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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 2019 date is January 21.

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.

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.

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Awala Navami 2018 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 2018 date is November 16. 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…

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.