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Nimishamba Devi Prakat Din – Appearance day of Mata Nimishamba Devi

Nimishamba Devi Prakat Din is observed in Magh month. It is the appearance day of Mata Nimishamba Devi. The day is of great significance for certain communities in Maharashtra , Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Nimishamba Devi Prakat Din 2023 date is January 31. Nimishamba Devi is an incarnation of Goddess Parvati. She appeared to annihilate the demons Janumandala and Sumandala. She did not even take a fraction of a second to kill the demons. As Mother Goddess only appeared for a fraction of a second, she was called Nimishamba Devi. Nimishamba Devi Prakat Din is observed on Magh Shukla Paksha Dasami tithi or the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional lunar calendar followed in  Maharashtra .

Dharmanath Beej 2023 – Dharmanath Beej Utsav at Damori near Kopargaon in Maharashtra

Dharmanath Beej is annually observed in Magh month. The ritual is dedicated Dharmanath, son of Sri Machindranath. The festival is of great importance to the Navnath community and for the different followers of Shri Gorakshanath. Dharmanath Beej 2023 date is January 23. The day is of great significance at Damori near Kopargaon in Ahmednagar District in Maharashtra.  Dharmanath Beej is observed annually to commemorate the initiation of Shri Dharmanath into the teaching of Shri Gorakshanath. Special pujas and rituals are observed on the day. The day is observed throughout the world especially by the devotees of Navnath community. Dharmanath Beej is annually observed on Magh Shukla Paksha Dwitiya or the second day during the waxing phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in Maharashtra . The day is of significance at Yetgaon in Kadegaon Taluka in Sangli District and Kavathe Mahankal in Maharashtra.

Marleshwar Yatra at Maral near Ratnagiri – Marleshwar Temple Festival at Maral

Marleshwar Yatra is annually held on Makar Sankranti day. This is one of the important festivals at Marleshwar Temple at Maral near Ratnagiri in Maharashtra . Marleshwar Yatra 2023 date is January 15. The shrine is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva. Believed to have been established by Parasuram, Marleshwar is a cave temple and is surrounded by huge trees and herbs. The cave shrine is famous for snakes which are seen always in the premises. The annual festival celebrates the marriage of Marleshwar and Goddess Girija Devi. The yatra attracts thousands of devotees.  Marleshwar Yatra at Maral is annually held on Makar Sankranti day as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra .

Goddess Manonmani

Manonmani is a manifestation of Goddess Parvati and in this form she is the consort of Sadashiva. As per some scholars, she is a manifestation of Goddess Durga. Sadashiva is the most comprehensive form of Shiva ever imagined by the human mind. In this form Shiva has five faces. Four faces are in four directions. The fifth face is shown facing the sky and in some image it faces the southeast direction. Manonmani is the consort of this form of Shiva and thus makes her a powerful manifestation. Goddess Manonmani appears in blue or black complexion and she is two armed. She carries a Kapala (skull) and sword. She is feared by her enemies as she can wreck havoc. It is believed that offer prayers to her will help in overcoming enemies. She also bestows devotees with wealth. 

Sadguru Shri Madhusudan Maharaj Punyatithi at Songir in Dhule in Maharashtra

Sadguru Shri Madhusudan Maharaj was a great saint in the 20th century and he was third guru of the Anandvan Sansthan. His Punyatithi or death anniversary is observed in Magh month. Sadguru Shri Madhusudan Maharaj Punyatithi 2023 date is January 30. This is an important day at Anandvan Ashram at Songir in Dhule in  Maharashtra . He undertook Samadhi here. Sadguru Shri Madhusudan Maharaj was the disciple of Keshav Datta Maharaj Maharaj and he had spiritual leaning from a young age. He worked tirelessly for making Anandvan Sansthan a great spiritual organization. Sadguru Madhusudan Maharaj predicted his date of death and made preparations accordingly. He left his body on January 30, 1985 sitting in a yogic position, controlling his breath and meditating on the Supreme Truth. Shri Madhusudan Maharaj Punyatithi is held on the Magh Shukla Paksha Navami tithi or the ninth day during the waxing phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional lunar calendar followed in  Maharash

Nanaji Maharaj Dahi Handi Yatra at Kapashi near Wardha in Maharashtra

Nanaji Maharaj Dahi Handi Yatra is annually observed in Magh month. The festival, fair and jatra are dedicated to Nanaji Maharaj a great saint in the Bhakti tradition of Maharashtra . Nanaji Maharaj Dahi Handi Yatra 2023 date is January 28 to February 5. The main ritual is organized at Kapashi near Wardha in Maharashtra . The Dahi Handi Yatra is organized to a beautiful temple of Lakshmi Narayan built by Nanaji Maharaj. The fair is organized from Magh Shukla Paksha Saptami to Purnima or from the seventh day of the waxing phase of moon in Magh month to full moon day in Magh. The most important day is the first day.

Difference between Makara Jyothi and Makaravilakku at Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple

The sighting of Makara Jyothi and Makaravilakku on Makar Sankranti day at the Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple is considered highly auspicious and is witnessed by thousands of people. Is Makara Jyothi and Makaravilakku the same? Or is there a difference between the two? During a controversy that happened regarding Makaravilakku last year , the traditional supreme priest of the Sabarimala temple, Tantri Kantaru Maheswararu, had stated that Makaravilakku was a fire lit by human hand on the Ponnambala Medu hill neighboring Sabarimala while the Makarajyothi was a star that appeared in the evening sky on the day marking the culmination of the annual festival on Makara Sankranti day. ( The Hindu ) Makaravilakku is the lamp that is lit at Ponnambala Medu hill neighboring Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple . Makarajyothi is the star that appears in the evening sky on the day of the festival.

Head Post Offices in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh now offers Tirumala Tirupati Balaji Temple Special Darshan Tickets

The bookings for special entry darshan tickets (Rs 300) of Tirumala Tirupati Balaji Temple can now be done at head post offices in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. The (Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams) TTD has given permission to India Post to sell 5,000 tickets. The Hans India reports “TTD tickets can also be booked online from over 90 HPOs in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. In less than a week, we have been able to sell around 2,000 tickets each day. We feel that the demand for the full quota of tickets will be fulfilled in the next 10 days. We have also proposed to the TTD that India Post can offer room bookings and special seva tickets online. The proposal is under consideration.”