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Sabarimala Mandala Kalam – Pilgrim season November – December at Ayyappa Temple

Lord Ayyappa gives continues darshan to his devotees for 41-days at SabarimalaTemple during the Mandala Kalam (November – December). For 2017 - 2018 - Sabarimala Temples opens on November 15, 2017 evening and closes on December 26, 2017 after Mandala Puja. The Temple then opens December 30, 2017 for Makaravilakku Puja.

The Sabarimala Ayyappa temple remains closed for the major part of a year. So Mandala Kalam is the period chosen by most pilgrims to visit the shrine. The 41-day pilgrim season, also known as Mandala Pooja, attracts millions of devotees to this hill shrine dedicated to Sastha.

The pilgrim season begins on the first day of Malayalam month Vrischikam (Mid November) and continues for 41 days. The Mandala Kalam ends during the fag end of December, in the Malayalam month Dhanu. The temple is then closed for a day and reopens for the Makaravilaku season, which ends on January 14 or 15.

The temple then opens and conducts pujas only on the first of every Malayalam month and dur…

Coral Rocks sold as Ram Sethu Bridge Rock at Rameshwaram

Ram Sethu, or Ramar Sethu, is the bridge built by the Vanara Sena (Monkey Army) for Lord Ram to crossover to Sri Lanka to rescue Sita from Ravana. The popular belief is that the stones used to build the bridge floats in water. Now scrupulous businessmen are selling coral rocks to devotees claiming that the rocks are a part of the holy RamSethuBridge.Coral rocks tend to float naturally and this makes the pilgrims believe that the rocks are the ones used by Lord Rama's army and buy it at prices ranging from 500 rupees to 1000 rupees.Press Trust of India reportsDespite a ban on the trade of coral rocks under the Wild Life and Marine Life Protection Acts, they are being sold at five places – Seetha Theertham, Ram Theertham, Lakshman Theertham, Kandhamadhanaparvam and at an ashram – in the island.Gopinathan, a tourist guide, said they get a nominal commission for each stone sold through them. The stones were even presented to VIPs visiting the island, stating that it was auspicious to …

State Bank of Travancore offers e-payment for booking pujas at Guruvayur Temple

The State Bank of Travancore (SBT) has launched online payment facility for making donations and booking pujas (Vazhipadu) at the famous GuruvayoorTemple in Kerala. The facility is currently only available to the internet banking users of SBT. After logging on to the website of Guruvayur Devaswom, devotees can select the particular puja and make payment through their SBT bank account.Once the payment process is complete, the Devaswom will make sure that the puja is done as per request and the Prasadam will be sent to the devotee through post.The online puja and donation at Guruvayur Temple can also made using normal online payment methods.
You can find more details about the various pujas that can be made online at the official website of GuruvayurTemple.

Three Principles to Follow for a Divine Life by Swami Chidananda

If you wish to enter into Divine Life you have to observe three principles of conduct and character in your day-to-day living in the secular world. They are indispensable requirements which form the foundation and basis of a Divine Life of service, worship, meditation and God-Realization. They are: Kindness and compassion towards all, in thought, word and deed. This is ahimsa, or non-injury. Be a cosmic benefactor, having ceaseless love for all, even to the least of God’s creatures. Be a center of peace and happiness to all. Be rooted in absolute truthfulness, even at the cost of your life. Absolute honesty and integrity for Truth is God. One established in Truth can attain God. Purity of conduct and character, self-restraint, chastity and purity of feeling for all people; the overall control of the base aspects of your being. Ever keep your mind on the supreme goal. Have absolute faith in your connection with God. See His invisible presence in and through all things in and around you…