DIVINE WEDDING!

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God created the world-humans and animals, forests and valleys,
Mountains and seas  for all the living beings to live in peace and plenty!
Man in his wisdom created festivals of all types in all religions
To be emulated and practiced by all in all regions and religions!

Divine wedding in Madurai- a holy place in Tamilnadu a pious festival!
Meenakshi Thirukalyanam is the divine wedding of Meenakshi Amman with Lord Shiva.
Held in Madurai, the cultural capital of Tamil Nadu the biggest event it is.
Legends say that Lord Shiva visited Madurai to tie the nuptial knots with Meenakshi.

Annual event takes place in ‘Meenakshi Amman Temple’ at Madurai-
Devotees from all corners of the world come to witness this DIVINE WEDDING!
As aA part of the renowned Chithirai festival, Meenakshi Thirukalyanam is
Held on the tenth day. Devotees throng in thousands to seek the divine blessings!

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TO DAY IS TAMIL NEW YEAR DAY!

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One of the oldest and ancient languages with a hoary culture and leading civilization -TAMIL-THE TAMILS- observe their NEW YEAR DAY TODAY which forms this week’s Sunday Story in Envius Thoughts for the information, kind read and response of my esteemed viewers from all over the Globe.

The Tamils have devised a calendar of SIXTY years and hence each year will repeat once in every SIXTY years. In that way this year is called VIKARI 33rd in the sixty. .

These are the SIXTY years:

  1. Prabhava
    Vibhava
    03. Sukla
    04. Pramodhoodha
    05. Prachorpaththi
    06. Aangirasa
    07. Srimukha
    08. Bhava
    09. Yuva
    10. Thaadhu
    11. Eesvara
    12. Vehudhanya
    13. Pramathi
    14. Vikrama
    15. Vishu
    16. Chitrabaanu
    17. Subaanu
    18. Thaarana
    19. Paarthiba
    20. Viya
    21. Sarvajith
    22. Sarvadhari
    23. Virodhi
    24. Vikruthi
    25. Kara
    26. Nandhana
    27. Vijaya
    28. Jaya
    29. Manmatha
    30. Dhunmuki
    31. Hevilambi
    32. Vilambi
    33. Vikari
    34. Sarvari
    35. Plava
    36. Subakrith
    37. Sobakrith
    38. Krodhi
    39. Visuvaasuva
    40. Parabhaava
    41. Plavanga
    42. Keelaka
    43. Saumya
    44. Sadharana
    45. Virodhikrithu
    46. Paridhaabi
    47. Pramaadhisa
    48. Aanandha
    49. Rakshasa
    50. Nala
    51. Pingala
    52. Kalayukthi
    53. Siddharthi
    54. Raudhri
    55. Thunmathi
    56. Dhundubhi
    57. Rudhrodhgaari
    58. Raktakshi
    59. Krodhana
    60. Akshaya

 

Every year is a mixture of good and bad happenings and they can be predicted in advance  very accurately and that is the scientific  India. Almanacs will give the same correctly.   Almanacs are not superstitious beliefs. Astrology is astronomy a pure branch of Science and Technology!

It is said this year will bring cheers for all in all spheres of activities.

விகாரி ஆண்டு விருந்தாய் வருகுது
புகார் இல்லாத ஆண்டாய் மலருது!
முப்பத்து மூன்றாம் ஆண்டு இது
முத்து முத்தான ஆண்டு இது!

முழுமையாக மகிழ்விருக்கும்
எழுந்து நம்மை விரையச்செய்யும்
பழுத்த கருத்துக்களைப் பரவச் செய்யும்
அழுத்தமான வாழ்வு நம்மை அலங்கரிக்கும்!

விகாரி ஆண்டு விகார எண்ணங்களை
விரட்டி அடிக்கும்!
பலகால நட்பதனை நாடச் செய்யும்
வருங்காலச் சிறப்பதனைக் கூட்டுவிக்கும்!
விகாரி ஆண்டதனைக் கை கூப்பி
வரவேற்போம்! வாய் நிறைய வாழ்த்திடுவோம்!

வண்ண வண்ணக் கோலமிட்டு
வாயிலிலே காத்திருப்போம்!
விகாரியே வருக! விருந்தாக அமைந்திடுக!

“VIKARI” year comes as a feast
Blossoms like a year sans complaint
Thirty Third year is this
Pearls like year is this
Will be full of joy
Will make us hasten in life
Will make matured thoughts spread
Will make Emphatic life beautify us!

“VIKARI” year will drive away uncouth thoughts
Will make us contact our old and faithful friends
Will add greatness in our lives

Let us welcome the VIKARI year with folded hands
Greet the year with fullness of mind

Drawing beautiful arts at the door step

We wait to welcome!

VIKARI please come and become our feast!

 

Wishing a happy TAMIL NEW YEAR “VIKARI” to all the Tamils living in different parts of the globe, we end this Sunday Story. We shall go ahead. Good bye for the present.

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April 13th Birth Day of GANDHIJI’S GOD!

 

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Last words of the dying normal human being  groaning and weeping
Hence Mahatma Gandhi Mahatmaji fell backwards on getting bullet shots
Chanting RAM RAM- some say he chanted HEY RAM-RAM was in his lips
Today is SRI RAMA NAVAMI -birth day of LORD RAM -a HOLY DAY !

Ram Navami religious and traditional festival, celebrated
With great enthusiasm by the Hindus all over on the birthday
Of the Lord Rama, the seventh avatar from the Dashavatar
Of the Lord Vishnu.this festival falling on ninth day in Chaitra.

The great Avatar to demonstrate how a human must live on earth
Love and obedience for parents; taking care of brothers and friends
Even under the most trying circumstances in life one may face
On this holy day let us invoke HIS blessings to lead a noble life!

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CAKE DAY EVERY DAY !

Young or old, healthy or sick everyone likes cake- tasty cakes
Cake days many-Twenty Sixth November American National Cake Day
National Chocolate Cake day is Twenty Seventh January-
Another one Sponge Cake day- twenty third August this year-
National Carrot cake day February third this year!
Thus goes the cake days many in all over the year and world!

Christmas Cake, New Year Cake, Birth day cake- cakes are made almost
All the days in  a year as one or the other has birth day every day-most!
Bakeries come to our mind the moment we think of cakes!
Apple cake, eggless cake, eggy cake-all types all like!

Look at the cakes home made by Sharada our daughter in law
Developed as a hobby but friends throng to her to get cakes with awe
That made her a specialist cake maker at home in Bangalore
Very delicious to look at and taste- all will concur sure and pure!

 

HEARTY WELCOME TO NEW YEAR HAPPY UGADI 2019!

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Ugadi  lunar New Year’s Day for the Telugus and Kannadigas
On this day Lord Brahma created the universe and has written our fate.
The festival marks the beginning of Telugu new year.
Great  day in the lives of a big section of the society!

 Festival begins on the first new moon after the Spring Equinox and
celebrated the next morning as day starts from sunrise.
Wake up before sunrise, take oil baths and decorate  houses.
We have prayers and social calls to kith and kin to wish them well!

Special dish  is Bevu Bella, a paste made from jaggery , neem buds, tamarind juice and raw mango. to signify the life- sweet, bitter, sour what not!
The festival holiday in Karnataka, Andhra , Tamil Nadu, Telangana,
In Mahharashtra it is Gudiipadawa. We clean the houses and buy new clothes.
Happy new year to you, happy ugadhi to all my Telugu and Kannada friends
May the new year bring all cheers, peace and plenty, joy and harmony!

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UGADI SUBHAKAANKSHALU TO ALL MY UGADI CELEBRATING FRIENDS

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March 20th- HOLY,HOLI, HOLI DAY is today!

HOLY FESTIVAL OF PLENTIFUL COLORS!

Lovely Nation-My homeland-India that is Bharath very great
Full of festivals over the year for the people to enjoy
In the North and South, East and West all over to make others happy
And the self to live in joy and harmony with all in the society!

March Twentieth today is HOLY, HOLI, HOLI DAY to enjoy
Festival Holi start on the night before with a Holika Dahan
People gather, perform religious rituals in front of the bonfire,
Pray for their internal evil be destroyed the way Holika,
Sister of the demon king Hiranyakashipu, was killed in the fire.

The day is Rangwali Holi – a free-for-all festival of colours,
People smear each other with colours and drench each other.
Water guns and water-filled balloons are on full swing to
Color each other -friend or stranger, rich or poor, man or woman!

Children and elders. frolic and fight with colorsin streets, parks,
Temples and buildings carrying drums and other musical instruments,
Sing and dance, visit family, friends and foes to throw colored powders on all
Laugh and gossip, then share Holi delicacies, food and drinks.

In the evening, dress up and visit friends and family.
Festival of plentiful colors-ever pleasing to the eyes!
Let us wish all a happy HOLY, HOLI, HOLI this day
Let the whole world flourish in colors all through the year!

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17th March Saint Patrick Day

 

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World without religion is dead wood and religion without the world is soul-less!

What is Religion?

While religion is hard to define, one standard model of religion, used in religious studies courses, was proposed by Clifford Geertz, who defined it as a

“system of symbols which acts to establish powerful, pervasive, and long-lasting moods and motivations in men by formulating conceptions of a general order of existence and clothing these conceptions with such an aura of factuality that the moods and motivations seem uniquely realistic.”

A critique categorized religion as “an anthropological category.” Many religions have  narratives, symbols,traditions      to give meaning to life  or to explain the       origin of life or the universe. They tend to derive morality, ethics,religious laws , or a preferred  life style from their ideas about the cosmos  and human nature. According to some estimates, there are about 4,200 religions in the world.

Major Religions in the World:

There are twelve classical world religions—those religions most often included in history of world religion surveys and studied in world religions classes: Baha’i, Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Shinto, Sikhism, Taoism, and Zoroastrianism.

ADI SANKARA ON HINDUISM
Adi Shankara was an early 8th century Indian philosopher and theologian who consolidated the doctrine of  Advaita Vedanta. He is credited with unifying and establishing the main currents of thought in    Hinduism.

His works in    Sanskrit discuss the unity of the ātman and Nirguna  Brahman  “brahman without attributes”. He wrote copious commentaries on the Vedic canon (  Brahma Sutras  , principal  Upanishads  and  Bagwat Geeta ) in support of his thesis. His works elaborate on ideas found in the Upanishads. Shankara’s publications criticised the ritually-oriented Mīmāṃsā school of Hinduism. He also explained the key difference between Hinduism and Buddhism, stating that Hinduism asserts “Atman (Soul, Self) exists”, while Buddhism asserts that there is “no Soul, no Self”.

Shankara travelled across the Indian subcontinent to propagate his philosophy through discourses and debates with other thinkers. He established the importance of monastic life as sanctioned in the Upanishads and Brahma Sutra, in a time when the Mīmāṃsā school established strict ritualism and ridiculed monasticism. He is reputed to have founded four mathas (“monasteries”), which helped in the historical development, revival and spread of Advaita Vedanta of which he is known as the greatest revivalist. Adi Shankara is believed to be the organizer of the Dashanami monastic order and unified the Shanmata tradition of worship. He is also known as Adi Shankaracharya, Shankara Bhagavatpada.

Likewise every religion major or minor has its own Saints and Seers and 17th March being St.Patricks today’s Sunday Story is on him.

It’s 17th March  one of the most celebrated festivals in Ireland – St. Patrick’s Day. The St. Patrick’s Day is also known as a three-leaved festival because St. Patrick used to explain Holy Trinity to pagan Irish with the help of three leaves.

Patrick was a 5th-century Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland. His father was a deacon and his grandfather was a priest in the Christian church. According to tradition, Patrick returned to Ireland to convert the pagan Irish to Christianity.

How do we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day…?

India is a festive country. It has a festival of colors, festival of lamps and firecrackers, festival of kites, festival of dance, a festival of the boat race, etc. but  it is always  open to foreign festivals. We always love to adopt new cultures and celebrate life as much as we can.

For many years, we have been celebrating Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving as well as St. Patrick.

Wearing something green: As per tradition, people wear something green. All the corporate offices, who are known to this festival, wear green, especially companies dealing with Canada, USA and Ireland. The one who does not wear green gets pinched.

 

Click pictures: Click pictures: Clicking pictures and uploading them on social media is a must activity in India. No matter what is celebrated, clicking photos, taking videos, etc is a must.

The decoration of workplace: The workplace is decorated with green. It is decorated with green balloons, ribbons, and other decoration which makes the office look beautiful and green. People also keep something green on their desk like leaves or petals or paper cuts.

A parade like dancing: Here actual parade is not done but instead, people sing and dance and enjoy like parade. Some offices also have DJ parties which relaxed people from hectic schedule and participate in co-curricular activities. Also, some offices take their employees to church to pray to celebrate this fest in a religious way.

Food: Different offices have different ways with their food. Some believe in having green food and juices while some go out for lunch or dinner. The Indians are quite a foodie and St. Patrick is a perfect celebration and excuse to eat healthy and yummy food. Some also drink green drinks which range from Green smoothies to bottle-guard juice to honey-mint cocktails.

We are enthusiasts and eager and curious souls. These festivals allow us to pour ourr enthusiasm out during this period. So St. Patrick is not limited to Ireland or Canada or USA, it’s for India too.

 

Saint Patrick

Patrick was a 5th-century Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland. Much of what is known about Saint Patrick comes from the Declaration, which was allegedly written by Patrick himself. It is believed that he was born in Roman Britain in the fourth century, into a wealthy Romano-British family. His father was a deacon and his grandfather was a priest in the Christian church. According to the Declaration, at the age of sixteen, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken as a slave to Gaelic Ireland. It says that he spent six years there working as a shepherd and that during this time he “found God”. The Declaration says that God told Patrick to flee to the coast, where a ship would be waiting to take him home. After making his way home, Patrick went on to become a priest.

According to tradition, Patrick returned to Ireland to convert the pagan Irish to Christianity. The Declaration says that he spent many years evangelizing in the northern half of Ireland and converted “thousands”. Patrick’s efforts against the druids were eventually turned into an allegory in which he drove “snakes” out of Ireland (Ireland never had any snakes).

Tradition holds that he died on 17 March and was buried at Downpatrick.

Today it is March 17th Saint Patrics Day and I am sure , my esteemed viewers would have found this post quite interesting and informative. Let us invoke the grace and blessings of St. Patrick  for universal welfare.  I am  proud to be an UNIVERSALIST and I use to tell my good friends that I am for Andavar, Palani Andavar and Nagore Andavar!

We shall meet tomorrow with our usual post.Till then GOOD BYE!

(Lot of inputs from my revered GOOGLE GURU)

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