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Chirakkadavu Mahadeva Temple Ayyappan Vilakku Festival

Chirakkadavu Mahadeva Temple is located 3 km south of Ponkunnam in Kerala. The annual Ayyappan Vilakku festival is observed in Dhanu Masam (December – January). Hundreds of people arrive to witness the festival. Chirakkadavu Mahadeva Temple Ayyappan Vilakku 2017 date is January .

The temple is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights for the occasion.

For the Ayyappan Vilakku, a model of the Sabarimala Ayyappa temple is made with organic materials like banana stumps, bamboo, and coconut fronds.

On the right side of Ayyappa temple prototype, Malikapuram Devi is installed, on the left side it is Vavar Swamy, and in one corner, the kannimoola, a Ganapathy temple.

Traditional Ayyappan Pattu  is an integral part of the Vilakku.
Various rituals and pujas are conducted for the entire night.

Nilambur Kovilakam Vettaikorumakan Temple Kavu Pattu

Nilambur Kovilakam Vettaikorumakan Temple is located at Nilambur in Malappuram. The temple is located about 4 km from Nilambur Railway Station. The Kavu Pattu Utsavam ritual and festival in Dhanu Masam attracts hundreds of devotees. Nilambur Kovilakam Vettaikorumakan Kavu Pattu 2016 date is January 7.

Vettaikorumakan is the son of Lord Shiva in Kirata form. Nilambur Pattu Utsavam is held for six days and features the singing of hymns in praise of Vettaikorumakan.
The songs are sung by Kurup community or Kuruppanmar.

It is annually observed on Dhanu 23 (January 7).

Vetticadu Temple Festival near Vazhoor

Vetticadu Temple is located near Vazhoor in Kerala. The festival is observed in Dhanu Masam as per traditional Malayalam calendar followed in Kerala. Vetticadu Temple Festival begins in the last week of December 2016 and ends with Arattu on January 7, 2017.

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 traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

The utsava murti of the deity is taken out of the shrine for Arattu on the final day. Caparisoned elephants and melam are part of the ritual.
Hundreds of people arrive on the day to witness various rituals and festivities.

The festival ends with Arattu on Anizham Nakshatram day in Dhanu month.

Dehu Road Ayyappa Temple Makaravilakku Festival in Pune

Dehu Road Ayyappa Temple is located on the Pune – Chinchwad – Lonavala Highway in Maharashtra and is around 8 km from Chinchwad. The annual Makaravilakku festival in the temple is observed in Dhanu Masam. Dehu Road Ayyappa Temple Makaravilakku Festival 2017 begins on January 6. The festival concludes on January 14, 2017. Arattu will be held on January 15.

The annual Makaravilakku festival attracts hundreds of devotees to the shrine. The festival coincides with the important festival day at Sabarimala Temple.

Special rituals and Makara Sankramana puja are held during the period. Arattu and procession are the main attraction during the period.

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.

Story of the Origin of the Four Heads of Brahma

In Hindu iconography, Brahma is depicted as having four heads. There is an interesting story how the Hindu God of creation came to have four heads. The legend of the origin of the four heads of Brahma is associated with Goddess Saraswati.


Before he started the cycle of creation, Brahma wanted to perform a yajna or sacrifice. But for the success of a sacrifice it is necessary to have a female counterpart.
Therefore, Brahma summoned Goddess Saraswati from his mind for the successful completion of the very important yajna he was performing prior to the creation of the universe.

After completing the yajna, Goddess Sarawati started residing in the heavenly abode of Brahmaloka, or Satyaloka, with her husband Brahma.
It is said that Brahma was so much enamoured by the heavenly beauty of Goddess Saraswati that he grew four heads in four directions so that he could keep looking on her from all directions.

Pulikode Ayyappankavu Temple Festival near Kolengode

Pulikode Ayyappankavu Temple is located near Kolengode in Palakkad District, Kerala. The shrine is located around 30 km from Palakkad Town. The festival is observed in Dhanu Masam as per traditional Malayalam calendar followed in Kerala. Pulikode Ayyappankavu Temple Festival begins in the last week of December 2016 and ends with Arattu on January , 2017.

This is one of the popular Lord Ayyappa temples in the region.

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 traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

The utsava murti of the deity is taken out of the shrine for Arattu on the final day. Caparisoned elephants and melam are part of the ritual.
Hundreds of people arrive on the day to witness various rituals and festivities.

Bhoothakulam Sree Dharma Sastha Temple Aazhi Festival

Bhoothakulam Sree Dharma Sastha Temple is located near Paravur in Kerala. The temple is around 6 km from Paravur and 9 km from Parippally. This is a famous Sastha Temple in Kollam District and attracts thousands of devotees. Bhoothakulam Sree Dharma Sastha Temple aazhi festival 2017 date is January .

The Aazhi festival is a unique ritual followed in Dharma Sastha Temples in Kerala. In the Aazhi ritual, a huge bonfire is created using wood and other natural flammable materials in front of the shrine. Plantain, jack fruit, coconut and vegetables are kept in the Aazhi. Pujas and rituals are performed and the Aazhi is lit. This creates a huge bonfire. It is sort of a purification ritual.

Before the ritual, a caparisoned elephant takes the utsava murti around the temple.
Various other rituals are also part of the unique festival.

Story of the Horse in Bhagvan Sri Ram’s Ashwamedha Yajna

The horse in Bhagvan Sri Ram’s Ashwamedha Yajna (Horse Sacrifice) was specifically selected on the advice of Sage Agastya. The story of the horse that was selected is interesting.

The horse of Ashwamedha Yajna should have pointed ears, the face should be red in color and the tail should be yellow in color. It should gallop like wind.


Sri Ram and Agastya Rishi went to the stable and selected a horse as per the requirement.
This horse then travelled around several countries and was followed by an army headed by Shatrughna, Hanuman, Sugriva and Jambhavan.

Finally the horse completed its journey and returned to the Ashwamedha Yajna area on the banks of Sarayu River in Ayodhya.

As part of the ritual, Sri Ram carried water from Sarayu River to bathe the horse. He then poured the water on the horse, prayed for the welfare of the world, and touched the horse.

When Sri Ram touched the horse, it turned into a pious man.

The pious man then told his story.

He was cursed by Sage Durvasa to beco…

Chuzhali Muchillottu Bhagavathi Temple Festival

Chuzhali Muchillottu Bhagavathi Temple is located near Sreekandapuram in Kannur District in Kerala. The shrine is located around 9 km from Sreekandapuram. The annual festival is observed in Dhanu Masam. Chuzhali Muchillottu Bhagavathi Temple festival 2017 date is January .

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 decorated traditionally with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights for the festival.

The utsava murti of the deity is taken out of the shrine during the period
Hundreds of people arrive on the day to witness various rituals and festivities.

Edatharikathukavu Thalapoli Pooja Festival – Edatharikathukavu Temple Thalappoly near Guruvayoor

Edatharikathukavu Temple is located near Guruvayoor Temple in Kerala. The temple is considered as a subsidiary shrine of Guruvayoorappan. The annual Thalapoli Pooja festival held here attracts people from various parts of the state and outside. Edatharikathukavu Temple Thalappoly 2017 date is January 5. The ritual is also marked on February 5, 2017

The ritual is annually held on 21st day of Dhanu Masam as per traditional Malayalam calendar in Kerala.

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.
Unmarried girls alone take the thalam in Edatharikathukavu temple.

Pulimandam Bhagavathi Temple Deshavilakku Festival

Pulimandam Bhagavathi Temple is located near Kollengode in Palakkad District in Kerala. The annual Deshavilakku festival is observed in Dhanu month. Hundreds of devotees participate in this unique ritual. Pulimandam Bhagavathi Temple Deshavilakku 2017 date is January .

The temple is traditionally decorated during the period with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.
The main ritual is held in the evening. Lamps are lit all around the temple on the day.

Iranjimandam Bhagavathi Temple Deshavilakku Festival

Iranjimandam Bhagavathi Temple is located near Kollengode in Palakkad District in Kerala. The annual Deshavilakku festival is observed in Dhanu month. Hundreds of devotees participate in this unique ritual. Iranjimandam Bhagavathi Temple Deshavilakku 2017 date is January .

The temple is traditionally decorated during the period with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.
The main ritual is held in the evening. Lamps are lit all around the temple on the day.

Mullool Sri Puthiya Bhagavathi Temple Kaliyattam

Mullool Sri Puthiya Bhagavathi Temple is located at Mullool village near Pappinisseri in Kannur District in Kerala. The Kaliyattam ritual, also known as Theyyam, in the temple attracts hundreds of devotees. Mullool Sri Puthiya Bhagavathi Temple Kaliyattam 2017 date is January . Mullool is located around 6 km from Pappinisseri.

Theyyam is a popular ritual in temples in North Malabar area of the Kerala. The person performing the Theyyam is considered as the deity he adorns. People seek blessing from the Theyyam.

Theyyam incorporates dance, mime and music. The rituals and acts in the Kaliyattam echoes values and culture of tribes.
It is performed in open air in front of temples, sacred groves and devasthanams.

Kaundinyapur Mahatmya in Marathi in Pdf – Book Detailing the Greatness of Kaundanyapur Temple in Amravati in Maharashtra

Kaundinyapur is popular pilgrim spot located in Amravati District in Maharashtra. Here is a book explaining the greatness of this holy spot in pdf format. The book was provided by Shri Sadanand Sadhu one of the trustees of the Shri Vitthal Rukhmini Devasthan Shri Kshrtra Kaudanyapur. The book is in Marathi and is credited to Shri Sant Achyuth Maharaj.
You can find the book here – Kaundinyapur Mahatmya in Marathi


Related
Shri Sant Sadguru Sadaram Maharaj Charitra in Marathi
Kaundinyapur Pictures – Photos of Kaundanyapur Temple in Amravati in Maharashtra

Krittika Nakshatra 2016 Predictions – Kartika Birth Star or Nakshatram Astrological Predictions in 2016

Krittika Nakshatra born people will have a mixed year in 2016. Kartika Nakshatram or birth star people will face some ups and downs in business, career and personal relationship. January, March, April, July, September and November are good months. February, March, June and December are tough periods. May, August and October will see ups and downs. Detail astrological predictions for Krittika Nakshatra 2016 can be found below. As per Hindu astrology calendar, first quarter of Kartika Nakshatram is in Medakurru or Mesha Rashi (Aries Zodiac) and next ¾ quarter is in Edavakurru or Vrishaba Raasi (Taurus Zodiac).

Career - Avoid taking career decisions just based on a recent bad incident. Those looking for new job might find it difficult. Help from colleagues and management. Some of you will decide to quit the present job and start something of your own. Gains from travels.

Finance - Financially it will be a stagnant period. Gains from property. Legal troubles regarding ancestral wealth. Los…

Suryanarayan Kiranotsav at Narayan Chincholi in Pandharpur

Suryanarayan Kiranotsav is observed in Paush month. This is an important ritual and festival at the Surya Narayan Mandir (Sun Temple) at Narayan Chincholi in Pandharpur. The shrine is located around 51 km from Solapur in Maharashtra. Suryanarayan Kiranotsav 2017 date is December 19.

This important puja dedicated to Lord Surya at the shrine attracts hundreds of devotees. The festival is observed during the same fortnight as Makar Sankranti.

Important rituals and pujas are performed on the day for peace and prosperity of the region. People having skin diseases offer prayers on the day for relief.
Suryanarayan Kiranotsav at Narayan Chincholi is observed on Paush Shukla Paksha Pratipada tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon in Paush month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Sri Rangdas Swami Maharaj Punyatithi at Ane near Junnar

Sri Rangdas Swami Maharaj punyatithi is observed in Paush month. It is the death anniversary of the pious soul Sri Rangdas Swami Maharaj and is of great significance at Ane near Junnar in Maharashtra. Hundreds of people pay respect to the great saint on the day. Sri Rangdas Swami Maharaj Punyatithi 2017 date is December 19.

The followers of the saint gather at the Rangdas Swami Maharaj Mandir at Ane Village. Charity, satsang and other spiritual activities are held on the day.
Sri Rangdas Swami Maharaj Punyatithi is observed on Paush Shukla Paksha Pratipada tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon in Paush month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Chavhatta Yatra at Phondaghat Village near Kankavali

Chavhatta Yatra is observed in Paush month. It is an important fair and festival at Phondaghat Village near Kankavali in Maharashtra. The village is located around 7 km from Kankavali. Phondaghat Chavhatta Yatra 2017 date is December 19.

This annual yatra attracts hundreds of devotees. A small fair is organized during the period.
Phondaghat Chavhatta Yatra is observed on Paush Shukla Paksha Pratipada tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon in Paush month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Law of karma is neither fatalistic nor punitive – Dada J P Vaswani

While we all take birth with a karmic residue which determines our personality, we are also born with a certain freedom of choice with which we can succeed in accumulating new, good positive karma.
This choice, this freedom, this ability is available to every human being, and it is this which gives all of us the possibility of determining our own future destiny – not only for this life but in the lives to come.
The law of karma is neither fatalistic nor punitive; nor is man a hapless, helpless victim in its bonds. God has blessed each one of us with reason, intellect and discrimination, as well as the sovereign free will.
Even when our past karma inclines us towards evil, we can consciously tune our inclination towards detachment and ego-free action, thus lightening the karmic load.
Dada J P Vaswani Source – Book titled ‘What You Would Like to Know about Karma’ – By J. P. Vaswani – page 23

Today’s Hindu Calendar – December 3, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Thursday, December 3, 2015 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the dark phase of moon till 1:42 AM on December 3. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the dark phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is December 3, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious day.
Nakshatra – Magha or Makam Nakshatra till 8:30 AM on December 3. Then onward it is Purvaphalguni or Pooram Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Simha Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Kalbhairav Ashtami
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Margashirsh Krishna Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth 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, …

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