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Tamil Karthigai Masam and Significance of Gooseberry or Nellikkai – Tamil Kartik month

Karthigai Masam (November to December) is a highly auspicious Tamil month. Fasting and pujas performed in this month is believed to be highly meritorious. Special significance is associated with Gooseberry or Nellikkai (Awala or Amla) and Karthigai Masam.

It is believed that hearing stories of Muruga or Kartikeya under the Nellikkai tree will help in attaining good health and prosperity.

If food is taken under the gooseberry tree it will help in good health. If food is offered to the hungry or poor people or any living being under a gooseberry tree it will help in fulfillment of prayers and desires.

It is also said that if women of the family eat under the nellikai tree in Karthigai Masam it will help in the prosperity of the entire family.

Significance of Gooseberry or Nellikkai in Karthigai Masam is mentioned in the Padma Purana and Skanda Purana.

The popular belief is that during the Karthigai month gods and sages reside on the Nellikkai Tree. Therefore worshiping the tree during…

Ravalnath Yatra at Nate near Mahad – Nate Ravalnath Temple Festival

Ravalnath Yatra at Nate is observed in Paush month. It is the annual Ravalnath temple festival at Nate village near Mahad in Maharashtra. Thousands of people participate in this unique event. Nate Ravalnath Yatra 2018 date is January 2.

The temple is located around 7 km from Mahad.

Sri Ravalnath Temple is dedicated to Ravalnath a form of Shiva – closely associated with Shiva.

The temple is lavishly decorated for the special occaision. Various rituals are observed on the day.
Nate Ravalnath Yatra is observed on Paush Purnima Tithi or the full moon day in Paush month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Uravappara Temple Thaipusam Festival - Olamattom Subrahmanya Swami Temple Thaipooyam Festival

Uravappara Temple, also  known as Olamattom Subrahmanya Swami Temple, is located near Thodupuzha in Idukki District in Kerala. The temple is close to the Tamil Nadu border. Uravappara Temple Thaipooyam Festival is observed on the Poosam Nakshatra day in Makara Masam. In 2017, the Thaipusam festival in the temple is on February 10.

Thaipooyam Festival also coincides with the annual temple festival. It begins two days earlier on February 7, 2017.

The most important day is the pooyam day.

The shrine is decked up for the occasion with flowers, leaves, lights and lamps for this very important annual festival.

Special pujas and rituals are conducted from early morning. The rituals continue till late night.

Carrying various types of Kavadi is the most important ritual on the day.

Devotees also enter into a trance and pierce their body with vel or small lances.
Kavadi processions with the accompaniment of traditional temple music is another major highlight of the day.

Story of Origin of Rivers on Earth in the Vedas

Vedas give prime importance to water and there is an important story as to how rivers appeared on earth. All the waters were once captured by the serpent demon Virtra. Symbolically, Vritra represents drought and chaos.
Life started to disappear from earth without water. There was utter chaos.
Then, Indra, the leader of the celestial beings, took on Vritra.
A fierce battle ensued between Indra and Vritra. At the end of the epic struggle, Indra killed Vritra with his mighty weapon, the thunderbolt.
All waters and rivers were then released. They then flowed down to earth, who were invoked as goddesses and worshiped for renewing life on earth.

Sacred Spot of Vavar Swami at Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple

Vavarswami, or Vavar, was the trusted lieutenant of Lord Ayyappa. This Muslim warrior led the army of Ayyappa in several battles against the enemies of the land. The Sacred spot of Vavar is located below on the eastern side of the pathinettam padi or the holy eighteen steps at SabarimalaAyyappaTemple.
In the beginning Vavar was a thug but changed his lifestyle and thinking after he was defeated by Ayyappa. After the advice of Lord Ayyappa, Vavar became his best friend.
Vavar led the army of Ayyappa against maravappada from Erumeli. In remembrance of this event, the Petta Thulal is held at Erumeli temple and mosque.
At SabarimalaAyyappaTemple, Vavar is offered kurumulakku (whole pepper), Sandalwood paste (chandan), Karpooram and Agarbhati.

Story of the Birth of Balarama Avatar

Devaki and Vasudeva were in the prison of Kamsa when she conceived the seventh time. Kamsa mercilessly slaughtered all previous six babies. Story of the Birth of Balarama Avatar begins with Devaki conceiving the seventh time.


Bhagavan Vishnu’s spiritual power in the form of Adi Sesha, or Anantha, entered the womb of Devaki. This was the birth of Balarama Avatar.
Srihari Vishnu then asked Goddess Yogamaya to transplant the fetus from the womb of Devaki into the womb of Rohini, first wife of Vasudeva who was settled in Gokula under the protection cowherd chief, Nanda.

Goddess Yogamaya performed the miracle and in due course of time, Rohini, gave birth to Balarama.

Balarama is widely believed to be an incarnation of Adi Sesha, the thousand-headed serpent on whom Bhagavan Vishnu rests in the milky ocean. But there are many Hindu communities especially in South India who believe that He was an avatar of Vishnu.

Related Why Balarama is known as Sankarshana?

Kidangoor Subramanya Swamy Temple Thaipooyam Festival

Kidangoor Subramanya Swamy Temple, on the banks of Meenachil River near Pala in Kerala, is a unique temple dedicated to Lord Muruga in Kerala. Thaipooyam Festival observed in Makara Masam (January – February) attracts thousands of devotees. Kidangoor Subramanya Swamy Temple Thaipooyam Festival 2017 date is February 10.

It is believed that Goddess Parvati gave the ‘Vel’ (lance) to Lord Muruga on the Thaipooyam day to vanquish the Asura (demon) army.

Mayil Kavadi and Palkavadi are taken on the day to the shrine.

Special pujas are also offered on the day from morning to evening.

The main ritual on the day is the taking of Kavadi to the temple and going around the temple with it to the accompaniment of traditional temple music.

Thaipooyam Festival at Udayanapuram Subrahmanya Swamy Temple

Udayanapuram Subrahmanya Swamy Temple is located at Vaikom in Kerala. It is an ancient and popular Muruga temple in Kerala. Thaipooyam Festival in Malayalam month Makaram is of great importance here. Udayanapuram Temple Thaipooyam Festival 2017 date is February 10.

The famous Vaikom Mahadeva Temple is around one kilometer from Udayanapuram Temple.

Thaipooyam Festival in Makara Masam (January – February) attracts thousands of devotees. Mayil Kavadi and Palkavadi are taken on the day to the shrine.

Special pujas are also offered on the day from morning to evening.
The main ritual on the Thaipooyam day is the taking of Kavadi to the temple and going around the temple with it to the accompaniment of traditional temple music.

Thaipooyam Festival at Haripad Subrahmanya Swamy Temple

Thaipooyam festival, in Malayalam Makaram Masam (January – February) as per traditional calendar in Kerala, is one of the most important festivals at Haripad Subrahmanya Swamy Temple in Kerala. Thaipooyam Festival 2017 date is February 10.

The festival attracts thousands of devotees. Mayil Kavadi and Palkavadi are taken on the day to the shrine.

Special pujas are also offered on the day from morning to evening.
The main ritual on the day is the taking of Kavadi to the temple and going around the temple with it to the accompaniment of traditional temple music.

Awala Navami 2017 date – Importance of Amla Navami

Awala Navami is dedicated to Amla or Awala (gooseberry tree). It is observed on the ninth day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) of Kartik Month (October – November). Awala Navami 2017 date is October 29. This ritual is dedicated to the Amla Tree (Gooseberry). Women offer prayers and perform puja to the Awala tree and eat beneath the tree. The greatness of Awala puja is mentioned in the Padma Purana and Skanda Purana.


The popular belief is that during the Kartik month gods and sages reside on the Awala Tree. Therefore worshipping Awala during the period can help in destroying sins and in fulfilling wishes.
The Puranas also equate Awala Tree with Goddess Lakshmi.

Awala is also known as Dhatri and thus the worship is essentially for prosperity and auspiciousness. The Awala fruit ripens during the period and therefore it is also a sort of thanksgiving to Nature. The medicinal and therapeutic value of Awala is very famous and is used in India for various medicinal purposes espe…

Vrishchikam – Malayalam month Vrischikam

Vrishchikam, or Vrischikam Masam, is the fourth month in traditional Malayalam calendar and is highly auspicious month for Ayyappa Devotees. The 41-day Sabarimala Vratham starts on Vrischikam 1 which is popularly known as Mandala Kalam. The SabarimalaAyyappaTemple remains open continuously for 41 days starting from Vrishchikam month. In 2017, Vrischikam month is from November 16 to December 15. As per Malayalam Calendar this is Kolla Varsham 1193.

Some of the other important auspicious days in the month include Triprayar Ekadasi, Guruvayoor Ekadasi and Trikarthika.

Vrischikam 1 is known as Mandala Kala Arambham or beginning of the Sabarimala season. The month is mainly noted for the Sabarimala Mandala Kalam and the inflow of millions of Ayyappa devotees to the hill shrine.

The corresponding month in Tamil Calendar is Kartik or Karthigai.

Related Sabarimala Mandala Kalam in 2017-2018

Nine Temples in Ganjam District in Orissa To Be Developed With Better Facilities

Nine Temples in Ganjam District in Orissa which attract maximum Hindu devotees will be developed and better facilities will be offered. The shrines that are being developed include:
Maa Budhi Thakurani temple in Berhampur
Khunteswari temple, Pancha Lingeswari temple and Yagneswari temple in Sorada block.
Sankulei temple, Koranjei temple and Singhasini temple in Buguda block.
Saunlei temple in Nugaon block.  Iamin reports  The state tourism department has sanctioned Rs. 1 crore for infrastructure development at Maa Budhi Thakurani temple and Rs. 4 crore for other shrines.  As Maa Budhi Thakurani temple is regarded as the most popular destination for religious tourist, the government has sought half an acre of land near the temple for setting up of these facilities.  The temple is famous for the biennial month long ‘Thakurani Yatra’, when Maa Budhi Thakurani visits her fathers house at Debehera Street

Mind is the cause of the objects of perception – Yoga Vasishta

The mind is the creator of the world, the mind is the individual; only that which is done by the mind is regarded as done, not that which is done by the body. The arm which one embraces is the wife is the very arm which one embraces the daughter.
The mind is the cause of the objects of perception. The three worlds depend upon it. When it is dissolved the world is dissolved. It is to be purified with effort.
The mind is bound by the latent impressions. When there are no impressions it is free. Therefore, O Rama, bring about quickly, through discrimination, the state in which there are no impressions.
Just as a streak of cloud appears to stain the moon or a blotch of ink a lime-plastered wall, so also the evil spirit of desire stains the inner man.
O Rama, he who, with in-turned mind, offers all the three worlds, like dried-grass, as an oblation in the fire of knowledge, becomes free from the illusions of the mind. Yoga Vasishta

Malayalam Calendar 2016 – Download Kerala Calendar 2016 in PDF format for free

Malayalam Calendar 2016 in pdf for download is provided by the Deepika Newspaper, Janmabhumi and Kerala Kaumudi in Kerala. Mathurbhumi used to provide calendar for free but they have stopped it. Malayala Manorama too does not provide the 2016 calendar online for free. The 2016 Malayalam calendar contains important festivals in Kerala and uses Malayalam language to mention Nakshatram and festival details.

You can visit the newspaper website and download it here - pdf calendar Deepika 2016

or receive it by mail here - Deepika Malayalam Calendar 2016 
You can download Kerala Kaumudi Calendar 2016 in PDF format for here at the website of the newspaper.

You can download Janmabhumi Calendar 2016 in PDF format for here at the website of the newspaper.

Today’s Hindu Calendar – November 17, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon till 10:39 PM on November 17. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is November 17, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious date.
Nakshatra – Uttarashada or Uthiradam Nakshatra till 6:17 PM on November 17. Then onward it is Shravan or Thiruonam or Sravanam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Dhanu Rashi till 12:35 AM. Then onward it is Makar Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Chhath Puja Sandha Argh. Skanda Sashti Soorasamaharam. Sashti Fasting. Sabrimala Temple Opens for Mandalam Season in Kerala.
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