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Invitation for Maha Shivratri 2015 Celebration at Art of Living Ashram, Bangalore

"When you sit and meditate, you are in the Shiva principle. And that Shiva principle is truth, benevolence and beauty. These three things together form Shiva." - Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Mahashivratri is an annual celebration at the Art of Living International Center in the presence of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Sanskrit chants from the Vedas create a meditative and joyous aura in the place, overflowing with meditators.

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Don’t miss it. Register now at www.bangaloreashram.org

Invitation for Rudra Puja every Monday morning at Art of Living International Center, Bangalore

"The effect of Rudrabhishek is it creates positive energy and removes negative vibes" - Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Rudra Puja takes place every Monday morning at the Art of Living International Ashram, Vishalakshi Mandap or Yagyashala.

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If you are wondering what is Rudra Puja, Click Here..

Rudra Puja is the most ancient, continuing form of prayer for the well being of the whole universe. It comes from the Rig Veda in India. It is chanted in Sanskrit.

Birds of North and South India

Black rumped flameback in Chennai, IndiaIn an age of so much inconsequential tweeting, it’s worth recalling the advice of yogis: Sit still, they say, so still that a bird can land on your head.

From the cold lakes of the Himalayas to the sand dunes of western Rajasthan to the tropical rain forests in the south, India hosts a dizzying variety of birds, like a dizzying variety of everything else. Residents and visitors, common and rare, more than 1,200 species have been recorded in India, which puts it somewhere between the United States (just under 900 recorded species) and Colombia (more than 1,800 species).

More: The New York Times

Kaliya Nag and Krishna, in a poem from Vrindavan, Sri Banke Bihari ji ke sawaiya, 49 of 144

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कारेइ मोहन कारेइ सोहन, कारी कालेन्दजा के तट आयो।

खेलत गेंद गिरी दह में तब कारे से नाग लो जाय जगायो॥

नाग को नाथ लियो छिन में अरु कारे के सीस पै नृत्य करायो।

‘गोविंद’ यों प्रभु शोभा बखानत कारे कौ नाथ के नाथ कहायो॥४९॥

This Sawaiya verse depicts the episode of Kaliya-manthan in Vrindavan. Poet Govid says:

“Krishna was playing with a ball with his friends on the banks of dark, deep waters of River Yamuna, when his ball fell into Kaliya-dah, a part of the river where Kaliya Nag, the thousand-headed snake lived. Krishna fought with Kaliya and emerged victorious, dancing on Kaliya’s heads. I cannot describe in words the awesome scene…”

Kaliya Nag is a symbol of the 5 senses, and the episode signifies that the master of the senses should be Krishna, else the waters of life would be poisoned by the craving and misery that the senses are capable of bringing, just like the presence of Kaliya Nag in Kaliya-dah, Vrindavan, poisoned the fresh river water.

Darshan timings for Sri Banke Bihari temple, Vrindavan

Summer timings (Begin 2 days after Holi)

Morning Darshan: 7.55-11.55 am

Sringar Arti: 7.55 am

Raj Bhog Arti: 11.55 am

Evening Darshan: 5.30-9.30 pm

Shayan Bhog Arti: 9.30 pm

Winter timings (Begin from Yam dwitiya/Bhai Dooj festival, 2 days after Diwali)

Morning Darshan: 8.55-12.55 am

Sringar Arti: 8.55 am

Raj Bhog Arti: 12.55 am

Evening Darshan: 4.30-8.30 pm

Shayan Bhog Arti: 8.30 pm

A japi hat handicraft from Assam

Japi hat, Assam

This picture was taken at a hotel in Jorhat, Upper Assam. The woven hat is embellished with Japi work.

Assamese gold jewellery in Japi style is another piece of art from this part of the country.

And not to miss the three kinds of handmade silk popular with locals: Pat, Eri and Mooga. Eri is the only traditionally vegetarian silk or ahinsa silk. Eri silk is crafted by tribals in Kerala too. Mooga is a natural golden silk which improves with age, and is family legacy.

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