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Efforts to create a manual for Similar Puja and Rituals in Jagannath Temples around the World

Efforts are underway to create a manual based on Skanda Purana for Similar Puja and Rituals in Jagannath Temples around the World. There are thousands of Jagannath Temples in India and around the world. The most important Jagannath Temple is located at Puri in Orissa and is believed to be the Mool Sthan or Srimandir (permanent abode) of Jagannath.  Daily Pioneer reports
The manual is being prepared by the Mukti Mandap on the basis of the Skandha Puran and after it is finalized, it will seek the approval of the Sankaracharya before being recommended for observance, according to Gajapati Maharaja of Puri Dibyasingh Dev. The Gajapati told media persons here on Saturday that for the promotion and extension of the Jagannath cult worldwide, the Jagannath Temple Administration is going to organize ‘Sri Jagannath Mandir Aikya Sthapan’, to forge oneness among the Jagannath temples in the country and abroad, and a national conference during the ‘Sri Jagannath Pancha Ratra’ (Five nights for discu…

By fulfilling desires in us, those desires don't go away – Subhashitam

For noble-minded ones, entire universe is family.

Dharma will protect those who protect Dharma.
Truth is one and the Sages call it by different names.
In life, what we give must be more than what we take.
By fulfilling those desires in us, those desires don't go away.
Related Subhashitam – Wise words to ponder

Somvati Amavasya Mela, Haridwar, January 23, 2012

Somvati Amavasya is observed when the no moon day falls on a Monday in traditional Hindu Lunar. The first Somvati Amavasya Mela in 2012 in Haridwar is on January 23. It is considered highly auspicious for taking holy dip or performing holy bath at Haridwar. Thousands of people take holy dip in GangaRiver in Haridwar on the day.
The January 23 Somvati Amavasya Mela is highly auspicious as it happens on the Mauni Amavasya day and also the Magh Mela is held during the period.
Nearly half a million people is expected to perform holy bath at the various ghats in Haridwar on the day.
It is believed that taking holy bath during on the day will help in redemption of sins. It is also seen as a method to attain Moksha.
Somvati Amavasya is dedicated to Shiva.

Today’s Hindu Calendar – January 9, 2012 – Tithi, Vrat, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on January 9, 2012 – Purnima Tithi or the full moon day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Purnima till 12:59 PM on January 9, 2012. Afterwards it is Krishna Paksha Pratipada or the first day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Ardra or Arudara or Thiruvathira Nakshatra till 4:52 AM on January 9, 2012. Afterwards it is Punarvasu or Punirtham Nakshatram
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mithuna Rashi till 11:15 PM. Then onwards it is Karka Rasi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Purnima or full moon day. Shakambari Purnima. Magh Snan begins.
Poush Purnima Tithi or the full moon day in Poush month in calendars followed in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.
Paush Purnima Tithi or the full moon day in Paush month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgar…