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Sateri Bhadrakali Utsav at Aronda – Sateri Bhadrakali Temple Festival

Sateri Bhadrakali Temple Festival is observed in Vaishakh month. It is known as Sateri Bhadrakali Utsav and the shrine is located at Aronda. Sateri Bhadrakali Temple Festival 2018 date is May 5.
The annual festival attracts scores of devotees to this ancient and popular shrine at Aronda. Procession, pujas and other rituals dominate the day.
Sateri Bhadrakali Temple Festival is observed on Vaishakh Krishna Paksha Panchami Tithi as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in western parts of India.

Kalika Devi Rathotsav at Shirasangi – Kalika Devi Temple Chariot Festival at Sirsangi near Belgaum in Karnataka

Sirsangi Kalika Devi Rathotsav or chariot pulling festival is observed in Jyeshta month. It is the most important festival and fair at KalikaDeviTemple at Shirasangi near Belgaum in Karnataka. In 2018, Kalika Devi Rathotsav at Shirasangi is on June 18.
The annual festival attracts hundreds of devotees to the temple. The main attraction is the pulling of the chariot with the utsava murti of the deity worshipped in the temple.
Kalika Devi Rathotsav is annually observed on Jyeshta Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon in Jyeshta month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar in Karnataka.

Griha Lakshmi – Hindu Goddess Grihalakshmi

Grih Lakshmi, or Grahalakshmi, is a popular form of Goddess Lakshmi and she is the goddess of the household or home. Every Hindu believes that Griha Lakshmi is residing in the house and it is she who brings peace and prosperity. In several Hindu communities, daughter-in-law is considered as Graha Lakshmi.
There is a popular belief that Griha Lakshmi does not reside in a house that is unclean and in which, there is no peace among family members. It is said that once she leaves a home, then violence, frustration, despair and anger rules in it. When she is present at a home there is love, peace and prosperity.
There are numerous regional stories that details about Griha Lakshmi leaving a house and the house getting doomed. And how the members in the family try to bring back the Goddess by doing penance.
But the most popular concept in Hinduism is the daughter-in-law being considered as Griha Lakshmi. This is primarily because it is through her that the family will prosper and she is on…

Why Hanuman murtis (idols) are painted red?

One of the most important colors used to paint Hanuman murtis (idols), images and sculptures is red. Ever wondered why Hanuman idol is painted in read? The idols are painted red for the good of Sri Ram. It is said that Hanuman used to observe Sita wearing a red dot on her forehead. Mata Sita used to daily smear the parting of her hair with vermilion powder.
One day a curious Hanuman asked Mata Sita, ‘Why are you smearing vermilion on your forehead and the parting of the hair?’
Sita replied, ‘It is for the good of Sri Ram.’
Hanuman, who always wanted to do something for Sri Ram, immediately took the vermilion powder and smeared it all over his body.
To a stunned Mata Sita, Hanuman said ‘If you have to wear a red dot on forehead to achieve good of Sri Ram, I need to smear my whole body with red paint to achieve the good of Sri Ram.
From that day, Lord Hanuman’s images are painted red.

Raja Ram Mohan Roy Birth Anniversary

Raja Ram Mohan Roy Birth Anniversary is annually observed on May 22. The day is remembered by thousands of people around world. His birthday is marked by remembering his contribution in bettering the world in which he lived. He was born on May 22, 1972.


Raja Ram Mohan Roy was one of the great reformers of India who challenged unethical practices Hindu society and culture and fought for women's rights and for an end to the practice of ‘sati.’
He died in 1833 while visiting Bristol in Britain.

Dev Jaiteer Yatra at Tulas near Vengurla in Sindhudurg District – Dev Jatir Temple Festival at Tulas

Dev Jatir Yatra is annually held in Vaishakh month. It is the annual festival and fair the famous DevJaiteerTemple at Tulas near Vengurla in Maharashtra. The jatra attracts thousands of devotees. Dev Jaiteer Yatra 2018 date is May 16.
The annually festival is famous very unique rituals, jatra, arrival of pilgrims and procession. The jatra attracts villagers from nearby villages and town.
Dev Jatir Yatra is annually observed on Vaishakh Amavasya day or the no moon day in Vaishakh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Ashwini Nakshatra Color – Ashwini Nakshatra Lucky Colour

There are two shades of red color that is associated with Ashwini Nakshatra. The Ashwini Nakshatra lucky colour are Blood Red, Red and Orange. Wearing red or orange color dress and red or orange color stones are good for this Nakshatra born people.
Please note that some regions and communities have a different color for Ashwini Nakshatra like maganta or other shades of red.
Wearing red or orange color dress for interviews, competitions etc are lucky for Ashwini Nakshatra people.
For financial solutions, freedom from debt, for attain wealth etc., you can wear Red or orange color stones.

Matching Stars for Chithira Nakshatram Born Boy – Matching Star for Chithira Nakshatra Male

Matching stars for Chithira Nakshatram born boy as per Kerala/Malayalam jyothisham is given below. It must be noted that the matching star is for male born in Chithira Nakshatram only. It is not for female born in the star. Chithira first half is in Kanya Rashi. The second half of the Nakshatra is in Tula Rashi. Matching Star for Chithira Nakshatra Male are: Matching Star for Chithira Nakshatra Male born in first half of the nakshatra
Tiruvathira, Punirtham ¾, Atham, Chithira second half, Chothi, Vishakam, Triketta, Moolam, Uthradam, Tiruonam, Pooruruttathi ¼, and Revathi.
Matching Star for Chithira Nakshatra Male born in last two quarter or last half of the Nakshatra
Ashwathy, Kartika, Rohini, Punirtham ¼, Ayiliyam, Atham, Chothi, Vishakam, Triketta, Moolam, Uthradam, Thiruonam, Chathayam, Pooruruttathi and Revathi.

Matching Stars for Atham Nakshatram Born Boy – Matching Star for Atham Nakshatra Male

Matching stars for Atham Nakshatram born boy as per Kerala/Malayalam jyothisham is given below. It must be noted that the matching star is for male born in Atham Nakshatram only. It is not for female born in the star.
Matching Star for Atham Nakshatra Male are:
Makayiram last two quarter, Tiruvathira, Punirtham ¾, Uthram, Chithira, Chothi, Vishakam, Anizham, Triketta, Moolam, Pooradam, Uthradam, Tiruonam, Avittam first half, Pooruruttathi ¼, Uthrittathi and Revathi.

Eight Planets Which Influence 12 hours of Day in Hindu Astrology – Navgrahas during Day Time

Except for Ketu, all the other 8 planets, or navgrahas, are believed to have an influence during the 12 hours of day as per Hindu astrology. These planets are called Yama Graha and have control from sunrise to sunset.
The Yama Graha Planets are:
Sun (Ravi or Surya) Moon (Chandra) Mars (Mangal) Mercury (Budha) Jupiter (Guru) Venus (Shukra) Saturn (Shani) Rahu
Rahu and Shani are considered inauspicious. The period controlled by Rahu is known as Rahu Kalam. Each planet controls 90 minutes of a day.

Chakrabjapooja at Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram – Chakrabjapuja

Chakrabjapooja is an ancient ritual performed at the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala. It is a very rare ritual and is performed to appease Bhagvan Srihari Vishnu, Surya and Chandra. The five-hour-long pooja is based on the “kalachakra” (wheel of time).
Chakrabjapuja ritual involves an elaborate homam performed by the main temple priest at the Bhadradeepapura in the temple.
The chakrabjapooja is considered one of the most complicated rituals in the Kerala school of tantra. 
The puja involves drawing of the padmam - a drawing on the floor for tantric rituals. It is created by experts. Devotees can conduct the pooja as an offering.
Devotees can offer the puja as an offering in two categories, an elaborate version costing Rs 40,000 and another costing Rs  15,000.
The elaborate Chakrabjapooja is the most costly puja in the Padmanabhaswamy Temple.
The ritual which was last performed 30 years ago was restarted on Vishu 2015.

Sayings from the Literary Works of Kalidasa

No man can ever be in the bottom forever, as the wheel of fortune slowly turns one is sure to be at the top sometime or other. It has never fallen to anyone to be extremely happy or unlucky and lonely and it is natural that as the wheel of time marches inexorably, some are at the top and others at the bottom.
An auspicious thing is sought by one who seeks to counteract adverse circumstances, or by one who longs for prosperity; what has one who has no desire to do with such things.
Even a miser does not ignore a friend in need.
The purity of gold can be tested only when it is put through the fire.
Knowledge imparted only to a fit recipient will yield the desired result.
Only he can be considered a courageous person whose mind is not disturbed by tempting objects.

Thalappoli Festival at Parakkottukavu Devi Temple at Thiruvilwamala in Kerala

Thalappoli Festival at ParakkottukavuDeviTemple is observed on the last Sunday in Meda Masam (April – May). The Thalappoli is part of the most important temple festival at the shrine located at Thiruvilwamala in Kerala. In 2015, Parakkottukavu Thalappoli is on May 10. The festival is also famous for Vedikettu or fireworks.
Thalappoli is a unique feature of temple festival in Kerala. Girls, unmarried women and married women carry lighted lamps and move in a procession to the temple. It is performed for peace and prosperity.
Thousands of people from nearby villages and towns arrive to witness the festival which is also famous for display of caparisoned elephants and fireworks.
The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy and is an important Shakti Shrine in the region.