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Inchoor Pallicalkavu Temple Mudiyettu Festival

Inchoor Pallicalkavu Temple is located at Inchoor near Kothamangalam in Kerala. Pallikal Kavu temple mudiyettu festival is observed in Makaram month. This annual festival attracts hundreds of devotees. The shrine is located around 6 km from Kothamangalam.

In the Mudiyettu Festival, Thirumudi or a replica of the head of Bhagavathi with hair is taken out in procession. In some temples, the ritual is conducted once in twelve years.
Witnessing the Mudiyettu is considered highly auspicious.

Njeezhoor Sree Krishna Swamy Temple Ashwathy Bharani and Annual Festival

Njeezhoor Sree Krishna Swamy Temple is located in Kottayam District. The temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna. The annual festival is observed in Makaram month. Njeezhoor Sree Krishna Swamy Temple Ashwathy Bharani Festival 2016 date is January 17 and 18. The shrine is located around 8 km from Kadathuruthy. The annual festival in the shrine begins on February 1 and ends with Arattu on February 8, 2016.
This important festival of the temple is observed on Ashwathy and Bharani Nakshatram in Makaram month.
The temple is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.
The annual festival is noted for various rituals.
Caparisoned elephants, melam, fireworks and sheevali are part of the festival.
Traditional performing arts, music and dance are staged during the period.
Hundreds of people arrive on the day to witness various rituals and festivities.

Nedungolam Kottakkunnu Subrahmanya Temple Festival - Thaipooyam Festival

Nedungolam Kottakkunnu Subrahmanya Temple is located near Paravur in Kollam District, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Muruga or Subrahmanya. The annual festival is observed in Makaram month and ends on the Thaipusam day. In 2017, Nedungolam Kottakkunnu Subrahmanya Temple festival begins on February 3 and ends on February 10. The temple is located around 4 km from Paravur. Thaipooyam Festival 2017 date is February 10.

Nedungolam Kottakkunnu Subrahmanya Temple is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

The annual festival is noted for various rituals.

Caparisoned elephants, melam, fireworks and sheevali are part of the festival.

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 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 …

Ezhamkulam Devi Temple Pongala Festival

Ezhamkulam Devi Temple is located in Pathanamthita District and is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy. The shrine is located at Ezhamkulam and is around 7 km from Adoor. The annual Pongala festival in the temple attracts thousands of women devotees. Ezhamkulam Devi Temple Pongala Festival 2017 date is February 7.

'Pongala' ritual comprises of preparing ‘prasad’ for the deity outside the shrine. Women cook rice and jaggery in earthen pots and they offer it to the Goddess. They also cook different type of sweet dishes – called ‘mandaputtu,’ ‘appam,’ ‘therali’ – made out of rice powder and jaggery. Coconut tree fronds are used to cook the ‘prasad.’

The temple is decorated during the period with lights, lamp, plantain, coconut fronds, flowers etc.
Holy fire from the temple is taken out to start the fire for cooking Pongala.

It is observed on the Makayiram Nakshatram day in Makaram month.

Puthenchira Thrichakrapuram Sudarsanamoorthy Temple Festival

Puthenchira Thrichakrapuram Sudarsanamoorthy Temple is located around 10 km from Irinjalakuda in Thrissur District in Kerala. The main murti worshipped in the temple Sudarshana of Vishnu. Puthenchira Thrichakrapuram Sudarsanamoorthy Temple Festival 2016 is from January 16 to January 23. The festival ends with Arattu on January 23, 2016.

The annual temple festival is observed in Makaram Month.

Hundreds of devotees participate in the various rituals observed during the period.

Puthenchira Thrichakrapuram Sudarsanamoorthy Temple is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

The annual festival is noted for various rituals.

Caparisoned elephants, melam, fireworks and sheevali are part of the festival.

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 utsava murti of the deity is taken out of the shrine for ritual bathing …

Nagercoil Nagaraja Temple Festival

Nagercoil Nagaraja temple is located at Nagercoil in Tamil Nadu. The shrine is located at Ozhuginasery and is around 3 km from Nagercoil. The annual festival in the shrine is observed in Makaram masam as per traditional calendar followed in Kerala. Nagercoil Nagaraja Temple festival 2016 date is January 16. The festival ends on Thaipusam day –January 24, 2016.

Lord Krishna along with Sridevi and Bhudevi is taken around the streets on Ratha or chariots on Thaipusam day.

Nagercoil Nagaraja Temple is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

The annual festival is noted for various rituals.

Traditional performing arts, music and dance are staged during the period.
Hundreds of people arrive on the day to witness various rituals and festivities. A fair is held during the period.

Rudra Vrat

Rudra Vrat is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva and is observed in Margashirsh month in traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India. Rudra Vrat 2017 date is November 19. It is believed that this Vrat helps in destroying all sins and opens the doors to Shiva lok.
Those observing fast only take a single meal on the day. The single meal is prepared using a single type of grain usually wheat.
Water can be taken. Prayers are offered at a ShivaTemple morning and evening or at anyone time.
Both men and women observe this vrat.
The Vrat is observed on Margshirsh Shukla Paksha Pratipada or the first day during the light phase of moon in Margashirsha month. Please note that in some regions this vrat is observed during other months.

Thirumoozhikkulam Lakshmana Temple Prathishta Festival

Thirumoozhikkulam Lakshmana Temple is located at Thirumoozhikkulam near Angamaly in Ernakulam District in Kerala. The temple is located around 9 km from Angamaly. The annual prathishta festival is an important event in the shrine. Thirumoozhikkulam Lakshmana Temple Prathishta Festival 2016 date is January 17.

The festival attracts scores of devotees to the shrine.

The temple is believed to have been built by Lakshmana of Ramayana. The temple houses murtis of Lakshmana and Vishnu.

The temple is part of the Nalambalam Yatra in Karkidaka Masam.
For the annual Prathishta anniversary, the shrine is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

Story of Upakichakas and Bhima in the Mahabharat

Story of Upakichakas and Bhima is mentioned in the Virata Parva of the Mahabharat. The story takes place after the death of Kichaka, the commander in chief of Virata. As per the Mahabharata there were 105 Upakichakas.
Kichaka who made sexual advances towards Draupadi was killed by Bhima.
Next day morning the Upakichakas took the body of Kichaka to the ghat to perform cremation. There they proclaimed that Draupadi was responsible for the death of their brother.
They forcibly took her to the ghat and decided to burn her on the same pyre of their brother.
Hearing the cries of Draupadi, Bhima rushed to her side and killed all the Upakichakas.
Related Story of Bhima Killing Kichaka

Ambalakadavu Devi Temple Pongala Festival near Kottayam

Ambalakadavu Devi Temple is located near Kottayam in Kerala. The annual temple Pongala festival is observed in Makaram month. Hundreds of women participate in the ritual. Ambalakadavu Temple is located about 3 km from Kottayam. Ambalakadavu Devi Temple Pongala Festival 2016 date is January 17.

Pongala ritual is an important event in many Bhagavathy temples in Kerala.

Pongala ritual comprises of preparing ‘prasad’ for the deity outside the shrine. Women cook rice and jaggery in earthen pots and they offer it to the Goddess. They also cook different type of sweet dishes – called ‘mandaputtu,’ ‘appam,’ ‘therali’ – made out of rice powder and jaggery. Coconut tree fronds are used to cook the ‘prasad.’

The temple is decorated during the period with natural materials.
Holy fire from the temple is taken out to start the fire for cooking Pongala.

Paloor – Pulamanthole Sree Subrahmanyaswami Temple Festival and Rathotsavam - Pooyam Festival

Paloor – Pulamanthole Sree Subrahmanyaswami Temple is dedicated to Lord Subrahmanya or Muruga. The temple is located at Pulamanthole in Paloor in Malappuram District in Kerala. The annual temple festival and Thaipooyam Rathotsavam is observed in Makaram month. Pulamanthole Sree Subrahmanyaswami Temple Festival 2017 date is February 2. The festival ends on 2017 date is February 10.

The highlight of the annual festival is the Rathotsavam or chariot festival which is observed on Pooyam day.

The small but beautiful shrine is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

The annual festival is noted for various rituals.

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.

Manoorkavu Devi Temple Makara Pongal Festival near Mynagappalli

Manoorkavu Devi Temple is located near Mynagappalli in Kollam District. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy. The annual Makara Pongal festival is an important ritual in the shrine. Manoorkavu Devi Temple Makara Pongal festival 2016 date is January 17.

The annual temple festival is also observed during the period but a couple of days earlier.
For the Makara Pongala ritual the temple is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

Koothali Kammoth Maha Vishnu Temple Festival

Koothali Kammoth Maha Vishnu Temple is located at Koothali village near Perambra, Kozhikode District in Kerala. The annual temple festival begins in Makaram Month. Koothali Kammoth Maha Vishnu Temple festival 2016 date is January 17. The Thalappoli ritual will be observed on January 24. The shrine is located around 23 km from Koyilandy.

Koothali Kammoth Maha Vishnu Temple is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

The annual festival is noted for various rituals.

Caparisoned elephants, melam, fireworks and sheevali are part of the festival.

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 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.

Aroor Sree Kumaravilasam Temple Festival

Aroor Sree Kumaravilasam Temple is located at Aroor in Allapuzha District in Kerala. The annual temple festival is observed in Makaram month. The shrine is dedicated to Muruga. Aroor Sree Kumaravilasam Temple festival begins on January 17 and ends with arattu on January 24.

Aroor Sree Kumaravilasam Temple is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

The annual festival is noted for various rituals.

Caparisoned elephants, melam, fireworks and sheevali are part of the festival.

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 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.

Shani Dev Utsav at Rakshasbhuvan near Georai – Shani Temple Festival at Rakshasbhuvan in Beed

Shani Dev Utsav at Rakshasbhuvan is observed in Paush month. It is the annual fair and festival at the Shani Bhagavan Temple at Rakshasbhuvan near Georai, Beed District, Maharashtra. Shani Dev Utsav date at Rakshasbhuvan in 2017 is on December 26. The temple is located around 55 km north of Beed.

The annual festival is also noted for a fair. Special pujas and rituals are held during the period. Those having trouble in horoscope due to Shani or Sade Sati get relief after offering prayers here.

Rakshasbhuvan Shani Dev mandir 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
Shani Dev Utsav at Rakshasbhuvan is annually held on Paush Shukla Paksha Ashtami tithi or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon as p…

Somjai Jakhmata Someshwar Festival at Phalasap near Mhalsa

Somjai Jakhmata Someshwar Pratishtan festival is observed in Paush month. It is the annual fair and festival at the Somjai Jakhmata Someshwar Temple at Phalasap near Mhalsa in Raigarh, Maharashtra. Somjai Jakhmata Someshwar festival 2017 date is December 26.

Somjai Jakhmata Someshwar mandir 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
Somjai Jakhmata Someshwar festival is annually held on Paush Shukla Paksha Ashtami tithi or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Yellamma Yatra at Vajrachaunde near Tasgaon in Sangli – Yellamma Devi Fair and Festival at Vajra Chaunde

Yellamma Yatra at Vajrachaunde is held in Paush month. It is observed at the temple dedicated to the village goddess Vajrachaunde near Tasgaon in Sangli, Maharashtra. The festival dedicated to Goddess Yellamma Devi attracts hundreds of devotees. Vajrachaunde Yellamma Yatra 2017 date is December 26.

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

Vajrachaunde Yellamma Devi mandir 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
Vajrachaunde Yellamma Yatra is annually held on Paush Shukla Paksha Ashtami tithi or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Jamalapuram Venkateswara Swamy Temple

Jamalapuram Venkateswara Swamy Temple is dedicated to the Balaji form of Vishnu. The shrine is located around 80 km south of Khammam Town in Telangana. The murti or idol of Lord Venkateswara worshiped here is Swayambhu or that which manifested on its own. The shrine is also known as Tirupati of Telangana or Khammam Chinna Tirupati.



The present day shrine was built during the reign of Vijayanagara Emperor Sri Krishnadevaraya during the 15th century.
Jabali Maharshi did intense penance for several years here and got the blessings of Lord Vishnu in the form of Venkateswara. The spot where he performed penance can be seen even today and it is known as Suchi Gutta.
Several steps lead to the shrine, which has South Indian style gopuram at the entrance. A huge water body known as Peddacheruv is nearby and makes the location of the temple scenic.
The main murti of Venkateswara here is in standing posture. His consort Padmavati Amamvaru is worshipped in a separate shrine.
The temple complex a…

Books on Hinduism That You Can Read Free on Google Play

There are couple of old books on Hinduism that you can read free on Google Play. You need to log into the Google Play store and select the category books.
You can read Bhagavad Gita and several books associated with Swaminarayan free. All the books written by Sir Monier Williams on Hinduism can be read free.
When you keep searching you will come across many other books that can be read free.
Read, share, and spread the knowledge.

You can find some free books on Google play store here.

Magha Nakshatra 2016 predictions – Birth Star Makha Nakshatra Astrology Predictions in 2016

In 2016, people born in Magha Nakshatra will have a mixed year. Improvement in career. Some monetary gains. Health issues. Astrology Predictions for Magha Nakshatra for 2016 is given below: March, April, July and August 2016 are good. January, September and November  are neither good nor bad. February, May, June, October and December 2016 are bad. Makha Nakshatra is the 10th birth star among 27 Nakshatras in Hindu or astrology. Magha Birth Star is in Simha Rashi (Leo Zodiac) as per Hindu moon astrology and traditional panchang and calendar.
Career - You will have to work under pressure from an external factor. Lack of success in interviews and job related tests. Those working in newspapers or press will have a good year. Help from higher officials and management. Transfer to a distant location. Those looking for job will face some tough situations. Artists and musicians will have a good year. You will be awarded for your hard work.
Finance - Theft of wealth. You will invest in new vehi…

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Thoughts on Depression

Lack of idealism is the main cause of depression among young people today. Life appears to be so meaningless to these children, who are either too scared of the competitive world or bogged down by heavy stimuli. They need inspiration, and spirituality is that inspiration that can keep the spirit up.
Depression sets in if there is a lack of zeal to fight. Aggression is the antidote to depression. Depression is lack of energy; anger and aggression are bolts of energy.
When Arjuna was depressed, Krishna inspired him to fight and thus reinstated life back to him. If you are depressed, do not take Prozac – just fight for any cause.
If aggression crosses a certain limit, it leads you back into depression. That is what happened when King Ashoka won the Kalinga War – he became depressed. He had to take refuge in Buddha.

Wise are those who do not fall either into aggression or depression. That is the golden rule of a yogi. Just wake up and acknowledge you are a yogi.  Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Today’s Hindu Calendar – December 10, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Thursday, December 10, 2015 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the dark phase of moon till 2:39 PM on December 10. Then onward it is Amavasya Tithi or the no moon day. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is December 10, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good date.
Nakshatra – Anuradha or Anusham or Anizham Nakshatra the entire day on December 10 and till 12:31 AM on December 11. Then onward it is Jyeshta or Kettai or Triketta Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrischika Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Margashirsh Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the dark phase of moon in Margashirsh month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Hima…

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