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Palani Panguni Uthiram 2017 – 10-day Panguni Uthiram Festival at Palani Murugan Temple

Panguni Uthiram is one of the most important festivals at the PalaniMuruganTemple. It is a 10-day festival. Palani Panguni Uthiram 2017 is from April 4 to April 10. The celestial wedding of Sri Murugan with Sri Valliyanaki Amman will be performed between 6 PM and 7 PM. on April 8, and Panguni Uthiram holy car procession at 4 PM. on April 9. The firecracker festival is on April 10.
Murugan devotees carry Kavadis – they also carry holy water from CauveryRiver, sugar, and tender coconut.
Abhishekam with holy water is performed on all days to the main Murugan murti in the temple.
The festival begins with the flag hoisting at the ThiruavinankudiTemple near Malaadivaram (downhill) in Palani.
On all the 10 days Palani Murugan with Sri Valli and Sri Devayani goes in procession around the Palani Hill.

Naam Saptah at Jatrat near Chikodi in Belgaum District

Naam Saptah is annually held in Phalgun month. It is the chanting of the names of god for a week. This particular Naam Saptah undertaken Jatrat near Chikodi in Belgaum District attracts hundreds of devotees. Jatrat Naam Saptah 2018 date is February 26.
The concept of Naam Saptah was initiated by Shirdi Sai Baba. In this one chants and remembers the name of one’s personal deity.
Naam Saptah at Jatrat near Chikodi is annually held on Phalgun Shukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the 11th day during the waxing phase of moon in Phalgun month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Karnataka.

Ekambareswarar – Story of Shiva as Ekambareswarar

Shiva is worshipped as Ekambareswarar in the form of Pirthvi Linga (one of the panchabhoota lingas) at the EkambareswararTemple in Tamil Nadu. The story of this form of Shiva is associated with Goddess Parvati.
Legend has it that once when Shiva was in deep meditation and Goddess Parvati, who was in a playful mood, closed the eyes of Shiva. This led to total commotion in the universe. An angry Shiva scolded Goddess Parvati and asked her to go and meditate on earth.
Goddess Parvati then went to earth and created a Shivling and started worshipping it. This is the famous Pirthvi Linga, which is one of the Panchabhoota Lingas.
Shiva tried to test the devotion and loyalty of Goddess Parvati. To overcome the tough situations, Goddess Parvati was helped by Vishnu.
Finally pleased with the devotion of Goddess Parvati, Shiva united with Her. The reunion happened under a mango tree.
Eka – means one; Ambara means mango; and Ishvarar is Shiva.

Shiva is worshipped as Ekambareswarar in Kanchipura…

On Donating Lamps to Hindu Temples

There is a tradition of donating lamps to temples in South India. Lamps made of both stone and metal are donated to Hindu temples. Lamps are usually donated as offerings to the main murti or god in the temple. Many times it is also done as part of redemption of sins.
In some cases lamps are donated in memory of deceased ancestors or relatives. Sometimes as thanksgiving for desire fulfilled and also to commemorate a particular event in family or personal life. The Hindu reports  Donors frequently had their spouses’ imaged cast as a lamp as well – the Annur Maheshwara temple has an inscription that records the gift of servants to the temple by a resident of kavaiyanputtur, who also presented a metallic statue of himself and (his wife) and gold for a twilight lamp.  If made of stone, the lamp was gouged out in the top from a pillar of granite. The height of the pillar varied with the wealth of the sponsor. The gift of a lamp would always come with a gift of cash – coins or land or lives…

Only they are pure who have completely cleansed their thinking – Sant Kabir

People are divided into various groups (religions) and that is how the whole world is misguided. One who performs devotion to the Almighty God, being impartial to worldly groups (religions) it the true saint.
If you do not break your ropes while you are alive, do you think ghosts will do it for you later.
Only they are pure who have completely cleansed their thinking.
Search your heart, your heart of hearts; that’s HIS abode that’s His camp.
All the women and men ever born are nothing but your embodied forms.
Only one in a million awakens…when he does, he gives up what is tainted and joins the incorruptible.

Shivratri Prayers and Mantras

Apart from fasting and keeping vigil at night, Hindu devotees also chant sacred prayers and mantras dedicated to Lord Shiva on Maha Shivratri night. In fact these mantras can be chanted on a daily basis.
Some of the Holy Siva mantras recommended for Maha Sivaratri are
Shiva Panchakshari Mantra - Om Namah Shivaya
Shiva Sakti Panchakshari Mantra - Om Hrim Namah Shivaya
Mrutyunjaya Mantra – Om Trayambakam Yajamahe
Sugandhim Pushti Vardhanam
Urvarukamiva Bandhanat
Mrutyor Mukshiya Mamrutat
Shiva Gayatri Mantra – Om tatpuruṣhaya vidmahe
Mahadevaya dhimahi
Tanno rudrah prachodayat Apart from this one can chant the 108 names or 1008 names of Lord Shiva or the 24 Sacred Names of Lord Siva.
Twenty Four Sacred Names of Shiva 1. Om maheswaraya namaha
2. Om mahadevaya namaha
3. Om sarveswaraya namaha
4. Om shivaya namaha
5. Om Shankaraya namaha
6. Om Saswataya namaha
7. Om pasupataye namaha
8. Om umapataye namaha
9. Om brahmadhipataye namaha
10. Om parameswaraya namaha
11. Om bhasmangaragaya namaha

Today’s Hindu Calendar – February 9, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Monday, February 9, 2015 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waning phase of moon till 1:55 PM on February 9. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the dark phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Hasta or Atham or Hastam Nakshatra till 8:39 AM. Then onward it is Chitra or Chithirai or Chithira Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kanya Rashi 9:38 PM. Then onward it is Tula Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5116
Vikram Samvant 2071 – Phalgun Krishna Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during waning phase of moon in Phalgun month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir.
Jayanama Samvats…

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