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Athachamayam Procession 2018 at Tripunithara in Kerala – Announcing the Arrival of Onam Festival

Athachamayam at Tripunithara near Kochi (Ernakulam) in Kerala on Atham Nakshatram (asterism) in Malayalam Chingam Month announces the arrival of the Onam festival. The Athachamayam festival 2018 at Tripunithara is on August 15. There is a famous saying in Kerala – Atham Pathinu Ponnonam - the tenth day from Atham Nakshatram day is Thiruonam.

The history of Athachamayam is traced back to the reign of the Maharaja of the erstwhile Cochin State. It marked the journey of the King, with his followers, from Tripunithura to the Thrikkakara Vamana temple for participating in the Onam festival.

The main highlight of the Athachamayam festival is a colorful procession – exhibiting the rich cultural tradition of Kerala. The glittering procession includes caparisoned elephants, color floats and tableau displaying episodes from Hindu Puranas, epics and also those having social message.

Numerous Athapookalam, or floral carpets, a major highlight of Onam festival is displayed during Athachamayam.


Story of the Birth of Nandi – The Bull of Shiva

Nandi is the bull associated with Shiva. The story of the birth of Nandi begins with Sage Shilada doing intense penance to be blessed with a child. He offered the prayers to Indra, the king of Devas.
When Indra appeared before him, Sage Shilada prayed for a son who would be immortal. But Indra was incapable of granting such a boon and so he asked the sage to pray to Shiva.
Sage Shilada performed intense penance for several years. The tapas was so intense that he was reduced to a bony figure.
Finally Shiva appeared and gave the boon that He Himself will appear as his son. To get the son, He asked the sage to perform a yajna.
The sage performed the yajna and at the end of it a child appeared from the fire.
As the child brought joy and happiness to everyone, he was called Nandi.
The sage took the child to his hermitage. But the child did not show any signs of his divinity. He moved around like an ordinary child.
One day Mitra and Varuna, Vedic gods, visited the ashram and told the sage…

Mahalaxmi Puja after Ganesh Chaturthi in North India in Bhadrapad Month – Lakshmi Puja after Ganapati Festival

Mahalaxmi Puja after Ganesh Chaturthi in North India in Bhadrapad Month begins after four and half days on Ashtami. Mahalaxmi Puja after Ganesh Chaturthi in 2018 is on September 17.
In some regions the Mahalaxmi Puja is observed for a fortnight. In some regions it is limited to five days.
In places in Madhya Pradesh, a special murti of the Goddess is brought on the Shukla Paksha Ashtami day in Bhadrapad month. When Goddess Lakshmi arrives, Ganesha is shifted to next to Her and he is considered as the son of the Goddess.
A Mahapuja is performed. Simple puja is performed two times a day for next couple of days.
The murti of goddess is adorned beautifully with brass masks, saries, and other jewelry.
A symbolic immersion of the murti is performed on Dasami day in some regions.
In some regions the Mahalaxmi Puja and Vrata concludes on the Krishna Paksha Ashtami in Ashwin month (15 days after the ritual begins).
You can read more about the Mahalakshmi Puja here.

Solai Malai Murugan Temple Pictures – Virtual Tour of Solai Malai Murugan View Photos in 360 Degrees

SolaiMalaiMuruganTemple is one of the Aru Paadai Veedu Temples dedicated to Lord Muruga in Tamil Nadu. Dinamalar newspaper is providing a virtual tour of the temple through high quality photos. There are five pictures of the temple. You can view them in 360 degrees. The pictures are that of the entrance of the Solai Malai Murugan, Mahamandapam, Holy Tree, Holy Well and the AlzharTemple.

There is a commentary in English explaining the details of each picture.
Link – you can view Solai Malai Murugan Temple Pictures

Ego sense is the source of all sins – Yoga Vasishta

Even as a tree is consumed by a forest fire, the youth’s heart is consumed by the fire of lust when his beloved leaves him.
The selfish person’s violent efforts to gain his selfish ends often lead to other results.
Ego sense is the source of all sins. Cut at the very root of this ego sense with the sword of wisdom of non ego.
There is indeed nothing which is worth desiring or renouncing.
Good and evil, great and small, worthy or unworthy are all based on the notion of desirability.
They alone are friends that generate in one’s heart true dispassion and self knowledge. Yoga Vasishta