Tuesday, July 3, 2007

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – 3rd July 2007

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – 3rd July 2007


Maha Mantra is precious; so precious that Krishna blesses this Mantra only to people whom he loves the most.


-- Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji

1 comment:

bhattathiri said...

Hindu homes and temples in Kerala
resonated with the recital of the Ramayana, as Karkitakam, the lean
month of the Malayalam calendar, began on July 16. Mornings and
evenings, the faithful gather at temples to recite the Adhyatma
Ramayanam Kilippattu of Thunchath Ezhuthachan, the father figure of
Malayalam literature. The entire text is read in 32 days. Malayalis
believe reading the epic gives them spiritual strength to tide over the
hardships of the lean season, says this article. The term Ramayana
maasam, or "month of the Ramayana" used to describe Karkitakam, began
as an informal phrase but printed Hindu calendars have adopted it for
generations. On the eve of the first day of the month, houses are swept
clean, disinfected and sanitized. Organic rubbish is gathered into an
earthen pot and discarded outside the precincts to the accompaniment of
chanting, an act that symbolizes the banishment of ill fortune. Lamps
are lit and Sree Bhagavati, the Goddess of good fortune, is worshipped.
People gather in groups and read aloud cantos from the Ramayana.
Rituals related to the Ramayana month, which had fallen into decline in
the last few decades, are now experiencing a revival. In view of
Karkitakam, the Travancore Devaswom Board has make arrangements for
Ramayana recitals in major south Kerala temples.
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