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Lohri 2018 – Lohdi Festival in 2018

Lohri, observed a day before Makar Sankranti, is the bonfire festival signifying the harvesting of winter crops. Lohri Festival 2018 date is January 13. It is observed mainly in Punjab, Haryana, parts of Jammu, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi and other nearby regions. Lohdi Festival is basically an agrarian festival dedicated to Agni or fire.

On the day of Lohri, people create huge bonfires in the harvested fields and in front of homes in the evening. People go around the bonfire and throw puffed rice, popcorn and other munchies. They ask Fire God Agni to banish poverty and usher in prosperity.
On the morning of Lohri children go around the neighborhood singing Lohri songs. They are given money, til (sesame), jaggery, peanuts and popcorn.
All homes are decorated on the day and people prepare and share makki ki roti (made of millet) and sarson ka saag (cooked mustard leaves).

Simha Sankranti

Simha Sankranti marks the beginning of the Sun’s transition from Simha to Kanya or Leo to Virgo. There are 12 Sankranthis in a Hindu Solar Calendar and Simha Sankranti is the fifth in one cycle. It is an auspicious day for many communities in Orissa and South India. In 2017, the date of Simha Sankranti is August 17. Time is at 2:45 PM.
‘San’ means plenty and good and ‘Kranti’ means radical change and Sankranthi means plenty of good change.

Annamanada Mahadeva Temple Festival – Thrissur Annamanada Shiva Temple Festival

Annamanada Mahadeva Temple is located at Annamanada in Thrissur District in Kerala. This famous Shiva shrine is around 11 km from Chalakudy town. The festival is noted for unique rituals and festivities and attracts scores of devotees. Annamanada Mahadeva Temple Festival 2016 date is February 9 to February 18. The festival ends with Arattu.

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

Various unique offerings are made at the shrine during the period.

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

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

Channanikadu Durga Bhagavathy Temple Prathishta Festival

Channanikadu Durga Bhagavathy Temple is located in Kottayam district. The shrine is located around 9 km from Kottayam town. The annual Prathishta festival in the shrine is observed in Makaram month. Channanikadu Durga Bhagavathy Temple prathishta festival 2016 date is February 9.

For the annual Prathishta anniversary, the temple is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

The murti is freshly anointed and pujas are performed on the day.
Various traditional rituals are part of the festival.

Vayillyam Kunnu Bhagavathy Temple Thalappoli Festival

Vayillyam Kunnu Bhagavathy Temple is located in Palakkad District in Kerala. The shrine is around 24 km from Palakkad town on the way to Cherpulassery. The annual Thalappoli festival in the temple is observed in Makaram month. Vayillyam Kunnu Bhagavathy Temple Thalappoli Festival 2016 date is February 9.

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.

Thousands of people from nearby villages and towns arrive to witness the festival which is also famous for processions.
The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy and is an important Shakti Shrine in the region.

Mangottu Bhagavathi Temple Prathishta Festival

Mangottu Bhagavathi Temple is located in Palakkad District in Kerala. The annual prathishta festival is observed here in Malayalam month. Mangottu Temple is located around 11 km from Alathur town. The shrine attracts scores of devotees during the period. Mangottu Bhagavathi Temple Prathishta festival 2016 date is February 9.

For the annual Prathishta anniversary, the shrine is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

The murti is freshly anointed and pujas are performed on the day.
Various traditional rituals are part of the festival.

Pariyanampatta Temple Prathishta and Annual Festival

Pariyanampatta Temple or Kavu is located in Palakkad District in Kerala. The annual prathishta festival is observed here in Malayalam month Makaram. Pariyanampatta Temple is located around 18 km from Ottapalam town. The shrine attracts scores of devotees during the period. Pariyanampatta Temple Prathishta festival 2017 date is January 29.

For the annual Prathishta anniversary, the shrine is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

The murti is freshly anointed and pujas are performed on the day.
Various traditional rituals are part of the festival.

Thrikkadavoor Mahadevar Temple Festival – Thrikadavur Shiva Temple Utsavam

Thrikkadavoor Mahadevar Temple is located near Kollam in Kerala. This famous Shiva shrine is around 5 km from Kollam town. The annual festival or utsavam is noted for unique rituals and festivities and attracts scores of devotees. Thrikadavu Mahadevar Temple Festival 2016 date is February 9 to February 18. The festival ends with Arattu.

Various unique offerings are made at the shrine during the period.

The highlight of the festival is Kettu Kazhcha - Kuthira or huge horses made using wood, husk and paper mache.

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.

Parappanangadi Avothanveedu Kurumba Bhagavathy Kalankari

Parappanangadi Avothanveedu Kurumba Bhagavathy Temple is located at Parappanangadi in Kerala. The kalankari ritual is observed in Malayalam Makaram month. The annual ritual attracts hundreds of devotees. Parappanangadi Avothanveedu Kurumba Bhagavathy Kalankari Festival 2016 date is January 28.

For the annual Kalankari ritual and festival, the shrine is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.
Traditional art forms are performed during the period.

The Thalappoli ritual in the temple is observed on Makayiram Nakshatram day in Makaram month. In 2017, it is on February 7.

Elayavoor Temple Prathishta Festival

Elayavoor Temple is located in Kannur District in Kerala. The annual prathishta festival is observed here in Malayalam month. Elayavoor Temple is located around 5 km from Kannur town. The shrine attracts scores of devotees during the period. Elayavoor Temple Prathishta festival 2017 date is February 8.

For the annual Prathishta anniversary, the shrine is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.
The murti is freshly anointed and pujas are performed on the day. Various rituals are part of the festival.

The ritual is annually observed on Thiruvathira day in Makaram month.

Ponnani Vellamakkal Bhagavathy Temple Thalappoli Festival

Ponnani Vellamakkal Bhagavathy Temple is located near Ponnani in Kerala. The annual Thalappoli festival in the temple is observed in Makaram month. Ponnani Vellamakkal Bhagavathy Temple Thalappoli Festival 2016 date is February 9.

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.

Thousands of people from nearby villages and towns arrive to witness the festival which is also famous for processions.
The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy and is an important Shakti Shrine in the region.

Ernakulam Gopalakrishna Swamy Temple Prathishta Festival

Ernakulam Gopalakrishna Swamy Temple is located on T D Road in Ernakulam, Kerala. The annual prathishta anniversary festival in the shrine is observed in Malayalam Makaram month. This is a prominent family run temple in Kerala. Families that escaped the persecution of Portuguese brought the murtis from Goa. Ernakulam Gopalakrishna Swamy Temple Prathishta Festival 2016 date is February 9.

For the annual Prathishta anniversary, the shrine is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.
The murti is freshly anointed and pujas are performed on the day.

Makara Vavu in Kerala

Makara Vavu is an annual ritual dedicated to the dead – ancestors, grand parents, parents, husbands, wives, sisters, brothers and other relatives – performed by Hindus in Kerala in the Malayalam month of  Makaram. The day is of great importance in Varkala. Makara Vavu 2018 date is January 16.

Hundreds of Hindus reach the nearest river or seashore to offer this annual ritual.

The ritual performed for the souls of dead is referred as ‘Bali’ in Kerala and Vavu is Amavasi or no moon day.

The ritual falls on the Amavasya or no moon day in Makaram month.
Please note that the most famous Vavu ritual in Kerala is observed on the on the Karutavavu day in Karkidaka Masam. This is known as Karkidaka Vavu Bali.

Neendoor Sri Moolasthanam Chandra Pongala

Neendoor Sri Moolasthanam Chandra Pongal is observed in Makaram month at Nendoor in Kerala. The ritual is held at the original abode of the Goddess worshipped here. Neendoor Sri Moolasthanam Chandra Pongala 2016 date is January 24.

Pongala ritual is an essential feature in many Bhagavathy Temple in Kerala.

Chandra Pongala ritual is held at night.

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. 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.

Elavally Kavu Chowa Temple Festival

Elavally Kavu Chowa Temple is located near Guruvayoor in Thrissur District in Kerala. The shrine is around 10 km from Guruvayoor. Annual temple festival here is observed in Makaram month. The festival attracts hundreds of devotees. Elavally Kavu Chowa Temple Festival 2016 date is 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.

Anjoor Parkkadi Pooram – Anjoor Parkkadi Bhagavathy Temple Pooram Festival

Anjoor Parkkadi Pooram is observed in Malayalam Makaram month. Anjoor Parkkadi Bhagavathy Temple is located around 4 km from Kunnamkulam. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy. Anjoor Parkkadi Pooram 2016 date is 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.

Aliparamba Thali Mahadeva Temple Prathishta Festival

Aliparamba Thali Mahadeva Temple is located at Aliparamba and is around 13 km from Perinthalmanna. The annual prathishta festival is observed in Makaram month. Hundreds of people participate in the various ritual on the day. Aliparamba Thali Mahadeva Temple Prathishta festival 2016 date is January 24.

For the annual Prathishta anniversary, the shrine is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.
The murti is freshly anointed and pujas are performed on the day.

Tholanur Shoolaparambu Subrahmanya Swamy Temple Thaipooyam Festival

Tholanur Shoolaparambu Subrahmanya Swamy Temple is located at Tholanur in Palakkad District and is around 26 km from Palakkad town. Muruga or Subrahmanya is the main deity worshiped in the shrine. The annual pooyam festival is observed in Makaram month. Tholanur Shoolaparambu Subrahmanya Swamy Temple Thaipooyam festival 2017 date is February 10.

Special pujas, rituals, abhishekam, Subrahmanya sahasranama archana and numerous other activities are held on the day.

Various types of Kavadi are taken to the shrine. Kavadiyattam and colorful procession of Kavadis are a major highlight.
It is considered highly meritorious to perform puja and take blessing of Sri Subrahmanya Swami on the day.

Kozhikode Sree Kanteswara Temple Thaipooyam Festival and Annual Utsavam

Kozhikode Sree Kanteswara Temple is located in the heart of Kozhikode city. Muruga or Subrahmanya is worshiped here as subsidiary deity. The annual pooyam festival is observed in Makaram month. Kozhikode Sree Kanteswara Temple Thaipooyam festival 2017 date is February 10. The annual utsavam or festival in the shrine will be observed from in Kumbham month.

Special pujas, rituals, abhishekam, Subrahmanya sahasranama archana and numerous other activities are held on the day.

Various types of Kavadi are taken to the shrine. Kavadiyattam and colorful procession of Kavadis are a major highlight.
It is considered highly meritorious to perform puja and take blessing of Sri Subrahmanya Swami on the day.

Kozhikode Sree Kanteswara Temple Utsavam or Festival

During the festival period, the temple is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.
Melam, caparisoned elephants, fireworks are part of the festivities. Traditional performing arts, …

Thiruvannur Subramanya Swami Temple Thaipooyam Festival

Thiruvannur Subramanya Swami Temple is located in Kozhikode District and is around 8 km in Kozhikode town. The annual pooyam festival in Malayalam Makaram month attracts scores of devotees.  Thiruvannur Subramanya Swami Temple Thaipooyam Festival 2017 date is February 10. Special pujas and rituals are held throughout the day in the temple.

Carrying Kavadi is the main ritual on the day. People carry various types of Kavadi to the temple in procession. Traditional temple music is part of the procession.

On the Pooyam day, people also pierce their body with small lance, or vel. This is done for getting desires fulfilled. 
Melam, Kavadiyattam, various types of colorful Kavadi and fireworks are part of the festival.

Kallukunnu Bala Subrahmanya Swamy Temple Thaipooyam Festival

Kallukunnu Bala Subrahmanya Swamy Temple is located in Idukki District. The shrine is dedicated to Muruga or Subrahmanya. The annual pooyam festival is observed in Makaram month. Kallukunnu Balasubrahmanya Swamy Temple Thaipooyam festival 2017 date is February 10.

Special pujas, rituals, abhishekam, Subrahmanya sahasranama archana and numerous other activities are held on the day.

Various types of Kavadi are taken to the shrine. Kavadiyattam and colorful procession of Kavadis are a major highlight.
It is considered highly meritorious to perform puja and take blessing of Sri Subrahmanya Swami on the day.

Kottekunnu Subrahmanya Temple Thaipooyam Festival

Kottekunnu Subrahmanya Temple is located in Kollam District and is around 14 km from Kundara. Muruga or Subrahmanya is worshiped in the shrine. The annual pooyam festival is observed in Makaram month. Kottekunnu Subrahmanya Temple Thaipooyam festival 2017 date is February 10.

Special pujas, rituals, abhishekam, Subrahmanya sahasranama archana and numerous other activities are held on the day.

Various types of Kavadi are taken to the shrine. Kavadiyattam and colorful procession of Kavadis are a major highlight.
It is considered highly meritorious to perform puja and take blessing of Sri Subrahmanya Swami on the day.

Kattukulam Bala Subrahmanya Swamy Temple Thaipooyam Festival

Kattukulam Bala Subrahmanya Swamy Temple is located in Palakkad District. The shrine is dedicated to  Muruga or Subrahmanya. The annual pooyam festival is observed in Makaram month. Kattukulam Bala Subrahmanya Swamy Temple Thaipooyam festival 2017 date is February 10.

Special pujas, rituals, abhishekam, Subrahmanya sahasranama archana and numerous other activities are held on the day.

Various types of Kavadi are taken to the shrine. Kavadiyattam and colorful procession of Kavadis are a major highlight.
It is considered highly meritorious to perform puja and take blessing of Sri Subrahmanya Swami on the day.

Chowalloor Shiva Temple Thaipooyam Festival

Chowalloor Shiva Temple is located in Kollam District and is around 9 km from Kundara. Muruga or Subrahmanya is worshiped here as subsidiary deity. The annual pooyam festival is observed in Makaram month. Chowalloor Shiva Temple Thaipooyam festival 2017 date is February 10.

Special pujas, rituals, abhishekam, Subrahmanya sahasranama archana and numerous other activities are held on the day.

Various types of Kavadi are taken to the shrine. Kavadiyattam and colorful procession of Kavadis are a major highlight.
It is considered highly meritorious to perform puja and take blessing of Sri Subrahmanya Swami on the day.

Nellikurissi Temple Thaipooyam Festival

Nellikurissi Temple Thaipooyam festival is annually organized in Malayalam month Makaram. It is dedicated to Muruga or Subrahmanya. The annual pooyam festival here attracts scores of devotees. Nellikurissi Temple Thaipooyam Festival 2017 date is February 10.

Special pujas, rituals, abhishekam, Subrahmanya Sahasranama archana and numerous other activities are held on the day.

Various types of Kavadi are taken to the shrine.
It is considered highly meritorious to perform puja and take blessing of Sri Subrahmanya Swami on the day.

Mulanjur Thalimala Subrahmanya Swamy Temple Thaipooyam Festival

Mulanjur Thalimala Subrahmanya Swamy Temple Thaipooyam festival is annually organized in Malayalam month Makaram. It is dedicated to Muruga or Subrahmanya. The annual pooyam festival here attracts scores of devotees. Mulanjoor Thalimala Subrahmanya Swamy Temple Thaipooyam Festival 2017 date is February 10.

Special pujas, rituals, abhishekam, Subrahmanya sahasranama archana and numerous other activities are held on the day.

Various types of Kavadi are taken to the shrine.
It is considered highly meritorious to perform puja and take blessing of Sri Subrahmanya Swami on the day.

Kuttumukku Mahadeva Temple Festival – Thrissur Kuttumukku Shiva Temple Festival

Kuttumukku Mahadeva Temple is located at Kuttumukku in Thrissur District in Kerala. This famous Shiva shrine is around 7 km from Thrissur town. The festival is noted for unique rituals and festivities and attracts scores of devotees. Kuttumukku Mahadeva Temple Festival 2016 date is February 9 to February 18. The festival ends with Arattu.

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

Various unique offerings are made at the shrine during the period.

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

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

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.

Suppression and Overindulgence are Equally Bad

If you want a healthy, peaceful and happy life then we need to shed suppression and overindulgence. Suppression and overindulgence are closely related. Eventually suppression will lead to overindulgence.

Overindulgence leads to bad health, exhaustion, dissipation, irritability, remorse…

Suppression is hard and overindulgence is easy. In suppression, we are storing energy in the wrong place and it will eventually explode and cause destruction. Even the storage is a burden. In overindulgence, we do not have any energy because we lavishly spend it and become sick.

So be it sex, food, games, or whatever be our likes do not go to the extremes. Take the middle path.

We will enjoy more and have a better experience.
Abhilash
www.hindu-blog.com

Today’s Hindu Calendar – January 2, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Saturday, January 2, 2016 (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 Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waning phase of moon till 10:55 PM on January 2. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is January 2, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious day.
Nakshatra – Hasta or Hastam or Atham Nakshatra till 10:49 PM on January 2. Then onward it is Chitra or Chithirai or Chitira Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kanya Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Rukmini Ashtami. Kalashtami. Ashtaka Shradh
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
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