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Read the Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda Online

The web version of the Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda is provided by Belur Math and Advaita Ashrama. Divided into nine volumes, Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda contains articles, lectures and conversations of Swamiji.

Many of us might be not prepared to attempt to read the Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda as it is huge running to thousands of pages. There is a solution, read page daily or read a page when you are free. The effort will transform you positively.
You can read the Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda here.

You can also read the Complete Works here at the Advaita Ashrama website

Samadevi Utsav at Belgaum – Samadevi Temple Fair and Festival

Samadevi Utsav is observed in Magh month. It is the annual fair and festival at the Santubai Devi Temple at Belgaum in Karnataka. Samadevi is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. Samadevi Utsav 2018 date is January 28.

The fair and festival attracts hundreds of devotees.

Special puja and abhisheks are performed on the day. The shrine is decorated traditionally with lamps, lights, flowers and leaves.
Samadevi Utsav is annually held on Magh Shukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waxing phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Karnataka.

Krishnamai Utsav at Panchwad in Maharashtra

Krishnamai Utsav is annually observed in Magh month. The annual utsav attracts hundreds of devotees to Panchwad near Wai in Maharashtra. Panchwad Krishnamai Utsav 2018 date January 28. Panchwad is located around 15 km from Wai.

Krishnamai Utsav was started by Chhathrapati Shivaji Maharaj. It is dedicated to Krishna River. Murti of Krishnamai is anointed during the occasion. The shrine is decorated with flowers, lamps and lights.
Panchwad Krishnamai Festival is annually observed on Magh Shukla Paksha Ekadasi tithi or the eleventh day during the waxing phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Mouni Maharaj Punyatithi at Patgaon

Mouni Maharaj Punyatithi is annually observed in Magh month. It is the death anniversary of Mouni Maharaj, who spread the teachings of Dharma, love and nonviolence. Mouni Maharaj Punyatithi 2018 date is January 28. The day is of great significance at Patgaon in Maharashtra.

Haribaba Maharaj Samadhi Mandir is located at Patgaon. The temple is the center of activity on the day.

Followers and Sant Haribaba participate in the various rituals and religious discourses organized on the day at Math located here.
Mouni Maharaj Punyatithi falls on Magh Shukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waxing phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra in India.

Lakshminarayan Utsav at Khatav near Satara – Khatav Lakshmi Narayan Temple Festival

Lakshminarayan Utsav is observed in Magh month. It is the annual fair and festival at the Lakshminarayan Temple at Khatav near Satara in Maharashtra. Lakshmi Narayan Utsav and fair 2018 date is January 28.

The fair and festival attracts hundreds of devotees.

Special puja and abhisheks are performed on the day. The shrine is decorated traditionally with lamps, lights, flowers and leaves.
Lakshminarayan Utsav is annually held on Magh Shukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waxing phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Haribaba Maharaj Punyatithi at Phaltan

Haribaba Maharaj Punyatithi is annually observed in Magh month. It is the death anniversary of Sant Hari Baba, who spread the teachings of Dharma and nonviolence. Haribaba Maharaj 2018 date is January 28. The day is of great significance at Phaltan in Maharashtra.

Haribaba Maharaj Samadhi Mandir is located at Phaltan. The temple is the center of activity on the day.

Followers and Sant Haribaba participate in the various rituals and religious discourses organized on the day.
Haribaba Maharaj Punyatithi falls on Magh Shukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waxing phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra in India.

Santubai Devi Yatra at Kagwad in Karnataka

Santubai Devi Yatra is observed in Magh month. It is the annual fair and festival at the Santubai Devi Temple at Kagwad in Karnataka. The shrine is located around 39 km north of Athani. Santubai Devi Yatra 2018 date is January 27.

The fair and festival attracts hundreds of devotees.

Special puja and abhisheks are performed on the day. The shrine is decorated traditionally with lamps, lights, flowers and leaves.
Santubai Devi Yatra is annually held on Magh Shukla Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Karnataka.

Ghughuti or Kale Kauva – Makar Sankranti in Uttarakhand

The Makar Sankranti festival that is observed on January 14, 2018 in India is famous for a unique ritual in Uttarakhand. Makar Sankranti is known as Ghughutia, or Kale Kauva, here and it welcomes birds back from the winter migration. In fact Ghughuti itself is the name of a bird exclusive to Uttarakhand. Uttarayani, which marks the beginning of the northward journey of sun or Surya, is noted for the return of migratory birds to the hills of Uttarakhand.
Makar Sankranti is also known as Kale Kauva means ‘black crow.’ People make Deep-fried sweets from sweetened flour (flour and gur) and shape them like drums, pomegranates, knives, swords and are strung into a necklace.
On the morning of Ghughutia, or Kale Kauva, children wear the deep fried sweets as necklaces and sing a folk song associated with Kale Kauva to attract black crows and other birds and offer them pieces of the deep fried sweets.
This is to welcome the birds back from their migration.

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Borpadle Chandratai Devi Yatra – Chandratai Temple Yatra at Borpadle in Maharashtra

Borpadle Chandratai Devi Yatra is observed in Magh month. It is the annual fair and festival at the Chandratai Temple at Borpadle in Maharashtra. The shrine is located around 25 km north of Kolhapur in Maharashtra. Borpadle Chandratai Devi Yatra 2018 date is January 25.

The fair and festival attracts hundreds of devotees.

Special puja and abhisheks are performed on the day. The shrine is decorated traditionally with lamps, lights, flowers and leaves.
Borpadle Chandratai Devi Yatra is annually held on Magh Shukla Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eight day during the waxing phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Datta Utsav at Madhavnagar in Sangli

Madhavnagar Datta Utsav is observed in Magh month. It is the annual fair and festival at the Datta Temple at Madhavnagar, Sangli, in Maharashtra. Hundreds of people participate in the various spiritual programs organized during the period. Datta Utsav 2018 date is January 27. The shrine is located around 6 km from Sangli town.

On the day, special puja and abhishek are performed. The shrine is decorated traditionally with lamps, lights, flowers and leaves.
Datta Utsav at Madhavnagar is annually held on Magh Shukla Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Chindarkar Moolpurush Vardarpan Din at Chindar in Malwan

Chindarkar Moolpurush Vardarpan Din is observed in Magh month. It is held at chindar near Malwan in Maharashtra. The place is located around 28 km from Malwan. Chindarkar Moolpurush Vardarpan Din 2018 date is January 27.

Hundreds of people participate in the Vardarpan Din.
Chindarkar Moolpurush Vardarpan Din is annually held on Magh Shukla Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Rahu Ketu Peyarachi 2017 date - Rahu Ketu Transit 2017

Rahu Ketu Peyarachi is related to Tamil astrology and horoscope and is the transit of Rahu and Ketu – two of the Navgrahas whose planetary movements are important in astrological calculations. Rahu Ketu Peyarachi or transit 2017 date is August 17. As per some panchangs and calendars it is on July 27, 2017. Rahu will move into Kanya rashi or Virgo Zodiac.

Rahu Graha and Ketu Graha when placed in appropriate houses in a person’s horoscope is said to be highly beneficial. Some astrologers are also of the opinion that when they enter the wrong house in a horoscope they can create problems.

Those people who believe in astrology perform special pujas and rituals in Navgraha temples on the day to attain benefits and to stay away from troubles.

Kashi and Shiva – How Kashi or Varanasi is Associated Shiva?

Kashi, or Varanasi, is of great importance in Hinduism as it is one of the holiest cities. It is believed that God Shiva founded that Varanasi city. As per Skanda Purana, Kashi rests on the point of his trident. It is His permanent earthly abode and He is always present here.
The spiritual importance of Kashi is found in the Kashi Khanda of Skanda Purana. In the chapter, Shiva tells his son Skanda, or Kartik, that the three worlds form one city of mine and Kashi is my royal place in the city.
When there is an end to one cycle of creation through pralaya or great deluge, Kashi is the place from where the next cycle of creation begins.
The most important temple dedicated to Shiva, the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, is located on the banks of Ganga in Kashi.

Dahi Kala and Naam Saptah at Tambaldeg near Devgad in Sindhudurg District

Tambaldeg Naam Saptah is annually held in Magh month. It is the chanting of the names of god for a week. This particular Naam Saptah undertaken at Tambaldeg near Devgad in Sindhudurg District attracts hundreds of devotees. Tambalde Naam Saptah 2017 date is February 3. Devgad is around 27 km from Tambaldeg. Tambaldeg Dahi Kala ritual here will be observed February 10.

The concept of Naam Saptah was initiated by Shirdi Sai Baba.
Tambaldeg Naam Saptah is held annually on Magh Shukla Paksha Saptami tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar in Maharashtra.

Bordave Kalika Devi Temple Festival – Bordave Kalika Devi Mandir Utsav

Bordave Kalika Devi Mandir Utsav is observed in Magh month. It is the annual fair and festival at the Bordave Kalika Devi Temple in Maharashtra. The shrine is located around 12 km from Kankavali in Maharashtra. Bordave Kalika Devi Temple Festival 2018 date is January 24.

The fair and festival attracts hundreds of devotees.

Special puja and abhisheks are performed on the day. The shrine is decorated traditionally with lamps, lights, flowers and leaves.
Bordave Kalika Devi Temple festival is annually held on Magh Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Narsinhwadi Krishnaveni Temple Festival – Narsobawadi Krishnaveni Mandir Utsav

Narsinhwadi Krishnaveni Mandir Utsav is observed in Magh month. It is the annual fair and festival at the Narsinhwadi Krishnaveni Temple in Maharashtra. The shrine is located around 22 km from Sangli inMaharashtra. Narsinhwadi Krishnaveni Temple Festival beginning date in 2018 is January 24.

The fair and festival attracts hundreds of devotees.

Special puja and abhisheks are performed on the day. The shrine is decorated traditionally with lamps, lights, flowers and leaves.
Narsinhwadi Krishnaveni Temple festival is annually held on Magh Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Ghosarwad Siddheshwar Yatra at Ghosarwad near Shirol in Maharashtra

Siddheshwar Yatra at Ghosarwad is annually observed in Magh month. It is dedicated to Siddheshwar. The temple dedicated to Siddheshwar is located at Ghosarwad near Shirol in Maharashtra. Ghosarwad Siddheshwar Yatra Yatra 2018 date is January 24. Ghosarwad is located around 27 km south of Shirol.

The fair and festival attracts thousands of followers Siddheshwar.

On the special puja and abhishek are performed. The shrine is decorated traditionally with lamps, lights, flowers and leaves.
Ghosarwad Siddheshwar Yatra is annually held on Magh Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Nerli Bhairavnath Yatra – Bhairavnath Temple Festival at Nerli in Karveer in Maharashtra

Nerli Bhairavnath Yatra is annually in Magh month. The yatra or jatra is the annual festival and fair held at Bhairavnath Temple Festival at Nerli in Karveer in Maharashtra. Nerli Bhairavnath Yatra 2018 date is January 22.

Nerli Bhairavnath Temple is dedicated to Shiva. The rituals followed in the Bhairavnath shrines in Maharashtra are followed here during the yatra.

The annual fair and festival attracts hundreds of people.
Nerli Bhairavnath Yatra is annually observed on Magh Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Perunthra Bhagavathy Temple Utsavam – Annual Temple Festival at Vamanapuram Perunthra Bhagavathy

Perunthra Bhagavathy Temple is located around 2 km from Vamanapuram. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy. The annual festival or utsavam is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in Kerala. Vamanapuram Perunthra Bhagavathy annual festival 2017 date is February . The festival ends with Arattu on February .

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 for the occasion.

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.

Pandalam Mahadeva Temple Kumbha Thiruvathira Festival

Pandalam Mahadeva Temple is located at Pandalam in Kerala. The annual rituals and festivities observed on the Thiruvathira Nakshatram day in Malayalam Kumbham month attract hundreds of devotees. Pandalam Mahadevar Temple Kumbha Thiruvathira festival 2017 date is March 7. The shrine is located around 5 km from Pandalam town.

Kalabhabhishekam will be observed in the morning and there will be Kettukazhcha in the evening.

Melam, traditional Kerala temple music with five instruments, are performed as part of the festival.

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.

Edathitta Bhagavathy Temple Kumbha Thiruvathira and Annual Festival

Edathitta Bhagavathy Temple is located at Edathitta in Pathanamthitta in Kerala. The annual rituals and festivities observed on the Thiruvathira Nakshatram day in Malayalam Kumbham month attract hundreds of devotees. Edathitta Bhagavathy Temple is located around 10 from Pathanamthitta town. Edathitta Bhagavathy Temple Kumbha Thiruvathira festival 2018 date is February 8. The annual festival or utsavam in the temple begins on the Ayilyam Nakshatram day. In 2017, annual festival beginning date is February 11.

Melam, traditional Kerala temple music with five instruments, are performed as 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.
Various unique offerings are made at the shrine during the period.

Puthoor Cherumangad Devi Temple Festival

Puthoor Cherumangad Cheriyil Devi Temple is located at Puthoor in Kollam District in Kerala. The utsavan or the annual temple festival in the shrine is observed on the Thiruvathira Nakshatram day in Malayalam Kumbham month. Kumbha Tiruvathira Festival at Cherumangad Devi Temple is on February 8, 2017.

Melam, traditional Kerala temple music with five instruments, are performed as 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.
Various unique offerings are made at the shrine during the period.

Aryanad Kokkottela Sivathampuran Temple Festival

Aryanad Kokkottela Sivathampuran Temple is located at Kokkottela in Trivandrum District. The shrine is located around 4 km from Aryanad town. The annual festival or utsavam in the shrine is observed on Thiruvathira nakshatram in Kumbham month as per Malayalam calendar followed in Kerala. Aryanad Kokkottela Sivathampuran Temple festival 2017 date is February 8.

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 for the occasion.

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.

Kadakkal Thiruvathira Utsavam – Kadakkal Devi Temple Tiruvathira Festival

Kadakkal Devi Temple Thiruvathira festival is observed on the Tiruvathira Nakshatram day in Kumbham month. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy and is located around 12 km from Kilimanoor. Kadakkal Thiruvathira Utsavam 2017 date is March 7. Kuthira Ezhunnallathu is the major highlight of the festival.

Three traditionally crafted gigantic pageants known as Kuthira is carried by devotees on shoulders to the shrine.

Apart from this 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 for the occasion.

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.

Pattazhy Devi Temple Kumbha Thiruvathira Festival

Pattazhy Devi Temple Kumbha Thiruvathira festival is observed on the Tiruvathira Nakshatram day in Kumbham month. Pattazhy Devi Temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy and the shrine is located around 18 km from Adoor in Kerala. Pattazhy Devi Temple Kumbha Thiruvathira Festival 2017 date is February 8.

Various rituals and pujas are observed on the day.
It is considered highly meritorious to take the blessings of Mother Goddess on the day.

Kudassanad Mahadeva Temple Festival – Kudassanad Thirumani Mangalam Sree Mahadevar Temple Utsavam

Kudassanad Mahadeva Temple is located at Kudassanad in Alappuzha District. The shrine is located around 6 km from Pandalam town. The annual festival or utsavam in the shrine is observed in Kumbham month as per Malayalam calendar followed in Kerala. Kudassanad Thirumani Mangalam Sree Mahadevar Temple festival 2017 date is March 7. The festival ends with Arattu on March 14, 2017.

The festival begins on Thiruvathira Nakshatram in Kumbham month as per traditional Malayalam calendar followed in Kerala.

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 for the occasion.

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 elep…

Koottuveli Durga Bhagavathy Temple Pooram Festival

Koottuveli Durga Bhagavathy Temple festival is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Durga. The temple is located at Koottuveli and is around 7 km from Cherthala. Koottuveli Durga Bhagavathy Temple Festival 2017 beginning date is February 8. The main pooram festivities will be observed on February 14, 2017. The festival ends with Arattu of Feb 15.

Melam, traditional Kerala temple music with five instruments, are performed as part of the festival. Traditional performing arts, music and dance are staged during the period. Another highlight is the caparisoned elephants.

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.

Kallayil Temple Utsavam – Kallayil Bhagavathy Temple Festival

Kallayil Bhagavathy Temple festival, or utsavam, is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy. Kallayil Bhagavathy Temple Festival 2017 date is March 7.
Various unique rituals and pujas are performed on the day.
Performing arts, music and dance are part of the festivities.
Hundreds of people visit the shrine to take the blessings of the deity.

It is observed on the Thiruvathira Nakshatram day in Kumbham month.

Malayalapuzha Temple Utsavam – Annual Temple Festival at Malayalapuzha Devi Temple

Malayalapuzha Devi Temple is located around 8 km from Pathanamthitta. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy. The annual festival or utsavam is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in Kerala. Malayalapuzha Dev Temple annual festival 2017 date is March 7. The festival ends with Arattu on March 16, 2017.

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 for the occasion.

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.

The festival begins on Thiruvathira Nakshatram in Kumbham month and ends on Chothi Nakshatram.

Kuzhikarathazham Sri Dharmasastha Temple Festival

Kuzhikarathazham Sri Dharmasastha Temple is located near Paravur in Kerala. The annual festival or utsavam is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Dharma Sastha. Kuzhikarathazham Sri Dharmasastha Temple festival 2017 beginning date is March 7.

Melam, traditional Kerala temple music with five instruments, are performed as 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.

Various unique offerings are made at the shrine during the period.
The festival ends with Arattu.

The festival begins on the Thiruvathira Nakshatram in Kumbham month.

Ramanattukara Palakkal Durga Bhagavathy Temple Annual Prathishta Festival

Prathishta Festival at Ramanattukara Palakkal Durga Bhagavathy Temple is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess  Durga. Ramanattukara Palakkal Durga Bhagavathy Temple annual prathishta festival 2017 date is March 7.

Melam, traditional Kerala temple music with five instruments, are performed as 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.

Various unique offerings are made at the shrine during the period.
The temple is located at Ramanattukara and is around 17 km from Kozhikode.

It is observed on Thiruvathira Nakshatra day in Kumbham month.

Pattulsavam at Thamarassery Kottayil Bhagavathy Temple – Annual Pattulsavam Festival at Kottayil Bhagavathy Temple

Pattulsavam at Thamarassery Kottayil Bhagavathy Temple is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy. Thamarassery Kottayil Bhagavathy Temple annual pattulsavam festival 2017 beginning date is March 7.

Melam, traditional Kerala temple music with five instruments, are performed as 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.
Various unique offerings are made at the shrine during the period.

The festival begins on Thiruvathira Nakshatram in Kumbham Month.

Chembai Parthasarathy Temple Ekadasi Annual Festival

Chembai Parthasarathy Temple is located at Chembai in Palakkad District. The shrine is located around 18 km from Palakkad town. The annual festival or utsavam in the shrine is observed on the Shukla Paksha Ekadasi day in Kumbham month as per Malayalam calendar followed in Kerala. Chembai Parthasarathy Temple Ekadasi annual festival 2016 date is February 18.

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 for the occasion.

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.

On Shiva – The Adiyogi or the first Yogi

In Yogic culture, Shiva is Adiyogi or the originator of Yoga. Sadhguru Shares his wisdom about Shiva, the originator of Yoga in this article in the Huffington Post. According to the yogic lore, over fifteen thousand years ago, Shiva attained to his full enlightenment and abandoned himself in an intense ecstatic dance upon the Himalayas. When his ecstasy allowed him some movement, he danced wildly. When it became beyond movement, he became utterly still.
People saw that he was experiencing something that nobody had known before, something they were unable to fathom. Interest developed and people came wanting to know what this was. They came, they waited and they left because the man was oblivious to their presence. He was either in intense dance or absolute stillness, completely uncaring of what was happening around him. Soon, everyone left...Except for seven men.  These seven people were insistent that they must learn what this man had in him, but Shiva ignored them. They pleaded and…

Swami Sivananda – Wisdom

The fire is burning. You can see its light at a distance, but you cannot feel its warmth when you are away from the fire. Go near the fire. You will enjoy its warmth in winter. Even so, you can understand ‘sat’-aspect through the study of scriptures, but you can actually feel the bliss-aspect if you approach Brahman through constant meditation and if you realize the Self through direct intuitive perception.
Those householders who are endowed with dispassion and who are practicing daily meditation are not affected when they lose their near and dear ones or property. From all these you can clearly understand that pain and pleasure are mental creations only.
When the mind is attached to the body, there is pain. When the mind is withdrawn from the body there is no pain. Swami Sivananda

Today’s Hindu Calendar – January 11, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Monday, January 11, 2016 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Pratipada and Dwitiya Tithi or the first and second day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon till 6:43 AM on January 11. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is January 11, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious date.
Nakshatra – Uttarashada or Uthiradam Nakshatra till 10:24 AM on January 11. Then onward it is Shravan or Sravana or Thiruonam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Makar Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
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