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Sri Madhva Jayanti – Madhwacharya Jayanthi

Sri Madhva Jayanti, or Madhwacharya Jayanthi, is an auspicious day dedicated to Saint Madhvacharya, the great religious reformer and commentator on the Brahma Sutras and the Upanishads. In 2017, the date of Sri Madhva Jayanti is September 30. It is observed on 10th day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in Ashwin Month. Sri Madhwa Acharya is the exponent of the DwaitaSchool of philosophy also known as Sad Vaishnavism – Vishnu or Narayana is the Supreme Being.


Sri Madhwa Jayanti is observed annually on the Vijayadasami or Dasara day. According to the philosophy of Madhvacharya, Lord Vishnu (Hari) is the Supreme Being and resides in Vaikunta with his consort Shri Lakshmi. The world we see is real and the difference is true. Vishnu is the only independent reality. All living and non living beings are dependent on Vishnu. Souls and world are dependent on Vishnu and is separate from Vishnu. Bhakthi is the only means of attaining Moksha.

Watch a Short Video of Panachikadu Saraswati Temple near Kottayam in Kerala

PanachikaduSaraswatiTemple is popularly known as DakshinaMookambikaTemple. This is one of the rare temples that is dedicated exclusively to Goddess Saraswati. The idol of Goddess Saraswati is located in the middle of a pond and it is covered by climbing plants. Puja and rituals are performed on another idol that is placed opposite to the original idol. The original idol of the Goddess Saraswati here is always covered by a climbing plant and the feet of the idol is constantly washed by small flow of water.PanachikaduSaraswatiTemple attracts thousands of people during Vidyarambham – young children are initiated into the world of letters on the day here. Vidayarmbham is observed on the Vijayadasami day.Malayala Manorama, a popular daily in Kerala, has created a small video on PanachikaduSaraswatiTemple as part of the Navratri and Vidyarambham in Kerala. You can watch the video here – PanachikaduSaraswatiTemple

Watch Sani Peyarchi Festival from Live Online from Tirunallar Shani Temple at the official website

Sani Peyarchi Festival is held at the famous TirunallarShaniTemple on September 26, 2009. The movement of Sani from one rashi to another Rashi in Tamil Hindu astrology is known as Sanipeyarachi. On the day thousands of devotees will be visiting Lord Saneeswara Bhagavan temple at Tirunallar and special pujas and rituals will be held here. You can watch live online the pujas and other ceremonies from the TirunallarShaniTemple at the official website. You can watch the live webcasting here – TirunallarShaniTempleIn 2009, Shani transits from Simha Rasi (Leo) to Kaniya Rasi (Virgo) at 03.27 p.m. on Saturday, September 26th (Indian Standard Time).

Animal Sacrifice during Durga Puja Navratri and Dashain is Himsa and should not be practiced – Swami Sivananda

Animal sacrifice or Bali or Balidana is practiced in some regions during Durga Puja and Navratri. It is also widely practiced on Durga Ashtami and Navami during Dashain in Nepal. Swami Sivananda says that we are to offer our inner evil traits of passion, greed, anger, ego, avarice etc as Bali and not poor animals.Worship the Mother of the Universe, the Shakti of Brahman, in her Supreme Form or in her manifested form according to your capacity. I need not stress over the obvious fact that you should strictly practice Ahimsa, Satya and Brahmacharya, if you are to realize Devi, the glorious Divine Power of the Supreme Reality. I stress upon the moral side and the ethical side of Sadhana, because no valuable achievement is possible with out it. Without it, high-flying idealisms will bring nothing; they will be a waste like oblations thrown on ashes. Worship of God or Goddess, if it is to result in spiritual illumination, the observance of Yama and Niyama is absolutely necessary. These for…