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Sitala Puja 2018 – Sitala Mata Puja 2018 date

Sitala Puja is dedicated to Goddess Sitala in the month of Chaitra (March – April) as per the traditional calendar followed in North India. Sitala Puja 2018 date is March 10. Sitala Mata Puja and Vrat is observed on the eighth day (ashtami) of the Krishna Paksha (waning phase of moon) in Chaitra month. The popular belief is that observing this Vrata will help in curing various diseases.
Goddess Sitala is propitiated to get rid of several diseases like chicken pox. A unique ritual of offering stale food is observed during Sitala Puja. Food need for Sitala Ashtami puja is prepared a day before in advance.
People offer various food items to the Sitala Mata on the day. People also feed old people on the day and take their blessings.
It must be noted here that some communities observe the eighth day of Krishna Paksha of every month as Sitala Ashtami. But the most auspicious one is the Chaitra Krishna Paksha Ashtami.

Koovagam Temple – Information about Koothandavar Temple

KoovagamTemple, known as Koothandavar Thirukoil, is located in Vizhuppuram district of Tamil Nadu. The temple is dedicated to Aravaan or Iravan who is worshipped here as Koothandavar. The temple is famous for the Koovagam Transgender festival held during the full moon day in Chithirai Month (April – May).

The temple has numerous murtis (idols) of deities from the Hindu pantheon. The important murtis are that of Koothandavar, Mohini and Hanuman.
The Koovagam festival is observed for 18-days and it is known as Chitra Pournami Festival. Other important festival days are Aadi Amavasya and Thai Pongal.
The temple is open for darshan daily from 6:00 AM to 12:00 PM. And from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
The contact address of the temple is
Arulmigu Koothandavar Thirukoil
Ulundurpet Taluk,
Villupuram District,
Pin Code: 606 102.
Related Story of Koothandavar

Transgender Festival in Tamil Nadu in India – Transgender Festival at Koothandavar Temple at Koovagam in Villupuram in Tamil Nadu

Transgender Festival in Tamil Nadu in India is observed at the KoothandavarTemple. The festival is dedicated to the worship of Koothandavara. Koothandavar Transgender Festival 2017 date is May 9. It is said that Sri Krishna took the form of Mohini – a female form to marry Aravan who was to be sacrificed before the Mahabharata war. The marriage takes place on May 9, 2017. Next day, on May 10 the thali is removed, mourning the death of Aravaan (Koothandavar). The festival is observed for a fortnight – nearly 18 days from April 24, 2017 to May 10, 2017

The festival is observed on the Tuesday before Chithirai Pournami or the full moon day in Chaitra month. 
Thousands of transgender, homosexuals and eunuchs participate in the festival.
The festival includes marriage of Iravan and his sacrifice. On the final day an effigy of Koothandavara (Iravan) is burned – symbolically his sacrifice.

KoovagamVillage is located around 30 KM from Villupuram in Tamil Nadu.

Koovagam Temple Timings – Koothandavar Temple Opening and Closing Time

KoovagamTemple is dedicated to Koothandavar and is a very popular shrine with transgender people and eunuchs. Following are the Koovagam Temple Timings. Please note that the opening and closing time is extended during various festivals and rituals.
KoovagamTemple Timings
Morning Timing – 6:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Evening Timing – 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Sri Ramakrishna on his vision of Divine Mother Goddess

There was an unbearable pain in my heart because I could not see the Mother.
Just as a man wrings a towel with all his strength to get the water out of it, so I felt as if my heart and mind were being wrung out.
I began to think I should never see Mother. I was dying of despair. In my agony, I said to myself:  What is the use of living this life?
Suddenly my eyes fell on the sword that hangs in the temple. I decided to end my life with it, then and there. Like a madman, I ran to it and seized it.
And then I had a marvelous vision of the Mother, and fell down unconscious. It was as if houses, doors, temple and everything else vanished altogether; as if there was nothing anywhere!
And what I saw was an infinite, shoreless sea of light; a sea that was consciousness. However far and in whatever direction I looked, I saw shining waves, one after another, coming towards me. They were raging and storming upon me with great speed. Very soon they were upon me; they made me sink down into…