Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat. Today is the last day of Phalgun month. Chaitra Amavasya or no moon day in Chait month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir. 20th day of Painguni Masam in Tamil Calendar followed in Tamil Nadu. 20th day …