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Lotus-Shaped Temple and hermitage at Santhigri Ashram at Pothencode near Trivandrum

A lotus-shaped Parnasala, or hermitage, at Santhigri Ashram at Pothencode near Trivandrum is garnering attraction due to its unique architecture. The hermitage is built around the resting place of Sri Karunakara Guru and it will also house a life-size golden structure of Sri Karunakara Guru. Navajyothisree Karunakara Guru had established the ashram in 1968 with the mission of establishing the Yuga Dharma in Kali Yuga. Today, the Guru has thousands of followers around the world. Sri Karunakara Guru merged with the Supreme Self on May 6, 1999. This lotus-shaped hermitage is memorial for the Guru built by his followers and admirers on the spot where the original hermitage stood.The lotus-shaped hermitage is a 91-feet structure and has a radius of 84-feet. The lotus-structure has 21 petals – 12 petals facing up and 9 facing down. At the heart of the structure is the Sarakoodam, a 27-feet enclosure made of teak wood in the shape of a lotus bud with a marble cask inside. Atop the cask are 1…

Madhusrava Tritiya – Madhu Shravani Teej

Madhusrava Tritiya is dedicated to Goddess Parvati and is observed by newly married women in Shravan month. Madhusrava Tritiya 2017 date is July 26. It is observed on the third day during the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in Shravan month. The day is observed as Hariyali Teej by some communities.

Madhusrava Tritiya is popular in the Mithala region of Bihar. It is also observed in other regions like Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra by some Hindu communities.

Married women who are observing their first Shravan month participate in the ritual. Some married women visit and stay in their parent’s home during the fortnight.

You can find more details about the ritual in this earlier article.