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How to Nurture the Tree of Bhakti?

Many a times we hear the word Bhakti and start wondering what is its real meaning. Different people define Bhakti differently. Some say it is worshipping the Lord; some say it is chanting his name; some say it is doing service to him, while some others...

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Prayer for Peace

Om sarve bhavantu sukhinaha Sarve santu niraamayaah Sarve bhadraani pashyantu Maa kaschit dukkha bhaag bhavet Om shaanti shaanti shaanti Meaning: May all be happy. May all be free from disabilities. May all see the good of others. May none be in m...

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Why do we have a prayer room/altar at home?

Hindus believe that God is the creator and sustainer. To show our gratitude to God and offer prayers, a prayer room or altar is usually set up at home. It is the home temple that you can ‘visit’ every day. A lamp is lit daily and spiritual practices su...

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About Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple

History Located in Katong near East Coast Road, this Hindu temple strongly identifies with its location and the community it represents – the Ceylonese Hindus. Ceylon Road, in fact, derived its name from the many Ceylonese, or Sri Lankan Tamils, one of...

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Kara-darshana Prayer

Kara-darshana or looking at one’s palms is done as one awakes from sleep in the morning. This simple prayer is performed while sitting straight in bed. Join both palms and while looking at both palms, recite the following: Karaagre vasate lakshmi Kara...

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Shruti- The Vedas (Part 4)

Upanishads As the concluding portions of the Aranyakas, the Upanishads are the doctrines of “secret knowledge”. The name is derived from the Sanskrit root ‘upa’ which means near, “ni” which means down and “shad” meaning sit. Thus, it literally means to s...

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About Sree Ramar Temple

The history of Sree Ramar Temple can be traced back to a shrine that was situated at the base of a tree at its present site. It began as a place of worship for inhabitants in the nearby village. The shrine housed the deities of Sree Ramar, Sree Seetha, Sr...

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Why do we use coconuts in prayer?

One of the most common offerings in Hindu worship is a coconut. The coconut is a satvic fruit – it is sacred, pure, clean, and health giving, endowed with several properties. It is placed on top of a kalasha or kumbham and used for worship on auspicio...

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About Sri Layan Sithi Vinayagar Temple

Administered by the Chettiars’ Temple Society, Sri Layan Sithi Vinayagar Temple is located at the junction of Keong Saik Road and Kreta Ayer Road. Built in 1925 and located in the bustling commercial area of Singapore, the temple attracts hundreds of devo...

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The Importance of Lighting a ‘Deepa’ (lamp)

In most Hindu homes, a deepa (lamp) is usually lighted at the altar. Some even maintain an ‘akhanda deepa’ or a continuous lighted lamp. The light of the deepa represents the divine light of God. It also symbolizes knowledge and enlightenment that eradica...

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