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Gof Gunthan – Navratri Garba Dance in Khumbharwad at Gandevi in Navsari district in Gujarat

Gof Gunthan is a traditional Navratri Garba Dance and it has a history of more than 300 years. The dance is performed annually during Sharada Navratri (September – October). Gof Gunthan is a popular dance form of Koli and Kanbi community in Saurashtra and is a variation of Dandiya Raas.
In the dance, each dancer holds a stick in one hand and a string in the other. The string is tied with a ring hung from the ceiling. The string is an important part of the dance. The dancers perform various raas such as fundadi, tappa and bethak and they then weave a braid using the string. The braid is then unweave. The dance includes the striking of the stick.
Traditional musical instruments like harmonium, tabla, dhol and manijra are used to create the desired music for the dance.

About God Bhaga – Vedic Deity Bhaga

Bhaga is a Vedic deity mentioned in the Rig Veda and is one of the Adityas. He is associated with Surya, the sun god. Bhaga is the God of the forenoon. Usha or dawn is mentioned as his sister.
Bhaga means patron, gracious god or dispenser.
It is believed that he distributed wealth. He also presides over matrimony and love.
He is prayed for wealth and for blessings in all ventures. He also bestows high status.
In the Mahabharata, Bhaga is one among the Devas or demi gods and is a member of Indra’s court.
In Puranas, he is also named as one of the Rudras.
It must be noted here that there is also deity named Bhaga in Zoroastrianism.

Siva Mooligai Trust of Thiruvengadu in Tamil Nadu Planting Rare Herbs Used by Ancient Siddhars

Siddha texts of Siddhars in South India are store house of traditional medicines. We are slowly losing this knowledge thanks to lack of interest is our traditional cures and medicines. People associated with Siva Mooligai Trust of Thiruvengadu in Tamil Nadu are attempting to revive the medicine of Siddhars by identifying various herbs and medicinal plants. The Hindu reports
Kalyanaraman of Siva Mooligai Trust of Thiruvengadu, has been trekking up hills in search of medicinal plants.

“Kanchi Paramacharya’s brother, Sivan sir, had studied Siddha texts and with his guidance I was able to identify many herbal plants, which we now grow in Thiruvengadu,” he said.

The yellow flower of the Palvalipoondu, when squeezed against an aching tooth, relieves pain; Sarkkarai vilvam helps relieve stomach cramps; Sarkkaraikkolli is good for diabetics.

Despite the fact that many of these plants grow in the hills, Kalyanaraman has successfully grown them in the plains. He said many of them could be grown…

Vrishchika Masam 2018 – Malayalam Vrishchikam Month in Kerala in 2018

Vrishchikam, or Vrishchika Masam, is the fourth month in a traditional Malayalam calendar and is a highly auspicious month. Vrishchika Masam 2018 begins on November 17 and ends on December 15. The 41-day Sabarimala Manadalam Kalam and Vratam begin from the first day of the month. SabarimalaAyyappaTemple opens on the day for the two-month long annual pilgrimage season.

Vrischikam 1 is known as Mandala Kala Arabham or beginning of the Sabarimala season.

Thousands of devotees abstain from non-vegetarian food and observe certain austerities in the Vrishchika Masam mostly dedicated to Lord Ayyappa.

Some of the other important auspicious days in the month include Triprayar EkadasiGuruvayoor Ekadasi and Trikarthika.

The corresponding month in Tamil Calendar is Kartik or Karthigai.

Vrishchika Masam 2018 Ekadasi
November 19 (Guruvayur Ekadasi)
December 3 (Triprayar Ekadasi)

Vrishchika Masam 2018 Pradosham
November 20
December 4

Important festivals include:
November 23 - Chakulathukavu Pongala

Thoughts and Quotes on Vishwakarma Puja

In Hindu Religion, Vishwakarma is the divine architect of the universe. Biswakarma (as called in eastern parts of India) is also called the divine carpenter and is mentioned in the Rig Veda and is credited with Sthapatya Veda, the science of mechanics and architecture. Vishwakarma Puja is dedicated to the first carpenter – artisan who gave us all these wonderful knowledge.

Determination, hard work and patience make a good artisan. He becomes an excellent artisan when he remembers and pays respect to his ancestors and Lord Vishwakarma is the first ancestor of carpenters and artisans.
When we offer prayers to Him, we are offering prayers to all the ancestors who passed down the knowledge of various crafts. We are also praying to keep this knowledge and craft intact and also to pass it on to the next generation.
Daily prayers to Vishwakarma assure safety and success in the respective fields.

The greatness of Hindu tradition is that it respects and finds divinity in all activities of l…

Bhagavad Gita Chapter 9 reflections

Delusion breeds sorrows, knowledge produces joy. The universe is pain-ridden because it is delusion-projected. (9.18)
Wherever and whenever an egocentric action, whipped by selfish desire, is undertaken, gross and painful reactions must necessarily ensue. (9.9)
To live in the ego as a mere embodied self is to live self-exiled from all the Divine potentialities that one is heir to. (9.17)
Complete happiness and satisfaction, perfect contentment and peace, lie only in the innermost precincts of the heart and not in the extrovert fields of profit and success, glory and fame. (9.24)
A devotee who can constantly remember the Divine in all his contacts in life is alone the one who can give to life the respect and reverence that it deserves. (9.27)
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 9