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Paush Purnima Renuka Yatra at Saundatti in Belgaum in Karnataka

Renuka Yatra at Saundatti in Belgaum in Karnataka is held to the famous Renuka Devi Temple or Yellamma Devi Temple. The Jatara or temple festival is held on Paush Purnima. Paush Purnima Renuka Yatra 2019 date is January 21.
The annual jatara attracts thousands of devotees to the temple. The jatara is known as Neeramanavi Yellamma Jatara. The puja and rituals on the day are unique and are annually held only on this day.
Saundatti is located around 83 km from Belgaum.
Renuka Jatara is held on various occasions – especially on Purnima or full moon day in other months.

Sateri Devi Festival at Mazgaon near Sawantwadi – Mazgaon Sateri Devi Utsav

Sateri Devi festival at Mazgaon is observed in Paush month. It is important fair and festival at the Sateri Devi Temple at Mazgaon Village near Sawantwadi. This annual utsav is an important religious event here. Sateri Devi festival at Mazgaon in 2019 is on January 21.

Hundreds of people participate in this all important annual festival in the temple. Various important rituals are held during the period. A huge fair is also held here during the occasion.
Mazgaon Sateridevi Festival is observed on Paush Krishna Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waning phase of moon in Paush month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Gajanan Maharaj Yatra at Mundgaon near Akot in Maharashtra

Gajanan Maharaj Yatra is annually organized in Paush month at Mundgaon village near Akot in Akola District of Maharashtra. The place is around 42 km from Shegaon, a popular pilgrim center associated with Gajanan Maharaj. Mundgaon Gajanan Maharaj yatra 2019 date is January 21.

Shri Gajanan Maharaj Paduka Sansthan located here houses the original paduka or footwear of Shri Gajanan Maharaj. This beautiful temple attracts thousands of devotees.
Special darshan and pujas are organized on the occasion. The temple is decorated during the period.
Mundgaon Gajanan Maharaj Yatra is annually held on Paush Krishna Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waning phase of moon in Paush month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Goddess Saraswati – About Hindu Goddess Saraswati

Goddess Saraswati is the Hindu goddess of wisdom, knowledge, intelligence and learning. She is the deity invoked for attaining mastery in music and fine arts. Students, writers, artists and poets invoke her and take her blessings for success and achievements.

She is essentially a Vedic goddess and is mentioned in the Rig Veda.
The popular belief is the Goddess Saraswati appeared from the mind of Brahma before he began the process of creation. Brahma needed a female to complete a yajna he was preparing to complete before creation. A girl appeared from his Sattva Guna and she was named Saraswati.

Brahma asked her to sit on the tip of the tongue of human beings. Another form of her was asked to reside with him. At third form became river on earth.

In traditional Hindu iconography, Goddess Saraswati is represented as being of fair complexion. She is dressed in lustrous white silk. She has four arms and is seated on a lotus. She holds a veena, stringed musical instrument, in two hands. I…

Vilankulam Temple – Akshayapuriswarar Temple at Vilankulam

Akshayapuriswarar Temple at Vilankulam is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva. The shrine is around 40 km south of Pattukottai in Thanjavur District in Tamil Nadu. The temple is more than 700 years old. The most important festivals observed in the temple are Shivratri, Akshaya Tritiya, Trikarthigai in Karthigai Month and Thiruvathirai in Margazhi month.

Unique Shani Bhagavan Murti

A specialty of the temple is the subsidiary shrine of Shani Bhagavan who faces south in wedding form with his consorts Mandha and Jyeshta.
It is believed that Shiva gave darshan to Shani Bhagavan here on Akshaya Tritiya and Poosam Nakshatra day. Legend has it that once Shani was hit on the leg by Yama, the god of death. Shani became lame and performed pilgrimage of Shiva temples to get his leg fixed. Shani got darshan of Shiva at Vilankulam Temple and got his leg fixed.

Subsidiary shrines in the temple are dedicated to Vinayaka, Muruga with Valli and Daivasena, Chandikeshwara, Surya, Bhairava, Nandi, Dakshinamurti…

Tapas in Hinduism – Meaning and Significance of Tapas

Tapas in Hinduism is penance. The first image that comes to the mind when we talk about Tapas is that of a Sannyasi or Yogi or a human being sitting in forest or on a mountain and meditating to achieve boons. This image is a false one. There is more significance and deeper meaning to Tapas.

The real concept of Tapas in Hinduism is to remove the concept of duality or dvandva from mind. To firm up the belief that there is no second – there is only Supreme Truth.
To firm up this belief, a yogi tries to overcome dualities like hunger and thirst, cold and heat, happiness and sadness… etc.

Tapas can be performed by both men and women or by any living being.

In true Hindu Teaching, Tapa is not performed to attain something – like siddhi or wealth or magical powers. It is performed for removing the ignorance that has accumulated in us in this birth and several other births. It is to purify and finally merge with the Supreme Truth.

Tapa is not merely sitting in solitude and meditating. It ca…

Thaipooyam 2017 date - Thaipooyam Festival Dedicated to Muruga in 2017

Thaipooyam Festival is one of the most important festivals dedicated to Lord Muruga (also known as Kartik or Subrahmanya or Skanda). Thaipooyam Festival 2017 date is February 9. In Kerala, it will be observed on February 10. It is believed that Goddess Parvati presented the ‘vel’ (lance) to Lord Murga on the Thai Pusam day to defeat the demons. Like most Hindu festivals, Thaipooyam too celebrates the victory of good over evil. 

Thaipooyam is observed when the Pusam or Puyam Nakshatram falls in the Tamil month of Thai (Januray – February). The corresponding month in Kerala is Makaram. 
The festival is mainly celebrated by the Hindu Tamil speaking Hindu community in India (especially in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh), Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka and in many other parts of the world were the Tamilians have settled.
The most important event on the day is that of devotees carrying various types of Kavadi and milk pots to the Murgan temples. The most im…

Malikapuram Temple at Sabarimala - Malikapurathamma

Malikapuram Temples at Sabarimala is dedicated to Malikapurathamma. The small temple is located on the right side of the main temple at Sabarimala. There is an interesting story of Ayyappa and Malikapurathamma. The popular belief is that Malikapurathamma is the beautiful woman that emerged from the body of Demon Mahishi after the demon was annihilated by Lord Ayyappa.
After appearing from the body of demon Mahishi, Malikapurathamma made a request to Lord Ayyappa to marry her. But Ayyappa said that he was a Brahmachari and so he could not marry her. But Malikapurathamma continued to plead to marry her and then Lord Ayyappa said that He will marry her when no Kanni Ayyappas or first time visitors comes to his shrine.
The first time visitors, or Kanni Ayyappas, to the Ayyappa temple pierce sharakol, or arrow, at Sharamkutti on the way to the SabarimalaTemple.
Every year Malikapurathamma is taken from MalikapuramTemple to Sharamkutti in a procession to know whether any Kanni Ayyappas have…

Symbolism in the Characters in the Ramayana

Gomatam Madhavachariar in a discourse narrates the symbolism in the characters in the Ramayana: The Hindu Ravana is a demon with ten heads. The ten heads symbolically indicate ten indriyas. That is, ten faculties that we have, like speaking, walking, seeing, tasting, smelling etc. And these faculties are associated with the five elements.  There are three categories of qualities — sattva, rajas and tamas. Vibhishana embodies sattva — goodness. Ravana, with his anger and passion, embodies rajasic qualities. Kumbakarna given to excessive sleeping and eating and lethargy is the embodiment of tamasic qualities. Surpanaka is illustrative of the role of illusion in inciting us to do the wrong things. Sita can be compared to the jivatma and Rama to the Paramatma. As long as a jivatma thinks of the Paramatma, it knows no sorrow. But the moment it lets its thoughts wander in other directions, it experiences sorrow. Valmiki talks more about Rama than about Sita, after the two have separated. Th…

You can understand the secret of bliss when you contemplate the nature of the Self – Mata Amritanandamayi Devi

The divine is present in everyone, in all beings, in everything. Like space, God is everywhere, all pervading, all powerful and all knowing. God is the principle of life, the inner light of consciousness, and pure bliss awareness. It is your very own Self. You can understand the secret of bliss when you contemplate the nature of the Self. When the waves of the mind subside, you will see that everything you seek is already within you.

Whenever you feel inspired and have the time, sit in solitude and try to visualize everything as pure light and bliss consciousness.

It is good for spiritual seekers to spend some time looking skywards. Beholding the vastness of the sky, try to merge in that formless expansiveness, where there is only undivided bliss.
Look within, observe the thoughts, and trace them back to their source. Always be convinced, ‘I am the nature of Sat-chit-ananda (pure being awareness-bliss).
Mata Amritanandamayi Devi