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Sannihit Sarovar in Kurukshetra

Sannihit Sarovar is an important sacred pond in Kurukshetra in Haryana. The belief is that it is formed by the merging of all the rivers in the world and some legend has it that seven Saraswati rivers merge here. Bathing in the Sannihit Tirth on Amavasya, or no moon day, in Hindu lunar calendar is considered highly auspicious.
Legend has it that all the rivers of the world complained to Vishnu that they were polluted due to humans washing their sins in them. Vishnu as a solution asked them to collect in the Sannihit Sarovar on Amavasya day and get all the sins removed.
Thus Sannihit Sarovar became a holy spot for those looking for redemption of sins.

There are numerous temples located near the Sarovar – the most famous among them is that of LaxminarayanTemple. Other temples are of Hanuman, Durga, Dhruv and Vishnu. There is also a Birla Mandir nearby.
Sannihit Sarovar is located near the Kurukshetra Railway Station.

How to perform Vishnu Puja at home?

A simple Vishnu Puja at home can be performed by lighting diya, doing aarti, offering Tulsi leaves and chanting of the mantra Om Namo Narayana Namah or Vishnu Sahasranama.
Select a calm and quite place. Clean the place and then take a bath. Place a photograph or idol or picture of Vishnu Keep a lamp ready. Place some Tulsi leaves, flowers and fruits or sweets ready in a plate.
Pray to Ganesha. Meditate for a few minutes to clear the mind of unwanted thoughts and to attain concentration.
Now light the lamp. Meditate or pray to Srihar Vishnu. Offer flowers – Tulsi leaves.
You can light incense or agarbathis (optional). If needed you can ring the bell, while offering flowers. (optional)
Chant the shloka – Om Namo Narayana Namah.
Now offer fruits or any sweet or usual food prepared for the deity. You can sprinkle some water after making the offering.
You can meditate for a few minutes or read some shlokas or prayers dedicated to Vishnu like Vishnu Sahasranama, Vishnu Suktam, Purusha Suktam, Narayana …

Official Website of Sri Sivan Hindu Temple in Singapore

The SriSivanTemple in Singapore has created an official website with facilities to book religious services, prayers and type of Prasadam required for puja. The HinduTemple is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva. The website is available in English, Tamil and Hindi. It also provides a local calendar.
All the important activities organized by the temple are mentioned in the website.
LinkWebsite of SriSivanHinduTemple in Singapore.

Nisargadatta Maharaj Musings

Look, my thumb touches my forefinger. Both touch and are touched. When my attention is on the thumb, the thumb is the feeler and the foreginger – the Self. Shift the focus of attention and the relationship is reversed.
I find that somehow, by shifting the focus of attention, I become the very thing I look at and experience the kind of consciousness it has; I become the inner witness of the thing.
I call this capacity of entering other focal points of consciousness – love; you may give any name you like.
Love says: ‘I am everything.’ Wisdom says: ‘I am nothing.’ Between the two my life flows. Since at any point of time and space I can be both the subject and the object of experience, I express it by saying that I am both, and neither, and beyond both. Nisargadatta Maharaj
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Today’s Hindu Calendar – December 14, 2011 – Tithi, Vrat, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on December 14, 2011 – Krishna Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Chaturthi Tithitill 8:39 PM on December 14, 2011. After 8:39 PM it is Krishna Paksha Panchami or fifth day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Pushya or Pusam or Pooyam Nakshatra till 9:51 PM on December 14. Then onwards it is Aslesha or Anizham Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Karka Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Ganesh Sankashti Chaturthi Vrat
Margashirsh Krishna Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the dark phase of moon Margashirsh month in calendars followed in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.
Paush Krishna Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waning phase of moon in Paush month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pra…