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Erumeli Vilakku

Erumeli Vilakku is annually observed during the Makaravilakku at Sabarimala Temple in Kerala. Erumeli is one of the most important point in the pilgrimage to Sabarimala. There are two temples and Vavar mosque at Erumeli. Erumeli Vilakku 2017 date is January 14.

The most important temple located here is the Sri Dharmashastha temple. Another popular temple is the Erumeli Kochambalam.

The famous Erumeli petta thullal is observed a couple of days earlier.
Erumeli Vilakku is performed on the day when Makara Sankramana pooja is held. After this, one can witness the Makaravilakku at Ponnambalamedu.

Makaravillaku refers to the ritualistic lighting of the holy flame atop the mountain during the annual festival of Sabarimala.

Hanuman and Yama

The encounter with Yama takes place when Hanuman visits Lanka to find out the exact location of Mata Sita. Hanuman lets himself to be captured once his mission of finding Mata Sita is successfully completed. A haughty Ravana ignores the warnings and sets Hanuman’s tail on fire. Hanuman immediately escapes from Ravana’s court and decides to burn Lanka. Ravana’s soldiers fail to capture Hanuman and create havoc by burning Lanka. Ravana then sends Yama, the Hindu god of death to capture Hanuman.


Ravana had captured Yama and had imprisoned him with Rudra Mantra.
Yama was no match to Hanuman, who was a manifestation of Rudra (Shiva).
Hanuman increases his body size and captures Yama and swallows him.
Immediately there was chaos in the universe. There was no death. Disorder breaks out.
Brahma then approaches Hanuman and requests him to release Yama. Hanuman agrees to release Yama provided, Yama sits on the head of Ravana and brings his death soon. Yama agrees and Hanuman releases him.
Yam…

Achankoil Sastha Temple – Ayyappa Temple at Achankovil

AchankoilShasthaTemple, or the DharmasasthaTemple, is one among the five important temples dedicated to Lord Ayyappa in Kerala. Lord Ayyappa leads the Grihastha Ashrama life here – he is depicted as a family man or leads married life here. He is depicted along with his two wives – Purna and Pushkala. It is believed that the idol here was installed by Lord Parashurama.
The AchankovilSasthaTemple is famous for curing poisonous snake bites. The left hand of the idol of Ayyappa at AchankoilShasthaTemple always holds ‘Chandan’ (sandalwood paste) and Thirtha (holy water). The Chandan and Thirtha are considered to have medicinal properties to cure snake bites.
The temple complex also contains other deities associated with the Ayyappa legend. The festivals and rituals held here have strong Tamil roots.
The most important festival here is celebrated from the first to tenth day of Malayalam month Dhanu (December – January).
There are bus services from Punalur and Chengottai to reach the templ…

Veera Ganapathi

Veera Ganapathi is one of the 32 forms of Hindu God Ganesh. This is the warrior form of Ganapathy and this form is worshipped for gaining courage in facing physical difficulties. Veera Ganapathi mantra is

Vetala Shakti shara karumuka chakra kanga,
Khadanga, mudgara gadaakusha nagapasham,
shoolam cha kunta parashu, dhvajakudhvahantam,
veeram ganeshamarunam, satatam smarami

The mantra details about the weapons that is held by Veera Ganapati. In the Veera Ganapathi form, Ganesha is worshipped at the world famous MaduraiMeenakshiTemple in Tamil Nadu.

In this form, Ganesh has sixteen hands and holds numerous weapons – goblin (vethal), bow, arrow, chakra (wheel), sword, trident, victory flag, club, serpent, noose, ankusha, mace, hammer, shield, spear, and axe. Red is the body color.

People who are always scared, fear darkness, fear snakes etc should meditate on the Veera Ganapathi form.

Related
Taruna Ganapathi – One of the 32 forms of Ganapati

Ashwini Nakshatra 2016 Predictions – Astrological Predictions for Ashvini Birth Star in 2016

Ashwini Nakshatra people will have a fairly good year in 2016. You will buy a new house or start construction of one. There will be peace in the family. Health will be an area of major concern for Ashvini Nakshatra. Astrology prediction for Ashwini Nakshatram for 2016 based on birth star is given below: January, April, June, July, September and November are good months. February, August and December are tough periods. March, May and October 2016 are neither good nor bad.  Ashwini is the first birth star among 27 Nakshatrams in Hindu Jyothisha or astrology. As per astrology and Moon Rashi, Ashwini Nakshatra is in Mesha Rashi (Aries Zodiac).

Career - Improvement in career related matters. There will be help from various sources in career matters. Promotion and transfer to a desire location. Will sometimes perform purely based on pressure from authorities or others. Those looking for new job will get one in 2016. A major project, which was pending for longtime, will be completed.
Finance …

Kaula in Hindu Religion – Kaula form of worship

Kaula in Hindu religion is a person who performs one of the forms of Tantric worship. The Kaula sect is a highly specialized group of advanced seekers of Tantra. They belong to Shakta School and worship one or numerous forms of Mother Goddess Shakti.
Kularnava Tantra describes Kulachara as the highest form of Tantric Worship.
Kulachara means the traditional religious observances peculiar to a family. It has a mysterious meaning in Tantric worship.
A Kaula uses as means of worship those very things which are usually considered most dangerous for spiritual seekers. They are called Panchatattva or Panchamakaras.
There are two divisions of Kaula worshippers namely, Purva Kaulas and Uttara Kaulas.
Purva Kaula worship Mother Goddess in the form of Sri Chakra. This form of worship is known as Sri Vidya.
The Uttara Kaula does not practice his worship alone in Tantra, but he practices it with a young woman as his partner.
The female partner is called Shakti or Vama or Lata and Kaula way of w…

Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple Panthrandu Kalabham Festival

Panthrandu Kalabham is a unique ritual observed at the Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple in Kerala. The ritual begins on the Makarvilakku day and ends after 12 days in Makaram month. Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple Panthrandu Kalabham Festival 2017 dates – January 14 to January 25.

The murti worshipped in the shrine is anointed with sandal paste, or Kalabham. The priest decorates the main murti in the form one of the Dashavatars. Each day a devotee can witness one of the Avatars of Vishnu in the main murti in the temple.

The festival is observed every year for 12 days. Special rituals and pujas are performed during the period.

When Panthrandu Kalabham rituals are completed for 12 years, Palippana ritual is held.
When 12 Palippana rituals are completed, Vijayabali is observed. This happens only once in 144 years. The last vijayabali was observed in 1954.

It must be noted here that Panthrandu Kalabham is held in some of the important Sri Krishna temples in Kerala during different perio…

Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple Makara Sankramana Puja

Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple is a popular temple dedicated to Bhagavan Sri Krishna at Aranmula in Kerala. The temple is located on the banks of Pampa River. The annual Makara Sankramana puja is an important ritual in the shrine. Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple Makara Sankramana Puja 2017 date is January 14.

The ritual is observed when sun enters Makara Rashi as per solar calendar followed in Kerala. The day usually falls on January 14 or January 15.
Hundreds of people arrive on the day to witness the various pujas and rituals.

Padmanabhaswamy Temple Makara Seeveli Festival in Trivandrum

Padmanabhaswamy Temple Makara seeveli festival is observed in Makaram month and it coincides with the Makara Sankramana and Makaravilakku festival. The unique ritual attracts hundreds of devotees to the shrine located in the heart of Trivandrum city in Kerala. Padmanabhaswamy Temple Makara seeveli festival 2017 date is January 14.

In the seeveli ritual, the utsava murti or the processional idol of the main murti worshipped in the temple is taken outside the sanctum sanctorum.

This is an important ritual in many temples in Kerala.
The ritual is observed when sun enters Makara Rashi as per solar calendar followed in Kerala.

Nerul Ayyappa Temple Timings – Puja and Darshan – Opening and Closing Time

Nerul Ayyappa Temple is a popular Ayyappa temple at Nerul in Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra. Below is the detail temple timings. Please note that the puja and darshan time will be shortened during Grahan or eclipse. There will change in opening and closing time during important rituals and festivals.

Special rituals and pujas will be held during Saturday, Sunday and holidays. There will be special pujas from mid November, December and till mid January.

Nerul Ayyappa Temple Puja and Darshan Time

Morning opening time – 5:30 AM to 10:00 AM
Evening closing and opening time – 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM. Evening Deeparadhana is at around 7:00 PM.

Jalahalli Ayyappa Temple Makaravilakku Festival in Bengaluru

Jalahalli Ayyappa Temple is a popular Ayyappan shrine located at Jalahalli area of Bengaluru. The annual Makaravilakku festival attracts thousands of devotees to the shrine. The festival coincides with the important festival day at Sabarimala Temple. Jalahalli Ayyappa Temple Makaravilakku festival 2017 date is January 14.

The festival marks the end of the mandala makaravailku season in Ayyappa temples across India. Special rituals and Makara Sankramana puja are held on the day.
The temple is aesthetically decorated during the period with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

Kaavad Story Telling Tradition in Rajasthan – Narrating Stories with the aid of Kaavad Boxes

Kaavad story telling is a 400-year-old folk art of Rajasthan. Stories from Ramayana, Mahabarata and folk tales are narrated with the aid of Kaavad Boxes.
Kaavads are wooden boxes with multiple doors. The box is colored in red and stories are painted on each door of the Kaavad. The story teller is known as Kaavadiya Bhat. He narrates a story by pointing to the images on the Kaavad with a peacock feather. The New Indian Express writes
The stories are in a definite rhythm. They are stories from Ramayan and Mahabharat or folk tales or stories from his patrons’ lives. While the Kaavadiyas come from the Marwar region, the artists who make the Kaavads are from the Mewar region. Satyanarayan, an artist sitting near Kojaram, is busy painting the Kaavad. He is the Suthar who makes the Kaavad. Kojaram says, “If we stop Baanchana (story telling), some calamity will befall on us and that will be our end.” Kaavad-makers have adapted to new patrons or jajmans.

Sri Ballal Ganesh Festival at Prabhanvalli near Lanja in Ratnagiri

Sri Ballal Ganesh Festival is annually observed in Margashirsh month. It is an important fair and festival at Ballal Ganesh Temple at at Prabhanvalli near Lanja in Ratnagiri District, Maharashtra. The shrine is located around 50 km from Ratnagiri. Ballal Ganesh Festival 2017 date is December 15.
The murti worshipped in the Ballal Ganesh Temple is Swayambhu. The day is also referred as Sri Ballal Ganesh Vadhdivas.
The day is of importance to the villagers. People from nearby towns and villages arrive to participate in this annual fair and festival. Important rituals, which are held only once in a year, happen during the period
The temple is artistically decorated with flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

Sri Ballal Ganesh Festival is annually observed on Margashirsh Krishna Paksha Trayodasi tithi or the thirteenth day during the waning phase of moon in Margashirsh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Sevagiri Maharaj Rathotsav at Pusegaon in Satara – Chariot Festival Dedicated to Sevagiri Maharaj

Sevagiri Maharaj Rathotsav, or chariot festival, is annually observed in Margashirsh month. It is dedicated to Brahmaleen Siddhahast Yogi Param Pujya Sadguru Shree Sevagiri Maharaj. The day is of great significance at Pusegaon near Khatav in Satara, Maharashtra. Sevagiri Maharaj Rathotsav 2017 date is December 15.

The festival is organized at the Sevagiri Maharaj Samadhi temple at Pusegaon.

Followers of Sevagiri Maharaj enthusiastically participate in this annual chariot pulling ritual.
Sevagiri Maharaj Rathotsav is held on Margashirsh Krishna Paksha Trayodasi tithi or the thirteenth day during the waning phase of moon in Margashirsh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Yellamma Yatra at Jath in Sangli in Maharashtra – Yellamma Devi Fair and Festival at Jat

Yellamma Yatra at Jath is held in Margashirsh month. It is observed at the temple dedicated to the village goddess at Jath in Sangli. The festival dedicated to Goddess Yellamma Devi attracts hundreds of devotees. Jat Yellamma Yatra 2017 date is December 14.

The annual yatra is also noted for a fair. The ritual involves journey to the shrine and other rural rituals.

Jath Yellamma Devi Temple is magnificently decorated during the period traditionally with flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

The day is of importance to the villagers. People from nearby towns and villages arrive to participate in this annual fair and festival. Important rituals, which are held only once in a year, happen during the period
Jath Yellamma Yatra is annually held on Margashirsh Krishna Paksha Dwadasi tithi or the twelfth day during the waning phase of moon as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Swami Swarupanand Jayanti at Pawas – Birth Anniversary of Swami Swaroopanand

Swami Swarupanand Jayanti is observed in Margashirsh month. It is the birth anniversary of Swami Swaroopanand and is of great importance at Pawas near Ratnagiri in Maharashtra. Swami Swarupanand Jayanti 2017 date is December 14.

Swami Swarupanand samadhi mandir is located at Pawas. Annually thousands of devotees visit the place.

Swami Swaroopanand was a follower of Warkari tradition. He has written numerous books on the important religious traditions associated with warkari.

His teachings are based on Jnaneshwari.

Numerous functions are organized on the day to commemorate the birth anniversary o the pious soul.
Swami Swarupanand Punyatithi is annually observed on Margashirsh Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waning phase of moon in Margashirsh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Bhikshu Gita Teachings

Oh king! Abandon the feeling that you are going to die – a feeling that befits only animals. For, the real you are not, like the body, a previously non-existent thing now come into being.
The real you did not descend like a son from a father, or like a tree from a seed, generated by a being that is itself originated. You are, on the other hand, like the fire, which, though seen in association with wood, is not its product and is entirely different from it.
In the dream, one can experience one’s own decapitation. Physical death in the waking state is on par with it. The atman, which is not one with the body, but only its witness, is not affected by death. It is without origin and deathless.

When a pot is destroyed, the sky enclosed by it becomes one with the universal. So also, when the body perishes through jnana, the jiva becomes one with the Brahman.
Bhikshu Gita is found in the Srimad Bhagavad Purana

Today’s Hindu Calendar – December 1, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the dark phase of moon the entire day on December 1 and till 12:33 AM on December 2. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the dark phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is December 1, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious day.
Nakshatra – Pushya or Poosam Nakshatra till 5:24 AM on December 1. Then onward it is Aslesha or Ayiliyam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Karka Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Margashirsh Krishna Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the dark phase of moon in Margashirsh month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pra…