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Bommai Kolu – Arrangement of Dolls during Navratri and Dusshera

Bommai Kolu or Bommala Koluvu is the artistic display of dolls by women during Navarathri and Dusshera in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and among certain communities in Kerala. In 2017, Navratri begins on September 21. The dolls, called Kollu or Golu, represents the durbar or assembly of Goddess Durga. This assembly is held just before Mother Goddess ventures on her mission to slay Mahishasura, the buffalo-headed demon. Therefore when depicted along with the ‘kolu,’ Goddess Durga is also referred as Mahishasura-mardini.

Earlier, special artisans were invited to homes to create kolu dolls. But nowadays most people rely on readymade kolu dolls and ‘special Bommai kolu’ sets that hit the market during the period. The kolu arrangement is a forte of women and young girls. Creative women add new dolls to their collection each year. Some women collect dolls throughout the year keeping in mind the Navratri Kolu. It must be noted here that some of the dolls used in Navratri kolu are…

Kadandale Temple in Karnataka – Shree Subrahmanya Temple at Kadandale

Believed to have built during the 9th century AD, Kadandale Temple in Dakshina Kannada District is dedicated to Hindu God Subrahmanya, son of Shiva, popularly known as Muruga or Kartik. The murti worshipped in the Subrahmanya Temple at Kadandale is 3 feet in height. It is believed that during Tretayuga, Vali, the Vanara king of kishkindha, mentioned in the Ramayana had worshipped the murti.



A popular history regarding the construction of the temple has it that a Jaina King of the region had a dream about the murti hidden in a pond which was filled waste. It was Balasubrahmany who came in the dream and told the king about the murti.

When the pond was cleared the murti was found and it was installed in the present day temple. The most important rituals and festivals in the temple are Naga Panchami, Simha Sankramana, Tene Habba, Ganesh Chaturthi, Ashlesha Bali Seva, Chandika Homa, Upakarma, Deepavali, Sashti Jathra, Skanda Parichaya, Champa Sashti, Kere Deepthsava, Bhotha Bali, Avabhru…

Mangaladevi Temple Timings – Puja – Darshan – Opening and Closing Time at Mangaladevi Temple in Mangalore Karnataka

Mangaladevi Temple, located in Mangalore, Karnataka, is dedicated to Goddess Mangala Devi and is an important shrine in the region. The temple attracts visitors from Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Mangaladevi Temple Timings in detail is given below. Please note that the opening and closing time will be altered during important rituals and festivals. The puja time will be changed and darshan time shortened during Grahan or eclipse.
Mangaladevi Temple Timings
Morning – 6:00 AM TO 1:00 PM Evening – 4:00 PM TO 8:30 PM

On Fridays Morning – 6:00 AM TO 1:00 PM Evening – 4:00 PM TO 9:00 PM

Kavoor Mahalingeshwara Temple near Mangalore in Karnataka

Kavoor Mahalingeshwara Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva and is located at Kavoor Village, which is about 5 km from Mangalore. This important Shiva temple in Dakshina Kannada District is located near a vast lake.



The main deity worshipped in the shrine is Mahalingeshwara. The Shivling faces east and was established by Saint Kuvera. The place takes from Kuvera Rishi. It is also believed that Shiva gave darshan to the Saint at the spot where the present day shrine stands.

The temple is believed to be more than 600 years old and was an important center of worship in Tulunadu.

The most important festivals in the temple are Mahashivratri, Sri Krishna Jayanti and annual temple festival.


Kavoor Mahalingeshwara Temple Address Contact Address:
Shree Mahalingeshwara Temple,
Kavoor Post,
Mangalore - 575 015 Dakshina Kannada District

Telephone :
0824 - 2481543
0824 - 2481980 Kavoor Mahalingeshwara Temple Timings Morning Pooja Time – 6:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Evening Pooja Time – 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Goddess Kshemankari Form of Durga

Goddess Kshemankari is one of the nine different forms of Durga mentioned in the Agamas. This form of Mother Goddess Shakti is capable of giving health.
Goddess Kshemankari is four armed. Her one hand is in Varada posture. The remaining three hands carry trishula, padma and drinking vessel.


But there are some images of the Goddess depicting her with 10-arms
In some images one can see her with two lions near her feet.
Exclusive temples dedicated to Goddess Kshemankari Form existed during ancient times. Today, there are no well known temples dedicated to this form of Durga.
One can find murtis of Goddess Kshemankari in many museums in North India.

Ghatasthapana on the first day of nine-day Navratri Festival

During nine-day Navratri festival, the first day of is dedicated to Ghatasthapana – installation of a Pot symbolizing Mother Goddess. Ghatasthapana 2017 date is September 21 for Saran Navratri. Chaitra Navratri Ghatasthapana is on March 28, 2017. This is also an important ritual during Dashain, which is the equivalent of Navaratri in Nepal. In Ghatasthapana, a pot or vessel known as Kalash with an image of Goddess Durga or any one form of Goddess Shakti embellished is placed in the puja room or specific area and worshipped for nine-days.

Ghatasthapana is also known as Kalashsthapana.

The Kalash is filled with water and mud and cow dung are mixed and placed on top of it. Another mixture of mud is used to make a rectangular block and the Kalash is placed in the center of it. Barely grains are sowed on the mud on top of the kalash and also on the rectangular block.

The Ghatasthapana ritual is performed at a particular auspicious time. Goddess Shakti is believed to reside in the Kalash v…

Mirugasirisham Matching Stars for Marriage – Mirugasirisham Marriage Compatibility

Mirugasirisham Nakshatra matching stars for marriage in details is given below. It is the fifth star among the 27 Nakshatra in Hindu horoscope and astrology. Mirugasirisham marriage compatibility or the very best matching stars are Ashwini, Rohini, Swathi, Moola, Uthara Shada, Sravana and Uthrabhadra.

Other good matching stars with Mirugasirisham are Bharani, Kartigai, Mirugasirisham, Poosam, Utharaphalguni (2nd, 3rd and 4th Quarter), Hastam, Anusham, Purva Shada, Sravishta, Shathabhisak or Sadayam, Purva Bhadra and Revathi.

Thiruvathirai, Punarvasu, Aslesha, Magha, Uttaraphalguni (1st quarter), Chithra (1st and 2nd quarter), Vishakha and Kettai are okay – means not bad.
Starts that do not match with Mirugasirisham are Purvaphalguni and Chithra (3rd and 4th quarter).

Thiruvathirai Star Temple in Tamil Nadu – Arudra Nakshatra Temple to offer prayers

Each nakshatra or birth star has a temple dedicated to it. Thus Thiruvathirai, the sixth star among 27 nakshatra, has a temple dedicated to it. This concept is popular especially in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Telangana.

Arudra star temple in Tamil Nadu is the Sri Abhaya Varadeeswarar Templelocated at Adirampattinam in Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu. The temple is dedicated to Bhagavan Vishnu.

Thiruvathirai birth star born people can offer prayers here to solve problems in their horoscope. The nakshatra born people can also offer prayers here for peace, prosperity, wealth and good education.

Those Thiruvathirai Nakshatram born people having trouble in find suitable alliance and also facing other matrimonial problems get relief after offering prayers here.
Married people facing problems get respite after doing prayers in the Adirampattinam Temple.

Mirugasirisham Star Temple in Tamil Nadu – Mrigaseersham Nakshatra Temple to offer prayers

Each nakshatra or birth star has a temple dedicated to it. Thus Mirugasirisham, the fifth star among 27 nakshatra, has a temple dedicated to it. This concept is popular especially in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Telangana.

Mrigaseersham star temple in Tamil Nadu is the Sri Aadi Narayana Perumal Templelocated at Enkan in Thiruvarur in Tamil Nadu. The temple is dedicated to Bhagavan Vishnu.

Mirugasirisham birth star born people can offer prayers here to solve problems in their horoscope.

The nakshatra born people can also offer prayers here for peace, prosperity, wealth and good education.

Those Mirugasirisham Nakshatram born people having trouble in find suitable alliance and also facing other matrimonial problems get relief after offering prayers here.
Married people facing problems get respite after doing prayers in the Enkan Vishnu Temple.

Rohini Star Temple in Tamil Nadu – Rohini Nakshatra Temple to offer prayers

Each nakshatra or birth star has a temple dedicated to it. Thus Rohini, the fourth star among 27 nakshatra, has a temple dedicated to it. This concept is popular especially in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Telangana.

Rohini star temple in Tamil Nadu is the Sri Pandava Thootha Perumal templelocated at Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu. The temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna.

Rohini birth star born people can offer prayers here to solve problems in their horoscope. The nakshatra born people can also offer prayers here for peace, prosperity, wealth and good education.

Those Rohini Nakshatram born people having trouble in find suitable alliance and also facing other matrimonial problems get relief after offering prayers here.

Married people facing problems get respite after doing prayers in the Pandava Thoothar Perumal Temple.

Brahma Temple Pictures in Pushkar – Virtual Tour of Brahma Temple in Pushkar Rajasthan

Brahma Temple at Pushkar Rajasthan is an ancient and rare shrine dedicated to Hindu God Brahma. Rajasthan tourism has created an online virtual tour of Brahma Temple. You can view high quality pictures of the shrine in 360 degrees. There a total of five set of pictures in the virtual tour of various temples and holy places.

You can take the virtual tour here – Brahma Temple Pictures

Choroonu Dates in 2016 as per traditional Malayalam Panchangam and Kerala Calendar

Choroonu is the first rice eating ceremony of a child in Kerala. Here are the dates for Choroonu in 2016 for the ceremony as per traditional Hindu Malayalam calendar and Panchangam followed in Kerala.
January 2016 – No Dates February 2016 – No Dates March 2016 – No Dates April 4 and April 12 May 16 and May 18 June 2, 9, 14, 15, 18 and June 27 July 2, 11, 14, and July 21 August 10, 18, 22, 28, 29 and August 30 September 8 and September 14 October 2016 – 6, 11 and 12 November 2016 – no dates December 2016 – no dates
Please note that these are dates based on Panchangam. A local astrologer might be able to get a small period during other dates.

Godh Bharai Dates in December 2017 – Hindu Baby Shower Good Dates in December 2017

Godh Bharai Dates in December 2017 is based on Hindu calendar and Panchang. Godh Bharai is the Hindu baby shower and is one of the auspicious occasions. Below are the good dates in December 2017 for performing this important ritual.

Godh Bharai Dates in December 2017

December 2 good date till 12:05 PM
December 3 good date after 11:10 AM December 4 December 5
December 6 it is good after 10:20 AM December 8 it is good till 9:05 AM
December 9 it is good date after 2:10 PM December 10 December 11
December 12 it is good date till 1:40 PM December 13 December 14 December 19 December 20
December 21
December 22 it is good date till 9:10 AM December 24
December 26 is good after 2:50 PM December 27 December 28
December 29 is good till 11:10 AM December 31

December 2017 Rented Home Dates – Good and Auspicious Date to Shift or Move into Rented House – Flat – Apartment in December 2017

Many Hindus look for auspicious and good date to move into rented house. Below are the auspicious dates in December 2017 to shift or move into rented home, flat or apartment. Please note that these are not actual grah pravesh dates. It is just good dates to make a quick move into a new home.

December 2017 Dates to Shift or Move into Rented Homes

December 2 good date till 12:05 PM
December 3 good date after 11:10 AM December 4 December 5
December 6 it is good after 10:20 AM December 8 it is good till 9:05 AM
December 9 it is good date after 2:10 PM December 10 December 11
December 12 it is good date till 1:40 PM December 13 December 14 December 19 December 20
December 21
December 22 it is good date till 9:10 AM December 24
December 26 is good after 2:50 PM December 27 December 28
December 29 is good till 11:10 AM December 31

He is a Yogi who acts and thinks not of fruits of action – Bhagavad Gita

O mighty armed! As the ocean remains calm and undisturbed, though the waters flow into it, so a self-controlled man remains unmoved when desires enter into him. Such a saint attains peace, not he who craves the objects of sense!
That man attains peace who, abandoning all desires, moves about without attachment and longing, without the sense of ‘I’ and ‘mine.’
Subduing self by the Self (atman) destroy the enemy in the form of desire, difficult to overcome!
He who acts and thinks not of fruits of action, he is sanyasin, a yogi.

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Today’s Hindu Calendar – October 8, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Thursday, October 8, 2015 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Ekadashi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Ekadashi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waning phase of moon till 8:28 PM on October 8. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is October 8, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is an average date.
Nakshatra – Aslesha or Ayiliyam Nakshatra till 3:54 PM on October 8. Then onward it is Magha or Makam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Karka Rashi till 3:54 PM. Then onward it is Simha Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Ekadasi Fasting
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
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