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Saraswati Jayanti – Hindu Goddess Saraswathi Puja in Magh Mahina

Saraswati Jayanti is a day dedicated to Goddess Saraswati, who is worshiped and propitiated for learning and for keen aesthetic capabilities, skills in music, dance, arts and grace. Saraswati Jayanti 2018 date is January 22. The day is also observed as Saraswati Puja, Vasant Panchami and Sri Panchami.

Saraswati Jayanti is observed by pooja, music and blessings of books and musical instruments. Artistes dedicate special performance to Goddess Saraswathi.

The popular belief is that Goddess Saraswati first made her appearance on the day to help humans on the day. It is observed on the fifth day during the Shukla Paksha of Magh month.

Small children are initiated into the world of letters and learning on the day. Special programs are held in schools and colleges. Yellow color is given importance of the day. Special murtis (idols) of Goddess Saraswati available during the period is used for worship.

Story – Ravana’s Devotion for Shiva Was Not Pure

Ravana was an ardent devotee of Shiva and the Shiva Tandava Stotram composed by Him is a prime example of his devotion to Mahadeva. But the devotion of Ravan was not pure. His devotion was to satisfy his never ending lust, passion, anger, jealousy and power. There is a story in the scriptures that prove that Ravana’s devotion was not pure.


Goddess Parvati always wanted to settle down and be part of society. She used to point out to Shiva how Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi resided in Vaikunta amidst all pleasures.
Shiva used to live in the Himalayas in cold weather, sometimes under trees, and sometimes under scorching heat. He was far away from society.
Once when Goddess Parvati insisted on building a palace, Shiva agreed to it on one condition that all rituals associated with moving into new home will be performed by Ravana who is an expert in all rituals.
Ravana came and performed all the rituals at the end of the ceremony the owner of the house had to give daskhina – a gift to the prie…

Ambalamedu Sree Kuladevata Temple or Mandir Prathishta Dinam

Sree Kuladevata Temple is located at Ambalamedu in Kochi in Ernakulam District in Kerala. The annual Prathishta Dinam festival, or idol installation anniversary, is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month. This annual ritual attracts scores of devotees. Ambalamedu Sree Kuladevata Temple Prathishta festival 2016 date is February 25.

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.
Caparisoned elephants, melam, fireworks and sheevali are part of the festival.

Pandalam Valiya Koyikkal Sree Dharmasastha Temple Uthram Festival or Utsavam

Pandalam Valiya Koyikkal Sree Dharmasastha Temple is located at Pandalam in Kerala and is associated with the famous Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple in Kerala. Uthram utsavam is the most important festival observed in a calendar year at the shrine. It is observed on the Uthram Nakshatram day in Kumbham month as per Malayalam calendar. Pandalam Valiya Koyikkal Sree Dharmasastha Temple Uthram Festival 2017 date is March 13.

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.

Annanad Uthram Vilakku – Annanad Veluppilly Sree Dharma Shastha Temple Utsavam or Festival

Annanad Uthram Vilakku is the most important festival observed in a calendar year at the Veluppilly Sree Dharma Shastha Temple at Annanad in Kerala. It is observed on the Uthram Nakshatram in Kumbham month as per Malayalam calendar. Annanad Uthram 2016 date is February 25.

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.

Thripunithura Uthram - Thripunithura Sree Poornathrayeesa Temple Annual Festival

Thripunithura Uthram is one of the most important festival observed in a calendar year at the Sree Poornathrayeesa Temple at Trippunithura in Kerala. It is observed on the Uthram nakshatram in Kumbham month as per Malayalam calendar. Thripunithura Uthram 2016 date is February 25. Para Utsavam begins on February 28, 2016.

The festival, also known as Uthram Thirunal, is famous for Poornathrayeesa sangeetholsavam and Panchari melam.

The festival is observed on the birth anniversary of Lord Poornathrayeesa.

Another major highlight of the festival is the sumptuous feast at the Oottupura Malika.

The festival begins with the procession of Sree Poornathrayeesa atop a caparisoned elephant.
The rituals conclude with appam nivedyam and Lakshmi Narayana Vilakku.

Pampady Cheruvallikavu Devi Temple Kumbha Pooram

Cheruvallikavu Pooram is the annual festival observed in Cheruvallikavu Devi Temple at Pampady in Kottayam District in Kerala. The famous pooram festival in the shrine is observed in Kumbham month. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy. Pampady Cheruvallikavu Devi Temple Kumbha Pooram 2016 date is February 24. The festival ends with Arattu on February 25, 2016.

The highlight of the festival is caparisoned elephants, melam and fireworks.

Several unique rituals and pujas are performed during the festival period.

Traditional performing arts, music, songs and other cultural activities are held during the period.
The festival ends with arattu on the final day.

Ramankulangara Thalappoli Festival

Ramankulangara Devi Temple is located in Kollam town. The annual Thalappoli festival in the temple is held in Kumbham month. The festival attracts scores of devotees. Ramankulangara Thalappoli festival 2016 date is February 24.

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.

Nandipulam Payyurkavu Pooram

Nandipulam Payyurkavu Pooram is the annual festival observed in Nandipulam Payyurkavu Bhagavathy Temple in Thrissur District in Kerala. The famous pooram festival in the shrine is observed in Kumbham month. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy. Nandipulam Payyurkavu Pooram 2016 date is February 24.

The highlight of the festival is caparisoned elephants, melam and fireworks.

Several unique rituals and pujas are performed during the festival period.

Traditional performing arts, music, songs and other cultural activities are held during the period.
The festival ends with arattu on the final day.

Nanthiattukunnam Kalikulangara Temple Valiya Vilakku Festival

Nanthiattukunnam Kalikulangara Temple is located in North Parvar in Ernakulam District in Kerala. The Valiya Vilakku festival in the shrine is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month. The ritual attracts scores of devotees. Nanthiattukunnam Kalikulangara temple valiya vilakku festival 2016 date is February 24.

The main ritual on the day is the carrying of a 7-tier lamp around the temple. Chendamellam is part of the procession.

The temple is decorated with lights, lamps, flowers, coconut fronds and leaves during the period.
The ritual takes place at night and the huge light being carried around the shrine is a wonderful sight.

Nendoor Pooram - Kuttiyanikulangara Devi Temple Pooram at Nendoor

Kuttiyanikulangara Devi Temple Pooram is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month. The shrine is located at Nendoor near Ettumanoor in Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy. Kuttiyanikulangara Devi Temple Pooram 2017 date is March 11. It is observed on the pooram day in Kumbham month

The highlight of the festival is caparisoned elephants, melam and fireworks.

Several unique rituals and pujas are performed during the festival period.

Traditional performing arts, music, songs and other cultural activities are held during the period.
The festival ends with arattu on the final day.

Anad Parakkal Mandapam Devi Temple Annual Festival and Kuthiyotta Thookam

Parakkal Mandapam Devi Temple is located at Anad near Nedumangad in Kerala. The annual festival or Utsavam in the temple is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy. Anad Parakkal Mandapam Devi Temple annual festival 2016 beginning date is February 23. Kuthiyotta Thookam ritual date is March 1, 2016. The shrine is located around 3 km from Nedumangad.

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.
The festival ends with Arattu.

Thalavoor Pooram – Trikkonnamarkode Sri Durga Devi Temple Pooram Festival

Thalavoor Pooram is the annual festival or utsavam held at the Trikkonnamarkode Sri Durga Devi Temple. It is observed in Kumbham month. The shrine is located at Thalavoor in Kollam District in Kerala. Thalavoor Pooram 2016 date is February 23. The shrine is located around 28 km from Kollam town.

The highlight of the festival is caparisoned elephants, melam and fireworks.

Several unique rituals and pujas are performed during the festival period.

Traditional performing arts, music, songs and other cultural activities are held during the period.
The festival ends with arattu on the final day.

Valarkkavu Pooram – Valarkkavu Bhagavathy Temple Pooram Festival

Valarkkavu Pooram is the annual festival observed in Valarkkavu Bhagavathy Temple in Thrissur city in Kerala. The famous pooram festival in the shrine is observed in Kumbham month. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy. Valarkkavu Pooram 2016 date is February 23.

The highlight of the festival is caparisoned elephants, melam and fireworks.

Several unique rituals and pujas are performed during the festival period.

Traditional performing arts, music, songs and other cultural activities are held during the period.
The festival ends with arattu on the final day.

Machattu Mamangam 2016 date – Machattu Thiruvanikavu Temple Festival

Machattu Thiruvanikavu Temple is located at Vadakancherry in Thrissur district in Kerala. The annual festival or utsavam observed here is known as Machattu Mamangam. The five-day festival is famous for traditional arts forms and pageantry. Machattu Mamangam 2016 date is February 23.

Machattu Thiruvanikavu Temple is dedicated to Mother Goddess Shakti.

Mamangam is observed in Kumbham month and it is a five day festival.

The main procession of Machattu Mamangam is held on the final day. In theprocession, richly decorated effigies of horses called kuthirakolams are ceremoniously brought to the temple by the devotees as offerings.

These vibrantly adorned effigies are welcomed by the people with cheers.
Caparisoned elephants accompanied by chendamelam converge at the temple courtyard in the evening, unfolding an extravagant spectacle.

Sthavareshwar Mahadev in Ujjain – Story of Sthavareshwar Form of Shiva

Sthavareshwar Mahadev is worshiped in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the 84 forms of Shiva worshiped in Ujjain. It is believed that worshipping Sthavareshwar Form of Shiva will help in overcoming all difficulties due to the bad positioning of planets or graham in a person’s horoscope.

The temple dedicated to Sthavareshwar Mahadev is located near the Shani Temple at Nai Peth.

This form of Shiva is associated with Shani Bhagavan who is also known as Sthavar.

Sthavareshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 50th temple visited during the parikarama of Shiavalayas here.

Story of Sthavareshwar Mahadev Samja wife of Surya, the sun god, could not bear the heat of her husband. To escape from the heat, she deputed another woman who looked like her in her place. Surya thought her to be his wife and they had a son. This was Shani. He created troubles for all living beings including Devas.

To find a solution, Devas approached Shiva.

Shiva summoned Shani…

Eroor Pishari Kovil Annual Festival and Makam Thozhal

Eroor Pishari Kovil is located in Ernakulam District in Kerala. The annual festival or utsavam is observed in Kumbham month. The most important day during the festival period is the Makam Thozhal. Eroor Pishari Kovil Annual festival 2016 date begins on February 15. Makam Thozal is on February 23, 2016. The festival ends on Feb 25 with Arattu.

The ten-day festival is observed from Karthika nakshatram to Uthram nakshatram.

The celebration starts with the hoisting of the holy flag by the chief priest.

On the ninth day of the festival, Sheeveli and Panchavadyam are held. Special poojas and rituals are conducted during the festival period.

The eighth day of the festival is one of the important days of the temple. This day is celebrated as Makam Thozhal. Worshiping Mother Goddess on the day is considered highly meritorious.
Thousands of devotees visit the shrine during the period.

Kalbhairav Yatra at Rile in Shirala in Maharashtra – Rile Kalbhairav Temple Festival

Rile Kalbhairav Yatra is annually observed in Magh month. The yatra is the main festival and fair at the Kalbhairav Temple at Rile in Shirala, Maharashtra. The shrine is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva. Rile Kalbhairav Yatra 2018 date is February 2.

Hundreds of people participate in the annual festival at Shri Kalbhairav Mandir.

A fair and festival is held during the period and it attracts scores of devotees from nearby villages and town. The main rituals associated with rural festivals are followed here too.
Rile Kalbhairav Yatra is annually observed on Magh Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waning phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Kalbhairavnath Yatra at Bilur in Jath in Maharashtra – Bilur Kal Bhairavnath Temple Festival

Bilur Kalbhairavnath Yatra is annually observed in Magh month. The yatra is the main festival and fair at the Kaal Bhairavnath Temple at Bilur in Jath, Maharashtra. The shrine is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva. Bilur Kalbhairavnath Yatra 2018 date is February 2.

Hundreds of people participate in the annual festival at Shri Kalbhairavnath Mandir.

A fair and festival is held during the period and it attracts scores of devotees from nearby villages and town. The main rituals associated with rural festivals are followed here too.
Bilur Kalbhairavnath Yatra is annually observed on Magh Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waning phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Significance of Kavadi in Muruga Temples

Offering Kavadi to Lord Muruga is of great significance as it brings peace and good luck. The story of taking Kavadi is associated with Lord Murugan testing Idumban of his determination and duty towards his Guru. The Kavadi that each devotee carries symbolizes his/her burden like the two hills carried by Idumban. It is believed that the burden in the life of a devotee who carries Kavadi is lessened by Murugan. Taking Kavadi to Murugan temples during Thaipusam is considered highly auspicious.

The usual Kavadi is a small wooden structure with an arch covered with a piece of cloth and is held on shoulders. The two sides of the Kavadi are covered with feathers of peacock – the vehicle of Lord Muruga. The sides also contain two bags to carry offerings to the Lord. Some devotees beg at houses to collect the offerings to the Lord. But today most people fill the bags on their own.

Loknathswami Punyatithi at Pune

Loknathswami Punyatithi is annually observed in Magh month. It is the death anniversary of Loknath Swami. The day is of significance to his followers in Pune. Loknathswami Punyatithi 2018 date is February 3.

There is not much information about this pious soul.
Loknathswami Punyatithi is held on Magh Krishna Paksha Tritiya tithi or the third day during the waning phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Kedarnath Yatra at Keloli in Patan

Keloli Kedarnath Yatra is annually held in Magh month. This is the most important annual fair and festival at the Kedarnath Temple at Keloli in Patan, Maharashtra. Keloli Kedarnath Yatra 2018 date is February 1. Kedarnath Mandir is an important worship place in the region and attracts scores 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.
Keloli Kedarnath Yatra is annually held on Magh Krishna Paksha Pratipada tithi or the first day during the waning phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Janhavi Devi Yatra at Erandoli in Miraj

Erandoli Janhavi Devi Yatra is annually held in Magh month. This is the most important annual fair and festival at the Janhavi Devi Temple at Erandoli in Miraj, Maharashtra. Janhavi Devi Yatra 2018 date is February 1. Janhavi Devi Mandir is an important worship place in the region and attracts scores 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.
Janhavi Devi Yatra is annually held on Magh Krishna Paksha Pratipada tithi or the first day during the waning phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Virtual Tour of Shyama Mai Mandir – 360 degree Pictures of Shyama Mai Temple in Darbhanga in Bihar

Shyama Mai Temple in Gaya in Bihar is an ancient shrine dedicated to Goddess Shakti. Bihar tourism has created an online virtual tour of Shyama Mai Mandir. You can view high quality picture of the Shyama Mai Temple in 360 degrees.
You can take the virtual tour here – Virtual Tour of Shyama Mai Mandir.

You are not going by your own nature – Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev

If there is disturbance in your life situation, I see it as a very good thing. It is a great opportunity for you to go to the very roots of your disturbance.
The root of your disturbance is only in your ignorance – thinking of yourself as something other than what you really are.
Where there is just teaching, there is adoration, there is worship. Only where there is method, there will be transformation.
Most people are investing their whole lifetime just for their material wellbeing. Dying to live, this is called.
You are not going by your own nature. People do so many nonsensical life-negative things because they don’t want to be left out of the scene around them.
Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev

Today’s Hindu Calendar – January 18, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Monday, January 18, 2016 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waxing phase of moon till 2:59 PM on January 18. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is January 18, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good date.
Nakshatra – Ashwini or Ashwathy Nakshatra till 1:22 AM on January 18. Then onward it is Bharani Nakshatram till 11:49 PM. Then onward it is Karthigai or Krittika or Kartika Nakashtra.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mesha Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Paush Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waxing phase of moon in Paush month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh…