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Petta Thullal at Erumely during Sabarimala Pilgrimage Season - Erumeli Petta Thulal

Petta Thullal at Erumeli is on the most important event during the Sabarimala Pilgrimage to the AyyappaTemple. In 2018, Sabarimala Petta Thullal date is January 11. Ayyappa devotees perform Petta Thulal – the dance of ecstasy – commemorating the victory achieved over Demon Mahishasura by Lord Ayyappa, Vavur Swami, Ambalapuzha Sangam (team) and Alancode Sangam. The entire ceremony is performed in front of the Erumely Vavur Mosque and Petta Sri Dharmasastha Temple.

The Petta Thullal is performed to the chanting of Swami Ennakathom… Swami Ninnakathom. The Amabalapuzha team starts their journey from the Amabalapuzha temple a couple of days before the Petta Thullal day. They reach Erumeli after performing Aazhi Puja at the ManimalaBhagavatiTemple. This puja is performed for the redemption of sins.

Hedvi Maghi Utsav – Hedavi Ganesh Temple Festival

Hedavi Maghi Utsav is annually observed in Magh month. This is an important fair and festival at the Hedvi Ganesh Temple in Guhagar. The temple festival is observed on Ganesh Jayanti day. Hedvi Maghi Utsav 2018 date is January 21.

Hundreds of people participate in the annual yatra.

The shrine is traditionally decorated during the period with leaves and lights.
Hedvi is located in Ratnagiri District. The shrine is located around 18 km from Guhagar town.

Pachal Maghi Utsav – Pachal Ganesh Mandir Festival

Pachal Maghi Utsav is annually observed in Magh month. This is an important fair and festival at the Pachal Ganesh Mandir in Rajapur. The temple festival is observed on Ganesh Jayanti day. Pachal Maghi Utsav 2018 date is January 21.

Hundreds of people participate in the annual yatra.

The shrine is traditionally decorated during the period with leaves and lights.
Pachal is located in Ratnagiri District. The shrine is located around 32 km from Rajapur town.

Inchanal Maghi Utsav – Inchanal Ganesh Mandir Festival

Inchanal Maghi Utsav is annually observed in Magh month. This is an important fair and festival at the Inchanal Ganesh Mandir in Gadhinglaj. The temple festival is observed on Ganesh Jayanti day. Inchanal Maghi Utsav 2018 date is January 21.

Hundreds of people participate in the annual yatra.

The shrine is traditionally decorated during the period with leaves and lights.
Inchanal is located in Kolhapur District. The shrine is located around 8 km from Gadhinglaj town.

King Bali and Vamana Avatar of Vishnu and Story of the Origin of Ganga

There are numerous stories in Hindu tradition regarding the origin of Ganga. One such story states that the Origin of Ganga happened during the Vamana Avatar – Vishnu’s incarnation as the dwarf Vaman.

Legend has it that King Bali was a performing a Yajna to obtain the throne of Indra. All Devas approached Vishnu to help them from the expected rule of King Bali. Vishnu promised to help them and appeared in the form of Vamana – a dwarf.

On seeing Vamana in the Yajna, King Bali received Him and prayed to him to take some gift from him. Bali told Vamana that whatever He demands, he will give.

Vamana demanded just three steps of land and He said He would like to measure it all by himself. King Bali was surprised at this simple request and agreed to it.

Soon, the short statured Vamana grew in size – so huge that it was impossible to describe in words. With his first step, Vamana covered all of Earth. His second step covered all of the Heaven. There was no place for the third step and K…

Ganpatipule Yatra in Magh Month in Maharashtra

Ganpatipule Yatra is annually organized on Ganesh Jayanti day in Magh Month in Maharashtra. It is the fair and festival at Ganpati Temple at Ganpatipule. It is observed on the Shukla Paksha Chaturthi day in the Magh month as per traditional Marathi lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra. Ganpatipule Yatra 2018 date is January 21.

The murti of Lord Ganesh worshipped here is Swayambhu – one that occurred naturally. The temple is at the base of a hill and faces west.

Hundreds of people participate in the annual yatra.

The shrine is traditionally decorated during the period with leaves and lights.
Ganpatipule is located in Ratnagiri District. The shrine is located around 26 km from Ratnagiri town.

Padiyam Edathiri Maha Vishnu Temple Prathishta Festival

Padiyam Edathiri Maha Vishnu Temple is located at Padiyam in Thrissur District. The shrine is located around 20 km from Thrissur. The annual Prathishta festival in the shrine is observed in Makaram month. Padiyam Edathiri Maha Vishnu Temple Prathishta festival 2016 date is February 11.

Melam, traditional Kerala temple music with five instruments, is performed as part of the ritual.

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.

Vithura Chayam Bhadrakali Temple Prathishta Festival

Vithura Chayam Bhadrakali Temple is located at Chayam and is around 3 km from Vithura in Trivandrum District in Kerala. The annual Prathishta Festival organized in the temple attracts hundreds of devotees. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali. Vithura Chayam Bhadrakali Temple Prathishta Festival 2016 date is February 11.

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.

Kannampuzha Temple Prathishta Festival

Kannampuzha Temple is located near Chalakkudy in Thrissur District. The shrine is located around 2 km from Chalakkudy. The annual Prathishta festival in the shrine is observed in Kumbham month. Kannampuzha Temple Prathishta festival 2016 date is February 11.

Melam, traditional Kerala temple music with five instruments, is performed as part of the ritual.

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.

Elanad Thendankavu Temple Vela Festival

Elanad Thendankavu Temple is located near Chelakkara in Thrissur District. The shrine is located around 2 km from Chelakkara. The annual Vela festival in the shrine is observed in Kumbham month. Elanad Thendankavu Temple Vela festival 2016 date is February 11.

Melam, traditional Kerala temple music with five instruments, is performed as part of the Vela. It attracts thousands of melam enthusiasts. Panchari Melam, Pachavadhyam, Theyyams, Velakkali and other folk dances are performed during the period.

Caparisoned elephants are another attraction of the festival.

Vela is the celebration in certain temples in Thrissur and Palakkad District of Kerala after harvest season.
The utsava murti, or Thidambu, is taken atop a caparisoned elephant during the evening puja to the accompaniment of traditional temple music.

Pazhoor Perumthrikkovil Temple Festival – Pazhoor Perumthrikkovil Mahadeva Temple Annual Festival

Pazhoor Perumthrikkovil Temple festival is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in Kerala. Pazhoor Mahadeva Temple is located at Pazhoor and is around 7 km from Piravom. The shrine is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Pazhoor Perumthrikkovil Temple festival 2016 beginning date is February 11. The festival ends with arattu on February 18, 2016.

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

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.

Keezhillam Temple Festival – Keezhillam Mahadeva Temple Festival

Keezhillam Temple festival is observed in Kumbham month. Keezhillam Mahadeva Temple is located at Keezhillam and is around 14 km from Muvattupuzha. The shrine is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Keezhillam Temple festival 2016 beginning date is February 11. The festival ends with Arattu on February 18, 2016.

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

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.

Shiva as a Child – The Child form of Lord Shiva

One of the lesser known incarnations of Lord Shiva is a Child. Shiva took the form of a child to pacify Goddess Shakti, who took the form of the ferocious form of Goddess Chamunda to kill the demons Chara and Munda. 
After annihilating Chara and Munda, Goddess Chamunda looked around the earth and realized that the real demons are ego, avarice, jealousy, anger and lust which has overwhelmed the mind of human beings and decided to destroy the universe. Goddess Shakti, the mother of the Universe, thus decided to take up an unusual role of the destructor of the Universe.
Sensing the impending danger, Lord Shiva decided to take the form a child. Soon Mahadeva took the form a baby and began to cry. His cry echoed through the universe and Goddess Chamunda looked around and found Shiva in the form a child.

Goddess Shakti experienced pangs of motherly love and soon approached the child with an urge to nurse him. Child Shiva was soon able to pacify the ferocious Chamunda.
While nursing the c…

Irumpanam Trikathara Temple Festival – Irumpanam Trikathara Mahadeva Temple Festival

Irumpanam Trikathara Temple festival is observed in Kumbham month. The Mahadeva Temple is located at Irumpanam and is around 4 km from Thrippunithura. The shrine is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Irumpanam Trikathara Temple Festival 2016 beginning date is February 11. The festival ends with Arattu on February 18.

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 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.

Brahmamangalam Temple Festival

Brahmamangalam Shiva Temple is located in Kottayam District in Kerala. The temple is located around 17 km from Piravom. The annual festival is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in Kerala. The festival is noted for unique rituals and festivities and attracts scores of devotees. Brahmamangalam Mahadeva Temple Festival 2016 beginning date is from February 11. The festival ends with Arattu on February 18, 2016.

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 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.

Shuleshwar Mahadev in Ujjain – About Shuleshwar Form of Shiva - 51st Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Shuleshwar 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 Shuleshwar Form of Shiva will help in overcoming fears and all forms of difficulties.

The temple dedicated to Shuleshwar Mahadev is located at Khatikwada on Dhaba Road.

This form of Shiva is associated with demon Andakasur.

Shuleshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 51st temple visited during the parikarama of Shiavalayas here.

Story of Shuleshwar Mahadev Legend has it that Andakasur defeated Indra, the king of devas. He started residing in heaven. Intoxicated with power and arrogance, he asked Lord Shiva to abandon Kailash and sent his wife to him.

Shiva asked Andakasur to come to Kailash and remove him, if he thinks he is so powerful.

Andakasur arrived with a huge army to fight Shiva. But Shiva defeated them all using his Trishul or trident. He thrust his Trishul on Andakasur and swirled him around…

Thiruvalla Sree Vallabha Temple Annual Festival

Sree Vallabha Temple is a very popular temple in Kerala and is located near Thiruvalla in Kerala. The shrine is around 2 km from Thiruvalla town and is off the Thiruvalla – Mavelikara road. The annual festival is observed in Malayalam Kumbha month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in Kerala. The festival is noted for unique rituals and festivities and attracts scores of devotees. Thiruvalla Sree Vallabha Temple Annual Festival beginning date is 2016 date is February 11. The festival ends with Arattu on February 20.

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 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. Capar…

Pannivizha Peedikayil Bhagavathy Temple Festival

Pannivizha Peedikayil Bhagavathy Temple in Alappuzha District in Kerala. The shrine is located around 5 km from Chengannur. The annual festival is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in Kerala. The festival is noted for unique rituals and festivities and attracts scores of devotees. Karalmanna Pannivizha Peedikayil Bhagavathy Temple Festival 2016 date is from February 11. The festival ends with Arattu.

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 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.

Karalmanna Thirumullappulli Shiva Temple Festival

Karalmanna Thirumullappulli Shiva Temple is located in Palakkad District in Kerala. The temple is located around 15 km from Perinthalmanna. The annual festival is observed in Malayalam Makaram month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in Kerala. The festival is noted for unique rituals and festivities and attracts scores of devotees. Karalmanna Thirumullappulli Shiva Temple Festival 2016 date is from February 11. The festival ends with Arattu on February 18, 2016.

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 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.

Vazhamparambu Durga Mahakali Temple Festival

Vazhamparambu Durga Mahakali Temple is located in Malappuram district in Kerala. The annual festival is observed in Malayalam Makaram month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in Kerala. The festival is noted for unique rituals and festivities and attracts scores of devotees. Vazhamparambu Durga Mahakali Temple Festival 2016 date is February 11 to February 16. The festival ends with Arattu.

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 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.

Payyanadam Kurumba Bhagavathy Temple Ucharal Vela

Payyanadam Kurumba Bhagavathy Temple is located in Palakkad District in Kerala. The annual festival, Ucharal Vela, in the shrine is observed in Malayalam month Makaram as per traditional Kerala calendar. Payyanadam Kurumba Bhagavathy Temple Ucharal Vela 2016 date is February 11. Payyanadam Kurumba Bhagavathy temple is located around 7 km from Mannarkad.

Ucharal Vela is noted for unique rituals. Such rituals are only performed in this part of Kerala and are closely associated with the agrarian community.

During the period, the shrine is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.
Hundreds of people arrive to witness the ritual.

Cherumanoor Devi Temple Madan Kavu Uccharolsavam

Cherumanoor Devi Temple Madan Kavu Uccharolsavam is observed in Malayalam Makaram month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in Kerala. The shrine is located at Perinad in Kerala and is around 12 km from Kollam town. Uccharolsavam 2016 date at Cherumanoor Devi Temple Madan Kavu is February 11.

During the period, the shrine is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.
Hundreds of people arrive to witness the ritual.

Vyatipata Yoga January 2016 Date and Time

Vyatipata Yoga, also known as Vyatipat Yog, is an inauspicious period in Tithi or day as per Hindu calendar and Panchang. It is bad for new beginnings etc. In January 2016 there is Vyatipata Yoga date and time – from sunrise on January 13 to 4:00 AM on January 14. All good activities are avoided during the period. The time period of Vyatipat is known as a period of calamity.
The popular belief is that things performed during the period will face reversals.
Those people who were born during the Vyatipata Yoga period might face difficulties in life as per Hindu astrology. The solution is to offer prayers to Ganesha.

Chinakkathoor Pooram 2017 date – Chinakkathoor Bhagavathy Temple Festival

Chinakkathoor Pooram is observed in Kumbham month as per Malayalam calendar in Kerala. It is the annual festival at the Chinakkathoor Bhagavathy Temple at Palappuram in Palakkad District. The shrine is located around 6 km from Ottapalam. Chinakkathoor Bhagavathy Temple festival begins on March 1. Chinakkathoor Pooram 2017 date is March 11.

The most important highlight of the festival is the display of nearly 30 odd caparisoned elephants. The fortnight long festival is noted for traditional arts and music including – Panchavadyam, Tholpavakoothu, vellattu, theyyam, poothanum thirayum, kaalavela, kuthiravela, aandi vedan and karivela.

During the period, the shrine is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.
Hundreds of people arrive to witness various festivities.

The annual festival is observed on the Makam Nakshatram in Kumbham Month.

Panangattiri Koothanda Vela – Panangattiri Sri Iravan Temple Festival

Panangattiri Koothanda Vela is held at the makeshift Sri Iravan Temple in Panangattiri in Palakkad District of Kerala. The annual festival is held in Malayalam month Makaram. Hundreds of devotees participate in this annual ritual. Panangattiri Koothanda Vela 2106 date February 11.

In the festival, an effigy of Iravan, son of Arjuna and Ulupi, is made with hay and bamboo. The head of the effigy is made using and the face is painted green.

The festival is observed in commemoration of the sacrifice of Iravan before the start of the Kurukshetra war in the Mahabharat. In the festival the head of the effigy is broken, its body burnt with traditional festivities, and fireworks.
Caparisoned elephants, melam and other traditional art forms are part of the festivities.

Lakkidi Charaparambil Subramanya Temple Pooyam Festival

Lakkidi Charaparambil Pooyam Subramanya Temple is located at Lakkidi and is around 8 km from Ottappalam in Kerala. The annual pooyam ritual organized in the temple attracts hundreds of devotees. The shrine is dedicated to Subramanya or Muruga. Lakkidi Charaparambil Subramanya Temple Thaipooyam festival 2017 date is February 10.

Special pujas and rituals are held throughout the Thaipooyam 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.
Melam, various types of colorful Kavadi and fireworks are part of the festival.

Pictures of Ajgaivinath Temple near Sultanganj in Bihar – Virtual Tour of Ajgaivinath Temple

Ajgaivinath Temple near Sultanganj is an ancient shrine dedicated to Shiva. Bihar tourism has created an online virtual tour of Ajgaivinath Temple. You can view high quality pictures of the Shiva temple in 360 degrees.
You can take the virtual tour here – Virtual Tour of Ajgaivinath Temple


Kerala Solar Eclipse Time on March 9, 2016 – Surya Grahanam time in Trivandrum, Kochi and Kerala on March 9, 2016

The Solar Eclipse taking place in India on March 9, 2016 will be a partial eclipse in all places in Kerala. The Surya Grahanam will be visible in Thiruvanantapuram, Cochin, Kannur, Thrissur, Palakkad, Kozhikode (Calicut) and Kottayam from 5:07 AM to 6:47 AM on March 9, 2016  – as per Indian standard time
Detail Timing of Total Lunar Eclipse in Kerala on March 9, 2016 Eclipse begins 5:07 AM Mid Eclipse is at 6:37 AM  Eclipse ends at 6:47 AM

The darkness of the mind disappears when God is realized – Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

The darkness of the mind disappears when God is realized. In the Purana it is said that it was as if a hundred suns were shining when Rama entered the court. Why, then, weren’t the courtiers burnt up? It was because the brilliance of Rama was not like that of a material object. As the lotus blooms when the sun rises, so the lotus of the heart of the people assembled in the court burst into blossom.
The human mind is like a package of mustard seeds. As it is very difficult to gather the seeds that have escaped out of a torn package and are scattered in all directions, so too when the human mind runs in diverse directions and is occupied with worldly things, it is not a very easy task to collect and concentrate it.
The huge jar kept under water is completely filled and gets immersed on all sides. It does not gurgle anymore and remains completely silent. Similarly, the soul immersed in God perceives nothing but the all-pervading Spirit within and without and knows only the deep peace of…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – January 4, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Monday, January 4, 2016 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waning phase of moon till 1:07 AM on January 4. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is January 4, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious day till 4:00 PM.
Nakshatra – Chitra or Chithirai or Chitira Nakshatra till 1:27 AM on January 4. Then onward it is Swati or Chothi Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Tula Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Paush Krishna Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waning phase of moon in Paush month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhatt…

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