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Sabarimala Mandala Pooja in 2008

The Mandala Puja at SabarimalaAyyappaTemple marks the culmination of the 41-day Mandala Kalam or Mandala Pooja season. The SabarimalaAyyappaTemple remains continuously open for 41 days only during this period. After the Mandala Pooja, the temple closes for a brief period of two to three days and reopens for Makaravilakku festival. In 2008, the date of Sabarimala Mandala Pooja is December 26. The Sabarimala Mandala Kalam begins in mid-November – on the first day of Malayalam month Vrishchikam. The 41 days conclude during the last week of December – in the Malayalam month Dhanu. The puja on last day is known as Mandala Puja and it is held in the evening. The puja is held by adorning the Thanka Anki (golden attire) which is brought in a procession from the famous Aranmula Sree Parthasarathy Temple. The shrine then closes for three days and reopens for the famous Makaravilakku festival which is marked by numerous processions including the famous Petta Thullal.

Important Hindu Festivals and Auspicious Days in January 2009

Dates of important festivals associated with Hinduism in 2009 January – based on major Hindu calendars used in India.2nd January – Shasti Fasting7th January – Vaikunta Ekadasi – Putrada Ekadashi8th January – Pradosham 10th January – Arudhra Dharsanam11th January – Paush Poornima (In some regions Purnima begins on January 10.)11th January – Magh Mela begins11th January – Magh Month begins traditional Hindi calendar13th January - Bhogi14th January – Makar Sankranti 14th January – Uttarayan14th January – Pongal14th January – Thai Month begins in Tamil Calendar14th January – Makaram Month begins in Malayalam Calendar14th January - Sankashti Chaturthi Vrata
15th January – Kanuma15th January – Magh month begins in Bengali Calendar17th January – Vivekananda Jayanti21st January – Shattila Ekadasi 23rd January – Pradosham26th January – Somvati Amavasi – Mauni Amavas27th January – Magh Month begins in Marathi and Gujarati Calendar27th January – Gupt Navratri begins31st January – Vasant Panchami3…

Swami Vivekananda Thoughts

There is really no difference between matter, mind, and Spirit. They are only different phases of experiencing the One. This very world is seen by the five senses as matter, by the very wicked as hell, by the good as heaven, and by the perfect as God. (Complete Works, Vol. Seventh Edition, p.272) No religion on earth preaches the dignity of humanity in such a lofty strain as Hinduism and no religion on earth treads upon the necks of the poor and the low in such a fashion as Hinduism. (Complete works, Vol.V, p.15) - We profess the highest philosophy and we indulge in low behavior. Why? Swami Vivekananda diagnosed this as a lack of will power to carry idea into practice.Change is always subjective. To talk of evil and misery is nonsense, because they do not exist outside. If I am immune from all anger, I never feel angry. If am immune from all hatred, I never feel hatred.Swami Vivekananda