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Book – Pahava Vitthal – Photos of Pandarpur Yatra in Maharashtra

Pahava Vitthal by Uddhav Thackeray is a book with photos of the world famous Pandarpur Yatra to the VithalTemple. The 21-day Yatra from mainly from Dehu and Alandi to the PandarpurTemple culminates on the Ashadi Ekadasi day in July. Mid Day reports
The pictures were taken by Uddhav between June and July 2010. In his preface, Uddhav writes in Marathi, "It is a tour of Pandharpur from the sky." The photographs try to capture the life of Varkaris (pilgrims) through their annual pilgrimage trek of 21 days. The book consists of aerial shots taken from a helicopter by Uddhav himself and portrays the colorful extravaganza, the grandeur as well as the significance of the padyatra (foot march). Pahava Vitthal
By Uddhav Thackeray
Price: Rs 200

Bhagirathi Jayanti

Bhagirathi Jayanti is believed to be the day when River Bhagirathi appeared on earth. It is observed in the Jyeshta month. Bhagirathi Jayanti 2018 date is June 22. It is believed that King Bhaigratha succeeded in bringing Ganga down to earth on the day after a long penance. Bhagirathi is a source stream of Holy River Ganga.

The word ‘Bhagirathi’ in Sanskrit literally means caused by Bhagiratha. It refers to King Bhagiratha to gain Moksha or liberation for his 60,000 great-uncles from the curse of saint Kapila, brought the Goddess Ganga in the form of the river Ganges, from the heavens to the earth. (You can read the story here.)

Bhagirathi Jayanti is observed on the Ganga Dashara day and both celebrates the origin of GangaRiver on earth. It is observed on the 10th day during the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in Jyeshta month.

Anandmurti Gurumaa on Sexuality in Hindu Religion

If we think divinity and sexuality are two different extremes, then we really don’t understand the beauty of our sages and we really need to delve more deeply into the subject. We wouldn’t have been born if our parents had not indulged in sex. If sex was wrong and sinful, then this means that our very existence is sinful and wrong. At least in Bharat (India) – dharma, artha, kama and moksha are considered to be the four pillars of human life. Here, ‘kama’ means ‘kamana’ - kamana for food, kamana for money, kamana for sex, kamana for children and are not considered sinful. The institution of marriage was designed by our sages firstly to satiate and experience and then come out of the primal urges of sex; the secondary objective was to procreate and to give birth to children who will take over their work and wisdom. And the next generation would be responsible for disseminating messages and great work of ancestors. That is why in all marriages conducted in different religions, there is …