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VSK Chennai news, July 21, 2009
Another trick in the trade
As one of the tricks of the trade, adapting the custom followed by their brethren of Ramayana reading during this month of devotion and 'a return to nature', members of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church started the first day of the Malayalam month of Karkkidakam with a similar exercise, reading from the Holy Bible. The denomination as a whole resolved to observe Bible Maasam, with readings starting with the Book of Genesis. The Martha Mariam Samajam, the organization of women among the laity in the Orthodox Church, has been observing this tradition for the last two years in all seriousness. Their example has presumably activated the community as a whole to go in for a collective drive from this year. Even as the entire Kerala celebrates Ramayana Maasam (July 15 – Aug 15) in the traditional manner reading Ramayana in every house, the Church tried to keep its flock together by reading Bible during the month.
Stone inscription on solar eclipse found
Archaeologists have found a stone inscription at Periyanayaki Amman temple in Palani dating back to 17th century that mentions a solar eclipse that took place at that time. Periyanayaki Amman temple constructed in the 14th century by Pandiya Kings (who worshiped Shiva) later after destruction by Malik Kafur in 17th century, the Nayakkar dynasty built a shrine for Amman at the same place is an important satellite shrine. Archaeologist Narayamoorthy, architect Manivannan and professors of history from women's college conducted research in the temple when they stumbled upon a stone inscription that mentions solar eclipse. From the available lines they could decipher that the day of solar eclipse was an auspicious occasion and on that day land was donated to the temple by royalty. A similar stone inscription was found in the cave temple in Palani, etched by King Malligarjuna Rayar. That inscription describes the period of solar eclipse as the auspicious time for giving donations. It is said that the solar eclipse that is going to take place on 22-7-2009 is a rare solar eclipse and it takes place after 360 years as the same one which occurred before 360 years dating back to 17th century. Before the arrival of English education in India people are aware of such signs of so many things.
Samskrita Dinam was celebrated by the Government on the day of Shravana Purnima. This year it is celebrated on August 5, 2009. Samskrita Bharathi is celebrating this year by conducting an exhibition on "Samskritam in its daily life" on August 15 & 16, 2009. State Secretary Sri Sriram has reported that 108 Samskritam classes will be conducted in Chennai, in Madurai 20 classes, various cultural activities to be conducted in Pondicherry, Nagercoil and Coimbatore.
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