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Importance of Rituals Dedicated to the Dead in Hinduism

Pitru Paksh Shraddh, Tarpanam or Shraddham are the various names used to describe the rituals performed for the dead relatives and ancestors in Hinduism. Shradh holds an important place in rituals associated with Hindu religion and it is performed without fail by most Hindus. Apart from the immediate rituals after a death, there are also annual rituals like Pitru Paksh Shradh in North India west and East India, Aadi Amavasai in Tamil Nadu, Karikadaka Vavu Bali in Kerala, Basant Panchami in Eastern parts of India and Amavasi rituals in other places.

Upanishads and Bhagavad Gita talks about the journey of the dead and about the importance of the rituals dedicated to them. Annual Shraddh is usually performed during the Dakshinayana period (July to December).

Prashna Upanishad indicates that the rituals performed on the first Krishna Paksha Amavasi during Dakshinayana period directly reach the Dead. In South India, the first Amavasi after Dakshinayana is considered highly favorable for p…

Surya Grahan 2017 in India – Solar Eclipse dates in 2017 in India – Surya Grahanam

Surya Grahan 2017 in India (Solar Eclipse dates) based on Hindu calendar and panchang – India Standard Time. There is one annular and one total solar eclipse - Surya Grahanam - in 2017. But they are not visible in India. Detail dates of Surya Grahan in 2017 are given below:

Surya Grahan on February 26, 2017 is not visible in India. It is only visible in South America, Atlantic Ocean, southern Africa and Antarctica.

Surya Grahan on August 21, 2017 is not visible in India. It is only visible in North America and South American.

In fact, next Solar Eclipse that is visible in India is only on December 26, 2019.

Related Chandra Grahan or Lunar Eclipse in 2017 in India

Story of the Birth of Kamsa

There several stories regarding the birth of Kamsa (Kansa), the maternal uncle of Sri Krishna. The popular belief is that Kamsa is the son of Queen Padmavati and King Ugrasena of Mathura. But as per Bhagavad Purana and other several other Puranas King Ugrasena did not father Kamsa.

Kamsa was born to Dramila, a Gandharva, and Ugrasena's wife Padmavati.

Padmavati who was in her monthly periods walked in the forest. Dramila saw her and felt attracted to her. He violated her and made her pregnant.

Angered at this, she cursed Dramila thus: "Since you have procreated a child in me, while knowing that I am wife of another man this son will be killed by a boy born in my husband's family." Years later Kamsa ascended the throne after putting King Ugrasena in prison.
According to the curse of Padmavati, Sri Krishna was born in Ugrasena's family and he killed Kamsa.

Thuravoor Temple – Narasimha Temple at Thuravoor near Kochi in Kerala

Thuravoor Temple is located on the National Highway 47 between Kochi and Alappuzha in Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Lord Narasimha and Maha Sudarsana Moorthy (Sudarshana Chakra of Lord Vishnu). The shrine is around 25 km south of Kochi and around 5 km from Cherthala.

There are two separate shrine is the same temple compound. There are two sanctum sanctorum and two gold-plated flagpoles. Anapandhal, or elephant rostrum, in the shrine is the largest in Kerala.
The murti of Lord Narasimha worshipped in the shrine belonged to Swami Padmapada, disciple of Adi Shankaracharya. Its origin is traced to Kashi.

The Narasimha Murti worshipped in the shrine is Ugranarasimha with four arms. It is in standing posture. There is a murti of Shiva too on the southern side of the sanctum who can be seen through a narrow window.

The subsidiary deities worshipped in the temple are Ganapati, Sastha, Nagas, Bhagavathy and Brahmarakshas.

The Narasimha Temple is noted for its carvings, relief works, scul…

Evil deeds follow as our shadow and ruin us – Thirukural

Evil deeds follow as our shadow and ruin us.

Like that tidal waves that ebb and rise to the shores by the force of hot air currents, desires are endless.

Real sacrifice is to burn the burden of boundless lust.

Sights of greenery and prosperity are rare in the world when rains fail.

Name and fame are for those who diligently employ their senses of taste, sight, touch, sound and smell.

Love generates aspirations for kind acts; that in turn springs up natural friendship.
– Thirukural