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Bonam during Bonalu Festival in Telangana – How to make Bonam Pot or Items in the Bonalu Pot

Bonam is made during the Bonalu festival dedicated to Mother Goddess held on the Sundays in Ashada month in Telangana. Bonam is a pot that is carried by women devotees dressed in traditional attire to the Mother Goddess temples like the MahankaliTemple. ‘Bonam’ means ‘Bhojanam’ in Telugu, an offering to the Goddess. Here is a brief description of how to make Bonam Pot with items to be placed in it.
Bonam is a pot made using metal or clay. The pot contains
Uncooked rice, Turmeric powder Jaggery and Curd
The pot is decorated with sindhoor – red color. Some people decorate it with marigold flowers or red color flowers.
The pot is covered with neem leaves and a lamp placed on it.
The pot is carried on head by the devotees.

Read more about Bonalu here.

Nalambalam in Kottayam District – Nalambala Darshan Yatra at Ramapuram in Kottayam District

Nalambalam is the term used to refer to the four temples dedicated to Sri Ram, Lakshman, Bharata and Shatrughna of Ramayana. Nalambalam in Kottayam District is located at Ramapuram. It is considered highly auspicious to offer prayers in the four temples before noon puja in a single day in the month of Karkidakom, which is also known as Ramayana Masam.

Nalambalam Darshan at Ramapuram has become popular because the four temples are located within a radius of three kilometres.
Sri Ramaswamy temple is situated at Ramapuram Sri Lakshmanaswamy temple at Kudappulam Sri Bharathaswamy temple at Amanakara Sri Shathrughnaswamy temple at Methiri.
Ramapuram is located 12 km north of Pala town on the main road to Koothattukulam. Pala is around 28 km east of Kottayam Town.
Note – Please note that there is another set of Nalambalam, the most popular in Kerala, and this include -Sree Rama Temple at Triprayar, Koodalmanickam BharathaTemple at Irinjalakuda, Lakshmana Temple at Moozhikkulam and Shathrug…

Tahia of Lord Jagannath – The Crown of Jagannath during Puri Jagannath yatra

When the murti (idol) of Hindu God Jagannath is taken from the temple to the Ratha for the Puri Rath Yatra ritual, he wears an ornamental crown on his head. This decorative piece which Jagannath wears is known as Tahia and is an important part of the Ratha Jatra ritual.
The crown known as Tahiais made out of cane, bamboo sticks, solapith, flowers and colors (minimal, red and zinc, are used).
Tahia is placed on the head of the murti while He is being taken from the temple to the chariot and it remains till the end of the Ratha Yatra. Only skilled artisans are entrusted to prepare the tahia.

The tahia is shaped like a betel leaf. The crown is more than six feet in height and 8.5 ft in circumference.
A lot of raw bamboo sticks (altogether 37 sticks) are held together with cotton strings to give the tahia its shape. Cane is also used at specific places. Flowers, made of solapith, are also used, apart from jasmine. But the row of kadamba flowers at the top of tahia, made of solapith, enh…

Nalambalam Darshan in Kerala – Visiting Four Temples Dedicated to Lord Rama and his Brothers

Nalambalam Yatra, or the darshan of four temples, is an important pilgrimage done in Kerala in the Karikidakam month, also known as the Ramayana Masam. The four temples are dedicated to Lord Ram, Bharatha, Lakshman and Shathrughnan – the four brothers in the Ramayana epic. Most people begin the journey of the four temples from the famous SriKrishnaTemple in Guruvayur as temples are within 60 km from here. SreeRamaTemple at Triprayar is dedicated to Lord Ram. KoodalmanickamBharathaTemple at Irinjalakuda is dedicated to Bharatha, the second brother. LakshmanaTemple at Moozhikkulam is dedicated to Lakshman, the third brother ShathrughnaTemple at Payammel is dedicated to Shathrughna, the fourth brother. All these ancient temples are south of GuruvayurKrishnaTemple and comes in an order – temple of eldest brother Ram first and temple of youngest brother last.
During the Ramayana Masam (mid July to mid August), government and private travel agencies conduct daily trip to the four temples fro…

How to identify the chariot of Subhadra in Puri Rath Yatra

The chariot of Subhadra, the sister of Lord Jagannath, can be identified by the red and black color topped canopy. The chariot of Subhadra in the Puri Rath Yatra car festival is always placed between the chariots Jagannath and Balabhadra.

The Ratha of Subhadra is known as Darpadalana and it has 12 wheels. It is the smallest among the three chariots. The chariot is also referred as Padmadhwaja.
The guardian deity of the chariot is Jayadurga and the charioteer is called Arjuna.
The flag hoisted on the chariot is known as Nadambika and the rope used to pull is named Swarnachuda.
The chariot also has nine other female deities - Chandi, Chamunda, Ugratara, Vanadurga, Shulidurga, Varahi, Shyamakali, Mangala and Vimala.
You may also like to read The size and other details of the Puri Raths How to Identify the Chariot of Lord Jagannath How to Identify the Chariot of Balabhadra

Sudarshana Ashtakam in Telugu in pdf - Sudarshan Ashtakam Lyrics in Telugu

Sudarshana Ashtakam is a prayer dedicated to the Sudarshan Chakra of Lord Vishnu. Below is the Sudarshana Ashtakam in Telugu text in pdf. The prayer is chanted for overcoming fear and for defeating enemies. The document in pdf in Telugu language is provided by Sundar Kidambi of prapatti.

Link – Sudarshana Ashtakam in Telugu

Ignorance and Knowledge as per Jnana Yoga

According to Jnana Yoga, the Path of Knowledge, ignorance means ignorance of the true nature of the Self. We are all aware of ourselves. But what is self? We mistakenly think of self as body, mind and ego. This mistaken thinking is born of ignorance called Maya — a conglomerate of time-space-causation (also called Upadhis, ‘limiting conditions’).
To know the Self, one has to overcome this identification with body-mind-ego. The process of doing it is called Jnana Yoga.
While one has to analyze, separate the real Self from the non-self, one also has to cultivate virtues such as patience, forbearance, non-violence and so on.
To ‘have’ knowledge, in this sense, means that one is ever aware of one’s divine nature—the atman.
Source – Prabhudha Bharata Editorial February 2015

Today’s Hindu Calendar – July 18, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Saturday, July 18, 2015 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon till 7:43 AM on July 18. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is July 18, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious day.
Nakshatra – Aslesha or Ayiliyam Nakshatra till 6:10 PM on July 18. Then onward it is Magha or Makam Nakshatra.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Karka Rashi till 6:10 PM. Then onward it is Simha Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Rath Yatra in Puri and many place is Orissa. Ahmedabad Rath Yatra. Kutchi New Year
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Nija Ashada Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon in Ashada month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan…

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