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Showing posts from November 8, 2008

Vaikathashtami at the Vaikom Mahadeva Temple in Kerala

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, VaikomMahadevaTemple in Kerala is one of the oldest and the most famous temples in Kerala both from religious and social perspective. In 2017, the date of Vaikathashtami is December 10. Vaikathashtami or Vaikkath Asthami, celebrated in the Malayalam month of Vrischikam (November – December) is one of the most famous Hindu temple festivals in Kerala. Lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of Shivalinga here.

Lord Shiva is popularly known as Vaikkathappan here and he appears in three forms in a day – morning he is Dakshinamoorti, noon he is Kiratamurti and in the evening he is Sambhashivan along with Goddess Parvati. The huge Shivlinga worshipped here, which is five feet in height, is believed to have formed during the Treta Yuga.

Vaikathashtami festival is the day when Lord Shiva and Parvati is believed to have given darshan to Sage Vyakrapada. Ashtami Vilakku (lamps) is a major event during the festival. Another highlight of the day is the arrival of Lord Murga …

Holy Bath in Pushkar Lake on Kartik Purnima

The Kartik, or Kartika month, in a traditional Hindu calendar is one of the holiest months and the most important religious and spiritual event during the month is the Kartik Snaan – taking a holy dip in sacred ponds, tirths and rivers. In 2016, the date of holy dip in PushkarLake (Sarovar) on Kartika Purnima is November 14. The Poornima or full moon day in Kartik month is considered auspicious for the holy bath especially at PushkarLake during Pushkar Fair in Rajasthan.

PushkarLake is one of the most important sacred lakes in India and it is believed to have been created by the falling of a lotus from the hand of Lord Brahma. It is widely believed that taking a holy dip on the auspicious Kartik Purnima will help in attaining Moksha (salvation) and wash away sins committed.

The Pushkar sarovar is noted for the fifty two bathing ghats and each is supposed to be sacred in its own right. Hindu devotees believe that a dip or having a holy bath in the waters of the PushkarLake on Kartika P…

Sant Tulsidas Quotes

What does it matter whether it is Sanskrit or the common dialect? True love is the one thing needed. If a rug serves better, what is the use of a shawl?The ornament of the night is the moon, that of the day is the sun. The ornament of the devotee is devotion, that of devotion knowledge. The ornament of knowledge is meditation, that of meditation is renunciation. The ornament of renunciation, says Tulsi, is pure, unalloyed peace.Sant Tulsidas