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Pooyam Matching Stars for Marriage – Pooyam Nakshatra Marriage Compatibility

Pooyam Nakshatra matching stars for marriage in details is given below. It is the eighth birth star among the 27 Nakshatra in Hindu horoscope and astrology. Pooyam marriage compatibility or the very best matching stars are Punirtham and Revathi
Other good matching stars with Pooyam are Bharani, Rohini, Makayiram (3rd and 4th quarter), Thiruvathira, Anizham, Thiruonam, Pooruruttathi and Uthrittathi.
Ashwathy, Kartika, Makayiram (1st and 2nd quarter), Pooyam, Ayiliyam, Atham, Chothi, Vishakam (4th quarter), Triketta, Moolam, Pooradam, Uthiradam (1st quarter), Avittam and Chathayam are okay – means not bad.
Stars that do not match with Pooyam are Magham, Pooram, Uthiram, Chithira, Vishakam (1st, 2nd and 3rd quarter) and Uthiradam (2nd, 3rd and 4th quarter).

Malayalam Calendar 2014 Online – Download Kerala Calendar 2014 in PDF format for free

Malayalam Calendar 2014 in pdf for download is provided by the Deepika Newspaper and Kerala Kaumudi (not yet updated) in Kerala. Last year Mathurbhumi had also provided their calendar online but they have stopped it. Malayala Manorama does not provide the 2014 calendar online for free. The 2014 Malayalam calendar contains important festivals in Kerala and uses Malayalam language to mention Nakshatram and festival details.
You can visit the newspaper website and download it here - Deepika Malayalam Calendar 2014
Kerala Kaumudi Calendar 2014 in PDF format - You download it here at Kerala Kaumudi calendar 2014.



Swami Virajananda Teachings on Ahimsa

That Ahimsa (Non-injury) is the supreme virtue is no doubt true.
But merely professing it by word of mouth is worse than useless; merely refraining from killing animals, as for example, not taking fish or meat, is not Ahimsa. True non-injury can only be practiced when God is seen in all beings, that is, when the Self is realized.
The very nature of living necessarily involves at every moment, whether knowingly or unknowingly, destruction of or injury to the lives of countless beings, visible and invisible.
The Yogis practise austerities by living upon milk, because it is a purely Sattvic food. But to obtain that milk the calf which has its birthright to the whole of its mother’s milk, has to be deprived of a part of its natural food. Is this not an act of injury or cruelty?
But the more one can live without consciously injuring or harming others, so much the better. However, by the habitual practice of real non-injury, one develops love for all beings, the little ego or selfishne…

Punartham Matching Stars for Marriage – Punartham Marriage Compatibility

Punartham Nakshatra matching stars for marriage in details is given below. It is the seventh birth star among the 27 Nakshatra in Hindu horoscope and astrology. Punartham marriage compatibility or the very best matching stars are Ashwathy, Rohini, Makayiram, Thiruvathira, Moolam, Thiruonam, Pooruruttathi and Uthrittathi.
Other good matching stars with Punirtham are Bharani, Kartika, Punirtham, Pooyam, Uthram (2nd, 3rd, 4th quarter), Atham, Chithira (1 and 2 quarter), Chothi, Vishakam, Anizham, Pooradam, Uthiradam, Avittam, Chathyam and Revati.
Ayiliyam, Magham, Uthram (1st quarter), Chithira (3 and 4 quarter), and Triketta are okay – means not bad.
Star that does not match with Punirtham is Pooram.

Chintapurni Devi – About Goddess Chintpurni Maa

Chintapurni Devi is a manifestation of Goddess Chinnamastika Devi. Some scholars are also of the belief that Chintpurni Maa is another name of Goddess Chinnamastika. The most popular temple dedicated to Chintapurni Devi is located at Chhaproh around 5 km from Bharwai in Una District in Himachal Pradesh.
The popular belief is that the murti of Goddess Chinnamastika in the form of Chintapurni Devi was found by an ardent Shakti Devotee named Mai Dasa.
Legend has it that once on his way to the next village, Mai Dasa happened to take rest under a pipal tree. He soon fell into deep sleep and had a dream. In the dream Chintapurni Devi told him that her pindi was located nearby and he should build a temple in honor of her.
Soon Mai Dasa woke up and searched for the pindi and found it nearby. He also discovered a pond nearby.
A temple dedicated to Chintapurni Devi was built here.
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Panchalinga Darshana Temples in Talakad in Karnataka – Five Shiva Temples That are Visited Part of Talakad Panchalinga Darshana

Panchalinga Darshana is visit to the five major Shiva temples in Talakad in Karnataka and is held in once in 12 years or when Kartik Amavasya falls on Monday. The five Shiva temples have to be visited on a single day. The five temples are:
VaidyeshwaraTempleMaruleshwaraTemplePathaleshwaraTempleArakeshwaraTemple andMallikarjuneshwaraTemple Devotees first visit the Vaidyeshwara temple. Then they walk through the sand dunes to visit the Pathaleshwara and MaruleshwaraTemple. The Arakeshwara and Mallikarjuneshwara temples are located on the outskirts of Talakad and visited in a vehicle.
Panchalinga Darshana in 2013 is from December 2 to December 7.
The pujas and rituals begin on November 28, 2013.
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If we understood each other better there would be less evil – Swami Turiyananda

He is indeed wise whose mind does not react though the objects of enjoyment come before him. This is the test. When your mind has attained to that stage, then only you can be sure that it is all right. 
Lust, anger, and avarice – these are but different forms of the same thing. Join the senses to the Lord. That is the best way to teach the senses a lesson.
A suspicious mind sees evil everywhere, a trusting mind sees only good. … A quarrelsome person constantly finds something to quarrel about; a peaceful person finds no one to quarrel with. I find so many people here with fixed notions. They have one set idea that colors everything. … Some people always want to argue. They often have little brain, cannot see a point, still they must argue. Then there are over-sensitive persons. They are always on the defensive. … All these are causes for evil. But the evil is not in the world, it is in the persons. It is all a matter of misunderstanding. If we understood each other better there woul…

Dhanishta Nakshatra Matching Stars for Marriage – Dhanishta Nakshatra Marriage Compatibility

Dhanishta Nakshatra matching stars for marriage in details is given below. Dhanishta  is the 23rd birth star among the 27 Nakshatra in Hindu horoscope and astrology. Dhanishta marriage compatibility or the very best matching stars are Magham, Uttar Phalguni (2nd, 3rd and 4th quarter), Swathi, Vishaka (1st, 2nd, 3rd quarter), Moola, Uttarashada and Shravan.
Other good matching stars with Dhanishta are Krittika, Uttar Phalguni (1st Quarter) Hasta, Chitra, Vishaka (4th quarter), Anuradha, Jyeshta, Purvashada, Dhanishta and Shatabhisha.
Ashwini, Bharani, Rohini, Ardra, Pushya, Aslesha, Purva Phalguni, Purvabhadra and Uttarabhadra are okay – means not bad.
Stars that do not match with Dhanishta are Mrigasira, Punarvasu and Revathi.

Uttarabhadra Nakshatra Matching Stars for Marriage – Uttara Bhadra Nakshatra Marriage Compatibility

Uttarabhadra Nakshatra matching stars for marriage in details is given below. Uttara Bhadra is the 26th birth star among the 27 Nakshatra in Hindu horoscope and astrology. Uttara Bhadra marriage compatibility or the very best matching stars are Hasta, Swathi, Vishaka (1st, 2nd and 3rd quarter), Purvashada, Uttarashada, Shravan and Purvabhadra
Other good matching stars with Uttarabhadra are Rohini, Ardra, Pushya, Uttaraphalguni (2nd, 3rd and 4th quarter), Chitra, Vishaka (4th quarter), Anuradha, Jyeshta, Moola, Dhanishta, Shathabhisha, Uttarabhadra and Revathi.
Bharani, Mrigasira, Punarvasu, Aslesha, Magha, Purvaphalguni and Uttaraphalguni (1st quarter) are okay – means not bad.
Stars that do not match with Uttarabhadra are Ashwini and Krittika.

Panchalinga Darshan 2013 at Talakad in Karnataka – A Rare and Auspicious Event

The Panchalinga Darshan is held at Talakad in Karnataka and involves the darshan of five Shivling during an auspicious period as per Hindu Panchang. Panchalinga Darshan 2013 at Talakad begins on December 2 and ends on December 7. The pujas and rituals associated it with begins on November 28, 2013. The Panchalinga Darshana constitutes of darshan of Shivling at Vaidyeshwara, Pataleshwara, Maruleshwara, Mallikarjuneshwara and Arakeshwara temples. It is believed that a darshan of the five Shivlings during the special occasion helps in attaining peace and prosperity. People also undertake the darshan to fulfill their desires.
Panchalinga Darshana is usually held once in 12 years at Talakad and depends on specific astrological calculation. But the 12 year cycle is broken depending on astrological calculation. The last Panchalinga Darshan was held in 2009. Panchalinga Darshan 2013 is an odd one as it falls before the next 12-year cycle.
The Panchalinga Darshana in 2013 is because Kartik Ama…

Story of Sage Markandeya and Yoga Nidra of Vishnu

Sage Markandeya was the son of Sage Bhrigu and Shiva had rescued him from the clutches of death at the age of 16. Shiva also gave Sage Markandeya the boon that he will always remain as a 16 year old. After this the sage performed intense meditation and acquired new knowledge of the universe. The story of Sage Markandeya and Yoga Nidra of Vishnu is part of the Sage’s attempt to gather new knowledge.
Sage Markandeya performed deep meditation for years. He was unaware of the changes that were happening around him. He remained unaware of the change of time. Eons passed by.
Then one day there was huge torrential rain and rivers overflowed, sea swallowed the land. Land was not to be seen. Everything was submerged in the great ocean.
Sage Markandeya was thrown around in the huge waves created by the ocean. The huge waves woke him up from his meditation. He was tossed around for long time.
Then the sage saw brilliant light appearing from the distance. He moved towards the light. As he reache…

2014 Madurai Meenakshi Temple Calendar – Wall Calendar 2014 of Madurai Meenakshi Temple in Tamil Nadu

Wall Calendar 2014 of MaduraiMeenakshiTemple in Tamil Nadu with images of Goddess Meenakshi and Lord Sundareswarar was released on November 17. The Madurai Meenakshi Temple Calendar 2014 is currently not available online but is available in the book stalls and the prasad stalls in the temple. The wall calendar is priced at Rs 100 /-
Apart from Goddess Meenakshi and Lord Sundareswarar, the calendar also has images of Nataraja, Siddhar and Chandrasekar – all incarnations of Shiva.
We will update the information, if there is an option to buy the calendar online.

Upanishad Philosophy

He who sees all beings in the Atman itself, and the Atman in all beings, feels no hatred by virtue of that (realization). (Isha Upanishad 1)
The One who being the possessor of the net (maya), rules through his (divine) powers, rules over all the worlds through his powers of rulership; who is verily One — when in association with the divine powers and when manifested. Those who know this become immortal. (Shvetashvatara Upanishad, 3.1)
The intelligent Self is neither born nor does it die. It did not originate from anything, nor did anything originate from it. It is birthless, eternal, undecaying, and ancient. It is not injured even when the body is killed’ (Katha Upanishad 1.2.18)

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Purvabhadra Nakshatra Matching Stars for Marriage – Purva Bhadra Nakshatra Marriage Compatibility

Purvabhadra Nakshatra matching stars for marriage in details is given below. Purva Bhadra is the 25th birth star among the 27 Nakshatra in Hindu horoscope and astrology. Purva Bhadra marriage compatibility or the very best matching stars are Vishaka, Moola and Uttarashada.
Other good matching stars with Purvabhadra are Ashwini, Punarvasu (1st, 2nd and 3rd quarter), Uttara Phalguni (2nd, 3rd and 4th quarter), Hasta, Chitra, Swathi, Anuradha, Purvashada, Shravan, Dhanisha, Shathabhisha and Purvabhadra (1st, 2nd and 3rd quarter).
Bharani, Krittika, Rohini, Mrigasira, Ardra, Punarvasu (4th quarter), Pushya, Magha, Purvaphalguni, Uttara Phalguni (1st quarter), Jyeshta, Purvabhadra (4th quarter) and Uttarabhadra are okay – means not bad.
Stars that do not match with Purvabhadra are Aslesha and Revathi

Story of Sage Bharadvaja

Sage Bharadvaja was one of the Saptarishis (seven sages) and is believed to have authored Dharma Sutra, Shrauta Sutra and text associated with grammar and Ayurveda. Story of Sage Bharadvaja narrates the determination and devotion of Vedic seers in acquiring knowledge.
Sage Bharadvaja once ventured out to study entire Vedic sciences. He soon realized that one life is not enough to study the Vedas, various sciences, arts and all other knowledge.
To overcome this problem, along with studying, he performed intense austerities to extend his life span.
He gathered new knowledge daily. The more he learned the more was his appetite for knowledge.
Each Vedic deity that Sage Bharadvaja propitiated gave him the boon of long life.
Finally, Sage Bharadvaja propitiated Indra and decided to ask for a long life to learn all the sciences.
Indra appeared before the sage and told him that what he had learned so far amounted to a handful of sand, whereas what still lay ahead was a huge mountain.
Sage…

Lakshadeepam 2014 at Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Trivandrum

On the Makar Sankranti day in 2014, SreePadmanabhaSwamyTemple in Trivandrum, Kerala, will celebrate the unique festival of Lakshadeepam – lighting of one hundred thousand deepams or one lakh lights. Murajapam which began on November 19, 2013 will conclude on the day. The Murajapaam is held for 56 days.
Lakshadeepam marks the culmination of ‘murajapam.’ Murajapam is nearly two month long chanting of mantras for the welfare people and the land. The tradition of murajapam and lakshadeepam was started in 1750 AD by the then Travancore King primarily to mitigate the sins occurred during wars and annexations. Murajapam and Lakshadeepam are held once in six years.
Laksha-Deepam was last held on January 14, 2008.
From January 14, 2014 to January 17, 2014, the entire SreePadmanabhaswamyTemple will be adorned with traditional lamps. The aazhivilakkula in the Sheveli Pura, and temporarily made Thatti vilakkukal and Edinjilvilakkukal will be lit for four days.

Shathabisha Nakshatra Matching Stars for Marriage – Shathabisha Nakshatra Marriage Compatibility

Shathabisha Nakshatra matching stars for marriage in details is given below. Shathabisha is the 24th birth star among the 27 Nakshatra in Hindu horoscope and astrology. Shathabisha marriage compatibility or the very best matching stars are Uttarphalguni (2nd, 3rd and 4th quarter), Chitra, Swathi, Vishaka, Jyeshta, Moola, Purvashada, Uttarashada, Shravan and Dhanishta.
Other good matching stars with Shathabisha are Krittika, Ardra, Aslesha, Purvaphalguni, Uttarphalguni (1st quarter), Hasta, Shatabhisha, Purvabhadra (1st, 2nd and 3rd quarter) and Revathi.
Ashwini, Bharani, Rohini, Mrigasira, Punarvasu (1st, 2nd and 3rd quarter), Anuradha, Magham and Purvabhadra (4th quarter), are okay – means not bad.
Stars that do not match with Shathabisha are Punarvasu (4th quarter), Pushya and Uttarabhadra.

Musala in Hindu Sculptures

Musala is a pestle – a short hard object with a round end. The musala can be seen in hands of certain Hindu murtis. Sculptures that adorn the gopuras and pillars of temples carry Musala.
In Hindu sculptures, Musala is made of wood. It is a cylindrical rod of hard wood.
It is used as an offensive and defensive weapon.
The shape of Musala has not changed from the beginning and it remains as it is. This is because it is not capable of introducing shapes or additions to the Musala.
Some Musala have designs carved on it.
You can Musala in the hands of yakshas and other guardian deities in temples.

A 7th Century Mukha Linga on Display in Vietnam - First Intact Mukha Linga Discovered In Southeast Asia

The formless Supreme Truth, Shiva appeared in the form of Shivling to satisfy His devotees. There are several types of Shivlings and one of the rare forms is the Mukha Linga with face of Shiva carved on the lingam. An 7th Century Mukha Linga was recovered from the complex of Cham temple ruins in QuangNamProvince in central Vietnam recently. It is now on display My Son Champa.
The Shivling on display is made from a block of brownish gold sandstone. It is 1.46 meters high. The Shiva bust on the round head of the Shivling.

This is the first intact Mukha Linga discovered in Southeast Asia. Thanh Nien reports  Doctor Ngo Van Doanh from the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies at VietnameseAcademy of Social Sciences called the mukhalinga special, and the first intact one of its kind to be discovered in Southeast Asia Nguyen Cong Huong, chief manager of My Son, said mukhalingas were only known in Vietnam through images and documents.  “The display has been a big surprise to visitors,” Huong …

In its essentiality all is divine even if the form baffles or repels us – Sri Aurobindo

The artificiality of much in human life is the cause of its most deep seated maladies; it is not faithful to itself or sincere with Nature and therefore it stumbles and suffers.  
For the most part men are the slaves of their associations.
Bondage and freedom are states of the outer mind, not of the inner spirit.
Where there is not the personal egoism of the doer, desire becomes impossible.
In its essentiality all is divine even if the form baffles or repels us.
Sri Aurobindo

Why Do We Draw Rangoli? – The Story in Hindu Religion

The story which explains why do we draw Rangoli is explained the Hindu Puranas. Hindus draw Rangoli daily in front of their homes and some people draw it only during auspicious occasions. The story is associated wit the churning of the ocean by Devas and Asuras. Numerous items appeared during the churning of the ocean. When Goddess Lakshmi appeared from the churning, she requested Bhagvan Vishnu for a house to reside.
Vishnu suggested her to reside in a house that where the entrance is sprinkled with cow dung (entrance is pasted with cow dung) and decorated with Rangoli.
From that day onwards people began to draw Rangoli to invite Goddess Lakshmi into their homes.
Some Puranas also state that Alakshmi, or goddess of misfortune, appeared during the churning of ocean and she also demanded a house. Bhagvan Vishnu asked her to reside in those houses that are dirty and where they do not draw rangoli in front of the entrances.

Where are Bronze Idols of Hindu Gods Made in India? – Place Where Bronze Murtis are made in India

Bronze Hindu God Idols are mainly made in South India, especially in Tamil Nadu. Thanjavur District in Tamil Nadu in India is famous for making Bronze murtis of Hindu Gods. The chief centers that make the idols in bronze are Kumbakonam, Natchiarkoil and Swami Malai. All these places are located in Thanjavur District in Tamil Nadu.
The people who make the murtis are known as Satapathi’s. Around 45-50 families of stapathis, living in Swamimalai village, have been practicing metal casting since many generations. Currently the 37 generation of the Satapathi’s are pursuing the career.

Shravan Nakshatra Matching Stars for Marriage – Shravan Nakshatra Marriage Compatibility

Shravan Nakshatra matching stars for marriage in details is given below. Shravan is the 22nd birth star among the 27 Nakshatra in Hindu horoscope and astrology. Shravan marriage compatibility or the very best matching stars are Hasta and Vishaka (1st, 2nd and 3rd quarter).
Other good matching stars with Shravan are Rohini, Punarvasu, Purvaphalguni, Uttaraphalguni, Chitra, swathi, Vishaka (4th quarter), Mool, Purvashada, Uttarashada, Shravan and Purvabhadra
Ashwini, Bharani, Krittika, Mrigasira, Pushya, Aslesha, Anuradha, Jyeshta, Dhanishta, Shatabhishak, Uttarabhadra and Revathi are okay – means not bad.
Stars that do not match with Shravan are Ardra and Magha.

2014 Good dates to Move into new house in Malayalam Calendar – House Warming Dates in Kerala 2014 – Griha Pravesham

Good dates in 2014 to move into new house (Griha Pravesham) are based on the readings found in popular Malayalam Panchangam and calendar. The house warming dates in Kerala in 2014 are based on India Standard Time.
Griha Pravesham 2014 Dates in Kerala
January 19
February 12
March 3, 5 and March 22
April 9, 24, 26 and April 30
May no dates
June no dates
July 2 and July 9
August 23
September 4
October 30
November 12, 19, 20 and 26
December 1, 3, 6, and 12

Kapoteshwara – Story of Shiva as Kapota Ishwara – Pigeon Manifestation

Kapoteshwara or Kapota Ishwara is one among the one thousand names of Shiva. The name is also included in the one hundred names of Shiva. Kapota means pigeon. The story of Shiva as Kapoteshwara is included in the Skanda Purana.
Legend has it that Shiva once undertook severe tapas (ascetic practice of surviving in severe conditions). Shiva did not eat or drink and lived on air. He avoided all activities.

As a result of the severe tapas, Shiva shrunk to the size of pigeon. Henceforth, he was known by the name of Kapota.

Purnmasi Vrat 2017

Purnmasi is the full moon day in traditional Indian calendar. Below are the Purnmasi dates and vrat in 2017. The term is widely used Punjab especially by Sikh and Hindu communities to refer to full moon day.
Please note that in some regions Purnmasi might start a day early (mostly during previous day night) or in some cases overlap into the next day (might end on the morning of next day).
January 12, 2017, Thursday.  – Time is from 7:23 PM on January 11 to 5:30 PM on January 12. Purnmasi vrat or fasting is on January 11.
February 10, 2017, Friday. –Time is from 7:08 AM on Feb 10 to 6:00 AM on Feb 11. Purnmasi vrat or fasting is on February 10.
March 12, 2017, Sunday.   Time is from 7:39 PM on March 11 to 7:25 PM on March 12. Purnmasi Vrat or Fasting is on March 12.
April 11, 2017, Tuesday. Time is from 9:25 AM on April 10 to 10:15 AM on April 11. Purnmasi Vrat or fasting is on April 10.
May 10, 2017, Wednesday. Time is from 12:13 AM on May 10 to  1:52 AM on May 11. Purnmasi Vrat or …

Watch teachings of the Awakening With Brahma Kumaris Online

Awakening with Brahma Kumaris is a series that explore key issues from daily life and find practical spiritual solutions and insights based on the teachings of the Brahma Kumaris.
You can listen to conversations on topics like addiction, depression, emotional intelligence, happiness, living values, relationships, management and meditation.
You can watch the program here – Awakening With BrahmaKumaris

Lal Chandan Mala – Rosary Made of Red Sandalwood Paste

Lal chandan mala, or rosary made of red sandalwood paste, is used for chanting mantras dedicated to Hindu Gods and Goddesses. It is also worn by some Hindus. Rosary made of red sandalwood paste is exclusively used to chant mantras dedicated to Goddess Durga.
Devotees visiting SabarimalaAyyappaTemple wear the Lal Chandan Mala. It is also worn by devotees participating in the Bhavani Deeksha festival at the SriKanakaDurgaTemple in Andhra Pradesh.
Red sandalwood paste is mainly used by Durga devotees. Rosary made using the sandalwood is used while chanting mantras dedicated to Goddess Durga.

Hindu Scriptures on How to Control Desires

To obstruct thoughts that are inimical to yoga, contrary thoughts should be brought in. (Yoga Sutra)
O Desire, I know your roots, you rise from imagination; I will not imagine and hence shall destroy you with your root. (Mahabharata)
Salutations to the gods. Desire performed the act. Desire did the act. Desire is doing the act, notI. Desire is the agent, notI. Desire causes the doer to act, notI. O Desire, fascinating in form, let this oblation be offered to thee. Svaha! (Mahanarayana Upanishad)
Desire can be overcome by meditation on the heart that has given up all attachment to sense-objects. (Yoga Sutra)

When all desires clinging to one’s heart fall of, then a mortal becomes immortal (and) attains Brahman here. (Katha Upanishad)

Vishnu Circumambulation – How many times should we go around Hindu God Vishnu in Temple?

How many times should a devotee go around Vishnu murti in a Hindu temple? Now this is a perplexing question as there are no written rules. And the number of times people go around varies from region to region. Circumambulation, or simply going around, of deity in the sanctum sanctorum is an important part of temple visit.
But as per majority of pandits, astrologers and pujaris, one should go around Vishnu in a temple four times.
Four circumambulations should be made in a GaneshTemple.
But there are people who do 2 or 6 or 8. This is also permitted in many regions.
But one should never do 1 or 3 or 5 circumambulation around Vishnu.

Thiruvathira Matching Stars for Marriage – Tiruvathira Nakshatra Marriage Compatibility

Thiruvathira Nakshatra matching stars for marriage in details is given below. It is the sixth star among the 27 Nakshatra in Hindu horoscope and astrology. Tiruvathira marriage compatibility or the very best matching stars are Bharani, Rohini, Makayiram, Uthram (2nd, 3rd and 4th Quarter), Pooradam, Uthradam, Chathayam, Pooruruttathi and Revathi.
Other good matching stars with Thiruvathira are Ashwathy, Kartika, Thiruvathira, Punirtham (1st, 2nd and 3rd quarter), Ayiliyam, Atham, Chithira (1st and 2nd quarter), Chothi, Triketta, Moolam, Thiruonam, Avittam and Uthrittathi.
Punirtham (4th quarter), Pooyam, Pooram, Uthram (1st Quarter), Chithira (1st and 2nd quarter), Vishakam, Anizham, are okay – means not bad.
Star that does not match with Thiruvathira is Magham.

How many Aarti for Vishnu? – How Many Arati Should Be Waved or Performed to Vishnu Bhagvan Murti or Photo?

Aarti is an important part of prayers and pujas to Vishnu. Devotees have doubts as to how many number of times Arati should be performed to Vishnu Bhagvan Photo or Painting. ‘Aarti Gumana’ is performed daily in Hindu homes. Gumana means to go in circle.
One has to wave Aarti 12 times around the photo or painting or murti of Vishnu. Twelve Times is the number suggested by pandits and elders.
The same number of times one should wave the Aarti around paintings, pictures and murti of Vishnu.
While waving the Arati one chant the Vishnu Mantra – Om Namo Narayanaya - or Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya.

Kali Yuga Duration – What is the number of years of Kali Yuga?

Kali Yuga is the fourth of the four yugas in Hinduism and we are living in the Kali Yuga. The duration or number of years in Kali Yuga is calculated differently – one has to convert the years of devas into the years of the human beings.
The Duration of Kali Yuga is 432,000 human years.
Its duration is 1200 years of the Gods.
A year of the gods is equal to 360 years of human beings.
Thus the duration of Kali Yuga is 432,000 human years.

Subhashita Quotes

Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity, goes to the man endowed with self-effort. Only cowards harp on destiny. So ignore destiny and manifest your manliness by the power of your Self. If despite your best efforts success eludes you, what does it matter?
True asceticism lies not in the emaciation of one’s body, but rather in non-violence, truthfulness, gentility, restraint and compassion.

Ascetic’s forest retreat has its pitfalls and that it is better to look for virtue in an honest labourer’s house. Subhashita

Kerala Naming Ceremony Dates in 2014 – Peridal or Naming Ceremony Dates for Baby in 2014 in Malayalam Panchang and Calendar

Peridal or Naming Ceremony Dates in 2014 based on Malayalam Panchang and Calendar followed in Kerala. Peridal is the naming ceremony of baby. Kerala Hindu calendar is different from the calendars followed in other regions in India especially in North India. Naming Ceremony Dates in 2014 in Kerala  in 2014 is given below. This Panchang and calendar dates are to give an idea. Kerala Naming Ceremony Dates in 2014 January 20 January 31
February 1 February 11 February 27
March 10 March 27
April 4 April 6 April 9 April 13 April 20 April 25
May 4 May 30
July 31
August 1 August 2 August 4
September 20 September 22
October 13
November 9 November 20
A local astrologer might be able to find an auspicious period on other days in 2014; especially a short period of time on a day.  The entire day might not be good but a short time he might be able to locate.

Goddess Vishalakshi – About Goddess Vishalakshi

Vishalakshi is the consort of Vishwanath Shiva and is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. Vishalakshi means the ‘wide eyed.’ She is the founding goddess of Kashi. The most important temple dedicated to Goddess Vishalakshi is located in Varanasi.
The popular belief is that Vishalakshi Devi Shrine in Kashi or Varanasi is located in the spot where face of Goddess Sati fell. Some people believe that the shrine is located in the spot where the earring fell. Shiva was carrying the body of Sati who died in Daksha Yajna. Due to this all creation stopped and there was havoc in the universe. To stop this situation, Bhagavan Vishnu cut the body of Sati with Chakra and the places where Sati’s body fell became Shakti Peetahs.
In most places where Shiva is worshipped as Vishwanath, the name of the consort is usually Vishalakshi.
Goddess Vishalakshi is also worshipped in the famous Rameswaram Temple.

Dwapara Yuga Duration – What is the number of years of Dwapara Yuga?

Dwapara Yuga is the third of the four yugas in Hinduism. The duration or number of years in Dwapara Yuga is calculated differently – one has to convert the years of devas into the years of the human beings.
The Duration of Dwapara Yuga is 864,000 human years.
Its duration is 2400 years of the Gods.
A year of the gods is equal to 360 years of human beings.
Thus the duration of Dwapara Yuga is 864,000 human years.

About Paatha Sivalayam at One Town in Vijayawada – Sri Bhramaramba Malleswara Swamyvarla Devasthanam

Sri Bhramaramba Malleswara Swamyvarla Devasthanam, popularly known as Paatha Sivalayam, is a very popular shrine at OneTown in Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh. The temple is noted for its four huge walls with 1008 notches for lighting of earthen lamps around the temple. It is believed that the temple was once.
The temple is dedicated to Shiva and Goddess Parvati is worshipped here as Goddess Bhramaramba. The Hindu writes about the temple  The temple campus extended up to Tarapet railway goods shed in East and up to Chitti Nagar Kothammavari temple in North. A Kala Bhairava idol was unearthed when the priests were performing a pooja to replace ‘Dhwaja sthambam’ a few decades ago. The temple has been renovated time and again by many rulers and also during the British period, says Rachakonda Kameswara Sarma in his book ‘Vijayawada Paatha Sivalayam sthala puranam’. The temple got its name Paata Sivalayam, which literally means Old Sivalayam, not merely because it is the oldest temple in th…

Insight – Swami Vivekananda

Language is the vehicle of ideas. It is ideas that are of prime importance, language comes after.
We are like cattle driven to the slaughter house hastily nibbling a bite of grass on the roadside as they are driven along under the whip.
A tremendous stream is flowing towards the ocean carrying us all along with it; and though like straws and scraps of paper we may at times float aimlessly about, in the long run we are sure to join the ocean of life and bliss.
We are responsible for what we are; and whatever we wish ourselves to be, we have the power to make ourselves. If what we are now has been the result of our own past actions, it certainly follows that whatever we wish to be in future can be produced by our present actions; so we have to know how to act.
Swami Vivekananda

Why is Sharakol or Arrow carried to and thrown at Sharakmuthi at Sabarimala?

The first time visitors of AyyappaTemple (Kanni Ayyappas) throw Sharakol or Arrows at Sharamkuthi. But why do Ayyappas carry arrows to Sabarimala? Legend has it that after defeating the Marava Pada (an army of bandits) and Udayanan (the leader of the bandits), Ayyappa, Vavar, Kadutha and the army crossed the Enjiparakotta and headed towards and reached Pampa.
From here the warriors headed by Ayyappa went towards Nili Mala. And they reached the Sabari Peedam.
Here Ayyappa asked his warriors to put down all the weapons. The warriors put down their bow, arrows, swords, spears and other weapons under a peepal tree.
After that they entered the temple of Dharma Shasta (the SabarimalaAyyappaTemple).
First time visitors to AyyappaTemple, known as Kanni Ayyappas, throw Sharakols or arrows in memory this divine act.
Symbolically, one should enter the SabarimalaTemple with devotion only.
The army then rebuilt the temple that was destroyed by the bandits. Ayyappa then merged with the murti at t…

Manasarovar Lake and Temple in Vrindavan

ManasarovarLake and Temple in Vrindavan in Mathura is a holy place associated with Sri Krishna and Radha Rani. ManasarovarLake is on the outskirts of the Vrindavan town and is about 30-minute drive from the town. The temple here is unique as it only has the murti of Radha. The lake and the temple are associated with the Raas Lila incident.
The popular belief is that the ManasarovarLake was formed when Radha cried. Her tears formed the lakeManasarovar at Vrindavan.
During the Raas Lila, Radha Rani was proud of the fact that she was dearest to Sri Krishna. During Raas Lila, a Krishna was dancing with each gopi. But Radha was always proud that she was the dearest and could make Sri Krishna do anything for her. Krishna then suddenly took Radha to a secluded place.
A proud Radha wanted to test the love of Sri Krishna, so she asked Him to carry her on His shoulders. Sri Krishna asked her to sit on His shoulders. But when Radha was about to sit, Sri Krishna disappeared.
Unable to bear the pa…

Story of Ayyappa – Legend of Lord Ayyappa of Sabarimala – Simple Ayyappa Story

Ayyappa is the Hindu God worshipped in the famous SabarimalaAyyappaTemple in Kerala. Story of Ayyappa is based on legends that are popular in South India. Legend has it that Mahishi, sister of Mahishasura, wanted to avenge the death of her brother. Mahishasura was killed by Goddess Durga. To become powerful Mahishi did intense penance and made Brahma appear before her.
As a boon, Mahishi demanded that she should only be killed by a son born to Shiva and Vishnu. She also demanded such a son should also live among the human beings for 12 years.
After getting the boon, Mahishi attacked all living beings and started propagating Adharma. Living beings approached Shiva and Vishnu. They promised to put an end to the reign of Mahishi.
Shiva once happened to hear about the beauty of the Mohini incarnation of Vishnu. Shiva wanted to see the Mohini incarnation. Vishnu then appeared before Shiva as Mohini and from the union was born Ayyappa – HariHara Putra.
The child was found by King of Pandal…

How many Aarti for Shiva? – How Many Arati Should Be Waved or Performed to Shivling?

Aarti is an important part of prayers and pujas to Shiva. Devotees have doubts as to how many number of times Arati should be performed to the Shivling. Aarti Gumana is performed daily in Hindu homes. Gumana means to go in circle.
One has to wave Aarti eleven times around the Shivling. 11 Times is the number suggested by pandits and elders.
The same number of times one should wave the Aarti around paintings, pictures and murti of Shiva.

While waving the Arati one chant the Shiva Panchakshari Mantra – Om Namah Shivaya.

How many times should we go around Hindu God Ganesha in Temple? – Ganesha Circumambulation

How many times should a devotee go around Ganesha murti in a Hindu temple? Now this is a perplexing question as there are no written rules. And the number of times people go around varies from region to region. Circumambulation, or simply going around, of deity in the sanctum sanctorum is an important part of temple visit.
But as per majority of pandits, astrologers and pujaris, one should go around Ganesha in a temple three times.
Three circumambulations should be made in a GaneshTemple.
But there are people who do 3 or 5 or 7. This is also permitted in many regions.
But one should never do 2 or 4 or 6 circumambulation around Ganesha.

Story of Malikapurathamma at Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple

Malikapurathamma is the Goddess that is worshipped in a subsidiary shrine at SabarimalaAyyappaTemple. MalikapurathammaTemple is visited after having darshan of SabarimalaAyyappaTemple. As per the story of Malikapurathamma, she is Demoness Mahishi who was annihilated by Ayyappa.
When Mahishi – the buffalo-headed demon – was killed by Ayyappa, she changed into a beautiful woman. Mahishi in her previous birth was the daughter of Sage Galvan. She was cursed by a student of Galvan to become a buffalo headed demon.
With Ayyappa killing Mahishi, she attained reprieve from curse.
The beautiful woman wanted to marry Ayyappa. But Ayyappa told her that he is a Brahmachari. Ayyappa asked her to reside near his temple in Sabarimala. Her temple in time came to be known as MalikapurathammaTemple.
Ayyappa also told her that He will marry her when no first timer (kanni Ayyappa) comes to Sabarimala Ayyappa temple.

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Uttarashada Nakshatra Matching Stars for Marriage – Uttara Shada Nakshatra Marriage Compatibility

Uttarashada Nakshatra matching stars for marriage in details is given below. Uttara Shada is the 21st birth star among the 27 Nakshatra in Hindu horoscope and astrology. Uttarashada marriage compatibility or the very best matching stars are Uttara Phalguni, Swathi and Purvashada
Other good matching stars with Uttarashada are Ardra, Pushya, Purva Phalguni, Hasta, Anuradha, Mool, Uttarashada, Shravan, Shatabhisak and Purva Bhadra (1st, 2nd and 3rd quarter)
Ashwini, Bharani, Krittika, Rohini, Aslesha, Magha, Chitra, Vishaka (1st, 2nd and 3rd quarter), Jyeshta, Dhanishta, Purva Bhadra (4th quarter), Uttara Bhadra and Revathi are okay – means not bad.
Stars that do not match with Uttarashada are Mrigasira, Punarvasu and Vishaka (4th quarter).

Story of Devapi – Elder Brother of Shantanu in the Epic Mahabharata

Devapi belonged to the clan of Kurus and was the son of Pratipa, king of the lunar race. As per Bhagavad Purana and Mahabharata, he was the elder brother of Shantanu and Bahlika. Legend has it that when Shantanu became the king of Hastinapura there was no rain for 12 years. This resulted in a terrible famine.
People believed that the severe drought was the result of younger brother (Shantanu) occupying the throne, when the elder brother (Devapi) was still alive. As a solution to the drought, Shantanu then offered the kingdom to Devapi. But he rejected it and instead agreed to be the chief priest for conducting a yajna to invoke gods for rain. Devapi thus succeeded in bringing rain to Hastinapura.
There are numerous reasons given as to why Devapi was excluded from the throne. Brahadevata states that he suffered from a skin disease.
Mahabharata states that Devapi was crippled and so the people objected to him ascending the throne.
Bhagavad Purana states that when he was denied the thro…

Ganesha Murti (Idol) made of 21 lakh Shivlingi Seeds

Shivlingi Seeds are so named because the seeds resemble Shiva Lingam. Jagjit Singh Chhabra, based in Indore, created a 3-feet murti of Ganesha using Shivling seeds. The murti is unique and the effort put behind it is monstrous because the dimension of the Shivlingi seed is 5.5 mm in length, 3.5 mm in width and 3.5mm in height. He used 2,100,000 (21 lakh) seeds to create the 3-feet Ganesh murti.
Shivlingi is a medical plant found in India. Botanical name is Bryonia laciniosa Linn. In English, it is known as Diplocyclos palmatus, Lollipop climber, and Native bryony.
You can find more details about this unique effort and contact Jagjit Singh Chhabra here at his blog.
Shivlingi is known as Linga konde balli in Kannada; Aiviralikkova and Neyyunni in Malayalam; Aiviralikkovai, Shivalingakkay, Iyveli in Tamil and Linga Donda in Telugu.

When One is Self Realized He Immediately Becomes Happy and Joyful – Bhagavad Gita

After many births and deaths, one who is actually in knowledge surrenders unto Me, knowing Me to be the cause of all causes and all that is. Such a great soul is very rare. (Bhagavad Gita 7.19)
When One is Self Realized He Immediately Becomes Happy and Joyful (Bhagavad Gita 18.54)
Of all yogis, the one with great faith who always abides in Me, thinks of Me within himself, and renders transcendental loving service to Me – he is the most intimately united with Me in yoga and is the highest of all. That is My opinion. (Bhagavad Gita 6.47)

The humble sages, by virtue of true knowledge, see with equal vision a learned and gentle brahmna, a cow, an elephant, a dog and a dog eater. (Bhagavad Gita 5.18)

Nine Kinds of Devotional Service in the Bhagavad Purana

Srimad Bhagavad Purana mentions the nine kinds of devotional service. The nine activities constitute pure devotional service. They are:
Hearing about the transcendental name, form, qualities, paraphernalia, and pastimes of the Lord;Chanting about these things;Remembering them;Serving the lotus feet of the Lord;Offering the Lord respectful worship with incense, flowers, water, and so on;Offering prayers to the LordBecoming his servant;Considering the Lord one’s best friend;Surrendering everything unto Him.

Symbolism in the fighting between Devas and Asuras – Prakashananda

Often we read in Puranas descriptions of fighting between Devas and Asuras. Sometimes the Devas get the better, sometimes the Asuras. They may rightly be taken to be the representatives of two opposite forces — spiritual and material.
Since time immemorial fight has been going on between these two opposite forces in different planes of Nature. But this struggle is most marked in the human plane.
In man sometimes spiritual forces rise supreme and sometimes the material.
The first conquest of the spiritual over the material has always been the beginning of religion.
Religion does not consist in filling the mind with unhealthy, weak, sensational ideas, or in committing to memory all the philosophies of the world, or in getting some supernatural power, but in bringing the real man out by manifesting the divinity potential in all.
SourcePrabhuda Bharata August 1903.

Amareshwar Shiva – About God Amareshwar Manifestation of Shiva

Amareshwar is one among the numerous names of Shiva. Information about this form of Shiva is found in the Kashi Kandha of Skanda Purana. It is believed that the Amareshwar Shivling is a representation of the famous Amarnath Shivling. Those devotees who are unable to visit Amarnath can have of the darshan of Amareshwar Shiva and attain salvation.
The most important temple with Amareshwar Shivling is located in Varanasi. Another temple is located on the way to Ranthambhor National Park in Rajasthan.
It is believed that Nandi, the vehicle of Shiva, brought the Amareshwar Shivling to earth for devotees.
Worshipping this form of Shiva will help in removing fear of death.

As Amareshwar, Shiva is the one without death.

Treta Yuga Duration – What is the number of years of Treta Yuga?

Treta Yuga is the second of four yugas in Hinduism. The duration or number of years in Treta Yuga is calculated differently – one has to convert the years of devas into the years of the human beings.
The Duration of Treta Yuga is 1,269,000 human years.
Its duration is 3250 years of the Gods.
A year of the gods is equal to 360 years of human beings.
Thus the duration of Treta Yuga is 1.269 million years.

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Satya Yuga Duration – What is the number of years of Satya Yuga?

Satya Yuga is the first of four yugas in Hinduism. The duration or number of years in Satya Yuga is calculated differently – one has to convert the years of devas into the years of the human beings.
The Duration of Satya Yuga is 1,728,000 human years.
Satya Yuga is the golden age.
Its duration is 4, 800 years of the Gods.
An year of the gods is equal to 360 years of human beings.
Thus the duration of Satya Yuga is 1.728 million years.

Sanskrit Education in Benaras Hindu University and the University of Pune

Benaras Hindu University (BHU) and the University of Pune are two the most important universities in India dedicated to Sanskrit Education. BenarasHinduUniversity is only university in India where both the traditional and modern systems of Sanskrit education exist. The Centre of Advanced Study in Sanskrit in the University of Pune is country’s oldest UGC centre of advanced study in Sanskrit.  Hindustan Times reports
The Faculty of Sanskrit Vidya Dharma Vijnan (Faculty of SVDV) that grants the title of Shastri (equivalent to a BA), Acharya (equivalent to an MA) and Vidyavaridhi (equivalent to a PhD) is the traditional wing of Sanskrit Education in the BenarasHinduUniversityDepartment of Sanskrit in the Faculty of Arts which grants the routine BA, MA and PhD degrees is the modern wing of this university.
The Centre of Advanced Study in Sanskrit in the University of Pune also has a pronounced emphasis on a system of research that integrates the classical and contemporary aspects of the dis…

Significance of the ghee-filled coconut offered at Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple

One of the most important offering at the SabarimalaAyyappaTemple in Kerala is the ghee-filled coconut. The ghee taken in the coconut is poured on the idol and the coconut is thrown into the ‘homakundam’ in front of the temple.

Symbolically, the ‘ghee’ in the coconut represents the ‘soul.’ And the human body is represented by the coconut. After the arduous trek, when a devotee stands face to face with Lord Ayyappa – the ghee poured on the Lord symbolically represents the merging of the individual soul with the universal soul or the ‘Jivatma’ with ‘Paramatma.’

Finally, the empty coconut, which represents the body, is consumed by the fire in the ‘homakundam.’ Related How to do the Irumudi kettu? How to Observe Sabarimala Mandala Vratham? Five Important Temples Dedicated to Ayyappa in Kerala

A C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada quotes

Since you are a living being, you must always have desires. If your desires are stopped, you become like a stone. So instead of trying to put an end to all desires, you should try to cleanse the diseased form of desire. That cleansing process is Krishna Consciousness (Bhakti).
All material activities, subtle or gross, are manifestations of various dreamlike desires. The dreamer is the factual living entity; but we say that the dream of this material world is not false – but temporary. 
Therefore the dreamer has to come to the real, eternal spiritual platform so that this flickering material dreams can be extinguished.
Pleasures and pains come and go in due course, they are not the reality. So why bother about them? If I feel pain, let me tolerate it and go about my business of serving Krishna.
Real happiness means to be relieved of suffering permanently, not for just a few moments.

The person in material consciousness is convinced by false ego that he is the doer of everything. He do…

Purvashada Nakshatra Matching Stars for Marriage – Purva Shada Nakshatra Marriage Compatibility

Purvashada Nakshatra matching stars for marriage in details is given below. Purva Shada is the 20th birth star among the 27 Nakshatra in Hindu horoscope and astrology. Purvashada marriage compatibility or the very best matching stars are Purva Phalguni and Uttara Phalguni.
Other good matching stars with Purvashada are Mrigasira (3rd and 4th quarter), Punarvasu, Aslesha, Magha, Hasta, Chitra, Swathi, Vishaka (1st, 2nd and 3rd quarter), Mool, Purvashada, Uttarashada (1st quarter), Purvabhadra (4th quarter) and Revathi
Bharani, Krittika (2nd, 3rd and 4th quarter), Rohini, Mrigasira (1st and 2nd quarter), Ardra, Pushya, Vishaka (4th quarter), Anuradha, Jyeshta, Uttarashada (2nd, 3rd and 4th quarter),  Dhanishta, Purvabhadra (1st, 2nd and 3rd quarter) and Uttara Bhadra are okay – means not bad.
Star that do not match with Purvashada are Ashwini, Krittika (1st quarter), Shravan and Shatabhisak (Sadayam).

Harivarasanam Lyrics in Malayalam in pdf – Download Harivarasanam Song Dedicated to Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple in Malayalam

Harivarasanam the most famous song dedicated to Lord Ayyappa is recited just prior to closing of the SabarimalaAyyappaTemple doors at night. Here is the Harivarasanam lyrics  in Malayalam in pdf format.
Harivarasanam song is sung when doors of the sanctum sanctorum of the SabarimalaAyyappaTemple is closed for the day at night.
Today it is known as the Urakku Pattu – or the song that sends Ayyappa to sleep. 
LinkHarivarasanam Lyrics in Malayalam in pdf

Yantra for Business – Which Yantra Should Be Worshipped for Good Profit in Business?

Yantra for business are those associated with Goddess Lakshmi, Kubera and Ganesha. Worshipping the Yantra will help in attaining good profit in business. These yantras should be placed in business location, home, office, factories, vehicles etc for progress in business. One should worship the Yantra daily, offer prayers, be determined and dedicated, perform food donation and avoid evil company to achieve success.
Some of the Yantra for Business include Karya Shiddhi Yantra, Kubera, Lakshmi – Kuber Yantra, Lakshmi Yantra and Ganesh Lakshmi Yantra.
Proper worship of the Yantra will help in achieving huge profit in business. Those businesses that are in loss will become profitable through the constant worship of Yantras like Karya Shiddhi Yantra, Kubera, Lakshmi – Kuber Yantra, Lakshmi Yantra and Ganesh Lakshmi Yantra.

Kumbha Rashi Mantra in Hindi – Kumbh Rashi Mantra

Kumbha Rashi is the 11th Rasi among the 12 moon signs as per traditional Hindu moon astrology. This Kumbh Rashi Mantra in Hindi is the most important mantra and is chanted for overcoming all astrological related troubles that Kumbha Rashi faces.
The mantra is highly meritorious and helps in avoiding danger, getting jobs and solving marriage related problems.
The mantra can be chanted while performing daily prayers.  Kumbha Rashi Mantra in Hindi

Poonam 2018 dates – Poonam time and days in 2018 Hindu Calendar

Poonam is the full moon day in traditional Hindu lunar calendar in Gujarat. Below are the Poonam time and dates in 2018. The term is widely used Gujarat and certain parts of India. The day is considered highly auspicious by Hindus and some communities observe a fast known as Poonam Vrat – from sunrise to sunset on the full moon day.
Please note that in some regions Poonam might start a day early (mostly during previous day night) or in some cases overlap into the next day (might end on the morning of next day). Poonam 2018 dates based on Indian Standard Time (IST) March 31, 2018, Saturday.  Poonam Vrat or Fasting is on March 30.Hanuman Jayanti April 30, 2018, Monday.
Poonam Vrat or Fasting is on April 29. May 29, 2018, Tuesday.
Poonam Vrat or Fasting is on May 28. June 28, 2018, Thursday.
Poonam Vrat or Fasting is on June 27.  July 27, 2018, Friday.
Poonam Vrat or Fasting is on July 27Guru Poonam August 26, 2018, Sunday - Sawan Poonam
Poonam Vrat or Fasting is on August 25.Raksha Bandhan. …

Where and How to make offerings at Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple?

Each Ayyappa devotee carries numerous holy items in his Irumudi Kettu as offerings to the SabarimalaAyyappaTemple. The most important puja items carried by a devotee are coconut, ghee-filled coconut, rice, karpooram, agarbathi, bananas, turmeric etc. Each item in the irumudi kettu has to be offered in the designated place. Here is brief idea on where and how to make offerings at SabarimalaAyyappaTemple.
Coconut – minimum two The first coconut is broken at the PampaGanapatiTemple. The second coconut is broken before climbing the Pathinettam Padi or the eighteen holy steps.
Some devotees also break a coconut after completing the darshan at the base of Pathinettam Padi. Those devotees undertaking thenga uruttal or the rolling of coconut at MalikappuramTemple should carry another coconut.
Neyythenga or coconut filled with ghee The ghee in the coconut is offered for Neyyabhishekam. If there is a group then you can collect the ghee from all the coconut in a vessel and offer it at the tem…