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Onam Pookalam 2014

Onam Pookalam 2014 photos published in various newspapers and other websites. 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 2014 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). 
These above images are from an Athapookalam competition held in Kerala 2014. The first three were prize winners.

Onam Pookalam Photos 2013

Diwali in Andhra Pradesh

Diwali in Andhra Pradesh is spread over five days and begins on Ashwin Krishna Paksha or Bahula Trayodasi as per traditional Hindu Lunar calendar followed in Andhra Pradesh. Diwali in Andhra Pradesh in 2017 is from October 17 to October 21.

On the first day, prayers are offered to Ganesha, Kubera and Goddess Lakshmi. The day is known as the Dhanteras day. Worship is also offered to Kuber Yantra. Yama Deep Daan or special lights are offered to Yama in the evening. This is to prevent any untimely death in the family.

Second day is observed as Naraka Chaturdasi. Images of Narakasura are taken around the village and towns. It is then burned in an appropriate place.

The third day is known as Kaumudi Utsav. Special delicacies are made from urad dal on the day. It is believed that Goddess Lakshmi resides on Til oil on the day. Til or Sesame oil is rubbed on the body. Lamps are light in homes and in important places. Special Lakshmi puja is also conducted on the day. The fourth day is observ…

Information on Official Website of Sabarimala Queue Booking System – Online Queue Booking in at Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple in Kerala

For smooth and hassle free darshan at SabarimalaAyyappaTemple in pilgrim season, Kerala police have created an official website for booking for a place in the queue in the Nadapanthal. Virtual Queue booking is currently available. The devotee who registers online will be given a coupon which contains date and time to join the separate queue. The print out of the coupon in pdf format has to be taken out by the devotee.

The coupon will be verified with relevant id cards and the person will be allowed in the separate queue.

There is a police verification point and information center for directing virtual queue devotees at Pampa.
Link - You can do online queue booking here at the official website from the first week of October  – Official Website of Sabarimala Queue Booking System.
Virtual Queue Help Line Numbers are - 0471 324 3000, 324 4000, 324 5000

By booking for standing in the queue, a devotee is not assured with Darshan at Sabarimala. However this entitles you to join the separate q…

Lakshmi Puja Time in 2018 – Good Time or Muhurt for Laxmi Puja on Diwali 2018

On Diwali day the most important puja performed is the Lakshmi Puja. Lakshmi Puja 2018 is on November 7. Laxmi Puja is performed during the Shubh Time - below is mentioned the best time for pooja as mentioned in North Indian, Gujarati and Marathi calendars and Panchang. The best Muhurat, or Good time, to perform puja is during evening. But in some regions the puja is also performed during a specific period in the morning and afternoon.

Diwali Tithi is from 10:06 PM on November 6 to 9:19 PM on Nov 7, 2018.

Majority of the calendars and Panchangs in India have given the best time to perform Lakshmi Puja is between 6:20 PM to 9:15 PM on November 7, 2018 in North Indian, East and South India Calendars.6:01 PM evening to 8:33 PM in Calendars in western parts of India (Maharashtra, North Karnataka and Goa)Gujarati Calendar Time for Lakshmi Puja on November 7, 2018
6:49 AM to 9:35 AM 11:00 AM to 12:25 PM 3:12 PM to 5:57 PM and  7:34 PM on Nov 7 to 12:25 AM on Nov 8Note: There is also a popul…

Akashdeep – Oil Lamps Dedicated to Dead Ancestors in Varanasi in Kartik Month

Akash Deep, or Aakasha Deepas, is a unique Hindu ritual observed during the Kartik month, or Kaartik Mahina, in North India, especially in Kashi (Varanasi) and along the banks of GangaRiver. In 2018, Akash Deep is from October 25 to November 23. Akasha Deep is the lighting of oil lamps during the twilight period and night in Kartik month. It is believed that the lights from the traditional oil lamps lit in Kartik Maas (month) will lighten the path for the souls of dead ancestors to reach heaven. Thousands of Hindus participate in this month-long ritual dedicated to dead relatives and ancestors.

Symbolically, Akash Deep is the light that leads to divinity. Legend has it that people first lit Akash Deep in honor of dead soldiers of the 18-day Kurukshetra war in the Mahabharata.

Akash Deep ends on Kartik Purnima (November 23, 2018), which is also the Dev Diwali day, with elaborate rituals and ceremonies.

Today, many people pay rich tributes to Indian soldiers who died defending the Na…