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Purnima Vrat – Fasting on Full Moon in Hinduism - How to Perform or Observe Purnima Vrat?

Purnima or Poonam is an auspicious day in Hinduism. Poornima is the full moon day and many important rituals and festivals takes place on full moon day. In South India , the day is known as Pournami. Upvaas (Fasting) is observed on this day by some people. Here is a brief idea on how to perform purnima vrat. It must be noted here that the vrat is not performed by certain communities. The procedure and fasting methods vary from region to region. The Purnima Fasting begins at Sunrise and ends after sighting the Moon. Most people only take food after seeing the moon or after evening prayers. In some places in South India , the Pournami Vratam is dedicated to Devi, Mother Goddess. Special pujas are performed in temples on Poornima day including the Pournami Pooja. Satyanarayana or Satya Narayana Puja is another important Pooja performed on the Purnima day. To Which God is Purnima Vrat Dedicated? Purnima Vrat is dedicated to Mother Goddess in many regions.

What is Satapatha Brahmana in Hinduism?

Satapatha Brahmana is a section of the Vedas and it deals with religious rites and procedures. It is found in the Shukla Yajurveda. The name Satapatha because it contains 100 lessons.  It is believed that the Satapatha Brahmana was composed around 2000 BC. Satapatha Brahmana is a storehouse of knowledge and wisdom. It narrates about sacrifices like Darsa-Pournamasa, Vajapyea, Rajasuya, Cayana, Saturamani and Ashwamedha. The character of the sacrifices and various other aspects of sacrifices are dealt in detail. A complete list of things needed and how to perform a sacrifice is found in the text. A few chapter headings from performing Darsapurnamaseshti: Vow of Abstinence Preparation of offerings Leading forth of Pranitah Taking out of rice for the cakes Preparation of strainers and consecration of the rice by sprinkling the lustral water Husking and grinding of the rice Putting on the potsherds Preparation and baking of the cakes Preparation of altar Samishayugas,

Behavior Of The Man Who Has Gone Beyond Gunas

The river makes a noise as it is moving, but this noise comes to an end when it joins the ocean. To the pillar in the house, the passing of the night and the dawning of the day are both the same. Similarly are happiness and misery to the Soul inside the body. To the man, who is fast asleep, it does not matter whether his bed companion is a fair beauty or a serpent. To him, who is absorbed in Brahman, happiness and misery do not matter. Cow dung and gold are the same to him. A jewel and a stone are the same to him. His sight has found equanimity. Even if heavens were to walk to his door or a tiger came on his threshold to eat him, his absorption in Self will not be disturbed. A dead body cannot be made alive again. A dead seed cannot sprout.  So is his steady intelligence, which cannot be detracted. If he gets homage from people in the belief that he is Brahman or if he gets insulted by them in the belief that he is unclean, he is indifferent. Praise and insult appear t