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Annadanam – Importance of Food Donation in Hindu Religion

There is no better puja and ritual in Hindu religion than feeding a hungry living being. Annadanam is Mahadanam or the greatest donation in Hindu religion and is an essential part of Sanatana Dharma tradition. The food donation is not limited to feeding a human being but it encompasses all living beings. There are numerous stories in Hindu scriptures that extol the glory of Annadanam – prominent being Goddess Parvati appearing as Goddess Annapurnaeshwari and feeding Shiva. Another instant is that Karna taking rebirth as he had performed all types of donation except food donation.

A mistake many Hindus make while performing Annadanam is to feed only priests. This is wrong. Annadanam should be offered to all living being – there should not be any consideration of position, authority, religion or caste or nationality.

In Hinduism, Annadanam is performed for redemption of sins, to attain piety, to get speedy recovery from illness and also to attain moksha.

There is a Hindu belief that sins c…

God is One But He Is Worshipped In Different Ages Under Different Names -Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

Be not like the frog in the well. The frog in the well knows nothing bigger and grander than its well. So are all bigots. They do not see anything better than their own creed.
In a potter’s shop, there are vessels of different shapes and forms – pots, jars, dishes, plates etc., but all are made of the same clay. So God is one, but He is worshipped in different ages and climes under different names and aspects.
One can ascend to the top of a house by means of a ladder or a bamboo or a staircase or a rope; so too, diverse are the ways of approaching God and each religion in the world shows one of the ways.
Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

Today’s Hindu Calendar – July 1, 2011 – Tithi, Vrat, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on July 1, 2011 – Today is Amavasya – No moon day in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Amavasya Tithi till 2:02 PM on July 1. Afterwards it is Shukla Paksha Pratipada or first day of the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.

Nakshatra – Ardra or Arudhara or Thiruvathira Nakshatra till 11:30 PM. Afterwards it is Punarvasu or Punarpusam or Punirtham Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mithuna Rasi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Amavasya. Snan Dan Amavasi. Halharini Amavasya.
Jyeshta Amavasya or no moon day in Jaishata month in calendars followed in Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat. Last day of Jyeshta month in these regions.
Ashada Amavasya or no moon day in Ashada month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir.
16th day of Aani Masam in Tamil Calendar followed in…