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Patiram Trace Hindu Shiva Temple at Penal in Trinidad

PatiramTraceShivaTemple at Penal in Trinidad is famous for a Swayabhu (self manifested) Shivling. The Shivalingam in Patiram Trace Shiva Mandir is still growing according to devotees who are regular visitors to the temple. Penal town is located southwest of Trinidad. Nearly 25% of the population of Trinidad are Hindus.According to local people about a century ago, a man was hired to clean the bush on top of the hill on the outskirts of Penal. After clearing some bush, he tried to sharpen his sword on a stone protruding on hill. Suddenly, the stone chipped and milk flowed from the stone. Some people also say that blood flowed from it. After the incident the man lost his eyesight. But he realized the power existing there and soon a small Shiva shrine was erected and he took care of the divine Shivling. Being blind he could not take care of the lingam properly and the man prayed to Shiva to have his eyes restored. It is said that soon he got back his sight and devoted his entire life to …

Special Arrangements at Tirumala Tirupati Balaji Temple for New Year 2009

The abode of Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala Tirupati witness heavy rush during New Year. Thousands of people visit the TirupatiBalajiTemple on December 31, 2008 and January 1, 2009. For a hassle free darshan, Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) has made several important arrangements including cancellation of passes and some Sevas.No passes will be issued for Srivari Darshan on January 1, 2009 and Vaikunta Ekadasi on January 7, 2009.Govindamala devotees will have darshan of the Lord along with other devotees through VQC-II on these days. There will be no special arrangements made for them. In view heavy rush of pilgrims on New Year on January 1st and Vaikunta Ekadasi on January 7th all the Arjitha Sevas are cancelled from December 31 to January 2 as well as on January 7. As huge number of pilgrims visit Tirumala during these days necessary arrangements like food, medical, transportation, accommodation, sanitation, water, electricity and other facilities will also be completed before D…

Vishnu Deepam

The full moon day in the Tamil month of Karthigai is observed as Vishnu Deepam by Lord Vishnu devotees (Vaishnavites). The day is popularly known as Karthigai Deepam – when all houses and temples will be decorated with oil lamps after sunset. Vishnu Deepam is celebrated by lighting bonfire known as Sokkappanai in Vishnu shrines. The reason for the festival is based on Lord Vamana (Lord Thrivikrama) incarnation of Lord Vishnu. In 2018, the date of Vishnu Deepam is November 22. (some calendars have marked this on November 23)

Lord Vamana sending King Bali to the underworld is the basis of Vishnu Deepam. It is said that the two steps of Lord Vamana are the Uttarayan and vernal equinox. And the third step which sends Bali to the underworld is the autumn equinox. The bonfire lit on Vishnu Deepam remembers this event.

Vishnu Deepam is also observed as Yanai Pandigai by some communities in South India.