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How Aarti should be waved in front of Deities?

Aarti is an important part of Hindu puja and worship. Daily Aarti is offered to Hindu Gods worshiped in the puja room. Here is brief description of waving Aarti before deities.

The best option is to use a lamp with five wicks.
The best medium for lighting lamp is ghee. Another option is sesame oil.
The platter containing the lit lamp should be waved in full circle in front of the deity.
The Aarti should be performed in clockwise direction.
Aarti platter should not be waved above the head of the deity.
The Aarti should be then placed before the deity and prayers chanted or one should perform meditation.
After performing the puja one should wait for sometime and put out the lamp. One should not allow the lamp to produce black fumes.

Biggest Ganesh Idol (Murti) Worshipped in a Temple

One of the Biggest Ganesh Murti (idol) worshipped in a temple is found at BadaGanapatiTemple in Indore in Madhya Pradesh. The height of the Ganapati murti is 25 feet. Built in 1875, one of the amazing aspects of the Ganesha murti is that it is made of numerous materials including metals, brick and natural products. The soil used in the murti is collected from seven holy cities and numerous other sacred spots.

The Murti is made of:
Clay bricksLime stoneTo reinforce the bricks and limestone – Gud, Methi Dana were usedSoil used is collected from Seven Moksha Puris – Ayodhya, Mathura, Maya, Kashi, Kanchi, Avantika, and Dwarka.Soil from stables, cowshed and elephant sanctuary were used as reinforcements.Powder of diamond, emerald, pearl, ruby and topaz were added to the soil mixture.Holy water collected from all major holy rivers associated with Hinduism were used.Gold, silver, copper, brass and iron were also used.

If I close my eyes I see you inside me and if I open my eyes I see you everywhere outside – Sant Kabir

If I close my eyes I see you inside me and if I open my eyes I see you everywhere outside.
Go deeper Past thoughts into silence...silence into stillness...stillness into the heart. Let love consume all that is left of you.
When the wise man points to the moon, the fool looks at the finger.
If he tries to find himself he finds God and if he tries to find God he finds himself.
I have made Him My companion Who is beyond pleasure and pain; I will revel with Him, I will merge with Him and never be parted again.
Sant Kabir

Today’s Hindu Calendar – February 6, 2013 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on February 6, 2013 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu Calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or eleventh day during the waning phase of moon till 8:58 PM on February 6. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Dwadashi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.

Nakshatra – Jyeshta or Kettai or Triketta Nakshatra till 11:09 AM on February 6. Then onward it is Mool or Moolam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrischika Rasi till 11:09 AM. Then onward it is Dhanu Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Ekadasi Fasting. Shattila Ekadasi
Paush Krishna Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waning phase of moonin Paush month in calendars followed in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.
Magh Krishna Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waning phase of moonin Magh month in calenda…