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Ornaments on the Murti or Idol of Balaji – Gold Ornaments Worn by Lord Venkateswara

The murti (idol) of Balaji worshipped in the Tirumala Venkateswara temple is covered with gold plate. All the details in the stone murti can be found on the gold plate. Diamonds and other precious stones are used to adorn the crown, conch, discuss and two hands, which are covered in gold.



Venkateswara is decorated with the largest emerald in the world – which is around 3 inch in diameter.
The chest of the murti is adorned with two gold plaques – the right side gold plaque has Goddess Lakshmi carved on it. The left side plaque has Goddess Padmavati carved on it.
The golden crown is studded with gems.
The golden earrings are in the shape of crocodile and are known as Makara Kundala.
One of the golden necklaces worn by Balaji consists of Saligrama and the thousand names of Vishnu are engraved on it.
Another golden necklace is made of Tulsi beads.
One necklace consists of beads with the image of Goddess Lakshmi carved on it.
One necklace has tiger claws covered with gold.
Golden armlets …

Bhudargad Bhairavnath Yatra – Bhairavnath Temple Festival at Bhudargad near Kolhapur in Maharashtra

Bhudargad Bhairavnath Yatra is annually in Magh month. The yatra or jatra is the annual festival and fair held at Bhairavnath Temple Festival at Bhudargad near Kolhapur in Maharashtra. Bhudargad Bhairavnath Yatra 2018 date is February 10.
BhudargadBhairavnathTemple is dedicated to Shiva. The rituals followed in the Bhairavnath shrines in Maharashtra are followed here during the yatra.
The annual fair and festival attracts hundreds of people.
Bhudargad Bhairavnath Yatra is annually observed on Magh Krishna Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waning phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Chintamani Maharaj Punyatithi at Arag near Miraj

Chintamani Maharaj Punyatithi is observed in Magh month. It is the death anniversary of Shri Samarth Balyogi Sadguru Chintamani Maharaj. The day is of importance at Arag near Miraj in Maharashtra. Chintamani Maharaj Punyatithi 2018 date is February 10.
Chintamani Maharaj was a great guru in the Samarth sect. A sacred place dedicated to him is located at Arag near Miraj.
Chintamani Maharaj Punyatithi is annually observed on Magh Krishna Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waning phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Karanjeshwari Devi Vadhdivas at Gowalkot near Chiplun in Maharashtra

Karanjeshwari Devi Vadhdivas is annually observed in Magh month. It is the Jayanti or the birth anniversary festival of Goddess Karanjeshwari Devi. The day is of importance at KaranjeshwariDeviTemple at Gowalkot near Chiplun in Maharashtra. Karanjeshwari Devi Vadhdivas 2018 date is February 9.
Goddess Karanjeshwari Devi is the family deity or Kuladaiwat of numerous Konkanastha Brahmins.
Numerous unique rituals are observed on the day.
Karanjeshwari Devi Vadhdivas is annually observed on Magh Krishna Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waning phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Tanaji Malusare Punyatithi - Veer Tanaji Malusare Death Anniversary

Tanaji Malusare Punyatithi is observed in Magh month. It is the death anniversary of Veer Tanaji Malusare, a great military leader in the army of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Tanaji Malusare Punyatithi 2018 date is February 9.
Tanaji Malusare led the army that recaptured the famous Singhad fort from Udaybhan Rathod. In this battle, he used monitor lizards to climb the fort. The fort was recaptured by Tanaji Malusare lost his life.
Legend has it that Shivaji's said these words after hearing about the demise of Tanaji - although the fort was captured a lion was lost.
Tanaji Malusare Punyatithi is annually observed on Magh Krishna Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waning phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Muktai Yatra at Muktainagar in Maharashtra – Muktai Temple Festival

Muktai Yatra is annually observed in Magh month for two days. The yatra is dedicated to Muktai, younger sister of Sant Dnyaneshwar, and main festival takes place at MuktaiTemple here. Muktai Yatra 2018 is from February 9 to February 11.
Sant Muktai attained Samādhi on the banks of TaptiRiver at a place called Mehun which is 15 km from Muktainagar.
The main rituals during the yatra include arrival of palkhis to the MuktaiTemple.
Muktai Yatra is observed from Magh Krishna Paksha Navami to Magh Krishna Paksha Ekadasi – the ninth to eleventh day of waning phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Kolhapur Mahalaxmi Temple Timings – Darshan – Opening and Closing Time at Kolhapur Ambabai Temple

KolhapurMahalaxmiTemple is one of the popular shrine dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi. Located at Kolhapur in Maharashtra, the Goddess is popularly known as Ambabai. Below is the daily darshan temple timings in detail. Please note that there will be changes in the temple opening and closing time during festivals and grahan or eclipse.
KolhapurMahalaxmiTemple Timings
Opening time in the morning - 4:30 AM
Kakad Arati – 4:30 AM to 6.00 AM Morning Mahapuja – 8:00 AM Holy food (Nevaidya) – 9:30 AM Afternoon Mahapuja – 11:30 AM Alankar Pooja – 1:30 PM Dhuparti – 8.00 PM Shejarti – 10.00 PM

The temple closes at 10:00 PM at night.

Ambabai Yatra at Hupari near Kolhapur – Festival at Ambabai Temple at Hupari

Hupari Ambabai Yatra is annually observed in Magh month. It is one of the important festivals at AmbabaiTemple at Hupari near Kolhapur in Maharashtra. Hupari Ambabai Yatra 2018 date is February 8.
Goddess Ambabai is the family deity in this region. She is worshipped for peace and prosperity.
The annual yatra attracts thousands of people. A fair is organized during the period.
Hupari Ambabai Yatra is annually observed on Magh Krishna Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waning phase of moon as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Vithalai Devi Jagar at Sarvade near Kolhapur

Vithalai Devi Jagar is annually observed in Magh month. It is observed at Sarvade near Kolhapur in Maharashtra. Vithalai Devi Jagar 2018 date is February 6.
The festival is annually observed at Sarvade and it attracts hundreds of people.
Vithalai Devi Jagar is annually observed on Magh Krishna Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waning phase of moon as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Live Online Thaipusam Festival from Singapore – Live Streaming of Thaipusam Festival on Mobile and Internet from Sri Thendayuthapani Temple in Singapore

The annual Thaipusam Festival at the SriThendayuthapaniTemple in Singapore attracts thousands of Hindu devotees. The festival is aired live online. The live streaming is available on the internet and mobile. The living streaming is available from 00:00 hrs to 12:00 hrs from Sri Thendayuthapani Temple in Singapore.
You can view the live streaming here - Live Online Thaipusam Festival

Holi Festival in Kullu in Himachal Pradesh Begins on Vasant Panchami at Raghunath Temple in Sultanpur

Holi Festival in Kullu in Himachal Pradesh begins nearly one and a half months before the original Holi festival. Kullu Holi is different from other regions in India as the festivities begin on Vasant Panchami day. People in large numbers arrive on the day to apply gulal (organic color from fruits and leaves) on Lord Raghunath in Sultanpur, the chief deity of KulluValley.
The festivities which begin on Vasant Panchami end on the annual Holi festival day. The murti of Lord Raghunath is bathed in different colors on all days starting from Vasant Panchami till Holi. Tribune India reports "The idol of Lord Raghunath was installed in the temple after purification," said Maheshwar Singh, the chief gurdian of Raghunath idol.  After the installation ceremony, thousands of devotees pulled the sacred rath (chariot) of Lord Raghunath amid beating of drums and playing of 'shehnais'. The devotees threw 'gulaal' at each other.  Locals say starting from Basant Panchami, the…

Paramahansa Yogananda Thoughts on Death

Death is not the end: it is temporary emancipation, given to you when karma, the law of justice, determines that your present body and environment have served their purpose, or when you are too weary or exhausted by suffering to bear the burden of physical existence any longer.
When you reflect that this world is filled with death, and that your body, too, has to be relinquished, God’s plan seems very cruel. You can’t imagine that He is merciful.
But when you look at the process of death with the eye of wisdom, you see that after all it is merely a thought of God passing through a nightmare of change into blissful freedom in Him again. Saint and sinner alike are given freedom at death, to a greater or lesser degree according to merit. In the Lord’s dream astral world — the land to which souls go at death — they enjoy a freedom such as they never knew during their earthly life.
So don’t pity the person who is passing through the delusion of death, for in a little while he will be fr…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – February 2, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Monday, February 2, 2015 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the light phase of moon till 1:10 AM on February 2. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Punarvasu or Punirtham Nakshatra till 6:22 PM on February 2. Then onward it is Pushya or Poosam or Pooyam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mithuna Rashi till 11:56 AM. Then onward it is Karka Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5116
Vikram Samvant 2071 – Magh Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waxing phase of moon in Magh month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Oriss…