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Devi Sati Yatra Utsav at Malond in Malvan, Maharashtra

Devi Sati Yatra Utsav is annually held in Magh month. This is the most important annual fair and festival at the Devi Sati Temple at Malond in Malvan, Maharashtra. Devi Sati Yatra 2018 date is January 31. Devi Sati Mandir is an important worship place in the region.

The temple is beautifully decorated during the period traditionally with flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

The day is of importance to the villagers. People from nearby towns and villages arrive to participate in this annual fair and festival. Important rituals are held during the period.
Devi Sati Yatra is annually held on Magh Purnima tithi or the full moon day in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Bhairavnath Yatra at Masur in Karad, Maharashtra

Masur Bhairavnath Yatra is annually held in Magh month. This is the most important annual fair and festival at the Bhairavnath Temple at Masur in Karad, Maharashtra. Bhairavnath Yatra 2018 date is January 31. Bhairavnath Mandir is an important worship place in the region and attracts hundreds of devotees.

The temple is beautifully decorated during the period traditionally with flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

The day is of importance to the villagers. People from nearby towns and villages arrive to participate in this annual fair and festival. Important rituals are held during the period.
Masur Bhairavnath Yatra is annually held on Magh Purnima tithi or the full moon day in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Bhairavnath Yatra at Medad in Malshiras, Maharashtra

Medad Bhairavnath Yatra is annually held in Magh month. This is the most important annual fair and festival at the Bhairavnath Temple at Medad in Malshiras ,Maharashtra. Bhairavnath Yatra 2018 date is January 31. Bhairavnath Mandir is an important worship place in the region and attracts hundreds of devotees.

The temple is beautifully decorated during the period traditionally with flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

The day is of importance to the villagers. People from nearby towns and villages arrive to participate in this annual fair and festival. Important rituals are held during the period.
Medad Bhairavnath Yatra is annually held on Magh Purnima tithi or the full moon day in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Lakshmi Bhairavnath Yatra at Yavat in Daund, Maharashtra

Lakshmi Bhairavnath Yatra is annually held in Magh month. This is the most important annual fair and festival at the Lakshmi Bhairavnath Temple at Yavat in Daund, Maharashtra. Lakshmi Bhairavnath Yatra 2018 date is January 31. Lakshmi Bhairavnath here attracts thousands of devotees.

The temple is beautifully decorated during the period traditionally with flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

The day is of importance to the villagers. People from nearby towns and villages arrive to participate in this annual fair and festival. Important rituals are held during the period.
Lakshmi Bhairavnath Yatra is annually held on Magh Purnima tithi or the full moon day in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Waghjai Devi Yatra at Goshatwadi in Patan, Maharashtra

Goshatwadi Waghjai Devi Yatra is annually held in Magh month. This is the most important annual fair and festival at the Waghjai Devi Temple at Goshatwadi in Patan, Maharashtra. Waghjai Devi Yatra 2018 date is January 31. Waghjai Devi Mandir is an important worship place in the region.

The temple is beautifully decorated during the period traditionally with flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

The day is of importance to the villagers. People from nearby towns and villages arrive to participate in this annual fair and festival. Important rituals are held during the period.
Waghjai Devi Yatra is annually held on Magh Purnima tithi or the full moon day in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Renuka Yatra at Julewadi in Tasgaon

Julewadi Renuka Yatra is annually held in Magh month. This is the most important annual fair and festival at the Renuka Devi Temple at Julewadi in Tasgaon, Maharashtra. Renuka Yatra 2018 date is January 31. Renuka Mandir is an important worship place in the region.

The temple is beautifully decorated during the period traditionally with flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

The day is of importance to the villagers. People from nearby towns and villages arrive to participate in this annual fair and festival. Important rituals are held during the period.
Julewadi Renuka  Yatra is annually held on Magh Purnima tithi or the full moon day in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Mahalaxmi Yatra at Piliv in Malshiras

Mahalaxmi Yatra is annually held in Magh month. This is the most important annual fair and festival at the Mahalaxmi Devi Temple at Piliv in Malshiras ,Maharashtra. Mahalaxmi Yatra 2018 date is January 31. Mahalaxmi Mandir is an important worship place in the region.

The temple is beautifully decorated during the period traditionally with flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

The day is of importance to the villagers. People from nearby towns and villages arrive to participate in this annual fair and festival. Important rituals are held during the period.
Mahalaxmi Yatra is annually held on Magh Purnima tithi or the full moon day in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Kirtimukha in Hinduism

Kirtimukha is a monstrous lion-face motif. In Hinduism, it glorifies the prowess of Rudra Shiva, Sodra and Agni. In Hindu temple architecture, Kirtimukha was adopted as a decorative motif or pattern and to beautify the cornice moldings, doorways or other portions of the facade of the chaitya hall.
The earliest reference to Kirtimukha in Hindu religion is found in the Puranas. It is mentioned in Padma Purana.


It is believed that Kirtimukha appeared from the body of Shiva. It is used to express valor and anger of the Rudra form of Shiva.
The Kirtimukha motifs are also found in Indonesia.

Kuttiyanikulangara Devi Temple Prathishta Festival at Neendoor

Kuttiyanikulangara Devi Temple Prathishta festival is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month. The shrine is located at Neendoor near Ettumanoor in Kerala. The annual prathishta festival attracts scores of devotees. Kuttiyanikulangara Devi Temple Prathishta festival 2016 date is March 11. The festival coincides with the Chinakattoor pooram.

The temple is dedicated to Goddess Devi or Bhagavathy.

Various unique rituals are observed on the Prathishta festival day.

The temple is decorated with coconut fronds, leaves, flowers, lamps and lights for the occasion.
Hundreds of people arrive at the shrine to take the blessings of Mother Goddess.

Significance of Telugu Kanuma Festival

Kanuma is observed on the third day of the Sankranthi festival in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. It is believed that Lord Krishna lifted the Govardhan hill to protect the people of Gokulam on this day. In 2018 Kanuma is on January 15. Mukkanuma is observed the day after Kanuma and is primarily a day of feasting and merry making.
Kanuma festival is quite similar to the Mattu Pongal observed in Tamil Nadu. The festival is dedicated to cows, bulls and other animals that are part of agrarian economy. Cattle and cattle sheds are cleaned on the day. Cows are decorated with marigold flowers and are worshipped.
In Hindu mythology, Kanuma is the day when Lord Krishna performed the miracle of lifting the Govardhan hill. Lord Krishna asked the people of Gokul to worship the Govardhan hill, which blocked the clouds and provided rain. This enraged Lord Indra, who until then was seen as the rain god, and to avenge this insult, Indra created thunderstorms and rain and flooded Gokul. To protect the …

Story of Makaravilakku at Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple – Origin and History of Makarajyothi and Makaravilakku

Makaravilakku – Makarajyothi is the most anticipated festival at the Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple. It takes place on January 14 or 15, evening (Makara Sankrama Sandhya) – the time when the Dakshinayana Punyakalam ends and Uttarayan or Uttarayana Punyakalam starts. There are numerous stories regarding the origin and history of the Makarajyothi and Makaravilakku.

The most popular legend is that after defeating demon Mahishasura, Ayyappa merged with the Dharma Shastha Murti at the Sabarimala Temple on the Makarajyothi day.

Makaravilakku is the Jyothi that appears at Ponnambalameddu three times on Makar Sankranti day after evening puja.

Makara Jyothi is the star that appears on the sky during the Puja.

Another legend has it that Parashurama first lit the Makaravilakku after installing the murti of Ayyappa.

It is also believed that the tribals who were harassed by the demon Mahishasura first lit the light to celebrate the slaying of their tormentor by Ayyappa.

Another popular legend also st…

Shakambari Purnima 2018 date – Devi Shakambari Pournami

Shakambari Purnima is observed during full moon day, or Pournami, in Paush month (December – Janaury). Shakambari Purnima 2018 date is January 2. It is believed that Goddess Shakambari incarnated on Devi Shakambari Pournami day. The day also marks the end of the nine-day long Shakambari Navratri festival which begins on December 26, 2017. Goddess Shakambari is worshipped during the period in Karnataka, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.

Shakambari Purnima is also observed as Shakambari Mata Jayanti.

Special pujas and rituals are held on the day in temples in dedicated to Goddess Shakambari.

Shakambari Navratri is also held in the Chaitra Month (March – April) in Rajasthan.

You may also like to read Shakambari Mata Navratri

Pictures of Birla Mandir in Jaipur Rajasthan – Virtual Tour of Jaipur Birla Mandir

Birla Mandir in Jaipur, Rajasthan, is a sheer delight from architectural point of view. This well maintained temple has murtis of various gods and goddesses from Hindu pantheon. Rajasthan tourism has created an online virtual tour of Jaipur Birla Mandir. You can view high quality pictures of the sun temple in 360 degrees.
Link - Virtual Tour of Jaipur Birla Mandir

Sankranti Quotes – Thoughts and sayings on Makar Sankranti

Salutations and adorations to the Supreme Lord, the primordial power that divided the year into the four seasons. Salutations to Surya, the Sun God, who on this great day of Makar Sankranti embarks on his northward journey (Uttarayana). The sun, symbolizing wisdom, divine knowledge and spiritual light, which receded from you when you reveled in the darkness of ignorance, delusion and sensuality, now joyously turns on its northward course and moves towards you to shed its light and warmth in greater abundance, and to infuse into you more life and energy. The sun signifies knowledge, spiritual light and wisdom. Makar Sankranti signifies that we should turn away from the darkness of delusion in which we live, and begin to joyously let the light within us shine brighter and brighter. We should gradually begin to grow in purity, wisdom, and knowledge, even as the sun does from this day. Swami Sivananda

Seekers of Truth, aspirants on the path of Yoga, devotees of God, lovers of mankind, al…

Sadhguru – An Experience of Self Realization

One day, I decided to paint the wall. I dipped the brush in the paint and put it to the wall. I did not want to paint the whole wall thoroughly, so I just put the paintbrush onto the surface and walked from one side to another.
The paint started out very thick, and then became thin, thin, thinner and slowly disappeared.
I saw this paint smear, which started out thick, become thinner and thinner and then just disappear.
Seeing this, I exploded; tears were simply rolling out of my eyes. I just looked at this and there was the whole creation right there. That is all the whole creation is: a paint smear. It starts out really thick and gross, becomes thinner and thinner and thinner, and becomes nothing. So from the lowest to the highest, it was all there, the viswa rupa darshana for me, in just this paint smear.
Sadhguru - Source "The Mystic Eye"

Today’s Hindu Calendar – January 15, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Friday, January 15, 2016 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon till 12:14 AM on January 15. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon till 9:59 PM on January 15. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is January 15, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not an auspicious date.
Nakshatra – Purvabhadra or Pooruruttathi Nakshatra till 6:21 AM on January 15. Then onward it is Uttarabhadra or Uthrittathi Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Meena Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Makar Sankranti. Pongal. Sankranti in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Sabarimala Makaravilakku. Yellu Balla in Karnataka. Bihu in Assam. Ganga Sagar Mela. Mon…

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