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Sabarimala Pilgrimage 2011-2012 Begins on November 17, 2011

The SabarimalaAyyappaTemple in Kerala opened for the Mandala Pooja season on November 16, 2011. The two month pilgrim season attracts millions of devotees to this hill shrine dedicated to Sastha. The Temple will remain open from November 16, 2011 to December 27, 2011 and from December 30 to January 20, 2012. The annual pilgrimage begins in November and ends in mid January with the Makaravilakku.
Mandala Pooja Mahotsavam Begins on November 16, 2011 at 1730 hrs.
Pilgrims begin darshan from November 17, 2011
Mandala Pooja is on December 27, 2011.
Temple closes after Mandala Pooja on December 27, 2011 at 2230 hrs.
The shrine then closes for a brief period and reopens for Makaravilakku festival.
Temple re-opens for Makara Vilakku Session on December 30, 2009 at 1730 hrs.

Makaravilakku is on January 15, 2012. The famous Makarajyothi sighting also will take place on this day.
Temple closes on January 20, 2012 at 2200 hrs.
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Dhanur Veda – The Book That Teaches Archery in Hindu Tradition

Dhanus means bow and Dhanur Veda contains lessons in using the bow and arrow. Tips and tricks associated with archery are mainly mentioned in this text. It is believed that the first teacher of Dhanu Veda was Shiva. Dhanur Veda Samhita is held to be the authentic text in Hindu tradition that deals with various weapons and also regarding the formation of army in war.
The popular belief is that Dhanur Veda is part of Yajur Veda. It contains 10 chapters. The book also details about the use of chariot, elephant, horse and soldiers in a war. Thus the text is also known as Chatushpadi.
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Laddu Biometric Vending Machines to be installed at Tirupati Balaji Temple

Tirupati Laddu – sold over 100,000 daily – is the most important Prasadam at the famous TirupatiBalajiTemple with an ever increasing demand. There are also malpractices in the distribution of the laddu. To keep up to the increasing demand and to stop malpractices, TTD is planning to install Laddu Biometric Vending Machines on experimental basis. Deccan Herald Reports
“We aim to reduce manpower involved in transport and sale of laddu,”  says L V Subramanyam, the executive officer of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD), which manages the main temple and 12 other sub temples  in Tirumala and Tirupati. Devotees have to pay money at a counter and record  thumb impression on the bio-metric gadget to get a token to use the vending machines. The initiative will help the TTD distribute “laddu ­pr­a­sadam” round the clock.  The TTD on an average sells  nearly one lakh “laddus” every day and the number is much high on weekends and during festivals. Related Tirupati Laddu Facts

Pancharatra Deepam

Pancharatra Deeepam is the festival of lights in Tamil Nadu and it is observed on the full moon day (or a day earlier) in the month of Karthigai (November-December) on the Karthigai Nakshatram day. Pancharatra Deepam 2017 date is December 2, Saturday. Pancharatra is the name associated with the tradition and rituals followed by the Vaishanva Community.
The main event on the day is the lighting of traditional oil lamps in the evening after sunset. Karthigai is the name of the one of the stars or Nakshatrams and deepam is the term for light or diya.
On the day, temples, homes and streets are decorated with traditional oil lamps. Special pujas and prayers are held in temples on the day.
The lighting of lamp is an auspicious symbol and it is believed to usher in peace and prosperity. The day is also known as Vishnu Deepam.

He is knower of Self to whom ideas of me and mine have become quite obsolete – Adi Shankaracharya

Faith, devotion, and the yoga of meditation. These are mentioned by the Vedas as the immediate factors of liberation in the case of a seeker; Whoever abides by these, gets liberation from the bondage of the body, which is the conjuring of ignorance.
Lust at the sight of a young woman springs from ignorance and delusion. Reason points out inwardly time and again, that bodies are only the combination of flesh, blood and fat.
Never boast of your wealth, friends, and youth. Time may steal away all these in the twinkling of an eye. Giving up attachment to this world which is full of illusion, try to realize Brahman soon and merge in it.
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Today’s Hindu Calendar – November 16, 2011 – Tithi, Vrat, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on November 16, 2011 – Krishna Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Sashti Tithi from 5:52 AM on November 16, 2011. Before 5:52 AM it is Panchami or fifth day. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Punarvasu or Punarpoosam or Punirtham Nakshatra till 2:04 PM on November 16, 2011. Then onwards it is Pushya or Pusam or Puyam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mithuna Rasi till 7:57 AM. Then it is Karka Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – SabarimalaTemple opens in the evening for two month darshan.
Kartik Krishna Paksha Sashti or the sixth day during the dark phase of moon in Kartik month in calendars followed in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
Kartik Krishna Paksha Panchami or the fifth day during the dark phase of moon in Kartik month in calendars followed in Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.
Margashirsh Krishna Paksha Sashti or the sixth day during the wan…