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Lanka Podi at Sonepur in Orissa

Lanka Podi is a unique ritual held at Sonepur in Subarnapur District of Orissa. Children recreate the scene of Hanuman burning Lanka on the day. It is observed annually on the Bhadra Amavasya as per traditional Hindu calendar in Orissa and is also known as Saptapuri Amabasya. The ritual traces its roots to 8th century. In 2017, Lanka Podi date is August 21.

Small Terracotta statues of Hanuman are wrapped with clothes and leaves and are mounted on wheels. The tails of statues are wrapped with old clothes and is then dipped in kerosene and set on fire. The statues are then paraded through the streets with the tail burning symbolizing Hanuman running around burning Lanka.

The statues are finally taken to nearby SomalaiTemple and broken. Some people place the statues on rooftop as guardian deity.

The legend and ritual takes place from the belief that Sonepur was Lanka, the golden city of Ravana. On a small island near Sonepur on River Mahanadi there is a temple of Lankeshwari.

Mahishasura Mardini Animation Film – Watch Bengali Cartoon Movie on Durga Puja and Goddess Durga Online for free

Mahishasura Mardini Animation Film is dedicated to Mahalaya and Durga Puna, the festival of victory of Goddess Maa Durga over demon Mahisasura. You can now watch the Mahishasura Mardini animation film on youtube for free. The cartoon film is an animated representation of the Bengali tradition of Durga Puja in a traditional form, through chanting of mantras, shlokas and traditional songs.

Music and background music of the feature film is directed by Kishor chatterjee.
Link – Mahishasura Mardini Animation Film

Hinduism is a process not a result – Dr S Radhakrishnan

Hinduism is a process, not a result: a growing tradition, not a fixed revelation.
The Hindu religion is marked by an eminently rational character. Throughout the bewildering maze of dreamy hopes and practical renunciations, strangest dogmas and reckless adventures of spirit, throughout the four or five millennia of ceaseless metaphysical and theological endeavor, the Hindu thinkers have tried to grapple with the ultimate problems in a spirit of loyalty to truth and feeling for reality.
Throughout its long career, the oneness of the ultimate Spirit has been the governing ideal of the Hindu religion. The one incomprehensible God, who is omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent, appears to different minds in different ways. An ancient text says that forms are given to the formless Absolute for the benefit of the aspirants. Dr S Radhakrishnan
Related True Teachers Help Us to Think For Ourselves – Dr S Radhakrishnan

Today’s Hindu Calendar – November 24, 2011 – Tithi, Vrat, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on November 24, 2011 – Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi till 2:12 PM on November 24, 2011. After 2:12 PM it is Amavasya tithi or no moon day. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Swathi or Chothi Nakshatra till 5:17 AM on November 24, 2011. Then onwards it is Vishaka or Vishakam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Tula Rasi till 10:06 PM. Then onwards it is Vrischika Rasi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kartik Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi or the fourteenth day during the dark phase of moon in Kartik month in calendars followed in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
Margashirsh Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi or the fourteenth day during the waning phase of moon in Margashirsh month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pra…