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Bhasma Aarti Dedicated to Shiva in Ujjain Mahakal Temple

Bhasma Aarti, sacred ash ceremony, is the early morning ritual at the famous Ujjain Mahakaleshwar Temple in Madhya Pradesh. It is performed daily from 4:00 AM to 6:00 AM. This aarti is performed amidst vedic chants, recitation of stotras and sounds of cymbals, conch an damaru.


Bhasma is prepared by burning dried cow dung. It is popularly known as Vibhuti.
During the Bhasma Aarti no one enters the sanctum sanctorum wearing common clothes. Only males wearing silk clothes are allowed to enter. The devotees are allowed to witness the aarti from the sabhagriha just outside the garbhagriha.
Bhasma Aarti is also performed in the afternoon on Shivratri day.
Earlier, the ash or bhasma used for the ritual used to be from a freshly cremated body in the nearby crematorium. However, this is no longer followed.

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Sankatanashaka Ganapati Storam in Malayalam in pdf – Prayer dedicated to Sankatanashaka Ganesha

Sankatanashaka Ganapati Storam is chanted for relief from all forms of problems. A person can chant the Sankatanashaka Ganesha prayer daily. Below is the link to Sankatanashaka Ganapati Storam in Malayalam in pdf. You can save it and use it for personal use.
 LinkSankatanashaka Ganapati Storam

Ernakulam Ayyappankavu Temple Festival

Ayyappankavu Temple is dedicated to Lord Ayyappa and is located in Ernakulam in Kerala. The temple is located around 4 km from Ernakulam South Junction Railway Station. The annual temple utsavam or festival attracts hundreds of devotees. Ernakulam Ayyappankavu Temple festival 2017 date is from January 8 to January 14.

The festival begins in Dhanu month and ends in Makram month. The festival is observed for seven days.

The annual festival is noted for various rituals.

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.

Traditional performing arts, music and dance are staged during the period.

Hundreds of people arrive on the day to witness various rituals and festivities.
Ayyappankavu Temple Festival ends with Arattu on January 14, 2017. The utsava murti of the deity is taken out of the shrine for ritual bathing on the final day. Caparisoned el…

Malayalapuzha Temple Timings – Opening and Closing – Pooja and Darshan Time at Malayalapuzha Bhagavathy Temple in Kerala

Malayalapuzha Devi Temple is located at Malayalapuzha in Pathanamthitta District in Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy. This is one of the most popular and powerful Shakti shrine in South Kerala. Malayalapuzha Temple Timings with detail opening and closing time is given below. Please note that the pooja and darshan time will extended or curtailed during important rituals. The shrine will remain closed during Grahan or Eclipse.

Malayalapuzha Temple Morning Pooja Timings 4 AM to 12 PM

Malayalapuzha Bhagavathy Temple Evening Darshan Timings 4 PM to 8 PM

Deeparadhana will be between 6:30 PM and 7:00 PM
The most important days in a week are Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. Special rituals are observed on Tuesday and Friday.

Nagnath Aundha – Story of Origin of Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple at Aundh in Maharashtra

NageshwarJyotirlingaTemple at Aundh (Aundha in Hingoli District) in Maharashtra is believed to be one among the twelve Jyotirlinga temples. The story of origin of Nageshwar Jyotirlinga is associated with Shiva protecting people of the region from Demoness Daruka. The twist in the story is that Demoness Daruka was an ardent devotee of Goddess Parvati.

Legend has it that the people in the vicinity of NageshvarTemple were terrorized by demoness Daruka. People were attacked and killed by Daruka. Merchants could no longer do their business as all their goods were looted by her.
People then prayed to Shiva and who appeared along with his Nagas or serpents and chased Demoness Daruka away.
Demoness Daruka was an ardent devotee of Goddess Shakti. She prayed to her for help. Goddess Shakti then asked demoness Daruka to make her home in a dense forest nearby and not to harm other living beings.
Shiva decided to stay there as Nageshvar and Goddess Parvati appeared as Nageshvari. Both keep a close …

Singheshwar Mahadev – About Simheshwar Form of Shiva - 55th Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Singheshwar Mahadev is worshiped in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the 84 forms of Shiva worshiped in Ujjain. It is believed that worshipping Simheshwar Form of Shiva will help in redemption of sins. Those people who committed mistakes in anger will get relief after offering prayers here.
The temple dedicated to Singheshwar Mahadev is located near Chintaman Ganesha Temple complex. This form of Shiva is associated with Goddess Parvati and a lion.
Simheshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 55th temple visited during the parikarama of Shiavalayas here.


Story of Singheshwar Mahadev
Legend has it that once Goddess Parvati performed meditation and intense austerities. This happened after Shiva referred to her as Kali or black. There was intense heat in the three worlds because of this intense austerity. All the living beings were suffering.
Brahma then appeared before Goddess Parvati and asked her why she was performing the meditation. Goddess P…

Maradu Thiru Ayini Swayambhoo Shiva Temple Festival near Ernakulam

Maradu Thiru Ayini Swayambhoo Shiva Temple is located near Ernakulam in Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Shiva. The annual festival attracts thousands of devotees. The temple is located about 8 km from Ernakulam South Junction Railway Station. Maradu Thiru Ayini Swayambhoo Shiva Temple Festival 2016 date is from January 15 to January 22.

The annual festival is noted for various rituals.

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.

Traditional performing arts, music and dance are staged during the period.

Hundreds of people arrive on the day to witness various rituals and festivities.

The festival ends with Arattu. The utsava murti of the deity is taken out of the shrine for ritual bathing on the final day. Caparisoned elephants and melam are part of the ritual.

Evoor Sri Krishna Swamy Temple Festival near Kayamkulam

Evoor Sri Krishna Swamy Temple is located at Evoor near Kayamkulam in Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Bhagavan Sri Krishna. The temple is located around 10 km from Kayamkulam and around 9 km from Haripad. The annual festival begins on the first day of Makaram month. Evoor Sri Krishna Swamy Temple Festival 2016 date is from January 15 to January 24.

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.

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

Ernakulam Shiva Temple Festival – Ernakulathappan Temple Festival

Ernakulathappan Temple is located in the heart of Ernakulam town. The shrine is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva. The annual festival begins on the first day of Makaram. Ernakulam Shiva Temple Festival 2017 date is from February 1 to February 8. In 2017, Pakalpooram will be observed on February 7 from 3:00 PM.

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.

Hundreds of people arrive on the day to witness various rituals and festivities.

In 2017, Kazhasheeveli will be observed from February 1 to February 8 in the morning and evening.
The utsava murti of the deity is taken out of the shrine for Arattu on the final day at night. Caparisoned elephants and melam are part of the ritual.

The festival is observed in such a way t…

Puthuvassery Mangadathamma Mahalakshmi Temple Makara Sankramam near Nedumbassery

Mangadathamma Mahalakshmi Temple is located at Puthuvassery near Nedumbassery in Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi. The Makara Sankramana puja observed here is famous. In 2016, Mangadathamma Mahalakshmi Temple Makara Sankramam is on January 15.

Makara Sankramam puja is observed when sun enters Makar Rashi. This annual puja is an important ritual in the temple.
Makara Vilakku festival is held on the same day at Sabarimala Temple.

Puliyoor Kavadi Festival – Thirupuliyur Mahavishnu Temple Kavadi near Chengannur

Thirupuliyur Mahavishnu Temple is located near Chengannur in Kerala. This ancient shrine is one of the 108 Divyadesam dedicated to Vishnu. The shrine is also associated with Bhima of Mahabharata. Kavadi festival at Thirupuliyur Mahavishnu Temple is organized on the Makar Sankranti day. Puliyoor Kavadi Festival 2016 date is January 15.

Hundreds of people participate in the Kavadi festival.

A procession of various types of Kavadi is taken to the shrine on the day.

A traditional kavadi is two baskets suspended from a bamboo pole, decorated with peacock feathers.

It is carried on the shoulders by devotees. Today there are numerous other types of Kavadis that are used in temple festivals.
The shrine is decorated on the day traditionally with banana tree, coconut leaves, flowers and lamps.

Subrahmanya Sashti in Margashirsh Month – Skanda Shashti in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh

Subrahmanya Shashti, or Skanda Sashti, during Shukla Paksha of Margashirsh month (November – December) is observed mainly in Karnataka and parts of Andhra Pradesh. Subramanya Shashti 2017 date in Margashirsh Month as per Kannada and Telugu calendar is November 24. Here is a simple idea regarding how to observe Subramanya Shashti.

Please note that the Skanda Sashti is popularly observed in Tamil Nadu and this takes place after Diwali – six days of fast and the rituals culminates with Soorasamharam.

This below explanation of Subramanya Shashti was shared to us by Narahari Sumadhwa. It explains the importance of this Shashti in Margashirsh Month and the belief of Skanda in Karnataka.


Who is Skanda? Skanda is the Avatara of Manmatha. Popularly He is the son of Lord Shiva. He is in the same Kakshya of Indra. He is the Lord of War and the most handsome among gods. He is also the commander of the army of the Devas. During Srinivasa Kalyana (marriage of Lord Balaji), Srinivasa (Lord Venk…

Shantadurga Kunkalikarin Jatra utsav at Fatorpa in Quepem - Festival at Shantadurga Kunkalikarin Festival

Shantadurga Kunkalikarin Jatra utsav at Fatorpa is observed in Paush month. It is the annual jatra and festival at the Shantadurga Kunkalikarin Temple at Fatorpa in Quepem in Goa. This annual yatra which also includes a small fair attracts hundreds of devotees. Shantadurga Kunkalikarin Jatra utsav 2017 date is from December 23 to December 27.


The shrine and its premises are beautifully decorated during the period with flowers, lamps and lights.
Unique rituals which are held only during special location are performed on the day.

On Paush Shukla Paksha panchami day Shibikotsav is held.

On Sashti day or sixth day Rath Ambari is held.

On seventh day Fulacha Rath or flower chariot is held.

On Ashtami day Vijayarath is held.

On ninth day it is the Navami Rath.
Shantadurga Kunkalikarin Jatra utsav is observed on Paush Shukla Paksha Panchami tithi to Navami tithi or the fifth to ninth day during the waxing phase of moon in Paush month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Goa.

Azhutha River on the way from Erumeli to Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple

AzhuthaRiver is a tributary of PampaRiver and Ayyappa Devotees who travel from Erumeli to SabarimalaAyyappaTemple has to cross this river in their journey. Once the pilgrim starts the trek from Erumeli, Azhutha is the sixth important spot after Kottapadi, Poongavanam, Perurthodu, Erumunikkara, and Kalaketti.
AzhuthaRiver is around two kilometer from Kalaketti. Ayyappa Devotees take bath in the river and collect stones and pebbles from the river. This stones are later deposited on Kalidamkunnu which is on the way to AyyappaTemple. The belief is that Lord Ayyappa buried the dead body of Demon Mahishi here and placed stones on top of the dead body. Devotees drop stones from AzhuthaRiver in memory of this event.
When there is not much water devotees walk across the AzhuthaRiver. But when the River is in full flow it is hard to cross the river and devotees use country boats to cross the river.
The AzhuthaRiver is surrounded by thick forest and after crossing the river there is a steep trek…

Sankat Mochan Hanuman Mandir at Varanasi – Hanuman Temple at Varanasi

Sankat Mochan Hanuman Mandir at Varanasi is believed to have been established by Goswami Tulsidas. The name Sankat Mochan too was coined by Tulsidas. It is believed that Tulsidas wrote the Ramacharitamanas at this famous HanumanTemple.



The murti of Hanumanji in the shrine is in standing position atop a throne and is decorated with crown and silver umbrella. The murti is painted red. The temple also has murtis of Ram, Sita and Lakshman. Bajrang Ban, Hanuman chalisa and hymns from Ramayana are engraved on the outer wall of the temple.
Shringar of Sankat Mochan Hanuman is performed with flowers, vastra, sindoor and oil.
The most important days in a week are Tuesdays and Saturdays. The temple has an extended timing on these two days.
The most important festival in the temple is Hanuman Jayanti (April) and it is observed for nine days. Sankat Mochan Sangeet Smaroh, festival of music, is observed during the period.
The temple is near to Assi Ghat and Tulsi Ghat.

Shantadurga Jatra utsav at Fatorpa - Shantadurga Fatarpekarin Temple Festival

Shantadurga Jatra utsav at Fatorpa is observed in Paush month. It is the annual jatra and festival at the Shantadurga Fatarpekarin Temple at Fatorpa in Quepem in Goa. This annual yatra which also includes a small fair attracts hundreds of devotees. Shantadurga Jatra utsav 2017 - 2018 date is from December 19 to December 22, 2017.

The shrine and its premises are beautifully decorated during the period with flowers, lamps and lights.

Unique rituals which are held only during special location are performed on the day.
Shantadurga Jatra utsav at Fatorpa is observed from Paush Shukla Paksha Pratipada tithi to Charuthi tithi or the first to fourth day during the waxing phase of moon in Paush month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Goa.

Punarvasu Nakshatra 2016 Predictions- Birth Star Punarvasu Astrology Predictions in 2016

In 2016 Punarvasu Nakshatra will mixed year with equal share of good and bad. Good year for those looking for new job. Health issues. Punarvasu Nakshatra astrology predictions for 2016 is given below: January, March, May, July, October and December 2016 are good months. February, April and September are bad months. June, August and November are both good and bad. Punaravasu Nakshatra is the seventh birth star among 27 Nakshatras in Hindu Jyothisha or astrology. The first three quarter of Punaravasu is in Mithuna Rashi (Gemini Zodiac) and the last quarter is in Karka Rashi (Cancer Zodiac) according to Hindu moon astrology calendar.
Career - Career improvement with new position. Some of you will get job with the help of an acquaintance. Success in tests and interviews. Silence in matters that are not of you concern will be good this year. Avoid all sorts of confrontations this year. You will need help of colleagues and friends in completing a project that is in your hand. Delay in forei…

Mahamaya Devi Jatra at Netravali near Nune in Sanguem

Mahamaya Devi Jatra at Netravali village is observed in Paush month. It is the annual jatra and festival at the Mahamaya Devi Temple at Netravali near Nune, Sanguem, South Goa. This annual yatra which also includes a small fair attracts hundreds of devotees. Netravali Mahamaya Devi Jatra 2017 date is December 23.

The shrine and its premises are beautifully decorated during the period with flowers, lamps and lights.

Unique rituals which are held only during special location are performed on the day.
Mahamaya Devi Jatra at Netravali is observed on Paush Shukla Paksha Panchami tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon in Paush month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Goa.

Sambswami Salgar Punyatithi at Kurduwadi

Sambswami Salgar Punyatithi is observed in Paush month. It is the death anniversary of Sambswami Salgar. It is of great importance at Kurduwadi in Maharashtra. Sambswami Salgar Punyatithi 2017 date is December 23.

Hundreds of devotees participate in the various programs organized on the day by followers of Sambswami Salgar.
Sambswami Salgar Punyatithi is annually observed on Paush Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Veer Jiva Mahale Punyatithi – Vir Jiva Mahale Death Anniversary

Veer Jiva Mahale (1635 - 1710) was the bodyguard of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. His death or punyatithi is annually observed in Paush month. Jiva Mahale Punyadin 2017 date is December 23.

A great soldier and unsung hero, Jiva Mahale saved Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj by killing Bijapur's general Afzal Khan.


Veer Jiva Mahale punyadin is annually observed on Paush Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon in Paush month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

A song from Raga Asa – Sant Kabir

My body is a dye-tub: I will dye my heart with purity. the five virtues will be my wedding guests, and I will walk around the fire with Ram Rai my souls suffused with His color.
Sing, sing O maidens, songs of marriage: Ram, my husband, has come to my house.
In the lotus of my breath I have planted the marriage canopy; divine wisdom is my marriage mantra Ram Rai has become my husband: great has been my luck. wise men, saints, and ascetics came to my marriage in three million three hundred thousand chariots. Kabir says, “The one divine Bhagwan has taken me away in marriage.”

Song number 24 in Raga Asa – Sant Kabir

Today’s Hindu Calendar – December 7, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Monday, December 7, 2015 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the dark phase of moon till 9:32 AM on December 7. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the dark phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is December 7, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious day.
Nakshatra – Chitra or Chithirai or Chithira Nakshatra till 6:21 PM on December 7. Then onward it is Swathi or Chothi Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kanya Rashi till 5:04 AM. Then onward it is Tula Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Ekadasi Fasting
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
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