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Attukal Pongala on February 26, 2013 at Attukal Temple at Trivandrum in Kerala – Largest Gathering of Women in World

Attukal Pongala ritual held at the AttukalBhagavathyTemple at Attukal near Trivandrum in Kerala is the largest gathering of women in the world in a single place on a single day. Attukal Pongala 2013 date is February 26. More than 2 million women gather in Trivandrum city on the day to offer Pongala to Goddess Attukal Bhagavathy.
The goddess worshipped at Attukal temple is Kannagi who is an incarnation of Goddess Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva.
The record number of women gather to cook Pongala – rice with jaggery and coconut for Attukal Amma – and seek the blessings of the Goddess.
The 'Pongala' ritual comprises of 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.’
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Brahmananda Swami Sivayogi on Mind

The mind is in itself the cause for one’s happiness and misery. That mind which is possessed of wisdom, manliness and cheer is a friend, while that which is otherwise is a foe.

The mind that is sullied by the passions of attachment and hatred gives rise to misery and several other painful experiences. Hence one should wash off these impurities of the mind with one’s own wisdom and manliness and make it crystal pure.
To get rid of human misery, it is the mind and not God that is to be pleased. Without purity of mind no salvation is possible.
Motionlessness of the mind is itself salvation, while its motion is worldly bondage. Get the mind absorbed in itself and it will then merge in ecstatic Bliss. That is indeed the cessation of all misery and the attainment of final beatitude.
Brahmananda Swami Sivayogi (1852 – 1929) Source – Brahmananda Swami Sivayogi and His selected workds by P. V. Gopalakrishnan.

Today’s Hindu Calendar – February 23, 2013 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on February 23, 2013 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the 13th day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu Calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the 13th day during the waxing phase of moon the whole day and till 12:47 AM on February 24. All time based on India Standard Time.

Nakshatra – Pushya or Pooyam Nakshatra till 11:48 PM on February 23. Then onward it is Aslesha or Ayilyam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Karka Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Pradosh Vrat – Shani Pradosh
Magh Shukla Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the 13th day during the waxing phase of moonin Magh month calendars followed in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.
Magh Shukla Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waxing phase of moon in Magh month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Or…

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