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Alwarthirunagari Temple Puja and Darshan Timings

Alwarthirunagari Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and one of the Nava Tirupathi Temple. Alwarthirunagari Temple Timings is given in detail below. Please note that there will be change in opening and closing and pooja time during festivals and other important rituals. There will be change in darshan time during grahanam or eclipse.
Alwarthirunagari Temple Timings Morning Opening and Closing Time 5:30 AM to 12:00 PM Evening Opening and Closing Time 4:30 PM to 8:45 PM
Alwarthirunagari Temple Detail Puja Timings
1. Thiruvananthal Pooja 6:00 AM 2. Alangara Theertham 6:30 AM 3. Vishwaroopam 7:00 AM 4. Dosa Amutha Seithal 8:00 AM 5. Thiruvaradhanam 10:00 AM 6. Suttru Koil 10:15 AM 7. Theertham Viniyogam 10:30 AM 8. Samba Thiruvananthal 10:50 AM 9. Samba Thalikai 11:00 AM 10. Maalai Thirukaapu Nikal 5:00 PM 11. Suttru Koil Thiruvananthal 6:30 PM 12. Swamygal Thiruvananthal 7:00 PM 13. Theertham Viniyogam 8:15 PM 14. Thiruvisaka Thalikai 8:30 PM 15.

Masoba Yatra at Banpuri in Atpadi Taluka of Sangli district in Maharashtra

Masoba Yatra in Banpuri village is observed in Chaitra month. It is annual fair and festival at the Masoba Temple at Banpuri Village in Atpadi Taluka of Sangli district in Maharashtra.  Masoba Yatra 2018 date is March 18. The shrine is dedicated to Gram Devata or Spirit who is worshipped near cremation sites.

The festival and fair attracts hundreds of devotees to the mandir.

Processions, pujas, rituals, fireworks etc are part of the festivities.

For the annual festival, the shrine is decorated with lamps, lights, flowers, leaves and sugarcane for the occasion.
Masoba Yatra in Banpuri is annually observed on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Pratipada tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Seven Forms of Tandava Performed by Shiva – Seven types of Tandava

Seven Forms of Tandava performed by Shiva are:

Kalika Tandavam – dance of creation Sandhya Tandavam – dance of preservation of cosmos Shankara Tandavam – dance of destruction Tripura Tandavam – dance of concealment Vurtha Tandavam or Anugraha Thandavam – the dance through which beings experience the world. The grace of Shiva with which He reveals to the self its true nature. Ananda Tandava – He carries out all the above said five functions – Nataraja Form Bhujangatirasam – Named after the serpent which Shiva wears.
Another famous Tandava performed by Shiva is the Urdhva Tandava, when he competed with Goddess Parvati.

Gensiddha Yatra at Kumbhari in Solapur

Gensiddha Yatra is annually observed in Chaitra month. It is the annual fair and festival at the Gensiddha temple located at Kumbhari in Solapur. The mandir or Devasthan is the focal point of activity on the day. Gensiddha Yatra 2018 date is March 18. It is observed on Gudi Padwa day.

The annual yatra attracts hundreds of devotees.
Gensiddha Yatra is observed on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Pratipada tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Shiva Parvati Yatra at Ranzani Village in Pandharpur Taluka of Solapur district in Maharashtra

Shiva Parvati Yatra at Ranzani village is observed in Chaitra month. It is the annual fair and festival at the Shivparvati temple at Ranzani Village in Pandharpur Taluka of Solapur district in Maharashtra. Various unique pujas and rituals are held on the occasion. Shiva Parvati Yatra 2018 date is March 18.
The shrine is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

For the annual festival, the shrine is decorated with lamps, lights, flowers, leaves and sugarcane for the occasion.

The festival and fair attracts hundreds of devotees to the shrine.

Various unique rituals and pujas are held on the occasion, which include palki and processions.
Shiva Parvati Yatra at Ranzani is annually observed on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Pratipada tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Nagaon Bagad Yatra in Walwa Taluka of Sangli District in Maharashtra

Bagad Yatra in Nagaon village is observed in Chaitra month. It is the annual fair and festival at the temple at Nagaon Village in Walwa Taluka of Sangli District in Maharashtra. Various unique pujas and rituals are held on the occasion. Nagaon Bagad Yatra 2018 date is March 18. The shrine is dedicated to Bhairava form of Shiva.

For the annual festival, the shrine is decorated with lamps, lights, flowers, leaves and sugarcane for the occasion.

The festival and fair attracts hundreds of devotees to the Bhairavnath temple.
Nagaon Bagad Yatra is annually observed on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Pratipada tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Suryanarayan Yatra at Narayan Chincholi in Pandharpur on Gudi Padwa

Suryanarayan Yatra at Narayan Chincholi is annually observed in Chaitra month – on Gudi Padwa day. It is an important fair and festival at the Suryanarayan temple at Narayan Chincholi in Pandharpur, Maharashtra. The shrine is dedicated to Lord Surya, sun god in Hinduism. Narayan Chincholi Suryanarayan Yatra 2018 date is March 18.

The shrine is decorated with lamps, lights, flowers, leaves and sugarcane for the occasion.

Hundreds of people participate in the unique ritual, pujas and festivities. The temple remains open during the entire day and different rituals take place.
Suryanarayan Yatra at Narayan Chincholi is observed on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Pratipada tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Kotharjai Devi Utsav at Mogarwadi in Haveli Taluka of Pune District in Maharashtra

Kotharjai Devi Utsav is Mogarwadi village is observed in Chaitra month. It is annual fair and festival at the Kotharjai Devi at Mogarwadi Village in Haveli Taluka of Pune District in Maharashtra. Various unique pujas and rituals are held on the occasion. Mogarwadi Kotharjai Devi Utsav 2018 date is March 18. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Kodarjai Devi, grama devata.
For the annual festival, the shrine is decorated with lamps, lights, flowers, leaves and sugarcane for the occasion.
The festival and fair attracts hundreds of devotees. A fair is held during the occasion.
Kotharjai Devi Utsav is annually observed on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Pratipada tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Bhairavnath Yatra at Khed Village in Shirala Taluka of Sangli district in Maharashtra

Bhairavnath Yatra in Khed village is observed in Chaitra month. It is the annual fair and festival at the Bhairavnath Temple at Khed Village in Shirala Taluka of Sangli district in Maharashtra. Various unique pujas and rituals are held on the occasion. Khed Bhairavnath Yatra 2018 date is March 18. The shrine is dedicated to Bhairava form of Shiva.

For the annual festival, the shrine is decorated with lamps, lights, flowers, leaves and sugarcane for the occasion.

The festival and fair attracts hundreds of devotees to the Bhairavnath temple.
Khed Bhairavnath Yatra is annually observed on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Pratipada tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Jyotirling Yatra at Ane Village in Karad Taluka of Satara district in Maharashtra

Jyotirling Yatra is Ane village is observed in Chaitra month. It is annual fair and festival at the Jyotirling Temple at Ane Village in Karad Taluka of Satara district in Maharashtra. Various unique pujas and rituals are held on the occasion. Ane Jyotirling Yatra 2018 date is March 18.

For the annual festival, the shrine is decorated with lamps, lights, flowers, leaves and sugarcane for the occasion.

The festival and fair attracts hundreds of devotees to the Jyotirling temple.
Ane Jyotirling Yatra is annually observed on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Pratipada tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Vithalai Jagar at Akanur in Radhanagari Taluka of Kolhapur District, Maharashtra

Vithalai Jagar at Akanur is annually observed in Chaitra month. The Jagar is an important ritual at the Vithalai Devi Mandir at Akanur in Radhanagari Taluka of Kolhapur District, Maharashtra. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Vithalai, gram devata. Akanur Vithalai Jagar 2018 date is March 18.

The shrine is decorated with lamps, lights, flowers, leaves and sugarcane for the occasion.

Hundreds of people participate in the unique ritual. The temple remains open during the entire day and different rituals take place. All night vigil is kept on the day.
Vithalai Jagar at Boravade is observed on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Pratipada tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Srivaikundam Kailasanathar Temple – Sixth Nava Kailasam Temple at Srivaikuntam in Tirunelveli District

Srivaikundam Kailasanathar Temple is one of the Nava Kailasam Temples and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is located at Srivaikuntam in Tirunelveli District, Tamil Nadu. This temple is associated with Shani (Saturn), among the Navgrahas. The shrine is around 30 km from Tirunelveli Town. This is the sixth among the nine Nava Kailasam temples.




Shiva is worshiped here as Kailasanathar. Mother Goddess Shakti is worshiped as Sivakamiammal. Nandi murti faces the main Shivling worshiped in the shrine.
Shani is worshiped in a separate shrine in the temple.

Subsidiary deities worshiped in the temple include Ganesha, Muruga with his consorts and Lord Bhairava.

The flagstaff in the temple is believed to have been brought from Kanyakumari Amman Temple.




Nataraja is worshipped in the temple is covered with sandal paste. He is here known as Santana Sabhapathy.

Huge Bhootanatha Murti at the Temple

Lord Bhootanatha, believed to be a manifestation of Sastha, is the guardian deity in the shrine. His murt…

Vishnu Suktam in Kannada in pdf format

Vishnu Suktam is dedicated to Bhagvan Srihari Vishnu. It is chanted for attaining success, peace and prosperity. You can download the prayer in Kannada text in pdf in the link given below.

The prayer should be chanted during morning or evening hours.

It is also chanted on auspicious days dedicated to Vishnu especially on Ekadasi.

The file is created by prapatti.com.
Link – Vishnu Suktam in Kannada in pdf

Wakeshwar Yatra at Wakurde Khurd in Shirala Taluka of Sangli district, Maharashtra

Wakeshwar Yatra at Wakurde Khurd is annually observed in Chaitra month. The yatra is an important festival at the Wakeshwar Mandir at Wakurde Khurd in Shirol Taluka of Sangli district, Maharashtra. The shrine is dedicated to Shri Wakeshwar. Wakurde Khurd Wakeshwar Yatra 2018 date is March 18.

The shrine is decorated with lamps, lights, flowers, leaves and sugarcane for the occasion.

The main ritual includes processions, palkhi and offerings to Lord Wakeshwar.

Hundreds of people participate in the yatra and festivities. The temple remains open during the entire day and different rituals take place.
Wakeshwar Yatra at Wakurde Khurd is observed on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Birdev Yatra at Itakare in Walwa Taluka of Sangli District, Maharashtra

Birdev Yatra at Itakare is annually observed in Chaitra month. The yatra is an important festival at the Birdev Mandir at Itakare in Walwa Taluka of Sangli District, Maharashtra. The shrine is dedicated to Birdev, Gram Devata. Itakare Birdev Yatra 2018 date is March 18.

The shrine is decorated with lamps, lights, flowers, leaves and sugarcane for the occasion.

Birdev is the family deity of the Shepherd community from Maharashtra, Telangana, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

The main ritual includes processions, palkhi and offerings to Vitthal Birdev.

Hundreds of people participate in the yatra and festivities. The temple remains open during the entire day and different rituals take place.

Birdev Yatra at Itakare is observed on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Sri Mahalakshmi Palki and Yatra at Mumbai Mahalakshmi Temple on Gudi Padwa

Sri Mahalakshmi Palki and Yatra at the famous Mumbai Mahalakshmi Temple is observed on the first day of Chaitra month, Gudi Padwa day. The annual ritual attracts thousands of devotees. Sri Mahalakshmi Palki and Yatra 2018 date is March 18.

Sri Mahalakshmi Temple in Mumbai is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi, Kali and Saraswati. This temple located on the northern side of the Malabar Hills in Mumbai attracts thousands of devotees daily.

The temple is lavishly decorated with lamps, lights, flowers, leaves and sugarcane for the occasion.

The utsava murtis worshipped in the shrine is taken on Palkhi on the day.
Various pujas and rituals for a peaceful and progressive year are held on the day.

Balchandrama Vrat

Balchandrama Vrat is observed in Chaitra month. It is dedicated to Balchandrama and is observed for prosperity and happy life. This is a very rare vrat mainly observed by some communities in western and northwestern parts of India. Balchandrama Vrat 2018 date is March 18.

After early morning bath and purification, prayers are offered to Ganesha and then to Balchandrama. Only a single meal is taken on the day. The Prasad offered is white in color.
Balchandrama vrat is observed on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Pratipada tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month.

Ambabai Yatra at Yelwade in Radhanagari Taluka of Kolhapur District, Maharashtra

Ambabai Yatra at Yelwade is annually observed in Phagun month. The Yatra is an important festival at the Ambabai Devi Mandir at Yelwade in Radhanagari Taluka of Kolhapur District, Maharashtra. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Ambabai, manifestation of Goddess Durga. Yelwade Ambabai Yatra 2018 date is March 17.

The shrine is decorated with lamps, lights, flowers, leaves and sugarcane for the occasion.

Hundreds of people participate in the unique ritual. The temple remains open during the entire day and different rituals take place.
Ambabai Yatra at Yelwade is observed on Phalgun Amavasya Tithi or the no moon day in Phalgun month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Durg Manawad Yatra at Vithalai Temple in Kagal Taluka of Kolhapur District, Maharashtra

Vithalai Temple Yatra at Durg Manawad is annually observed in Phagun month. The yatra is an important ritual at the Vithalai Devi Mandir at Durg Manawad in Kagal Taluka of Kolhapur District, Maharashtra. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Vithalai, gram devata. Durg Manawad Yatra 2018 date is March 15.

The shrine is decorated with lamps, lights, flowers, leaves and sugarcane for the occasion.

Hundreds of people participate in the unique ritual. The temple remains open during the entire day and different rituals take place. All night vigil is kept on the day.
Durg Manawad Yatra is observed on Phalgun Krishna Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the 13th day during the waning phase of moon Phalgun month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Vithalai Jagar at Khebwade in Karvir Taluka of Kolhapur District, Maharashtra

Vithalai Jagar at Khebwade is annually observed in Phagun month. The Jagar is an important ritual at the Vithalai Devi Mandir at Khebwade in Karvir Taluka of Kolhapur District, Maharashtra. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Vithalai, gram devata. Khebwade Vithalai Jagar 2018 date is March 14.

The shrine is decorated with lamps, lights, flowers, leaves and sugarcane for the occasion.

Hundreds of people participate in the unique ritual. The temple remains open during the entire day and different rituals take place. All night vigil is kept on the day.
Vithalai Jagar at Khebwade is observed on Phalgun Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the 12th day during the waning phase of moon Phalgun month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Yashwant Baba Rathotsav or Chariot Festival at Mayani near Khatav in Satara District

Yashwant Baba Rathotsav or Chariot Festival is annually observed in Phalgun month. It is dedicated to Yashwant Baba, a sant in the great Bhakti tradition in Maharashtra. The chariot festival is held at Mayani near Khatav in Satara District. Yashwant Baba Rathotsav 2018 date is March 14.

Yashwant Baba led a simple life and taught people the value of humility and simplicity. He spread the message of harmony and truth.

The Samadhi or the final resting place of the saint is located at Mayani.

The chariot festival attracts hundreds of followers of the great saint.
Yashwant Baba Rathotsav is observed on Phalgun Krishna Paksha Dwadashi tithi or the twelfth day during the waning phase of moon in Phalgun month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Punyadin - Death Anniversary of Shivaji Maharaj

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Punyadin is the death anniversary of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj who established the Maratha Empire during the 17th century and kindled the spirit of self rule among Hindus who were being governed by foreign rulers. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Punyadin is annually observed on April 3. In 2018, it is the 338th death anniversary of Shivaji Maharaj.

From childhood, Shivaji Maharaj showed exemplary courage and was troubled by the lack of unity and helplessness among his community.

In the second half of the 17th century, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj rose from a minor chieftain to an independent king, founding the Maratha kingdom. With this, he brought back the lost self respect of Hindus and showed the world that Hindus can be united and they can challenge any force that tries to unsettle the Hindu world.
He died at Raigad Fort in Maharashtra at the age of 52.

Mind of a self-realized soul is a mindless mind – Mata Amritanandamayi

The mind of a self-realized soul is a mindless mind. It is expansiveness.

A self-realized soul uses the mind for interacting with the world. However, there is a big difference between the common human mind, which is full of various thoughts, and the mind of a self-realized soul. Self-realized souls us the mind, we are used by the mind. They are not calculative, but spontaneous. Spontaneity is the nature of the heart. A person who is overly identified with the mind cannot be spontaneous.

There are plenty of occasions when people identify with the heart and its positive feelings. When people are kind, compassionate and considerate of others, they dwell more in their heart than in their mind. But they are not always able to behave like that. So more often people are identified with the mind because it is more powerful.

In order to remain attuned with the positive feelings of the heart, you should strengthen your connection with the silence of your spiritual heart and weaken your conne…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – February 24, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon till 12:14 AM on February 24. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is February 24, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious date after 9:45 AM.
Nakshatra – Purva Phalguni or Pooram Nakshatra till 8:45 AM on February 24. Then onward it is Uttara Phalguni or Uthiram Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Purva Phalguni or Pooram Nakshatra till 9:42 AM on February 24. Then onward it is Uttara Phalguni or Uthiram Nakshatra.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Simha Rashi till 3:28 PM. Then onward it is Kanya Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Guja…

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