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Brahma Temple in Pushkar Rajasthan

There are only few temples exclusively dedicated to Hindu God Brahma in the world. The most famous Brahma Temple is located in Pushkar in Rajasthan. It is an important pilgrim center and is located in the heart of Pushkar town.

The Brahma Temple is a small one but is very impressive. In the front of the temple, two small temples dedicated to Lord Kubera and Indra can be found. They are the dwarpalakas who stop all invisible entrants to the shrine.


Marble steps lead up to the temple. The first sighting here is the silver turtle embossed on the floor facing the sanctum sanctorum. Hundreds of silver coins are also embedded on the floor.The walls and floor of the temple are studded with silver coins. Devotees in memory of the dead and during birthdays place these silver coins.

Images of peacock, vehicle Goddess Saraswati, consort of Brahma, are also drawn on the walls of the shrine.

The murti of Brahma worshiped here is in life-size form with four hands and four faces. The murti is in s…

Shripada – Footprints of Goddess Lakshmi

In Hindu culture there is a practice of drawing Shripada, Goddess Lakshmi's footprint, on the threshold of the house pointing inwards. This ritual is followed by many Hindu communities. Symbolically the drawing of Shripada in front of homes welcomes Goddess Lakshmi. She likes clean places and only resides where there is cleanliness and peace. The daily drawing of Shripada also suggests that the wealth has to flow and no one should attempt to stop the normal flow of wealth – therefore she is invited daily.

Alpana drawings of Goddess Lakshmi’s feet are very popular in Bengal and eastern parts of India.

Shripada is made during Varalakshmi puja, Navratri Lakshmi puja, Diwali Lakshmi puja and during all the important occasions in a Hindu calendar year dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi.

Special drawings of Shripada are also made during Kojagari Lakshmi puja and also during Manabasa Gurbar Puja in eastern parts of India.

Those people who perform monthly or yearly vrats dedicated to Goddess L…

Madikkai Sri Kujichadukam Guligan Devasthanam Theyyam Kettu

Madikkai Sri Kujichadukam Guligan Devasthanam is located at Madikai near Payyanur in Kerala. The Devasthanam is located around 5 km from Nileshwaram. The Theyyam organized here is an important ritual. Madikkai Sri Kujichadukam Guligan Devasthanam Theyyam Kettu 2017 date is January .
Theyyam is a ritual dance performed in the sacred groves, devasthanams and temples of Malabar area in Kerala. Goddess Bhadrakali and Shiva are worshipped mainly in it. In Theyyam, the performer is considered as the god he is representing. People seek blessing from the Theyyam.

Theyyam incorporates dance, mime and music. The rituals and acts in the Kaliyattam echoes values and culture of tribes.

Sukapuram Kulangara Devi Temple Thalapoli Festival near Edappal

Sukapuram Kulangara Devi Temple is located near Edappal in Malappuram District in Kerala. The temple is located around 14 km from Kunnakulam. The main festival is observed on the first Sunday of Makaram Month. The festival begins a fortnight before. In 2017, Sukapuram Kulangara Devi Temple Thalapoli Festival begins on January 1. The most important festival is on January 15, 2017.

Thalapoli is organized on the first Sunday of Makaram month. 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 kuttuutsavam is organized for 15 days before the main festival date.

During the period the temple is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

The utsava murti of the deity is taken out on the day. Hundreds of people arrive on the day to witness the ritual.
The annual festival is also noted for v…

Melampara Sree Dharma Sastha Temple Udayasthamana Puja

Melampara Sree Dharma Sastha Temple is located at Melampara in Kottayam District, Kerala. The shrine is around 45 km from Pathanamthitta and 35 km from Arpookkara. The annual temple festival is observed in Dhanu Masam. Melampara Sree Dharma Sastha Temple Udayasthamana Puja 2017 date is January .

This is a unique puja and attracts scores of devotees to the shrine.

The main rituals are held in the morning and evening.

The temple is decorated traditionally with lamps during the period.

Sammakka Sarakka story – The Legend of Sammakka and Sarakka

The Sammakka Sarakka story is believed to have happened during the 13th century AD in the forest around Medaram in Telangana. Sammakka is the mother and Sarakka or Saralamma is her daughter. The legend begins with the tribal leaders of Koya tribe finding Sammakka in deep forest protected by tigers. The tribal leaders believed she was an incarnation of Kondadevara, god of the hills.
It is said that as a young girl Sammakka rode tigers and lions. She was also a fierce warrior.
Sammakka was married to tribal chief Pagididda Raju of Medaram Village.
The couple had a son and two daughters – Jampanna, Saralamma and Nagulamma.
The older daughter Saralamma or Sarakka was married to Govindaraju.
Once the tribes of the region were unable to pay tax due to severe drought for four years. This angered the ruler of the region, a Kakatiya King, and the tribes entered into a war with the king. In the battle, the tribal chief was killed. Sammakka lost her three children in the battle.
Upon hearing t…

Kakkad Ganapathy Temple Vettaikaran Pattu

Kakkad Ganapathy Temple is located near Kunnamkulam in Kerala. Vettaikaran Pattu is a unique ritual observed in the temple in Dhanu Masam. Kakkad Ganapathy Temple Vettaikaran Pattu 2017 date is January .

Vettaikaran is the Kiratamurti form of Lord Shiva. The temple has murtis of both Ganapathy and Shiva.

Vettaikaran Pattu ritual is dedicated to Shiva. In the rituals thousands of coconuts are thrown and broken.

During the period the temple is traditionally decorated with plaintain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

The utsava murti of the deity is taken out on the day
Hundreds of people arrive on the day to witness the ritual.

Sabari Peedam - Importance of Sabaripeedam on the way to Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple

Sabaripeedam is a holy spot on the way from Pampa to SabarimalaAyyappaTemple. Ayyappa Devotees trekking from Pampa to the temple comes across this spot after Appachimedu. Sabari Peedam is believed to be place where Sabari was given Moksha by Lord Ram during his exile period in the Ramayana.
It is believed that Sabari lived and observed austerities at this spot in the forest. It is here Lord Ram symbolically explained to the world that what is more important is devotion and not the value of the offerings.


Sabari, a very old lady, was an ardent devotee of Lord Ram. During his search for Mata Sita, Lord Ram along with Lakshman reached the hut of Sabari in the forest.
The old lady who was overwhelmed with joy had nothing to offer to the Lord. Tears trickled from her eyes and then she remembered about fresh fruits that she had collected the other day.
Sabari was not sure whether the fruits were tasty, sour or poisonous. So she tasted them first a little and threw away all that was sour …

Trissileri Mahadeva Temple Chuttuvilakku - Thrissilery Shiva Temple Festival

Trissileri Mahadeva Temple is located around 15 km from Thirunelli in Wayanad District in Kerala. The annual Chuttuvilakku festival is observed in Dhanu masam. Hundreds of people arrive to witness this ritual. Trissileri Mahadeva Temple Chuttuvilakku 2017 date is January 2.

The main ritual involves light lamps around the shrine.

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

The utsava murti of the deity is taken out on the day
Hundreds of people arrive on the day to witness various rituals and festivities.

It is annually observed on the 17th day of Dhanu Masam as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Kerala.

Thirayattam – Kodal Nadakkavu Chirakkal Sri Gurudevan Bhadrakali Temple Thira

Kodal Nadakkavu Chirakkal Sri Gurudevan Bhadrakali Temple is located at Kodal Nadakkavu and is around 22 km from Kozhikode in Kerala. The annual Thira ritual organized in the temple attracts hundreds of devotees. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali. Kodal Nadakkavu Temple Thira 2017 date is January .

Thira, or Thirayattam, is a ritual dance performed in the sacred groves and temples of Malabar area in Kerala. Goddess Bhadrakali and Shiva are worshipped through the forms. The ritual is quite similar to Theyyam performance except that in Theyyam the performer is considered as the god he is representing, while in Thira the performer is considered as to be possessed by god.

At Kodal Nadakkavu temple it is usually Bhagavathi Thira that is performed.

The annual 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 temple is beautifully de…

Thambalakkad Mahadeva Temple Festival

Thambalakkad Mahadeva Temple is located 5 km from Kanjirappally on the way to Manjakuzhy in Kottayam District, Kerala. The annual temple festival is organized in Dhanu Month. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Thambalakkad Mahadeva Temple Festival begins in the last week of December and ends on January , 2017.

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

The utsava murti of the deity is taken out of the shrine for Arattu.
Hundreds of people arrive on the day to witness various rituals and festivities.

How to do Kal Bhairav Ashtami Puja? – Procedure of Kala Bhairava Ashtami Puja – How to observe the Kalbhariav Ashtami Puja

Kal Bhairav Ashtami is dedicated to the fierce manifestation of Mahakal Bhairav of Shiva. It is observed in Margashirsh month in traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India. Please note that the procedure of Kala Bhairava Ashtami Puja varies from region to region. Here is a brief idea on how to observe the Kalbhariav Ashtami Puja.
After morning purification rituals a painting or murti or photo of Bhairav is installed in the puja area. Some people also keep a Bhairav Yantra.
Lord Ganesha is remembered first and prayers are offered to him. A shloka dedicated to Ganesh is chanted.
Panchopchar Vidhi is followed in Bhairav Puja. Panchopchar puja involves offering – Akshata (unbroken rice mixed with turmeric), dhoop (incense), diya (lamp), flowers, prasad or naivaidya (food).
The Prasad offered to Bhairav is black urad dal Vada fried in mustard seed oil.
The prayer that is read out in the end is the Shri Bhairav Stuti or Bhairav Chalisa.
The puja is performed in the morning and the …

Ganesha Purana Yajnam at Thirumandhamkunnu Temple at Angadipuram

Ganesha Puraana Yajna will be conducted at Thirumandhamkunnu Temple at Angadipuram in Kerala from January 1, 2017. This unique ritual attract thousands devotees to this ancient shrine.

The temple is dedicated to Shiva and Bhadrakali. Ganesha is worshipped as a subsidiary murti here. A unique aspect of the temple is that child form of Ganesha is worshipped here.
Ganesha Purana Yajnam is performed for peace and prosperity.

It is observed annually on the 17th day of Dhanu Masam as per traditional Malayalam calendar followed in Kerala.

Maharudra Yajna at Mammiyoor Temple near Guruvayoor in Kerala – Maha Rudra Yagna

Maha Rudra Yajna is performed for redemption of sins and to usher in peace, prosperity and happiness. A Maha Rudra Yagna will be organized at the famous Mammiyoor Temple near Guruvayoor in Kerala from January 1, 2017.

Mammiyur Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is located near Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple in Kerala.
Maharudra Yajna is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The 'Srirudra hymn' is chanted during the rituals for several days. The ritual involves several Vedic pundits and is based on Krishna Yajurveda System.

It is annually observed on the 17th day of Dhanu Masam as per traditional Hindu Lunar calendar followed in Kerala.

Muringamala Ayyappan Vilakku

Muringamala Ayyappan Vilakku is annually observed in Dhanu Masa as per traditional Malayalam calendar followed in Kerala. The festival is organized during Mandala Makaravilakku season in Sabarimala Temple. Muringamala Ayyappan Vilakku 2017 date is January .

Hundreds of people participate in this unique annual ritual at the sacred spot.
Muringamala is located around 18 km from Palakkad in Kerala.

For the Ayyappan Vilakku, a model of the Sabarimala Ayyappa temple is made with organic materials like banana stumps, bamboo, and coconut fronds.
On the right side of Ayyappa temple prototype, Malikapuram Devi is installed, on the left side it is Vavar Swamy, and in one corner, the kannimoola, a Ganapathy temple.
Traditional Ayyappan Pattu  is an integral part of the Vilakku.
Various rituals and pujas are conducted for the entire night.

Tamhankar Maharaj Punyatithi in Sangli – Death Anniversary of Tamhankar Maharaj

Tamhankar Maharaj Punyatithi is annually observed in Margshirsh month. It is the death anniversary of Tamhankar Maharaj. The day is of great importance in Sangli in Maharashtra. He spread the teachings of Bhakti as per tradition followed in Maharashtra. Tamhankar Maharaj Punyatithi 2017 date is December 18.

Hundreds of followers of the saint assemble to pay tributes to the pious soul. Charity work and satsang are held on the day. Samadhi of the saint is located in Sangli.
Tamhankar Maharaj Punyatithi is observed on Margashirsh Amavasya tithi or the no moon day in Margashirsh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Dnyaneshwar More Mauli Punyatithi in Mumbai – Death Anniversary of Jnaneshwar More

Dnyaneshwar More Mauli Punyatithi is annually observed in Margshirsh month. It is the death anniversary of Dnyaneshwar More Mauli. He spread the teachings of Bhakti as per tradition followed in Maharashtra. Dnyaneshwar More Mauli Punyatithi date in Mumbai in 2017 is Decembe18.

Hundreds of followers of the saint assemble to pay tributes to the pious soul. Charity work and satsang are held on the day .
Jnaneshwar More Mauli Punyatithi is observed on Margashirsh Amavasya tithi or the no moon day in Margashirsh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Telugu Website Dedicated to Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple and Darshan Information – Sabarimala Information in Telugu

Millions of people visit the Sabariamala Ayyapa Temple during the two-month Mandala Makaravilakku Darshan. Thousands of Telugu devotees visit the shrine every year. To provide information to these devotees in Telugu, Manorama newspaper has started and exclusive website dedicated to Sabariamala in Telugu with all necessary details including darshan timings, dos and don’ts, current news and also train timings.

Link – You can visit the Telugu Website dedicated to Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple here.

Bharani Nakshatra 2016 Predictions – Barani Birth Star or Nakshatram Astrological Predictions in 2016

Bharani Nakshatra, or Barani Nakshatram, will have a good year in 2016. People will attempt to cheat you – so be careful in all deals. Greediness will cause numerous problems. January, February, April, July, August and December are good months. June, September and November will see both good and bad times. March, May and October will be tough periods. Below is the astrological prediction for Bharani Nakshatra in 2016: Barani is the second birth star among 27 Nakshatrams in Jyothisha or astrology. As per Hindu astrology and calendar, Bharani Nakshatra is in Medakurru or Mesha Rashi (Aries Zodiac).

Career - Opportunity to join new job. Improvement in career related matters. Self employed people will see major gains. You hard work will be rewarded. Avoid dropping a project midway. Being punctual will help in making good gains in this year.

Finance - Improvement in financial matters through various sources. Lost wealth will be recovered. Gains through buying and selling. Should be careful …

Swami Ramakrishnananda Quotes

Mind is like a big mirror which gives a perfect reflection but which has been so thickly covered with dirt that nothing can be seen in it. The more you can rub off that dirt the more you will be able to see yourself in it. The more you can remove the least speck of dust the more you can get a perfect image of your true Self. What is that dirt that hides the image? Selfish desires.
Few of us believe in God all the time. As long as we have two or three rupees in the pocket, we think we can depend on ourselves. Only when the last anna is gone and we do not know where to get another do we begin to trust in God.
To remove the eye trouble, put on green spectacles instead of painting the whole world with the green paint. So set the mind right and not attempt to right the world.
There is no difference between the purified mind and the true Self of man. The mind is pure when it is single, that is, when it is devoted to one object. If you wish to see God, the only way is to get rid of all s…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – December 2, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the dark phase of moon till 12:33 AM on December 2. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the dark phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is December 2, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good day.
Nakshatra – Aslesha or Ayiliyam Nakshatra till 6:44 AM on December 2. Then onward it is Magha or Makam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Karka Rashi till 6:44 AM. Then onward it is Simha Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Margashirsh Krishna Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the dark phase of moon in Margashirsh month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himach…