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Malekal Tirupati Temple near Arasikere in Hassan in Karnataka – Information with Timings – Contact and Address

Malekal Tirupati Temple is dedicated to Sri Venkataramana Swamy and is located at Malekal near Arasikere in Hassan District in Karnataka. Legend has it that Sage Vasishta prayed to Lord Balaji (Venkateswara) here and had darshan of the lord here. The temple is located around 2 km from Arasikere on the Bangalore-Honnavara Highway . The temple is located atop a hill and one has to climb over 1200 steps to reach the shrine. Govindarajaswamy Temple is located down the hill. It is the same deity that is worshipped on top of the hill and down the hill. Festivals like Rathotsava are performed down the hill. The processional deity of the main murti atop the hill is permanently kept at the Govindarajaswamy Temple . The most important festival is observed on Ashada Shuddha Dwadasi – 12th day during the waxing phase of moon in Ashada month. Malekal Tirupati Temple Timings Daily darshan is from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM Special days and holidays 6:00 AM to 8:30 PM Fes

Sathuragiri Mahalingam Temple – Information including Timings and Contact Details

Sathuragiri Mahalingam Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva and is located atop Sathuragiri Hills near Srivilliputhur in Tamil Nadu. Information like timings and contact Details are given in detail below. The belief is that the hill on which the temple is located was formed when all the Vedas came together. Another belief is that the hill is in the shape of a square and so the name. A unique aspect of the Shivling worshipped in the temple is that it is slanding posture. There are numerous murtis of Hindu gods and sacred places while climbing up the hill. There are also several places dedicated to Siddhar. The important monthly dates in the temple are Pradosham, Purnima and Amavasi. Apart from Shivratri, the other important rituals and festivals in the temple are observed during Aadi Amavasi, Thai Amavasi, Chithirai festival, Aani Thirumanjam, and Margazhi Thiruvathirai. Sathuragiri Mahalingam Temple Timings Morning Darshan Time is from 6:00 AM to

Shiva Temple at Courtallam near Tenkasi in Tamil Nadu – Information including Timings and Contact Details

The popular Shiva Temple at Courtallam near Tenkasi is known as Thiru Courtrallanathar Swamy Temple . The other important deities worshipped in the temple are Thirukootachalapathi and Kuzhalvoimozhi Amman. A unique feature of the temple is that the entire area is in the shape of a conch. This Shiva Temple at Courtallam is around 5 km from Tenkasi in Tamil Nadu. Information including Timings and Contact Details are given in detail below. Apart from the main deities there are small temples dedicated to Annavi Pillai, Kailasanathar and Durga. In the outer courtyard of the temple there are murtis of 63 Nayanmars, Ganesha, Navgrahas, Sahasralingam and numerous other forms of Shiva and Parvati. Other deities worshipped in the temple include Pancha Darshana, Kurumbalanathar, Manakkola Nathar, Nannagara perumal, Papanasar, Nellaippar, Narumbunathar, Sailappar, Ulagamman, Gandhimathi Amman,  Palvannanathar, Oppanai Amman, Chockalingar, Meenakshi, Sastha, Madunatheswarar, Visa

Can Rice Bran Oil Be Used During Ekadasi Fasting?

Ekadasi Fasting is dedicated to Hindu God Vishnu and devotees who undertake fasting on the day avoid all forms of grains especially rice. Nowadays many people use rice bran oil in cooking. So can food be prepared using Rice Bran oil during Ekadasi fasting? No, rice bran oil should not be used on Ekadasi day if you are strictly following the no rice fasting. This is because rice bran oil is the oil extracted from the hard outer brown layer of rice. So it is essentially a product of rice. In fact on Ekadasi fasting day it is better to avoid oily foods. Instead opt for steamed foods or fruits.

Quote from Vedas on the conduct of Rulers

O virtuous and prosperous king, be knowledgeable about your conduct as the protector of the learned and impeller of our progress and prosperity. Be in control of your passions and conduct yourself in a righteous manner. Be a friend to us. Know the conduct as laid down by all sages. (Yajurveda Chapter VIII, verse 50) O king, elected by the learned and. wise for carrying out the duty of State, I accept thee who is knowledgeable, practices yoga, is full of humility, leader among leaders, expert in science and kind. The administration is thy mainstay. I accept thee. Thou have been elected by the people, I accept thee…” (Yajurveda Chapter IX, verse 2) The assembly of the learned, the assembly of spiritual leaders, and the assembly of the administrators are the three organs of governance. These should provide speedy justice and solution of problems, be fully constituted, manage the affairs of state with prowess and skills and maintain the righteousness of the government. (Yajurv