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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 2017 date is December 2. 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…

Chilavanoor Ponnethukavu Bhagavathy Temple Festival – Thalapoli Festival

Chilavanoor Ponnethukavu Bhagavathy Temple, popularly referred as Ponneth Temple, is located around 5 km from Ernakulam city center in Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavati, manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. Chilavanoor Ponnethukavu Bhagavathy Temple Thalapoli Festival in 2017 is from January .

Thalapoli is a unique ritual in Kerala. In the ritual, women and young girls carry thalam in their hands. Thalam is filled with rice, flowers and a lighted lamp. It is a symbol of prosperity.

The festival is observed for more than a week in  Makaram month.

The weeklong festival is noted for various rituals. Traditional performing arts, music and dance are staged during the period.
The temple is beautifully decorated during the period traditionally with plaintain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

Kothala Elamkavu Devi Temple Festival

Kothala Elamkavu Devi Temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavati, manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. The temple is located around 30 km from Pathanamthita at Kothala village. Kothala Elamkavu Devi Temple festival 2017 date is January . The festival ends with Arattu on January .

The festival is observed for more than a week in Makaram month.

The weeklong festival is noted for various rituals. Traditional performing arts, music and dance are staged during the period.

The arattu festival attracts thousands of devotees. The utsava murti of the deity is taken for ritual purification by water on the day.
The temple is beautifully decorated during the period traditionally with plaintain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

Adoor Parthasarathy Temple Festival

Adoor Parthasarathy Temple is dedicated to Bhagavan Sri Krishna. Bhagavan is worshipped here as friend of Arjuna who gave advice in the form of Bhagavad Gita. The temple is located around 2 km from Adoor town. Adoor Parthasarathy Temple 2017 date is January 29 to February 6. The festival is observed for more than a week in Makaram month.

A major highlight of the annual temple festival is the Gajamela – nine elephants appear in traditional Kerala Hindu temple elephant attire. Thousands of people arrive to witness this event. In 2017, it will be held on February 6.

The weeklong festival is noted for various rituals. Traditional performing arts, music and dance are staged during the period.
The Arattu festival attracts thousands of devotees. The utsava murti of the deity is taken for ritual purification by water on the day.

The festival ends on Rohini Nakshatram in Makaram month.

Nangiarkulangara Sree Krishna Temple Festival

Nangiarkulangara Sree Krishna Temple is dedicated to Bhagavan Sri Krishna. The temple is located around 3 km from Haripad and around 12 km from Kayamkulam. Nangiarkulangara Sree Krishna Temple Festival 2017 date is January 1 to January 9. The festival is observed for more than a week in Dhanu and Makaram month.

The weeklong festival is noted for various rituals. Traditional performing arts, music and dance are staged during the period.
The arattu festival attracts thousands of devotees. The utsava murti of the deity is taken for ritual purification by water on the day.

The festival is annually observed from the Thiruonam Nakshatram in Dhanu Masam.

Cheriyanad Balasubramanya Temple Festival

Cheriyanad Balasubramanya Temple is dedicated to Lord Muruga. He is worshipped here in child form. The temple is located around 8 km from Mavelikara and Chengannur. Cheriyanad Balasubramanya Temple Festival 2017 date is January 27. The festival is observed for over a week and ends with Arattu on February 5.

Cheriyanadu temple palli vilakku, or temple lamps, lit during the occasion is an awe-inspiring sight.
The weeklong festival is noted for various rituals. Traditional performing arts, music and dance are staged during the period.

Caparisoned elephants, melam, fireworks and sheevali are part of the festival.
The shrine is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.
The utsava murti of the deity is taken out of the shrine for ritual bathing on the final day. Caparisoned elephants and melam are part of the ritual.

The festival ends on the Kartika day in Kumbham month

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.

Pooyam Festival at Killikkurussimangalam Subramanya Kovil – Thaipooyam Festival at Lakkidi Subramanya Temple

Killikkurussimangalam Subramanya Kovil is located at Killikkurussimangalam (also known as Lakkidi) and is around 8 km from Ottappalam in Kerala. The annual pooyam ritual organized in the temple attracts hundreds of devotees. The shrine is dedicated to Subramanya or Muruga. Killikkurussimangalam Subramanya Kovil Thaipooyam festival 2017 date is February 10.

Special pujas and rituals are held throughout the Thaipooyam day in the temple.

Carrying Kavadi is the main ritual on the day. People carry various types of Kavadi to the temple in procession. Traditional temple music is part of the procession.

Some people enter into trance and dance wildly during the procession.

On the Pooyam day, people also pierce their body with small lance, or vel. This is done for getting desires fulfilled. 
Melam, various types of colorful Kavadi and fireworks are part of the festival.

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 2017 date is December 2, Saturday. 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

Today’s Hindu Calendar – November 25, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 (Today) – Purnima Tithi or the full moon day in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waxing phase of moon till 5:51 AM on November 25. Then onward it is Purnima Tithi or the full moon day. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is November 25, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good date.
Nakshatra – Bharani Nakshatra till 7:11 AM on November 25. Then onward it is Kartika or Krittika or Karthigai Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mesha Rashi till 12:51 PM. Then onward it is Vrishabha Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Purnima. Tripurai Purnima. Dev Diwali.Tulsi Puja ends. Akashdeep. Karikeshwar Puja in Orissa. Karthigai Deepam in Tamil Nadu. Tiruvannamalai Deepam. Thrikartika in Kerala. Kapal mochan mela. Rash Yatra. Kartik Swami Darshan in Maharashtra.
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