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Route of Thanka Anki Procession From Aranmula to Sabarimala Temple – Temples Giving Reception to Thanga Angi of Ayyappa

Thanka Anki Procession is held to the famous Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple for Mandala puja. The route of the Thanka Anki begins from Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple. The Thanga Angi is given reception at various Temples enroute to Sabarimala. Aranmula Sree Parthasarathy Temple is around 100 km away from Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple.
Thanka Anki Procession begins from Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple at 7 AM on December 22.
First Day of Procession After leaving Aranmula Temple, the procession will be given traditional receptions at Moorthitta Sree Ganapathi Temple, Punnamthottam Temple,  Nedumprayar Thevalkasseri Devi Temple, Pampadimon Temple,  Elanthur Sree Bhagavathikunnu Devi Temple,  Ganapathi Temple, Mezhuveli Temple, Elavumthitta Devi Temple Prakanam Idanattidom Temple, and the procession will halt on the first day at Omallur Sree Rakthakadnaswami Temple.
Second Day of Procession Kodunthara Sree Subramanian Temple, Pathanamthitta Sree Dharma Sastha Temple, Kadammanitta Rishikesa…

Story of the Origin of Kamdev

Story of the origin of Kamdev is mentioned in the Kalika Purana. Legend has it that Brahma created ten prajapatis to help in creation. Brahma also created a woman named Sandhya.
Sandhya was divinely beautiful and Her beauty aroused strong sexual desire among those present there. For a split second Brahma too was enamored by the beauty of Sandhya.
At that moment a highly handsome divine being appeared from the mind of Brahma. He was armed with a bow and five arrows made of flowers.
This handsome divine being became Kamdev.
It must be noted that in some Puranas it is mentioned that Kamdev was born to Dharma, son of Brahma.

Story of Shiva burning Kamdev

Book with Stories in the Yoga Vasishta - Download in pdf format

Yoga Vasishta contains some of the most important teachings of Hinduism. Many of the teachings are explained through stories. Some of the important stories in the Yoga Vasishta are found in the Lagu Yoga Vasishta translated into English by K Narayanswami Aiyer. The book was published in 1896. You can read the stories in pdf format at the Archive website.
LinkStories in the Yoga Vasishta

Note the book is in pdf format and the file size is nearly 39 MB.

Ignorance is an inseparable companion of greed – Mahabharata

Like a fish that does not know anything other than water to be its element, so a deluded one foolishly falls in Prakriti’s net and migrates from body to body like a fish, from one body of water to another, thinking that water is the element in which it alone can live.
As experience can seldom be gained but by travelling in regions remote from one’s home, so salvation can never be attained except by acting according to principles that are very high, compared with the ordinary level of our desire and propensities.
Every act should be done thoroughly; one should be always heedful. For, such a minute thing as a thorn, if extracted badly, leads to obstinate gangrene.
As greed grows, ignorance grows with it, the root of greediness is but loss of clear thinking, loss of judgment, and so ignorance is an inseparable companion of greed.