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Symbolism in the Six Heads of Muruga

Legend has it that six babies that were born the divine spark of Shiva were conjoined by Goddess Parvati and this led to the manifestation of Muruga or Kartikeya. There are numerous symbolisms regarding the six heads of Muruga. It is believed that the six faces of Muruga represents five elements – ether, fire, water, earth, air – and the sixth the sprit that infuses life into the beings formed by the elements.

Some scholars especially those associated with yoga states that the six heads represents the six centers with the human body – six chakras. Nakkirar in his Tirumurugatruppadai (A classic book of the Sangam Age) states that : the first face removes the darkness and ignorance of the world and bathes it in light,the second grants boons to His devotees,the third protects yajnas,the fourth discourses upon the knowledge of the Self;the fifth destroys evil demons andthe sixth glances lovingly at the face of Valli, (His bride from the hills).Source – an article written on Skanda writte…

Paper and Cotton Bags to Keep Kumbha Mela 2013 Eco-Friendly

To make the Kumbha Mela 2013 eco-friendly, government and non-governmental organizations are promoting paper and cotton bags. A mass awareness campaign is currently being conducted in Allahabad for the need to provide pilgrims arriving Kumbha Mela 2013 with paper and cotton bags.
Times of India reports  Post warden, civil defence, Rajendra Tiwari said, "We are organising seminars where we are asking the people to prepare two cotton bags in every household which in turn would be distributed free to pilgrims coming to the Kumbh Mela. Besides cotton bags, the civil defence volunteers would also hand over paper bags to visitors and tourists so keep the Mela area polythene-free.  The team is receiving encouraging response from both the seers and public. The chief priest of Alopi Shankari temple Digambar Narendra Puri has donated 300 cotton bags for distribution among pilgrims.  An Allahapur-based trader is distributing pamphlets and leaflets among customers to spread awareness about t…

Lessons from the Upanishads

The stream of tendencies flowing through good and evil channels is to be directed by self-effort along the good path. When it has entered the evil path, it is to be turned towards the good path. (Muktikopanishad, II.V. 6)
The heavens are His head; the sun and moon, His eyes; the quarters, His ears; the revealed Vedas, His speech; the wind is His breath; the universe, His heart. From His feet is produced the earth. He is indeed the inner Self of allbeings.’ (Mundaka Upanishad 2:1:4 – describes the cosmic man)
He has turned his eyes inward (aavritta chakshu), his vision takes a U-turn because he wants to attain immortality. – The mind of a seeker in Katha Upanishad.
May the Lord, who is one and undivided, but who by virtue of His multiple powers creates these endless, diversities in the beginning without any definite end in view and who destroys the universe in the end, endow us with wholesome intelligence.  (Shvetashvatara Upanishad ch. IV. 1)

Today’s Hindu Calendar – November 29, 2012 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on November 29, 2012 – Krishna Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu Calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Pratipada or the first day during the dark phase of moon till 8:58 PM on November 29, 2012. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.

Nakshatra – Rohini Nakshatra till 4:49 PM on November 29, 2012. Then onward it is Mrigasira or Makayiram or Margashirsham Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrishabha Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kartik Krishna Paksha Pratipada or the first day during the dark phase of moon in Kartik month in calendars followed in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh
Margashirsh Krishna Paksha Pratipada or the first day during the waning phase of moon in Margashirsh month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pra…