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Thrikodithanam Temple Timings – Opening and Closing – Puja and Darshan Time at Thrikodithanam Temple

Thrikodithanam is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is an important shrine dedicated to Vishnu in Kerala. Below is the detail temple timings. Opening and closing time will be shortened or extended during important rituals and festivals. Puja and darshan time will be curtailed when there is grahanam or eclipse.

Note – The puja timings in Thrikodithanam Temple is based on sunrise and sunset. Depending on the seasons, the temple timings might alter by 10 to 30 mins.

Thrikodithanam Temple Timings Morning Puja time – 3:30 AM to 11:00 AM Evening Puja time – 4:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Detail Temple Timings Palliunarthal – 3 hours before sunrise Abhishekam – 30 mins before sunrise Usha puja – 30 mins before sunrise Ethertha puja – 1 hour after sunrise Pantheeradi Pooja – 2 hours after sunrise Navakalabhisekam – 3 hours after sunrise Uchcha Pooja – between 4.5 hours and 6 hours after sunrise

Temple opening time in the evening – 4:30 PM Thirija pantherati  – 2 hours after sunset Athaazhapooja  – between 1 hour a…

Ernakulathappan Temple Timings – Opening and Closing – Puja and Darshan Time at Kochi Ernakulathappan Temple

Ernakulathappan Temple is located in the heart of Ernakulam Town in Kochi, Kerala. Below is the detail temple timings. Opening and closing time will be shortened or extended during important rituals and festivals. Puja and darshan time will be definitely shortened when there is grahanam or eclipse.

Ernakulathappan Temple Timings Morning Puja time – 3:30 AM to 11:00 AM Evening Puja time – 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Detail Temple Timings Nadathurakal Time – 3:30 AM Nirmalyam – 3:30 AM Abhishekam – 4:00 AM  to 4:45 AM Shankhabhishekam – 5:15 AM Ushapooja Nadathurakal – 5:45 AM Yethertha Pooja Nadathurakal – 6:15 AM Ethirtha Sheeveli – 6:30 AM Pantheeradi Pooja – 7:30 AM to 8:15 AM Uchcha Pooja – 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM

Temple opening time in the evening – 4:00 PM Deeparadhana – 6:45 PM Athaazhapooja Nadathurakal – 7:30 PM Thripuka Nadathurakal – 8:00 PM

Hanuman Dandi Temple at Bet Dwarka in Gujarat

Dandi Hanuman Temple is located on the island of Bet Dwarka in Gujarat. Hanuman Dandi Temple is 5km east of Sri Krishna temple on the Island. From main land, one has to take a ferry to reach Bet Dwarka in Gujarat. The popular belief is that the temple stands on the spot where Hanuman met his son Makaradwaj. It is the only temple in the world with murtis of Hanuman and his son.
Dandi Hanuman means Hanuman who is in a joyous mood.

In the huge open ground below a pepal tree one can shrines dedicated to Hanuman and his son Makaradwaj. The temple is east facing.
Tthryodhashari mantra is written all around the shrine.
As we enter the shrine, Hanuman is on the right side and Makaradwaj is on the left side.
The murti of Makaradwaj is slightly taller than that of Hanuman. His right hand is in Abhaya posture and the left hand is resting on his chest. The left leg rests on a demon. Tail rests on the ground.
The murti of Hanuman is depicted only above his thigh. He is in a relaxed mood and doe…

Navratri Prayers – Simple and Small Navaratri Prayers

One of the most important prayers that is recited during Navratri is the Devi Mahatmya or Durga Saptashati and it contains 700 Verses. Some of the other prayers that are chanted are Durga Chalisa, Lalita Sahasranama Stotram etc. Apart from these long prayers there are also simple Navratri prayers dedicated to Hindu Goddesses which can be chanted during any prayer and meditation. Here are some simple Navaratri Prayers.
Prayer to Mother Goddess Ya devi sarva bhoothe shu
shakti roopena sansthita
namastasyaye namastasyaye namastasyaye namo namaha!
Prayer to Goddess Durga OM Sri Durgayai Namah Prostrations to Mother Durga
Prayer to Goddess Lakshmi OM Sri Maha Lakshmayai Namah Prostrations to great Mother Lakshmi
Prayer to Goddess Saraswathi OM Aim Saraswatyai Namah Prostrations to Mother Sarasvati
Prayer to Goddess Kali
OM Sri Maha Kalikayai Namah Prostrations to Mother Kali

Shakuni – Story of Shakuni Mama in the Mahabharat

Shakuni was the son of King Subala of Gandhara. He was the brother of Gandhari, mother of the Kauravas. Thus he was uncle to Duryodhana and other Kaurava brothers. Due to this reason he is known as Shakuni Mama. ‘Mama’ means uncle.
Shakuni is believed to be a manifestation of Dvapara, dice personified. Thus he is the manifestation of the vice called dice.

When Gandhari decided to become blindfolded, it was Shakuni who brought her to Hastinapura. He witnessed the marriage ceremony between Gandhari and Dhrthirashtra.
He constantly poisoned the ears of Duryodhana to incite enmity between Kauravas and Pandavas.
He was an expert in dice; he played on behalf of Duryodhana against Yudhishthira and won everything that the Pandavas had.
In the great Mahabharata war, Shakuni witnessed all his brothers and sons getting killed.
He was killed by Sahadeva, the youngest of the Pandavas.

Conch or Shankh of Sri Krishna – Story and Symbolism

Conch of Bhagavan Sri Krishna is known as Panchajanya. It symbolically represents five elements – Prithvi, Tej, Vayu, Akasha and Jala. As per Vishnu Purana, conch of Sri Krishna represents Tamas caused by Bhutas and Indriyas.

Mahabharat states that Sri Krishna blew his Panchajanya conch before the start of the Kurukshetra war in the Mahabharat. The tremendous sound of Panhajanya reverberating through heaven and earth pierced the hearts of the sons of Dhritarashtra.

One belief is that Panchajanya Shankh first appeared during the Samudra Manthana or churning of ocean by devas and asuras to obtain Amrita, elixir of life.

As per Devi Bhagavata, the conches were product of the bones of demon Shankhachuda killed by Shiva. Lord Vishnu gave the demon the boon that conch will be part of his worship.
As per Bhagavad Purana, there lived a demon named Panchajana in the ocean in the form of a conch. He kidnapped and killed the son of Sandipani, Guru of Sri Krishna. As Guru Dakshina, Sri Krishna a…

Meaning of Prayer Sarva mangala mangalye shive sarvartha sadhike

The prayer starting with ‘sarva mangala mangalye shive sarvartha sadhike’ is the most popular prayer dedicated to Mother Goddess Shakti. Below is the meaning of the prayer.

Sarva mangala mangalye shive sarvartha sadhike |
Sharanye trayambake gauri, Narayani namostute ||
Meaning: O Mother ! You are the personification of all that is auspicious, You are the benevolent form of Lord Shiva, You bestow Divine energy and help people achieve Righteousness, wealth, fulfill desires and Liberation, You are worthy of being surrendered to. Three eyes adorn You. O Narayani Devi, I pay obeisance to You !

Chintadripet Artisans Who Make the Colorful Umbrellas Used During Hindu Temple Festivals

Colorful umbrellas are an indispensable part of HinduTemple festivals in South India. The famous Navratri Brahmotsavam held at Tirupati is also noted for the colourful and elegant umbrellas or kudaigal. These umbrellas are created by based at Chintadripet near Chennai. Like all traditional temple arts, this unique art is also struggling.  Deccan Chronicle reports  Only about ten to twelve families of artisans based at Chintadripet here are involved in making the umbrellas and have been keeping alive the tradition as the youngsters are no longer attracted to it. 
The hand-made umbrellas — excellent pieces of art, are made ahead of the auspicious Tamil month of Purattasi (September-October). This time 13 umbrellas of varying sizes will be sent to Tirupati in a grand procession. The handle, ranging from 7 to 12 feet is made of teak wood, the collapsible parts with cane and the silk-lace work lends charm to the umbrella cover.  “It will take two days to make a small umbrella of seven fee…

December 2017 Sagai – Good date for Sagai in December 2017

Sagai is one of the most important ceremonies before vivah or shaadi. Here are the good dates for Sagai in December 2017. The entire day is auspicious for the purpose. Please note that the dates are based on Hindu calendar and Panchang.

Good date for Sagai in December 2017

December 2 good date till 12:05 PM
December 3 good date after 11:10 AM December 4 December 5
December 6 it is good after 10:20 AM December 8 it is good till 9:05 AM
December 9 it is good date after 2:10 PM December 10 December 11
December 12 it is good date till 1:40 PM December 13 December 14 December 19 December 20
December 21
December 22 it is good date till 9:10 AM December 24
December 26 is good after 2:50 PM December 27 December 28
December 29 is good till 11:10 AM December 31

Please note that there is Kharmas after December 15, 2017 in North India. If you are following Kharmas then the dates after December 14 are not applicable. Kharmas is not followed in Southern, western and eastern parts of India.

Anything that is born out of human thinking is destructive – U G Krishnamurti

When everything fails, you use the last card, the trump in the pack of cards, and call it love.
Human problems are exactly the same. All the problems are artificially created by the various structures created by human thinking.
Anything that is born out of human thinking is destructive.
We have arrived a point where you cannot destroy your adversary without destroying yourself.
Every cell is interested in its own survival. It knows in some way that its survival depends upon the survival of the cell that is next to it. It is for this reason that there is a sort of cooperation between the cells. That is how the whole organism can survive. It is not interested in utopias. It is not interested in your wonderful religious ideas. It is not interested in peace, bliss, beatitude, or anything. Its ony interest it is to survive.
U G Krishnamurti