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  • MONTHLY AYYAPPA PADI PUJA – 6:00 PM Navagraha Building, Aug 19
    6:00 PM-8:00 PM
    08/19/2017
    Navagraha Building

    Navagraha Building

    Padi Pooja, or the pooja of the Pathinettam Padi, is performed in the evening on certain days at the temple.Padi pooja in the name of the 18 Hill Gods of Lord Ayyappa was conducted after Pushpabhishekam.Thantri performed the ritual in the presence of Melsanthi.The hour-long ritual by decorating the Holy Steps with flowers and silk cloths after lighting traditional lamps on each step, concluded with performing “aarathi” by the thantri.

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  • Solar Eclipse (Temple opens at 6 p.m.) – Monday, Aug 21 & Special Grahana Shanti for Simha Rasi Monday at 6:00 pm
    6:00 PM-9:00 PM
    08/21/2017

    SOLAR ECLIPSE ON MONDAY, AUGUST 21
    Start time:  11:41 am, Peak 1:10 pm; End 2:39 pm (Austin Time)
    Special Grahana Shanti for Simha Rasi Monday at 6:00 pm
    One can hardly turn on a news show these days without hearing about the first full solar eclipse in the United States in 40 years. People are traveling from all over the world to witness this event. Austin will not get the full eclipse, but a partial one.
    Be aware that most Hindus and many native cultures consider the viewing of a solar eclipse as INAUSPICIOUS.  The Sun is the source of all life on Earth and therefore respected like God. His dimming is not good. The shadow that falls on the Earth during an eclipse is thought to carry negative vibrations.
    The Temples will close Sunday night at the regular time and reopen on Monday at 6:00 pm, after the eclipse is over and all the idols receive abhishekam. (Please contact GAN if you would like to come Monday after the eclipse and help with this.)
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    Precautions during the eclipse:

    -Do not look at the eclipse. If possible, do not go outside during the eclipse.
    -Pregnant women, in particular, should stay indoors and draw the drapes to avoid the “shadow” of the eclipse.  Some recommend they stay in bed during the entire eclipse.
    -Best not to have any food in the stomach during the eclipse. Digestion of food at this time becomes poisonous.  Many persons will not eat three hours before the start of the eclipse, and again until after the eclipse. Some fast all day, not eating for 12 hours before.
    -Avoid important business meetings, making important life decisions, intimate contact, signing contracts, making big purchases, etc. on this day.
    -Best not to travel during the eclipse.
    -Best to throw out “leftovers” after the eclipse, as the negative radiation is felt to fall on the food.
    -Take a bath or shower after the eclipse, and put on clean clothes.
    -On your puja table, wash any idols after the eclipse.
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