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Kumbhabhishekam Ritual in Hindu Temples

Kumbhabhishekam is part of the consecration ceremony in a Hindu Temple . Abhisheka means ritualistic bathing. For the Kumbhabhisheka ritual, a golden pot (Kalasha) is kept atop the temple’s sanctum sanctorum or at the highest point. Consecrated water is then brought and poured into this pot with the chanting of the mantras. Maha Kumbhabhishekam ritual is held in certain temples in once in twelve years. The Kalasha after the Kumbhabhishekam ritual atop the temple represents nirguna form – the attributeless Brahman. The temple deity has a particular form and it is the Saguna (form) aspect of Brahman. Swami Tejomayananda of Chinmaya mission explains the Kalasha after Kumbhabhishekam – A person approaching the temple from a distance is able to see the Kalasha on top, but he or she enters the temple first to worship the personal form of the Lord inside. Subjectively, this means that from a distance we see the highest goal we want to attain – the formless, nirguna Brahm

Gajanan Maharaj Punyatithi – Death Anniversary of Gajanan Maharaj at Shegaon

Gajanan Maharaj Punyatithi is observed in Bhadrapad month. It is the death anniversary festival of the great saint from Maharashtra Shri Gajanan Maharaj. The most important spiritual activities on the day are held at the temple dedicated to the saint at Shegaon. Gajanan Maharaj Punyatithi 2023 date is September 20. When people first saw the saint he had worn just a shirt, had a dry gourd as his pitcher, a clay pipe for his smoke and nothing else. He had an aura around him. Eyes were focused on his nose. He had the radiance of morning glow. Kirtan, prayers, satsang and charity activities are held on the day. Gajanan Maharaj Punyatithi is annually observed on Bhadrapad shukla paksha panchami tithi or the fifth day during the waning phase of moon in Bhadrapad month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Yashwant Baba Punyatithi at Musalkheda near Amravati

Yashwant Baba Punyatithi is observed in Bhadrapad month. It is the death anniversary of Yashwant Baba a famous Saint who spread the teachings of love and dharma. The day is of importance at Musalkheda near Amravati. Yashwant Baba Punyatithi 2023 date is September 19. Yashwant Baba Temple at Musalkheda near Amravati organizes prayer meetings and other spiritual activities on the day. Teachings of the Baba are discussed and taught to the younger generation. Food is prepared and served in the community. Pledge is taken to help the poor and needy. Cleanliness drive is undertaken on the day. Yashwant Baba Punyatithi is annually observed on Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Changdev Raul Jayanti at Phaltan in Maharashtra – Changdev Maharaj Birth Anniversary

Changdev Maharaj Jayanti is annually observed in Bhadrapad month. It is the birth anniversary of Changdev Maharaj or Changdev Raul – a mystic yogi in medieval India. Changdev Maharaj Jayanti 2023 date is September 17. The day is of importance at Phaltan in Maharashtra. Apart from his mystical powers, Changdev Maharaj is associated with Dnyaneshwar and Muktabai. He has a lot of followers among the Varkaris of Maharashtra. His temples are found most in Maharashtra. His yogic and Tantric power are widely discussed in literature. Changdev Maharaj Jayanti is observed on Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon in Bhadrapad month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Bade Ganesh Temple at Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh

Bade Ganesh Temple in Varanasi is famous for a Swayambhu murti of Ganesha – the murti is believed to have appeared on its own. The temple was built thousands of years ago and Ganeshji is present in the temple with his entire family – Sidhi, Ridhi, Shubh and Labh. The main murti of Ganesha sits on a silver throne which is placed on a lotus structure. The murti is red in color and wears silver crown. The huge murti looks at Shiva who sits on the northern side. The main sanctum sanctorum has murtis of Ganeshji’s wives Riddhi and Siddhi. Murtis of his sons Shubh and Labh too are found in the main sanctum. Vahana,,or vehicle, of Ganesha, mushak, is installed in front of the main murtis. Apart from this there are also murtis of Dwarpal Ganeshji, Shiva, Mansa Devi, Santoshi Ma and Lakshmi Narayan. Offering of invitation cards is an important ritual here as it is believed that nothing prospers without the blessing of Bade Ganeshji. Annakut Puja is the most important

Dhanvantari Stotram in Telugu in pdf - Dhanvantari Stotram Lyrics in Telugu

Dhanvantari is to be the Hindu God of Medicine or Ayurveda. He is also a manifestation of Hindu God Vishnu. Below is the Dhanvantari Stotram lyrics in Telugu in pdf. Chanting the prayer is considered highly meritorious. It is chanted especially during the morning hours. Link – Dhanvantari Stotram in Telugu The file is provided by Sundar Kidambi of Prapatti . com 

Dakshinavarti Shankh or Conch – Right-Turned Dakshinavarta Shankha

Shankha (Conches) are part of the daily worship in Hinduism. They are used to carry water for puja and are also used to sound (blow) during prayers. Among the different types of Shankh the most sought after is the Dakshinavarti Shankh or the right turned Conch. It is very rare, most auspicious and of the highest value. The greatness of the Dakshinavarta Shankha is mentioned in the Varaha and Skanda Purana. In Varaha Purana it is indicated that one who baths in the water from the conch is freed from all sins. Bathing of the idol of Sri Hari Vishnu using water from Dakshinavarti Shankh will help a devotee wash away the sins of seven births says Skanda Purana. Water from Sankha is offered in temples and sacred places to devotees. It is received on the palm and is sprinkled on the head. The water from Shankha is never sipped. The right-turned Shankha are found on the sea shore at Saurashtra, Gujarat . They are shiny, soft, white as the moon, with pointed ends and