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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 Tirupati Balaji Temple . The day attracts more than 100,000 devotees.

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? Is it helping you in self realization? 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 smartphone. Why? Because each day a new bike is appearing in the market. Every hour there is a new smartphone. So what is in possession of him is obsolete within a day or an hour. So he is never happy. It this a positive cha