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Ganapati Kalyanam – The Story of the Phrase

Ganapati Kalyanam is a phrase used in South India to refer to the marriage of a person, which is continuously postponed due to various reasons and never takes place. This phrase is associated with a local story associated with Shiva and Ganesha. Legend has it that one day Ganapati felt like getting married. He immediately dashed towards Mount Kailash the abode of Shiva and Goddess Parvati. There he asked his parents about his marriage. He wanted to know the date of his marriage. This sudden request from Ganapati puzzled Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Shiva then wrote on a stone nearby ‘Tomorrow is the marriage.’ Ganesha then forgot about the marriage subject and indulged in his leelas. But whenever Ganesha remembered about his marriage, Shiva pointed towards the stone. Thus the marriage of Ganapati was eternally postponed. Note – In some Hindu cultures, Hindu God Ganesh is a bachelor. But there are some cultures in which he is a family man. Siddhi and Riddhi, dau

Kailash Manasarovar Yatra 2014 by Government of India – Dates and Application Forms for 2014 Yatra – Apply Online

Booking and Selection Process for the annual Kailash Manasarovar Yatra 2014 organized by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, has begun. The Kailash Manasarovar Yatra 2014 is open to all Indian citizens, above 18 years of age and not attained 70 years, who wish to proceed to Kailash Manasarovar in  China  for religious purposes. Applications are available now. Kailash Manasarovar Yatra in Hinduism Kailash Manasarovar Yatra conducted by the Government of India includes visit to  Mount   Kailash  – the abode of Lord Shiva – and  Manasarovar   Lake . According to Hindu scriptures, those who take a dip in the Manasarovar and complete the parikrama (circumambulate) around  Mount   Kailash  are absolved of their sins and are liberated from the cycle of birth and death. They are ultimately united with Brahman (symbolically represented by  Mount   Kailash  or Shiva). Last Date of Receiving Application is March 10, 2014. Last Date of Online Application is M