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HINDU PHILOSOPHY / CUSTOMS / PRACTICES / POOJAS
* July 2021
Advaita Vedanta holds that all that exists is only Brahman. The
entire universe is indeed nothing but Brahman and the individual Atman
ultimately merges with Brahman, and realization of this unity is
Salvation (Moksha). Brahman, the Absolute is the only reality.
* Jul 2021
Hindu cycle of sixty years
There are 60 names by which the Hindu lunar years are called for a cycle
of sixty years (Tamil years- There are only minor variations in the
pronounciation of the Hindi names)
prabhava, vibhava, shukla, pramodoodha, prajothbatthi, angirasa,
shrimukha, bhava, yuva, dhatu, ishwara, bahudhaanya, pramaathi, vikrama,
vishu, chitrabhaanu, subhaanu, tarana, prartibha, viya, sarvajittu,
sarvadhaari, virodhi, vikruthi, khara, nandana, vijaya, jaya, manmatha,
durmukhi, hevilambi, vilambi, vigari, sharvari, pilava, shubakritu,
shobhakritu, krodhi, vishuvaavasu, praabhava, pilavanga, keelaka,
saumya, saadhaarana, virodhikritu, paridhabhi, pramadeesa, ananda,
raakshasa, nala, pingala, kaalayukti, sidhaarthi, raudri, dunmathi,
dundubhi, rudhrodgaari, raktakshi, krodhana, and akshaya
* July 2021
Rangoli are a symbol of auspiciousness (Rang - colour). It is Hindu
belief that that the geometrical patterns & designs applied with
rice flour at the entrance to a home invites Goddess lakshmi into the
household, and drives away the evil spirits. Images are drawn either
freehand or connecting rows of dots. Colours are then applied to the
various motifs making up the design. Colour powders or flowers are used
for this purpose.
The designs applied at the front entrance & pooja rooms using white
rice flour or sand stone is known as Kolams in the South. There are
specific kolams attributed to the various deities.
Kolams are known by different names in different parts of India.
Hase in Karnataka, muggulu in Andrapradesh, chowkpurna in Uttar Pradesh,
alpana in Bengal and Assam, and rangoli in Gujarat and Maharashtra.
- Information about different names in different parts of India from auroville.org/environment/