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Bogda Ganesh Jayanti Utsav – Bogda Ganesh Temple Festival in Vasco da Gama in Goa

Bogda Ganesh Jayanti Utsav is annually observed in Magh month. This is an important fair and festival at the Bogda Ganesh Temple located in Vasco da Gama, Goa. The temple festival is observed on Ganesh Jayanti day. Bogda Ganesh Jayanti Utsav 2018 date is January 21.

Hundreds of people participate in the annual fair and festival.

The shrine is traditionally decorated during the period with leaves, sugarcane, lamps and lights.
Special pujas are held on the day.

Rumdawada Ganesh Jayanti Utsav – Rumdawada Ganesh Temple Festival

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

Hundreds of people participate in the annual fair and festival.
The shrine is traditionally decorated during the period with leaves, sugarcane, lamps and lights.

Pookotta Kalikavu Ucharal Vela

Pookotta Kalikavu Temple is located in North Kerala. This sacred place is noted for its unique rituals. Ucharal Vela in the shrine is observed in Malayalam Makaram month. Pookotta Kalikavu Ucharal Vela festival 2016 date is February 12.

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.

Muthuthala Maha Ganapathi Temple Thalappoli

Muthuthala Maha Ganapathi Temple is located at Muthuthala in Palakkad District, Kerala. The temple is located around 8 km from Pattambi. The shrine is dedicated to Ganapati and the Thalappoli ritual is observed in Malayalam Makaram month. Muthuthala Ganapathi Temple Thalappoli 2016 date is February 12.

Thalappoli is a unique ritual in Kerala. In the ritual, women and young girls carry thalam (plate) in their hands. Thalam is filled with rice, flowers and a lighted lamp. It is a symbol of prosperity.

In some temples, only unmarried girls are allowed to take Thalappoli.
The temple is decorated with plantain, tender coconut, coconut leaves and lamps for the occasion.

Krauncha Vyuha – Heron Shaped Battle Formation in Ancient India

Krauncha Vyuha was an important battle formation (military maneuver) in ancient India. From above, the battle formation used to have the shape of a flying heron. Chariots, elephants, horses and infantry formed part of the formation. Both Kauravas and Pandavas employed Krauncha Vyuha in the Mahabharata war.

Krauncha Vyuha looked like a flying heron with a straight body, beak stretched forward, legs backward and outstretched wings extended sideways.

In the Mahabharata war, on the second day of the battle Pandavas attacked Kuaravas in Krauncha Vyuha formation. On the sixth day of the battle, Kauravas attacked Pandavas in this formation.

Brihaspati, the Guru of Devas, originally designed the formation. Therefore, it was first employed by Devas in their battle against Asuras.

Heron Shaped battle formation is both aggressive and defensive.

In the forefront would be the commander (the protruding beak), flanked by two senior warriors placed in the eyes position of the heron. The neck consist…

Chelloor Parakunnathu Bhagavathy Temple Vela Festival

Chelloor Parakunnathu Bhagavathy Temple Vela festival is observed in Makaram month. The annual Vela held in the shrine is an important festival. Parakunnathu Bhagavathy Temple Vela 2016 date is February 12.

Melam, traditional Kerala temple music with five instruments, is performed as part of the Vela. It attracts thousands of melam enthusiasts.

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, of Chelloor Parakunnathu Bhagavathy Temple is taken atop a caparisoned elephant during the evening puja to the accompaniment of traditional temple music.

Manjeri Arukizhaya Temple Prathishta Festival – Manjeri Shiva Temple Prathishta

Manjeri Arukizhaya Temple is located at Kacherippadi in Manjeri in Kerala. The shrine is around 2 km from Manjeri town. The temple is dedicated to Shiva. The annual Prathishta festival in the shrine is observed in Makaram month. Karinganad Govindapuram Temple Prathishta festival 2016 date is February 12.

Melam, traditional Kerala temple music with five instruments, is performed as part of the ritual.
Traditional performing arts and music are part of the ritual.
The temple is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

Karinganad Govindapuram Temple Prathishta Festival

Karinganad Govindapuram Temple is located at Karinganad near Pattambi in Kerala. The shrine is located around 11 km from Pattambi. The annual Prathishta festival in the shrine is observed in Makaram month. Karinganad Govindapuram Temple Prathishta festival 2016 date is February 12.

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.

Kuttanassery Killikurishi Kavu Annual Festival

Kuttanassery Killikurishi Kavu Temple is located at Kuttanassery near Perinthalmanna in Kerala. The shrine is around 19 km from Perinthalmanna town. The annual festival in the temple is observed in Kumbham month. In 2016, Kuttanassery Killikurishi Kavu Temple annual festival begins on February 12.

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.

Ongallur Thail Maha Ganapathy Temple Annual Festival

Ongallur Thail Maha Ganapathy Temple is located at Ongallur near Pattambi in Kerala. The shrine is around 3 km from Pattambi town. The temple is dedicated to Ganesha. The annual festival in the temple is observed in Kumbham month. In 2016, Ongallur Thail Maha Ganapathy Temple annual festival begins on February 12.

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.

Panavally Nalppathenneeswaram Sree Mahadeva Temple Annual Festival

Panavally Nalppathenneeswaram Sree Mahadeva Temple is located at Panavally near Aroor in Kerala. The shrine is around 11 km from Aroor town. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The annual festival in the temple is observed in Kumbham month. In 2016, Panavally Nalppathenneeswaram Sree Mahadeva Temple annual festival begins on February 12. Arattu is on February 18.

The festival begins on Uthrittathi Nakshatram and ends on Thiruvathira Nakshatram.

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.

Thattayil Orippurathu Bhagavathi Temple Prathishta Festival near Pandalam

Thattayil Orippurathu Bhagavathi Temple is located at Pandalam in Kerala. The annual Prathishta festival in the shrine is observed in Makaram month. Thattayil Orippurathu Bhagavathi Temple Prathishta festival 2017 date is February .

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.

Mannadi Thrikodi Maha Ganapathy Temple Prathishta Festival

Mannadi Thrikodi Maha Ganapathy Temple Prathishta Festival is observed in Makaram month. Hundreds of devotees participate in this all important annual puja and ritual. Mannadi Thrikodi Maha Ganapathy Temple Prathishta festival 2016 date is February 12.

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.

Manjanadu Durga Temple Prathishta Festival

Manjanadu Durga Temple is located at Manjanadu near Muvattupuzha in Kerala. The annual Prathishta festival in the shrine is observed in Makaram month. Manjanadu Durga Temple Prathishta festival 2016 date is February 12. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Durga.

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.

What is Makar Sankranti?

Makar Sankranti – also Makara Sankranti, Makar Sankrant and Makarasankranti – is an auspicious day based on the movement of the Sun (Surya). ‘Makar’ or ‘Makara’ refers to ‘Makara rashi’ – the zodiac corresponding to Capricorn. ‘Sankranti’ in Sanskrit means ‘to cross into’ or the day when sun enters from one zodiac sign to another. So Makar Sankranti is the day when the sun enters into the zodiac Capricorn. It is also known as Uttarayana Punyakalam or the entry of sun into the Northern Hemisphere. The six-month long Uttarayana begins on this day.

Makara Sankranti is celebrated in the Hindu month of Magh in Bengal, Paush in North India, Dhanu in Kerala and Margazhi in Tamil Nadu.

Makar Sankranti is usually observed on January 14 or January 15.

Usually the day of Hindu celebrations vary from year to year in English Calendar. Hindu calendar is based on the movement of the moon and therefore it is a lunar calendar. Hence the change in the date of various celebrations with corresponding En…

Cherthala Padmapuram Adithya Temple Prathishta Festival

Cherthala Padmapuram Adithya Temple is located at Pallipuram in Cherthala, Alappuzha District. The annual Prathishta festival in the shrine is observed in Makaram month. Cherthala Padmapuram Adithya Temple Prathishta festival 2016 date is February 12. The shrine is dedicated to Surya or Sun God.

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.

Thottamon Kavu Devi Temple Uthrittathi Revathi Festival

Thottamon Kavu Devi Temple Uthrittathi Revathi festival is observed in Malayalam Makaram month as per traditional Kerala calendar. The shrine is located near Ranni in Kerala. The annual festival in the shrine attracts scores of devotees. Thottamon Kavu Devi Temple Uthrittathi Revathi festival 2016 date is February 12 and 13. Kottakayatam will be observed on March 7, 2016 on Shivaratri day.

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.

Guruvayur Sahsrakalasham

Guruvayur Sahsrakalasham is annually observed in Kumbha month. This is one among the numerous rituals observed in Guruvayoor Sri Krishna Temple in Kerala. This annual ritual is observed for peace and prosperity. Guruvayur Sahsrakalasham 2017 beginning date is February 28.

The ritual is observed for nearly a week.
Special offerings are made in pots during the period. The ritual is associated with the annual festival in the temple.
Thawthakalasam is observed on March 6. Sahasrakalasam is observed on March 7.
The annual temple festival begins from the next day.

Maha Shivalingam consecrated at TTD S.V. Dhyanaramam, Alipiri, Zoo Park Road in Tirupati

A Maha Shivalingam carved out from a single granite stone was consecrated at TTD S.V. Dhyanaramam at Alipiri, Zoo Park Road in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh. The Shivling is 11 feet high.



In the Shivalinga,  the Panavattam portion (lower part ) is 4 feet high with diameter 10 feet.

The linga portion (upper part ) is 7 feet high and with diameter 4 feet.

Total height = 4+7= 11 feet

Weight of the Shivling is around 25 tonnes

The Shivling was brought as two separate pieces of granite stones and joined at the place of consecration .i.e at. SV Dhyanaramam

The granite stone was brought from Kuppam in Chittoor District in Andhra Pradesh.
Information provided by R.D.Sarva Jagannadha Reddy, Retd. Lecturer and donor, Tirupati

How to do Sankranti Puja? – Makar Sankranthi Pooja

Sankranthi, or Makar Sankranti, is an important harvest festival and it also marks the transition of the sun from Sagittarius to Capricon (Makara Rasi). Sankranti also marks the beginning of Uttarayan – the daytime of Devas as per Hinduism and the next six months are considered highly auspicious. Six human months is considered the daytime of Devas. The main pujas and rituals on Sankranti are dedicated to Lord Surya. Here is a brief look at on how to do Sankranti Pooja in the South Indian way.
Sankranti Puja Cleaning of house.Early morning oil bath.Decoration of house with mango leaves, flowers and rangoli (kolams).Arrange the Puja Room - if possible get an image or picture of God Surya. There is no elaborate Sankranthi Puja. You can offer flowers and akshata to your favorite deity and prayer as you do normally. If you opt for a traditional puja -
Things needed for Makar Sankranthi Pooja LampCoconutBetel leavesBetel nutsFlowersWaterRice mixed with turmeric powder (akshata)sesame seeds o…

There is true joy in giving – Dadi Janki

To recognize others’ needs and to give unconditionally is to be truly happy.

We expect a great deal from others and often forget what we have to offer them in return. We find it difficult to give ourselves unconditionally, and instead tend to think about what we are going to get out of giving. By focusing on what we hope to gain, we lose the joy of giving, and when we don’t get what we expected experience negative feelings.
There is true joy in giving. When I realize I am able to help someone, I will give them what they need without expecting anything in return. I will learn the pleasure of giving unconditionally, using my gifts to benefit others. This will put me get in touch with my inner self and help me experience true happiness.
Dadi Janki

Today’s Hindu Calendar – January 5, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Ekadashi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waning phase of moon till 3:12 AM on January 5. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Ekadashi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is January 5, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not an auspicious date.
Nakshatra – Swati or Chothi Nakshatra till 3:58 AM on January 5. Then onward it is Vishaka or Vishakam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Tula Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Ekadasi fasting in all regions except western parts of India and in some regions in Kerala.
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Paush Krishna Paksha Ekadashi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waning phase of moon in Paush month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, …

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