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Venkatachalapathy Temple at Krishnapuram Village near Tirunelveli needs immediate attention

The 16th century VenkatachalapathyTemple at KrishnapuramVillage in Tirunelveli District is noted for its unique intricately carved stone sculptures. The temple is dedicated to Lord Venkatachalapathy (Venkateswara) with his consorts Sri Devi and Bhu Devi on either side. Situated about nine km from Tirunelveli town, currently the temple and around 40 sculptures are in a dilapidated condition due to lack of maintenance.V Krithiga writes in about the present condition of the templeThe Veerappa Naick Mandapam situated north of the temple has two beautifully-carved elephants at its entrance. The six pillars at the mandapam exhibit `Puranic’ scenes with dexterity. Another unique feature of the temple is the musical pillars that produce interesting sound, when tapped.Some of the rare sculptures such as Arjuna with a flowing beard performing penance with a bow and an arrow in his hands, a princess and a prince being abducted by a Kuravan and a Kuratti (gypsies) and rescued by a…


Bhaubeej, also known as Bhaibeej, is celebrated on the fifth day of Diwali. The festival is also known as Bhai Tika. The name Bhaubeej is commonly used in Maharashtra and Goa and it is also known as Yama Dvitiya in many parts of Maharashtra. In 2017, the date of Bhaubeej is October 21. The festival is popularly known as Bhai Dooj and is observed on the same day throughout North India. In South India, especially in Karnataka the festival is known as Yama Dvitiya.
The celebration of Bhaubeej is based on the famous visit by Lord Yama, the god of death, to his sister Yami’s home. Legend has it that Yamaraj visited his sister Yami on this day after Diwali. Yami welcomed her brother with aarati and by applying the auspicious Tika on his forehead. She also served him his favorite dishes and in return Yamraj gave her gifts.
Yamraj who was overwhelmed by his sister’s love and care said to Yami that who receives tilak on this day from his sister will have to never suffer hell. Since then Bha…

Nagula Chavithi

Nagula Chavithi, also known as Naagula Chaviti, is a highly auspicious day dedicated to Nagas (Cobras) in Andhra Pradesh and adjoining areas. In 2017, Nagula Chavithi date is October 23. It is celebrated on the fourth day after Deepavali in Kartik month (October – November). In many places, it is a three day festival – Nagula Chavithi is followed by Naga Panchami and Naga Sashti on the following days. The day is of great importance in Naga Temples in the state.

The most important Naga Panchami festival, which is widely celebrated in India, is observed on the fifth day after the new moon day in the month of Shravan (July – August). This is a single day festival.

Nagula Chavithi is widely celebrated only in Andhra Pradesh and is associated with the legend of Samudra Manthan. It is believed that Lord Shiva drank the poison Halahala or Kalkuta to save the universe on this day.

The main event on the day includes pujas and prayers in Naga temples across the state.

Nowadays, Nagula Chavithi …

Labh Pancham

Labh Pancham is a highly auspicious day associated with Diwali celebrations in Gujarat. In 2017, the date of Labh Pancham is October 25. Shops and businesses are reopened after Diwali holidays on Labh Pancham which is also the last festival during Deepavali period. The day is also known as Lakheni Panchmi and Saubhaagya Panchmi and is observed on the fifth day of Kartik month in Gujarat. Those people who did not perform or missed Sharda Pujan on Diwali perform the puja on this day.

Inspirational Sayings from Swami Sivananda

Be what you say. Say what you are. Be simple like a child. The greatest truths are the simplest; and so are the greatest men.Sadhana (spiritual practices) is catching hold of one ideal and sticking to it at all costs, even at the risk of life.Brahman or the Absolute is ever free. Know this. Know this and be ever!Swami Sivananda