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Idol Is the Wrong Term to Use to Describe Hindu Temple Deities

Idol is a term that is constantly used to refer to the Murti worshipped in a HinduTemple and many Hindus find it disturbing and uncomfortable. The definition for idol is a picture or statue that is worshipped as a god. But the definition of murti in Hindu concept is different - the formless and omnipotent God (Brahman) can easily assume form for the sake of devotees. It is this form that a Hindu worships at temple or at a sacred place.
The problem is that there is no apt word in English to explain the concept of Murti. So even Hindus have to depend on the word idol to explain the concept of deities in Hindu temples to non-Hindus.
For example if I write ‘murti’ most people (even Hindus) start to wonder what is it? So many times I have to write murti (idol).  Padma Kuppa Writes in the Patheos on this subject
One thing that I find similar is the use of the word "idol" in referring to the sacred: the deities installed in the temples, found in Hindu homes, and a critical part of the…

Amrit Siddha Yoga December 2017 Date and Time

Amrit Siddha Yog is a good period or Shubh Muhurat in Hindu lunar month. In December 2017, Amrit Siddhi Yog date and time is December 4, 7 and December 30, 2017. It is ideal and auspicious for important ceremonies like buying, house warming, bringing car home, closing of home deal, opening of shops, booking of cars etc. This auspicious time for new beginnings and buying is mainly followed in North India.
December 4, 2017 - 8:11 AM on December 4 to 6:33 AM on Dec 5

December 7 - sunrise on December 7 to 1:46 AM on Dec 8

December 30 - 6 PM on December 30 to before sunrise on Dec 31

Deities in temples smile because they are amused by our prayers – Swami Tejomayananda

We see many people going to temple and performing rituals, but it is rare to find people who are uncompromising in righteousness and prepared to give up their lives in the performance of dharma.
Nowadays, people resort to wrong deeds and then pray that God should protect them from the enquiry commission. The deities in our temples smile, because they are amused by our prayers.
A boy was heard to pray that Mumbai should be made the capital of India. When his mother asked him the reason for this strange prayer, he said that in the school examination, in his answer sheet, he had written that Mumbai was the capital of India. Swami Tejomayananda

Related Swami Tejomayananda Thoughts on Expectations ~ Hindu Blog

Today’s Hindu Calendar – November 22, 2011 – Tithi, Vrat, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on November 22, 2011 – Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi till 6:54 PM on November 22, 2011. After 6:54 PM it is Trayodasi tithi. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Hasta or Atham Nakshatra till 8:38 AM on November 22, 2011. Then onwards it is Chitra or Chithirai or Chithira Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kanya Rashi till 7:48 PM. Afterwards it is Tula Rasi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Pradosh Vrat in North India and western parts of India.
Kartik Krishna Paksha Dwadasi or the twelfth day during the dark phase of moon in Kartik month in calendars followed in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
Margashirsh Krishna Paksha Dwadasi or the twelfth day during the waning phase of moon in Margashirsh month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Harya…

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