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Uruli Kamazhthal Ritual in Nagaraja Temple in Kerala – Uruli Kamuzhthu in Kerala Snake Temples

Uruli Kamazhthal is a unique ritual performed in temples dedicated to serpents in Kerala. It is only performed in Nagaraja Temples. It is considered as a remedy for couples without children. The main ritual involves offering an uruli, a traditional cooking vessel in Kerala. Uruli Kamuzhthu means offering the vessel inverted or mouth of the vessel facing down.
The couple along with the priest or administration of the temple decides on the day to perform the ritual.
During the ritual, couples who do not have children, perform pradakshina or circumambulation of the temple by chanting prayers. The couple carries the uruli. Panchavadyam – music created by five instruments famous in Kerala, accompanies them.
The uruli contains red colored pattu or silk cloth. They first come to the shrine of Nagayakshi and offer prayers. After seeking her permission, they come before Nagaraja and offer prayers. Here they perform the ritual of Uruli Kamizhthu – inverting the vessel.
Special offering of bana…

Noorum Palum in Kerala Snake Temples – Noorum Palum Ritual

Noorum Palum is a unique ritual dedicated to Nagaraja and Nagayakshi Temples in Kerala. It is one of the most important rituals in temples dedicated to serpents in Kerala. In the ritual special offerings are made to Nagaraja and Nagayakshi. The main ritual involves bathing the naga murtis with milk mixed with rice powder. After this turmeric powder is scattered on the naga murtis.
For the ritual, two Swastika Padmas are drawn on the ground. One drawing is for Nagaraja and another is for Nagayakshi. The drawing is made parallel to each other.
Two thandulas or symbolic representations of Nagaraja and Nagayakshi are placed in front of the drawings. Pujas are performed to the accompaniment of traditional music instruments.
During the puja, banana leaves are placed near the drawings. On it cherukuttu pala, thanniplavila and areca nut flower are placed. Milk mixed with rice flour, flowers, leaves and areca nut flower is prepared and offered to Naga murtis on the day.
The entire ceremony e…

Thirumandhamkunnu Temple Timings – Opening and Closing and Darshan Time at Thirumandhamkunnu Temple near Angadipuram

Thirumandhamkunnu Temple is located near Angadipuram in Kerala. Thirumandhamkunnu Temple Timings in detail is given below. Please note that the opening and closing and darshan time will be extended during special days, festivals and important rituals.
Thirumandhamkunnu Temple Timings
Morning Darshan Time 6:00 AM to 11:30 AM Evening Darshan Time 4:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Detail Temple Timings Usha Pooja – 6:00 AM Pantheeradi Pooja – 9:30 AM Uccha Puja – 11:30 AM Thirinju Pantheeradi Pooja – 4:30 PM
Note - Sree Moola Sthanam timing is from 6:00 AM to 10:30 AM Evening puja here is at 7:30 PM

Deeparadhana in the temple is based on sunset in the region.

Weapons and Other Items in the Eighteen Arms of Goddess Durga

Goddess Durga with eighteen arms is a very rare form. In her eighteen arms she holds various weapons and other auspicious items. Please note that the list varies from scripture to scripture.

Beads Axe Mace Arrow Thunderbolt Lotus Bow Water pot Cudgel Lance Sword Shield Conch Bell Cup Trident Noose and Discus
In some murtis, we will also come across small hourglass drum, snake, flag, severed head etc. In such an instance one of the above said weapons or auspicious items is removed. In some instance two hands will be in Varada and Abhaya Mudra posture. In modern times, it is left to the discretion of the artist as to what weapons and auspicious items should the murti hold.

Chariot Festival at Kolhapur Mahalaxmi Temple – Rathotsav at Goddess Lakshmi Temple in Kolhapur

Rathotsav, or chariot festival, is held at Kolhapur Mahalaxmi Temple in Chaitra Month (March – April). It is the most important festival in the temple after the Navratri festival. In the festival, a chariot bearing the representation of the murti of Goddess Lakshmi is taken out in a procession in the evening from 7:30 PM. The silver chariot is decorated with special lights and flowers.

Devotees offer prayers when the chariot reaches the main entrance of the temple.

A one canon salute is given when the chariot comes out of the shrine.

The procession accompanied by police and military bands then moves through the city.
Huge rangolis are drawn on the road through which the chariot moves. Fireworks complete the chariot festival

Story of the Origin of Basara Saraswati Temple

GnanaSaraswatiTemple at Basara in Telangana in India is a rare temple exclusively dedicated to Goddess Saraswati, the goddess of art and learning. The story of the origin of BasaraSaraswatiTemple is associated with the Mahabharata.
As per the Brahmanda Purana, to find peace and solace after the gruesome Kurukshetra war in the Mahabharata, Sage Veda Vyasa and disciples came and settled at Vasara (present day Basara) in the Dhandaka forest.
One day after performing his morning pujas and rituals in the GodavariRiver, Sage Vyasa brought a fistful of clay from the river and molded it into an image of Goddess Saraswati.
It is also believed that to warn the future generation about the futility of jealously, enmity and war, Veda Vyasa dictated the Mahabharata to his scribe Lord Ganesha on the banks of GodavariRiver at Basara with murti of Goddess Saraswati as witness.
It is believed that Sage Vyasa merged in the Supreme Truth at Basara.

Annual Lok Jat Yatra in Uttarakhand – Yearly Nanda Devi Lok Jat Yatra

Nanda Devi Lok Jat Yatra in Chamoli District in Uttarakhand is annually held in Bhadrapad month (August – September). Goddess Nanda Devi visits several villages in the region during the period.  The journey starts from the Nanda Devi Temple at Kurud Village in Chamoli District. The murti of Goddess Nanda Devi is carried to Vedani Kund during the annual Yatra.
Nanda Devi is the supreme spiritual goddess of the locals of Garhwal and Kumaon region.
The annual journey which start in the Bhadrapad month passes through the villages of several villages including Charbang, Fali, Ustoli, Bhainti and finally reaches Vedani Kund.
On sunrise, special prayers and pujas are offered to Goddess Nanda Devi at Vedani Kund. That very day evening the return journey starts and passes through Bank Village, Lvani, Ulgra, Veradhar, Gotina, Kurad and Dangoli. The deity then reaches Devrada Village where she resides for next six months.

Vittal Pindi at Udupi Sri Krishna Temple during Sri Krishna Janmashtami

Vittal Pindi is the famous Sri Krishna Leelotsav celebrations held annually during the Sri Krishna Janmashtami at the world famous Udupi Sri Krishna Temple in Karnataka. Vittal Pindi 2018 date is September 2. The unique aspect of Vittal Pindi is that a clay murti of Sri Krishna is prepared for the occasion and is immersed in the Madhwa Sarovara Pond. Usually the Utsava Murti is made of Gold, Silver or Bronze.

The highlight of Vittal Pindi is the colourful procession of the Utsava Murti of the Udupi Sri Krishna Temple. Thousands of people arrive to witness the procession of Sri Krishna. The procession is held in the afternoon and is joined by fancy, folk, and cultural troupes. Tableau representing episodes from the life of Sri Krishna is part of the procession.

During the early hours of the Vittal Pandi day the Janmashtami celebrations, which began at midnight, conclude.

Vittal Pandi is also known as Sri Krishna Leelotsav as the procession is dedicated to the leelas of Sri Krishna es…

Meeting of Goddess Nanda Devi and Mahishasura Mardini at Gandasu Village near Uttarakhand

Goddess Nanda Devi and Mahishasura Mardini are deities worshipped in villages near Gopeshwar in Uttarakhand. Goddess Nanda Devi arrives from Jakhani Village. The meeting of the two goddesses happens at the Goddess Mahishasura Mardini Temple at Gandasu Village.

Hundreds of devotees from nearby villages arrive to have a glimpse of the meeting of the two deities.

The ritual takes during the Krishna Paksha Ekadasi Tithi in Bhadrapad month as per traditional Hindu Lunar Calendar followed in Uttarakhand.
The ritual is part of the annual Lok Jat Yatra which takes place during the period.

Sadhguru Dhanidev Pratak Din – Birth Anniversary of Sadhguru Dhani Dev

Sadhguru Dhanidev Pratak Din is observed in Ashwin Month. It is the birth anniversary of Sadhguru Dhani Dev, who spread the teachings of love, honesty, truth and Dharma. Sadhguru Dhanidev Pratak Din 2018 date is October 23.
Followers of the tradition of Sadhguru Dhanidev organize various rituals on the day. They also conduct prayer meetings and charitable events.
Sadhguru Dhanidev Pratak Din is observed on Ashwin Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waxing phase of moon in Ashwin month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in North India.

Vadakumnathan Temple in Thrissur in Kerala wins UNESCO prize - Award of Excellence 2015

UNESCO prize – Award of Excellence 2015 – is given annually for the remarkable conservation effort undertaken by a sacred site. In 2015, Vadakumnathan Temple in Thrissur in Kerala is chosen for award of excellence. This majestic temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the oldest temples in Kerala. Legend has it that Lord Parashuram installed the murti worshiped here.

The Hindu reports  “The award recognizes the remarkable conservation effort undertaken at the sacred site which employed age-old rituals and conservation techniques drawn from Vastu Sastra focusing on architecture and construction,” UNESCO said in a statement.  As such, the tangible attributes of the temple were inextricably linked with its intangible heritage which dates back generations, thus ensuring that “spirit of place” resonates throughout the site, the U.N. body said. A classic example of the Kerala style of architecture, the temple has many decorative murals and pieces of art. Exquisite murals on the Maha…

Gopalakala Information – Importance of Gopal Kala and Date in 2018

Gopalakala is another name of Dahi Handi festival in Maharashtra. Gopalakala 2018 dates is September 3. It is also the name of a popular dish prepared in the many parts of India and offered to Lord Krishna. Gopal Kala is observed during the eighth day of the Krishna Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in Shravan month. The day falls after the Sri Krishna Jayanti day in Maharashtra.

The Gopalakala name for Dahi Handi festival comes from a dish prepared on the festival day. The dish is a mixture of yoghurt, pounded rice and jaggery, which is offered to Krishna on the day.

The Gopalakala mixture is placed in the Dahi Handi pot and young men and women compete against each other to break open the pot placed high above the ground. In Maharashtra, group of men and women form human pyramids to break the Dahi Handi pot.

Ashta Naga Pooja

Ashta Naga Pooja is dedicated to Nagas or Serpents in Hinduism. It is a very complicated puja and ritual. Only a thoroughly learned priest or pujari can perform the puja.
Ashta Naga Puja is dedicated to Anantha, Gulika, Vasuki, Shankapala, Thakshaka, Mahapadma, Padma and Karkodaka. All these are nagas or snakes that are worshipped in shrines and kavus or sacred groves.
Each of the above mentioned nagas are considered as separate deities and pujas and rituals are performed to each one of them. Offerings too are made separately.

Kannada Mantra for Welfare and Wellbeing

Below is a prayer in Kannada language for welfare and wellbeing. It can be chanted for improvement of welfare and wellbeing of the person. The mantra should be chanted continuously for 40 days to be effective. The number of times it is chanted can be decided by the person. It is ideal to chant the mantra in the morning. During the chanting you mind should not wander around.

Telugu Mantra for Welfare and Wellbeing

Below is a prayer in Telugu language for welfare and wellbeing. It can be chanted for improvement of welfare and wellbeing of the person. The mantra should be chanted continuously for 40 days to be effective. The number of times it is chanted can be decided by the person. It is ideal to chant the mantra in the morning. During the chanting you mind should not wander around.

Mantra for Welfare and Wellbeing in Tamil

Below is a prayer in Tamil language for welfare and wellbeing. It can be chanted for improvement of welfare and wellbeing of the person. The mantra should be chanted continuously for 40 days to be effective. The number of times it is chanted can be decided by the person. It is ideal to chant the mantra in the morning. During the chanting you mind should not wander around.

Pooyam Nakshatra 2016 Predictions – Astrology Predictions or Phalam for Pooyam Nakshatram in 2016

In 2016, Pooyam Nakshatram born people will see equal share of negative and positive. Improvement in career. Health issues. Unwanted thoughts and worries. Astrology Predictions or phalam for Pooyam Nakshatram for 2016 is given below: January, April, June, September and December are good. March, May and November 2016 will see both good and bad times. February, July, August and October are bad. Pooyam Nakshatram, or Puyam Nakshatra, is the eighth birth star among 27 Nakshatrams as per Hindu astrology or Jyothisha. As per Hindu moon astrology and Malayalam calendar, Pooyam Nakshatra is in Karka Rashi or Karkidaka Kurru (Cancer Zodiac).
Career - Failure in exams and interviews will be a setback. New job for those looking for one but might not be as per your desire. Success in career through hard work and experience. You will be awarded for your good work. Career improvement or new job with the help of people in power. Transfer to a desired location. Those involved in public related work w…

Punartham Nakshatram 2016 Predictions – Astrology Predictions or Phalam in 2016 for Punirtham Nakshatra

In 2016, Punartham Nakshatram will mixed year with equal share of good and bad. Good year for those looking for new job. Health issues. Punartham Nakshatra astrology predictions or phalam for 2016 is given below:  January, March, May, July, October and December 2016 are good months. February, April and September are bad months. June, August and November are both good and bad. Punirtham Nakshatram is the seventh birth star among 27 Nakshatrams in Hindu Jyothisha or astrology. The first three quarter (45 Nazhika) of Punirtham is in Mithuna Rashi or Mithunakurru (Gemini Zodiac) and the last quarter is in Karka Rashi or Karkidaka Kurru (Cancer Zodiac) according to Hindu moon astrology calendar.

Career - Career improvement with new position. Some of you will get job with the help of an acquaintance. Success in tests and interviews. Silence in matters that are not of you concern will be good this year. Avoid all sorts of confrontations this year. You will need help of colleagues and friends…

Good Date for Travel in August 2017 – Good and Auspicious Dates for Journey in August 2017

Some Hindus look for good date for travels, especially long distance journey, foreign travel, while traveling on plane, train etc. Here are the good and auspicious dates for journey in August 2017 for travels.

August 1 is good after 12:20 PM August 2 is good till 3:15 PM August 4 is good after 5:55 PM
August 5 August 6 August 9 August 10 is good till 12:40 PM
August 11 August 12 August 13
August 14 is good after 8:40 AM August 16
August 17 is good after 12:45 PM
August 18 August 22 August 23 August 24
August 25 August 26 August 27 is good till 5:40 PM