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Pictures of Traditional Rangoli Designs for Diwali and Lakshmi Puja

Rangoli patterns are an essential part of Lakshmi Puja during Diwali celebrations. These unique designs are known as ‘Kolam’ in Tamil Nadu. Today, colorful Rangolis are more preferred. Rangoli designs are drawn mainly to invite Goddess Lakshmi into the house. The two feet drawn along with the Rangoli designs symbolizes Godddess Lakshmi.

Six petaled lotuses, pointed starts, hexagons are some of the patterns widely drawn during Diwali. In some areas, especially in North India, different types of colors are widely used in the Rangoli patterns. In South India, generally the designs are kept white in color. At night, Diwali diyas are lit on the Rangoli designs.

Significance of Dhanteras and its origin

Dhanteras or Dhan Teras marks the beginning of Diwali and is observed two days before Diwali. It is the thirteenth day of the dark fortnight of Kartik Month and is also known as Dhantra Yodashi. In 2018, Dhanteras is on November 5. The importance of Dhanteras is that a new utensil or gold or silver is bought for the house. The day is dedicated to Dhanavantri, the physician of the gods.

According to Hindu legend, when devas and asuras were churning the ocean for ‘amrit’ - the nectar of immortality - Dhanvantri emerged from the ocean with the jar of amrit on this day.

On this day, Hindus purchase gold, silver and other utensils. Many people begin the purchase for Diwali celebrations on this day. Crackers, candles, diyas, hatri, clays idols of Lord Ganesh and Goddess Lakshmi, earthen katoris, kulris, chaugaras, toys and whole lot of other items needed for Diwali are purchased on this day.

For those doing business, Dhanteras is the day when new account books are bought and kept ready fo…

Story of Kakasura in the Ramayana

Bhagvan Sri Ram, Mata Sita and Lakshman were residing in the Chitrakuta Mountain during their exile period in the Ramayana. Kakasura, son of Indra, in the form a crow was flying over the Chitrakuta and noticed the divine couple.

Sri Ram was lying on the lap of Mata Sita and sleeping. Kakasura came in the form crow and scratched Mata Sita. The painful cry of Sita woke up Sri Ram.

Bhagavan Sri Ram immediately realized that the crow was Kakasura. He took up a sharp blade of grass, infused into it the spell of Brahma and directed it at the crow.

Fearing for his life, Kakasura flew all over the world. But the divine arrow followed him.

Trimurtis, Devas and Saints could not save Kakasura. Finally, Kakasura took refuge at the feet of Sri Ram.

Bhagvan Sri Ram said that the Brahmastra could never become futile so the arrow will hit the right eye of Kakasura. Accordingly, the arrow struck the right of eye of Kakasura.

Urdhva Pundram – Lord Vishnu Tilak Shape

Urdhva Pundram is the name given by Vaishnava devotees to the shape of tilak worn by them. Urdhva Pundram is worn daily by Lord Vishnu devotees. It is a perpendicular religious mark on the forehead of a Vaishnava devotee.

As per Puranas, Urdhva Pundram should be applied only after a person has had his bath, and wearing clean clothes.

No ritual, prayer or worship can be fruitful unless one applies tilak. The material used for Urdhva Pundram is pure soft clay, sanctified by utterances of mantras.
Sandalwood paste, holy ashes, and turmeric powder are also used for tilak by people depending on the tradition to which they belong.

One’s knowledge of God is limited by one’s capacity to understand him – Dr S Radhakrishnan

One’s knowledge of God is limited by one’s capacity to understand him.

The aim of the reformer should be to cure the defect and not criticize the view.

Error is only a sign of immaturity. It is not a grievous sin.

The Hindu method of religious reform helps to bring about a change not in the name but in the content.

When the pupil approaches his religious teacher for guidance, the teacher asks the pupil about his favorite God, Ishtadevata, for every man has a right to choose that form of belief and worship which most appeals to him. The teacher tells the pupil that his idea is a concrete representation of what is abstract, and leads him gradually to an appreciation of the Absolute intended by it.

– Dr S Radhakrishnan