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Arudara Darisanam Festival at Chidambaram Nataraja Temple

The ChidambaramNatarajaTemple in Tamil Nadu is the holiest shrine in which Lord Shiva is depicted as Nataraja in his Ananda Tandava pose – cosmic dance. Arudara Darisanam 2018 Festival at ChidambaramNatarajaTemple concludes on January 1, 2018. Arudara Darisanam on Margazhi Pournami or Full moon day (December – January) celebrates the cosmic dance of Shiva. Ardra Darisanam Festival marks the conclusion of Margazhi Brahmotsavam – the most important temple festival in ChidambaramNatarajaTemple.
Legend has it that Lord Shiva performed the cosmic dance in Nataraja form at Chidambaram for his devotees Adi Shesha and Vyagrapaadar. Adi Shesha, the seven-hooded serpent on whom Lord Vishnu rests in MilkyOcean, wanted to witness this divine dance of creation after hearing about it from Lord Shiva. Vyagrapaadar was a devotee of Shiva who performed penance and Tapas to witness Ananda Tandava. Lord Shiva granted their request and performed it at Chidambaram.
The Ananda Tandavam of Shiva – popularl…

Kaitheri Puthiyedath Sree Kandakarna Temple Festival

Kaitheri Puthiyedath Sree Kandakarna Temple is located at Venduttayi in Kannur District. The annual festival in the shrine is observed in Makaram month. Hundreds of people participate in the various rituals observed during the period. Kaitheri Puthiyedath Sree Kandakarna Temple festival 2016 beginning date is January 31.

Special rituals like Para, sheeveli etc are held on the day. Theyyam, Thira and Kavadi are part of the festival.

The temple is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.
The annual festival is noted for various other unique rituals.

Kottakkal Vettakkorumakan Temple Festival

Kottakkal Vettakkorumakan Temple festival is observed in Makaram month. The shrine is located at Kottakkal in Malappuram District in Kerala. The annual temple festival attracts hundreds of devotees. Kottakkal Vettakkorumakan Temple festival 2016 date is (from) February 1.

The annual festival is noted for various rituals.

Kottakkal Vettakkorumakan Temple is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

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.

Guruvayoor Perumthatta Mahadeva Temple Maharudra Yajnam

Maha Rudra Yajnam is performed for redemption of sins and to usher in peace, prosperity and happiness. A Maha Rudra Yagna will be organized at the Guruvayoor Perumthatta Mahadeva Temple in Kerala from February 1, 2016.

Perumthatta Mahadeva Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is located near Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple in Kerala.

Maharudra Yajna is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The 'Srirudra hymn' is chanted during the rituals for several days. The ritual involves several Vedic pundits and is based on Krishna Yajurveda System.
The temple is located around a kilometer from Guruvayoor Sri Krishna Temple.

Thudisseri Bhagavathy Temple Thalappoli near Parappanangadi

Thudisseri Bhagavathy Temple is located near Parappanangadi in Kerala. The annual Thalappoli festival is observed in Makaram month. Thudisseri Bhagavathy Temple Thalappoli 2016 date is February 1.

Thalappoli is a unique feature of temple festival in Kerala. Girls, unmarried women and married women carry lighted lamps and move in a procession to the temple. It is performed for peace and prosperity.
There is not much information regarding the temple.

Anickadu Moozhiyil Temple Festival

Anickadu Moozhiyil Temple festival is observed in Makaram month. Hundreds of people arrive on the day to witness various rituals and festivities during the weeklong festival. Anickadu Moozhiyil Temple festival 2016 beginning date is February 1. The festival ends on Feb 8 with arattu.

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.

The temple is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.
The weeklong festival ends with Arattu on the final day.

Thrikkalathoor Sree Rama Temple Festival - Valiyavilakku

Thrikkalathoor Sree Rama Temple festival is observed in Makaram month. The shrine is located at Thrikkalathoor and is around 11 km from Muvattupuzha. The shrine is dedicated to Bhagavan Sri Ram. Thrikkalathoor Sree Rama Temple Festival 2016 date is February 1. The valiyavilakku will be observed on February 7.

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.
The weeklong festival ends with Arattu on the final day.

Azhinjilam Thali Temple Festival – Azhinjilam Thali Mahavishnu Temple Festival

Azhinjilam Thali Mahavishnu Temple is located at Azhinjilam near Feroke in Kerala. The temple is around 7 km from Feroke. The shrine is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The annual temple festival is observed in Makaram month. Azhinjilam Thali Temple festival 2016 date is February 1.

The annual festival is noted for various rituals.

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

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

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

Thalikulam Cherkara Kalarikkal Bhagavathy Temple Festival

Thalikulam Cherkara Kalarikkal Bhagavathy Temple is located near Triprayar in Thrissur District. The temple is around 5 km from Thriprayar. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy and the annual festival is observed in Makaram month. Talikulam Cherkara Kalarikkal Bhagavathy festival 2016 date is February 1.

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

Irumpanam Makaliyam Temple Festival – Irumpanam Makaliyam Sreeramaswamy Temple Festival

Irumpanam Makaliyam Temple festival is observed in Makaram month. Irumpanam Makaliyam Sreeramaswamy Temple is located at Irumpanam and is around 4 km from Thrippunithura. The shrine is dedicated to Bhagavan Sri Ram. Irumpanam Makaliyam Temple Festival 2016 date is February 1. The festival ends with Arattu on February 8, 2016.

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.
The weeklong festival ends with Arattu on the final day.

Goddess Kajala – About Kajala Devi

Goddess Kajala is one of the names of Vindhyavasini Devi who is worshipped in the famous Vindyavaini Temple in Mirzapur in Uttar Pradesh. It is said that she appeared on the earth during the Kajali night and hence her name Kajala Devi. The famous Kajari Teej is observed on the day.
As per Vindhyanchal Mahima, this is the original home of Mother Goddess Adi Shakti. She as Yoga Maya appears in all animate and inanimate. She protects those that follow Dharma and she annihilates those that follow Adharma.
This form of Mother Goddess is worshipped only at Vindhyanchal region in Uttar Pradesh. Kajali Geet that is sung here is a favorite of the Goddess.
The main festival dedicated to her is observed on Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha Dwitiya and Tritiya Tithi – the second and third day during the waxing phase of moon in Bhadra month.
Special musical nights and all night jagran are observed in the Vindyavaini Temple in Mirzapur on the day.

Devaki Krishna Yatra Festival at Mashel in Goa - Devaki Krishna Ravalnath Sansthan temple Festival

Devaki Krishna Yatra Festival at Mashel is observed in Paush month. It is the annual jatra and festival at the Devaki Krishna Ravalnath Sansthan temple in Goa. This annual yatra which also includes a small fair attracts hundreds of devotees. Devaki Krishna Yatra 2018 date is from December 31, 2017 to January 2.

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.
Devaki Krishna Jatra Festival is observed from Paush Shukla Paksha Tryaodasi tithi to Purnima tithi or the thirteenth day to full moon day in Paush month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Goa.

Bodgeshwar Jatra Festival at Mapusa in Goa

Bodgeshwar Jatra Festival at Mapusa is observed in Paush month. It is the annual jatra and festival at the Mapusa Bodgeshwar Temple in Goa. This annual yatra which also includes a small fair attracts hundreds of devotees. Bodgeshwar Jatra Festival 2018 date is from December 31, 2017 to January 2, 2018.

Bodgeshwar is also known as Kanakeshwar Baba or Bongini. He is a wish fulfilling deity.

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.
Bodgeshwar Jatra Festival is observed from Paush Shukla Paksha Tryaodasi tithi to Purnima tithi or the thirteenth day to full moon day in Paush month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Goa.

Sharana Mela at Kudala Sangama in January – Basava Kranti Day

Sharana Mela is observed at Koodala Sangama every year from January 11 to January 15. It coincides with the Basava Kranti day which is observed annually on Makar Sankranti day. More than one hundred thousand people participate in the annual congregation.

Basavanna, or Basaveswara, founder and first saint of Lingayath sect left his body through icchamarana (death at will by yogic way) and became one with that absolute reality at Kudala Sangama.

Basavanna is believed to have merged with the Supreme Truth on Makar Sankranti day. People offer prayers and recite Vachanas on the day.
Satsang, prayer meetings and philosophical discussion take place during the period.

Dev Rameshwar Bhajan Saptah at Akeri Near Kudal

Dev Rameshwar Bhajan Saptah is organized in Margashrish month. It is an important weeklong ritual and program at Akeri near Kudal. Dev Rameshwar Bhajan Saptah beginning date in 2017 is December 13. Akeri is located around 14 km from Kudal.

Hundreds of people arrive at Dev Rameshwar Mandir at Akeri to participate in the ritual. The temple is beautifully decorated with lights for the occasion.
Dev Rameshwar Bhajan Saptah is annual begins 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.

Shri Jagatguru Anandmurti Janmotsav at Ratnagiri - Jagatguru Anandmurti Birth Anniversary Celebrations

Shri Jagatguru Anandmurti Janmotsav is observed in Margashirsh month. It is the birth anniversary celebrations of Jagadguru Anandmurti. The main festival and programs are organized at the Anandmurti Temple located here. Shri Jagatguru Anandmurti Janmotsav 2017 date is December 12.

Followers of Anandmurti Maharaj organize various spiritual programs on the day. Charity, satsang and various prayer meetings are organized.
Shri Jagatguru Anandmurti Janmotsav is annually observed on Margashirsh Krishna Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waning phase of moon in Margashirsh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Shantadurga Chamundeshwari Kudtari Mahamaya Jatra Festival at Ghudo-Avedem in Goa

Shantadurga Chamundeshwari Kudtari Mahamaya Jatra festival at Ghudo-Avedem is observed in Paush month. It is the annual jatra and festival at the Shantadurga Chamundeshwari Temple at Ghudo-Avedem in Quepem in Goa. This annual yatra which also includes a small fair attracts hundreds of devotees. Shantadurga Chamundeshwari Kudtari Mahamaya Jatra utsav 2018 date is from December 31, 2017 to January 2, 2018.

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.
Ghudo-Avedem Shantadurga Chamundeshwari Kudtari Mahamaya Jatra is observed from Paush Shukla Paksha Tryaodasi tithi to Purnima tithi or the thirteenth day to full moon day in Paush month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Goa.

Cawra Cawry Puja and Ritual Dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi – Cowra Cowrie Ceremony

Cawra Cawry puja and ritual is a unique ceremony dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi and is observed during the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in Phalgun (February), Vaishakh (April), Ashwin (October) and Margashirsh (December). The ritual is observed on Sundays and Thursdays in the above months. It must be noted that Thursday is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi in many regions and special rituals are observed on the day in certain months. Cowrie, or Cawry, shells are used in the worship of Goddess Lakshmi during the ceremony. During the puja Goddess Lakshmi is invoked on a copper plate and the plate is placed on a three-legged brass utensil. Cawra Cawry puja is performed for the welfare and prosperity of the family. You may also like to read Cowrie Shell Rosary

Goddess Sunanda

Goddess Sunanda is an incarnation of Goddess Shakti. She is believed to have appeared from the body part of Sati that fell on earth after the famous episode of Shiva carrying the body of Sati around the universe and Vishnu cutting it with his Sudharshana Chakra to save the world from annihilation.

Goddess Sunanda appeared where the nose of Goddess Sati fell on earth.
The Shaktipeetah associated with Goddess Sunanda is located in Bangladesh.
Lord Shiva resides in the form of Triambak with Goddess Sunanda.

Tatya Maharaj Kshirsagar Punyatithi

Tatya Maharaj Kshirsagar is annually organized in Paush month at Dahiwadi in Satara District of Maharashtra. It is the death anniversary of Tatya Maharaj Kshirsagar. He practiced non-violence and spread the teachings of truth and love. Tatya Maharaj Kshirsagar Punyatithi 2018 date is January 5.

Followers of Tatya Maharaj Kshirsagar organize various spiritual programs on the day.
Tatya Maharaj Kshirsagar Punyatithi is annually observed on Paush Krishna Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waning phase of moon in Paush month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Taleshwar Yatra at Taldev near Mahabaleshwar

Taleshwar Yatra is observed in Paush month. It is the chariot festival at Taleshwar Temple at Taldeo near Mahabaleshwar. This annual fair and festival attracts thousands of people. Taleshwar Yatra 2018 date is January 4. The shrine is located around 17 km from Mahabaleshwar.

The main festival and fair is organized at the Taleshwar Temple at Taldeo. Thousands of people participate in the various rituals organized on the day.
Taleshwar Yatra is annually observed on Paush Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waxing phase of moon in Paush month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Sangolli Rayanna Punyatithi – Death Anniversary of Sangolli Rayanna

Sangolli Rayanna Punyatithi is observed in Paush month. It is the death anniversary of Sangolli Rayanna (15 August 1798 – 26 January 1831). In 2018, it is the 187th death anniversary of the brave Sangolli Rayanna. He was the commander in chief of the Rani Chennamma who ruled the kingdom of Kittur. His immortal glory due to the fact that he bravely fought against the British East India Company. His death anniversary is annually held on January 26.

He mobilized local people and fought bravely against the British East India Company. The East India Company suffered huge losses due to his actions.

He was caught by treachery and was hanged from a Banyan tree on January 26, 1831.

Rayanna was buried near Nandagad. One of his partners had planted a banyan tree near the grave. It is has now grown into a huge Banyan tree.
A temple dedicated to the great warrior is located at Sangolli Village.

Humnabad Veerabhadra Yatra – Jatra and Festival at Veerabhadreshwara Temple

Humnabad Veerabhadra yatra is annually held in Paush month. This is the most important fair and festival at Veerabhadreshwara Temple in Humnabad town in Bidar District, Karnataka. Hundreds of people participate in the annual jatra. Humnabad Veerabhadra Yatra 2018 date is January 3.

Veerabhadra Temple here attracts devotees even from distant places. The shrine is dedicated to Veerabhadra, also known as Veerabhadra Swami, who is one of the Shiva Ganas.

The annual festival is noted for various unique rituals which are closely linked to agrarian economy of the region.
Humnabad Veerabhadra Yatra is observed on Paush Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waning phase of moon in Paush month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Wagdev Maharaj Rathotsav at Wathar Station in Satara District

Wagdev Maharaj Rathotsav is observed in Paush month. It is the chariot festival at Vagdev Maharaj Temple at Vathar in Satara District. This annual fair and festival attracts thousands of people. In 2017, Wagdev Maharaj Rathotsav is observed on December 31. The main festival and fair is organized at the Vagdev Maharaj temple at Wathar. The shrine is located around 30 from Satara.
Followers of Wagdev Maharaj enthusiastically participate in this annual chariot pulling ritual. The punyatithi or the death anniversary of Wagdev Maharaj is observed on the next day.
Wagdev Maharaj Rathotsav is annually observed on Paush Shukla Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waning phase of moon in Paush month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Keshavbua Purarkar Punyatithi at Parner

Keshavbua Purarkar Punyatithi is annually organized in Paush month at Parner in Ahmednagar District of Maharashtra. It is the death anniversary of Keshavbua Purarkar. He practiced non-violence and spread Dharma. Keshavbua Purarkar Punyatithi 2018 date is January 2.

Followers of Keshavbua Purarkar organize various spiritual programs on the day.
Keshavbua Purarkar Punyatithi is annually observed on Paush Krishna Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waning phase of moon in Paush month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Discourse on Arudhra Darshan by Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Swamigal

Arudhra Darshan, also known as Ardra festival, is an auspicious day dedicated to Lord Shiva in Tamil Calendar and it celebrates ‘the cosmic dance’ of Lord Shiva as Nataraja. Here is a wonderful discourse on Arudhra Darshan by Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Swamigal (who is also known as Paramacharya, Mahaswami or Maha Periyavar).

The discourse is in Tamil.

Purvabhadra Nakshatra 2016 predictions – Astrology Prediction in 2016 for Purva Bhadrapada Birth Star or Nakshatra

Purvabhadra Nakshatra born people will have a good year in 2016. Success in career related matters. New house. Progress in business. Astrology prediction for Purva Bhadrapada Nakshatra for 2016 based on birth star is given below: January, February, March, July, September and October are good. April, May and December are bad. June, August and November 2016 will see both good and bad times. Purvabhadra Nakshatra is the 25th birth star among 27 Nakshatrams in Hindu astrology or Jyothish Shastra. The first three quarters of the birth is in Kumbha Rashi (Aquarius Zodiac) and the next quarter is in Meena Rashi according to Hindu moon astrology, panchang and traditional calendar.
Career - You will get independence to perform well in career. You will gather new knowledge and share it with colleagues. Those looking for new job will get numerous opportunities. You will take classes to learn new developments in your career. Following truth will help in overcoming many difficulties. Some of you w…

Tula Rashi 2016 Predictions Based on Hindu Astrology Moon Sign Libra Zodiac

For people born in Tula Rashi (Hindu Astrology Moon Sign Libra Zodiac), 2016 will be a good year with career and financial gains. Detail Tula Rashi Astrology Predictions for 2016 is given below. Improvement in family life. Desire fulfillment. Marriage. February, April, June, August, October and November are good in 2016. March, July and December will see both good and bad. January, May and September 2016 are tough periods.

Career - Undesired transfer. Those looking for a job will be lucky in this year. Your career will undergo changes due to modernization. Those looking to join military, police or other such services will be able to do it this year. Trouble from colleagues. Those whose work is related fire and metal will see progress. You will get higher and responsible position. Some trouble for self employed.

Finance - There will be increase income. Extra income in the family. Wealth from an unexpected source. Progress through property deals. Loans will be approved. Loss or misplacem…

The supreme state arises on the death of the ego – Ramana Maharishi

If during this quest of one’s own Self, the mind turns outwards, due to attachment to sense objects, the seeker should turn it inwards again by merging the world in the Self.
Just as waves, foam, etc., are only the ocean, and as the dream-world is only the seer of the dream, and nothing else, so the whole world is only myself and nothing else.’ This view is the merging of the world in the Self.
If during the quest of one’s own Self the mind turns outwards on account of its attachment to objects of perception, the seeker should turn it inwards again. He should bring the mind back again and again and re-engage it in the quest. There must be a resolve to become aware of the truth of oneself by means of the question, ‘Who is he that has this attachment to objects of perception?’
The aspirant for deliverance must be full of enthusiasm, with his mind in the sattvic mood. He should engage in this quest, remembering the teaching that time is unreal.
Always and everywhere there are doorways …

Today’s Hindu Calendar – December 25, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Friday, December 25, 2015 (Today) – Purnima Tithi or the full moon day in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Purnima Tithi or the full moon day till 4:30 PM on December 25. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is December 25, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious day.
Nakshatra – Mrigasira or Makayiram or Mrigasheersham Nakshatra till 12:31 PM on December 25. Then onward it is Ardra or Arudra or Thiruvathirai Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrishabha Rashi till 12:48 AM. Then onward it is Mithuna Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – PurnimaTiruvathirai Festival in Kerala
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