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Kerala Panjal Vedic Yajna Athirathram 1975 Photos

Athirathram is a Vedic yajna and is one of the world’s oldest surviving rituals. Athirathram 2015 starts on March 20, and will continue till March 31, 2015 at at Sukapuram near Edappal in Malappuram District in Kerala. One of the most famous Athirathram of modern times was held in 1975 at Panjal in Thrissur District in Kerala. Here are a few pictures of the 1975 Athirathram published in the Illustrated Weekly of India.

Chaitra Navratri Begins Today – April 4, 2011

Chaitra Navratri, also known as Vasant Navratras or Basant Puja or Ram Navratri, is the festival of nine dedicated to Goddess Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati in the spring season in India (March – April). In 2011, Chaitra Navratri begins on April 4, 2011 and ends on April 12, 2011. As it is observed from the first day of the Chaitra month, it is known as Chaitra Navratra and since it is observed in the spring season, some people call Spring Navratri or Vasant Navratri. The nine days of festival is also known as Ram Navratri as the festivals on the Ramnavami day. The Vasant Navratri is more popular in North India, especially in Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab and other northern states. Temples in this hill states conduct elaborate festivals and melas during the period. Read more about Chaitra Navratri The First day begins with Ghatasthapana - installation of pot with grains.

Kalidasa Teachings

Everything is not good, merely because it is ancient. New innovations should not be looked down upon, because they are new. Wise persons accept ideas after due examination and consideration. Only the fool has his intellect influenced by others. A fool is guided by the convictions of others. A lover sees a reflection of his own fancies in the acts of his beloved. A Self-willed person never listens to captious tongue.