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Vishu: Items needed for Vishukani and How to arrange Vishukanni

Vishukani, or Vishukkani, is an assortment of auspicious things that is viewed when one opens one’s eyes on the day of Vishu festival. ‘Kani’ means ‘that which is seen first.’ And Vishukani, that which is seen first on Vishu, is an indispensable part of this Kerala festival. Vishu is the Zodiac New Year in Kerala. The list of auspicious items varies from region to region and most often depends on the availability of the item.


How to arrange Vishukani Ashtamangalyam, eight auspicious things, are a must for Vishu. This includes: A large vessel called Uruli made of panchaloham – five metals - or normal Uruli or clean tray.Tamboolam - Betel leavesAkshatam – a mixture of rice and turmericDharu cheppu – Kumukumam in a small containerGrantham – Book usually Bhagavad GitaDarpanam – Mirror usually Aranmula kanadiAmbaram – Cloth – A nice clean traditional Kerala mundu (Kodi mundu)Kramugam: Betel nut The Ashtamangalyam is common in the arrangement of Vishukani in various regions. Next most impo…

Thakurani Yatra – Berhampur in 2017 – Maa Budhi Thakurani Yatra 2017 dates at Berhampur in Orissa

Thakurani Yatra at Berhampur is held once in two years. It is the visit of the Mother Goddess worshipped in the Maa Budhi Thakurani Temple to Berhampur town in Orissa. The visit lasts nearly a month. Thakurani Yatra 2017 dates at Berhampur is from April 5. The festival ends on May 1, 2017.
Maa Budhi Thakurani Yatra begins with a grand procession from Berhampur to Maa Budhi Thakurani Temple.

Head of Devangiris (weaving community), and his wife perform rituals at the temple and return with a garland of Itala (Ita malli) in a basket. The garland is kept in a thatched house erected in front of house of the head of Devangiris.

Ghata parikrama is the most important ritual of the festival, which begins on the third day. The garland is put inside a decorated earthen pot, called Ghata. Eight more pots, which represent the parsadevata, are lined up inside the hut.
Goddess is considered as their daughter by the citizens of Berhampur and her visit is noted for chanting of shlokas, prayers, sou…

The gates of hell will not prevail if once you know what the truth of things is – Hindu Wisdom

He who conquers himself is a great conqueror than one who conquers in battle a thousand times a thousand men.
Overcome anger by love, evil by good, greed by liberality, falsehood by truth.
Desire is never satisfied by the enjoyment of the objects of desire; it grows more and more as does the fire to which fuel is added.
There cannot be fulfillment of human personality without adequate attention to the spiritual dimension of man.
The gates of hell will not prevail if once you know what the truth of things is.

Today’s Hindu Calendar – April 11, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Saturday, April 11, 2015 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waning phase of moon till 6:06 PM on April 11. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is April 11, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good day after 10:28 AM
Nakshatra – Mool or Moolam Nakshatra till 4:22 AM on April 11. Then onward it is Purvashada or Pooradam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Dhanu Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Vaishakh Krishna Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waning phase of moon in Vaishakh month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh,…

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