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Importance of Garuda Purana – Rituals dedicated to Dead

Garuda Purana is named after Garuda, the vehicle of Vishnu. Many people today believe it is bad to keep Garuda Puran at home. Garuda Purana has two parts; the second part which deals with knowledge regarding journey of the dead and the rituals that have to be performed by relatives to help the dead persons to have a smooth journey.
This Purana was composed by Veda Vyasa as one of the eighteen puranas and it is believed that Hindu God Vishnu himself revealed it to Garuda.
Earlier in traditional Hindu homes a priest was invited to recite Garuda Purana after the death of a person so that relatives are given the required knowledge to perform Shradh and other rituals towards the dead. Sadly, this is no longer followed in majority of Hindu homes.
Today many people believe it is bad to keep the book Garuda Purana in their homes. The book is also not read by many fearing death will happen in the family. Some communities only read it during the ten days after the death of a person.
Is there a…

Vedic Athirathram in Pakazhiyam System in 2012 in Kerala after 112 years

Athirathram is a Vedic yajna and is one of the world’s oldest surviving rituals. An Athirathram in Pakazhiyam Sambradayam or System will be held from March 23 for 12 days at Mattathur Kunnu Kaimukku Mana at Kodakara in Thrissur in Kerala. The Athirathram is being performed for the welfare of all living beings. The Yajamana of the yajna is Kaimukku Vaidikan Raman Somajipad.

This yagam based on Asvalayana Bodhayana Samyukta Pakazhiyam system and is taking place after 112 years. The Yajna is being conducted by the Tretagni Foundation.
Athirathram of a different sampradayam was held in April 2011 in Kerala and this was highly successful.
What is Athirathram? Vedic Yajna (Yajgya or sacrifice or ritual) is performed for the prosperity of human race through peaceful co-existence with nature by energizing the various forces in nature – especially sun. Agni, fire, that represents Sun, the Prathyaksha Brahman or Visible God, in Sanatana Dharma, is worshipped during the Yajna. This vedic ritual i…

Today – March 7, 2012 – is Holika Dahan of Holi Festival

Today, March 7, 2012 is the first day of the Holi festival when bonfires are lit in memory of young Prahlad’s victory over demon Holika. The day is known as Holika Dahan. In some regions, people burn old and worthless things in the
evening. In other regions, fire is lit in the evening using wood pieces. This burning symbolically clears all the grudges and dirt of the past and ushers in hope of a good future.
The Good time provided most astrologers for lighting the fire is from 6:30 PM to 8:56 PM on March 7.
For those people who perform the ritual during Bhadra Puncha – the time is from 12:21 AM to 1:28 on March 8, 2012. This is after midnight on March 7.
You can read more about Holika Dahan here.
Tomorrow is Dhuleti Holi – playing with colors.

Today – March 7, 2012 – is Attukal Pongala - World’s largest annual gathering of women

Today – March 7, 2012 – is Attukal Pongala at the AttukalTemple in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. Millions of Shaktis have arrived to propitiate the Supreme Mother Goddess Shakti – the life force behind all animate and inanimate. All the women that have descended to Attukal in Trivandrum from various parts of Kerala, India and around the world are here to cook Pongala to Goddess Attukal Devi. They participate in the Attukal Pongala ritual, which is the largest annual gathering of women in the world.

The goddess worshipped at Attukal temple is Kannagi who is an incarnation of Goddess Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva.
The 'Pongala' ritual comprises preparing ‘prasad’ for the deity. Women cook rice and jaggery in earthen pots and they offer it to the goddess. They also cook different type of sweet dishes – called ‘mandaputtu,’ ‘appam,’ ‘therali’ – made out of rice powder and jaggery. Coconut tree fronds are used to cook the ‘prasad.’
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Today’s Hindu Calendar – March 7, 2012 – Tithi, Vrat, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on March 7, 2012 – Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi orthe fourteenth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Chaturdashi Tithi or the fourteenth day till 5:02 PM on March 7, 2012. Then onwards it is Purnima Tithi or the full moon day. All time based on India Standard Time.

Nakshatra – Magha or Makam Nakshatra till 8:42 PM on March 7, 2012. Then onwards it is Purvaphalguni or Pooram Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Simha Rasi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Holi – Holika Dahan – Burning of Holika. PurnimaVrat. Holashtak Ends.Attukal Pongala - the world's largest gathering of women in the world
Phalgun Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi or the 14th day during the light phase of moon in Phalgun month in calendars followed in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.
Phalgun Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi or the fourteenth day during the waxing phase of moon in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar…