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Photos and Videos of Sathya Sai Baba Mahasamadhi opened on Guru Purnima – July 15, 2011

Satya Sai Baba’s Maha Samadhi was opened to devotees on Friday, July 15, 2011 for darshan at Prasanthi Nilayam in Andhra Pradesh in India on the auspicious occasion of Guru Purnima. The Mahasamadhi is located in the Kulwant Hall in Prasanthi Nilayam. The rectangular-shaped ‘Maha Samadhi’ is a white marble edifice.







Karkidaka Masam – Dedicated to Ramayana and Sri Ram – Karkidakam Month in Kerala

The Malayalam month Karkidakam is dedicated to Sri Ram and the reading of the Ramayana in Kerala. The Karkidaka Masam in Malayalam calendar is from mid July to mid August. It is believed in Kerala that Valmiki completed the Ramayana in Karkidaka month and Luv and Kush, the sons of Sri Ram and Mata Sita, sang it first in the month.
Another belief is that Sri Ram performed Shradham on the Amavasi day on the banks of River Pampa in Kerala.
The entire Ramayana is read during the month. Uttara Ramayana is not read by Malayalis as part of the Karkidaka Masam Ramayana Parayanam. If one is unable to read the entire Ramayana then only Sundarakandam is read.
Related Karkidaka Masam in Kerala – Its importance

Virtual Tour of Shirdi Sai Baba Temple – View Sai Baba Mandir pictures 360 degree

Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust, Shirdi, is offering a virtual tour of the ShirdiSaiBabaTemple – you can view pictures of the Samadhi Mandir and Dwarkamai in 360 degrees. The murti of Shirdi Sai Baba can be viewed in extreme close up. There are at total of 7 images of Samadhi Mandri, Chavadi, Dwarkamai and view of main temple.
LinkVirtual Tour of ShirdiSaiBabaTemple

Note – You will need Java installed in your computer to view the virtual tour.
Related  Online Live Darshan from ShirdiSaiBabaTemple

Reflections on Guru Purnima

The term Guru is split as ‘Gu’ and ‘Ru’. Gu denotes ignorance and Ru means that which helps one to over come ignorance. According to the established traditions, the parents are instrumental in giving birth to a child in this material world but it is the Guru who enlightens one and helps one to overcome the material bondage and become liberated from this trans-migratory existence of birth, death, old age and disease.
Therefore the scriptures advocate that one should worship one’s guru as god. Skanda Purana says, “guru is Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara, guru is the personification of supreme brahman therefore I adore him.’’ The Svethaswara Upanishad says that one will not get liberated unless one worships one’s guru as god.
Guru Poornima is also called as Vyasa-Poornima because all the schools of theistic philosophy that have originated in the country have their source in the scriptures classified or compiled by Veda Vyasa. Veda Vyasa classified the Vedas into four, based on their conten…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – July 15, 2011 – Tithi, Vrat, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on July 15, 2011 – Today is Purnima – full moon day in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Purnima Tithi till 11:26 AM on July 15. After 11:26 AM it is Krishna Paksha Pratipada or the first day of the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Purvashada or Pooradam Nakshatra till 9:10 AM. Afterwards it is Uttarashada or Uthiradam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Dhanu Rashi till 3:16 PM. Then onwards it is Makar Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Purnima. Guru Purnima. Vyas Puja. Kokila Vrat.
Ashada Purnima or full moon day in Ashad month in calendars followed in Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat.
Ashad Purnima or full 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.
30th day of Aani Masam in Tamil Calendar followed in Tamil Nadu. 30t…