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Kedarnath Mandir Annakut Festival

A day before Raksha Bandan festival, Annakut mela is organized at the famous Kedarnath Temple in Uttarakand. Kedarnth is part of the Char Dham yatra undertake to the Himalayas. Kedarnath Mandir Annakut festival 2017 date is August 6.
During the Annakut festival, food is prepared from newly harvested paddy and is offered to Shiva. Special puja and archana are offered to the Shivling on the day.
Annakut Mela has been taking place for thousands of years.
The swamybhu Shivling in Kedarnath mandir will be adorned with paste of wheat, rice, corn, and other grains and pulses on the day.  The paste is made using newly harvested products. The shringar on the day is made using the paste.

Tatkaleshwar Shiv Mandir at Faridabad

Located at Town number 5, Tatkaleshwar Shiv Mandir at Faridabad NIIT attracts scores of devotees even though it is a new shrine. Tatkaleshwar Shiva Temple attracts thousands of devotees during Shivratri and Sri Krishna Janmashtami. During every important festival, the temple creates a replica of a famous Hindu temple.
Tatkaleshwar Shiv Mandir was established in 1964-65 period. In the beginning only Shivling was worshiped here. Slowly devotees started increasing now there murtis of Ram Darbar, Bajrang Bali, Vishnu, Lakshmi and Goddess Durga.
It is widely believed by devotees that visiting the shrine and offer prayers for 40 continuously will help in wish fulfillment.

Madasura – Story of the origin of Mada – Intoxication

Mada, or Madasura, is a demon in Hindu scriptures. He is the personification of intoxication. The story of origin of Mada begins with the banishment of Ashwinidevas (Ashvinikumars) from the heaven by Indra, the king of Devas or celestial beings. Indra also ordered that the Ashvins should not be allowed to partake of soma, in any yajna performed in the universe.
According to Mahabharata, Ashwinidevas took refuge in the Ashram of Sage Chyavana.
Sage Chyavana conducted a yajna and invited Ashwinidevas to partake the Yajnamsha. Soma was served to them.
Indra objected to this.
Sage Chyavana ignored Indra and a fight ensued between them.
Sage Chyavana produced from the sacrificial fire a demon named Mada. The demon fought with Indra and defeated him. When the demon was about to kill Indra, he took refuge at the feet of Sage Chyavana.
Sage Cyavana forgave Indra and withdrew the demon.
As the demon had no place to go, Sage Cyavana asked him to reside in alcohol, dice (gambling), hunting and…

Thrikkakara Appan – The Clay Pyramid Structure Used During Onam

A clay pyramid structure with four faces and a flat top used during Onam celebrations symbolizes Thrikkakara Appan or Thrikakkarappan. This unique structure represents Vamana, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. For some people the pyramid represents both King Maveli and Vishnu. It is also referred as Onathappan. Thrikkakarappan is the presiding deity in the famous Thrikakkara temple in Ernakulam District of Kerala and is closely associated with the Onam myth.

It is believed that Vamana had sent Mahabhali to Patalam at Trikkakara. The place where the holy feet (Trikkal) of Vishnu touched came to be known as Trikkalkara. This later became Thrikkakara.

According to Onam Story and popular belief, Lord Vishnu in his Vamana Avatar unjustly pushed King Mahabali into the netherworld or pathalam. But Lord Vishnu granted King Bali the boon to visit his subjects once in a year. It is also believed that King Bali got ‘Vishnu sayujyam’ or reached the Vaikunta. Due to this both King Mahabali and Lord V…

Sri Krishna Temple Attached to Ambala Central Jail

The Sri Krishna Temple attached to Ambala Central Jail is an historic place. The temple attracts scores of devotees daily. However, many might not be aware that the Hindu Mahasabha kept the body of Naduram Godse who was hanged in the Ambala Central Jail here for five minutes. It was the last wish of Godse that his body be taken to the Sri Krishna Mandir. The body was then cremated at Rambhag in Ambala.
The temple is a small one. One wall of the shrine is attached to the Ambala Central Jail.
During Sri Krishna Janmashtami, thousands of people visit the shrine.
A major fair is held here during the period.

Chhinnamastika Devi Temple at Kachhawa Village in Bihar

Chhinnamastika Devi Temple is an ancient shrine located Kachhawa Village, which lies on the border of Rohtak and Aurangabad District in Bihar. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Chhinnamastike Devi.
There is no murti worshipped in the temple. Instead, devotees worship formless Goddess on a five feet length and six feet breadth platform. There is a flag post in the middle of the platform.
The most important ritual in the temple is observed on the last Friday of Shravan month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Bihar.
Villagers sacrifice goats on the day.
It is an important center of Shakti Worship in the region and attract visitors from nearby villages and towns.

Vindhyavasini Jayanti in Bhadrapad month at Maa Vindyavasini Temple in Mirzapur

Vindhyavasini Jayanti is observed in Bhadrapad month at the famous temple dedicated to her at Mirzapur in Uttar Pradesh. It is believed that Goddess Maa Vindyavasini appeared on this day on earth. Vindhyavasini Jayanti 2017 date is August 9.
Special pujas and rituals dedicated to Goddess Vindhyavasini are held on the day. Numerous other spiritual and religions events are held in regions that have temples of Vindhyavasini. The most important ceremony is held at the Vindhyavasini Temple in Mirzapur in Uttar Pradesh.

Special musical programs are held here on the day. Artists from various part of the country come to perform before Maa Vindhyavaini on the day.

An all night jagran (no sleeping) is also observed during the period.
Goddess Vindhayavasini is believed to be Durga that settled in the Vindhyachal hills after annihilating Demon Mahishasura.
Vindhyavasini Jayanti is observed on Bhadrapad Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waning phase of moon in Bhadrapad mo…

Jangli Shiv Mandir Annual Festival at Anumandal in Buxar – Varshikotsav at Jangli Shiva Temple in Anumandal

Annual festival, or Varshikotsav at Jangli Shiv Mandir is observed in Bhadrapad month. It is one of the important festivals at the Jangli Shiva Temple at Anumandal in Buxar, Bihar. This is ancient shrine dedicated Hindu God Shiva in the region. Jangli Shiv Mandir Annual Festival 2017 date is August 14.
Thousands of people visit the shrine on the day to perform various pujas and rituals. Rudrabhishek , Shringar and Aarti are performed on the day.
The temple is decorated beautifully during the period.
Jangli Shiv Mandir annual festival is observed on the first Monday of Bhadrapad month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Bihar.

Chaumukhi Mahadev Temple at Vaishali in Bihar – Four-Face Shivling at Choumukhi Mahadev Mandir in Vaishali

Chaumukhi Mahadev Temple at Vaishali in Bihar is a very ancient temple with a huge Shivling which has four face carved on it. The shrine is also known as Vikramaditya Choumukhi Mahadev Mandir and is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva. Legend has it that temple existed during the Ramayana period. Bhagavan Sri Ram, Lakshman and Sage Vishwamitra visited the temple while on their way to kingdom of Janaka.

The murti worshipped in the Chaumukhi Mahadev Temple is a very rare one. It faces south – the third eye of one of the faces is open and it faces south.
The temple is a midpoint between Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi and Baba Baidyanath Dham in Deoghar.
It is believed that Bhagavan Buddha and Bhagavan Mahavir stayed in the shrine.
The temple lost its prominence during the 5th century AD as a result of the attack of foreign invaders.
The Shivling was rediscovered around 150 year ago while digging a well in the region.
People have now built a temple around the Shivling.
The most important f…

Shringar at Chaumukhi Mahadev Mandir at Vaishali in Bihar

Shringar at Chaumukhi Mahadev Mandir at Vaishali in Bihar is annually observed in Shravan month. The temple is decorated during the special occasion with flowers and lights. In 2017, Shringar at Choumukhi Mahadev Mandir in Vaishali will be observed on August 7.
On the day, Rudrabhishek, Shringar and special aarti are performed.
Thousands of people participate in the annual event.

Shringar at Chaumukhi Mahadev Mandir at Vaishali is observed on Shravan Purnima or the full moon day in Shravan month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Bihar.

Architecturally Beautiful 12th century Shiva Temple at Malawi Village in Madhya Pradesh in Neglect

120-feet Shikar and exquisite stone carvings make the 12th century Shiva Temple at Malawi Village in Madhya Pradesh one of the most important temples built during the period of Parmar rule in central India. Malawi village is located around 215 km from Indore. Sadly, this beautiful temple is in neglect like thousands of  other temples across India. Hindustan Times reports  The temple was built by the Parmar rulers who ruled Malwa from 10th to 13th century.
The archaeology department's technical assistant DP Pande, who has done a research on Parmar temples, said the Parmars were Shaivaites by faith and loved to build intricate carved-stone temples across western Malwa.  The artisans were trained in Hinglajgarh, which is located in Mandsaur district, bordering Rajasthan.  The Malwai temple is made of yellow sand stone. It's located on the ancient trade route which was used by the caravans and the tourists from north India to reach Gujarat.  At present the temple remains have the …

Manache Shlok in Marathi in pdf – Sarth Manache Shlok Lyrics in Marathi

Shree Manache Shlok is credited to Smarath Swami Ramdas. You can find Sarth Manache Shlok in Marathi in pdf in the below link. The text is provided by Gita Press of Gorakhpur.
Shri Manache Shloka is a book of meditation. It is about ethical behavior of mind and awakening love for God.
Link - Manache Shlok in Marathi in pdf

Gyaneshwari in Marathi in pdf – Dynaneshwari Text in Marathi

Dynaneshwari is the first and the most popular Marathi commentary on the Bhagavad Gita. Below is the link to Gyaneshwari in Marathi in pdf format. Gyaneshwari continues to be read and discussed in Maharashtrian homes and its translation into various languages continues to inspire millions of people around the world.
The text is provided by Gita Press of Gorakhpur.
LinkGyaneshwari in Marathi in pdf

Brahman or supreme entity can only known by truthful investigation – Atharva Veda

Stand erect, and cross you over, my comrades! This rocky river flows on before us. Abandon here all those that are malicious, Let us cross to powers, benign and pleasant
The world exists because of the existence of Parabrahma (supreme being).
Brahman or supreme entity can only known by truthful investigation.
All the living beings including Indra ultimately gets dissolved in Brahman only.
Atharva Veda

Today’s Hindu Calendar – August 27, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Thursday, August 27, 2015 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Dwadasi and Trayodasi Tithi or the twelfth and thirteenth day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waxing phase of moon till 6:08 AM on August 27. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is August 27, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious day.
Nakshatra – Uttarashada or Uthradam Nakshatra till 6:44 PM on August 27. Then onward it is Shravan or Thiruonam or Sravana Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Dhanu Rashi till 1:15 AM. Then onward it is Makar Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Pradosh Vrat
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
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