Follow The Hindu Moon

A guide to the festivals of South India


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Soumya Aravind Sitaraman

An award winning painter and illustrator, founder of Shakti, a South Asian Women's forum and co-founder of What is India Publishers, an online India Information Network. Soumya Sitaraman's debut as an author has been compared to Fraser's monumantal tome,  The Golden Bough and applauded as a thesis in social and cultural Anthropology. This well researched handy guide to south Indian festivals began as a personal journey of discovery spurred by questions posed to her by her son Maithreya while living in the US. Her quest has culminated in this heritage book that will be the lifeline of all families like hers, removed from their cultural home in South more

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Usha Kris


ISBN: 978 81 8400 011 5

Pages: 908 

Hardcover, Two Volumes

Genre: Non Fiction, Culture


Publisher: Random House 

India Limited

Retail: Rs. 3500

Release Date: Nov 1, 07



Richly illustrated with about 1000 photographs.








Gaze at the vast skies at night, at nebulas and galaxies, clusters of billions of stars strewn among the solitaires that stud the sky. Feel the wonder of this creation. Something made all this happen. Something makes all this work, together and independently. The vastness before you, the magnitude of the exploding stars that make and end life, makes us seem small, insignificant, invisible. Yet, in the grand scheme of things, we were made with the same fundament that is the building block of all creation. We each carry within us a perfect and complete, albeit scaled-down, universe. Our Atma, our soul, is a part of the Universal Atma. We hold the divinity we perceive about us, within. 

The boundary between the divine in us and the Supreme Divinity is as much an illusion as the difference between the air within an open container and the air surrounding it. 

Hindu philosophy encourages each of us to seek and find our own divinity through love, and bhakti, devotion. Through the pooja, the veneration of the divine, we are guided to the realisation of our oneness with God.

Look to this page for information on Sankalpas for various poojas, techniques of prayer, meditation and spirituality that form the fundaments of living the Hindu way. Follow our timeless ways.


I offer various complete and Deity specific poojas in PDF format.

Avani Avittam (Yajurveda Upakarma Pooja)

Kamakshi Pooja

Varalakshmi Pooja

Krishna Janmashtami Pooja

Vinayaka Chaturti Pooja


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