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Kottarakkara Ganapathy Temple Festival 2018

Kottarakkara Sri Mahganapathy Temple located in Kerala is a famous Ganesh Temple. The main deity in the temple is Shiva but the temple is popular as a Ganapathy Temple. Kottarakkara Ganapathy Temple Festival 2018 date is April 21.

The most important day is the final day known as Thiruvarattu. It falls on the Thiruvathira Nakshatra day in the Medam month. The day is also noted for Kettukazhcha.
Thousands of people attend this annual festival.
The temple is so unique that it has murtis of Shiva, Parvati, Ganga, Ganesha, Muruga, Ayyappa, and Nagaraja.

Mahakala Linga

Mahakala Linga is a very rare form of Shivling. Mahakala Linga is bright and corpulent in shape, elongated and slightly red colored. It is bright and attractive. The description about the linga is only found in a text credited to Hemadri, a 13th century who wrote books related to murtis, temple architecture and construction. It is believed that worshipping the Mahakala Linga helps in attaining all forms of prosperity.
Mahakala Linga is mentioned in the Skanda Purana and Shiva Purana. Chapter 18 of the Shiva Purana indicates that a cowherd boy worshipped Mahakala Linga and attained Shiva Loka. It is said that the piety of the boy was so great that Hanuman predicted that Vishnu will incarnate in the cowherd race.
Mahakala Linga is part of the Bana Lingas and is naturally formed.

Kathiri Veyil

Kathiri Veyil is the period when the Sun or Surya passes through the star Krittika also known as Agni Nakshatram. The period is considered to be the peak summer season. In 2018, Kathiri Veyil in Tamil Calendar is from May 4 to May 28. As it is the peak summer season the period is considered inauspicious and therefore some people refer the period as Agni Nakshathra dosha. The period is also known as Katthhir and Kartari.

The passing of sun through 3rd and 4th quarter of Bharani Nakshatra and the four quarters of Krittika and the first quarter of Rohini Star is the period of Agni Nakshatram.
The dosha or inauspicious period is for 21 days. The popular belief is that journey made during this period will be unsuccessful, money given will not be returned, diseases will not be cured easily etc. Some people are of the belief that auspicious events were avoided in ancient times during this time due to the intense heat wave taking place during the period.

Khajuraho Temple Pictures in High Quality – Virtual Tour of Temples in Khajuraho in 360 Degree

High quality pictures of LakshmanaTemple, Mahadeva, Jagadambi and ChitraguptaTemples, Nandi, Parvathy and VishwanathaTemples are included in this virtual tour created by You can view the Khajuraho Temple Pictures in 360 degrees. The pictures are awesome.
Talk about Khajuraho and first thing that comes to mind is the sex sculptures. But Khajuraho Temples are not all about sex sculptors. This virtual tour will give you good first hand idea about the Khajuraho Temples.
Link – Virtual Tour of Temples in Khajuraho

Karaikkal Ammaiyar

Some may say that God is high up in the heavens; others may say that He is seated as the Lord of the celestials. But I will say that He who is the Lord of Jnana (wisdom) and whose shining throat is black with the poison. He has swallowed, is the dweller in my heart.

It is only the Lord’s grace that rules all the worlds. It is the same grace that removes the bondage of births for souls. As my rule of life is to see the Supreme Reality through the eyes of His grace, all things are ever within my reach.
They who are incapable of understanding His real nature make fun of Him. They see only His fine form besmeared with ashes and bedecked with a garland of bones like a ghost.
Karaikkal Ammaiyar – a sixth century saint and poetess. She was an ardent devotee of Shiva and composes verses praising the glory of Mahadeva.