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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…