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Palani Panguni Uthiram 2018 – 10-day Panguni Uthiram Festival at Palani Murugan Temple

Panguni Uthiram is one of the most important festivals at the PalaniMuruganTemple. It is a 10-day festival. Palani Panguni Uthiram 2018 is from March 25 to March 31. The celestial wedding of Sri Murugan with Sri Valliyanaki Amman will be performed between 6 PM and 7 PM. on March 29, and Panguni Uthiram holy car procession at 4 PM. on March 30. The firecracker festival is on March 30.
Murugan devotees carry Kavadis – they also carry holy water from CauveryRiver, sugar, and tender coconut.
Abhishekam with holy water is performed on all days to the main Murugan murti in the temple.
The festival begins with the flag hoisting at the ThiruavinankudiTemple near Malaadivaram (downhill) in Palani.
On all the 10 days Palani Murugan with Sri Valli and Sri Devayani goes in procession around the Palani Hill.

Ekambareswarar – Story of Shiva as Ekambareswarar

Shiva is worshipped as Ekambareswarar in the form of Pirthvi Linga (one of the panchabhoota lingas) at the EkambareswararTemple in Tamil Nadu. The story of this form of Shiva is associated with Goddess Parvati.
Legend has it that once when Shiva was in deep meditation and Goddess Parvati, who was in a playful mood, closed the eyes of Shiva. This led to total commotion in the universe. An angry Shiva scolded Goddess Parvati and asked her to go and meditate on earth.
Goddess Parvati then went to earth and created a Shivling and started worshipping it. This is the famous Pirthvi Linga, which is one of the Panchabhoota Lingas.
Shiva tried to test the devotion and loyalty of Goddess Parvati. To overcome the tough situations, Goddess Parvati was helped by Vishnu.
Finally pleased with the devotion of Goddess Parvati, Shiva united with Her. The reunion happened under a mango tree.
Eka – means one; Ambara means mango; and Ishvarar is Shiva.

Shiva is worshipped as Ekambareswarar in Kanchipura…

On Donating Lamps to Hindu Temples

There is a tradition of donating lamps to temples in South India. Lamps made of both stone and metal are donated to Hindu temples. Lamps are usually donated as offerings to the main murti or god in the temple. Many times it is also done as part of redemption of sins.
In some cases lamps are donated in memory of deceased ancestors or relatives. Sometimes as thanksgiving for desire fulfilled and also to commemorate a particular event in family or personal life. The Hindu reports  Donors frequently had their spouses’ imaged cast as a lamp as well – the Annur Maheshwara temple has an inscription that records the gift of servants to the temple by a resident of kavaiyanputtur, who also presented a metallic statue of himself and (his wife) and gold for a twilight lamp.  If made of stone, the lamp was gouged out in the top from a pillar of granite. The height of the pillar varied with the wealth of the sponsor. The gift of a lamp would always come with a gift of cash – coins or land or lives…

Only they are pure who have completely cleansed their thinking – Sant Kabir

People are divided into various groups (religions) and that is how the whole world is misguided. One who performs devotion to the Almighty God, being impartial to worldly groups (religions) it the true saint.
If you do not break your ropes while you are alive, do you think ghosts will do it for you later.
Only they are pure who have completely cleansed their thinking.
Search your heart, your heart of hearts; that’s HIS abode that’s His camp.
All the women and men ever born are nothing but your embodied forms.
Only one in a million awakens…when he does, he gives up what is tainted and joins the incorruptible.

Shivratri Prayers and Mantras

Apart from fasting and keeping vigil at night, Hindu devotees also chant sacred prayers and mantras dedicated to Lord Shiva on Maha Shivratri night. In fact these mantras can be chanted on a daily basis.
Some of the Holy Siva mantras recommended for Maha Sivaratri are
Shiva Panchakshari Mantra - Om Namah Shivaya
Shiva Sakti Panchakshari Mantra - Om Hrim Namah Shivaya
Mrutyunjaya Mantra – Om Trayambakam Yajamahe
Sugandhim Pushti Vardhanam
Urvarukamiva Bandhanat
Mrutyor Mukshiya Mamrutat
Shiva Gayatri Mantra – Om tatpuruṣhaya vidmahe
Mahadevaya dhimahi
Tanno rudrah prachodayat Apart from this one can chant the 108 names or 1008 names of Lord Shiva or the 24 Sacred Names of Lord Siva.
Twenty Four Sacred Names of Shiva 1. Om maheswaraya namaha
2. Om mahadevaya namaha
3. Om sarveswaraya namaha
4. Om shivaya namaha
5. Om Shankaraya namaha
6. Om Saswataya namaha
7. Om pasupataye namaha
8. Om umapataye namaha
9. Om brahmadhipataye namaha
10. Om parameswaraya namaha
11. Om bhasmangaragaya namaha