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Saptotsava 2018 at Udupi Sri Krishna Temple

Saptotsava is held five days before Makar Sankranti in January in Udupi Sri Krishna Temple. The festival is observed to commemorate the consecration of the murti of Lord Krishna. Saptotsava 2018 at Udupi Sri Krishna Temple begins on January 8, 2018 and ends on January 14, 2018.

It is believed that the murti worshipped in the shrine was discovered on Makar Sankranti around 800 year ago.

Various rituals are observed in the temple during the period.

The annual Saptotsava is also known as three chariot festival or tri rathotsava.  Chariots in the temple are beautifully decorated during the period.
The shrine is decorated with lamps and lights.

Saptotsava will culminate with the pulling of three chariots through the surroundings of the temple and Choornotsava on Makar Sankranti day, which falls on January 14, 2017.

West Bengal Solar Eclipse Time on March 9, 2016 – Surya Grahan time in Kolkata on March 9, 2016

The Solar Eclipse taking place in India on March 9, 2016 will be a partial eclipse in all places in West Bengal. The eclipse time in Bengal is between 5:53 AM to 6:50 AM. The Surya Grahan will be visible in Kolkata, Asansol, Siliguri, Durgapur, Bardhaman, Jalpaiguri, Darjeeling and other towns from 5:53 AM to 6:50 AM on March 9, 2016– as per Indian standard time.
Detail Timing of Solar Eclipse in West Bengal
Eclipse begins 5:53 AM  Mid Eclipse is at 6:40 AM Eclipse ends at 6:50  AM
The time is same in Kolkata, Asansol, Siliguri, Durgapur, Bardhaman, Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling.

Andhra Pradesh Solar Eclipse Time on March 9, 2016 – Surya Grahanam time in Vijayawada, Tirupati on March 9, 2016

The Solar Eclipse taking place in India on March 9, 2016 will be a partial eclipse in all places in Andhra Pradesh. The Surya Grahan will be visible during morning hours in Vijayawada, Tirupati, Vishakapatanam, Kurnool, Guntur, Kakinad and other towns from 5:07 AM to 6:47 AM on March 9, 2016 – as per Indian standard time. Detail Timing of Partial Eclipse in Andhra Pradesh Eclipse begins 5:07 AM on March 9, 2016 Mid Eclipse is at 6:37 AM Eclipse ends at 6:47 AM

Sree Andalurkavu Temple Festival in Kannur - Andaloor Kavu Theyyam Festival 2016 date

Sree Andalurkavu Temple is located at Andalur in Dharmadam in Kannur District. The annual festival in the temple is observed in Kumbham month. Various unique rituals are performed during the period. Sree Andaloor Kavu Temple festival beginning date is February 14. The Theyyam festival ends on February 20. Ponmudi Vepparambam 2016 date is February 17.

The annual festival is noted for various rituals including Theyyam. The kaliyattam performed here is based on Ramayana.

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

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

Sree Andalurkavu Temple is on the way from Kannur to Thalassery at the Brennan College, Meethale Peedika Junction.
The shrine is around 9 km from Thalassery Railway Station.

Vadanamkurussi Pooram – Vadanamkurussi Moolekavu Pooram Festival

Vadanamkurussi Pooram is annually observed at  Vadanamkurussi Moolekavu temple in Kumbham month. The shrine is located around 6 km from Shoranur. The annual pooram festival in the temple attracts thousands of devotees. Vadanamkurussi Pooram 2016 date is February 14.

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

Another highlight is caparisoned elephants. The pooram is also noted for fireworks display.

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.

Various unique offerings are made at the shrine during the period.
Traditional performing arts, music and dance are staged during the period.

Kutaj Tree in Hinduism – Kutaja Tree

Kutaj, or Kutaja, belongs to the family of Apocynaceae. In Hinduism, the small tree or shrub is associated with Indra. Therefore the plant is also known as Indra Vriksha and its fruits are known as Indrayava, or Indrajaun or Indrajavanu (Indra’s Barley). It is a highly valuable medicinal plant and its reference is found in Charaka Samhita and Sushruta Samhita.



Kutaja is a small sized tree with pale white flowers and barley like fruits. It is mostly found in the drier or deciduous forest regions of India.

As per Hindu scriptures, Kutaj was dear to Indra, the King of Devas. It is believed to usher in happiness and good fortune. It has rich medicinal properties. The plant is traditionally considered to be effective for all diseases in Kali Yuga. Rishis planted it in their hermitages.
The flower of the plant which symbolize purity and righteousness is used in various Hindu rituals. The bark of the plant along with other herbs is used to cure snake bites, piles and fever. Roots and seeds …

Ozhuvathara Puthukulangara Bhagavathy Temple Tholpavakoothu Festival

Ozhuvathara Puthukulangara Bhagavathy Temple is located in Palakkad District and is near Trithala. The annual Tholpavakoothu festival is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month as per traditional calendar followed in Kerala. Ozhuvathara Puthukulangara Bhagavathy Temple Tholpavakoothu festival 2016 date is February 14. The annual Thalappoli ritual in the temple will be observed on February 28.

Tholpavakoothu, or puppet show, is a unique aspect and is observed only in some rare temples in Kerala.

Various other festivities are also observed during the period.

The temple is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.
Traditional music is performed during the period.

Thirichilangadi Palakkottu Kavu Bhagavathy Temple Prathishta and Annual Festival

Thirichilangadi Palakkottu Kavu Bhagavathy Temple is located around 4 km from Ramanttukara in Kozhikode District. The Prathista and annual festival is observed in Kumbham month. The Prathisha festival begins on February 14 and ends on February 20.

Many unique traditional rituals that are part of North Kerala tempels are enacted during the period.

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

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.

Sri Vairankode Bhagavathy Temple Annual Festival

Sri Vairankode Bhagavathy Temple is located in Malappuram District  in Kerala and is around 11 km from Tirur. The annual festival in the shrine is observed in Kumbham month. Special rituals and pujas are held during the period at the shrine. Sri Vairankode Bhagavathy Temple Annual Festival begins on February 18. The annual Theeyattu ritual, known as Valiyatheeyattu, will be observed on February 24, 2017.

The most important rituals observed during the period are Theeyattu and Kanalattam.

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

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.

Puthanalkkal Bhagavathy Temple Thalappoli

Puthanalkkal Bhagavathy Temple at Cherpulassery in Palakad District. The annual Thalappoli festival in the shrine is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month. The rituals and festivities attracts scores of devotees. Puthanalkkal Bhagavathy Temple Thalappoli festival 2016 date is February 14.

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.

The temple is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.
The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy and is an important Shakti Shrine in the region.

Kanadi Madam Thiruvellattu Festival in Kumbham Month near Thrissur

Kanadi Madam Temple is famous for worship of Chathan or Kuttichattan. The family maintained shrine is located around 22 km southeast of Thrissur town. The annual festival known as Thiruvellattu is observed in Kumbham month. Kanadi Madam Thiruvellattu festival 2016 beginning date is February 14.

Special rituals are performed during the three-day festival to please Chathan.

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

The temple is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.
Traditional music is performed during the period.

Kottangal Pongala - Kottangal Devi Temple Pongala Festival

Kottangal Devi Temple is located about 14 km from Mallapally in Pathanamthitta District in Kerala. The Pongala festival organized in Malayalam Kumbham month attracts scores of devotees. Kottangal Devi Temple Pongala festival 2016 date is February 14.

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 with 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.

Choondickal Bhadrakali Temple Kaliyoottu Festival at Vellarada in Kerala - Kuthiyottam and Guruthi

Choondickal Bhadrakali Temple is located at Vellarada in Thiruvananthapuram District in Kerala. The shrine is located around 21 km from Neyyattinkara. The annual Kaliyoottu festival observed here in Kumbham month attracts scores of devotees. Choondickal Bhadrakali Temple Kaliyoottu festival beginning date is February 14. Kuthiyottam and Guruthi in the temple will be observed on February 22, 2016.

Kaliyoottu festival is a unique ritual observed in Goddess Bhadrakali temples in Kerala. The festival is associated with Goddess Durga annihilating demon Darika. It is a traditional folk performance.

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.

Kapilamuni Ashram and Ganga Sagar – Why we Hindus perform rituals at Gangasagar near Bay of Bengal?

Ganga Sagar Mela held annually during Makar Sankranti on SagarIsland, the spot where the holy River Ganga merges into the Bay of Bengal, attracts thousands of Hindus from around the world. There is a reason why we Hindus perform tarpan and other rituals in Ganga here and visit the Kapilamuni Ashram and temple on its banks. The story found in the Puranas associated with Gangasagar Mela is related to the arrival of Ganga from heaven to earth.

Legend has it that the ancestors of King Bhagirat had performed intense Tapas to bring Ganga down to earth to wash away the sins of his ancestors and help them attain Moksha.
The ancestors of King Bhagirat had to face the anger of sage Kapila for intruding into his area and accusing him of stealing the horse that they were following. An angry Sage Kapila opened his eyes and they were turned into ashes by his curse at the spot where the present Kapilamuni Ashram is located.
King Bhagirat performed the austerities for several years and he was fina…

Sarkara Devi Temple Pongala Festival near Chirayinkeezhu

Sarkara Devi Temple is dedicated to Mother Goddess Bhagavathy and is located near Chirayinkeezhu in Kerala. The annual Pongala festival in the shrine attracts thousands of devotees. Sarkara Devi Temple Pongala Festival 2016 date is February 14.

The annual ritual is observed on the first day of Malayalam Kumbham month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed 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 lights, lamp, plantain, coconut fronds, flowers etc.
Holy fire from the temple is taken out to start the fire for cooking Pongala.

Ajan Trees to be planted where the Palki of Sant Dnyaneshwar halts overnight during Pandharpur Yatra

Ajan Trees (Ehretia laevis) are to be planted by a spiritual organization where the Palki of Sant Dnyaneshwar halts overnight during the 21-day Pandharpur Yatra. It is believed that Sant Dnyaneshwar took Samadhi under an Ajan tree at Alandi in Maharashtra.


"There is an Ajan tree (Ehretia laevis) at Alandi which has religious significance. This tree is not commonly found in these parts. We are planning to use cuttings from the original tree and plant them as a part of Mauli Harit Abhiyan," said Sachin Punekar, founder president of Biospheres.  One sapling of the Ajan tree will be planted at all of the places where the palki halts overnight during the 21-day procession. Since it is widely thought of as a tree of wisdom, a sapling will also be planted at all important educational institutions along the way, he added.

Karnataka Solar Eclipse Time on March 9, 2016 – Bangalore - Mangalore - Mysore - Hassan Surya Grahan Time on March 9, 2016

The Solar Eclipse taking place in India on March 9, 2016 will be a partial eclipse in all places in Karnataka. The Surya Grahan will be visible in Bangalore, Mangalore, Mysore, Hassan, Udupi, Belgaum, Gulbarga and other towns from 5:07 AM to 6:50 AM on March 9, 2016 – as per Indian standard time.

Detail Timing of Partial Solar Eclipse in Karnataka

Eclipse begins 5:07 AM on March 9, 2016 early morning Mid Eclipse is at 6:40 AM Eclipse ends at 6:50 AM

Maharashtra Solar Eclipse Time on March 9, 2016 – Surya Grahan March 2016 time in Mumbai – Pune – Nagpur

The Solar Eclipse taking place in India on March 9, 2016 will be a partial eclipse in all places in Maharashtra. The eclipse time in Maharashtra is between 5:07 AM to 6:47 AM. The Surya Grahan will be visible in Mumbai, Pune, Nashik, Thane and other towns from 5:07 AM to 6:47 AM on March 9, 2016– as per Indian standard time.
Detail Timing of Solar Eclipse in Maharashtra
Eclipse begins 5:07 AM  Mid Eclipse is at 6:37 AM Eclipse ends at 6:47  AM
The time is same in Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Thane, Ratnagiri, Kolhapur, Satara and Nashik.

How to observe Bhogi Pongal?

Bhogi marks the preparation for Pongal festival and Uttarayana, the auspicious half of the year. Bhogi is specially marked for physical and spiritual cleaning and falls on the last day of Tamil month Margazhi. Cleaning and removing unwanted stuff and damaged things is the main activity on the day. In the evening, people burn all the unwanted things (Bhogi Bonfire). Bhogi falls on the day before Pongal day. It is also the first day of Sankranti in Andhra Pradesh. Here is a brief look at what to do on Bhogi Pongal?

Traditional Bath An elaborate oil bath is done at early morning on the Bhogi day.

Brahma Kumaris – Words of Wisdom

The way to live our values is to integrate our inner thoughts, awareness, attitude and feelings with our outer expression.
To be peaceful and happy, one has to learn the art of letting go – of the bad memories of the past, the bad feeling of the present and the fears of future.
Empowering values from the inside makes them lasting and consistent.
It is important that we engage with our values at every moment of our lives. By doing so, we integrate our inner spiritual life with outer actions. This enables our core human values to bring about a lasting transformation in society.

By empowering our values from the inside, we can live them, even in the most challenging situations. Brahma Kumaris

Today’s Hindu Calendar – January 7, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Thursday, January 7, 2016 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waning phase of moon till 6:23 AM on January 7. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is January 7, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good date.
Nakshatra – Anuradha or Anusham or Anizham Nakshatra till 7:56 AM on January 7. Then onward it is Jyeshta or Kettai or Triketta Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrischika Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Pradosh Vrat
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Paush Krishna Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waning phase of moon in Paush month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, …

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