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Dress Code at Tirupati Temple – Traditional Dress at Tirupati Balaji Temple

There is a dress code followed at Tirupati Temple. Traditional Dress should be worn while visiting the world famous Tirumala Tirupati Balaji Temple dedicated to Lord Venkateswara. Here are the details about what kind of dress can be worn to Tirupati Temple.

The devotees coming for Srivari darshan at Tirupati Balaji Temple must wear traditional dress only. Men can wear paijama and kurta, dhoti and uttariyam.

Women should wear Saree with blouse, half saree, or Churidhar with chunni or duppatta.

Following dresses are not allowed – burmadas, T-shirts, shorts etc.
If the dress code is not followed, devotees will be advised to change their dress before entering the queue complex.

Shirkai Devi Yatra at Tardal in Kolhapur District of Maharashtra

Shirkai Devi Yatra is annually observed in Magh month. It is undertaken to the Shirkai Devi Temple at Tardal in Kolhapur District of Maharashtra. The village is located around 35 km east of Kolhapur. Shirkai Devi Yatra 2018 date is February 14.

The Yatra attracts hundreds of devotees. People also flock to the fair and festival organized during the period.

Processions, pujas, various rituals, traditional music, dance and food are the part of the festivities.
Shirkai Devi Yatra is observed on Magh Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waning phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Ramtirth Yatra at Ajara in Kolhapur District of Maharashtra – Ram Teerth Festival

Ramtirth Yatra is annually observed in Magh month. It is undertaken to the sacred place at Ram Teerth at Ajara in Kolhapur District of Maharashtra. The town is located around 92 km south of Kolhapur and around 23 southwest of Gadhinglaj. Ramtirth Yatra 2018 date is February 14.

The main rituals are observed at the Shiva and Bhagavan Sri Ram Temple here. Legend has it that Bhagavan Sri Ram stayed here during his exile period in the Ramayana.

The Yatra attracts hundreds of devotees. People also flock to the fair and festival organized during the period.

Processions, pujas, various rituals, traditional music, dance and food are the part of the festivities.
Ramtirth Yatra is observed on Magh Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waning phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Kuruntwad Yatra in Kolhapur District of Maharashtra

Kuruntwad Yatra is annually observed in Magh month. It is undertaken to a sacred place (temple or mandir) located at Kuruntwad in Kolhapur District, Maharashtra. The town is located around 43 km east of Kolhapur and around 17 km from Ichalkaranji. Kuruntwad Yatra 2018 date is February 14.

The Yatra attracts hundreds of devotees. People also flock to the fair and festival organized during the period.

Processions, pujas, various rituals, traditional music, dance and food are the part of the festivities.
Kuruntwad Yatra is observed on Magh Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waning phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Siddheshwar Yatra at Jarali in Gadhinglaj Taluka of Kolhapur District

Siddheshwar Yatra at Jarali is annually observed in Magh month. It is undertaken to the Siddheshwar Temple located at Jarali in Gadhinglaj Taluka of Kolhapur District, Maharashtra.  Jarali Siddheshwar Yatra 2018 date is February 14.

Siddheshwar Yatra attracts hundreds of devotees. People also flock to the fair and festival organized during the period.

Processions, pujas, various rituals, traditional music, dance and food are the part of the festivities.
Siddheshwar Yatra is observed on Magh Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waning phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Dev Rameshwar Bhandara at Aitawade Budruk in Walwa Taluka of Sangli District

Dev Rameshwar Bhandara is annually observed in Phalgun month. The ritual is dedicated to Dev Rameshwar is of great importance at Aitawade Budruk in Walwa Taluka of Sangli District, Maharashtra. Dev Rameshwar Bhandara 2018 date is February 16.

Hundreds of people participate in the annual bhandra.

The Dev Rameshwar shrine at Aitavade Bk is traditional decorated for the occasion. Puja, prayers, rituals and satsangs are held on the day.
Dev Rameshwar Bhandara is observed on Phalgun Shukla Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon in Phalgun month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Kumbharli Mahakali Yatra in Chiplun Taluka of Ratnagiri District, Maharashtra

Kumbharli Mahakali Yatra is organized in Phalgun month. It is the annual festival and fair held at Mahakali Temple in Kumbharli in Chiplun Taluka of Ratnagiri District, Maharashtra. Kumbharli Mahakali Yatra 2018 date is February 16.

Kumbharli Mahakali Temple is dedicated to Mother Goddess Shakti.  The deity is the Kuldaivata or family deity of several communities in the region.

Rituals associated with Goddess Durga are performed during the yatra.

Palki, processions, traditional music and dance are part of the rituals.
Kumbharli Mahakali Yatra is observed on Phalgun Shukla Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon in Phalgun month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Bhaveshwari Yatra at Baleghol in Kagal Taluka of Kolhapur

Bhaveshwari Yatra is annually observed in Phalgun month. It is the annual fair and festival at the Bhaveshwari temple at Baleghol village in Kagal taluka of Kolhapur district, Maharashtra. Baleghol  Bhaveshwari Yatra 2018 date is February 16.

The main rituals during the festival include Ghatasthapana, Shastraingalya, Dandavat, and Palki Procession.

Devotees queue up from early morning hours to have darshan of the Mother Goddess.
Bhaveshwari Yatra iss annually observed on Phalgun Shukla Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon in Phalgun month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Curse on Pandu in the Mahabharata

Pandu was the father of the Pandavas in the Mahabharata. Story of the curse on Pandu in the Mahabharata is found in the Adi Parva of the Mahabharat. During a hunting expedition, Pandu struck an antelope with his arrow.

He had struck the antelope while it was mating with a doe. The antelope was Sage Kindama and the doe was his wife. To make love freely in the open, they had used their yogic powers to turn themselves into animals.

Before dying Sage Kindama cursed Pandu that since he killed him while he was making love to a woman, Pandu would never know the pleasure of lovemaking. If Pandu touches a woman, he would die instantly.
Years later Pandu appened to see Madri returning after taking bath. He could not resist the beauty of Madri, forgot about the curse, and touched her. Immediately the curse of Kindama was realized and Pandu died.

Siddheshwar Yatra at Limpangaon in Shrigonda Taluka of Ahmadnagar District, Maharashtra

Siddheshwar Yatra at Limpangaon is annually observed in Magh month. It is undertaken to the Siddheshwar Temple located at Limpangaon in Shrigonda Taluka of Ahmadnagar district, Maharashtra.  Limpangaon Siddheshwar Yatra 2018 date is February 15.
Siddheshwar Yatra attracts hundreds of devotees. People also flock to the fair and festival organized during the period.
Siddheshwar Yatra is observed on Magh Amavasya Tithi or the no moon day in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

How to do or perform Saraswati Puja?

Saraswati Puja is an important part of the Navaratri festival, especially in South India. Sarasvati Puja is observed at different times in different parts of India especially during Basant Panchami. The last three days of Navratri is dedicated to Goddess Saraswathi in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala. Saraswati Puja is also observed in Gujarat during the same period but in a different manner. Below is a step by step guide to how Saraswathi Puja is observed in South India.

The last day of Navratri, which is also the Mahanavami day, is observed as Ayudha Puja and Saraswati Puja. Books and tools are placed in the puja room or in front of the idol or painting of Goddess Saraswati on the previous day evening, which is the Durga Ashtami day. The books and tools are not touched on the Mahanavami day and they are removed from the pooja on the Vijayadashami day.

Requirements Image or idol of Goddess SaraswatiA white cloth (vastram)Flowers – louts, lilies or jasmine. Mango leav…

Rameshwar Rathotsav at Akeri in Kudal Taluka of Sindhudurg District in Maharashtra

Rameshwar Rathotsav is observed in Magh month. It is the important fair and chariot festival at the Rameshwar Temple at Akeri in Kudal Taluka of Sindhudurg District in Maharashtra. The shrine is located around 13 km south of Kudal town. Rameshwar Rathotsav 2018 date is February 15.

The annual fair and festival attracts hundreds of devotees. A lavishly decorated wooden chariot is pulled through the village on the day. It contains the utsava murti of the Lord Shiva. The chariot is decorated with flowers, leaves, plantain, sugarcane, lamps and lights.

Thousands of people arrive to witness the chariot majestically moving through the village.
Rameshwar Rathotsav is held on Magh Amavasya Tithi or the no moon day in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Sogal Someshwara Temple Rathotsav – Chariot Festival at Someshwar Temple at Sogal in Belgaum District, Karnataka

Sogal Someshwara Temple Rathotsav is observed in Phalgun month. It is the important fair and chariot festival at the Someshwar Temple at Sogal in Belgaum District (Belagavi), Karnataka. The shrine is located around 63 km east of Belagavi (Belgaum town). Sogal Someshwara Temple Rathotsav 2018 date is February 25.

The annual fair and festival attracts hundreds of devotees. A lavishly decorated wooden chariot is pulled through the village on the day. It contains the utsava murti of the Lord Shiva. The chariot is decorated with flowers, leaves, plantain, sugarcane, lamps and lights.

Thousands of people arrive to witness the chariot majestically moving through the village.
Sogal Someshwara Temple Rathotsav is held on Phalgun Shukla Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon Phalgun month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Karnataka.

Vithalai Devi Vadhdivas at Tarale in Radhanagari Taluka of Kolhapur District, Maharashtra

Vithalai Devi Vadhdivas is annually observed in Phalgun month. It is the Jayanti or the birth anniversary festival of Goddess Vithalai Devi. The day is of importance at Vithalai Devi Temple at Tarale in Radhanagari Taluka of Kolhapur District, Maharashtra. Tarle Vithalai Devi Vadhdivas 2018 date is February 25.

Vithalai Devi is the family deity or Kuladaiwata of numerous communities in the region. Numerous unique rituals are observed on the day.

The shrine is decorated for the occasion with lamps, lights, leaves, flowers etc for the occasion.
Vithalai Devi Vadhdivas is annually observed on Phalgun Shukla Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon in Phalgun month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Janai Devi Yatra at Dusale in Patan Taluka of Satara District, Maharashtra

Dusale Janai Devi Yatra is organized in Phalgun month. It is the annual festival and fair held at Janai Devi Temple in Dusale in Patan Taluka of Satara district, Maharashtra. Dusale Janai Devi Yatra 2018 date is February 25.

Janai Devi Temple is dedicated to Mother Goddess Shakti.  Janai Devi, an incarnation of Goddess Shakti, is worshipped mainly in Maharashtra.

Rituals associated with Goddess Durga are performed during the yatra.

The shrine is decorated for the occasion with lamps, lights, leaves, flowers etc for the occasion. Food donation is also held during the period.
Janai Devi Yatra at Dusale is observed on Phalgun Shukla Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon Phalgun month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Sateri Devi Vadhdivas at Aravali in Vengurla Taluka of Sindhudurg District, Maharashtra

Sateri Devi Vadhdivas is annually observed in Phalgun month. It is the Jayanti or the birth anniversary festival of Goddess Sateri Devi. The day is of importance at Sateri Devi Temple at Aravali in Vengurla Taluka of Sindhudurg District, Maharashtra. Sateri Devi Vadhdivas 2018 date is February 25.
Sateri Devi is the family deity or Kuladaiwata of numerous communities in the region. Numerous unique rituals are observed on the day.
The shrine is decorated for the occasion with lamps, lights, leaves, flowers etc for the occasion.
Sateri Devi Vadhdivas is annually observed on Phalgun Shukla Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon in Phalgun month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Makam Nakshatra Female Characteristics – Makam Birth Star Born Female Character

One of the most important characteristics of Makam Nakshatra born female is that they will have good knowledge. Another important character of the birth star is that they will be humble. Other Makam Nakshatra Female Characteristics are given below:
Will be respected and honored. Will not forgive the enemy. Will not forget a bad incident, it will be kept in mind. Will have fierce temperament. Will attract wealth and luxury. Spiritually inclined. Will undertake big projects. Will give importance to the ideas of husband. Maintain high moral standards.

Rare 25-feet Sitting Murti of Sri Krishna is Worshipped in This Temple in Tamil Nadu

Pandava Thoothar Perumal Temple, also known as Thirupadagam, is a unique shrine dedicated to Bhagavan Sri Krishna in Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu. A 25 feet murti (idol) of Lord Krishna is found in the sanctum sanctorum of the temple. The shrine is located opposite to the famous Ekambareswarar Temple in Kanchipuram.

The 25 feet murti of Bhagavan Sri Krishna faces east and it is in this form that he appeared before Janamejaya.
Sri Krishna is known as Pandava Tootha because he went to the court of Hastinapura as messenger of peace. However, Duryodhana insulted him and attempted to capture him. This led to Bhagavan Sri Krishna displaying his Virat Roopa or cosmic form.
Janmajeya, great grandson of Pandavas, want to have darshan of Bhagavan Sri Krishna when he heard this story. Bhagavan Sri Krishna then appeared before Janmajeya in the Pandava Thoothar form.

Yajnavalkya Jayanti

Yajnavalkya Jayanti is the birth anniversary of Sage Yajnavalkya whose is famous for his teachings in the Upanishads and the Yagnavalkya Smriti and Samhita. Yajnavalkya Jayanti 2018 date is February 20. Some historians are of the view that the great saint was born on the Phalgun Shukla Panchami day in 3230 BC. Please note that Yajnavalkya Jayanthi is observed by some Hindu communities in Kartik Month (October – November).

There are several Sage Yajnavalkyas mentioned in the Upanishads the most important among them is the Yajnavalkya whose is believed to have lived during the period of 3200 BC. He is also known as Vajasaneya Devarata.

The Jayanthi of Yajnavalkya on the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon in Phalgun month is mainly observed in North India and western parts of India.

Important Teaching from Kathopanishad

Know the atman to be the master of the chariot; the body, the chariot; the buddhi, the charioteer; and the mind, the reins.
The senses, they say, are the horses; the objects, the roads. The wise call the atman —united with the body, the senses, and the mind — the enjoyer.
If the buddhi [intellect], being related to a mind that is always distracted, loses its discrimination, then the senses become uncontrolled, like the vicious horses of a charioteer.
But if the buddhi, being related to a mind that is always restrained, possesses discrimination, then the senses come under control, like the good horses of a charioteer. - Kathopanishad

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

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Thursday, February 11, 2016 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during waxing phase of moon till 3:10 PM on February 11. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is February 11, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious day.
Nakshatra – Purvabhadra or Pooruruttathi Nakshatra till 2:12 PM on February 11. Then onward it is Uttarabhadra or Uthrittathi Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kumbha Rashi till 5:42 AM. Then onward it is Meena Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Ganesh Jayanti, Varad Chaturthi. Tilkund Chaturthi in Maharashtra
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Magh Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during waxing phase of moon in Magh month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, …

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