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Meenadu Sree Dharma Shasta Temple Festival

Meenadu Sree Dharma Shasta Temple is located at Meenadu in Kollam District in Kerala. The shrine is located around 6 km from Paravur. The annual festival is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month. Meenadu Sree Dharma Shasta Temple festival 2016 beginning date is February 25.

The annual festival is noted for various rituals including processions, caparisoned elephants and fireworks.

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

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.
The festival ends with arattu on the final day.

Kiriti – Why Arjuna in the Mahabharat is also known as Kiriti?

Kiriti is one among the ten names of Arjuna in the Mahabharata. Arjuna narrates the meaning of his names to Uttara, son of Virata. Kaurava army had stolen the cows of Virata. To get them back, the son of Virata went to battlefield with Arjuna, who was disguised as Brihannada, as his charioteer.
On seeing the Kuru army, the prince is frightened and attempts to escape from the battleground. Brihannada stops him and reveals that he is Arjuna and he will fight against the Kauravas.
But the prince is not ready to believe Brihannada. He then wants to know the various names of Arjuna. To convince the frightened prince, Arjuna narrates all his ten names and how he got them.
Arjuna in the Mahabharat is known as Kiriti because he fiercely fought and defeated the Danavas. Impressed with his valor, Indra gave him a diadem, as radiant as the sun. He is known as Kiriti because he wears the ornamental jeweled headdress signifying sovereignty.
This incident is mentioned in the Go – Grahana Parva in …

About Mangal in Hinduism – Mangal or Mars

Mangal, or Mars, is the third among the nine plants in Hindu astrology and is depicted as having a red-complexioned body and four arms. Hindus believe that Mangal helps in solving financial problems and removes poverty. He is also believed to help in curing disease related to skin and eyes. 
He is also believed to help a devotee from the bad activities of enemies.
In Vedic astrology, Mangal is known as Angaraka or fire. Thus Mangal is adorned with red color clothes and is offered red flowers. Tuesday or Mangalwar is chosen to propitiate Mangal.
The vehicle or Vahana of Mangal is Bhed or Sheep. Of his four hands, two hands are in Abhaya Mudra and Var Mudra. Other two hands hold trishul (trident) and gada (Mace).
In a person’s horoscope, Mangal stays for seven years. He is also the lord of Mesha Rashi (Aries) and Vrischika Rashi (Scorpio).

Rasta Peth Ayyappa Temple Pongala Festival in Pune

Rasta Peth Ayyappa Temple is located in the heart of Pune city in the Peth Area and is around 2 km from Pune Railway Station. The Pongala festival organized in Malayalam Kumbham month attracts scores of devotees. Rasta Peth Ayyappa Temple Pongala Festival 2017 date is March 11. The ritual is observed on the same day when the world famous Attukal Pongala is held in Thiruvananthapuram 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 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.

Vellimadukunnu Kuttan Kavu Tira

Vellimadukunnu Kuttan Kavu is located in Kozhikode in Kerala. The shrine is located around 8 km from Kozhikode. The annual Tira festival is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month.

Vellimadukunnu Kuttan Kavu Tira festival 2016 date is February 23.

The annual festival is noted for various rituals including Theyyam.

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

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.

Kapileshwar Jiu Temple at Kokpara in Jharkhand

Kapileshwar Jiu Temple, believed to be more than 2400 years old, is located on National Highway 33 at Kokpara in Jharkhand. The temple is of great importance from historical and religious point of view.

The present temple structure built in 1955 is a simple one. The original temple, which is located below the present shrine, was of 20feet width and was destroyed by Kala Pahad.

Legend has it that cows used to shed all their milk at a particular spot in the region. When the place was dug up the Shivling was revealed.

The Shivling that is worshipped in the temple is 3 feet by 3.5 feet. A nandi faces the Shivling. There is a six feet high murti of Goddess Durga in the shrine. Hanuman, Ganesha, Kartikeya, Lakshmi and Saraswati are visible on the side panels of the huge murti.

Shivratri is the most important festival here and Shravan month attracts thousands of devotees who arrive to offer water to the Shivling.

Mondays and Poda Ashtami are important dates here.
Hundreds of people partic…

Vithura Deviyode Sri Bhadrakali Temple Festival

Deviyode Sri Bhadrakali Temple is located at Vithura in Thiruvananthapuram District in Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Mother Goddess who is worshipped in the form of Bhadrakali. The annual festival or utsavam in the temple is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month. Vithura Deviyode Sri Bhadrakali Temple Festival beginning date is March 4.

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

Melam, caparisoned elephants, fireworks are part of the festivities. Traditional performing arts, music and dance are staged during the period.

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

Keezharoor Sree Rajarajeswari Temple Festival

Keezharoor Sree Rajarajeswari Temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy and it is located around 13 km from Neyyattinkara in Thiruvananthapuram District in Kerala. The annual festival or utsavam is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month. Kangazha Keezharoor Sree Rajarajeswari Temple 2016 beginning date is March 3.

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

Melam, caparisoned elephants, colorful processions, fireworks, traditional performing arts, music and dance are staged during the period.

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.

Kangazha Mahadeva Temple Festival

Kangazha Mahadeva Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and it is located around 20 km from Changanassery in Kottayam District in Kerala. The annual festival or utsavam is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month. Kangazha Mahadeva Temple annual festival 2016 beginning date is March 3. The festival coincides with the Shivratri festival.

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

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 colorful processions.

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

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.

One who truly knows does not talk about it – Paramahansa Yogananda

One who truly knows does not talk about it. Wisdom keeps its own counsel.
The wave belongs entirely to the ocean from which it protrudes. This is God’s body. If He wants to make it well, all right. If He wants to keep it unwell, all right.
It is wisest to be impartial. If you have health, but are attached to it, you will always be afraid of losing it. And if you fear that loss, but become ill, you will suffer. Why not remain forever joyful in the Self?
Man’s greatest problem is his ego – his consciousness of individuality. Whatever happens to him, he thinks it affects him, personally. Why be affected? You are not this body: You are He! Everything is He: All is Spirit.
Paramahansa Yogananda

Today’s Hindu Calendar – January 27, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waning phase of moon till 8:56 AM on January 27. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is January 27, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good date.
Nakshatra – Purva phalguni or Pooram Nakshatra the entire day on January 27 and till 1:06 AM on January 28. Then onward it is Uttara phalguni or Uthiram Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Simha Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Sankashti Ganesh Chaturthi Vrat. Chandrodaya or moonrise time is at 9:17 PM. Til Chauth.
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Magh Krishna Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waning phase of moon in Magh month in North India - Delhi…

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