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Paush Purnima Renuka Yatra at Saundatti in Belgaum in Karnataka

Renuka Yatra at Saundatti in Belgaum in Karnataka is held to the famous Renuka Devi Temple or Yellamma Devi Temple. The Jatara or temple festival is held on Paush Purnima. Paush Purnima Renuka Yatra 2018 date is January 2.
The annual jatara attracts thousands of devotees to the temple. The jatara is known as Neeramanavi Yellamma Jatara. The puja and rituals on the day are unique and are annually held only on this day.
Saundatti is located around 83 km from Belgaum.
Renuka Jatara is held on various occasions – especially on Purnima or full moon day in other months.

Haji-Gaji Yatra at Koregaon near Ashta

Haji Gaji Yatra is annually observed in Paush month. It is held to the famous Narayana Temple and Pir Haji-Gaji sacred spot at Koregaon Village near Ashta, Ichalkaranji, Kolhapur, Maharashtra. Koregaon Haji-Gaji Yatra 2018 date is January 2.

This holy spot attracts thousands of devotees especially during special occasions.

Hindus and other religious communities worship Pir Haji-Gaji.

Hundreds of people from nearby villages and towns participate in the various prayers and rituals held during the period.

Haji Gaji Yatra is observed on Paush Krishna Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waning phase of moon in Paush month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.


Sateri Devi Festival at Mazgaon near Sawantwadi – Mazgaon Sateri Devi Utsav

Sateri Devi festival at Mazgaon is observed in Paush month. It is important fair and festival at the Sateri Devi Temple at Mazgaon Village near Sawantwadi. This annual utsav is an important religious event here. Sateri Devi festival at Mazgaon in 2018 is on January 2.

Hundreds of people participate in this all important annual festival in the temple. Various important rituals are held during the period. A huge fair is also held here during the occasion.
Mazgaon Sateridevi Festival is observed on Paush Krishna Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waning phase of moon in Paush month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Gajanan Maharaj Yatra at Mundgaon near Akot in Maharashtra

Gajanan Maharaj Yatra is annually organized in Paush month at Mundgaon village near Akot in Akola District of Maharashtra. The place is around 42 km from Shegaon, a popular pilgrim center associated with Gajanan Maharaj. Mundgaon Gajanan Maharaj yatra 2018 date is January 2.


Shri Gajanan Maharaj Paduka Sansthan located here houses the original paduka or footwear of Shri Gajanan Maharaj. This beautiful temple attracts thousands of devotees.
Special darshan and pujas are organized on the occasion. The temple is decorated during the period.
Mundgaon Gajanan Maharaj Yatra is annually held on Paush Krishna Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waning phase of moon in Paush month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Khandoba Yatra at Walkhad near Khanapur in Sangli District of Maharashtra

Walkhad Khandoba Yatra is annually organized in Paush month at Walkhad village near Khanapur in Sangli District of Maharashtra. Thousands of people arrive to witness the jatra and festival. Walkhad Khandoba Yatra 2018 date is January 3.

Khandoba Temple at Walkhad attracts devotees from nearby villages and town. The annual yatra is famous for its unique rituals.

The temple is lavishly decorated on the occasion with flowers, leaves, lamps  and lights.
Walkhad Khandoba Yatra is annually observed on Paush Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waning phase of moon in Paush month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Thaipooyam Festival at Peroor Subramanya Temple near Ettumanoor in Kerala

Peroor Subramanya Temple is located at Peroor near Ettumanoor in Kottayam District in Kerala. The temple is around 3 km from the famous Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple. Thaipooyam Festival in, Malayalam month, Makaram is of great importance in this shrine. Peroor Subramanya Temple Thaipooyam Festival 2017 date is February 10.

Thaipooyam Festival in Makara Masam (January – February) attracts thousands of devotees. Mayil Kavadi and Palkavadi are taken on the day to the shrine.

Special pujas are also offered on the day from morning to evening.

The main ritual on the Thaipooyam day is the taking of Kavadi to the temple and going around the temple with it to the accompaniment of traditional temple music.
People also pierce their body with small lance or vel for desire fulfillment or as part of thanksgiving for desires fulfilled.

Thaipooyam Festival at Perunna Subrahmanya Temple

Thaipooyam festival, in Malayalam Makaram Masam (January – February) as per traditional calendar in Kerala, is one of the most important festivals at Perunna Subrahmanya Temple in Kerala. Thaipooyam Festival 2017 date is February 10.

The festival attracts thousands of devotees. Mayil Kavadi and Palkavadi are taken on the day to the shrine.

Special pujas are also offered on the day from morning to evening.
The main ritual on the day is the taking of Kavadi to the temple and going around the temple with it to the accompaniment of traditional temple music.

People also enter into trance on the day while taking Kavadi. Some people also pierce their body with small lance or vel.

Goddess Saraswati – About Hindu Goddess Saraswati

Goddess Saraswati is the Hindu goddess of wisdom, knowledge, intelligence and learning. She is the deity invoked for attaining mastery in music and fine arts. Students, writers, artists and poets invoke her and take her blessings for success and achievements.


She is essentially a Vedic goddess and is mentioned in the Rig Veda.
The popular belief is the Goddess Saraswati appeared from the mind of Brahma before he began the process of creation. Brahma needed a female to complete a yajna he was preparing to complete before creation. A girl appeared from his Sattva Guna and she was named Saraswati.

Brahma asked her to sit on the tip of the tongue of human beings. Another form of her was asked to reside with him. At third form became river on earth.

In traditional Hindu iconography, Goddess Saraswati is represented as being of fair complexion. She is dressed in lustrous white silk. She has four arms and is seated on a lotus. She holds a veena, stringed musical instrument, in two hands. I…

Vilankulam Temple – Akshayapuriswarar Temple at Vilankulam

Akshayapuriswarar Temple at Vilankulam is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva. The shrine is around 40 km south of Pattukottai in Thanjavur District in Tamil Nadu. The temple is more than 700 years old. The most important festivals observed in the temple are Shivratri, Akshaya Tritiya, Trikarthigai in Karthigai Month and Thiruvathirai in Margazhi month.


Unique Shani Bhagavan Murti

A specialty of the temple is the subsidiary shrine of Shani Bhagavan who faces south in wedding form with his consorts Mandha and Jyeshta.
It is believed that Shiva gave darshan to Shani Bhagavan here on Akshaya Tritiya and Poosam Nakshatra day. Legend has it that once Shani was hit on the leg by Yama, the god of death. Shani became lame and performed pilgrimage of Shiva temples to get his leg fixed. Shani got darshan of Shiva at Vilankulam Temple and got his leg fixed.

Subsidiary shrines in the temple are dedicated to Vinayaka, Muruga with Valli and Daivasena, Chandikeshwara, Surya, Bhairava, Nandi, Dakshinamurti…

Tapas in Hinduism – Meaning and Significance of Tapas

Tapas in Hinduism is penance. The first image that comes to the mind when we talk about Tapas is that of a Sannyasi or Yogi or a human being sitting in forest or on a mountain and meditating to achieve boons. This image is a false one. There is more significance and deeper meaning to Tapas.


The real concept of Tapas in Hinduism is to remove the concept of duality or dvandva from mind. To firm up the belief that there is no second – there is only Supreme Truth.
To firm up this belief, a yogi tries to overcome dualities like hunger and thirst, cold and heat, happiness and sadness… etc.

Tapas can be performed by both men and women or by any living being.

In true Hindu Teaching, Tapa is not performed to attain something – like siddhi or wealth or magical powers. It is performed for removing the ignorance that has accumulated in us in this birth and several other births. It is to purify and finally merge with the Supreme Truth.

Tapa is not merely sitting in solitude and meditating. It ca…

Thaipooyam 2017 date - Thaipooyam Festival Dedicated to Muruga in 2017

Thaipooyam Festival is one of the most important festivals dedicated to Lord Muruga (also known as Kartik or Subrahmanya or Skanda). Thaipooyam Festival 2017 date is February 9. In Kerala, it will be observed on February 10. It is believed that Goddess Parvati presented the ‘vel’ (lance) to Lord Murga on the Thai Pusam day to defeat the demons. Like most Hindu festivals, Thaipooyam too celebrates the victory of good over evil. 

Thaipooyam is observed when the Pusam or Puyam Nakshatram falls in the Tamil month of Thai (Januray – February). The corresponding month in Kerala is Makaram. 
The festival is mainly celebrated by the Hindu Tamil speaking Hindu community in India (especially in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh), Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka and in many other parts of the world were the Tamilians have settled.
The most important event on the day is that of devotees carrying various types of Kavadi and milk pots to the Murgan temples. The most im…

Nayarambalam Temple Thaipooyam - Nayarambalam Sri Subrahmanya Swami Temple Pooyam Festival

Nayarambalam Sri Subrahmanya Swami Temple is located at Kochambalam, Nayarambalam, in Ernakulam District in Kerala. This is an ancient Muruga Temple and famous in the region. The annual Pooyam festival held in Makaram month attracts thousands of devotees. Nayarambalam Sri Subrahmanya Swami Temple Thaipooyam Festival 2017 date is February 10.

Legend has it that Goddess Parvati gave vel (lance) to Subrahmanya, or Muruga, on the Pooyam day to vanquish the demons.

Carrying Kavadi is the main ritual on the day. People carry various types of Kavadi to the temple. Traditional temple music is part of the procession.

Some people enter into trance and dance wildly during the procession.

On the Pooyam day, people also pierce their body with small lance, or vel. This is done for getting desires fulfilled.
Special pujas and rituals are held throughout the day in the temple.

Koottumadom Sree Subramanya Swami Temple Pooyam Festival – Rayamangalam Temple Thaipooyam

Koottumadom Sree Subramanya Swami Temple is located at Rayamangalam near Kuruppampady in Ernakulam District in Kerala. This is an ancient Muruga Temple noted for traditional Kerala temple architecture. The annual Pooyam festival held in Makaram month attracts thousands of devotees. Koottumadom Sree Subramanya Swami Temple Thaipooyam Festival 2017 date is February 10.

Carrying Kavadi is the main ritual on the day. People carry various types of Kavadi to the temple. Traditional temple music is part of the procession.

Some people enter into trance and dance wildly during the procession.

On the Pooyam day, people also pierce their body with small lance, or vel. This is done for getting desires fulfilled.
Special pujas and rituals are held throughout the day in the temple.

Karthik Poornima – Kartik Purnima

Kartik Purnima, or Karthik Poornima, is the full moon day in the month Kartik in traditional Hindu calendar. Kartik (October – November) is the eighth month in the traditional Hindi calendar and Marathi calendar and is the first month in the Gujarati Calendar. In 2017, the date of Kartik Purnima is on Satuday, November 4. Taking a holy dip or bath in Ganga and other holy rivers, known as Kartik Snaan, is an important religious event for Hindus on Kartik Poornima day.

Kartik Purnima is observed as Dev Diwali.

 It is believed that Lord Shiva annihilated demon Tripurasura on this day. Therefore the day is also known as Tripura Purnima.

The month long Akashdeep festival in Kashi also comes to an end on this day.
The month long Kartik Snaan comes to an end on this day.

The Tulsi Vivah ritual is observed by some communities on the day.

The four month long Chatur Maas also comes to an end on this day in many calendars.

Numerous pilgrimage are held on the day in Maharashtra.

Kartigai Deepam…

Malikapuram Temple at Sabarimala - Malikapurathamma

Malikapuram Temples at Sabarimala is dedicated to Malikapurathamma. The small temple is located on the right side of the main temple at Sabarimala. There is an interesting story of Ayyappa and Malikapurathamma. The popular belief is that Malikapurathamma is the beautiful woman that emerged from the body of Demon Mahishi after the demon was annihilated by Lord Ayyappa.
After appearing from the body of demon Mahishi, Malikapurathamma made a request to Lord Ayyappa to marry her. But Ayyappa said that he was a Brahmachari and so he could not marry her. But Malikapurathamma continued to plead to marry her and then Lord Ayyappa said that He will marry her when no Kanni Ayyappas or first time visitors comes to his shrine.
The first time visitors, or Kanni Ayyappas, to the Ayyappa temple pierce sharakol, or arrow, at Sharamkutti on the way to the SabarimalaTemple.
Every year Malikapurathamma is taken from MalikapuramTemple to Sharamkutti in a procession to know whether any Kanni Ayyappas have…

Symbolism in the Characters in the Ramayana

Gomatam Madhavachariar in a discourse narrates the symbolism in the characters in the Ramayana: The Hindu Ravana is a demon with ten heads. The ten heads symbolically indicate ten indriyas. That is, ten faculties that we have, like speaking, walking, seeing, tasting, smelling etc. And these faculties are associated with the five elements.  There are three categories of qualities — sattva, rajas and tamas. Vibhishana embodies sattva — goodness. Ravana, with his anger and passion, embodies rajasic qualities. Kumbakarna given to excessive sleeping and eating and lethargy is the embodiment of tamasic qualities. Surpanaka is illustrative of the role of illusion in inciting us to do the wrong things. Sita can be compared to the jivatma and Rama to the Paramatma. As long as a jivatma thinks of the Paramatma, it knows no sorrow. But the moment it lets its thoughts wander in other directions, it experiences sorrow. Valmiki talks more about Rama than about Sita, after the two have separated. Th…

You can understand the secret of bliss when you contemplate the nature of the Self – Mata Amritanandamayi Devi

The divine is present in everyone, in all beings, in everything. Like space, God is everywhere, all pervading, all powerful and all knowing. God is the principle of life, the inner light of consciousness, and pure bliss awareness. It is your very own Self. You can understand the secret of bliss when you contemplate the nature of the Self. When the waves of the mind subside, you will see that everything you seek is already within you.

Whenever you feel inspired and have the time, sit in solitude and try to visualize everything as pure light and bliss consciousness.

It is good for spiritual seekers to spend some time looking skywards. Beholding the vastness of the sky, try to merge in that formless expansiveness, where there is only undivided bliss.
Look within, observe the thoughts, and trace them back to their source. Always be convinced, ‘I am the nature of Sat-chit-ananda (pure being awareness-bliss).
Mata Amritanandamayi Devi

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

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon till 9:10 PM on November 18. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is November 18, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious date till 1:00 PM.
Nakshatra – Shravan or Thiruonam or Sravanam Nakshatra till 5:31 PM on November 18. Then onward it is Dhanishta or Sravishta or Avittam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Makar Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Chath Puja ends. Tirukalyanam part of Skanda Sashti. Jalram Jayanti. Sahasrajuna Jayanti.
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Kartik Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon in Kartik month in Nort…