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Avani Avittam – Upakarma – Gayatri Japam Sankalmpam 2017 Mantras

Avani Avittam, Upakarma and Gayatri Gayatri Japam Sankalmpam are important annual rituals associated with the Brahmin community in Tamil Nadu and Kerala and for certain Brahmin communities in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. You can get the details of all mantras chanted in 2017 below. The day is of great significance to Rig and Yajur Vedi Brahmins.

The sacred thread worn by Brahmins known as ‘Yagnopavitam’ is changed on the day.
Rig Vedi Upakarma Avani Avittam is on July 28, 2017

Yajur Vedi Upakarma Avani Avittam is on September 6, 2017
Gayatri Japam is on August 8, 2017.
Yajur Vedi Upakarma mantras can be found in this link –English
Rig Vedi Upakarma mantras can be found in this link –English
Rig Vedi Upakarma mantras can be found in thislink – Tamil

Story of Ganesha as Ekadanta and Madasura

Ekadanta Ganapati is one among the numerous names of Ganesha and it means the single-tusked one. Mudgala Purana states that Ganesh took the form of Ekadanta to defeat demon Madasura – symbolically the demon represents pride.

Madasura was created by Saint Chyavana. Madasura propitiated Shukracharya who initiated him with the Shakti mantra ‘Hrim.’ He performed intense penance by chanting the mantra.
Madasura soon attained the power to rule the universe. With huge power in his disposal he became corrupt and evil. His activities caused immense difficulties to all living beings.
Devas, saints and humans approached Sanatkumara one of the Sanakadi Rishis to find a way to defeat Madasura, 
Sanatkumara asked them to pray to Ganesha in Ekadanta form. He taught them the greatness of Ekadanta – Eka stands for maya and danta stands for truth. Ekadanta is one who controls maya.
Ganesha answered the prayers of living beings and he appeared before Madasura as Ekadanta. Madasura did not fight Ekadanta. …

The Human Boundaries – Documentary on Hindu Refugees from Pakistan in India

"The Human Boundaries" is a 35 minute documentary on the life of the Hindu refugees from Pakistan in India by Rahul Riji Nair. Systematic violence, rampant discrimination, and widespread restrictions on religious freedom have led thousands of Pakistani Hindus to seek refuge in India in recent years. Sadly, the Government of India instead of helping is creating problems to the asylum seekers.

A group of 151 Pakistani Hindus entered India on September, 2011 with a one month tourist visa. They came to take refuge from the various religious persecutions they had to face in Pakistan. The group which has a majority of children and women are now sheltered in a camp on the outskirts of New Delhi. But now their visa has expired and is facing deportation.
Various organizations are fighting for the basic human rights of these people at the political and judicial level. Their story is a grim reminder of all those lives caught up in no man's land. As more boundaries are drawn across…

Swami Vibudhesha Teertha Quotes on Environment Protection in Hindu Religion

Hindu religion wants its followers to live a simple life. It does not allow people to go on increasing their material wants. People are meant to learn to enjoy spiritual happiness, so that to derive a sense of satisfaction and fulfilment, they need not run after material pleasures and disturb nature’s checks and balances. They have to milk a cow and enjoy, not cut at the udder of the cow with greed to enjoy what is not available in the natural course.
According to Hindu religion, “dharanath dharma ucyate”—that which sustains all species of life and helps to maintain harmonious relationship among them is dharma. That which disturbs such ecology is adharma.
There is no life that is inferior. All lives enjoy the same importance in the Universe and all play their fixed roles. They are to function together and no link in the chain is to be lost.