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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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Shruti- The Vedas (Part 3)

Brahmanas In comparison with the Mantras, the Brahmanas are concerned with practical everyday things, with elaborate details for the proper conduct of sacrificial rites and with specific duties and rules for the conduct of ceremonies. They also explain t...

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Shruti- The Vedas (Part 2)

MANTRAS Constituting the oldest division of Vedic literature, the Mantras are sacred hymns and formulae praising various Gods and forming sacrificial prayers and chants and often expressing the loftiest sentiments that man can feel for his deity. With a t...

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Why do Hindus offer food to God before consuming it?

God is Supreme – the creator and sustainer of all life. Whatever seeds we sow, cultivate and finally harvest are only because of God’s blessings and grace. So out of gratitude and devotion, we offer the specially prepared food to God. This is then shared ...

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About Sri Thendayuthapani Temple

Chettiars’ Temple Society, the management body of Sri Thendayuthapani Temple, also administers the Sri Layan Sithi Vinayagar Temple located at Keong Saik Road. The main deity of this temple is Lord Sri Thendayuthapani. At the entrance of the main sanctum,...

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