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Ettumanoor Shiva Temple Timings – Opening Closing and Pooja Time at Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple

Ettumanoor Shiva Temple is located around 13 km from Kottayam town. Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple Timings is given in detail below. Please note that there will be change in opening and closing and puja time during festivals and other important rituals. There will be change in darshan time during grahanam or eclipse.

Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple Timings

Morning Opening and Closing Time 4:00 AM to 12:00 PM Evening Opening and Closing Time 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Important Morning Pooja Timings 4:00 AM to 4:30 AM – Nirmalyam
8:00 AM to 8:30 AM – Pantheeradi Pooja
11:00 AM to 11:30 AM – Uccha Puja

Important Evening Pooja Timings 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM – Deeparadhana
Please note that the there will be change in certain puja timings depending on sunrise time in the region.

Hanuman Jatra and Festival at Panaji Goa

Hanuman Jatra and Festival at Panaji in Goa is held in Magh month. It is the annual fair and festival at the famous Shri Maruti Temple or Hanuman Temple. The shrine is located atop a hill at Mala in Panaji. Hanuman Jatra 2018 date is January 27.

The shrine is located atop Altinho hillock. On the festival day, hundreds of devotees arrive at the shrine from early morning to take blessings of Hanumanji.

The shrine is decorated beautifully with leaves, flowers, lamps and light for the occasion. Special pujas and rituals are held on the day.
Hanuman Jatra is 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 Goa.

Story of the Murti of Sri Ranganathaswamy Worshipped in Srirangam Temple

The murti, or idol, of Bhagavan Vishnu worshipped in the Srirangam Temple in Tamil Nadu is popularly known as Sri Ranganathaswamy. The story of the murti is associated with Brahma and Vibhishana, the king of Lanka.


Legend has it that the murti of Sri Ranganathaswamy first appeared during churning of ocean or Samdura Manthan. Lord Brahma originally worshiped the murti. A king of the Ikshvaku dynasty did intense penance and attained the murti. The murti came into the possession of Bhagvan Sri Ram who was born in the lineage of Ikshvaku.
Vibhishana, younger brother of Ravana in the Ramayana, asked for the murti to be taken to Lanka so that it can be worshipped there. Bhagvan Sri Ram gave the murti to Vibhishana who carried it to Lanka. On the way, he stopped on the banks of Kaveri River in present day Srirangam. He offered the noon prayers and was accompanied by the then Chola King.

However, when Vibhishana prepared to leave and tried to lift up the murti, it was suddenly too heavy. It …

Bhagwan Giri Maharaj Bhandara at Karanjvade in Maharashtra

Bhagwan Giri Maharaj Bhandara is annually observed in Magh month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in Maharashtra. It is held at Karanjvade in Walwa in Sangli District. Bhagwan Giri Maharaj Bhandara 2018 date is January 28.

The Samadhi mandir of the saint is located at Karanjvade. The annual Bhadara attracts hundreds of devotees.
Bhagwan Giri Maharaj Bhandara is observed on Magh Shukla Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waxing phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Dev Tambaleshwar Yatra at Vengurla – Shri Dev Tambaleshwar Jatra and Festival

Dev Tambaleshwar Yatra is observed in Magh month. The annual fair and festival at Shri Dev Tambaleshwar mandir at Vengurla in Maharashtra. The ritual and festivities  attract thousands of devotees. Dev Tambaleshwar Yatra 2018 date at Vengurle is January 28.

It is considered highly meritorious to take blessings of the deity on the day.

The shrine is decorated with lamps, lights and flowers.
Dev Tambaleshwar Yatra is held annually on Magh Shukla Paksha Dwadashi tithi or the twelfth day during the waxing phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar in Maharashtra.

Alappuzha Pattathil Durga Bhadra Temple Punirtham Festival

The annual festival, or utsavam, at Pattathil Durga Bhadra Temple in Alappuzha in Kerala is held in Malayalam Kumbham month. The most important date is the Punirtham Nakshatram day in the month. Alappuzha Pattathil Durga Bhadra Temple Punirtham Festival 2016 date is February 19.

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

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

Adoor Pannivizha Peedikayil Devi Temple Thirumudi Ezhunallatu Festival

Adoor Pannivizha Peedikayil Devi Temple is located at Pannivizha and is around 6 km from Adoor town. Thirumudi Ezhunallatu is an important ritual in the temple. It is annually held in Malayalam Kumbham month. Adoor Pannivizha Peedikayil Devi Temple Thirumudi Ezhunallatu festival 2016 date is February 19.

In the ritual, Thirumudi, or a replica of the head of Bhagavathi with hair, is taken out in procession.

Having darshan of the Thirumudi is considered highly meritorious. Hundreds of people arrive to witness the ritual.
A fair and festival is organized during the period. Highlights are caparisoned elephants, melam, traditional performing arts, music and fireworks.

Beypore Shiva Temple Pratishta Festival

Beypore Shiva Temple annual prathishta festival is observed in Makaram month. The ritual attracts scores of devotees. Beypore Shiva Temple Pratishta Festival 2017 date is February 9. Beypore is located in North Kerala and is around 11 km from Kozhikode.

Pratishta festival is the annual murti consecration ceremony of the temple.

Special pujas and rituals begin in the morning and end in the evening.
It is considered highly meritorious to have the darshan of the deity on the day.

The ritual is observed annually on Punirtham Nakshatram in Makarm month.

Purathur Bhayankavu Bhagavathi Temple Thalappoli

Purathur Bhayankavu Bhagavathi Temple is located around 14 km from Ponnani in Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy. The annual Thalappoli ritual in the shrine is observed in Kumbham month. Purathur Bhayankavu Bhagavathi Temple Thalappoli 2016 date is February 19.

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.
Hundreds of devotees arrive to witness this important ritual in the shrine.

Paravur Durga Sree Rama Temple Festival

Paravur Durga Sree Rama Temple is a unique shrine dedicated to Bhagavan Sri Ram and Goddess Durga. The annual festival or utsavam in the shrine is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month. Paravur Durga Sree Rama Temple festival 2016 date is February 19.

Traditional performing arts, melam, 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.

Ugrankunnu Sri Badra Bhagavathi Temple Festival

Ugrankunnu Sri Badra Bhagavathi Temple is located near Kottarakara in Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Mother Goddess Shakti. The annual festival or Utsavam in the temple is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month. Ugrankunnu Sri Badra Bhagavathi Temple festival 2016 date is February 19.

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.

Kundara Thettikkunnu Mahadeva Temple Shiva Purana Yajnam

Thettikkunnu Mahadeva Temple is located at Kundara in Kollam District in Kerala. The Shiva Purana Yajnam in the shrine will be held in Malayalam Kumbham month. The annual ritual attracts scores of devotees. Kundara Thettikkunnu Mahadeva Temple Shiva Purana Yajnam 2016 date is February 16.

Special pujas and rituals are held on the occasion.

Participating the Yajnam is considered highly meritorious.
Shiva Puranam is read on the occasion.

Thirumandhamkunnu Keezhedam Pallath Temple Pratishta Festival

Keezhedam Pallath Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, who is worshipped here in the form of Narasimhamurthy. The shrine located at Kunnappaly near Perintalmanna. The annual prathishta festival is observed in Kumbham month. Thirumandhamkunnu Keezhedam Pallath temple pratishta festival 2016 date is February 19.

Pratishta festival is the annual murti consecration ceremony of the temple.

The shrine attracts hundreds of devotees on the day.

Special pujas and rituals begin in the morning and end in the evening.
It is considered highly meritorious to have the darshan of the deity on the day.

Thalassery Jagannatha Temple Annual Festival – Utsavam at Thalassery Jagannatha Temple

Thalassery Jagannatha Temple is a famous shrine located at Thalassery in Kannur District in Kerala. The annual festival or utsavam in the temple is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month. The shrine is located around 4 km from Thalassery Railway Station. Thalassery Jagannatha temple festival 2017 beginning date is March 8.

Various unique performing arts of the region are performed here during the festival period.

Special pujas and rituals are held on all days.

Hundreds of devotees visit the temple during the period.
It is considered highly meritorious to take the blessings of the deity during the period.

The festival begins on the Punirtham day in Kumbham month.

Kanuma 2018 – Pasuvula Panduga during Makar Sankranti in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana

Kanuma is the observed on the day after Makar Sankranti in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana and is also known as Pasuvula Panduga. Kanuma 2018 date is January 15. It is the third day of the Sankranti festival in the region. Kanuma is observed on the Telugu month of Pushya or Paush. In the neighboring state of Tamil Nadu, Mattu Pongal is observed on the day.

The story of Kanuma celebration is associated with Lord Krishna lifting the Govardhan hill to protect the people of Vrindavan. The festival is dedicated to cows, bulls and other animals that are part of rural economy in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Cattle are bathed and decorated on the day. They are taken to the temples and pujas performed.

Maukkanuma, a day of feasting and merrymaking, is observed the day after Kanuma festival. It must be noted here that the lifting of Govardhan hill is observed as Govardhan Puja in North India after Diwali.

You can find more details about Kanuma Festival in this article.

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Who Am I? – Swami Vivekananda

Who Am I?’ In his famous paper on Hinduism presented at the World Parliament of Religions in 1893, Swami Vivekananda raised this issue thus:

Here I stand and if I shut my eyes, and try to conceive my existence, ‘I’, ‘I’, ‘I’, what is the idea before me? The idea of a body. Am I, then, nothing but a combination of material substances?

The Vedas declare, ‘No’. I am a spirit living in a body. I am not the body. The body will die, but I shall not die. Here am I in this body; it will fall, but I shall go on living. I had also a past. The soul was not created, for creation means a combination which means a certain future dissolution. If then the soul was created, it must die. . . . [which is absurd].

The Hindu believes that he is a spirit. Him the sword cannot pierce—him the fire cannot burn —him the water cannot melt—him the air cannot dry.

The Hindu believes that every soul is a circle whose circumference is nowhere, but whose centre is located in the body, and that death means the chan…

Today is Birthday of Swami Vivekananda – A Video Tribute Explaning the Greatness of Swami Vivekananda on National Youth Day in India

The birthday of Swami Vivekananda as per Gregorian Calendar is on January 12. The day is observed as National Youth Day in India. In an attempt to be able to effectively convey the message and teaching of Swamiji to everyone a group of professionals and students, have put together a 6-minute video introducing Swamiji and his message. The video captures parts of Swamiji's biography, his message and his vital contribution to India and the world.

You can visit the special National Youth Day website put up by the young professionals here.

You can view the YouTube video here. The same video is embedded below.

Today’s Hindu Calendar – January 12, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon till 5:39 AM on January 12. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is January 12, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not an auspicious date.
Nakshatra – Shravan or Sravana or Thiruonam Nakshatra till 9:52 AM on January 12. Then onward it is Dhanishta or Sravishta or Avittam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Makar Rashi till 7:18 PM. Then onward it is Kumbha Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Birth Anniversary day of Swami Vivekananda
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
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