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Garuda Seva – Importance of Garuda Vahana

Garuda Seva is an important ceremony during the Brahmotsavam in Vishnu Temples in South India. It is popularly known as Garuda Vahana procession. The importance of Garuda Seva is due to the fact that it is the most auspicious ritual during the Brahmotsavam.
In the ritual, the processional murti of the form of Bhagvan Srihari Vishnu worshipped is taken around the temple street atop Garuda – the holy bird which is also the vehicle or Vahana of Vishnu. Seeing the sit of Vishnu atop Garuda is highly meritorious.
Garuda Vahana procession is usually held during the night.  It continues for several hours. The deity is fully attired and wears rare ancient jewels.
The most important Garuda Vahana procession is held at the world famous TirupatiBalajiTemple. The day attracts more than 100,000 devotees.

Spiritual Tour during Onam Holidays by Indian Railways – Ganga Snan Yatra by IRCTC

A spiritual tour to Haridwar, Allahabad, Varanasi and Gaya during Onam Holidays in 2014 is being planned by Indian Railways. The package is provided by IRCTC and is known as Ganga Snan Yatra. The spiritual tour, which starts on September 2, 2014, is for 11 days. The entire tour package for a person comes around Rupees 6,700.
You can board the Bharat Darshan Tourist Train from Madurai to North India via Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad, Podanur, Erode, Salem and Vijayawada. The New Indian Express reports The journey cost includes Non-AC Sleeper Class Train journey, Non-AC hall accommodation wherever night stay is planned, Non-AC buses for local sightseeing and vegetarian meals.
The unique tourist train has the following features: The train carries only the Bharat Darshan tourists. Tour escorts and security guard for each coach. 10 coaches, including pantry car. Each coach is fixed with audio system for important announcements and music. On board and o…

World around Me is Changing Quickly – Should I Follow the Changes?

There is no doubt that the world around us is changing quickly both technologically and morally. The changes in technology and its influence on our culture are happening at a very fast rate that we are not even aware of it. But should I follow the changes.
Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism) is not a closed book. It is a living religion. It accepts all positive changes. If you are a Hindu, then your religion gives the permission to adapt, change and assimilate positive changes.
But are these changes positive? Has the change made you a better human being? Are you happy due to all the technological developments?
A decade ago a teenager was happy if he had a cycle. But today he is unhappy even if he has a bike and the best smart phone. Why? Because each day a new bike is appearing in the market. Every hour there is a new smart phone. So what is in possession of him is obsolete within a day or an hour. So he is never happy. It this a positive change?
Today your body is an object. It is controll…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – August 20, 2014 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waning phase of moon till 10:38 AM on August 20. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Mrigasira or Makayiram Nakshatra till 6:46 PM on August 20. Then onward it is Ardra or Arudhara or Thiruvathirai Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrishabha Rashi till 6:07 AM. Then onward it is Mithuna Rasi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5116
Vikram Samvant 2071 – Bhadrapad Krishna Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waning phase of moon in Bhadrapad month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and …