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Onam Pookalam 2007 – Photos of Onam 2007 Athapookalam

Photographs of onam pookalam taken in year 2007. Talk about Onam in Kerala and one of the first images that come to mind is that of the flower bed or floral (designs) arrangements known as Pookalam or Athapookalam. Onam Pookalam 2009 designs are given below. The traditional Onapookalam usually consists of ten rings indicating the ten day ritual during the ten day celebrations of Onam which begins on Atham and ends on Thiru Onam in the month of Chingam (August – September). 

Onam Pookalam 2006
Onam Pookalam 2008

Crushing of Pumpkin or Petha or Safed Bhopla during Diwali

A day before Diwali, on Narak Chaturdashi day there is a ritual of crushing white or red pumpkin (known as Petha in Hindi, Safed Bhopla or Bhopada in Marathi). Symbolically crushing of the pumpkin is killing of demon Narakasura, who represents filth. Sri Krishna had got rid of Narakasura. Deepavali in South India celebrates the victory of Sri Krishna over Narakasura.
The white pumpkin is crushed before the ritual bath performed on Naraka Chaturdashi.

Story of Naraka Chaturdashi

Story of birth of Makardhwaj – Son of Hanuman

Makardhwaj is the son of Hanuman as per certain versions of Ramayana popular in different parts o India. It must be noted here that Makardhwaj is not mentioned in the Valmiki Ramayana. Story of birth of Makardhwaj is associated with Hanuman burning down Lanka.
When Hanuman first visited Lanka in search of Mata Sita, Ravana, the demon king of Lanka, had set Hanuman’s tail on fire. The fire did not burn Hanuman but he used it to burn down Lanka.
After destroying Lanka, Hanuman extinguished the fire by dipping the burning tail in the ocean.
When Hanuman was extinguishing the fire on this tail, a drop of sweat fell in the ocean which was swallowed by a crocodile (makara in Sanskrit).
As a result of which, a child was born to the makara (crocodile). The child born to a crocodile was named as ‘Makardhwaj’.
Hanuman meets Makardhwaj when he goes to Patal Lok to rescue Bhagvan Sri Ram and Lakshman who were kidnapped by Ahi and Mahi Ravana.
Related Story of Mahi Ravana

Good dates for Annaprashan in 2017 – First Rice Eating Ceremony Dates and time in 2017

Annaprashan Dates and time in 2017 based on Hindu calendar and panchang. Annaprashan is the first rice eating ceremony of baby.

January no dates February 3, 9, 15 and 16 March no dates April 30 May 7, 8, 11, 12, and 19 June 3, 5, 15, 16, 19 and 30 July 1 and 3 August no dates September no dates
October no dates
November no dates
December no dates
A local astrologer might be able to find an auspicious period on other days in the year - especially a short period on a day.  The entire day might not be good but a short time he might be able to locate.

Book – English Translation of Brahmasutras – Adi Shankaracharya’s Commentary on the Chatuhsutri of Brahmasutra

Sri Veda Vyasa’s Brahmasutra is one of the principal texts of Advaita Vedanta that strings together the major thoughts presented in the Upanishads. Sri Shankarachrya’s detailed commentary is invaluable for understanding it.

This particular book on the Brahmasutras is published by Chinmaya International Foundation, Academia of Sanskrit Research and Indology.
Highlights of the book: Detailed, analytical and lucid commentary in English Access to the profound teachings of Sri Shankaracharya on the Brahmasutra Catuhsutri Copious citations from 10-sub commentaries on the Shankara bhashya Variant readings of the orginal compiled from 16 texts.

There is a pre-publication offer on the book till November 21, 2015.

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Swami Chidananda on Inner Renunciation

Merely shaving the head and putting on colored cloth does not make you a Sannyasin. A change of location does not make you a Sannyasin. 
Coming away into seclusion or sitting on a mountain top or inside a cave in the forest does not constitute Sannyasa, if together with this outer giving-up or renunciation, you have not simultaneously also kept up a process of a constant and a continuous inner giving up, an inner renunciation of the false ideas that “I am this body, I am a human individual, I am a physical being, I am a psychological being, I am mind, I am emotion, I am sentiment, I am thought, I am desire, I am memory, I am longing, I am imagination.
All these ideas constitute ignorance. All these falsehoods should be renounced. They should be rejected.
Truth has to be affirmed again and again and yet again. The essence of renunciation, therefore, is renunciation of this identification with the human, individual personality and all that it constitutes, its entire make-up, right from…

Yam Deep Daan Puja Process – How to do or perform Yam Deep Dan Puja? - With Mantra

Yam Deep Daan Puja is observed on the thirteenth day of the Krishna Paksha or waxing phase of moon in Ashwin month. Here is brief idea on how to do or perform the puja. Please note that puja process might slightly vary in some regions. The day usually falls two days before Diwali.
Materials required for Yam Deep Daan Puja 13 lamps preferably made of wheat flour – if this is not possible then one can use small clay lamps. Oil (gingely or til oil is preferred) Flowers Other materials that you use in daily puja.
How to do or perform Yam Deep Dan Puja? Purify oneself by taking bath in the evening. Offer prayers to Ganesha. 13 lamps are made and flowers are offered to them. You can say your prayers. Lamps made of wheat flour are then taken outside the house. They are placed outside the house, facing southwards (direction of Yama), in the evening. Prayers are then offered to Yama.
This mantra is to be chanted after lighting the lamp:
mrutyunaa paashadandaabhyaam kaalena shyaamayaayuta: | t…