Indra and Surabhi – the Kamadhenu



Indra once happened to see Surabahi, the Kamadhenu (divine cow), crying in the Indraloka. Indra asked he why she was crying.

Surabhi then described the troubles that her children are going through in the world. She told him that her sons were ploughing without rest. They were always tied to the yoke of farmers.

She said that she was overwhelmed by their sufferings and tears rolled out from her eyes.

Indra’s heart melted due to the tears of Surabhi.

Indra then caused heavy showers in the world, when ploughing became impossible. Thus the sons of Surabhi (oxen) got rest in the world.

Narasimha Swamy Anjaneyar Temple – Namakkal in Tamil Nadu



Narasimha Swamy Anjaneyar Temple is a unique shrine dedicated to Narasimha Avatar of Vishnu and Hanuman (Anjaneyar). Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped here as Namagiri Thayaar. The shrine is located around 1 kilometer from Namakkal town in Tamil Nadu.



Legend has it that Hanuman brought the murti of Narasimha Swamy worshipped here from the Himalayas. Hanuman carried the mountain with the medicinal herb to save Bhagavan Sri Ram. The mountain contained a Shaligram form of Narasimha, which was worshipped by Bhakta Prahlada.

Hanuman had to place the mountain at Namakkal during his journey to Lanka. The Shaligram did not move from its spot. Therefore, Hanuman decided to place it there. He then returned with the rest of mountain to Lanka to save Bhagavan Sri Ram.

Hanuman murti is standing on the western side of the temple in the open and offering prayers to Narasimha Swamy. People worship Anjaneyar here to get relief from horoscope related problems – especially those related to Rahu and Shani.

The sanctum sanctorum of the temple is located in a cave. The murti of Narasimha Swamy is in sitting posture with sage Sanaka and Sanandana standing nearby. Surya and Chandra are depicted as holding Chamaram. Shiva and Brahma are offering respect to Narasimha.

The walls of Arthamandapa depict paintings of Vishnu and his avatars. There are more than a dozen breathtaking paintings and sculptures in the temple.

The sanctum of Namagiri Thayar is separate and a popular belief is that prayers offered here by couples for healthy children will always be answered.

Namakkal Narasimha Swamy Anjaneyar Temple Temple Timings

Morning - 7:00 AM TO 1:00 PM
Evening - 4:30 PM TO 8:00 PM

Hindu Festivals in May 2016 – Hindu Vrat – Fasting – Rituals in May 2016



Dates of important festivals associated with Hinduism in May 2016 – based on major Hindu calendars and Panchang used in India. The festivals, Vrats and ritual days are based on Indian Standard Time (IST).

May 3, 2016 – Varuthini Ekadasi Vrat – Ekadashi Fasting
May 4 – Pradosh Fasting
May 5 – Shiv Chaturdasi Vrat
May 6 – Amavasya No moon day