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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

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

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, S

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 Hindu Temple 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 umbrel