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- No worship is said to be complete without sacrifice and offering food to God
- Offering food is considered as a sacrificial act and it reminds us that food is not merely intended to appease our taste
- The devotees are often confused thinking which sweet or food to offer to their favourite Hindu God
The offering of food to God is an important ritual in Hinduism. It is a timeless legacy shared by the people of this land and a symbol of the culture deeply rooted in the community that continues to influence the modern minds of today.
No worship is said to be complete without sacrifice and offering food to God. The process of preparing the food, offering it to the lord and finally eating it as prasadam has a spiritual significance. We are acquitted from the karma involved in acquiring the food. Offering food is considered as a sacrificial act and it reminds us that food is not merely intended to appease our taste.
“Prasada” in Sanskrit means “mercy,” or the divine blessings of the lord. The hidden principle behind the offering is humility. It is a means of saying “ thank you “, to the Lord who gives us our daily food. By this offering, we not only make spiritual progress but it is also believed that the food is purified.
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But often, the devotees are confused thinking which sweet or food to offer to their favourite Hindu god. As there are stories from mythology that say that a certain God favours a particular food, people tend to fixate on offering the “favourite” food of the lord. But, regardless of what food you give as an offering, if done with true devotion and a clear selfless heart, you will surely be bestowed with the blessings of Him.
If you are confused about the favourite food of Hindu Gods, fret no more! Here are some of the favourite food items of Hindu Gods:
Shiva Agamas give a lot of importance to abhishekam in Shiva pooja and it makes the ceremonies many times more effective. Hence, Milk is offered as neivedyam and abhishekam to Lord Shiva and Ganesha.
Beautiful laddoos are offered as naivediyam or bhog to Lord Ganesha as it is believed to be his favourite sweet. It is a versatile sweet that can also be offered to other gods.
Offered to God by mixing with jaggery and water, red lentils are considered to be favoured by Lord Hanuman and Surya Dev. This is a common food item and can be seen in a lot of Hindu festivals.
It is said that any offering in yellow impresses Lord Vishnu. Yellow lentils, jaggery, yellow laddoo, etc. are considered the favourite dishes of Lord Vishnu.
It is said that Lord Shiva, who lives a life of a sage in the mountains, drinks such intoxicating substance in the extreme cold terrains. He is offered hemp leaves, sugar, curd and dhatura.
Jaggery can either be mixed with milk or lentils, or simply offered as a sweet to the God. This one is quite popular food item that is offered to the Hindu Gods by the beleivers of the community.
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Lord Shiva and Surya Dev are offered this aromatic flavouring spice either raw or mixed with milk. Saffron has a strong fragrance and is used in many food items as well.
Black Sesame Seeds
It is said that Shani Dev, Rahu and Ketu love black items. Hence Black Sesame Seeds are offered to Him by Hindu followers.
In an effort to reduce the side effects of Sadi Sati, mustard oil is offered to Shani Dev. Shani Puja is quite popular in Hinduism and is celebrated all over India.
Rice and dal are often offered to Lord Ganesha, Goddess Lakshmi, Krishna, and Shiva. Raw rice mixed with sugar is offered to Lord Shiva and the moon.
Known as the Makhan Chor, Lord Krishna loves butter and is said to be impressed by offering other dairy products like curd and cream.
This white dumpling made of rice flour and filled with jaggery is prepared in large quantities during Ganesh Chaturthi and offered to Lord Ganesha, who is often depicted with the Modakam in his left hand.
-prepared by Ajay Krishna of Newsgram. Twitter:@ajkrish14
As robots evolve to do more work around us, the UK-based humanoid robot manufacturer Engineered Arts has infused more human-like facial expressions into one of its robots, which may leave you with an eerie feeling.
In a video posted on YouTube, the robot called 'Ameca' displays various human expressions, like appearing to "wake up" from sleep, as its face shows confusion and frustration when it opens its eyes.
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Once awake, 'Ameca' starts looking at its hands and arms, opens its mouth and raises its eyebrows, just like a human does.
At the end of the video, Ameca smiles and holds a welcoming hand out towards the viewer.
According to Engineered Arts, the humanoid bot is currently unable to walk and it is working towards giving it the ability in the near future.
"Designed specifically as a platform for development into future robotics technologies, 'Ameca' is the perfect humanoid robot platform for human-robot interaction," says the company.
The 'Ameca' hardware is a development based on its own research into humanoid robotics and built on its advanced 'Mesmer' technology.
Ameca' on display at the CES 2022 conference in Las Vegas in the US in January.Unsplash
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Engineered Arts is slated to put 'Ameca' on display at the CES 2022 conference in Las Vegas in the US in January.
"Human-like Artificial Intelligence needs a human-like artificial body. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning systems can be tested and developed on Ameca alongside our powerful 'Tritium' robot operating system," the company posted on its website. (IANS/PR)
(Keywords: Humanoid Robot, Ameca, Technology)
Microsoft has disrupted the activities of a China-based hacking group, gaining control of the malicious websites the group used to attack organisations in the US and 28 other countries around the world.
The Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit (DCU) said in a statement that a federal court in Virginia granted its request to seize websites of the hacking group called 'Nickel', enabling the company to cut off Nickel's access to its victims and prevent the websites from being used to execute attacks.
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"We believe these attacks were largely being used for intelligence gathering from government agencies, think tanks and human rights organisations," said Tom Burt, Corporate Vice President, Customer Security and Trust at Microsoft.
Obtaining control of the malicious websites and redirecting traffic from those sites to Microsoft's secure servers will help the company protect existing and future victims while learning more about Nickel's activities.
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"Our disruption will not prevent Nickel from continuing other hacking activities, but we do believe we have removed a key piece of the infrastructure the group has been relying on for this latest wave of attacks," Burt said late on Monday.
To date, in 24 lawsuits - five against nation-state actors -- Microsoft has taken down more than 10,000 malicious websites used by cybercriminals and nearly 600 sites used by nation-state actors.
"We have also successfully blocked the registration of 600,000 sites to get ahead of criminal actors that planned to use them maliciously in the future," the tech giant informed.
"We believe these attacks were largely being used for intelligence gathering from government agencies, think tanks and human rights organisations."Unsplash
In some observed activity, Nickel malware used exploits targeting unpatched on-premises Exchange Server and SharePoint systems.
"However, we have not observed any new vulnerabilities in Microsoft products as part of these attacks. Microsoft has created unique signatures to detect and protect from known Nickel activity through our security products, like Microsoft 365 Defender," the company noted.
Nickel has targeted organisations in both the private and public sectors, including diplomatic organisations and ministries of foreign affairs in North America, Central America, South America, the Caribbean, Europe and Africa. (IANS/SP)
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Chip manufacturer MediaTek on Monday announced that it is focused on making 2022 a year aimed at rapid growth, business success, substantial expansion in Research and Development capabilities.
MediaTek's plans to boost technology democratisation and enable access to disruptive connectivity with its range of mainstream to flagship 5G chips.
"We at MediaTek are focused on making 2022 a year aimed at rapid growth, business success, and substantial expansion in our R&D capabilities. For 2022, we are focused on further strengthening our presence in India, offering incredible experiences to customers, and supporting the country's technology initiatives with our expertise and collaboration with leading OEMs," Anku Jain, Managing Director, MediaTek India said in a statement.
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In the flagship segment, MediaTek recently announced the Dimensity 9000 chip, which is a milestone of innovation and a rise to the incredible, built-to-power flagship 5G smartphones in the world, the company claims.
MediaTek Dimensity 9000 features a single Cortex-X2 performance core clocked at 3.05GHz, three Cortex-A710 cores at 2.85GHz and four Cortex-A510 efficiency cores at 1.8GHz.
It packs a 10-core Arm Mali-G710 that takes care of graphics processing, the report said.
The chipset also comes packed with MediaTek's fifth-generation APU with six total cores for AI processing.Unsplash
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The chipset also comes packed with MediaTek's fifth-generation APU with six total cores for AI processing.
The chipset can handle screens with up to a 180Hz refresh rate at Full HD+ resolutions. It is also the first chipset to have an 18-bit image signal processor, offering the ability to capture 4K HDR video using up to three cameras at the same time, or still photos using up to a massive 320MP sensor. (IANS/PR)
(Keywords: 5G, smartphones, Mediatek)