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Why Saraswat Brahmins Eat Fish?

Generally, Brahmins do not eat fish or other non-vegetarian food. However, Saraswat Brahmins settled in many regions of India consume fish. So why this exception? It is believed that Saraswat Brahmins are descendants of Sage Saraswat, son of Sage Dadichi and Saraswati River.

Legend has it that once there was a terrible drought for several years. Living beings found it difficult to survive. People abandoned the study of Vedas. But Saraswat was nourished by his mother Saraswati River. She fed him fish daily. He thus kept studying Vedas.

When the drought ended, people returned and flocked to him to learn the Vedas. It is said that 60,000 people learned Vedas from him. They were the ancestors of present day Saraswat Brahmin community.

As their ancestor, Sage Saraswat, had survived on fish during drought, the community eat fish.
Please note that some sub communities of Saraswat Brahmins do not consume fish.

Vellore Jalakandeswarar Temple Photos – Online Virtual Tour of Jalakandeswarar Temple in Vellore Fort

JalakandeswararTemple at Velllore in Tamil Nadu is dedicated to Shiva. The temple is located in the Vellore fort and is noted for its architecture and paintings. website is providing an online virtual photo tour of the VelloreJalakandeswararTemple. In the online virtual tour you can get a 360 degree panoramic view of the temple. There are 21 beautiful pictures of the temple by A. Suresh Babu of view360.
You can take the online Virtual Tour of Jalakandeswarar Temple in Vellore Fort here.

Our lives depend on the well being of the whole – Mata Amritanandamayi

Our true nature is like the sky, not the clouds. Our true nature is like the ocean, not the waves. Clouds and waves come and go. The sky and the ocean remain.

Our lives depend on the well being of the whole. Therefore, it is one of our foremost duties to lovingly care for all living things.

See how easily nature overcomes obstacles. If there is a stone in the path of a tiny ant, the ant just walks around the stone and continues on its way. If there is a rock where a tree is growing, the tree simply grows around the rock. In the same way, a river flows around a log that is blocking its path. We, too, should learn to adapt to all the circumstances in life, overcoming them with patience and enthusiasm.
To worship everything – seeing God in all – is what religion advises. Such an attitude teaches us to love nature.
– Mata Amritanandamayi