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Significance of Dhanurmasam

Significance of Dhanurmasam

By: Hari Prasad Doddi On: 2015-12-20 Category: Tradition Views: 1444

The start of the Dhanurmasam is marked by the entry of the Sun in the Dhanur Rashi (Sagittarius) called the Dhanuh Sankramana; hence it is considered as Dhanurmasam. During this month, the sun (Surya) enters the Dhanur Rasi and stays for a month. This month ends on the day of Bhogi, just a day before Sankranti or Makara Sankranti. Old Hindu scriptures have set apart this month to be completely focused on devotional activities. Other non-devotional activities (such as weddings, purchase of...

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Significance of Shaving Head (Tonsure)

Significance of Shaving Head (Tonsure)

By: Hari Prasad Doddi On: 2015-08-12 Category: Rituals Views: 1761

Tonsure (Saving Head): Is the practice of cutting or shaving some or all of the hair on the scalp, as a sign of religious devotion or humility. The term originates from the Latin word tonsura (meaning "clipping" or "shearing"). Have you noticed, if you prune a tree, the tree focuses its energy towards the pruned area and the number of leaves that come out in that part of the tree in the next fifteen to thirty days are much more than in other parts of the tree? This happens because the tree...

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The Indian Caste System

The Indian Caste System

By: Hari Prasad Doddi On: 2015-08-22 Category: About India Views: 1830

The Caste System: In India is a system of social stratification which has pre-modern origins, was transformed by the British Raj, and is today the basis of reservation in India. It consists of two different concepts, varna and jāti, which may be regarded as different levels of analysis of this system.   The original caste system came about when the Aryans migrated from the north to India around 1600BC. During the Vedic age, Manu, the founder of this ancient Hindu or Aryan society...

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The Significance of Chakra

The Significance of Chakra

By: Hari Prasad Doddi On: 2015-08-10 Category: Miscellaneous Views: 1005

The CHAKRA: There are 114 chakras in the body. There are many more, these are the major ones. You can see them as 114 junction boxes or confluence of nadis. These junctions are always in the form of triangles. “Chakra” means “a wheel” or “a circle.” Because it embodies movement from one dimension to another, it is referred to as a chakra, but it is actually a triangle. The Seven Fundamental Chakras: The seven fundamental chakras are known as: Muladhara -...

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The Significance of Vibhuti

The Significance of Vibhuti

By: Hari Prasad Doddi On: 2015-08-10 Category: Rituals Views: 1022

VIBHUTI (The Holy Ash): There are many aspects to the usage of vibhuti or sacred ash. First of all, it is a great medium to transfer or transmit energy, and it has an ability to help direct and control the energy body. Apart from that, there is a symbolic significance to applying vibhuti on the body. It is a constant reminder of the mortal nature of life – it is like you are always wearing mortality on your body. Normally, yogis use the ash that they pick up from the cremation grounds....

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