Skip to main content


Showing posts from June 13, 2014

Vadapalani Andavar Temple Time – Opening and Closing Timing at Vadapalani Andavar Temple in Chennai

VadapalaniAndavarTemple is dedicated to Hindu God Muruga. The temple timing in detail is given below. The morning and evening opening and closing time will be extended during festivals and auspicious days like Sashti, Kartika Nakshatram etc. The time will be less during eclipse or grahan. Opening and Closing Time at VadapalaniAndavarTemple Morning Darshan is from 5:30 AM to 12:00 PM Evening Darshan time is from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
Important puja timings are:
First puja – 5:30 AM – the Lord is awakened Kalasanthi – 7:00 AM Noon Puja – 12:00 PM Evening first puja is at 5:00 PM

Janamejaya – Story of Janamejaya in the Mahabharat

Janamejaya is the great grandson of Pandavas in the Mahabharat and he performed the famous yajna or sacrifice to destroy all the snakes on the earth. Janamejaya was the son of King Parikshit, who was killed by serpent, Takshaka.
King Parikshit was the son of Abhimanyu and Uttara; and grandson of Arjuna. He ruled the kingdom for 60 years but due to a curse was bitten and killed by serpent Takshaka.
Janamejaya decided to take revenge and performed Sarpa Satra – serpent sacrifice. Thousands of snakes were drawn out by the spells chanted during the yajna. They immolated themselves in the yajna fire.
But Takshaka did not come to the yajna as he was protected by Indra. Janamejaya, who realized that his main enemy was protected by the king of Devas, ordered priests to chant more potent mantras.
The mantras forced Indra out of his abode with Takshaka hanging on to him. On seeing the sacrificial fire, Indra released Takshaka and fled the scene.
Takshaka was soon heading towards the fire.

Names of sixty years of the cycle followed in Maharashtra – Andhra Pradesh – Karnataka – Telangana and Tamil Nadu

Sixty years each have a name and they form a cycle in the calendars followed in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Telangana and Tamil Nadu. The names of the sixty years are:
PrabhavaVibhavaShuklaPramodutaPrajopatiAngirasaSrimukhaBhavaYuvaDhatuIshvaraBhudhanyaPramadiVikramaVishuChirabhanuSvabhanuTaranaPardhivaVyayaSarvajituSarvadhariVirodhiVikrutiKharaNandanaVijayaJaya ManmadhaDurmkhiHevilambiVilambiVikariSarvariPlavaSubhakrutuShobhakrutuKrodhiVisvasuParabhavaPlavangaKilakaSaumyaSadharanaVirodhikrutuParidhaviPramadichaAnundaRakshasaNalaPingalaKalayuktiSiddhardbiRaudriDurmatiDundubhiRudhirodgariRaktakshiKrodhanaAkshaya

Bahula Amavasya

Bahula is the term used to refer to waning phase or dark phase of moon. Thus Bahula Amavasya is the term used to refer to no moon day. The term is widely used in certain regions in India to refer to the no moon day. The popular term used to refer to the dark phase of moon is Krishna Paksha.
At the PuriJagannathTemple, the Amavasi in Paush month is referred to as Baula Amavasya. On the day special offerings are made to Jagannath which includes Gaintha Cake, mango blossoms, powdered rice fried in ghee and nadi mixed with ghee.
The term Bahula is widely used in parts of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Orissa and Karnataka.
It is used as a prefix for the 15 tithis during the waning phase of moon. Thus we have Bahula Pratipada, Bahula Dwitiya,…Bahula Ashtami etc.

Rudra Vrata Dedicated to Shiva Observed For a Year

Rudra Vrata as the name indicates is dedicated to Shiva. Rudra is the name of Shiva in the Vedas and also it is a fierce manifestation. Rudra Vrata is observed for a year.
The devotee who observes the Vrat only takes a single meal at night.
The person observing the Vrata offers daily prayer to Shiva in the morning and evening.
It is stated in the Matsya Purana that the person observing the Vrata will be able to overcome all diseases. The devotee will also attain the region of Shiva.
At the end of one year, the devotee should gift clothes and food to poor children and elderly people. They should also offer food to animals. It is highly meritorious to plant 10 trees on the day.

Deva Vrata – Devavrata Fasting dedicated to Shiva – What is Dev Vrat?

Deva Vrata (Dev Vrat) is observed for a year and is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva. It helps in removing all sins committed. A devotee who observes the Devavrata should take only a single meal at night for a year.
At the end of one year, the devotee should gift clothes and food to poor children and elderly people. They should also offer food to animals.
It is believed one who observes the Deva Vrata will get refuge in the feet of Shiva and will live in his region.

Save Hindu Temples International Short Film Festival

Save Temples International Short Film Festival is organized by Global Hindu Heritage Foundation and SaveTemples. The film festival is part of protecting and persevering ancient temples and teachings of Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism). The short films should reveal the facets of some ancient truths, the traditional heritage to the knowledge of future generations. They should not criticize other religions and life styles. They can tell the richness of ancient dharma, present the moral and dharmic values of Hindu religion and should be intended to explain the great practices of Hindu dharma to all the mankind through this short films and documentaries. The viewers of these movies should be motivated to work for the protection of temples. The last date of receiving entry for the festival is July 24, 2014
The short film festival will be held at Prasad Labs, Hyderabad – From August 22 to 24, 2014.

You can find all details about the International Short Film Festival here at the official website.