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Markandeya Utsav at Kudal

Markandeya Utsav is annually observed in Margashirh month. There is not much information about this festival and where it is held as there are two town named Kudal in Maharashtra. Markandeya Utsav 2018 date is December 28.
Markandeya Utsav is annually held on Margashirsh Krishna Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon in Margashirsh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Yellamma Devi Yatra at Gavhan Village near Tasgaon

Yellamma Devi Yatra is organized in Margashirsh month. It is an important fair and festival at Yellamma Devi Temple at Gavhan Village near Tasgaon in Maharashtra. The annual ritual attracts hundreds of devotees. Yellamma Devi Yatra 2018 date is December 28.

Yellamma Devi is popular rural deity in certain regions of Maharashtra. She is a village deity and also a family deity. People from nearby villages and towns participate in the jatra.
Yellamma Devi is annually held on Margashirsh Krishna Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon in Margashirsh  month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Onam Pookalam 2004 – Photos of Pookkalam in 2004 Onam

Important photographs of Pookalam in 2004. Talk about Onam in Kerala and one of the first images that come to mind is that of the flower bed or floral (designs) arrangements known as Pookalam or Athapookalam. Onam Pookalam 2004 designs are given below. The traditional Onapookalam usually consists of ten rings indicating the ten day ritual during the ten day celebrations of Onam which begins on Atham and ends on Thiru Onam in the month of Chingam (August – September). 
Onam Pookalam Photos 2004

Below are photos of pookalams made by various cultural organizations. Click on the images for a larger view.

Onam Pookalam 2005

Soan in Telangana – Hindu Temples and Sacred Places in Soan in Adilabad District in Telangana

Soan is located on the banks of Godavari River in Adilabad District in Telangana. There are numerous Hindu temples and sacred places located at Soan especially near the Godavari River. The banks of Godavari River here is known as 'Pinda Pradanam' center. This is because for centuries 100 Madhva Brahmin families residing here have been practicing the religious rites on the banks of the river.
Taking a holy dip and performing shradh, tarpan and pinda daan to ancestors in Godavari River at Soan is considered highly meritorious.
Thousands of devotees take dip here during auspicious days. The spot attracts a huge crowd during the Godavari Pushkaram, which is held once in twelve years.
The most famous Hindu temple located at Soan is the Lakshmi Venkateshwara Swami Temple – dedicated to Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi.
Dattanand Swami Mutt located at Soan attracts hundreds of devotees daily.
Soan is located in Nirmal Mandal and Nirmal town is around 12 km from here.

Periyapatna Temple - Masanikamma Temple at Periyapatna in Karnataka

MasanikammaTemple at Periyapatna in Karnataka is dedicated to Mother Goddess Shakti. She is worshipped here as Goddess Masanikamma. The temple attracts devotees from all regions in Karnataka and from neighboring Kerala and Tamil Nadu states. She is worshiped by devotees to get rid of evil. She is also a fertility deity.

Legend has it that a girl who worshiped a particular form of Mother Goddess was harassed by her family. Unable to tolerate the attitude of the family especially of her father, she jumped into a boiling limestone and got melted. The fishermen who saw the incident worshiped her. A voice in the heaven asked them to worship her as she will bring peace and prosperity. After a few days a murti (idol) appeared from the limestone and she was known as Urimasani. She later became Masanikamma.
Later on many kings of the region had the fortune of getting help from her in battles. She was thus worshipped before going into battles. The kings who became devotees of her built her tem…

Story of Demon Baskala

Demon Baskala was a king of Asuras and was born in the lineage of Hiranyakashipu. His story begins when he was appointed as one of the ministers of Demon Mahishasura. The demon attained moksha as he was annhilated by Mother Goddess Shakti.
Baskala helped Mahishasura in his battle against Indra. Thus he became one of the trusted lieutenants of the demon king.
In the combat against Mother Goddess Durga, Baskala was one of the great warriors on the side of Mahishasura. He appeared in the battlefield during the fag end of the war.
He engaged Mother Goddess valiantly and he attempted to give a hard blow on the chest of Goddess Durga but She evaded the blow with her club.
Mother Goddess then fought with him using Her trident and She finally thrust it on his chest. Baskala fell dead and he attained moksha.

Panchamrit Snan and Samagri Needed

Panchamrit Snan is a unique Hindu ritual performed by Hindus. Food Samagri are offered to Gods in the ritual. In Panchamrit Snan, five puja samagri are poured on the small idol or murti of gods.

The five items that are used in Panchamrit Snan

Milk Yoghurt Honey Ghee and Sugar

First milk yoghurt is offered, then honey, then ghee, then sugar and finally milk.
Only very small quantity of the above said ritual are used in the Snan.

Lotus Flower in Hinduism – Significance and Symbolism

Lotus Flower is one of the most popular symbols in Hindu religion. It is believed that Lord Brahma emerged from the navel of Lord Vishnu sitting on a lotus. Goddess Saraswati, the Hindu Goddess of learning, is shown sitting on a lotus. Lotus flower is a symbol of eternity, plenty and good fortune and Goddess Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth, is usually depicted with a lotus flower. The symbolism of Lotus flower is mentioned in the 5th chapter of the Bhagavad Gita by Lord Krishna:
One who does all work as an offering to the Lord, abandoning attachment to the results, is as untouched by sin (or Karmic reaction) as a lotus leaf is untouched by water. (5.10). Thus Lotus is a symbol of purity and enlightenment amid ignorance (the smutty swamps in which it grows).
Lotus in spite of being in water never gets wet. It is not bothered about its surrounding but it blooms and performs its job and vanishes. The ultimate aim of living beings is to perform its karma without bothering about the …

Diwali Activities and Ideas for kids – preschoolers – kindergarten

Diwali is one of the most special times of the year. There are several Diwali ideas and activities for of kids, school goers, children – preschoolers – kindergarten. The best way to introduce Diwali festival is by making clay diyas or lamps.

Get some good clay. Demonstrate to children how to make environment friendly diyas or clay lamps. Talk to them about the importance of lamp in Diwali festival.

You can teach them to make simple and small Diwali lanterns.

Various small decoration pieces for Diwali using paper.

A painting on Diwali.
A painting of Lord Ram, Sita, Lakshman and Hanuman returning to Ayodhya on the Pushpak Vimana, or flying machine, with people lighting lamps. This can be a real fun activity for children as they can imagine flying machine and each can create a different one.

Karva Chauth Goddess – Which is the Goddess Worshipped on Karwa Chauth Vrat and Puja?

The main goddess that is worshipped on Karva Chauth vrat is Goddess Parvati. But there is also a temple dedicated to Chauth Mata in Rajasthan. This manifestation of Mother Goddess is also worshipped during the Karwa Chauth puja.
Majority of the people offer prayers to Goddess Parvati on the day as it is believed that She observed the vrat on advice of Shiva for a happy and peaceful married life.
Chauth Mata is also a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. Worshipping this form is equal to worshipping Goddess Parvati.
You may also like to read How to observe Karva Chauth Vrat? Karva Chauth Vrat Katha – Story of Karva Chauth

Hindu Temples in Britain to Conduct Hanuman Chalisa Maha Yagna on November 8, 2015

108 Hindu Temples in Britain will be completing 108 chants of the Hanuman Chalisa together on the 8th November 2015 for world peace and harmony. The yajna named Hanuman Chalisa Maha Yagna is being performed for world peace and harmony.
The Member temples of the NCHTUK have decided to come together to perform the United Kingdoms' first ever Hanuman Chalisa Maha Yagna, to pray for tranquility, prosperity and fortitude for all of the peoples of the United Kingdom and the world.
Each Temple will be be starting the Yagna early in the morning, at precisely the same time, all over the country and continuing with an unbroken chain of 108 Hanuman Chalisa chants, which can take up to 10 hours of devoted chanting. 
You can find more details here at the official website of NCHTUK.

Bhaiya Dooj 2018 date

Bhaiya Dooj is an important ritual during Diwali and it celebrates the relationship between brother and sister. Bhaiya Dooj 2018 date during Diwali is November 9. On Bhaiya Dooj day, sisters show affection brothers by applying a Tika or Tilak. Sisters perform the ritual of 'naut' on the day in Mithilanchal.

Married women visit her brother’s home on this day or both brother and sister assemble in a convenient place or married sisters invite their brothers to their homes.

Usually, the sister brings a couple of puja items in a ‘thaali’ during Bhai Dooj. This involves coconut, batashas, mithai, fruits, seven paans, roli and little rice.

Sister applies a teeka on the brother and gives him a few of the eatables along with a coconut piece. Legend has it that Lord Yama, the Hindu God of death, after being affectionately welcomed by his sister, Yami, had given the boon that those brothers who receive Tika from their sisters will not have the suffer the pains of hell.

Bhaiya Dooj puja…

Self Surrender is the best form of spiritual discipline – Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi

The moment that one’s karma comes to an end one realizes God. That is one’s last birth. This plus practice of spiritual disciplines and time are the factors in the attainment of spiritual knowledge. Yet since God is our own, He can reveal Himself to His devotees by His mere will. But who has this faith that He is one’s own? All practice discipline because they think it is their duty to do so. But how many seek God?
What good are asanas and breathing exercises if the mind becomes concentrated on its own?Asanas and Pranayama endow one with occult powers and these lead a man astray. If you practice asana too much then the mind becomes attached to the body.
As to those who surrender to God but practice no spiritual disciplines, that they surrender themselves to God, placing implicit trust in Him, that is their spiritual discipline.  Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi