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Renuka Yatra at Mhaswad in Satara District in Maharashtra

Renuka Yatra at Mhaswad is observed in Margashirsh month. This is the annual fair and festival at the Renuka temple at Mhaswad in Satara District in Maharashtra. In 2019, it will be observed on January 1.

Goddess Renuka is believed to be an incarnation of Goddess Durga and is popular in rural culture as Mother Goddess.

This annual jatra attracts thousands of devotees. Special rituals are observed on the occasion.
Mhaswad Renuka Yatra is annually held on Margashirsh Krishna Paksha Ekadasi tithi or the eleventh day during the waning phase of moon in Margashirsh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Bhairava – Understanding the Kal Bhairav form of Hindu God Shiva

Bhairava or Kal Bhairava, is one of the most terrible and angry form of Shiva – an attempt by human mind to give form to the anger of the Supreme Being. The popular legend associated with the Bhairava form of Shiva is that of Him cutting off the fifth head of Brahma. He did this to punish Brahma for his unethical and uncontrolled lust.



Bhairava is often depicted with scowl, angry eyes and flaming hair. He is naked and wears a garland of skulls and a coiled snake about his neck. In his four hands he carries a noose, trident, drum, and skull. A black dog always accompanies Bhairava.
Some Hindu scriptures talks about different manifestations of Bhairava. Such text detail about eight manifestations, which includes Kala (black), Asitanga (with black limbs), Sanhara (destruction), Ruru (hound), Krodha (anger), Kapala (Skull), Rudra (storm) and Unmatta (raging).
Ashtami or eighth day after full moon (Krishna Paksha or waxing phase of moon) is dedicated to Bhairava and is known as Kalashtam…

Importance of tying red, yellow, black threads on hand in Hinduism

Tying red threads on the wrist of right hand is considered highly meritorious and auspicious by many Hindus. The red thread or rakshasutra or charadu or Mauli has the blessing of the deity in a temple. The thread is tied after blessings of the deity and special pujas in a temple or sacred place. Different colors of thread are used like red, yellow, black and orange.

In North India, it is believed that the red thread brings fame, power and saves from evil.
When a person ties the red thread – Brahma blesses the person with fame, Vishnu bless the person with power and Shiva saves him from all evil.
In South India, people tie yellow, red, orange and black color threads.
Black color is believed to protect a person from all evil. It is also tied to overcome fear.
Threads is South India are mostly associated with Goddess Shakti temples especially Mariamman, Devi and Bhadrakali.

Manjunatha – About Hindu God Manjunatha

Manjunatha is a form of Hindu God Shiva worshipped mainly in Shiva temples in Karnataka. Legend has it that Shiva first appeared in the form before Lord Parashuram. As Manjunatha, Shiva is the god of beauty and art.
Two of the most famous temples dedicated to Manjunatha are located at Dharmasthala and Kadri in Karnataka.
‘Manju’ means snow and ‘Natha’ means lord. Since Shiva lives in Kailash covered by the snows and as he is the lord of the snow-covered mountains, he is known as Manjunatha.
Lord Parashuram after annihilating the Kshatriyas wanted to settle in a peaceful region on earth. He prayed to Shiva for this. Shiva then asked him to create a piece of land by throwing is axe. Shiva then promised Parashuram that he would appear as Manjunatha and settle in the land for peace and development.
Today, daily thousands of devotees visit various Manjunatha Shrine in Karnataka.

Academy for Temple Arts in Kerala

Academy for Temple Arts of Malabar Devaswom Board in Kerala was opened in August 2015. The academy would initially provide training in Chenda melam and Poorakkali. It has plans to offer certificate courses in art forms such as Chakyarkoothyu and Kalaripayattu, among others.
The objectives of the academy includes promotion of temple art forms, training programmes, research activities and provision of financial assistance to veteran artistes. A modern library and a journal are also planned. The Hindu reports
The academy would be accorded deemed university status in future on the model of the Kerala Kalamandalam. Madayipara, which will be housing the academy, has space for developing an eco-friendly campus. The locality is home to many folk and temple art forms. The academy, announced in 2013, was opened in a temporary facility provided by the Madayi Tiruvarakkatt temple.

Solution to all Problems is Truth - Dadi Janki

The trick to problem-solving is to get to the root of a problem before it even shows up.
This requires virtues such as objectivity, clarity and honesty, because the solution to all problems is Truth.
Truth means your spirituality; that is, your essence – the way something is before attitudes and opinions are added. This truth will bring you closer to God, and His pure influence will allow you to perceive the essence of any problem easily.
Working on a problem at the level of its essence is a beautiful experience.
This beauty has transformative effect, not just on you and the problem, but also on the ones who cause the problems.
Every day you should ask yourself how much you have thought of yourself in your essenceful form, that is, as a spiritual being, an eternal child of the Divine. This is the method to increase not just your awareness, but your spiritual beauty as well. This makes problem-solving easy.
Dadi Janki

Jalahalli Ayyappa Temple Timings – Puja and Darshan – Opening and Closing Time

Jalahalli Ayyappa Temple is a popular Ayyappan shrine located at Jalahalli area of Bengaluru. It is one of the popular Ayyappa temples outside Kerala. Below is the detail temple timings. Please note that the puja and darshan time will be shortened during Grahan or eclipse. There will change in opening and closing time during important rituals and festivals.
Jalahalli Ayyappa Temple Puja and Darshan Time Morning opening time – 5:30 AM to 11:00 AM Evening closing and opening time – 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Special rituals like Bhasmaabhishekam are only held on Saturday

Detail morning timing
Nirmalyam – 5:40 AM Abhishekam – 5:50 AM Ganapathi Homam – 6:15 AM Usha Puja – 8:00 AM Uchha Puja – 10:30 AM
Evening Puja Timings
Deeparadhana – 6:50 PM Athazha Puja – 8:00 PM Harivarasanam – 8:25 PM

Forget External Crisis Work on Internal Crisis

The external crises are innumerable and there is nothing we can do about them. However, we can free ourselves from the crisis we create internally through our own negativity. By improving the quality of thoughts, we can put an end to many crises of our mind.

We spend hours discussing external problems, but rarely do we find time to understand our mind. A mind that is restless and behaving like an uncontrolled horse.

When the mind is tamed, it is peaceful and strong. Then external difficulties remain external. We are not shaken by external situations. We tend to realize truth. It then stays peaceful, free from sorrow and worries.
The only way to tame our mind is by closely observing it. Try to understand how thoughts arise. Get to the source. When we try to search for the source, it will slowly disappear. It is just like opening a seed.
Abhilash
www.hindu-blog.com

Thousand Hands of Sahasrarjuna – The Story of the Thousand Hands of Kartavirya

Sahasrarjuna, also known as Kartavirya Arjuna, is a famous king mentioned in Hindu Puranas and other scriptures. It is believed that Kartavirya Arjuna had thousands hands. There are numerous versions of the story of Kartavirya Arjuna but all stories have one thing in common and that is that he had thousand arms.

One of the most popular legends regarding the thousand Hands of Sahasrarjuna is that he is an incarnation of the Sudharshana Chakra (Discus) of Hindu God Vishnu. Thus he is a manifestation of Chakradeva on earth to annihilate Adharma. Some scholars suggest that the Sudharshana Chakra has thousand spokes and each hand of Kartavirya represented a spoke in the Sudharshana Chakra.

Another legend mentioned in the Ganesh Purana suggests that Sahasrarjuna was born without hands. Parents of Sahasrarjuna prayed to God Dattatreya for a solution and it is said that Dattatreya blessed the baby with thousand arms.

Another popular view is that the thousand hands is a symbol – it represents…

Story of Sri Krishna and Giant Crane

To kill infant Krishna, Kamsa had deputed several demons. One of them took the form a Giant Crane and tried to kill Sri Krishna. The demon who took the form of Crane was called Baka (Bakasura) and he was the sister of Putana, who had earlier failed in her attempt to harm Krishna by feeding poisoned breast milk. Baka took the form of a giant crane and carried Sri Krishna away in his beak. He then attempted to swallow Krishna. To escape from the throat of the bird, Sri Krishna produced intense heat. The bird felt as if it had swallowed burning coal. The bird threw infant Krishna out.
Then the bird attempted to kill Sri Krishna by biting. But Krishna caught hold of the beak and tore it apart. He thus killed demon Baka.

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Story of Ganesha as Mayureshwar

Ganesha appeared as Mayureshwar in the Treta Yuga. This is one of the Swayambhu forms of Ganesh. Legend has it that Goddess Parvati wished to have a son. Shiva asked her to meditate chanting the mantra ‘GAM.’ Goddess Parvati meditated in the Lenyadri hills chanting the mantra for 12 years. Ganapati then appeared before her and granted her the boon that He will be born as her son.

In due course of time Ganesha was born to Goddess Parvati.

Once child Ganesha pushed a large egg down from a mango tree, and when he did so, the egg cracked and out came a peacock. He made the peacock his vehicle and came to be known as Mayureshwar.
The purpose of Swayambhu (that which appeared by itself) Mayureshwar was to annihilate Demon Sindhu who had attained great powers after getting boons from Surya, the sun god.
Sindhu got the boon to rule the three worlds and was given amrita – nectar of immortality in a bowl which was ever filled. Surya put the condition that if ever the bowl was broken the immorta…

Give Each Other Space

Be it any relationship, if we do not give each other space then it is not a good relationship but a burden. Invasion of privacy and desire to control dampens the true spirit of a relationship. It is like suffocating a flower from blossoming. Eventually such a relationship will die.
This problem arises either due to insecurity or due to hostility.
Such a problem in a relationship should be nipped in the bud before it becomes a huge issue in our lives.
We should never let people walk all over us.
Just because we are in a relationship does not mean we have surrendered our privacy. It is our right and we should stand up for it.
Others invade our privacy when we are weak or insecure. Therefore, it is we who are providing them with an opportunity to control us. So instead of blaming it on someone else we should become stronger. We need to fortify. We need to know where to draw the line in a relationship.
Sometimes in the beginning of a relationship, we give too much freedom. This is late…

Dasaratha's Curse – Story of the Curse on Dasharatha in the Ramayana

Story of the Curse on Dasharatha is found in the Aranya Kanda of Ramayana. King Dasaratha was a great warrior and he had even helped Indra in the war in against demons. He was one of the greatest archers and could hit an arrow on target by merely listening to the source of the sound.
One day the king was on a hunting expedition near a forest in Ayodhya. The king could not find any animal for a long period of time. Then he suddenly heard a sound of some animal drinking water.
He shot an arrow in the direction of the sound and suddenly he heard the cry of a man.
To his utter dismay, the king found that he had shot a young man. The young man was Shravan Kumar a devoted son. He used to carry his blind parents in baskets by tying the baskets to the two ends of a strong pole.
When the unfortunate incident took place, young Shravan Kumar was collecting water for his blind parents.
Shravan Kumar pardoned Dasaratha but requested him to take water to his old blind parents.
Dasaratha took the w…

Calendar in Hindi 2016 – Download Hindi Language Calendar 2016 for free - Hindi Calendar 2016

The Hindi calendar 2016 is provided by the website ashram. It has marked all the important festivals and tithi in the Hindi language. The 2016 Hindi calendar is not in pdf format but in picture format. You can save it each month for your personal use.
You can find Hindi language calendar 2016 here at the official website of Ashram.

Anklets in Hindu Religion – Why Hindu Women Wear Anklets?

Anklets are an important ornament of Hindu women. It is a must for many communities in Hinduism. There are Hindu women who never appear in public without wearing anklets.
Anklets are usually made of silver or gold and are worn on the ankle which joins it to the toe. Some unmarried women wear a black thread on the right ankle.
It is believed that the silver anklets help in retaining positive energy.
Some people believe that it helps in providing relief from joint pains. This is not scientifically proved.
It is also believed that the sound made by the anklets alert people about the arrival of women – who can then behave appropriately and stop any indecent work they are doing.
It is again believed that the sound of anklets drive away negative energy.
A black thread worn on right leg is also to keep away bad elements.
Anklets are worn on both legs by Hindu women.

Hindu Calendar 2016 with Tithi in pdf – Download Hindu Calendar 2016 in English for free in pdf

Hindu Calendar with Tithi in pdf for free download is in English and is based on Hindu Calendar 2016 followed in North India – Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand. A month in this Hindu calendar begins after Purnima and ends on Purnima. All important festivals and fasting 2016 dates are marked in the calendar.
Link – Download Hindu Calendar 2016 with Tithi in pdf


The calendar is based on Purnimat system. In this system a traditional Hindu month begins after Purnima or full moon day.

Story of Matsyendranath

Matsyendranath is one of the foremost teachers of the Nath tradition and he is the Guru of Gorakshanath, the founder of the Natha tradition. Matsyendra was the first human being who brought down the secret of Yoga for the benefit of humanity from Lord Shiva. The story of Matsyendranath has numerous hidden symbolism.
Legend has it that Matsyendranath started life as a fish in the ocean. He lived in a small pond in an island.

One day Goddess Parvati wanted to know the reason for the existence of the world as experienced through the senses.

This was a deep and profound knowledge. Shiva did not want to share it with anyone. But he could not displease Mother Goddess, so to enlighten her she took her to an island.

The only inhabitant of the island was a fish who lived in a pond. The fish overheard Shiva revealing the secrets of Yoga to his consort, Goddess Parvati on the uninhabited island. Creation, dissolution, transformation, the illusion all were discussed by Shiva and Shakti.

Upon hea…

Dev Rameshwar Dahi Kala at Natal near Kariwade in Kolhapur

Dev Rameshwar Dahi Kala is annually observed in Margashirsh month. It is an important ritual at the Dev Rameshwar Temple at Natal near Kariwade, Kolhapur, Maharashtra. This unique annual festival is famous for various rituals and participation of a large number of people. Dev Rameshwar Dahi Kala 2018 - 2019 date is January 1.

Natal Dev Rameshwar Mandir is traditionally decorated with flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

The day is of importance to the villagers. People from nearby towns and villages arrive to participate in this annual ritual.
Dev Rameshwar Dahi Kala is annually held on Margashirsh Krishna Paksha Ekadasi tithi or the eleventh day during the waning phase of moon in Margashirsh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Yellammadevi Yatra at Khanderajuri near Miraj in Maharashtra – Yellamma Devi Festival

The annual Yellammadevi Yatra at Khanderajuri is held in Margashirsh month. The festival dedicated to Goddess Yellamma Devi attracts hundreds of devotees. Yellammadevi Yatra 2019 date is January 1. Khanderajuri is located around 17 km from Miraj and 24 km from Sangli.

The annual yatra is also noted for a fair. The ritual involves journey to the shrine and palki yatra.

Khanderajuri Yellamma Devi Temple is magnificently decorated during the period traditionally with flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

The day is of importance to the villagers. People from nearby towns and villages arrive to participate in this annual fair and festival. Important rituals, which are held only once in a year, happen during the period
Khanderajuri Yellammadevi Yatra is annually held on Margashirsh Krishna paksha Ekadasi tithi or the eleventh day during the waning phase of moon as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Vaijayantimala of Hindu God Vishnu – Symbolism of Vaijayanti Mala Associated with Vishnu

Vaijayantimala is the necklace that Hindu God Vishnu wears around his neck. It is known as Pncharupa. Vaijayantimala is made of five kinds of precious gems. Symbolically it is the collective form of Panchatanmatras and Panchabutas.

The five gems that are part of it are pearl or moti, manik or ruby, maratagam or emerald, indranilam or blue sapphire and Hira or diamond.

The five gems also symbolizes the five elements – water, fire, earth, air and ether.

It must be noted here that Vaijayanti Mala is also made using five flowers.

The mala made using Vaijayanti seed found in Braj is also known as Vaijayantimala. It is believed that Sri Krishna made necklace out of the beads and presented it to Radha

Radha Krishna Utsav at Rohinjan near Panvel, Maharashtra

Radha Krishna Utsav is annually observed in Margashirsh month. It is the most important fair and festival at the Radha Krishna Temple at Rohinjan near Panvel, Maharashtra. This annual Vaishnava utsav is famous for various rituals and participation of a large number of people. Rohinjan Radha Krishna Utsav 2018 date is December 31.

Radha Krishna Mandir is magnificently decorated during the period traditionally with flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

The day is of importance to the villagers. People from nearby towns and villages arrive to participate in this annual fair and festival. Important rituals, which are held only once in a year, happen during the period.
Radha Krishna Utsav is annually held on Margashirsh Krishna Paksha Dasami tithi or the tenth day during the waning phase of moon in Margashirsh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Somjai Devi Ratha Yatra at Shrivardhan in Raigad, Maharashtra

Somjai Devi Ratha Yatra is annually observed in Margashirsh month. It is the most important fair and festival at the Somjai Devi Temple at Shrivardhan in Raigad, Maharashtra. The Rath Yatra, or chariot festival, is famous for various rituals and participation of a large number of people. Somjai Devi Yatra 2018 date is December 30.

Somjai Devi Mandir is magnificently decorated during the period traditionally with flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

The day is of importance to the villagers. People from nearby towns and villages arrive to participate in this annual fair and festival. Important rituals, which are held only once in a year, happen during the period.
Somjai Devi Yatra is annually held on Margashirsh Krishna Paksha Navami tithi or the ninth day during the waning phase of moon in Margashirsh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Sevagiri Maharaj Punyatithi Utsav at Pusegaon in Satara

Sevagiri Maharaj Punyatithi Utsav is annually observed in Margashirsh month. It is the death anniversary of Brahmaleen Siddhahast Yogi Param Pujya Sadguru Shree Sevagiri Maharaj. The day is of great significance at Pusegaon near Khatav in Satara, Maharashtra. Sevagiri Maharaj Punyatithi Utsav 2018 date is December 30.



Samadhi of Sri Sevagiri Maharaj is located at Pusegaon.

Sevagiri Maharaj spread the teachings of Santana Dharma. He strived for social equality through charity, education and love.

Thousands of devotees participate in the various activities organized on the day. Philanthropic activities, food donation and satsang are the major highlights of the day.
Sevagiri Maharaj Punyatithi is annually held on Margashirsh Krishna Paksha Navami tithi or the ninth day during the waning phase of moon in Margashirsh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Temple of Karuppu Swami and Valiya Kadutha at Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple

There are a couple of small shrines in and around the main SabarimalaAyyappaTemple. The most famous among them is the temple of Malikapurathamma and the sacred space dedicated to Vavar Swami – the Muslim warrior friend of Ayyappa. Other popular small shrines are that of Karuppu Swami and Valiya Kadutha.
The temple of Karuppu Swami is located on the right side of the Pathinettam Padi or the eighteen holy steps. The small shrine of Valiya Kadutha is located on the left side of holy steps.
The temple of Karuppu Swami also includes the murti of Karuppai Amma. They both were people from forest who helped Lord Ayyappa in his divine mission and are believed to have divine power. Valiya Kadutha is also an attendant of Lord Ayyappa. Please note that there is another shrine of Kochu Kadutha near the MalikappuramTemple and this deity is a warrior who fought along with Ayyappa.
Before climbing the Pathinettam Padi or the eighteen holy steps devotees offer a token amount and other offerings h…

Ramvardayani and Navalai Devi Yatra at Khavali in Satara

Ramvardayani and Navalai Devi Yatra is annually held in Margashirsh month. This is the most important annual fair and festival at the Ramvardayani and Navalai Devi Temple at Khavali near Satara in Maharashtra. In 2018, it will be held on December 29.

The temple is beautifully decorated during the period traditionally with flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

The day is of importance to the villagers. People from nearby towns and villages arrive to participate in this annual fair and festival. Important rituals are held during the period.
Ramvardayani and Navalai Devi Yatra is annually held on Margashirsh Krishna Paksha Ashtami tithi or the eighth day during the waning phase of moon in Margashirsh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Shivdav Yatra at Kankavali in Maharashtra

Shivdav is a village near Kankavali in Sindhudurg District in Maharashtra. Shivdav Yatra is annually held in Margshirsh Month. Hundreds of people participate in this annual jatra. Shivdav Yatra 2018 date is December 30.

The day is of importance to the villagers. People from nearby towns and villages arrive to participate in this annual fair and festival.
Shivdav Yatra is annually held on Margashirsh Krishna Paksha Navami tithi or the ninth day during the waning phase of moon in Margashirsh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Mahabharata Paintings on Ganjifa Cards

The game of Ganjifa Cards was very popular in ancient India. The cards contain hand painted images of aspects of Hindu tradition. The Mahabharata paintings on Ganjifa cards narrate the story of epic Mahabharat. There are a total of 12 cards in this collection.


Link – You can view the story of Mahabharata on Ganjifa cards here at the Indira Gandhi National Centre of Arts website.

Love is the only solution for man’s problem of existence – Swami Chinmayananda

Love, no doubt, is the only solution for man’s problem of existence.
At present there are very many unconscious misunderstandings in our vague concept of love. We usually demand that we must be loved by others, rather than wanting to love others.
We generally wait for others to love us, and if we don’t get their love, we are unhappy, sad, and feel rejected, unwanted.
To love others is an art and we must know its theory and practice, its methods and techniques, in order to master the art of giving love.
In love the problem is not whom to love, but it is of how to love. Love is an ability, a capacity in our minds, which is to be systematically cultivated.
SourceBook titled “I Love You” By Swami Chinmayananda

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Goddess Pedamma – About Hindu Goddess Pedamma

Goddess Pedamma is widely worshipped in many villages in South and Eastern parts of India, especially in Orissa, Bengal, Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. At the beginning of creation, Goddess Pedamma produced three eggs. The three eggs contain three great gods. Thus, she is the primordial source of life on earth.
To start creation on earth, she wished to have intercourse with the three great gods. However, two of them refused because they considered Goddess Pedamma as their mother.
The third one agreed but only if Goddess Pedamma gave her third eye to him. The goddess agreed and gave him the third eye. All her power rested in the third eye. When the goddess lost her third eye, she became powerless.
The third god killed her and scattered her on earth. In the scattered form, she appeared as Gramadevata or village goddess.
The word Peddamma consists of two separate words Pedda and Amma, literally mean Mother of Mothers or The Supreme Mother.

It must be no…

Symbolism of Flying Whisk or Chamara in Hinduism

Flying whisk or Chamara is associated with many Hindu gods and goddesses. It is a symbol of royalty and is associated with Goddess Ganga, Gayatri, Yamuna and Lord Vishnu.
Today, mostly Hindu priests and community leaders of some sects use Chamara.
Pictures of deities holding Chamara are very rare. They are also today not part of the murti (idol) worshipped.


Aryankavu Ayyappa Temple

The AyyappaTemple at Aryankavu in Kollam District is one among the five most important temples dedicated to Lord Ayyappa in Kerala. The shrine at Aryankav is known as AryankavuShasthaTemple and Lord Ayyappa is depicted as a teenager (young boy) here. Ayyappa is known as Tiruaryan here and therefore the place got the name Aryankavu. Surrounded by forests, the temple is located on the Trivandrum – Tenkasi National Highway. Just like in Sabarimala, women from the age 10 to 50 are not allowed inside the AryankavuAyyappaTemple.
The rituals and pujas followed at AryankavuSasthaTemple is that of Tamil tradition. The sanctum sanctorum of the temple has idols of Devi, Shiva and Sastha. A young Ayyappa sits in the middle with Devi on the left side and Shiva on the right side.
The festival at the temple is celebrated during the last days of the Sabarimala Mandala Kalam. The most important festivals observed here include Pandiyanmudippu, Trikalyanam and Kumbhabhishekam.
The temple can be acce…

42 Days from Makar Sankranti These Villages in Himachal Pradesh Don’t Make Noise As Gods Are In Meditation

Residents of 10 villages located on the outskirts of Manali in Himachal Pradesh do not make any kind of noise for 42 days starting from Makar Sankranti. GoshalVillage is home to temples dedicated to Gautam Rishi, Ved Vyas Rishi and Kanchan Nag.  Orissa 360 writes
Residents of 10 hamlets located on the outskirts of this picturesque tourist resort, some 250 km from the state capital, don’t allow anyone to make noise — in this time of the year. They themselves have stopped listening to music, watching television and doing even household chores that make noise. They believe this will disturb the mediating deities.
If that happens, they will face divine wrath.
Every year, any activity that creates noise in Goshal and nine other villages on the outskirts of Manali in Kullu district – with a population not more than 10,000 – comes to a halt for 42 days from Makar Sankranti (Jan 14).
“All the deities have returned to the heaven. They are meditating. Any activity that makes noise will not be allow…

Sun Temple at Aurangabad in Bihar – Surya Mandir at Deo near Aurangabad

Sun Temple at Aurangabad in Bihar is unique as it faces west, the setting sun not the usual rising sun. Surya Mandir is located at Deo or Dev around 22 km from Aurangabad. The presiding deity here is known as Trikal Surya – Forms of Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu. Brahma depicts the rising sun, Shiva the mid-day sun and Vishnu represents the setting sun.
Outside the main sanctum sanctorum, in the front hall section, there are three broken murtis. They are not worshipped but it is believed these were the original murtis worshipped in the temple. Invaders destroyed it. The broken murtis are of Surya (the Sun God) with seven horses, Uma- Maheshwara and Vishnu. Shivling and Ganesh murti can also be found in the shrine.



It is believed that the present shrine was constructed between 8th and 12th century AD.
The structure of the temple is simple and follows the Nagar style of architecture prevalent in North India.
Legend has it that originally the temple faced east. During the invasion of Kala Pa…

Chokka Panai in Kartika Month in Tamil Nadu

Chokka Panai is the lighting of the bonfire in temples, houses and streets during the Karthigai Deepam festival. Apart from lighting numerous lamps on Karthigai Deepam, people also create bonfire. The bonfire is created both by Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu devotees. Chokka Panai 2018 date is November 22. The festival is observed for three days.

The popular belief by Lord Shiva devotees is that the Chokka Panai that is lit during Karthigai Deepam is a smaller version of the Tiruvannamalai Mahadeepam lit on Karthigai Purnima at the Annamalai hills near the Sri Arunachaleshwar temple. This Mahadeepam is believed to be the form in which Lord Shiva appeared before Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma.

Chokka Panai is observed as Vishnu Deepam by Lord Vishnu devotees and the legend of it is associated with that of Sri Hari Vishnu sending King Bali to Patala or the netherworld.

Another belief is that the fire is lit to remove all the unwanted agricultural waste and keep the streets and villages clean.…

Dhanada – About Dhanada Form of Kubera

Dhanada is one among the numerous names of Kubera, the god of wealth. He gets this name as he is the Hindu God associated with money, wealth and material possessions. Another similar name of Kuber is Dhaneshvara. Dhana means wealth.
It must be noted that Dhanada do not bless devotes with wealth but he is believed to be the deity who distributes wealth wisely among the desired devotees and protects it.
As per Puranas, Dhanada is also the leader of Yakshas.
He lost an eye due to a curse by Goddess Parvati. Dhanada performed intense austerities and pleased Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The divine couple appeared before him. Dhanada was astounded by the splendor and beauty of Goddess Parvati who was bedecked with jewels. Goddess Parvati mistook Kubera’s staring for evil intention and she cursed that let one of his eyes burst.
Dhanada was now left with one eye and he explained that he had no evil intention and he had stared as he had not seen such fine gold jewelry before.
Goddess Parvati re…

Nerimangalam Sri Dharma Sastha Temple

Nerimangalam Sri Dharma Sastha Temple is located at Nerimangalam near Thodupuzha in Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Lord Ayyappa or Sastha. The shrine is around 18 km from Thodupuzha town.

The annual temple festival is observed in Dhanu Masam (January).

Apart from Ayyappa the other deities that are worshipped in the temple include Ganesha and Nagas.
The shrine is an important stop for Ayyappa devotees to Sabarimala from this part of Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

Shiva and Tripuri, the story of the flying cities

One of the famous stories associated with the warrior form of Shiva is that of him destroying Tripuri. Tripura or Tripuri were the flying cities of demons made of Gold, Silver and Iron. Demons Tarakaksha, Maya and Vidyunmali ruled over the three cities. The three demons were the son of Tarakasura who was defeated by Kartikeya. The three demons had propitiated Brahma and as boon asked for immortality which was denied and later they asked for three fortified cities which could fly around and could only destroyed with one shot of an arrow.


The demons then with the help of Maya, master architect, built three cities in sky, air and earth. With safety of the boon, the demons defeated the devas and invaded cities in the universe. They started propagating Adharma.
Indra tried to bring down the city with a single arrow but failed. Finally, Devas, saints and human approached Shiva.
Shiva agreed to put an end to the rule of the flying cities. Vishwakarma built the chariot for the mission. The C…

Online Virtual Tour of Yelagiri Murugan Temple – 360 degree view of Muruga temple at Yelagiri in Tamil Nadu

Yelgairi is a beautiful hill station located in Vellore district in Tamil Nadu. A small Lord Muruga Temple is located atop a hill. You can take an online virtual tour of Yelagiri Murugan Temple at view360. You can view the beautiful surroundings and the temple in 360 degree. Yelagiri Murugan Temple is dedicated to Muruga, son of Shiva, who is also known as Kartik or Subramanya.

LinkOnline Virtual Tour of Yelagiri Murugan Temple

Vaikanasa Deepam

Vaikanasa Deepam is annually observed on the Kartika Purnima day in Tamil Calendar. Karthigai Pournami or full moon day in Tamil Karthigai Masam is highly auspicious in South India. Vaikanasa Deepam 2018 date is November 22. The day is popularly known as Karthigai Deepam
Vaikanasa is an important sect in Hinduism and follows Vishnu and his various avatars. Teachings of Sage Vaikhanasa are followed by this sect.
Vaikanasa Deepam is observed by lighting bonfire known as Sokkappanai and is based on the legend of Trivikrama (Vamana Avatar) of Lord Vishnu.
Legend associated with Vaikanasa Deepam is an interpretation of Vamana Avatar asking three steps of land from King Bali. Here instead of land it is based on the movement of sun and earth. It is said that the two steps of Vamana are the Uttarayan and vernal equinox. And the third step which sends Bali to the underworld is the autumn equinox and the bonfire lit on Vaikanasa Deepam remembers this event.

God wills a rich harmony and not a colorless uniformity – Dr S Radhakrishnan

To obliterate every other religion than one’s own is a sort of bolshevism in religion which we must try to prevent. We can do so only if we accept something like the Hindu solution, which seeks the unity of religion not in a common creed but in a common quest.

Let us believe in a unity of spirit and not of organization, a unity which secures ample liberty not only for every individual but for every type of organized life which has proved itself effective.

For almost all historical forms of life and thought can claim the sanction of experience and so the authority of God.

The world would be a much poorer thing if one creed absorbed the rest.

God wills a rich harmony and not a colorless uniformity.
SourceThe Hindu View of Life Page 58-59

Yanai Pandigai in Tamil Nadu – Aanai Pandigai Puja to Elephants on Karthigai Purnima

Yanai Pandigai is observed on the full moon day (or Purnima) in Karthigai Masam in Tamil Nadu. Yanai Pandigai 2018 date is November 22. The ritual lasts for three days. In the ritual, small elephants are made of clay and are decorated as per Vaishnava traditions and are arranged for puja on Kartik Pournami. Apart from the clay elephants, small elephants made of gold, silver, bronze, wood etc are also displayed.

In the first year after wedding, Yanai Pandigai festival is observed elaborately with Arathi to the new bride in husband’s home.

The legend associated with Yanai Pandigai is associated with Gandhari and Kunti of Mahabharata. Gandhari, mother of Kauravas, performed Yanai Pandigai to the royal elephants and gold elephants to show her might and influence. She purposefully did not invite Kunti, mother of Pandavas, for the ceremony.

Kunti was saddened by this behavior of Gandhari. Arjuna who came to know about this brought Airavatha (Indira’s white elephant) to earth, through a la…

Vykunta Rama form of Vishnu – Story of Vykunta Rama

Vykunta Rama is a manifestation that Bhagavan Vishnu took to fulfill the desire of his ardent devotee Rishi Bhadra. This form is worshipped in Bhadrachalam Sri Rama Temple.  The story of Vykunta Rama symbolically suggests the greatness of intense devotion.


Rishi Bhadra, an ardent devotee of Vishnu, performed intense penance on the banks of Godavari River. Sri Ram met Rishi Bhadra at the Dandakaranya forest near Godavari River.

Rishi Bhadra Rama to spend some time with him.

However, Sri Ram was in a hurry as he was in search of Mata Sita who was kidnapped by Ravan. Rishi Bhadra was even ready to carry Sri Ram on his head.

Moved by his devotion, Rama promised him that he would fulfill his desire on his way back.

Sri Ram later found Mata Sita and annihilated demon Ravan with the help of Vanara army.

He had forgotten about the promise he made to Bhadra. Rama Avatar had ended.

However, Rishi Bhadra was still continuing his penance.

When Bhagavan Vishnu realized this, He rushed to Bhadra …

Nabadwip Rash Yatra Utsav – Nabadwip Rash Purnima

Nabadwip Rash Yatra is the most important festival at Nabadwip in Nadia District of Bengal. It is a Vaishnava pilgrim center and the Rash Utsav is based on the divine love of Radha and Krishna. Nabadwip Rash Yatra 2018 date is November 22. The Rash Purnima is observed on the full moon day in Kartik month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in Bengal.

Nabadwip Rash Utsav is also known as Pat Purnima, Rash Kali Puja and Shakti or Shakta Rash.

For Vaishnava devotees, it is a festival which celebrates the divine love of Radha and Krishna.

However, at Nabadwip Rash Yatra gains an important significance for common people. It is a festival of Hari and Hara, Krishna and Kali. Murtis (idols or sculptures) of Vishnu, Shiva, Goddess Durga, Goddess Kali, Krishna, Radha, Annapurna, Jagadhatri and Shirdi Sai Baba are made during the occasion and worshipped in public pandals and homes.
At the end of the festival, the sculptures are then taken to rivers and immersed.

Uppunda Temple – Uppunda Durgaparameshwari Temple

Uppunda Durgaparameshwari Temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga. The shrine is located close to National Highway 66 and is around 32 from Kundapur and around 66 km from Udupi in Karnataka. Uppunda Temple is on the banks of Sumana River.

As per Skanda Purana, Matanga Rishi visited the place and worshipped Goddess Durga here. The goddess worshipped here is also considered as a sister of Kollur Mookambika Devi. Rituals followed at Uppunda Temple and Mookambika are quite similar.


The deity is also referred as Shanthika Durgaparameshwari. A golden Sri Chakra is worshipped here. The shrine is also one of the seven holy shrines in Parashurama Kshethra - a concept of seven temple popular in the region.

The subsidiary deities worshipped in the temple include Ganesha, Subrahmanya, Nagas, Shiva and Sri Krishna and Narasimha.

Numerous deities and sculptures are etched on the walls and pillars of the temple.

The important festivals observed in the temple are Ugadi, Ramnavami, Saura Ugadi, Prathish…

Pictures of Sun Temple Jhalrapatan Rajasthan – Virtual Tour of Jhalawar Sun Temple

Sun Temple located at Jhalrapatan in Jhalawar, Rajasthan, is an architectural marvel. The shrine is noted for its sculptures and intricate carvings. Rajasthan tourism has created an online virtual tour of Jhalawar Sun Temple. You can view high quality pictures of the sun temple in 360 degrees. There are more pictures of important portions of the temple too.
Link - Virtual Tour of Sun Temple at Jhalrapatan, Rajasthan


Yellamma Devi Yatra at Kaledhon near Khatav in Maharashtra – Godddess Yellamma Devi Fair and Festival near Khatav

Yellamma Devi Yatra at Kaledhon is held in Margashirsh month. It is observed at the temple dedicated to the village goddess at Kaledhon near Khatav in Satara District, Maharashtra. The festival dedicated to Goddess Yellamma Devi attracts hundreds of devotees. Kaledhon Yellamma Yatra 2019 date is January 2.

The annual yatra is also noted for a fair. The ritual involves journey to the shrine and other rural rituals.

Kaledhon Yellamma Devi Temple is magnificently decorated during the period traditionally with flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

The day is of importance to the villagers. People from nearby towns and villages arrive to participate in this annual fair and festival. Important rituals, which are held only once in a year, happen during the period.

Kaledhon Yellamma Yatra is annually held on Margashirsh Krishna Paksha Dwadasi tithi or the twelfth day during the waning phase of moon as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Moksha or Liberation - Teachings from Hindu Scriptures

Moksha or liberation is the ultimate goal, the highest endeavor. It is your right. Freedom from sorrows is your right. Freedom from bondage is your right. Freedom from attachment is your right. Liberation or Moksha is your right, after righteousness (Dharma), material prosperity (Ardh) and pleasure (kama).
Moksha is the ultimate pursuit of this life.
We are not what we seem to be. Getting to know one’s real Self, that is true liberation. So then what are we? We are immortal.
One who realizes that he is not this body becomes free from the shackles of birth and death.
We are unborn, We are immortal, We are limitless, We are infinite. As long as we think we are this body, we are limited.
As soon as we begin to realize our real self, we become formless, changeless, beginningless, endless and eternal.
Therefore, become the master of our mind and senses, and not their slave.
Freedom from the slavery of senses itself is liberation.
Do not ask for joy. Become the master of joy.

It is a gre…

Vaikunth Chaturdashi at Srinagar Kamleshwar Mahadev Temple in Uttarakhand

Kamleshwar Mahadev Temple located at Srinagar in Uttarakhand is dedicated to Shiva. The Vaikunth Chaturdashi in Kartik Month is a highly auspicious day at the temple. Vaikunth Chaturdashi 2018 date at Kamleshwar Mahadev Temple is November 22. A night long jagran (staying awake) and lighting of lamps is held at the temple.
Legend has it that Sri Ram worshipped Shiva here with 1000 lotus flowers. But Sri Ram could find only 999 lotus flowers. It is said that Sri Ram offered his one of his eyes instead of the 1000th lotus flower. Thus the deity worshipped here is also known as Kamal Nayan.
Thousands of people stay awake on the night of Vaikunth Chaturdasi and light lamps at the temple.

Revanteshwar Mahadev – About Revanteshwar Form of Shiva - 56th Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Revanteshwar Mahadev is worshiped in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the 84 forms of Shiva worshiped in Ujjain. It is believed that worshipping Revanteshwar Form of Shiva will help in attaining peace and prosperity for the entire lineage. During old age, there will be no trouble and one will have a safe and easy exit to heaven.
The temple dedicated to Revanteshwar Mahadev is located at Kartik Chowk.
This form of Shiva is associated with son of Surya and Chayya, who is known as Revant or Ashwini Kumar.
Revanteshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 56th temple visited during the parikarama of Shiavalayas here.


Story Revanteshwar Mahadev Lord Surya and his wife Chayya had a son named Ashwini Kumar. He had the face of a horse and the body of a man. He soon won the three worlds and ruled over it. As he was son of Surya, he emitted powerful rays and the living beings found it unbearable.
The living beings approached Shiva to find a solution.
Shiva…

Importance of Tulsi Puja - Spiritual and Religious Importance of Tulsi Vivah and Tulsi Shaligram Puja

Tulsi Vivah is an important ritual performed in Kartik month in traditional Hindu calendar. Tulsi Puja festival is the wedding of Tulsi plant to Lord Vishnu inthe form of Shaligrama. In 2018, the date of Tulsi Vivah pooja on Ekadasi day is November 19. The puja is also performed on the day after Ekadasi on Karthika Shuddha Dwadashi November 20. And Tulsi Vivah on Purnima is on November 23. Tulsi Vivah is performed by some communities on the Ekadasi day after Amavasi (new moon) in Kartik month and by some communities on the Dev Diwali day or the full moon day in Kartik Month. Each year devotees, organizations, and temples perform this ritual with all pomp and glory of a real wedding.

It must be noted her that the period beginning from Ekadasi (after Amavasi) in Kartik month to Purnima (the full moon day) in Kartik Month is considered auspicious for Tulsi Vivah. Majority of the people perform it on the Ekadasi day or on Purnima day. The ritual is also performed on the day after Ekadasi …

Story of the Origin of Somnath Jyotirlinga Temple

SomnathTemple is one of the most important temples dedicated to Shiva and is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga Temples. SomnathTemple is located near Veraval in Gujarat and story of its origin is mentioned in the Skanda Purana. The puranic name of the place where SomnathTemple is situated was Prabhas Kshetra

Legend has it that Daksha, the master of civilization, had married twenty seven of his daughters – the Nakshatras, lunar asterisms, to moon-god, Chandra. But Chandra ignored the 26 Nakshatrams and was enamored by only one among them the beautiful Rohini.


The other daughters complained to Daksha about Chandra’s partisan behavior and this angered Daskha who cursed Chandra that your body of which you are so proud will fade away.
Soon the body of Chandra started fading away and he approached Lord Vishnu who asked him to do penance at Prabhas Kshetra to Lord Shiva who is the supreme physician and the keeper of the sacred herb Soma.
Chandra then did intense Tapas and performed several harsh aus…

Tulsi Vivah Katha – The Story of Tulsi Puja

Tulsi, or holy basil plant, is considered to be the beloved of Lord Krishna. Tulsi Vivah ritual is performed during the waxing phase of moon in Kartik month starting from the Kartik Suddha Ekadasi to Kartik Purnima. While performing the Tulsi vivah ritual women listen to the Tulsi Vivah Katha. There are several versions of Tulsi Puja story this is one of them.
Once there lived an old lady who used perform the Kartik Snan and then water Tulsi plant and offer prayers. She used to worship Tulsi without fail and used to perform the Tulsi Vivah ritual. After the ritual, the old woman always ask the Tulsi plant to fulfill her wish that her dead body should be carried by Lord Krishna to the pyre.
Tulsi Plant (Tulsi Devi) used to hear her prayer daily and she had the capacity to fulfill the wishes of her devotees but to make Lord Krishna carry the dead body of the old lady to the pyre was beyond her capacity.
Saddened by this fact, Tulsi began to wither and she started shedding her leaves. O…

Palan Pulayan Temple, Dedicated To a Dalit Farm Worker, Breaks the Barriers of Caste in Kerala

Palan Pulayan was a dalit farm worker who lived in the eighteenth century in Kanjeettukara, near Kozhencherry in Kerala. The shrine is maintained by an upper caste nair family. He is lovingly known as Palan Appooppan and hundreds of people visit the  Palan Pulayan Temple to seek his blessings. The Hindu reports  The myth of Palan Pulayan, a Dalit farm worker who lived in the eighteenth century, and a temple dedicated to him by the Chittedathu Nair family in Kanjeettukara, near Kozhencherry, has broken the barriers of caste and religion.  The wayside shrine at Kanjeettukara in the foothills of Ponmala houses an idol of Palan Pulayan wielding a sickle in his right hand.  The shrine, now, is a place of worship drawing people from all castes and religions. Palan Pulayan is believed to have been the head farm worker of the Chittedathu family having a lineage of 700 years.  Myth has it that Palan, while tilling the farm, once got a treasure box of gold coins and a golden pumpkin. He handed …

Kokale Yellamma Devi Yatra near Kavathe Mahankal in Maharashtra – Godddess Yellamma Devi Fair and Festival at Kokale

Kokale Yellamma Devi Yatra is held in Margashirsh month. It is observed at the temple dedicated to the village goddess at Kokale near Kavathe Mahankal in Sangli District, Maharashtra. The festival dedicated to Goddess Yellamma Devi attracts hundreds of devotees. Kokale Yellamma Devi Yatra 2019 date is January 2.

Kaledhon Yellamma Devi Temple is magnificently decorated during the period traditionally with flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

The day is of importance to the villagers. People from nearby towns and villages arrive to participate in this annual fair and festival. Important rituals, which are held only once in a year, happen during the period.

The annual yatra is also noted for a fair. The ritual involves journey to the shrine and other rural rituals.
Kokale Yellamma Yatra is annually held on Margashirsh Krishna Paksha Dwadasi tithi or the twelfth day during the waning phase of moon as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Timeless Wisdom From Hindu Scriptures

Knowledge is the (real) wealth of a man while staying in foreign lands. His intelligence is his only wealth in adversities. His righteous behavior is his wealth in other world (after the death). Good conduct (however) is the wealth everywhere.
Daylight and darkness, dusk and dawn, winter and springtime come and go. Time plays and life ebbs away. But the storm of desire, one never leaves. (Hence) Worship the Lord, Worship the Lord.
Just as the farmer reaps the fruit according to the seed that he plants in the field, a man reaps spiritual merit or sin according to the acts he performed.

Endless are the scriptures and endless are the things to be known, and obstacles in life. But life is short. Therefore like a swan separates milk from water, in the same way one should separate and know the essentials, and leave the non-essentials.

Garuda Dwadasi in Odisha

Garuda Dwadasi is observed during the waxing phase of moon (Shukla Paksha) in Kartik month in Odisha. Garuda Dwadasi 2018 date is November 20 and is of significance at the PuriJagannathTemple. The day is dedicated to Garuda – the Vahana of Lord Vishnu. It is observed the day after the Bada Ekadasi and along with Tulsi Puja.

Garuda Dwadasi is an important ritual in PuriJagannathTemple. Scores of devotees participate in the ritual.

It is also the second day of the Panchuka rituals part of Kartik Brata observed in Puri.

Ksheerabdi Dwadasi 2018 date – Ksheerabdhi Dwadashi 2018

Ksheerabdi Dwadasi is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Ksheerabdi Dwadasi 2018 date is November 20. It is observed on the 12th day of the Shukla Paksha, or waxing phase of moon, in Kartik Month. Tulsi plant is worshipped on the Ksheerabdhi Dwadashi day.

Dhatri Havan and Tulsi Kalyanam are observed on the day.

A legend associated with the day suggests that after Chatur Masa, Srihari Vishnu wakes up on the Ekadasi day and visits the people on earth on the Ksheerabdi Dwadasi day.

Tulsi plant and Amla Tree are worshipped on the day. The day is also the first day of Tulsi Vivah Puja in many regions.

Ksheerabdi Dwadasi is also dedicated to the worship of Goddess Lakshmi and she is worshipped along with coins on the day.

The Prabodini Ekadasi fast which began on the previous day ends on the morning of Ksheerabdi Dwadasi.

There is a widespread belief that Srihari Vishnu who goes to sleep on Ashada Shukla Paksha Ekadasi wakes up on Kartik Shukla Paksha Ekadasi. He then first visits the Tulsi plant. …

Chiluku Dwadasi 2018 date – Chilku Dwadashi

Chiluku Dwadasi is dedicated to worship of the Tulsi plant and is observed by certain communities in South India. Chiluku Dwadasi 2018 date is November 20. The rituals on the day are dedicated to Hindu God Vishnu – Tulsi plant and Sri Krishna. Chilku Dwadashi is observed on the 12th day during the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in Kartik month.

Shaligram Puja and worship of Awala or gooseberry are also observed on the day.

The main ritual on the day is the Tulsi Kalyanam.

The popular belief is that Srihari Vishnu visits earth on the day after his sleep during the Chaurmasya period.

Kaisika Dwadasi - Only Day When Ugra Srinivasa is Taken Out in Tirupati Balaji Temple

Kaisika Dwadasi is observed in the Kartik month and is of great significance in Vishnu temples in South India, especially TirumalaTirupatiBalajiTemple. Kaisika Dwadasi 2018 date is November 20.
The Kaisika Puranam, which is part of Varaha Purana, is read in certain Vishnu temples on the day in South India.
The festival is of great significance at the TirupatiBalajiTemple, the murti of he Ugra Srinivasa is brought out of the main sanctum sanctorum only on this day in a year. It is then taken out in a grand procession around the mada streets on a golden palanquin flanked by his consorts Bhudevi and Sridevi. The murti returns to the main sanctum sanctorum before sunrise.
Hundreds of devotees arrive at Tirumala to witness this once in a year darshan of Ugra Srinivasa – fierce form of Balaji.

Kaisika Dwadasi is observed on the Shukla Paksa Dwadasi or the 12th day during the waxing phase of moon as per traditional Hindu calendar.

Utthana Ekadasi – Dev Prabodhini - Importance of Dev Uthani Gyaras - Hari Prabodhini Ekadashi

Utthana Ekadasi, or Prabodhini Ekadashi, (also known as Dev Uthani Ekadasi and Hari Prabodini) is observed during the waxing phase of moon in the month of Kartik (October – November). In 2018, the date of Utthana Ekadasi or Dev Prabodhini Ekadashi is November 19. The importance of Dev Prabodhini Ekadasi narrated to Sage Narada by Brahma. The divine conversation is found in the Skanda Purana. Observing this Ekadasi is believed to help in getting rid of the guilt associated with sins committed and is also a path to liberation (Moksha). Ekadasi is an important fast dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

This Ekadasi is known by numerous names including:
Dev Pradodini Ekadasi, Hari Prabodini Ekadasi, Uttahana Ekadasi Dev Uthani GyarasDev Uthani and Bada Ekadasi.Importance of Utthana Ekadasi


Lord Vishnu goes into sleep on the Ashada Shudha Ekadasi (July – August). He remains in deep slumber during the period and this is known as the Chaturmasa period. He wakes up on the Kartik Shukla Ekadasi and this d…