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Attukal Temple Pictures – Online Virtual Tour of Attukal Bhagavathy Temple

AttukalBhagavathyTemple located at Trivandrum in Kerala is one the most popular temple dedicated to Mother Goddess in India. The temple holds the world record for the largest gathering of women in the world for the ritual Attukal Pongala. Leen Thobias of has created an online virtual tour of AttukalTemple. In the online virtual tour, you can view the temple pictures in 360 degree. There are total five images of the temple. You can view the pictures of AttukalBhagavathyTemple here at p4panorama.

Vaidyanath Jayanti – Badiyanath Jayanthi

Vaidyanath Jayanti is observed in the Phalgun month in calendars followed in North India. Vaidyanath 2018 date is February 13. The day is of great significance in Shiva Temples. The day also coincides annually with the Mahashivratri Vrat. Vaidyanath or Baidyanath is one among the numerous names of Shiva.

It is believed that Shiva appeared as Vaidyanath on the day.

The day is observed on the 14th day of the waning phase of moon, or Chaturdashi day, in Phalgun month.

Teachings and Sayings from Upanishads

Know one, Know all – Katha Upanishad You are what your deep driving desire is – Brihadaranyaka Upanishad As an eagle, weary after soaring in the sky, fold its wings and flies down to rest in its nest, so does the shining Self enter the state of dreamless sleep, where one is freed from all desires. – Brihadaranyaka Upanishad What is here is also there; what is there, is also here. Who sees multiplicity but not the one indivisible Self must wander on and on from death to death. – Katha Upanishad

Today – February 19, 2011 – is Attukal Pongala

Today – February 19, 2011 – is Attukal Pongala at the AttukalTemple in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. More than two million women participate in the Attukal Pongala ritual, which is the largest annual gathering of women in the world. All the women that have descended to Attukal in Trivandrum from various parts of Kerala, India and around the world are here to cook Pongala to Attukal Devi, an incarnation of Shakti. The 'Pongala' ritual comprises preparing ‘prasad’ for the deity. Women cook rice and jaggery in earthen pots and they offer it to the goddess. They also cook different type of sweet dishes – called ‘mandaputtu,’ ‘appam,’ ‘therali’ – made out of rice powder and jaggery. Coconut tree fronds are used to cook the ‘prasad.’ Fifty years ago the Pongala ritual was a small festival celebrated by the families in and around the Attukal village. Slowly, the power and fame of the Devi started spreading around as people started to find solace and peace in the Devi. This incarnation of…

Today in Hindu Calendar – February 19, 2011

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on February 19, 2011 – Today is Krishna Paksha Pratipada – First day of the waning phase of Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. Krishna Paksha Pratipada or first day of waning phase of moon till 1025 AM on February 19. Then onwards it is Krishna Paksha Dwitiya. All time based on India Standard Time. Magh Krishna Paksha Pratipada or1st day of waning phase of moon in Magha month in calendars followed in Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat.
Note - Pratipada and Dwitiya (1st and 2nd day) is marked today in calendars followed in Maharashtra and in some calendars in other regions. Phalgun Krishna Paksha Pratipada or1st day of waning phase of moon in Falguna month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir. Phalguna month begins in these regions from today. (Find more on Phalgun month 2011) Rashi or Moon Si…

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