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Sabarimala Makara Jyothi and Makara Vilakku 2018 Live Online – How to Watch?

The annual Sabarimala Makara Jyothi and Makaravilakku festival attracts thousands of devotees to the SabarimalaAyyappaTemple in Kerala. All the television channels in Kerala and some in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh will be telecasting live the Sabarimala Makara Jyothi and Makara Vilakku on Friday, January 14, 2018 in the evening from 1700 hrs or early. But sadly there is no website on the internet exclusively doing the live streaming of Sabarimala Makara Jyothi and Makara Vilakku Online. But still there is an option to watch it online, if lady luck smiles.

The news channels in Kerala like Indiavision, Asianet and Manorama News has websites doing live streaming. And almost all the News channels and Entertainment channels in Kerala will be doing Sabarimala Makara Jyothi and Makara Vilakku Live.

The best option to watch Makara Jyothi and Makaravilakku live is Asianet News Channel - you can watch it here - Asianet live tv

Another best option is you can watch Makara Jyothi and

Kailash Manasarovar Yatra 2009 by Government of India

Update: You can find details of Kailash Manasarovar Yatra 2010 in this latest article - Kailash Yatra . The below article is of the previous year.
Booking for the annual Kailash Manasarovar Yatra 2009 organized by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, from end of May/early June to September 2009 has started. The Kailash Manasarovar Yatra is open to all Indian citizens above 18 years of age who wish to proceed to Kailash Manasarovar in China for religious purposes. The last date of receiving applications is Friday, March 20, 2009. The application forms and other details are available online at the Ministry of External Affairs website.Kailash Manasarovar Yatra includes visit to MountKailash – the abode of Lord Shiva – and ManasarovarLake. According to Hindu scriptures, those who take a dip in the Manasarovar and complete the parikrama (circumambulate) around MountKailash are absolved of their sins and are liberated from the cycle of birth and death. They are ultimately u…

Sankrant in Uttar Pradesh

The popular Makar Sankranti festival in India is known as Sankrant in Uttar Pradesh and several parts of North India. Sankrant is also known as Kicheri. In 2018, the date of Sankrant is January 14. The most important ritual on this day is taking bath at Sangam in Prayag (Allahabad). The day is an important bathing day during Magh Snan.

Millions of Hindus take a holy dip in the icy waters of Sangam at Prayagraj where the rivers, Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati flow together. Taking holy dip on this day is believed to help in attaining Moksha.

Another highlight of the festival is the sharing of laddus made of Gur and Til (Sesame seeds). In some parts of North India, the festival is also known as Til Sankranti.

You may also like to read Makar Sankranti in Different Parts of India

Amavas Dates in 2011 – Amavasai Days

Amavas, or Amavasai or Ammavasi, is the no moon day in traditional Hindu calendar. 2011 Amavas dates are based on Hindu Calendars followed in India. It is the darkest day in the traditional Hindu month. Fasting is observed on Amavasi by several communities. Some devout Hindus opt for a single meal on Amavasaiday. The day is considered apt for paying homage to dead ancestors. Here are the Amavas dates in 2011. (Please note that in some regions Amavas might start a day early and overlap into the next day). Amavasai dates in 2011 based on Indian Standard Time (IST) January 4, 2011 – Amavas February 2 and 3, 2011 – Amavasai March 4, 2011 – Ammavasi April 3, 2011 – Amavasai May 2 and 3, 2011 – Ammavasi June 1, 2011 – Amavas July 1, 2011 – Amavasai July 30, 2011 – Amavasai  August 28 and 29, 2011 – Ammavasi September 27, 2011 – Amavas October 26, 2011 – Ammavasi November 25, 2011 – Amavasai December 24, 2011 – Amavas Related Importance of Amavas
Somvati Amavas – Amavasai on Monday
Shani Amav…

Pongal Puja – How to do Thai Pongal Pooja?

Talk about Pongal festival and the first thing that comes to mind is the boiling over of the cooking rice and lentils, known as pongal dish. This pongal dish is offered to Lord Surya, who is Pratyaksha Brahman – the visible God. For a prosperous and peaceful year, on the Pongal day, Lord Surya (the Sun God) is worshipped after the birth of Thai Month. Pujas and rituals on the day are dedicated to the Sun God.How to Perform Pongal Puja?Surya Puja is performed outside the house after sunrise on the Pongal day. Some people invite priests to perform Surya Narayana Puja on the day.All pujas are performed after sunrise on the first day of Thai month.Drawing of Pongal KolamThe place chosen to perform the puja is thoroughly cleaned and a Surya Kolam is drawn - a Kolam with the face of Lord Surya. People also draw sugarcane, peacock, boiling pongal pot etc in or around the Surya Kolam.The Pongal PujaThe pongal and other dishes specially prepared for the day are offered to Surya. For many peopl…