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Route of Thiruvabharanam Procession from Pandalam to Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple – Temples Giving Reception to Thiruvabharanam Procession for Makaravilakku

Thiruvabharanam Procession from Pandalam in Kerala is held to the famous SabarimalaAyyappaTemple for Makaravilakku puja. The route of the Thiruvabharanam procession begins from Pandalam Valiyakoickal Sree Dharma Sastha temple. The procession which carries gold ornaments to be worn on murti of Ayyappa is given reception at various Temples enroute to Sabarimala.
Pandalam Valiyakoickal Sree Dharma Sastha temple is around 120 km away from SabarimalaAyyappaTemple.
First Day of Procession After leaving Pandalam Valiyakoickal Sree Dharma Sastha temple, the procession will reach Kulanada Devi temple through the road passing by Kaippuzha Srikrishna Swamitemple.The procession will then reach Ullannoor temple via the traditional path of Mudappana and Kallumparathu Junction. The three boxes carrying the jewelry will be kept open for darshan at Ullannoor temple.The procession will then take the traditional route through Karikara Junction and  Parayankara Junction to reach Kurianappally temple. The…

Martand Bhairava – About Incarnation of Shiva as Martand Bhairava

Martand Bhairava is an incarnation of Shiva worshipped mainly in Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh in India. Legend has it that during the Krita Yuga (Satya Yuga), two demon brothers named Mani and Malla attained immense powers and started troubling saints, devas and humans.
People were fed up with the havoc created by the two demons. They then took the help of Shiva.
Shiva then assumed the form of Martand Bhairava. He had three eyes and appeared with serpents around his neck. He was four-armed and held damaru (hourglass drum), trident, sword and cup. He wore a garland made of human heads. The head was adorned with crescent moon.
The vehicle of Martand Bhairava was Nandi.
Martand Bhairava then attacked and killed the demons Mani and Malla.
The Shakti of Martand Bhairava is Mhalsa.
This incarnation of Shiva is also referred as Khandoba, Mailar and Mallari Martand Bhairav.

Hindu Devotees from India Visit Katasraj Temple Dedicated to Shiva in Pakistan

KatasrajTemple is located in Chakwal District of Pakistan. The temple is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva. A group of 177 devotees from India were given permission to visit the temple. The devotees are visiting the temple under the aegis of Kendriya Sanatan Dharam Sabha.
Dedicated to Shiva, the Katasraj temple is part of several Hindu Puranas. On hearing Sati’s death, two tears trickled down from Lord Shiva and fell on earth. It is believed that the pond at the Katasraj temple complex was formed by the tear that fell here. The temple was later built near the holy pond. Times of India reports  While talking to TOI, president of jatha, Shiv Partap Bajaj rued that Pakistan high commission denied visa to 31 devotees which had hurt Hindu religious sentiments. "There are several youth who are disappointed on not getting Pak visa as they wanted to see the historical temples," he said. He informed that they would spend two days at Katasraj and pay obeisance at a cluster of Hindu temples …