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Panchuka in Kartik Month in Orissa

Panckuka is the last five days of Kartik month in Orissa and people abstain from all types of non-vegetarian food during the period. Panchuka in 2018 begins on November 19 and ends on November 23. The period is of great significance to Lord Jagannath devotees. Traditionally, staunch devotees of Lord Jagannath abstain from all type of non-vegetarian foods during the entire Kartik month but those who are unable to follow it, observe it during the last five days of the month.

Panchuka begins on Ekadasi day during the Shukla Paksha in Kartik month and ends on Kartik Purnima. Panchuka is strictly observed elderly men and women and many of them stay in Puri and visit the Jagannath shrine during the period.
The five-day period is also of great significance in PuriJagannathTemple. Thousands of people who are observing Kartik Brata for the entire month gets an opportunity to have darshan of Lord Jagannath in five different veshas or attire during the period.

Garuda Dwadasi and Tulsi Puja are …

Goddess Bhadrakali

Goddess Bhadrakali is a fierce manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. She is popularly worshipped in this form in Kerala and some parts of South India. Bhadrakali appeared from the forehead of Shiva to annihilate demon Darika.

The story of Bhadrakali and Goddess Kali is different. The character and ferociousness of both the deities are the same but the story of origin is different.

Bhadrakali is ferocious to those who practice Adharma. She is merciless to them. To those who practice Dharma, she is the kind mother. She is the protective mother who will never let any harm happen to her children.

Story of Goddess Bhadrakali  Legend has it that once Asuras, or demons, were defeated by Devas and they had to retreat to the netherworld. Two Asura women then did intense penance and propitiated Brahma who gave them the boon that they would give birth to two powerful sons.
In due course of time, the women had two sons named Danavendra and Darika.

Danavendra and Darika then did intense Tapas a…

Kottangal Devi Temple Padayani Festival

The Padayani festival organized in Makara Masam at Kottangal Devi Temple attracts thousands of Padayani enthusiasts. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali. Padayani, also called Padeni, is a traditional folk dance and a ritual art performed in temples in central Kerala. Kottangal Devi Temple Padayani Festival 2017 the important dates are February 2 and 3.

The main rituals are performed on Revathi and Ashwathy Nakshatra in Makaram Month. Valiyapadayan is observed on these two days.

The padayani related rituals in the temple is observed for 28 days starting from Bharani Nakshatra in Dhanu month to Bharani Nakshatra in Makaram Month. (January 8 to February 4, 2017)

Padayani is dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali and is performed only temples in central Travancore especially in Pathanamthitta District. This traditional art form blends music, dance, theatre, satire, facial masks, and paintings

Kottangal Devi Temple is located about 14 km from Mallapally in Pathanamthitta District. Sp…

How Drona Became the Acharya or Teacher of Pandavas and Kauravas?

Drona became the Acharya, or Teacher, of Pandavas and Kauravas after he showed his expertise with bow and arrow. Legend has it that Bhishma, the grandsire of Hastinapura, was in search of an efficient Guru to teach Pandavas and Kauravas the art of weaponry. When the incident took place, Pandavas and Kauravas were children and were living in Hastinapura.

One day Pandavas and Kauravas were playing with a ball. Suddenly the ball fell into a deep well. Children did not know how to retrieve the ball and they crowded near the well.
Dronacharya was passing by and the commotion created by children caught his attention.
When he found out the reason for children crowding near a well, he promised to help them.
He then took his bow and arrows and shot an arrow on the ball. He then shot another arrow on the end of the previous arrow. Thus a line of arrows was created by Dronacharya. Soon the ball was retrieved from the deep well.
The children who witnessed this amazing feat ran to inform about it…

Diksha in Hinduism – Importance of Deeksha in Hindu Religion

Diksha, or Deeksha, in Hinduism means initiation and is generally associated with the initiation of learning – a Guru or a holy saint agrees to share his knowledge with the disciple. The Guru helps the disciple to cross over the ocean of darkness and guides him to stay rooted in the world of self realization.
The path which the Guru chooses to take a disciple to Truth varies. Like some Gurus remain silent to the queries of a disciple. This is an important aspect in self realization, where a disciple is taught that language is not that powerful enough to explain some important phenomenon and truth is beyond words.
In some cases a Guru provides a disciple with a Guru Mantra.

Ayyappa Temple at Kulathupuzha

The LordAyyappaTemple at Kulathupuzha near Thenmala in Kollam District of Kerala is an important shrine visited by Ayyappa devotees especially during the Mandala-Makaravilaku season. This Shasta shrine is located on the banks of Kulathu Puzha, a tributary of KalladaRiver, and is in the reserve forest. The deity here is Manikantan or the child form of Lord Ayyappa.

The deity is popularly referred as Dharma Shasta. There are two main deities in this small temple – Lord Shiva and Shasta. Shiva is in the form of Shiva Linga and that of Shasta or Ayyappa is a stone image.
The shrine also houses an elaborately carved idol of Lord Vishnu. There are also shrines of Ganesha and Devi in the compound.
Story of Kulathupuzha Ayyappa Temple There is an interesting legend regarding the origin of the AyyappaTemple at Kulathupuzha. Once and elderly Brahmin returning from his Rameshwaram pilgrimage camped on the Kallada Riverbank. His servants started the preparation for the evening meal and they looke…

On the concept of Stepwells in Ancient India

The first rock-cut stepwells in India are dated from 200 AD to 400 AD. They are a repository of knowledge about water collection, storage and distribution in water starved areas in ancient India. As per Hindus scriptures, donating building a water body or donating money to have one constructed has been considered to be an act of punya, a good deed.
You can read an extensive article on the stepwells in India can befound here at Tribune The rock edict of Rudradaman at Junagadh in western India, inscribed in 150 AD, speaks about the Sudarshan lake of Junagadh, built originally by the great Mauryan emperors. This edict, written in Sanskrit, is the oldest such edict extant in India. The edict notes the reparations done by Mahakshtrap Rudradaman on the SudarshanLake. Three hundred years after Rudradaman’s inscription, the edict of Skand Gupta also speaks about the reparations conducted by the Gupta king in 455-456 AD, showing how important was the matter of water, both for the people and the…

The source of all creation is pure consciousness – Deepak Chopra

Nature’s intelligence functions with effortless ease… with carefreeness, harmony and love.
And when we harness the forces of harmony, joy and love, we create success and good fortune with effortless ease.
The source of all creation is pure consciousness… pure potentiality seeking expression from the unmanifest to the manifest.
And when we realize that our true Self is one of pure potentiality, we align with the power that manifests everything in the universe.
The universe operates through dynamic exchange…giving and receiving are different aspects of the flow of energy in the universe.

And in our willingness to give that which we seek, we keep the abundance of the universe circulating in our lives. Deepak Chopra