India

Madurai
By editor - 12.7 2017 One of South India's great temple towns, Madurai is synonymous with the celebrated Meenakshi Temple. Situated on the banks of river Vaigai, Madurai has a rich cultural heritage passed on from the great Tamil era more than 2500 years old. Madurai was an important...Read more...
Puri Deities Return Home on Niladri Bije
BY: SUN STAFF CORRESPONDENT - 11.7 2017 Rasagola Bhoga  Curtains came down on the nine-day Rath Yatra in Puri, with the Deities returning to THE sanctum sanctorum at Jagannath temple on Thursday, marking Niladri Bije ritual. As last year's Nildari Bije disruption cast a shadow,...Read more...
Feeling of Loneliness Grips Gundicha Temple
BY: SUN STAFF CORRESPONDENT - 5.7 2017 Conch Blowing  Gundicha Temple, which has been abuzz with activity since June 25 Rath Yatra, plunged into loneliness as the sibling Deities left towards Their real abode—Jagannath Temple—on Monday. Gundicha Temple, believed to be the...Read more...
Puri Deities Ready for Return Journey
BY: SUN STAFF CORRESPONDENT - 4.7 2017   Devotees queuing up at Gundicha Temple  A sea of humanity turned up in Puri on Sunday to catch a last glimpse of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra at Gundicha Temple, as the sibling Deities will traverse towards Jagannath Temple...Read more...
Temple Pujas to be Taxed by Government
By editor - 30.6 2017 Temple Pujas and Archanas to be Taxed by Government. What About Churches and Mosques? The following article by G.S. Radhakrishna highlights the fact that the central government will begin taxing all temples in the country on things such as pujas, archanas, prasadam,...Read more...
The Mysterious Sealed Door
Posted by Ancient Code - 29.6 2017 The Mysterious Sealed Door of the Ancient Padmanabhaswamy Temple The mysterious door of the ancient Padmanabhaswamy temple is protected by two massive cobras painted on it and has no bolts, latches or any other means of entry. It is said to house...Read more...
Puri Rath Yatra Draws Huge Crowd
BY: SUN STAFF CORRESPONDENT - 28.6 2017   Lord Jagannath's Ratha Yatra  [ Photo: Sampradaya Sun ] Call it God's grace that the sun did not blaze, nor the clouds burst. Greeted by a million cheers, enamoured by serenading pilgrims and flanked by a posse of police personnel...Read more...
Social Media Bridges Gap during Rath Yatra
BY: SUN STAFF CORRESPONDENT - 28.6 2017 The Deities were so far, yet looked so near. Thanks to technological innovation, devotees resorted to live streaming of the car festival on social networking sites, bridging the gap between them and their near and dear in far off places. Even though...Read more...
Jaganath Puri Ratha Yatra
By editor - 27.6 2017 The temple town is packed, as neither a downpour on Saturday nor a heavy rain forecast for the next few days stopped devotees from reaching the hallowed place to watch the nine-day car festival, starting Sunday. The 3-km-long Grand Road, where the three colourful...Read more...
Herbal Treatment for Puri Deities
BY: SUN STAFF CORRESPONDENT - 26.6 2017   Ayurveda might have been overshadowed by modern medicines, but the ancient method of treatment still has its firm roots in Jagannath culture. On Tuesday, the Deities were given herbal treatment to recuperate from illness they suffered post-...Read more...
Rath Yatra Campaign
BY: SUN STAFF CORRESPONDENT - 26.6 2017 Rath Yatra Campaign on Social Media Gains Momentum Carpenters busy making chariots As Rath Yatra draws near, tour operators have taken to the social networking sites to woo as many pilgrims as possible from across the country and abroad to Puri for...Read more...
Liquor shops in Govardhan Parikrama
By editor - 21.6 2017 Devotees on Govardhan Parikrama For many, it is a matter of great shame that the government of this fine country allows and even promotes alcohol shops in holy places. One such place is the holy Govardhan Hill, where alcohol shops can be found in the lanes adjoining...Read more...
“JYOTISAR”, KURUKSHETRA
By editor - 13.6 2017 The Exact Spot where Lord Sri Krishna spoke SRIMAD BHAGAVAD-GITA to Arjuna KURUKSHETRA: Kurukshetra the holy pilgrimage in which 360 places of pilgrimage related to the Mahabharata can be seen. It is one of those holy towns that have borne the...Read more...
Radharamanji gives darshan in “Pushpa Vrishti Kunj”
By Geeta Chandran - 13.6 2017 Vrindavan’s beloved Shri Radharamanji gave His amazing darshan on Saturday in His “puspha vrishti nikunj.” On the occasion, nritya seva was offered by the star Bharatanatyam dancer, choreographer and Carnatic vocalist, ...Read more...
Snana Yatra Performed Under 'Third Eye'
BY: SUN STAFF CORRESPONDENT - 12.6 2017 Six CCTV cameras were zoomed on a special podium in Jagannath Temple, where the Deities were taken in a procession on Friday for a grand bath on Debasnan Purnima, a key festival before Rath Yatra. It is not that the Deities apprehended threat from any...Read more...
Places of Pilgrimage
By editor - 10.6 2017 If a man wanders from one sacred city to another without repentance in his heart, his going and coming will be in vain. (Bhaktavijaya, ch. 6, by Mahipati) Every spiritual tradition recognizes some places as holy. Visit to such places, connected with specific...Read more...
Holy Places In Ramayana
M.P. Bhattathiry - 10.6 2017 In Kerala Ramayana month begins on 1st karadakam (17th July 2003). In almost all Hindu families one will read the holy Ramayana and other members will listen. The climate during the period is almost rainy and many people will not have any work and it is also...Read more...
Prasadam to more than 17,000 pilgrims
By Radhapad Das - 10.6 2017 Panihati serves Mahaprasadam to more than 17,000 pilgrims on the 501th Anniversary of Chida Dahi Festival 2017 The annual Panihati Chida Dahi Mahotsav (yogurt and chipped rice festival) or the famous Dandamahotsav is celebrated on the 13th day of bright moon in...Read more...
Devotees Face Legal Action for Touching Deities
BY: SUN STAFF CORRESPONDENT - 9.6 2017 Bathing Altar ready for grand bath of Deities    The Shree Jagannath Temple Administration in Puri on Thursday warned of legal action against devotees for touching the Deities during Debasnan Purnima ceremony on Friday. Debasnan Purnima...Read more...
The Kitchen of Lord Jagannath
By Saroj Kumar Panda - 8.6 2017 The Kitchen of Lord Jagannath, Biggest in the World Submitted by Amogha das Sri Jagannath is the Lord of the Universe. His Kitchen is considered as the largest and the biggest Kitchen in the world. It is situated south-east direction of the outer compound...Read more...
SUDAMA PURI Temple
By editor - 1.6 2017 SUDAMA PURI Temple – Birthplace and Residence of SUDAMA brahmana at Porbandar Sudama brahmana was a personal friend of Lord Sri Krishna. Both Sudama brahmana and Lord lived and studied at the ashram of their spiritual master, ...Read more...
Saksi Gopala Temple
By editor - 26.5 2017 The Deity Who Was Called as a Witness Saksi Gopala Temple is a very important temple located almost midway between Jagannatha Puri Dhama and Bhubaneswar, in a town called Saksi-gopala, about 20 km west of Jagannatha Puri Dhama. The Saksi-gopala Deity here,...Read more...
The Sindhu River
By Swami B.G. Narasingha - 25.5 2017 The Sindhu River – How India Got Her Name The Sindhu River is one of the great holy rivers of India, from which the name of India is derived. However, unlike other holy rivers in India such as the Ganga, Yamuna and Sarasvati, the Sindhu is...Read more...
The Shelter of Caves, Part 18
BY: SUN STAFF - 24.5 2017 The main interior temple in Batu Cave A study of famous caves in ancient Bharat. Batu Cave In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is ancient cave complex so large, it houses a full-size temple with gopuram. The cave is situated within a limestone hill that has a series of...Read more...
The Shelter of Caves, Part 17
BY: SUN STAFF - 23.5 2017   Panchapandava Cave Temple, Palavaram A study of famous caves in ancient Bharat. Cave Temple at Pallavaram As our series on ancient caves nears conclusion, we present one final example of a man-made cave temple, with further explanation of rock-cut...Read more...
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