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Kartik Purnima Yatra to Ram Temple at Ramtek in Maharashtra

Bhagvan SriRamTemple at Ramtek in Maharashtra is associated with the Ramayana legend. The annual yatra to the temple is held on the occasion of Kartik Purnima. Kartik Purnima Yatra to RamTemple at Ramtek in 2018 is on November 23. The annual pilgrimage is also known as Prabhu Ramachandra Devasthan Yatra at Shri Kshetra Ramtek.

The pilgrimage is observed for 10 days. The most important date is the full moon day in Kartik Month.
Devotees take a holy bath at the Ambala Tank before worshipping the deities in the RamTemple.
The yatra is undertaken by pilgrims from Maharashtra, Orissa, Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh.

Avimukta – Why Kashi or Varanasi is known as Avimukta?

Avimukta literally means unliberated but in the context of Kashi or Varanasi it is interpreted differently – it means the place where Shiva is always present. Varanasi got the name Avimukta after Shiva and Goddess Parvati made it their residence.
The name is also found in the Jabala Upanishad – which is the abode of Brahman. Thus all for all living and non living beings it is the home.
Sage Yajnavalkya explains in the Jabala Upanishad that Avimukta symbolizes that which is infinite and unmanifested – Shiva or Brahman.
It is said that he who gains the knowledge of Avimukta will be liberated.

Bahiram Yatra in Amravati in Maharashtra

Bahiram Yatra is annually held to a hill shrine dedicated to deity named Bahiram. The yatra is organized on Kartik Purnima. It must be noted that the most important fair here is held in the Margashirsh month (December – January) and also during Paush month. Bahiram Yatra 2018 date during Kartik Purnima is on November 23.
The BahiramBowaji yatra is held annually on Kartik Purnima day.
The temple is located atop the Satpura Hill which is locally known as Bahiram Hill.
Apart from the puja and rituals, a grand fair is held during the period. The main attraction here is the food cooked especially non-vegetarian food. The food is cooked in clay pots using wood from the region in the open.
Large number of people arrive for the annual festival in the Margashirsh month (December - January). A month long fair is held during the period.

The most important Bahiram Yatra is observed from Margashirsh Shukla Paksha Sashti Tithi from December 13, 2018 - you can read about it here.

Kharna Fasting during Chath Puja

Chath Puja, which is spread over four days, is dedicated to Surya, the sun god and Agni (fire) and Lord Kartik. The second day is known as Kharna and a complete fast is observed by men and women. Kharna Fasting 2018 during Chath puja is on November 12.
Kharna is observed from sunrise to sunset. It is a complete fast with some devotees even not taking water during the fasting period. The fast should not be undertaken by pregnant women, devotees having health problems and older people.
Some people opt for partial fast and drink lot of water and eat fruits. Some people eat salt-less food. Sabudana khichadi and vrat foods are also eaten on the day.
The Kharna fast is broken after performing a puja at home in the evening. The puja is dedicated to Surya, Kartik, Agni (fire god) and Chhathi Maiya.
Kheer, sweets and fruits are offered to deities and then the whole family shares it as prasad.
For many devotees, another round of fasting begins after the prasad is shared. This fast is usually…

Nagula Chavithi Story – Naga Chaturthi Katha

Nagula Chavithi, also known as Naga Chaturthi, is observed on the fourth day of the waxing phase of moon in Kartik Month in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and parts of Karnataka. A popular story associated with the day known as Naga Chaturthi Katha is listened or read on the day. It must be noted that there are several versions of Nagula Chavithi story and this is one among them.

Manasa was the daughter of Brahma and she studied under Lord Shiva. She was called Manasa as she was born from the mind, or manas, of Brahma. She was so pious that she did intense tapas and got the darshan of Sri Hari Vishnu.

Manasa was married to Sage Jaratkaru. The couple had a son named Aasthika. Manasa and Sage Jaratkaru had split before the birth of Aasthika. Therefore Aasthika studied under Lord Brahma and Lord Shiva and became very famous and powerful sage.

Years later King Janamejaya performed Sarpa Yajna to kill snakes as Snake Takshak was responsible for the death of his father, Raja Parikshit.

Mahamandaleshwar Swami Kashikananda Giri Maharaj Attains Samadhi

Mahamandaleshwar Swami Kashikananda Giri Maharaj attained samadhi in Haridwar on October 24, 2014. The mahasamadhi was held on the banks of Holy Ganga on Saturday, October 25. Mahamandaleshwar Swami Kashikananda Giri Maharaj was the undisputable authority Advaitha philosophy in the modern era.

Swamiji's title of Dwadashadarshaacharya Maha Mandaleswar denotes his supreme advisory position over the 12 systems or schools of philosophy and all the lineages of sanyasi parampara and the mutts (monasteries) under them. And Swamiji was the only person holding such a position today - the Acharya to all the acharyas in India. (from an article in the school of Bhagavad Gita)
The 91-year old monk was the head of two monasteries, one in Haridwar and the other in Mumbai.

You can read more about the Swamiji here at The Indian Express.

Swamimalai Murugan Temple – One of the Six Shrines of Muruga in the Arupadaiveedu Temples in Tamil Nadu

SwamimalaiMuruganTemple, located near Kumbakonam, is one of the six Arupadaiveedu Temples in Tamil Nadu dedicated to Muruga. Legend has it that Muruga revealed the secret of OM to Shiva at Swamimalai. Muruga is worshipped here as Swaminathan. The temple is located around 8 km from Kumbakonam on the northern banks of KaveriRiver.
Legend has it that once Shiva asked his son Muruga the meaning of Pranava mantra “OM.” Muruga told Shiva that the secret of OM can only be revealed to a devotee who is devoid of ego. It is said that Shiva then knelt beside Muruga with folded hands and bowed head and politely asked him to explain the meaning. Muruga then became the Guru of Shiva and revealed the secret of OM – the Pranava Mantra.
This divine incident took place at Swamimalai.
In keeping with the legend, the shrine of Shiva as Sundareswar is located below the hill and the temple of Muruga is located atop the hill.

The temple is located atop a manmade hill. Sixty steps, corresponding to the numbe…

Jiddu Krishnamurti Thoughts on Education

We pass certain examinations, find a job, get married, have children, and then become more and more like machines. We remain fearful, anxious, frightened of life.
Is it the function of education to help us understand the whole process of life, or is it merely to prepare us for a vocation, for the best job we can get?
Education has no meaning unless it helps you to understand the vast expanse of life and all its subtleties, with its extraordinary beauty, its sorrows and joys.
You may earn degrees, you may have a series of letters after your name and land on a very good job; but then what?
What is the point of it all if in the process your mind becomes dull, weary, stupid?
So, while you are young, must you not seek to find out what life is all about?
And is it not the true function of education to cultivate in you the intelligence which will try to find the answer to all these problems?
Do you know what intelligence is? Is it the capacity, surely, to think freely, without fear, without…