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How to Avoid Health Problems While Climbing to Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple?

Pada Balam Tha…Deha Balam Tha... (Ayyappa give strength to our feet and body to reach your abode) is a popular chant used by devotees climbing the hill to reach the SabarimalaAyyappaTemple. Most modern day Ayyappa devotees who are not used to walking and doing physical work need all the blessings of Lord Ayyappa to reach his abode and return safely. Heart Attack is one of the most common health risks that pilgrims face while climbing the Sabarimala hill.
Here are few tips to Avoid Health Problems While Climbing to SabarimalaAyyappaTemple
Devotees who have coronary heart disease should consult a doctor before deciding to climb the Sabarimala hill. It would be ideal, if all Ayyappa devotees aged above forty consult a doctor a week before starting the journey to SabarimalaAyyappaTemple.
Unusual panting (breathing heavily) while climbing steps – this is a clear warning signal and such people should consult a doctor before deciding on the journey.
Only use boiled water. Majority of the di…

Panchamrit Recipe for Puja

Panchamrit is a unique offering made for Gods especially by Marathi speaking people during important puja, festivals, and rituals like Diwali etc. Here is a brief recipe of Panchamrit prepared in Maharashtra.

It is prepared using equal quantity of honey, ghee, sugar, yogurt and milk.

The above said five ingredients are mixed properly. It is first offered as Prasad or naivedya to deities worshipped in home. Later it is distributed among family members, friends and neighbors.
Please note that the Panchamritam in the famous Palani Temple in Tamil Nadu in South India is made using an entirely different set of ingredients.

Govatsa Dwadashi 2018 - Nandini Vrata Legend - Importance of Cow Worship Before Diwali

Govatsa Dwadashi, also known as Nandini Vrata, is observed on the 12th day of the Krishna Paksha of Ashwin month in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Govatsa Dwadashi 2018 date is November 4 in Maharashtra. The day is mainly dedicated to the worship of Cows – Divine cow Nandhini is worshipped on the day.

According to Bhavishyapurana, Govatsa Dwadashi is associated with the story of divine cow Nandhini and her calves. Hence this day is also referred to as Nandhini Vrata. The idols of cows and calves made of mud are worshipped on this day. Nandini is believed to fulfill the wishes of her devotees.
On Govatsa Dwadashi day, images of Cow and Calf are made and are adorned with turmeric and kumkuma.

Offerings such as sprouted moong and gram are made to cows who are representatives of Nandhini on earth.

In some regions, it is strictly prohibited to drink cow milk, ghee and curd on this day.

This day is also known as “Guru Dwadashi”.

It is termed as “Vagh” in…

Understanding Jnana and Karma

Ancient Hindu Scriptures taught Sankhya and Yoga. Sankhya is knowledge (jnana). Yoga is action (karma). Many men separate the two. But the true yogi does not divide them. The two are inseparable.
Jnana and karma are in harmony: there is no conflict between the two. There is only a question o discipline. One man has the discipline of jnana: another has the discipline of karma. Those who follow the discipline of jnana are called Sankhyas. Those who follow the discipline of nishkama karma (selfless action) are called Karma yogis.
Jnana Yoga is also called Sanyasa Yoga because true jnana leads to sanyasa. Adi Shankaracharya in his commentary on Gita urges that a true jnani must be a sanyasi. But to be a sanyasi does not mean to be homeless. The Gita teaches that true sanyasa is not outer but inner renunciation of desires. Raja Janaka lived in a palace, but was non-attached. He was a jnani and practiced sanyasa.
Jnana Yoga, sanyasa yoga and sankhya yoga are synonymous. The terms are inter…