Archives for July 2012

Spiritual Open House

The five day Vedic ritual "Prana Prathishta" fills new Hindu temples with life and visitors with visions.Recently, the Bharatiya Temple of Metropolitan Detroit had a ceremony known as aPrana Prathishta, which was spread over five days as part of the expansion of a new Hindu house of worship. I have been an active volunteer at the temple over the last thirteen years, but I was not fully engaged in the expansion activity and the events around it. I have been concerned about building a larger … [Read more...]

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Seven Steps to Sacred Bliss: Hindu Wedding Rituals

When Hindus tie the knot, it's not just a ceremony. Instead, it's a life sacrament, and the "saptapadi" or "seven steps" is perhaps the most sacred and meaningful piece.The lazy, hazy days of summer bring to mind weddings—especially because it is during the hot summer months that Hindu weddings are often celebrated. While I have alreadywritten on the topic of marriage twice, I cannot resist revisiting the Hindu marriage rituals, particularly the sacred and beautiful saptapadi. As an imp … [Read more...]

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