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Divodasa in the Vedas

Divodasa is a king mentioned in the Rig Veda (1.7.19 and 1.51.6). He was famous for receiving guests or aththis. He used to honor the guests for their erudition and therefore he was known as ‘atithigava’.

Vedic literature also narrates about his campaigns against Haihaya, Turvasa and Yadu dynasties. But he was unable to defeat his enemies. He took the help of Sage Bharadwaja to perform a sacrifice called Putrakameshti Yajna. He obtained a powerful son named Pratardana because of the yajna.

Divodasa was able to defeat the Haihaya kings with help of his son Pratardana.

The name Divodasa is also mentioned in Bhagavad Purana and Mahabharata but they are different from the one found in Vedic literature.
The king had another son named Sudasa. He shared the virtue of hospitality of the king.

Dolotsavam – Swing Festival in Hindu Temples in South India

Dola means ‘swing’ or ‘cradle’ and utsava means ‘festival.’ Many Hindu Temples especially in Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh conduct Dolotsavam or swing festival. The utsava murti of the presiding deity in the shrine is carried on a palanquin or vahana (mount) during Dolotsavam.

Dolotsavam is mainly performed to Radha and Krishna, Sita and Rama, Meenakshi and Sunderaswara and Valli and Subrahmanya.

A series of steps are part of Dolotsavam Reception with customary fruits, sweets and milk.Offering of betel leaves and nuts.Lighting of camphor.Singing of matrimonial songs.Applying red lac on the sides of the feet of the murtis.Singing musical songs.Playing with flower balls by the deities.Swinging to songs.Singing of LaliSinging of lullabyCalling upon the guardian deities to protect the deities when they are sleeping.Waking up the couple.Mangalam – happy finale. Dolotsavam is normally followed by the marriage of the Divine Couple.

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The thought that the world is true is called Wakeful Sleep – Discussion between Sage Valmiki and Bharadwaj

The thought that the world is true is called ‘Wakeful Sleep’. A man says that he is awake. But in truth he is asleep in ignorance. That is the reason it is called ‘Wakeful sleep’. If the light of Consciousness glows in his mind, he will be out of ignorance. With the ending of ignorance, the world dissolves. Hence you should discard ignorance and light up the lamp of Knowledge.

My Friend! World did not exist in the past. It will not be there finally. Hence it does not have any existence in-between too. Yet we see it. Hence realize that it is no more than a dream.

Past sins are the main reason why we are unable to appreciate this, though we may have heard it a number of times.
So first take up the worship of Brahman with attributes in order to be freed from sins. The sins of men are the noose in the hands of Ishwar. Pray to Ishwar for the termination of sins. Next cultivate detachment and abide in it. Watch the drama of life calmly. Throw away inauspicious misery. Contemplate on the ev…