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Vivah Panchami Festival at Janakpur in Nepal

Vivah Panchami is an important festival at Janakpur in Nepal. It is believed that Janakpur in Nepal is the birth place of Mata Sita of Ramayana. The Vivah Panchami festival marks the wedding of Bhagvan Sri Ram and Mata Sita. It is observed in Margashirsh Month. In 2017, Vivah Panchami is on November 23.
The main ritual during the festival is the enactment of the wedding between Bhagvan Sri Ram and Mata Sita.
A wedding procession from Ayodhya in India, the birth place of Sri Ram, reaches Janakpur in Nepal on the day.
The festival ends after the wedding is consummated. In the wedding, Shaligram Shila represents Sri Ram and Tulsi plant represents Mata Sita.
Vivah Panchami Festival at Janakpur in Nepal is held on Margashirsh Shukla Paksha Panchami or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon in Margashirsh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in North India and Nepal.

Hanumanth Vratam 2017 date in Margashirsh Month – Hanumand Vrat - Hanuman Jayanti in Karnataka

Hanumanth Vratam, or Hanumand Vrat, is observed by certain Hindu communities in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka on the 13th day of the Shukla Paksha in the month of Margashirsh as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in these regions. Hanumanth Vratam 2017 date is December 1. Pampa Puja and Hanuman Pooja are observed on the day.

A thread containing 13 knots is tied by Hanuman devotees on the Vrat day. The mantra that is chanted while tying the 13-knot thread is ‘OM Namo Vayunandanaya OM.’ Then prayers are offered Hanuman at a temple or at home.

Donating wheat to poor people on the day is considered highly meritorious.

Malayalapuzha Temple Pongala Festival – Malayalapuzha Devi Bhagavathy Temple Pongala

Malayalapuzha Devi Temple is located around 8 km from Pathanamthitta. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy. The annual Pongala festival observed in the temple attracts thousands of women devotees. Malayalapuzha Temple Pongala festival 2016 date is January 15.

The ritual in the temple is observed during Makar Sankranti period. The temple is decorated during the period traditionally.

The fire for Pongala is brought out from the sanctum sanctorum.
'Pongala' ritual comprises of preparing ‘prasad’ for the deity outside the shrine. Women cook rice and jaggery in earthen pots and they offer it to the Goddess. They also cook different type of sweet dishes – called ‘mandaputtu,’ ‘appam,’ ‘therali’ – made out of rice powder and jaggery. Coconut tree fronds are used to cook the ‘prasad.’

Kodungallur Temple Thalappoli Festival

Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple at Kodungalloor in Thrissur District in Kerala is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathi. This is the most popular Shakti shrine in Kerala. The Thalappoli festival in the temple is observed during the Makar Sankranti period. Kodungallur Temple Thalappoli Festival 2017 date is January 14.

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

In some temples, only unmarried girls are allowed to take Thalappoli.

The temple is decorated with plantain, tender coconut, coconut leaves and lamps for the occasion.
Related Kodungalloor Bharani Festival

Lakshadeepam at Chottanikara Temple

Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Temple is located near Ernakulam in Kerala. The temple is around located around 15 km from Ernakulam South Junction Railway Station. Lakshadeepam festival observed during the Makar Sankranti period is an important ritual here. Lakshadeepam 2017 date at Chottanikara Temple is January 14.

On the Lakshadeepam day, the temple is decorated with plantain, tender coconut, coconut leaves etc.

The main ritual which is part of the festival is lighting of thousands of traditional lamps. Lamps are lit around the temple using oil and wick.
Thousands of devotees assemble on the premises to witness the thousands of lamps.

It is observed on the Makaravilakku day.

Avittathur Mahadeva Temple Festival – Utsavam at Avittathur Shiva Temple

Avittathur Mahadeva temple is dedicated to Shiva and is located near at Avittathur Village in Irinjalakuda in Kerala. The shrine is located around 5 km from Irinjalakuda in Thrissur district. The annual festival is observed in Dhanu and Makaram months. Avittathur Mahadeva Temple festival 2017 date is January 30 and ends on February 8.

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 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 Arattu on the final day. Caparisoned elephants and melam are part of the ritual.
Hundreds of people arrive on the day to witness various rituals and festivities.

The festival is observed in such a way that it ends with Arattu on Thiruvathira Nakshatram day in Makaram month.

Klavara Sri Krishna Temple Festival near Paravur

Klavara Sri Krishna Temple is dedicated to Bhagavan Sri Krishna. This ancient shrine is located around near Paravur in Kollam District. The annual temple festival is observed Dhanu and Makaram months. Klavara Sri Krishna Temple festival begins on January 13 and ends on January 20.

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 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 Arattu on the final day. Caparisoned elephants and melam are part of the ritual.
Hundreds of people arrive on the day to witness various rituals and festivities.

Kotheen Kunnumbram Sri Porkali Bhagavathi Thirumudi

Kotheen Kunnumbram Sri Porkali Bhagavathi Thirumudi is observed in Dhanu month. The shrine is located in northern Kerala. The annual festival attracts hundreds of devotees. Kunnumbram Sri Porkali Bhagavathi Thirumudi 2016 date is January 14.

In the ritual, Thirumudi or a replica of the head of Bhagavathi with hair is taken out in procession. In some temples the ritual is conducted once in twelve years.
Witnessing the Thirumudi is considered highly auspicious.

Mahe Sri Krishna Temple Festival

Mahe Sri Krishna temple is dedicated to Bhagavan Sri Krishna. This ancient shrine is located around near Poozhithala on National Highway 17 at Mahe. The annual temple festival is observed Makaram month. Mahe Sri Krishna Temple festival begins on January  and ends on February .

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 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 Arattu on the final day. Caparisoned elephants and melam are part of the ritual.

Hundreds of people arrive on the day to witness various rituals and festivities. 
The temple is located around 8 km from Thalassery Railway Station.

Ardra Nakshatra 2016 Predictions – Birth Star Astrological Predictions for Ardra Nakshatra in 2016

In 2016, Ardra Nakshatra will have a tough year with trouble related to health and job. Financial loss. Detail astrology predictions for Ardra Nakshatra in 2016 can be found below. January, February and December 2016 are both good and bad period. March, April, May, July, August, September and October are bad months. June and November are good months. As per Horoscope, Panchang, astrology and moon sign calendar followed in Hinduism, Ardra is in Mithun Rashi (Gemini Zodiac).

Career - There will some trouble in career. Some of you will decide to start new business or freelancing or self employment. Those looking for new job will find one this year. Avoid confrontation in career related matters. Give your opinion only when needed. Try to be in the good books of seniors and management. Some of you will be awarded for excellence in your field.

Finance -Financial decisions should only be made after doing good research and consulting experts in the field. Loss in stocks and earlier investments…

Don’t Be God Fearing – Be God Loving

We have plenty of God-fearing people around us. Then we have God-loving people who are very rare. Anything that is good is rare.

When God is fear, it is not true belief or devotion. It is the result of ignorance and lack of true knowledge. If you are a Hindu and you fear God, then it is time to go back to basics. In Sanatana Dharma, there is no God who rules by fear.


As per Hindu teachings, God does not reside in the heaven and decide on punishments. God does not distribute good luck and bad luck. God does not sit up and distribute poverty and wealth.
God Fearing people are scared of punishments, bad luck, poverty, fear of future… the list is endless. They approach God out of fear. They do not pray because of devotion instead fear is forcing them to pray.

As per Hinduism, God is your friend, philosopher, guide, lover, child… God is available in any form but not in the form of oppressor or punisher.
Be God Loving then we will not run after rituals and fake godmen. When we are god lov…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – December 6, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Sunday, December 6, 2015 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the dark phase of moon till 7:22 AM on December 6. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the dark phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is December 6, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious day after 8:00 AM.
Nakshatra – Hasta or Hastam or Atham Nakshatra till 3:45 PM on December 6. Then onward it is Chitra or Chithirai or Chithira Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kanya Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Margashirsh Krishna Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the dark phase of moon in Margashirsh month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pr…