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Symbolic Meaning of Acts Performed During Hindu Pujas and Prayers

A simple prayer before the deity with hands folded and placed near the heart is the most common form of praying in Hindu religion. But there are also various other acts that Hindus perform while praying like lighting the lamp, offering flowers and leaves, burning camphor or offering food etc. In Hinduism, each act performed has a symbolic meaning.
Sprinkling of Water and Sipping while doing Puja Sprinkling of water symbolically performs the purification of the surroundings. Sipping of water is purification of oneself.
Lighting of Lamp It symbolizes removal of ignorance and ushering in of knowledge. The wick in the traditional oil lamp symbolizes ego and the oil or ghee used symbolizes our negative tendencies. When we are lit by self knowledge, the negative tendencies (oil) melt away and finally the ego (wick) perishes. (More details in this post)
Burning of Camphor Burning of camphor symbolizes the destruction of our egos and arrogance. When ego melts what is left is the pure Self.

Lord Ayyappa and Shani – Worship of Ayyappa to avoid Shani Dosham

There is a very strong belief among Ayyappa devotees that Lord Ayyappa has control over Shani (Sani Bhagavan) and therefore He is also known as Shaneeshwaran Ayyappan. Those people suffering from Shani Dosham perform special rituals to Lord Ayyappa to get of it. Shani or Saturn is one among the planets in Hindu astrology and those people who believe in astrology and horoscope consider that the position of Shani on their horoscope can cause ill luck and difficulties.
Those people suffering from Shani Dosham conduct Ayyappa Bhajanam (chanting of the names and glory of Ayyappa) to get rid of the Dosha.
It is believed that Sade Sati, Ashtama Shani, Kandaka Shani, 71/2 Shani and fear will be removed by worshipping Lord Ayyappa.
The main ritual performed by those suffering from Shani to Ayyappa is Niranjanam. Neyyabhishekam is also performed by many devotees.

Story of Mrityu – Death in Hinduism

Mrityu means death. In Hinduism, Mrityu is personified as both male and female deity. Mrityu is mainly depicted as a goddess and is mentioned in the Mahabharata and other scriptures.
Legend has it that Mrityu, the goddess, appeared from Brahma to put to death living beings on earth. As there was no death in the beginning the earth was overpopulated and this led to huge imbalance in nature.
It is said in some scriptures that Goddess Mrityu performed penance for thousands of years and was granted the boon by Brahma that she will not incur sin for putting living beings to death on earth.
Diseases, passion and yama help Goddess Mrityu in accomplishing her job.
In some scriptures, Mrityu is the son of Adharma and is equated with Yama, the god of death.

Ram Baraat – Marriage Procession of Lord Ram and Mata Sita from Ayodhya in India to Janakpur in Nepal

Ram Baraat, which attracts thousands of Hindu saints and devotees, is annually held from Ayodhya in India to Janakpur in Nepal. This is the Baraat or marriage procession of Bhagvan Sri Ram. He goes to Janakpur in Nepal the city of Mata Sita. It is annually observed during Margashirsh month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India.
It is believed that the first Ram Baraat was organized around 125 years ago by Lala Kokamal, a cloth merchant.
In the marriage and procession, Bhagvan Sri Ram is represented by Shaligram Shila and Mata Sita is represented by Tulsi plant.

World’s Tallest Sri Krishna Temple to Come Up in Vrindavan in India

World's tallest SriKrishnaTemple coming up in Vrindavan in India will be 700 feet tall when completed. Named ‘Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir’, the temple will be built at an estimated cost of Rs 300 crore. The new Indian express reports  President Pranab Mukherjee performed 'Ananta Shesha Sthapana Puja' at the temple on November 15, 2014, whose foundation stone for the temple was laid on March 16 this year. The idea of this ceremony is that the entire temple building will be resting on the hoods of 'Ananta Shesha' (snake) which is very auspicious. The 70-storey temple will feature a capsule elevator which will take visitors from the ground level to the 700 ft tall viewing gallery giving an immersive 3D sound and light experience of the different planetary systems described in the vedic literatures, project organisers said. A look-alike of the verdant forests of Vrindavan will be recreated around this magnificent temple from descriptions in the Srimad Bhagavatam; spra…