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Arka Vratam

Arka Vratam is dedicated to Surya, the sun god in Hindu tradition. The Vrat is observed on Sunday. The important rituals of the vratam include fasting, chanting of Gayatri Mantra or any other prayer dedicated to Surya. Devotee observing Arka Vrata will be blessed with peace and prosperity.

The devotee observing the vrat should wake up before sunrise on Sunday. After taking bath, should view the rising sun and offer prayers and chant Gayatri mantra or any other prayer dedicated to Surya.
Only a single meal is taken on the day – mostly during noon. The fasting is continued even after sunset. The single meal should be a simple pure vegetarian meal.
No pujas are performed during the evening hours.
It is believed that Arka Vratam helps in alleviating various diseases and it also helps the devotee to attain spiritual awareness.

Kamakshi Amman Temple Pictures – Virtual Photo Tour of Kamakshi Amman Temple in Kanchipuram

KamakshiAmmanTemple located at Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu. Dinamalar newspaper has created a virtual tour of temple – high quality pictures of the temple. You can watch the photos in 360 degrees. There is also a narration in English regarding the elements in the picture.

Goddess Kamakshi is an incarnation of Goddess Shakti.
Link – you can take virtual tour of Kamakshi Amman Temple here at Dinamalar.