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Onam Special Trains from Mangalore to Trivandrum in 2010

Southern Railway of Indian Railways has announced special trains for Onam festival in 2010 from Mangalore to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) in Kerala. The trains from Mangalore are August 23, August 24 and August 30 with stops at Tiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Kayamkulam, Chengannur, Tiruvalla, Kottayam, ErnakulamTown, Aluva, Thrissur, Shoranur, Kuttipuram, Tirur, Kozhikkode, Vadakara, Thalassery, Kannur, Payyanur, Kanhangad and Kasaragod.The trains from Trivandrum are on August 22, August 23 and August 29.Advance reservation has started for all the below trains, which starts from Nagercoil.Onam is the harvest of Kerala and in 2010, Thiruonam is on August 23.Nagercoil – Mangalore Central – Nagercoil Onam Special Trains: Train No. 0661 Nagercoil – Mangalore Central Special will leave Nagercoil at 13.30 hrs. on 22.8.2010 & 29.8.2010 and arrive Mangalore Central at 05.25 hrs. the next day. Train No. 0662 Mangalore Central – Nagercoil Special will leave Mangalore Central at 13.35 hrs. o…

Goddess Lakshmi Puja in Shravan Month – Mahalakshmi Pooja in Sawan Month

The Shravan month in a Hindu lunar calendar is one of the most auspicious months and numerous pujas and rituals are held in this month. One of the most important puja in the month is the Varamahalakshmi Puja which held on the last Friday of the Shukla Paksha of Shravan month. Apart from this another puja and ritual dedicated to Mahalakshmi is held on the first Friday of the Shukla Paksha of Sawan month.

In some regions a murti of Goddess Lakshmi is installed on the first Friday of Shravan Shukla Paksha for puja. It is believed that Goddess Lakshmi only visits those houses that are clean. The houses are cleaned and offerings are made to Goddess Lakshmi. In some regions this is a community puja in which women of neighborhood gather in a house and perform the puja.

But the most important puja is the Varamahalakshmi puja. You can find details of Varalakshmi Puja here in this article.

Poems of Akka Mahadevi

Like treasure hidden by the earth,
Like the taste hidden by the fruit,
Like gold hidden by the stone,
Like oil hidden by the sesame seed,
Like fire hidden by the word,
Channamallikarjuna (Shiva), jasmine-tender,
Hides as the being behind becoming;
No one knows him.When I did not know myself
Where were you, tell me?
Like the color in gold,
You were in me.
Though you were in me
I saw you as different.
O Channakallikarjuna, jasmine-tender.Akka MahadeviSource – Songs of Shivavacanas of Akka Mahadevi - Translated by Vinaya Chaitanya

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