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Vinayaka Chathurthi - Aug 29 2003

No religious-minded person, belonging to the Hindu faith, fails to pay his obeisance to Lord Ganapathi in some form, manner or other. His Grace is invoked at the commencement of any auspicious ceremony or enterprise. For the Sri Vaishnavite, the counterpart is Sri Vishvaksena, the commander of Lord Narayana's celestial forces. The term 'Ganapathi' also means the same - commander of the Siva Ganas, the forces of Lord Siva. Temples galore! It is doubtful whether any other God has as many temples as Lord Ganapathi has, particularly in Tamil Nadu, where He has at least a niche in every street corner. …more

Sri Krishna Jayanthi - Aug 18 2003

Sri Krishna Jayanthi Sri Krishna Jayanthi - also known as Gokulashtami or Janmashtami, is the birthday of Lord Krishna. This year, it falls on Tuesday, August 19, 2003. This festival is celebrated with great pomp and show throughout the country. Temples hold special poojas and devotees throng to the temples to get the blessings of the Lord. The houses are also decorated with special care. Patterns of small feet, drawn with rice flour are made, leading from the house entrance to the puja room, where the idol of Lord Krishna is kept. …more

Varalakshmi Vratham - In Honour of the Goddess - Aug 07 2003

The goddess, variously called Devi, Ambal, Lakshmi, Shakthi, is one of the most important figures in the Hindu pantheon. Tradition tells us to pray to the Goddess first, because with her kind and benevolent heart, she will intercede with the Lord for the granting of any boon. While the goddess represents everything from power to prosperity, in the form of Lakshmi, the consort of Lord Vishnu, she is a symbol of wealth. Visitors to the hill shrine of Tirupati, after offering worship at the sanctum sanctorum of Lord Srinivasa, circumambulate the shrine and then come to the figurine of Goddess Lakshmi set high up in the wall. …more

Marvellous mangoes - May 16 2003

Marvellous mangoes The mango is an evergreen, and an originally an inhabitant of South East Asia. Today, we have about thousand different varieties of mangoes being grown across the globe. This fleshy, succulent and exotically flavoured fruit ranks first among the fruits that are eaten fresh all over the world. In many ways, mangoes can be called a comfort food. One always feels better after having eaten one. This may be attributed to an enzyme present in the fruit. This enzyme is very similar to papin (which is present in papaya), and has a soothing effect on the stomach. …more

Chithirai - Tamil New Year - Apr 10 2003

Chithirai - TamilNew Year The Tamil month of Chithrai (April - May) marks the new year for the Dravidians. New Year’s Day Tamil New Year’s Day, Chitra Vishu, falling on April 14 2001, is a festival for offering prayers for nature’s bounty and a life of prosperity for oneself and family. In the Andhra, Karnataka and Maratha calendar, New Year’s Day, called Ugadhi, falls around the same time, though not on the same day. Sun’s movement is the measure for the year in the Tamil calendar. Hence the description of the calendar computation as saura mana. …more

A small wonder called lemon - Apr 02 2003

Lemons are probably the most commonly available members of the illustrious citrus family. This tiny fruit is a storehouse of Vitamin C. That is only one aspect of its versatile nature. Lemons are more useful than most us know. Lemon juice is an excellent household cleaner. Used in combination with salt, it makes your brassware shine brighter than gold. Adding a dash of lemon juice to the water, which you are using to rinse your glassware, gives them an added sparkle. All you food buffs are surely aware of the fact that this wonder fruit is also an effective preservative. …more

Super Fruits - Apr 02 2003

Fruits require less energy to be digested than any other food. Everything that is consumed eventually breaks down in the system and is transformed into glucose, fructose, amino acids, etc. The brain cannot function on anything except glucose. Fruit is glucose in the body. Its digestion, absorption and assimilation requires only a short time, rather than in the break down of food like chicken and mutton. Other foods spend about 1-4 hours in the stomach! Fruits do not digest in the stomach. Most of them are predigested except for bananas, dates and dried fruits. …more

PONGAL - Jan 08 2003

Pongal, which marks the beginning of a new year of hope for the farmers, brings cheer with it. The three-day festivities (now extended to four) give an opportunity for the family to get together and have fun. A harvest festival, Pongal is observed in January, in Tamil Nadu. Bhogi, the first day, is an occasion for festivities at home, throwing away the unwanted things from the house as well as from life. Flavoured rice is offered to the Sun God on Pongal, the second day. Mattu Pongal is celebrated on the third day in a more boisterous fashion. …more

How good is a banana? - Nov 27 2002

How good is a banana? Anaemia: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of haemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anaemia. Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it the perfect food for helping to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit’s ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke. Brain Power: 200 students at an English school were helped through their exams by eating bananas at breakfast, break and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. …more

Karthigai Deepam - Nov 19 2002

Karthigai Deepam is the oldest festival of South India. Falling in the Tamil month of Karthigai, when the star Krithigai is in the ascendant, it usually occurs on a full moon day. The month, during which Lord Shiva with his divine light created Lord Muruga, is of special importance in Tamil Nadu. On this day, special pujas are performed to Muruga. Also known as Kandha, Kartikeya, or Subramanyan, he is the younger brother of Ganesha (Vinayaka), husband to Valli (the daughter of a tribal ruler) and Deivayani (the daughter of Indra, the King of Devas). …more

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