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Amavasya Puja and Rituals and Dead Forefathers

Amavasya or No moon day in a Hindu lunar calendar is considered highly auspicious for performing pujas and rituals dedicated to dead parents, grand parents, brothers, sisters, wife, son, daughter and other relatives. The popular belief is that the light from the sun that instead of reaching the moon reaches the dead on the day. Another belief is that souls of the dead visit relatives on the earth on the day.

On the day, living relatives can perform holy bath in river, lake or sea, perform tila tarpanam, feed the dead and perform annadanam – donation of food to hungry.
As part of the puja and ritual people only take a single meal on Amavas. A simple vegetarian food is eaten on the day.
The most important Amavasya in north western and eastern parts of India is the Mahalaya Amavasya (September – October).
In Kerala, it is the Amavasya in the month of Karkidakam – Karikadaka Vavu Bali – that is important.
In Tamil, the Amavasya in the month of Thai and Aadi are highly auspicious.

Huge Shivling with Thousand Shivling Chiselled on It - Koteshwarnath Temple in Gaya in Bihar

Koteshwarnath Temple at Main Village near Belaganj in Gaya District in Bihar is a famous Shiva Temple with a unique Shivling – the huge Shivling has a thousand Shivling chiselled on it. The murti is known as Sahastra Lingi Baba Koteshwarnath. It is also believed that prayers offered in the temple are fulfilled immediately. It is said that the blessing of Koteshwarnath is  equal to one hundred thousand blessings


Times of India reports Located on the bank of river Morhar river at Main village, the temple's sanctum sanctorum is carved in a single piece of red stone and within it is installed a large sized Shivalinga with around 1,008 miniature Shivlingas around 1200 years back. People call it Sahastra Shivalinga built in-one and believe Lord Shiva here showers blessings on the devotees.  An amazing thing near the Koteshwarnath temple is an old Pipal tree, whose large branches have turned towards the temple bending downwards as if offering prayers to Lord Shiva. The priests of this te…

Fatigue is a symptom of self centeredness – Swami Kriyananda

Ours is not a focused age. Countless influences pull us in conflicting directions. We find ourselves trying to do a hundred things hastily, rather than one thing at a time carefully and well.
We measure achievement by numbers rather than by excellence. As a result is the exhaustion one finds written on the faces of so many in our bustling cities.
The person who can simplify his life and marshal his energies to do a few things well, instead of scattering this forces restlessly, will find that he has more than enough strength for whatever he has to do.
Fatigue is a symptom of self centeredness. One who can forget himself in helping others and in giving strength to them will find himself rarely exhausted.
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