Archive for October, 2008

Tirunavukkarasar – The Lord of Speech

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

One of the greatest Saivite saints, Tirunavukkarasar is credited with the reestablishment of Hinduism in South India following the rise of nastika traditions. Popularly known as Appar, he was one of the most prolific Tamil Saiva poets and a great exponent of Saiva Siddhanta, visiting hundreds of temples and composing hymns in honor of Shiva. Appar’s message of service to God and fellow humans has timeless appeal among the faithful, and his impact on the religious and social life of the Tamil people is remarkable. (more…)

World Hindu Population

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

With about 885 million followers, Hinduism is the third biggest religion in the world after Christianity and Islam. India is home to more than 800 million Hindus, while the rest are spread around the globe. Hinduism accounts for more than 13 percent of the world population of 6.68 billion and is growing at around 1.52 percent annually. (more…)

Vishvakarma – Architect of the Gods

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

Vishvakarma, the Architect of the Gods, is the presiding deity of craftsman, artisans and builders in the Hindu cosmology. He is the manifestation of the creative power of the Supreme Being and designed the tripartite universe consisting of the mortal world, the heavens and the netherworld at the behest of Brahma, the Creator. Vishvakarma also built the palaces of the Gods as well as their many weapons and chariots. Although a minor divinity within the Hindu pantheon, Visvakarma is frequently mentioned in the Vedas and other scriptures in his capacity as the Celestial Architect. (more…)

Pillayarpatti Karpaka Vinayakar Temple

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

The 1600 year old Karpaka Vinayakar Temple in Pillayarpatti is one of the oldest and most popular Hindu shrines in south India. A rock cut cave temple featuring a massive sculpture of Vinayakar, the temple also has ancient images of other Hindu deities. The immensely powerful Karpaka Vinayakar Temple is also one of the cleanest and best managed shrines in India, drawing devotees from across south India who come to pray to Pillaiyar, the ‘remover of obstacles.’ (more…)

Saraswathi Pooja

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

The Saraswathi Pooja is the most important festival honoring the Hindu goddess of knowledge and wisdom. Observed every year on the final day of Maha Navaratri, Saraswathi Pooja involves offerings and prayers devoted to Saraswathi. The festival is believed to be auspicious for seeking the blessings of Saraswathi and for the commencement of academic endeavors. (more…)

The Purpose of Religion

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

by Sri Chandrashekarendra Saraswati

Hinduism is a means of achieving the four canonical goals of life, or purusharthas - kama, artha, dharma and moksha. These four goals represent a holistic approach to achieve spiritual, emotional and material satisfaction for human beings. (more…)