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Significance of Sugarcane in Pongal - Story Associated With Shiva

Ever wondered why is sugarcane an indispensable part of Pongal? Sugarcane symbolizes sweetness and happiness. But there is also a story associated with Shiva for the widespread use of sugarcane during Pongal. It is said that on a Perum Pongal day, Lord Shiva performed the miracle of feeding sugarcane to a stone image of an elephant in the Madurai Meenakshi Temple . Lord Shiva is known as Lord Sundareshwar in Meenakshi temple and there is a stone carving based on the event in the temple. Apart from sugarcane some of the other essentials during Pongal are turmeric tufts, koorai poo, Aavaram poo, banana leaves and mango leaves. Koorai poo is believed to keep evil away and so it is placed in front of houses. The neck of the Ponga panai (the vessel in which Pongal is prepared) is tied with fresh turmeric leaves. In some places, fresh tender green leaves of ginger are also used. The green leaves symbolize prosperity.

Samba Dashami 2023 date in Odisha – Puja Dedicated to Surya

Samba Dashami is a unique ritual observed in the Paush month in Odisha as per traditional Odia calendar. Samba Dashami 2023 date is January 1. On the day mothers observe special puja and rituals dedicated to Lord Surya for the good health and long life of their children. The story of Samba Dasami is associated with Samba , the son of Lord Krishna. Legend has it that Samba was once afflicted with leprosy (as per some legend psoriasis) and he was cured after praying to Lord Surya. Samba performed penance for 12 years before he was cured. As per some people, Samba performed this penance at the famous Sun Temple in Konark, Odisha. Another legend has it that after he got cured, Samba built Sun Temples in Konark, Modhera and Kashmir. What is interesting to note from this festival is that thousands of years ago Hindus knew about the curative power of Sun. Modern science have found that sunlight plays a crucial role in curing skin diseases. Samba Dashami is observed on the 10

Today Is The Birthday of Swami Vivekananda – A Video Tribute Explaning the Greatness of Swami Vivekananda on National Youth Day in India

The birthday of Swami Vivekananda as per Gregorian Calendar is on January 12. The day is observed as National Youth Day in India. In an attempt to be able to effectively convey the message and teaching of Swamiji to everyone a group of professionals and students, have put together a 6-minute video introducing Swamiji and his message. The video captures parts of Swamiji's biography, his message and his vital contribution to India and the world. You can view the YouTube video here.  The same video is embedded below.

Swami Vivekananda Thoughts

A Collection of Thoughts of Swami Vivekananda. Send a current of holy thought to all creation. Mentally repeat, “Let all beings be happy; let all beings be peaceful; let all beings be blissful.” So do to the east, south, north and west. The more you do that the better you will feel yourself. You will find at last that the easiest way to make ourselves healthy is to see that others are healthy, and the easiest way to make ourselves happy is to see that others are happy. Each soul is potentially divine; the goal is to realize divinity within. Selfishness is the devil incarnate in every man. Every bit of self, bit by bit, is devil. Take off self by one side and God enters by the other. Anything immoral will not help, but will only retard. No amount of force, or government, or legislative cruelty will change the conditions of a race, but it is spiritual culture and ethical culture alone that can change wrong racial tendencies for the better. Only throu