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Buy Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple Prasadam coupons at Dhanalakshmi Bank

During the Mandala-Makaravillaku Festival in 2008, Lord Ayyappa devotees visiting the famous SabarimalaAyyappaTemple can buy the coupons for Aravana Payasam, Appam and Modakam prasadams from Dhanalakshmi Bank branches from anywhere in India. This highly praiseworthy move from the temple authorities will help in reducing the long wait before coupon counters at Sannidhanam. Through this innovative idea an Ayyappa devotee visiting the Sabarimala shrine can buy coupons from a local branch of Dhanalakshmi Bank before starting his journey. SabarimalaAyyappaTemple, which is managed by Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB), had run into trouble last year with the Prasadam distribution. It was for the first time that TDB had made this type of arrangement for distribution of prasadam coupons, a board release said. (The Hindu) There is a huge demand for Aravana Payasam and Appam (the most important prasadams at the temple) during the two-month long annual festival of Mandala-Makaravillaku (November t…

Margsheersh Mahina 2010 – Margshirsh Month in 2010

Margshirsh, or Margsheersh, is the ninth month in the traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in North India. It is also written as Margashira Maas or Margasira. Margshirsh which follows the Chatur Mas period, is selected for marriage ceremonies, grih pravesh (house warming) etc. In 2010, Margshirsh month in North India begins on November 22 and ends on December 21. It must be noted here that the current year in traditional Hindi calendar is 2067. In Marathi, Telugu and Kannada Calendar also Margshirsh month begins on December 6 and ends on January 4, 2011. It must be noted here that Margsheersh (Magshar) is the second month in traditional Gujarati Calendar and it begins on December 6 and ends on January 4, 2011. Some of the auspicious days that fall in this month include Mahakal Bhairav Ashtami, Geeta Jayanti and Mokshada Ekadasi.

What is Tulsi Puja? – Information and Importance of Tulasi Shaligram Pooja

Tulsi Puja, also known as Tulsi Vivah or Tulasi Shaligram Puja, is observed during the waxing phase of the moon in Kartik month. Tulsi, Holy Basil, is associated with Lord Krishna and is found in majority of Hindu homes and lamp is lit in front of it and worshiped daily. In 2017, the date of Tulsi Puja is October 31 for those observing it on Uthana Ekadasi. November 1  for those communities observing it on Karthika Shuddha Dwadashi or the day after Ekadasi. Some communities observe it on Kartik Purnima, which is on November 4.

Tulsi Puja or Tulsi Vivah is usually performed between Karthik Shuddh Ekadasi and Kartik Purnima. The main ritual involves the wedding of Tulsi Plant to Lord Vishnu in the form of Shaligram.

Tulsi Pooja also marks the end of Diwali fortnight for many communities. You can find more details about the Tulsi Puja ritual and legend here.

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