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Markandeya Utsav at Kudal

Markandeya Utsav is annually observed in Margashirsh 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 2024 date is January 3. Markandeya Utsav is annually held on Margashirsha 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 2024 date is January 3. 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 Margashirsha 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 . Related 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

Masanikamma Temple 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

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 bother

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.