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Aluva Sivarathri - Aluva Shivarathri 2017 in Kerala

Aluva Shivaratri is the unique Sivarathri celebration held on the banks of the PeriyarRiver at Aluva in Kerala. The banks of the river is popularly referred as Aluva Sivarathri Manappuram. Aluva Shivarathri 2017 date is February 24.  The Bali ritual is the most important ritual during the period. The festivals and rituals are held at the AluvaShivaTemple. The highlight of the festival includes reading of the Holy Scriptures associated with Lord Shiva. Hindu devotees spent the night without sleeping on the banks of the PeriyarRiver.

Another major ritual performed during the period is the Vavubali or Shradh and Tarpan performed in honor of dead parents, relatives and ancestors. Numerous cultural programs are also held during the period.

The Periyar Riverbank is here known as Aluva Manalpuram and for the Sivarathri festival a temporary sacred site is created to perform rituals.

Harivarasanam Song Text in Tamil in pdf – Download Harivarasanam Lyrics Dedicated to Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple in Tamil

Harivarasanam, the most famous song dedicated to Lord Ayyappa, is recited just prior to closing of the SabarimalaAyyappaTemple doors at night. Here is the Harivarasanam lyrics in Tamil text in pdf format.
Harivarasanam song is sung when doors of the sanctum sanctorum of the SabarimalaAyyappaTemple is closed for the day at night.
Today it is known as the Urakku Pattu – or the song that sends Ayyappa to sleep. 
LinkHarivarasanam Song Text in Tamil in pdf

Pancha Bhootha Shiva Temples – Shivalingams of Five Natural Elements

Panchabhootha stalams are five ancient temples in India where Lord Shiva is represented in the form of five elements – earth, water, fire, air and ether. In these five temples, linga or lingam which symbolically represents Lord Shiva is in the form of elements. Ether is known as ‘akasha’ in Sanskrit and is occasionally referred as Sky or Space while referring to the Pancha Mahabhoothas.
The five temples that represent Shiva in the form of five elements are:
Earth – EkambaranathaTemple or EkambareswararTemple in Kanchipuram – Shivalingam here is the element earth. The Shiva Lingam here is believed to have been created by Goddess Parvati from sand or earth. Water – JambukeshwarTemple or ThiruvanaikavalShivaTemple near Trichy – Jambukeshwara represents the element water. The deity is found under a Jambu tree over a small river. The small stream engulfs the idol during the rainy season.
Fire – ArunachaleswaraTemple or AnnamalaiyarTemple at Thiruvannamalai – Arunachaleswara or Shiva represen…

Neither punish nor pamper the body – Teachings from Abhangs of Sant Tukaram

Neither punish nor pamper the body.
Shun the worldly objects and affections which are the causes of sorrow. (Abhang 594)
Become impervious to praise, blame, happiness, sorrow, compassion and anger. (Abhang 594)
Say farewell to all idleness, to all forgetfulness, to all shame and vices which stand in the way of the attainment of God. (Abhang 2774)
Avoid people who are involved in all sort of futile activities. (Abhang 1514)
All things are really perishable, for God alone is eternal and the only source of happiness. (Abhang 247)
Sant Tukaram

Today’s Hindu Calendar – February 15, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Sunday, February 15, 2015 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waning phase of moon till 2:07 PM on February 15. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the dark phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Mool or Moolam Nakshatra till 12:43 PM. Then onward it is Purva Shada or Pooradam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Dhanu Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Ekadasi Fasting
Kali Yuga Year – 5116
Vikram Samvant 2071 – Phalgun Krishna Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during waning phase of moon in Phalgun month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir.
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