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

MalekalTirupatiTemple is dedicated to Sri Venkataramana Swamy and is located at Malekal near Arasikere in HassanDistrict 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. GovindarajaswamyTemple 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 GovindarajaswamyTemple.
The most important festival is observed on Ashada Shuddha Dwadasi – 12th day during the waxing phase of moon in Ashada month.
MalekalTirupatiTemple Timings Daily darshan is from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM Special days and holidays 6:00 AM to 8:30 PM Festival days from 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Sathuragiri Mahalingam Temple – Information including Timings and Contact Details

SathuragiriMahalingamTemple 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. SathuragiriMahalingamTemple Timings Morning Darshan Time is from 6:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Evening Darshan Time is from 5:0…

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

The popular ShivaTemple at Courtallam near Tenkasi is known as ThiruCourtrallanatharSwamyTemple. 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 ShivaTemple 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, Visalakshi, Aram Valarthana…

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.

Dharma Yudha – The Rules to Be Followed During War

Wars in ancient India were waged in accordance with prescribed rules and such wars were referred as Dharma Yuddha – “righteous war.” The prime example of Dharma Yuddha is the one between Bhagvan Sri Ram and Demon King Ravana in the Ramayana. Although the Mahabharata war is referred to as Dharma Yudha – the rules were broken by both the Pandavas and Kauravas in the Kurukshetra during the 18-day war.
Some of the important rules of Dharma Yudha are:
Women, sages and innocent people should not be attacked.
A fight with arrows and missiles should be reciprocated with the same.
A swordsman should only fight only a swordsman.
In the fight between two warriors, no third person should interfere.
Those sitting on horses and elephants should only fight those that are sitting on horses and elephants.
One on chariot should only fight those on chariot.
An unarmed man should not be attacked with a weapon.
There should be no fighting after sunset.
Prisoners of war should not be ill treated.

Pandavleni Caves Yatra in Nashik in Shravan Month

A yatra is annually held to the famous Pandavleni caves near Nashik in Shravan month (July – August). Pandavleni Caves Yatra 2018 date is August 27. It is observed after the Narli Purnima day. It must be noted here that the PandavleniCaves is not associated with the Pandavas.
The caves are Buddhist Viharas. Leni in Marathi means ‘Cave.’ Pundru in pali language means ‘yellow ochre color’.
The annual yatra is held on the Shravan Krishna Paksha Pratipada tithi or the first day during the waning phase of moon in Shravan month.

Three Forms of Sri Ranganathaswamy in Three Temples on the Banks of Kaveri River

There are three temples of Sri Ranganatha Swamy on the banks of the KaveriRiver. Each temple represents a form of Sri Ranganatha. Sri Ranganathaswamy is the form of Vishnu sleeping on the milky ocean.
Sri Ranganathaswamy is worshipped as Adi Ranga at Srirangapatna in Karnataka.
He is worshipped as Madya Ranga at Shivanasamudra Sri Ranganathaswamy in Karnataka
Anthya Ranga is the third form of Sri Ranganathaswamy and is worshipped at the SrirangamTemple in Tamil Nadu
Kaveri touches Srirangapatna first, next Shivanasamudra and then Srirangam. This is the main reason behind the belief.
Another belief is that at Srirangapatna, Lord is in childhood form; at Shivanasamudra he is in youth form and at Srirangam he is in adult form.
The form of Sri Ranganathaswamy at Shivanasamudra is also known as Mohana Ranga and Jaganmohana Ranga.

Nepal – Lunar Eclipse April 4, 2015 Time in Nepal– Chandra Grahan Timing in April 2015

A Total lunar eclipse, Chandra Grahanam, taking place on April 4, 2015 and it will be visible in Kathmandu and other places in Nepal. The time of the eclipse in Nepal is from 3:46 PM to 7:15 PM on April 4, 2015. This is a minor partial eclipse and takes place in Hasta Nakshatra and in Kanya Rashi. Detail Lunar Eclipse Time in Nepal on April 4, 2015 Eclipse begins 3:46 PM Total Lunar Eclipse begins at 5:28 PM Total Lunar Eclipse ends at 5:33 PM Eclipse ends at 7:15 PM
You need to follow this Chandra Grahan if you are living in Nepal. All fasting and other rituals should be followed.
Please note that pregnant woman need not worry about this Lunar Eclipse. Please keep cool and remain calm. There is nothing to worry.

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. (Yajur Veda 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…” (Yajur Veda 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. (Yajur Veda Chap…