The Winter Solstice began yesterday at 5:23 PM Eastern Time. It was the shortest day of the year and the first day of winter in the northern hemisphere. Around here (Latitude: 39.68N Longitude: 75.75W) the length of the day was approximately 9 hours and 21 minutes. Happy Winter Solstice. Here's a track from George Winston … Continue reading Winter Solstice Greetings
I missed posting on Ganesh Chaturthi this time. I was in Mumbai last Monday. Tuesday evening was when I foolishly decided to make my way to Pune from Mumbai. As a matter of practical importance, I made the proper offerings to Ganesh, the Remover of Obstacles, before I embarked on my journey. After all, Mr … Continue reading Happy Ganesh Utsav
Saraswati puja is done on Basant Panchami -- which is the fifth day of the start of spring (Basant). Traditionally people fly kites and wear something yellow. I did not know that today was Saraswati Puja until my sister called this morning to tell me to go and attend a puja today. As I am … Continue reading Basant Panchami
Today is the first of the five days of Puja, the worship of the goddess Bengalis call Ma Durga. Oct 2nd is Vijaya Dashami, the day the Puja (worship) ends. As children, we are told that Durga comes with her children (Lakshmi, Saraswati, Kartik, and Ganesh) to visit her parents. Another story goes that Rama, … Continue reading Puja
Well, the year is new. And so are the resolutions. I will write more regularly on my blog is the only resolution I made this year. Happy New Year.
Asato ma sat gamaya Tamaso ma jyotir gamaya Mrityur ma amritam gamaya Lead me from illusion to the Truth Lead me from darkness to Light Lead me from death to Immortality from the Brihadaranya Upanishad.