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Symbolism of Snake in Hinduism

Snake (referred as nagas) is an important symbol in Hinduism. The symbolism attached to the serpents are of eternity, fertility and regeneration. They are the protector of the universe. The popular belief is that 1000-headed snake Ananta is holding the earth. “Ananta, the Lord of serpents, supports the Earth with its mountain and forests.” – states the third chapter of Hathayoga Pradipika.
Ananta is regarded as an emblem of eternity. The divine 1000-headed serpent is believed to be supporting the seven nether worlds below and the seven aerial regions above.
The prominence of worship of nagas is based on the belief that snakes do not die but they shed their skins and emerge as new. This eternity of snakes became a symbolism. This ageless quality of the serpent is known as Ananta – never ending.
Snake is a symbol of eternity, fertility and regeneration in Hinduism. It is the symbol of wisdom too. The snake is depicted with good and bad deeds of man. The snake is poisonous but its veno…

About Traditional Forest Route of Sathram-Pulmedu Leading to Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple

One of the traditional forest routes leading to SabarimalaAyyappaTemple starts at Sathram. The route is Sathram – Pulmedu – Sannidanam. The traditional route is popularly known as Pulmedu route and is through thick forest. Thousands of Ayyappa pilgrims are undertaking the journey through this arduous path. It is around 7 km trek from Pulmedu to SabarimalaAyyappaTemple. The New Indian Express reports  Though pilgrims are denied a proper path and potable water, the Pulmedu route is witnessing a heavy inflow of pilgrims since last week.  It is an arduous journey uphill for pilgrims from Sathram to Pulmedu due to the negative attitude of the Forest Department authorities in clearing the undergrowth on the trekking path. Though the Department assured of clearing the path between Sathram and Pulmedu at the review meeting on Sabarimala arrangements, hardly any follow-up action was taken for clearing the forest path for pilgrims who take the traditional route.  The Akhila Bharatha Ayyappa Sev…

Shani Pradosh 2017 dates – Shani Pradosh Vrat Dates in 2017 - Shiva Pradosh on Saturday

Shani Pradosh is observed when Pradosh vrat dedicated to Shiva falls on Saturday. Shani Pradosh Vrat dates in 2017 based on Hindu Panchang and calendars are given below. Pradosh fasting is dedicated to Shiva and falls on the 13th day (during the waxing and waning phase of moon) in a traditional Hindu lunar calendar. 
Shani Pradosh in 2017:
March 25 April 8
August 5
August 19 and
December 30
Saturday is dedicated to Shani is one of the Navgrahas. Shani is widely believed to be a troublemaker in people’s horoscopes and it is believed that fasting and praying on Pradosh day will help in keeping the harmful effects of Shani away.
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Man can change his destiny not by wishing for it but by working for it – Swami Chinmayananda

Man can change his destiny not by wishing for it but by working for it.
A problem in life is a challenge to be faced. The outer problems, created by the arrangement of happening and the pattern of the available environment are all actually interpreted by the mind, and judged by the intellect. Then only responses arise from us towards them.
If accumulated knowledge adds to form proficiency, the ability to translate that knowledge into action in the appropriate fields is known as efficiency.
Daily prayer and meditation are all wonderful therapeutic agencies in building up peace and happiness within the individual.
Desires are never quenched by enjoyment, it rather inflames them as clarified butter does fire.
The principle is simple you can never solve a problem as long as you are in the problem. Get out of it.
Swami Chinmayananda