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Rituals on Margashira Amavasye in Kannada Culture – Ellamavasye

Margashira Amavasye, or Margasheersh Amavasi, is the no moon day in the month of Maragashira (November – December). Margashira Amavasye 2019 date is January 5. The day is also popularly known as Ellamavasye in Karnataka.

The general belief is that those people who perform Shraddh, Tila Tarpana, bhojana of poor, and other daana will be blessed with peace and prosperity. People also do the pooja of pitrantaryami Srihari. Pitru devategalu and their antaryami (dead ancestors) will be blessed and pleased by their descendents on earth observing this day.

Those who do Shraddha on this day will have their sins completely removed. People also do Samudra snaana or snaana in holy rivers before performing tarpana, and shraddha.

Download Kannada Paush month 2009 – 2010 Panchangam for free – Pushya Masa Panchanga

This particular Panchanga in Kannada language for Paush Masam or Pushya Month 2009 is provided by Narahari Sumadhwa. Paush Masa 2009 - 2010 as per the calendar followed in Karnataka is from December 17, 2009 and it will end on January 14, 2010. Pushya Masa is the tenth month in a traditional Hindu calendar followed in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. Poush is also known as Dhanur Masam and is considered highly auspicious.
You can download the Panchanga in Kannada for Paush Masa 2009 – 2010 here.

Thoughts on Discipline in the Rigorous Sabarimala Pilgrimage

An Ayyappa devotee undertaking the pilgrimage to SabarimalaTemple has to observe several austerities for 41 days – a mandatory cleansing of the body and mind. M S Neelakantan writes in expressbuzz about the discipline involved in the pilgrimage, how secularism is not taught but practiced at Sabarimala and why the pilgrimage is tough for women.
The pilgrimage to Sabarimala brings home some military management lessons that are taught theoretically for a fee in the B-schools.