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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.
As per Dhanur Veda weapons are of four types – Yantra muktha – one that uses machinesPanimuktha – this deal with use of clubs, mace (gadha) etc;Muktasandaritham deals with the use of spear and other such pointed handheld weapons;Amuktham details about weapons that should never be dropped from the hand in a war like sword etc. Dhanur Veda also details about how an army should be arranged in a battle like Padma…

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 2018 date is November 22, Thursday. 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.