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Vinayaka Chaturthi in Kerala in 2017 – Ganesh Chaturthi Festival in Kerala in 2017

Ganesh Chaturthi is the birthday of Ganesha, the elephant-headed Hindu God. Ganapati or Vinayaka is one of the most popular representations of Supreme Truth in Hinduism. Vinayaka Chaturthi 20176 date in Kerala is on August 25. 
This date difference is because Vinayaka Chaturthi in Kerala is observed on the Shukla Paksha Chaturthi tithi (4th day during the waxing phase of moon) in Chinga Masam. This corresponds to Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha Chaturthi in other regions.
Vinayaka Chaturthi is observed on the same day in Kerala and other regions when there is no Adhika Masa in Lunar Calendars followed in other regions.
When there is an Adhika Masa, or extra month, in calendars followed in most regions in India. Adhika Masa is not present in Kerala Malayalam calendars as it is a solar calendar. Thus once in 3 years there is a difference of date in Malayalam calendar and other Hindu calendars in observing Ganesh Chaturthi.
Vinayaka Chaturthi is observed for 10 days in certain regions in Kerala. …

Faith Declaration Compulsory for non-Hindus Visiting Tirupati Balaji Temple

Starting from August 13, 2012, those people who are practicing religions other than Hinduism should compulsory submit a declaration form stating that they have faith and belief in Lord Venkateswara, the presiding deity of TirupatiBalajiTemple.  The Hindu reports Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams, which manages the over 2,000-year-old hill shrine, has decided to make it mandatory for non-Hindu devotees, including VIPs, to sign the declaration forms, temple officials said today.  Non-Hindus have to give the undertaking that they have faith in Lord Venkateswara, they said.  The declaration form would be available in all TTD offices.