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Renuka Yatra at Mhaswad in Satara District in Maharashtra

Renuka Yatra at Mhaswad is observed in Margashirsh month. This is the annual fair and festival at the Renuka temple at Mhaswad in Satara District in Maharashtra. In 2017, it will be observed on December 13.

Goddess Renuka is believed to be an incarnation of Goddess Durga and is popular in rural culture as Mother Goddess.

This annual jatra attracts thousands of devotees. Special rituals are observed on the occasion.
Mhaswad Renuka Yatra is annually held on Margashirsh Krishna Paksha Ekadasi tithi or the eleventh day during the waning phase of moon in Margashirsh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Bhairava – Understanding the Kal Bhairav form of Hindu God Shiva

Bhairava or Kal Bhairava, is one of the most terrible and angry form of Shiva – an attempt by human mind to give form to the anger of the Supreme Being. The popular legend associated with the Bhairava form of Shiva is that of Him cutting off the fifth head of Brahma. He did this to punish Brahma for his unethical and uncontrolled lust.



Bhairava is often depicted with scowl, angry eyes and flaming hair. He is naked and wears a garland of skulls and a coiled snake about his neck. In his four hands he carries a noose, trident, drum, and skull. A black dog always accompanies Bhairava.
Some Hindu scriptures talks about different manifestations of Bhairava. Such text detail about eight manifestations, which includes Kala (black), Asitanga (with black limbs), Sanhara (destruction), Ruru (hound), Krodha (anger), Kapala (Skull), Rudra (storm) and Unmatta (raging).
Ashtami or eighth day after full moon (Krishna Paksha or waxing phase of moon) is dedicated to Bhairava and is known as Kalashtam…

Nerul Ayyappa Temple Makaravilakku Festival in Navi Mumbai

Nerul Ayyappa Temple is a popular Ayyappan shrine located at Nerul in Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra. The annual Makaravilakku festival attracts thousands of devotees to the shrine. The festival coincides with the important festival day at Sabarimala Temple. Nerul Ayyappa Temple Makaravilakku festival 2017 date is January 14.

Special rituals and Makara Sankramana puja are held on the day.

The temple is delicately decorated during the period with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.
The festival marks the end of the Mandala Makaravailku season in Ayyappa temples across India.

Importance of tying red, yellow, black threads on hand in Hinduism

Tying red threads on the wrist of right hand is considered highly meritorious and auspicious by many Hindus. The red thread or rakshasutra or charadu or Mauli has the blessing of the deity in a temple. The thread is tied after blessings of the deity and special pujas in a temple or sacred place. Different colors of thread are used like red, yellow, black and orange.

In North India, it is believed that the red thread brings fame, power and saves from evil.
When a person ties the red thread – Brahma blesses the person with fame, Vishnu bless the person with power and Shiva saves him from all evil.
In South India, people tie yellow, red, orange and black color threads.
Black color is believed to protect a person from all evil. It is also tied to overcome fear.
Threads is South India are mostly associated with Goddess Shakti temples especially Mariamman, Devi and Bhadrakali.

Kodamkulangara Temple Festival near Tripunithura – Kodamkulangara Sri Dharma Sastha Temple

Kodamkulangara Sri Dharma Sastha Temple is located near Tripunithura in Kerala. The annual Kodamkulangara Temple festival coincides with the Makaravilakku festival. Lord Ayyappa is worshipped in the shrine. Kodamkulangara Temple Festival 2017 date is from January 14. The festival is observed in Dhanu and Makaram month.

The annual festival is noted for various rituals. It is observed for more than a week.

Traditional performing arts, music and dance are staged during the period. Caparisoned elephants, melam, fireworks and sheevali are part of the festival.

The utsava murti of the deity is taken out of the shrine on the day.
Kodamkulangara Temple is beautifully decorated during the period traditionally with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

Annakara Chirakkal Bhagavathy Temple Festival

Annakara Chirakkal Bhagavathy Temple is located around 6 km from Thrissur in Kerala. The annual temple festival is noted for caparisoned elephant parade. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali. Annakara Chirakkal Bhagavathy Temple festival 2017 date is January 31. It ends on Makara Bharani on February 4.

Traditional performing arts, music and dance are staged during the period. Caparisoned elephants, melam, fireworks and sheevali are part of the festival.

The annual festival is also noted for various rituals.

The temple is beautifully decorated during the period traditionally with plaintain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

Makara Bharani is an important day during the festival.
Thousands of people arrive on the day to witness various rituals and festivities.

Valamchuzhy Temple Festival

Valamchuzhy Temple is located on the banks of Achankovil River and is around 5 km from Pathanamthita in Kerala. Mother Goddess is worshipped in form of Goddess Bhuvaneshwari here. Valamchuzhy Bhagavathy temple festival in 2017 begins on January 31. Makara Bharani day is on January 18. A unique aspect of the temple is that it is surrounded on three sides by Achankovil River.

The annual festival is noted for various rituals. Traditional performing arts, music and dance are staged during the period. Caparisoned elephants, melam, fireworks and sheevali are part of the festival.

The temple is beautifully decorated during the period traditionally with plaintain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

The utsava murti of the deity is taken out of the shrine on the Makara Bharani day for Arattu.
Thousands of people arrive on the day to witness various rituals and festivities.

Bharananganam Sree Krishna Swami Temple Festival

Bharananganam Sree Krishna Swami Temple is located on the banks of Meenachil River and is around 5 km from Pala in Kottayam District. The annual temple festival or utsavam is held in Dhanu or Makaram month. Bharananganam Sree Krishna Swami temple festival 2017 beginning date is January 14. The festival ends on January 21 with arattu.

The temple is known as Dakshina Guruvayoor. Legend has it that the Pandavas stayed here during the exile period. The murti worshipped in the temple is believed to have been gifted by Sri Krishna to Yudhishtira the eldest of the Pandavas.

The annual festival is noted for various rituals. Traditional performing arts, music and dance are staged during the period. Caparisoned elephants, melam, fireworks and sheevali are part of the festival.

The temple is beautifully decorated during the period traditionally with plaintain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

The utsava murti of the deity is taken out of the shrine on the last day …

Manjunatha – About Hindu God Manjunatha

Manjunatha is a form of Hindu God Shiva worshipped mainly in Shiva temples in Karnataka. Legend has it that Shiva first appeared in the form before Lord Parashuram. As Manjunatha, Shiva is the god of beauty and art.
Two of the most famous temples dedicated to Manjunatha are located at Dharmasthala and Kadri in Karnataka.
‘Manju’ means snow and ‘Natha’ means lord. Since Shiva lives in Kailash covered by the snows and as he is the lord of the snow-covered mountains, he is known as Manjunatha.
Lord Parashuram after annihilating the Kshatriyas wanted to settle in a peaceful region on earth. He prayed to Shiva for this. Shiva then asked him to create a piece of land by throwing is axe. Shiva then promised Parashuram that he would appear as Manjunatha and settle in the land for peace and development.
Today, daily thousands of devotees visit various Manjunatha Shrine in Karnataka.

Thamaramkulangara Sree Dharmasastha Temple Festival near Tripunithura

Thamaramkulangara Sree Dharmasastha Temple is located near Tripunithura in Ernakulam District in Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Sastha. The annual temple festival is observed in Dhanu or Makaram month and coincides with the Makaravilakku. Thamaramkulangara Sree Dharmasastha temple festival 2017 date is January 14. The festival or utsavam attracts thousands of devotees.

The popular belief is that the murti worshipped in the temple is an ‘amsham’ of Sastha worshiped at the famous Sastha Temple at Chamravattom in Malappuram District.


Another legend has it that the Sastha worshipped here is a manifestation of Lord Dhanvantri.
The annual festival is noted for various rituals. Traditional performing arts, music and dance are staged during the period. Caparisoned elephants, melam, fireworks and sheevali are part of the festival.

The utsava murti of the deity is taken out of the shrine on the day.
The temple is beautifully decorated during the period traditionally with plaintain, coconut…

Udayamperoor Nadakkavu Bhagavathy Temple Thalapoli Festival

Udayamperoor Nadakkavu Thalapoli Festival is held at Udayamperoor Nadakkavu Bhagavathy Temple near Tripunithura in Kerala. The annual Thalapoli is held in February month. The ritual attracts thousands of devotees. Udayamperoor Nadakkavu Bhagavathy temple thalapoli 2017 dates are January 13 and February 1.

Thalapoli is a unique ritual in Kerala. In the ritual, women and young girls carry thalam in their hands. Thalam is filled with rice, flowers and a lighted lamp. It is a symbol of prosperity.

The festival is noted for various rituals and pujas. Traditional performing arts, music and dance are staged during the period.
The temple is beautifully decorated during the period with plaintain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

The festival is also noted for fireworks.
The temple is located around 20 km from Ernakulam.

The festival is annually observed on the Pooruruttathi and Uthrittathi Nakshatram in Makaram month.

Varakkara Bhagavathi Temple Pooram – Annual Festival at Varakkara Temple in Thrissur

Varakkara Bhagavathi Temple is located on Amballoor – Chimmini route in Thrissur District. The temple is located in Varakkara village and is around 4 km from Varantharapilly. Varakkara Bhagavathi temple pooram is the annual temple festival here. In 2017, Varakkara Temple Pooram is on January

Legend has it that the form of Goddess Bhagavathi worshipped here is a manifestation of Kodungallur Bhagavathy. It is believed that Mother Goddess on her way to Kodungallur rested here.

The annual pooram at Varakkara Bhagavathi Temple is noted for caparisoned elephants and melam. Special rituals and pujas are held during the period.
The temple is beautifully decorated during the period with plaintain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

The festival is observed in Dhanu month.

Academy for Temple Arts in Kerala

Academy for Temple Arts of Malabar Devaswom Board in Kerala was opened in August 2015. The academy would initially provide training in Chenda melam and Poorakkali. It has plans to offer certificate courses in art forms such as Chakyarkoothyu and Kalaripayattu, among others.
The objectives of the academy includes promotion of temple art forms, training programmes, research activities and provision of financial assistance to veteran artistes. A modern library and a journal are also planned. The Hindu reports
The academy would be accorded deemed university status in future on the model of the Kerala Kalamandalam. Madayipara, which will be housing the academy, has space for developing an eco-friendly campus. The locality is home to many folk and temple art forms. The academy, announced in 2013, was opened in a temporary facility provided by the Madayi Tiruvarakkatt temple.

Solution to all Problems is Truth - Dadi Janki

The trick to problem-solving is to get to the root of a problem before it even shows up.
This requires virtues such as objectivity, clarity and honesty, because the solution to all problems is Truth.
Truth means your spirituality; that is, your essence – the way something is before attitudes and opinions are added. This truth will bring you closer to God, and His pure influence will allow you to perceive the essence of any problem easily.
Working on a problem at the level of its essence is a beautiful experience.
This beauty has transformative effect, not just on you and the problem, but also on the ones who cause the problems.
Every day you should ask yourself how much you have thought of yourself in your essenceful form, that is, as a spiritual being, an eternal child of the Divine. This is the method to increase not just your awareness, but your spiritual beauty as well. This makes problem-solving easy.
Dadi Janki

Today’s Hindu Calendar – November 30, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Monday, November 30, 2015 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the dark phase of moon till 11:54 PM on November 30. 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.
How is November 30, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious day.
Nakshatra – Punarvasu or Punirtham Nakshatra till 4:36 AM on November 30. Then onward it is Pushya or Poosam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Karka Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Margashirsh Krishna Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the dark phase of moon in Margashirsh month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhat…

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