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Atharva Vedi Shravani in 2018 – Importance of Atharva Veda Upakarma

Atharva Veda Upakarma, or Atharva Vedi Shravani, is the sacred thread changing ceremony observed by the Brahmins who follow the Atharva Veda. In 2018, date of Atharva Vedi Shravani is September 25. The Upakarma prayogam or method employed by Atharva Vedi Brahmins is different from Upakarma of Rig and Yajur Vedis. The sacred thread worn by the Brahmins known as ‘Yagnopavitam’ is changed on this day. The rituals is of great importance to people who follow the Atharva Veda tradition.
The ritual is also known by the name of Upanayanam or Upanayana and Avani Avittam. The sacred thread Yagnopavitam is known as Poonol in Malayalam, Jandhyamu in Telugu and Janivaara in Kannada.
The Upakarma ritual is usually performed by a group in a temple or by the side of a river or sacred pond (Tirth). Today, people also perform the ritual at home.
Atharva Vedi Shravani is observed on the Bhadrapad Purnima day.

Story of Origin of Tantras

Tantras are the most important spiritual texts dedicated to the worship of Mother Goddess Shakti. There are two stories regarding the origin of Tantra. The authorship of Tantra texts are attributed to Lord Shiva.
It is believed that Rishis Sanaka, Sananda, Sanatana and Sanat Kumara wanted a simpler method of spiritual practice. They wanted something that is easier than the methods given in the Vedas. Heading to their prayers, Lord Shiva taught them the secret doctrines of Tantra.
Another theory has it that Shiva first taught these secret teachings to Goddess Parvati. Mother Parvati was concerned about her children on earth and wanted to know about the easiest way through which human beings can attain liberation. She wanted something specific for the Kali Yuga.
Shiva then taught Goddess Parvati Tantra. The tantras are collectively known as Agamas. It is said that Shiva taught them to Goddess Parvati and Vishnu sanctioned them.
As per Adi Shankaracharya, there are 64 books on Tantra.

Suna Besha Live Telecast Online 2015 – Watch Suna Besha After Jagannath Rath Yatra 2015 Live

Suna Besha ritual is the appearance of Lord Jagannth in a new dress on the chariot on the last day of the Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra.  You can watch the Suna Besha live online on July 27, 2015. The live telecast is provided by NIC, from live telecast of DD India, in collaboration with Government of Orissa.
You can watch the Suna Besha Live here.
There is a popular belief that a person who has darshan of Lord Jagannath with Suna Besha on the chariot will not have rebirth.
Suna Besha is also the last important ceremony during the Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra.

Just as the Earth bears those who dig into her, it is best to bear with those who despise us – Tirukkural

Like a tortoise withdrawing five limbs into its shell, those who restrain the five senses in one life will find safe shelter for seven lives.
Just as the Earth bears those who dig into her, it is best to bear with those who despise us.
Water is sufficient to cleanse the body, but truthfulness alone can purify the mind.
Self-control will place a man among the Gods, while lack of it will lead him into deepest darkness.
Sustained and courageous effort enables man to see fate turn its back and flee.
Prosperity and ruin issue from the power of the tongue. Therefore, guard yourself against thoughtless speech.