The Hinduism Today team is working on a special feature for the next issue: Hindu Festivals! And of course, no Hindu festival is complete without the sumptuous meals prepared with love to be offered to the Deity as naivedyam and then shared by the devotees.
These are modakas, a favorite of Lord Ganesha.
Soumya Sitaram, a specialist on the subject, provided the initial text and beautiful photos, such as the one for these kozahkattai.
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Sundal, a feast for the taste buds!
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"Temples with multiple deities can be confusing, especially for today's Hindu youth. For clarity, we need to bring forward a more precise understanding of the different Hindu denominations and how the different Gods are viewed from within each denomination. For spiritual advancement it is best to focus on one deity and get to the vibration that deity. When we hear teachings from various Hindus, it is important to understand and identify which denomination they are speaking from. This will avert confusion when that teaching gets contradicted in a different context where someone is talking about the same subject but from a different philosophical background."
Bodhinatha reviews the main characteristic of Saivite philosophy and practice with an indepth focus on the four stages of religions evolution, chariya, kriya, yoga and jnana. He highlights how this shows that Saiva Siddhanta is unique and quite from the modern practice of Hinduism as Vedanta