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Cherukunnu Annapoorneshwari Temple Timings – Puja and Darshan Time at Cherukunnu Annapoorneshwari Temple

Annapoorneshwari Temple is a famous temple located at Cherukunnu near Kannur. The daily pooja and darshan time at the temple is given in detail below. Please note that the temple timings might be extended during festivals and important rituals. The Cherukunnu Annapoorneshwari puja and darshan time will be shortened during Grahan or Eclipse. Cherukunnu Annapoorneshwari Temple Timings Morning – 5:30 AM to 12:45 PM Evening – 5:00 PM TO 8:00 PM Cherukunnu Annapoorneshwari Temple is located in Kannur District and the shrine is around 21 km from Kannur Town.

Namakkal Narasimha Swamy Temple Timings – Pooja and Darshan Time

Namakkal Narasimha Swamy Temple is a very popular shrine in Tamil Nadu. The daily pooja and darshan time at the temple is given in detail below. Please note that the temple timings might be extended during festivals and important rituals. The Namakkal Narasimha Swamy Temple puja and darshan time will be shortened during Grahan or Eclipse. Namakkal Narasimha Swamy Temple Timings Morning – 7:00 AM TO 1:00 PM Evening – 4:30 PM TO 8:00 PM (Mother Goddess Temple timing is also the same) Anjaneyar Temple Timings (Hanuman Temple) Morning – 6:30 AM TO 1:00 PM Evening – 4:30 PM TO 9:00 PM

Ashta Nagas – Names of Ashta Nagas – Eight Snake Gods or Serpent Deities

Ashta Nagas are eight serpent gods worshipped in Hinduism. They are more popular in South India, especially in Kerala, South Karnataka, and parts of Tamil Nadu. The eight snake gods are separately worshiped. The names of Ashta Nagas are: Anantha or Sesha Naga Gulika Vasuki Shankapala Thakshak Mahapadma Padma and Karkodaka

Eravinalloor Subrahmanya Swamy Temple Thaipooyam Festival

Eravinalloor Subrahmanya Swamy Temple Thaipooyam festival is annually organized in Malayalam month Makaram. It is dedicated to Muruga or Subrahmanya. The temple is located at Eravinalloor near Puthuppally in Kottayam district, Kerala. The annual pooyam festival here attracts scores of devotees. Eravinalloor Subrahmanya Swamy Temple Thaipooyam Festival 2023 date is February 5. The temple is also known as Eravinalloor Trikkayil Sri Subrahmanya Swami Temple. The darshan of the temple is towards east. The temple has a circular sanctum sanctorum (vatta sreekovil).  The main murti of Sri Subrahmanya in the sanctum sanctorum is nearly 5 feet tall.  The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Ganapathy, Sastha and Nagam. Special pujas, rituals, abhishekam, Subramanya sahasranama archana and numerous other activities are held on the festival day. Various types of Kavadi are taken to the shrine. It is considered highly meritorious to perform puja and take blessing of Sri Subrahmanya Swa

Sarada Devi Jayanti – Birthday of Holy Mother Sharada Devi

Sarada Devi, the wife of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, is popularly known as Holy Mother and she was integral part of Sri Ramakrishna’s spiritual self. In 2022, the date of Sharada Devi Jayanthi is December 16. This is the 168th birth anniversary of Maa Sarada Devi. Special programs are conducted on the day by Ramakrishna Ashram in India and around the world. Sarada Devi Jayanti is the birthday of Holy Mother Sarada Devi as per traditional Hindu calendar. Holy Mother was born on December 22, 1853 at Jayrambati in rural West Bengal in India . She was married to Sri Ramakrishna at the age of five. She came to Dakshineswar to live with Sri Ramakrishna at the age of eighteen. Sarada Devi, after passing away of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, accepted the mantle of his spiritual mission and became the Mother for all his followers. She passed away on July 20, 1920. The greatness of Sarada Devi is that living like a common woman doing all the household chores; she could yet

Shivling that is Constantly Growing - Bhuteshwar Mahadev in Chhattisgarh

Bhuteshwar Mahadev Bhakurra is located near in Maroda Village near Gariaband and the Shivling here is growing constantly – about 6 to 8 inches every year. Maroda Village is around 3 km from Gariaband. Every year the Shivling is measured during Shivratri. As there is a small fissure in the Shivling, it is considered as Ardanarishwara. In 1952, the Shivling was around 35 feet high and its girth was about 150 feet. In 1994, when a proper measurement using modern technique was done the height was 62 feet and girth was 290 feet. It is believed that the height of the Shivling now is nearly 80 feet. Related Shivling Worshipped in Dholpur in Rajasthan Changes Its Color Three Times in a Day

Story of Khana or Khona – a Woman with Gift of Prophecy

Story of Khana (Khona) is popular in Bengal and eastern parts of India. She is believed to have lived during the 5 th century AD. People repeat her prophecies and sayings even today. Her sayings are related to agriculture, climate, rain etc. Legend has it that Khana was the daughter-in-law of Varahamihira, who was a great astronomer and mathematician. He was a key member of the royal court of Vikramaditya. One day, Varahamihira returned home worried. On enquiry, Khana found that the King wanted to know the number of stars in the sky and Varahamihira was unable to answer it. Khana easily solved the problem and Varahamihira went back to the court with the answer. The king then wanted to know the method used to find the answer. Varahamihira admitted to the king that Khana, his daughter-in-law, worked out solution to the problem. Vikramaditya then offered Khana a prestigious place in the royal court. But Khana thought her father-in-law could feel humiliated, she cut

Origin of Salagrama – Legend of Shaligrama – the black stone symbol of Lord Vishnu

Salagrama, or Shaligrama , are black stones with stripes in the form of symbols associated with Lord Vishnu. Salagrama is considered to be an embodiment of Lord Vishnu. The significance of Salagrama is mentioned in the Puranas and the Mahabharata. There is also a legend behind the origin of Salagrama. Legend has it that Lord Brahma was saddened when he realized that so many people had strayed from the path of Dharma and had become sinners. Brahma sat in meditation thinking about the unfortunate situation and soon a bead of sweat rolled down from his cheek (Ganda) to form a female child. She was named Gandaki. Gandaki decided to do penance to restore Dharma. Her intense penance was disliked by Devas (Indra and others) as they realized that she would replace them. The Devas offered her different boons but she did not accept any of the boons. Finally, she agreed to stop the penance, if she was allowed to mother all the Devas. The Devas said such a boon was beyond th

Shani Bhagavan and the Story of How Ganesha Got the Elephant Head

There are numerous legends in Puranas regarding how Ganesha got the elephant head. One story suggests that Ganesha got the elephant head due to Shani Bhagavan. Legend has it that Parvati longed for getting a child and informed Shiva about her desire. Shiva asked Goddess Parvati to undertake a penance for one year. She did and then a child was born to Goddess Parvati. Shani Bhagavan The child was so glorious that the boy was far more superior to the Tejas of all the demigods (Devas) that assembled to witness the boy. The Navgrahas including Shani Bhagavan came to visit the divine child. Shani Bhagavan did not look at the baby. There is a popular belief that Shani drishti (look) will cause hardships. Shani also did not want the baby to look at him. Goddess Parvati was not happy with the behaviour of Shani. She wanted Shani to bless the newborn baby. Unwillingly Shani looked at the baby and immediately the head of the baby separated and flew to Goloka. Goddess

Stambheshwar Mahadev Temple at Kavi Kamboi in Gujarat – Shivling Here Disappears In Sea during High Tide and Appears during Low Tide

Stambheshwar Mahadev Temple is located at Kavi Kamboi Village in Gujarat. The Shivling in the temple is located so close to the sea that one can only perform worship here during low tide. The shrine is more than 150 years old and is situated near the Gulf of Cambay. The temple does not have any particular architecture that is noteworthy. During high tide, the four feet Shivling is completely submerged. After this as the tide starts to get low we can see the Shivling appearing back. Mother Nature constantly performs Jal Abhishek on Shiva here. The ideal time to visit the Shrine is morning hours when there is low tide. As the day progress the temple slowly gets submerged in water.

Hanuman Puja Vidhi – Simple Procedure to do Hanuman Puja

Hanuman Puja Vidhi is performed on all Tuesdays and on auspicious days dedicated to Hanuman. Here is a simple procedure to perform the puja. The puja is best performed early morning. Some people also do Hanuman Puja on Saturday to get rid of Shani Dosha. Things needed for Hanuman Puja Hanuman murti, painting or yantra Red colored cloth Kumkum Flowers Water Banana or any fruit Usual puja items like diya, agarbatti etc Hanuman Puja Vidhi After taking bath, clean the place meant to do the puja. Offer prayers to Ganesha. Clean the Hanuman murti with water Sprinkle some water on your head Spread the red colored cloth Place the Hanuman murti or painting or yantra Meditate for sometime in front of the murti. Say your prayers. Apply some kumkum on Hanuman murti Apply some kumkum on your forehead Light the diya Light incense or agarbhathi (optional) Offer flowers Offer banana or fruit Pray or meditate. If you know prayers like Hanuman Chalis

Kallupadi Subrahmanya Temple Thaipooyam Festival

Kallupadi Subrahmanya Temple is located at Kallupadi in Wayanad district and is around 11 km from Kalpetta. This is a popular Lord Muruga temple in the region. Kallupadi Subrahmanya Temple Thaipooyam festival 2023 date is February 5. Special pujas, rituals, abhishekam, Subramanya sahasranama archana and numerous other activities are held on the day. Various types of Kavadi are taken to the shrine. Kavadiyattam is also performed on the day. It is considered highly meritorious to perform puja and take blessing of Sri Subrahmanya Swami on the day.

Kshetrapala in Hindu Temples

Kshetrapala is a protective or tutelary deity worshipped in Shiva Temples. The deity is one who guards and protects the fields. He is mentioned in the Vedas – praised in the Rig Veda, Yajur Veda and Atharva Veda. The Kshetrapala in Shiva Temples is usually Bhairava. He stands atop a lotus on the doorway and possess a number of attributes. He has three eyes. He is with a shining knot of braided hair. His complexion is black. He holds a mace and a skull in his two hands. Red garland, red-scented materials and red clothes are offered to him. In Panchayatana Temples, Kshetrapala is consecrated in the southwest corner of the temple for protecting the villages and towns. Before starting rituals, worship should be offered to Kshetrapala. Otherwise, all deeds will be fruitless. Pujas, mantras and how to worship Kshetrapala is given in detail in the scripture Mantradevaprakashini. 

Thaipooyam Festival at Cheriyanad Balasubramanya Swamy Temple

Cheriyanad Balasubramanya Swamy Temple is located at Cheriyanad in Alappuzha  District and is around 8 km from Mavelikara and Chengannur. The annual pooyam ritual organized in Malayalam Makaram month at the Murugan Temple attracts hundreds of devotees. The shrine is dedicated to Subramanya or Muruga. Cheriyanad Balasubramanya Swamy Temple Thaipooyam festival 2021 date is January 18. Special pujas and rituals are held throughout the day in the temple. Carrying Kavadi is the main ritual on the day. People carry various types of Kavadi to the temple in procession. Traditional temple music is part of the procession. Kavadiyattam is another major highlight. On the Pooyam day, people also pierce their body with small lance, or vel. This is done for getting desires fulfilled.  Melam, various types of colorful Kavadi and fireworks are part of the festival.

Thaipooyam Festival at Eruthavoor Sri Balasubramanya Swamy Temple near Balaramapuram

Eruthavoor Sri Balasubramanya Swamy Temple is located at Eruthavoor in Trivandrum District and is around 2 km from Balaramapuram. The annual pooyam ritual organized in at the Murugan Temple attracts hundreds of devotees. The shrine is dedicated to Subramanya or Muruga . Eruthavoor Sri Balasubramanya Swamy Temple Thaipooyam festival  2023 date is February 5. This is also the ten day annual festival in the temple, which begins on the Thaipooyam day. Special pujas and rituals are held throughout the day in the temple. Carrying Kavadi is the main ritual on the day. People carry various types of Kavadi to the temple in procession. Traditional temple music is part of the procession. On the Pooyam day, people also pierce their body with small lance, or vel. This is done for getting desires fulfilled.  Melam, various types of colorful Kavadi and fireworks are part of the festival.

Tali Sri Maha Ganapathi Sri Balasubrahmanya Swamy Temple Thaipooyam Festival

Tali Sri Maha Ganapathi Sri Bala Subrahmanya Swamy Temple is located 2 km from Kozhikode city. Muruga or Subrahmanya is worshiped here as subsidiary deity. The annual pooyam festival is observed in Makaram month. Tali Sri Maha Ganapathi Sri Bala Subrahmanya Swamy Temple Thaipooyam festival 2023 date is February 5. Special pujas, rituals, abhishekam, Subramanya sahasranama archana and numerous other activities are held on the day. Various types of Kavadi are taken to the shrine. Kavadiyattam and colorful procession of Kavadis are a major highlight. It is considered highly meritorious to perform puja and take blessing of Sri Subrahmanya Swami on the day.

About Badrinath Temple

Badrinath Temple , dedicated to Bhagvan Vishnu, is located in Uttarakhand and is part of the Chardham Yatra. The temple is about 297 km from Rishikesh. Bhagvan Vishnu is worshipped here in meditative posture. Badrinath Temple is located on the banks of Alaknanda River and is surrounded by two mountains – Nar and Narayana. It is believed that Vishnu chose this spot to mediate as it was covered by berry plant. Badri means berry. Nearby the  Badrinath Temple is the Tapta Kund – a hot spring. Devotees take a dip in this pond before visiting the temple. The temple is open every from May to early November and is closed for winter from second week of November to third week of April. The shrine is very old and belongs to the Vedic Age. The temple in the current form was consecrated by Adi Shankaracharya. Nearest Railway Station – Rishikesh (297); Kotdwara (327). Rishikesh is directly connected by rail with Howrah , Bombay , Delhi and Lucknow . The temp

Omkareshwar Mahadev in Ujjain – About Omkareshwar Form of Shiva - 52nd Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Omkareshwar Mahadev is worshiped in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the 84 forms of Shiva worshiped in Ujjain. It is believed that worshipping Omkareshwar Form of Shiva will help in achieving success in journeys. The temple dedicated to Omkareshwar Mahadev is located at Khatikwada on Dhaba Road. This form of Shiva is associated with OM the primordial sound and the story associated with is a symbolic explanation of the importance of OM. Omkareshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 52nd temple visited during the parikarama of Shiavalayas here. Story of Omkareshwar Mahadev   Legend has it that Shiva created a man. When he wanted to know his duty, Shiva asked him to know his Atma. The man did not understand what exactly Shiva wanted. He went into deep thought and from him another man appeared. Shiva named the new man Omkar.  Shiva then ordered the man to create Vedas, devatas, human, rishis etc. Shiva was pleased with Omk

Rukmini Ashtami

Rukmini Ashtami is dedicated to Rukmini, the consort of Lord Krishna. It is observed on the eighth day during the Krishna paksha, or waning phase of moon, in Paush month (December – January). Rukmini Ashtami 2022 date is December 16. It is believed that Goddess Rukmini is an incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi. Special pujas and rituals are held in Lord Krishna temples on the day. They day is also of great significance is places associated with Lord Krishna like Mathura and Vrindavan. Some people observe a fast dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi on the day. It is believed that observing a fast on the day will bring happiness and prosperity.

How many Shivling can be worshipped in home? – How many Shivalingam can be kept in Puja Room in the house?

Many people have doubt regarding how many Shivalingam can be worshipped in home. The number of Shivling that can be kept in the puja room in the house varies from region to region. But the general opinion among astrologers and pandits (pujaris) is that only one Shivling should be worshipped in the puja room. Please note that some Hindu communities do not keep Shivling at home. This is because quite often it is hard to offer pujas daily including performing Jal Abhishek – ritual of pouring water on Shivling. But there are many devotees who keep Shivling at home. Such people should offer prayers daily and perform Jal Abhishek. You should keep a Shivling at home only if you are sure that you can perform pujas daily. Related Lingam Puja – How to Worship Shivling at Home? Parad Shivling ~ Hindu Blog Somvar Vrat – Monday Fasting Dedicated to Hindu God Shiva

Goddess Saraswati Llladro Idol – Porcelain figurine from Lladro – Goddess Saraswati Murti

Goddess Saraswati Idol is from the world famous Spanish Company, Lladro, noted for high quality porcelain figurines. Lladro during the past couple of years had released idols or murtis of various Hindu gods. Goddess Saraswati is part of the series. Goddess Saraswati murti shows Goddess Saraswati in sitting posture playing Veena. She is surrounded by swan and peacock. The price of the murti is not yet revealed. Lladro figurines are noted for its beauty, detailing and no compromise in materials used. Lladro Goddess Saraswati is limited edtion – 750 pieces only. 

Mulanjoor Kallikunnu Pichamkurissi Subrahmanya Swamy Temple Thaipooyam Festival

Mulanjur Kallikunnu Pichamkurissi Subrahmanya Swamy Temple Thaipooyam festival is annually organized in Malayalam month Makaram. It is dedicated to Muruga or Subrahmanya. The annual pooyam festival here attracts scores of devotees. Mulanjur Kallikunnu Pichamkurissi Subrahmanya Swamy Temple Thaipooyam Festival 2023 date is February 5. Special pujas, rituals, abhishekam, Subrahmanya sahasranama archana and numerous other activities are held on the day. Various types of Kavadi are taken to the shrine. It is considered highly meritorious to perform puja and take blessing of Sri Subrahmanya Swami on the day.

Mukkoottuthara Thiruvambadi Sreekrishna Swami Temple Festival

Mukkoottuthara Thiruvambadi Sree Krishna Swami Temple is located in Pathanamthitta District. The shrine is located around 12 km from Erumeli south. The annual festival in the temple is observed in Makaram month. The festival ends with Arattu. The temple has a round sanctum sanctorum. The small shrine is complete with a chuttambalam and kodimaram. The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Goddess Devi, Ayyappa and Sarpam. The annual festival is noted for various rituals. Traditional performing arts, music and dance are staged during the period. Caparisoned elephants, melam, fireworks and sheevali are part of the festival. The temple is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights. The festival ends with Arattu. The utsava murti of the deity is taken out of the shrine for ritual bathing on the final day. Caparisoned elephants and melam are part of the ritual. Hundreds of people arrive on the day to witness various rituals

Symbolism of He Buffalo the Animal Associated with Yama – The Hindu God of Death

Yamadharma Raja, or Yama, is the Hindu God of death. He is also referred as Kaala and both Yam and Kaala have the meaning controller of time. The vehicle or Vahana of Yama is a black He buffalo. Symbolically, the animal suggests the arrival of death senselessly. There is a belief in some cultures that He Buffalo is one of the most senseless animals. Just like the buffalo, death arrives to us senselessly – and takes our life without looking age, status, religion or any other social parameters. The black color represents the journey after death with Yama to the unknown destination.

Poddareshwar Ram Mandir at Nagpur in Maharashtra - Poddareshwar Sri Ram Temple

Poddareshwar Ram Mandir is located on the Central Avenue Road ( CA Road ) and is very close (few mintues walk) to Nagpur Railway Station. The temple has murtis or idols of both Sri Ram and Lord Shiva. The name Poddareshwar because the temple was constructed by Shri Jamnadhar Poddar, a famous business man, in 1923. The Ram Mandir has murtis of Bhagvan Sri Ram, Mata Sita and Lakshman and Hanuman. The murtis worshipped are in the famous Ram Parivar posture. The ornate and beautiful shrine attracts devotees from various parts of India and abroad. A shobha yatra is taken out during Ram Navami and it attracts thousands of devotees.

Chamravattam Ayyappa Temple Prathishta Festival – Chamravattam Sastha Pratishta Festival

Chamravattam Ayyappa Temple is located at Chamravattam in Malappuram District in Kerala. The temple is located around 7 km from Ponnani. The annual pratishta festival is observed in Makaram month.  For the annual Prathishta anniversary, the shrine is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights. Caparisoned elephants, Panchari Melam, Pachavadhyam, Theyyams, music and folk dance are part of the festival. Various pujas and rituals improve the tejas and power of the murti worshipped in the temple.

Palayad Theyyullayil Kuttichathan Temple Tira Festival

Palayad Theyyullayil Kuttichathan Temple is located at Palayadu in North Kerala. The shrine is located around 9 km from Thalassery. The annual Tira festival is observed in Makaram month.  The annual festival is noted for various rituals including Theyyam. Thousands of people arrive on the day to witness various rituals and festivities. Traditional performing arts, music and dance are staged during the period. The temple is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

Narveer Umaji Naik Punyatithi – Narvir Umaji Naik Death Anniversary

Narveer Umaji Naik Punyatithi is annually observed in Paush month. It is the death anniversary of Narvir Umaji Naik who fought against the British. He is one of the earliest freedom fighters. Narveer Umaji Naik Punyatithi is annually observed on February 3. In 2023, it is the 191st death anniversary of the great revolutionary. Narveer Umaji Naik (September 7, 1791 – February 3, 1832) raised a small but highly effective army against the British after the fall of the Maratha Empire. He exhorted the citizens to fight against the foreign rule. He attempted to unsettle the British occupation and did succeed instilling fear among the British ranks. To capture him, the British Government announced a bounty of Rupees 10,000. He was finally captured and hanged by the British in Pune.

Thalamunda Sree Puthiya Bhagavathi Temple Festival

Thalamunda Sree Puthiya Bhagavathi Temple is located at Thalamunda in Kannur District, Kerala. The annual temple festival is observed here in Makaram month. The shrine is dedicated to Mother Goddess Bhagavathi.  The annual Tira ritual and festival is the most important ritual. The temple is located around 15 km from Kannur town. The temple is beautifully decorated during the period traditionally with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights. Music and traditional arts forms are performed during the festival period. Hundreds of people arrive on the day to witness various rituals and festivities. 

Story Of The Birth Of Budh Graha - The Story Of Budha Graha In Hinduism

Budh Graha, Mercury, is one among the navagrahas, nine planets, as per Hinduism. The movement of Budh Grah in a horoscope is very important in Hindu astrology. The story of the birth of Budha is of great importance as the story also gives suggestions regarding women’s freedom to move away from a bad marriage. Budh is the son of Sage Brihaspati and Tara. But he was fathered by Chandra, the Hindu Moon God. Sage Brihaspati was the Guru of the Devas and he was only interested in rituals and studies. The Sage never showed any interest in Tara . A disillusioned Tara soon fell in love with Chandra and abandoned her husband. Indra, the king of Devas, once decided to conduct a yajna to get stronger to face the Asuras or demons. Sage Brihaspati used this as an opportunity and said that he can only perform the yajna with his wife by his side. The Devas were divided on the issue. Some saw no reason in Tara returning to a husband who only needed her for rituals. They argued that

Difference between Sastha and Ayyappa

Sastha or Shastavu or Shasta is one among the numerous names of Ayyappa worshipped at the famous Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple in Kerala. Some people believe that Sasta and Ayyappa are two different deities. This is because Sastha is mentioned to have two wives. But Ayyappa is a Brahmachari. When the term Ayyappa is used He is always a Brahmachari. But when the term Sasta is used he can be Brahmachari or Grahasta. This is because Sastha is a very popular village deity in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and parts of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. The particular rural story prevalent in a particular area gives Sasta the status of Brahmachari or Grahasta (married). The name Sasta is mentioned in the Skanda Purana. Sasta with two wives Purna and Puskala and a son is worshipped mainly as Gram Devata - village deity. Some of these earlier villages have become towns. So today there is a Sastha temple in most towns. Ashtottara Satakam is the only scripture that mentions that Sasta has two wi

Hanuman – About Hindu God Hanuman

In Hinduism, Hanuman is the perfect manifestation of devotion, humility, discipline, strength and selfless service. He is the one who has conquered the senses and ego. He is the ideal living being. For many Hindus, he is the trusted lieutenant of Lord Ram in the Ramayana. For non-Hindus, he is the Monkey God in Hindu religion. Today, Hanuman is widely worshipped in Hindu culture and is one of the most popular deities. Birth of Hanuman Hanuman is the son of Vayu, the wind-god, and Anjani. He is believed to be the incarnation of Lord Shiva. Chiranjeevi In Hindu tradition, Hanuman is designated as Chiranjeevi – the ever living. He lives among us and is believed to present where Lord Ram is worshipped. There is also a popular belief that he lives in the Himalayas . Hanuman the Scholar His Guru is Lord Surya (Sun God). He is a master of literature, grammar, politics, commerce, economics, music, arts, sciences, philosophy, mysticism and occult. Lord Ram

Balumbai Devi Yatra at Umbarde near Khatav

Umbarde Balumbai Devi Yatra is annually organized in Paush month. It is observed at the Balumbai Mandir at Umbarde village near Khatav in Satara District of Maharashtra. Thousands of people arrive to witness the jatra and festival. Umbarde Balumbai Devi Yatra 2023 date is January 6. Balumbai Devi Temple is located around 19 km from Khatav. Balumbai Devi Yatra attracts devotees from nearby villages and town. The annual yatra is famous for its unique rituals. The temple is lavishly decorated on the occasion with flowers, leaves, lamps  and lights. Balumbai Devi Yatra is annually observed on Paush Purnima Tithi or the full moon day in Paush month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Utteshwar Padmavati Devi Temple Yatra at Walne in Mahabaleshwar

Utteshwar Padmavati Yatra at Walne is observed in Paush month. It is organized at the Utteshwar Padmavati Devi Temple at Walne in Mahabaleshwar , Maharashtra. Hundreds of people participate in the annual jatra. Utteshwar Yatra 2023 date at Valne is January 6. Utteshwar Padmavati Devi Temple at Walne is located around 40 km from Mahabaleshwar. Utteshwar Padmavati Devi Temple is decorated beautifully for the occasion with lights and lamps. Various rituals are observed during the period. Utteshwar Yatra at Walne is observed on Paush Purnima day or the full moon day in Paush month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Matoba Yatra at Naitale in Niphad, Nashik

Matoba Yatra at Naitale is observed in Paush month. It is organized at the Matoba Maharaj Temple at Naitale in Niphad, Nashik District , Maharashtra. Hundreds of people participate in the annual jatra. Matoba Yatra at Naitale in 2023 date is January 6. Matoba Temple is located around 46 km from Nashik. Shri Matoba Maharaj Maharaj is decorated beautifully for the occasion with lights and lamps. Various rituals are observed during the period. Hundreds of followers of the Maharaj participate in the festivities and fair. Matoba Yatra at Naitale is observed on Paush Purnima day or the full moon day in Paush month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Siddhanath Yatra at Kharsundi in Atpadi, Sangli

Siddhanath Yatra at Kharsundi is observed in Paush month. It is the annual fair and festival at the Siddhanath Temple at Kharsundi in Atpadi, Sangli District, Maharashtra. Hundreds of people participate in the annual jatra. Siddhanath Yatra 2023 (beginning) date at Kharsundi is January 6. The shrine is decorated beautifully for the occasion with lights and lamps. Various rituals are observed during the period. Siddhanath Yatra at Kharsundi is observed from Paush Purnima day or the full moon day in Paush month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Bhagwati Devi Yatra at Munge near Devgad – Munage Bhagavati Devi Temple Festival

Bhagwati Devi Yatra at Munge is observed in Paush month. It is the annual fair and festival at Bhagwati Devi Temple at Munage near Devgad, Sindhudurg, Maharashtra. Hundreds of people participate in the annual jatra. Bhagwati Devi Yatra 2023 date at Munge is January 6. The shrine is decorated beautifully for the occasion with lights and lamps. Various rituals are observed during the period. Bhagwati Devi Yatra at Munge is observed on Paush Purnima day or the full moon day in Paush month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Rasai Devi Devi Yatra and Palkhi at Achirne in Vaibhavwadi

Rasai Devi Devi Yatra and Palkhi at Achirne is observed in Paush month. It is organized at the Rasai Devi Devi Temple at Achirne in Vaibhavwadi, Sindhudurg, Maharashtra. Hundreds of people participate in the annual jatra. Rasai Devi Devi Yatra and Palkhi 2023 date is January 6. Rasai Devi Devi Temple is located around 8 km from Vaibhavwadi. The shrine is decorated beautifully for the occasion with lights and lamps. Various rituals are observed during the period. Thousands of people participate to witness the Palkhi or Palanquin carried around the streets. Rasai Devi Devi Yatra and Palkhi at Achirne is observed on Paush Purnima day or the full moon day in Paush month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Sant Vamanbhau Maharaj Punyatithi at Gahininath Gad in Beed

Sant Vamanbhau Punyatithi is observed in Paush month. It is the death anniversary of Sant Vamanbhau Maharaj. It is of great importance at Gahininath Gad in Beed, Maharashtra. Sant Vamanbhau Maharaj Punyatithi 2023 date is January 15. Hundreds of devotees participate in the various programs organized on the day by followers of Sant Vamanbhau Maharaj. Sant Vamanbhau Maharaj Mandir is located at Gahininath Gad. Sant Vamanbhau Maharaj Punyatithi is annually observed on Paush Krishna Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waning phase of moon as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra. The shrine at Gahininath Gad is located around 66 km from Beed.

Pozhikkara Devi Temple Festival – Paravur Pozhikkara Devi Temple Vishakam Festival

Pozhikkara Devi Temple is located near Paravur in Kollam District in Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga Bhagavathi and is around 5 km from Paravur. The annual temple festival is observed in Makaram month and lasts for ten days. The shrine is located very close to the Arabian Sea. The most important day during the annual festival is the Vishakam Nakshatra in Makaram month. The temple is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights for the festival. The annual festival is noted for various rituals and begins with kodiyettam and concludes with arattu. Procession with characters from Hindu epics, melam, fireworks and sheevali are part of the festival. Traditional performing arts, music and dance are staged during the period. Hundreds of people arrive on the day to witness various rituals and festivities. Kazhcha seeveli, Ayilyam ottu, Sree Bali and Sopana Sangeetham are part of the festival. The festival ends with Arat

True Experience Is Living Our Own Life

Many of us live a borrowed spiritual life. Some try to create replica of someone successful in their life. Some are mere blind followers. However, all this are not the real us. True experience is living our own life. Self-realization happens when we experience it. All teachings are just words. They are mere references. To experience ‘That,’ we need to venture into the unknown world within us. This needs intense concentration and deep contemplation. Finally we see the light within us and the same light in all animate and inanimate. As per Hindu teachings, we all are essence of that Supreme Truth. However, layers and layers of ignorance is covering it. This is blocking us from reaching our ultimate goal – self-realization. As we cannot work hard to remove the ignorance, we become followers or try to imitate someone who has achieved self realization. Sadly, we never even come near true experience. True experience happens when we search to find answer to Who AM I? This

Goddess Kajala – About Kajala Devi

Goddess Kajala is one of the names of Vindhyavasini Devi who is worshipped in the famous Vindyavaini Temple in Mirzapur in Uttar Pradesh. It is said that she appeared on the earth during the Kajali night and hence her name Kajala Devi. The famous Kajari Teej is observed on the day. As per Vindhyanchal Mahima, this is the original home of Mother Goddess Adi Shakti. She as  Yoga Maya  appears in all animate and inanimate. She protects those that follow Dharma and she annihilates those that follow Adharma. This form of Mother Goddess is worshipped only at Vindhyanchal region in Uttar Pradesh. Kajali Geet that is sung here is a favorite of the Goddess. The main festival dedicated to her is observed on Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha Dwitiya and Tritiya Tithi – the second and third day during the waxing phase of moon in Bhadra month. Special musical nights and all night jagran are observed in the Vindyavaini Temple in Mirzapur on the day.

Bodgeshwar Jatra Festival at Mapusa in Goa

Bodgeshwar Jatra Festival at Mapusa is observed in Paush month. It is the annual jatra and festival at the Mapusa Bodgeshwar Temple in Goa. This annual yatra which also includes a small fair attracts hundreds of devotees. Bodgeshwar Jatra Festival 2023 date is from January 4 to January 6. Bodgeshwar is also known as Kanakeshwar Baba or Bongini. He is a wish fulfilling deity. The shrine and its premises are beautifully decorated during the period with flowers, lamps and lights. Unique rituals which are held only during special location are performed on the day. Bodgeshwar Jatra Festival is observed from Paush Shukla Paksha Trayodashi tithi to Purnima tithi or the thirteenth day to full moon day in Paush month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Goa.

Sharana Mela at Kudala Sangama in January – Basava Kranti Day

Sharana Mela is observed at Koodala Sangama every year from January 11 to January 15. It coincides with the Basava Kranti day which is observed annually on Makar Sankranti day. More than one hundred thousand people participate in the annual congregation. Basavanna, or Basaveswara, founder and first saint of Lingayath sect left his body through icchamarana (death at will by yogic way) and became one with that absolute reality at Kudala Sangama. Basavanna is believed to have merged with the Supreme Truth on Makar Sankranti day. People offer prayers and recite Vachanas on the day. Satsang, prayer meetings and philosophical discussion take place during the period.

Shri Jagatguru Anandmurti Janmotsav at Ratnagiri - Jagatguru Anandmurti Birth Anniversary Celebrations

Shri Jagat Guru Anandmurti Janmotsav is observed in Margashirsh month. It is the birth anniversary celebrations of Jagadguru Anandmurti. The main festival and programs are organized at the Anandmurti Temple located here. Shri Jagat Guru Anandmurti Janmotsav 2022 date is December 18. Followers of Anandmurti Maharaj organize various spiritual programs on the day. Charity, satsang and various prayer meetings are organized. Shri Jagat Guru Anandmurti Janmotsav is annually observed on Margashirsha Krishna Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waning phase of moon in Margashirsh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Shantadurga Chamundeshwari Kudtari Mahamaya Jatra Festival at Ghudo-Avedem in Goa

Shantadurga Chamundeshwari Kudtari Mahamaya Jatra festival at Ghudo-Avedem is observed in Paush month. It is the annual jatra and festival at the Shantadurga Chamundeshwari Temple at Ghudo-Avedem in Quepem in Goa. This annual yatra which also includes a small fair attracts hundreds of devotees. Shantadurga Chamundeshwari Kudtari Mahamaya Jatra utsav 2023 date is from January 4 to January 6. The shrine and its premises are beautifully decorated during the period with flowers, lamps and lights. Unique rituals which are held only during special location are performed on the day. Ghudo-Avedem Shantadurga Chamundeshwari Kudtari Mahamaya Jatra is observed from Paush Shukla Paksha Trayodashi tithi to Purnima tithi or the thirteenth day to full moon day in Paush month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Goa.

Cawra Cawry Puja Dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi – Cowra Cowrie Ceremony

Cawra Cawry puja and ritual is a unique ceremony dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi and is observed during the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in Phalgun (February), Vaishakh (April), Ashwin (October) and Margashirsh (December). The ritual is observed on Sundays and Thursdays in the above months. It must be noted that Thursday is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi in many regions and special rituals are observed on the day in certain months. Cowrie, or Cawry, shells are used in the worship of Goddess Lakshmi during the ceremony. During the puja Goddess Lakshmi is invoked on a copper plate and the plate is placed on a three-legged brass utensil. Cawra Cawry puja is performed for the welfare and prosperity of the family.

Goddess Sunanda

Goddess Sunanda is an incarnation of Goddess Shakti. She is believed to have appeared from the body part of Sati that fell on earth after the famous episode of Shiva carrying the body of Sati around the universe and Vishnu cutting it with his Sudharshana Chakra to save the world from annihilation. Goddess Sunanda appeared where the nose of Goddess Sati fell on earth. The Shaktipeetah associated with Goddess Sunanda is located in Bangladesh. Lord Shiva resides in the form of Triambak with Goddess Sunanda.

Humnabad Veerabhadra Yatra – Jatra and Festival at Veerabhadreshwara Temple

Humnabad Veerabhadra yatra is annually held in Paush month. This is the most important fair and festival at Veerabhadreshwara Temple in Humnabad town in Bidar District, Karnataka. Hundreds of people participate in the annual jatra. Humnabad Veerabhadra Yatra 2023 date is January 8. Veerabhadra Temple here attracts devotees even from distant places. The shrine is dedicated to Veerabhadra, also known as Veerabhadra Swamy, who is one of the Shiva Ganas. The annual festival is noted for various unique rituals which are closely linked to agrarian economy of the region. Humnabad Veerabhadra Yatra is observed on Paush Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waning phase of moon in Paush month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Discourse on Arudhra Darshan by Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Swamigal

Arudhra Darshan, also known as Ardra festival, is an auspicious day dedicated to Lord Shiva in Tamil Calendar and it celebrates ‘the cosmic dance’ of Lord Shiva as Nataraja. Here is a wonderful discourse on Arudhra Darshan by Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Swamigal (who is also known as Paramacharya, Mahaswami or Maha Periyavar). The discourse is in Tamil.

Supreme State Arises On The Death Of The Ego – Ramana Maharshi

Ramana Maharshi points out that a person can achieve supreme state only after the death of the ego. If during this quest of one’s own Self, the mind turns outwards, due to attachment to sense objects, the seeker should turn it inwards again by merging the world in the Self. Just as waves, foam, etc., are only the ocean, and as the dream-world is only the seer of the dream, and nothing else, so the whole world is only myself and nothing else.’ This view is the merging of the world in the Self. If during the quest of one’s own Self the mind turns outwards on account of its attachment to objects of perception, the seeker should turn it inwards again. He should bring the mind back again and again and re-engage it in the quest. There must be a resolve to become aware of the truth of oneself by means of the question, ‘Who is he that has this attachment to objects of perception?’ The aspirant for deliverance must be full of enthusiasm, with his mind in the sattvic mood. He s

Story of Sage Vishwamitra Cursing Saraswati River

The story of Sage Vishwamitra cursing the Saraswati River is found in the Shalya Parva of the Mahabharata. Sage Vasishta and Sage Vishwamitra had an ongoing feud, which was legendary. Once, Saraswati River rescued Vasishta from the wiles of Vishwamitra by changing her course. Sage Vishwamitra is famous for this uncontrollable temper. For interfering in his matters, Saraswati River was cursed by him that for one year her waters would flow with blood. Demons were happy to see blood in the river. They drank it. Sages who saw this rescued her. But when Saraswati River was purified by the sages, the demons who drank water from the river were afflicted by hunger. Out of compassion, Saraswati River assumed a new form called Aruna, the reddish one. The demons who bathed in this river attained moksha or liberation.

Cherai Gowreeswara Temple Festival - Facts - Other Information

Cherai Gowreeswara Temple is located in Cherai Village in Ernakulam District of Kerala. The annual temple festival is observed in Makaram month. Cherai Gowreeswara Temple is located at Cherai and is around 8 km from North Paravoor. The ten-day annual festival ends on Pooram Nakshatra day in Makaram month.  Cherai Gowreeswara temple was built in 1912 and is dedicated to Murugan. The murti in the temple was consecrated by Sree Narayana Guru on Kollavarsham 1087 Makarm 9 Avittam nakshatra. Sri Narayana Guru first consecrated the murti of Subramania. Then he did the prathishta of Ganpati in south, Sri Parvati in north and Sri Parameshwara in west.   The festival is famous for display of 30 caparisoned elephants and panchavadyam. The festival is also noted for the display of fireworks. Thalapokka Malsaram of elephants is a main attraction of the festival. Kathakali, ottanthullal and other traditional art forms are performed during the festival. The annual festival is noted for various r

Purification Of The Mind Through Work - Bhagavad Gita

A proper attitude to work and to one’s profession can convert work into a potent tool for effecting the purification of the mind. Sri Krishna emphasizes this in a series of graded disciplines for spiritual life: ‘Fix your mind on Me,may your intellect dwell on Me. Undoubtedly, you will live in Me on giving up the body. In case you are not able to fix your mind on Me, desire to attain Me through abhyasa yoga (the yoga of steadfast practice). If you are unable to do this either, be intent on working for My sake. Working for Me, you will attain perfection. If you cannot thus work for My sake resorting to yoga, renounce the fruits of all your actions, being self-controlled.’ So, performing one’s action with a view to pleasing God is a basic discipline every seeker is taught to practise. How is one to surrender the fruits of one’s actions to God? By taking refuge in the primeval Purusa (God) from whom have originated activities from time immemorial! Sri Krishna emphasizes the

Why there are no Hindu Festivals Dedicated to Brahma?

There are no major festival dedicated to Brahma, is the creator of the universe and one among the Trimurti. There are numerous festivals dedicated to Shiva and Vishnu and to Mother Goddess but there are no festival dedicated to Brahma. The reason is philosophical and is told through the story of Shiva cutting the fifth head of Brahma. Legend has it that Lord Shiva was disappointed with the world that Brahma created. Shiva saw disease, pain, suffering, death… in the world. He saw human beings madly scampering for momentary pleasure under the  influence of Maya . But Brahma was happy with his creation and he brought forth four heads to look in all direction. Brahma’s pride knew no limits and he popped up a fifth head to have a look at his creation. This pride of Brahma enraged Shiva and he became Bhairava. Shiva as the ferocious Bhairava attacked Brahma and he cut off the fifth head for creating a world filled with misery, Shiva cursed Brahma that people will not worship him

Anayadi Pazhayidam Narasimha Swami Temple Festival

Anayadi Pazhayidam Narasimha Swami Temple is a popular temple dedicated to Narasimha at Anayadi in Kerala. The 10-day annual festival is observed in such a manner that it ends with Arattu on Thiruvonam Nakshatra day in Makaram month.  The main attraction of the temple festival is procession of elephants. The temple had set a record in 1996 AD by holding a procession of 86 elephants.  The annual festival is noted for various rituals. Thousands of people arrive on the day to witness various rituals and festivities. Traditional performing arts, music and dance are staged during the period. Caparisoned elephants, melam, fireworks and sheevali are part of the festival.  The temple is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights. The festival ends with Arattu. The utsava murti of the deity is taken out of the shrine for ritual bathing on the final day. Caparisoned elephants and melam are part of the ritual. Anayadi Pazhayi

Chaudas in 2022 – Chaudas Fasting and Puja Dates in 2022

Chaudas falls on the Krishna Paksha Chaturdashi of each traditional Hindu lunar month. Below are the monthly Chaudas fasting dates in 2022. ‘Krishna Paksha’ is the dark fortnight of a lunar month. It is the 14th day after full moon (Purnima) or more easy calculation one or one day before Amavasya. Shiva devotees observe the day with vrat, special prayers and pujas. Some devotees also keep vigil all night as in  Mahashivratri . Chaudas Dates in 2022 (Indian Standard Time) January 1 January 30 no dates in February March 1    –  Annual Mahashivratri March 30 April 29 May 28 June 27 July 26, 2022 August 25  September 24 October 23 November 22 December 21 

Chunakkara Thiruvarur Mahadeva Temple Festival

Chunakkara Thiruvarur Mahadeva Temple is located near Kayamkulam in Kerala. The shrine is located around 12 km from Kayamkulam and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The annual festival is observed in Makaram month. The festival ends with Arattu. The temple is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights. The annual festival is noted for various rituals.  Caparisoned elephants,  Kuthira, Kala, melam, fireworks and sheevali are part of the festival. Traditional performing arts, music and dance are staged during the period. Hundreds of people arrive on the day to witness various rituals and festivities. The weeklong festival ends with Arattu on the final day. The 10-day festival is observed in such a way that it begins on Thiruvathira Nakshatra in Makaram month. On The Same Topic New Article Chunakkara Temple - History - Shiva Temple Sculpture - Architecture - Festival

Mupliyam Madapillikavu Temple Festival

Mupliyam Madapillikavu Temple is located in Thrissur District. The shrine is dedicated to Shiva and Devi – Mother Goddess Bhagavathi. The annual festival at Madappillikavu is observed in Makaram month. The temple is located around 27 km from Thrissur. The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Vishnu, Devi and Ganpati. Mahashivratri and Bali Tharpanam are conducted in the temple. The temple has a round sanctum sanctorum with a kodimaram and chuttambalam. The temple is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights. The annual festival is noted for various rituals. Caparisoned elephants, melam, fireworks and sheevali are part of the festival. Traditional performing arts, music and dance are staged during the period. Hundreds of people arrive on the day to witness various rituals and festivities. The weeklong festival ends with Arattu on the final day.

In the Ramayana – Why Kumbhakarna Sleeps for Six Months?

Kumbhakarna continuously sleeps in the Ramayana. He only wakes up for a day after six months of continuous sleep. But why does he sleep for such long periods. As per Ramayana, Kumbhakarna was a giant. He roamed around the universe creating havoc. He caused damage to Devas and humans. Kumbakarna once performed intense austerities dedicated to Brahma at Gokarna along with Ravana. The tapasya continued for several years. Devas were worried that Kumbakara might become even more powerful and destroy the earth and heaven. Soon the Devas realized that Kumbhakarna was planning to ask extinction of Devas as boon. Devas took the help of  Goddess Saraswati  to thwart the evil designs of the huge demon. She promised to help them. Finally, Brahma appeared before Kumbhakarna and as boon wanted to ask nirdevata – extinction of Devas. Just as he was about to ask the boon, Goddess Saraswati influenced his speech and he asked nidravata – sleepiness. Brahma immediately granted it. Thus

Budha Ashtami – Budhashtami

Budha Ashtami is a unique ritual observed when Ashtami or eighth day in a Hindu lunar calendar falls on Wednesday. The ritual is dedicated to Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva. The ritual is performed for redemption of sins. It is said in the Brahmanda Purana that the performance of the ritual helps in removing sins performed in previous births too. In some regions people who observe the vrat only take eight handfuls of food on the day.

Trunk of Gansesh Murti (idol) Turning to Right Side – Significance of Ganesha Trunk Pointing to Right

The Trunk of the Ganesh Murti (idol) comes in two forms either pointing right side or pointing left side. The elephant-headed Hindu God Ganesha is worshipped in all Hindu homes and all auspicious events take place after his permission. When the image of Ganesha has the trunk pointing to the right, it is used for worship – for performing pujas, prayers and rituals (Ganesha's right). The direction right side symbolizes the path to Moksha or liberation – the ultimate goal in Sanatana Dharma. The trunk pointing to left side is associated with material gains. It is the direction of success in the world. But this success does not last for long. Symbolically, it represents achievements, gains in worldly life, desires etc, and is not used for worship. Such images are used to adorn homes or to be kept in vehicles etc.

Itkhori Temple – Ma Bhadrakali Mandir at Itkhori near Chatra in Jharkhand

Itkhori Temple, or Ma Bhadrakali Mandir, is located on the confluence of Mahane and Baksha River at Itkhori near Chatra in Jharkhand. It is widely believed that Sri Ram, Lakshman and Mata Sita resided in the area during their exile period in the Ramayana. The shrine is located around 38 km northeast of Chatra. It is also believed that Pandavas performed puja here during their exile period. The murti of Goddess Bhadrakali is installed on a raised platform. Only priests are allowed to perform puja. Devotees are not allowed to touch the murti. To the right of the Bhadrakali murti there are murtis of Vishnu and Shiva in the form of Gaurishankar. To the left there are again two murtis of Vishnu. Below the main murti one can see Ridhi and Siddhi. Chaturbhuj Devi, Surya and Gaurishankar are also worshipped near the sanctum. Murtis of Ganesha, Shiva-Parvati, Bhairav, Buddha, Saraswati Devi and Vishnu are installed on the walls of the shrine. Nandi, Panchamukhi Hanuman