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Bangalore – Sabarimala Special Trains to Ernakulam for 2011 – 2012 Sabarimala Pilgrimage Season

Special trains from Bangalore to Ernakulam in Kerala for Sabarimala Pilgrimage from November 17, 2011. Considering the heavy rush of devotees from Karnataka to Sabarimala in Kerala, during the Sabarimala Mandala – Makaravilaku Festival 2011 – 2012 at the SabarimalaAyyappaTemple, Indian Railways has decided to run a special train between Ernakulam and Bangalore starting from November 17, 2011 to January 20, 2012.

There trains from Bangalore on all Fridays – starting from November 18, 2011 to January 20, 2012.
Train from Ernakulam is on all Thursdays - starting from November 17, 2011 to January 19, 2012.
The train will have stops at Aluva, Thrissur, Ottapalam, Palakkad, Coimbatore, Tiruppur, Erode, Salem, Bangarapet, Whitefield, Krishnarajapuram and Bangalore Cantt.

You may also like to read Sabarimala Special Trains 2011 - 2012 from Chennai and Mangalore

Book - Plants of Religious Significance: The Hindu Perspective

Plants of Religious Significance: The Hindu Perspective is written by Rabindranath Lackhan from Trinidad and Tobago. The book aims to provide information about the plants and flowers used in Hindu rituals and pujas. Sri Lackhan wrote the first edition of the book while he was an undergraduate student in 1985. Now he has published a revised edition of the book. The book is currently available in stores in Trinidad and the author is planning to make it available on

You can contact the author and know more about the book here at his official website - Rabindranath Lackhan Trinidad and Tobago’s Newsday writes Rabindranath Lackhan wrote the first edition of the book while he was an undergraduate student at the University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine campus. Lackhan told Sunday Newsday that he and his good friend Ramnarine Ramkissoon became involved with a community project and helped in the construction of a Hindu temple in California. They decided to spruce up the sur…

Dhatri Puja in Kartik Month – Dhaatri Puja

Dhatri Puja is dedicated to the gooseberry tree and this particular puja is observed by certain communities in South India. Dhatri Puja 2017 date is November 2. In this particular puja, Awala or Amala or Gooseberry tree is equated with Goddess Lakshmi. Gooseberry, or nellikkai, is also known as Dhaatri.

Dhatri puja is essentially performed for prosperity and auspiciousness.

Special pujas are performed under the gooseberry tree or using parts of the tree at home.

Utthana Dwadashi – Uttahana Dvadasi

Utthana Dwadashi is observed in Kartik month. Special pujas are offered to Tulsi plant and Damodara form of Sri Krishna on the day by many Hindu communities in South India.  Utthana Dwadashi 2017 date is November 1. The ritual is observed on the 12th day of the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in Kartik month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.

Tulsi leaves and flowers are offered to Damodara on this day. The ritual is mainly performed by the Vaishnavites.

Many Hindu communities also perform the Tulsi Vivah and puja on the day.

Adi Shankara Quotes

Here are few quotes of Adi Shankara – the greatest philosopher of the AdvaitaVedantaSchool The sun shines on the earthen pot but as the sun is not destroyed when the earthen pot is destroyed; in the same way the soul gives light to body and the soul is also not destroyed when the body is dead. Our own sense organs are our enemies but if won over, they turn to be friends. He is truly rich who is fully contented. He has won the world who has won his mind. Youth, wealth and age are instable like the drops of water on lotus leaves. Jagat Guru Adi Sankaracharya