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Bhasma Aarti Dedicated to Shiva in Ujjain Mahakal Temple

Bhasma Aarti, sacred ash ceremony, is the early morning ritual at the famous Ujjain Mahakaleshwar Temple in Madhya Pradesh. It is performed daily from 4:00 AM to 6:00 AM. This aarti is performed amidst vedic chants, recitation of stotras and sounds of cymbals, conch an damaru.


Bhasma is prepared by burning dried cow dung. It is popularly known as Vibhuti.
During the Bhasma Aarti no one enters the sanctum sanctorum wearing common clothes. Only males wearing silk clothes are allowed to enter. The devotees are allowed to witness the aarti from the sabhagriha just outside the garbhagriha.
Bhasma Aarti is also performed in the afternoon on Shivratri day.
Earlier, the ash or bhasma used for the ritual used to be from a freshly cremated body in the nearby crematorium. However, this is no longer followed.

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Sankatanashaka Ganapati Storam in Malayalam in pdf – Prayer dedicated to Sankatanashaka Ganesha

Sankatanashaka Ganapati Storam is chanted for relief from all forms of problems. A person can chant the Sankatanashaka Ganesha prayer daily. Below is the link to Sankatanashaka Ganapati Storam in Malayalam in pdf. You can save it and use it for personal use.
 LinkSankatanashaka Ganapati Storam

Malayalapuzha Temple Timings – Opening and Closing – Pooja and Darshan Time at Malayalapuzha Bhagavathy Temple in Kerala

Malayalapuzha Devi Temple is located at Malayalapuzha in Pathanamthitta District in Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy. This is one of the most popular and powerful Shakti shrine in South Kerala. Malayalapuzha Temple Timings with detail opening and closing time is given below. Please note that the pooja and darshan time will extended or curtailed during important rituals. The shrine will remain closed during Grahan or Eclipse.

Malayalapuzha Temple Morning Pooja Timings 4 AM to 12 PM

Malayalapuzha Bhagavathy Temple Evening Darshan Timings 4 PM to 8 PM

Deeparadhana will be between 6:30 PM and 7:00 PM
The most important days in a week are Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. Special rituals are observed on Tuesday and Friday.

Nagnath Aundha – Story of Origin of Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple at Aundh in Maharashtra

NageshwarJyotirlingaTemple at Aundh (Aundha in Hingoli District) in Maharashtra is believed to be one among the twelve Jyotirlinga temples. The story of origin of Nageshwar Jyotirlinga is associated with Shiva protecting people of the region from Demoness Daruka. The twist in the story is that Demoness Daruka was an ardent devotee of Goddess Parvati.

Legend has it that the people in the vicinity of NageshvarTemple were terrorized by demoness Daruka. People were attacked and killed by Daruka. Merchants could no longer do their business as all their goods were looted by her.
People then prayed to Shiva and who appeared along with his Nagas or serpents and chased Demoness Daruka away.
Demoness Daruka was an ardent devotee of Goddess Shakti. She prayed to her for help. Goddess Shakti then asked demoness Daruka to make her home in a dense forest nearby and not to harm other living beings.
Shiva decided to stay there as Nageshvar and Goddess Parvati appeared as Nageshvari. Both keep a close …

Singheshwar Mahadev – About Simheshwar Form of Shiva - 55th Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Singheshwar 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 Simheshwar Form of Shiva will help in redemption of sins. Those people who committed mistakes in anger will get relief after offering prayers here.
The temple dedicated to Singheshwar Mahadev is located near Chintaman Ganesha Temple complex. This form of Shiva is associated with Goddess Parvati and a lion.
Simheshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 55th temple visited during the parikarama of Shiavalayas here.


Story of Singheshwar Mahadev
Legend has it that once Goddess Parvati performed meditation and intense austerities. This happened after Shiva referred to her as Kali or black. There was intense heat in the three worlds because of this intense austerity. All the living beings were suffering.
Brahma then appeared before Goddess Parvati and asked her why she was performing the meditation. Goddess P…

Shantadurga Kunkalikarin Jatra utsav at Fatorpa in Quepem - Festival at Shantadurga Kunkalikarin Festival

Shantadurga Kunkalikarin Jatra utsav at Fatorpa is observed in Paush month. It is the annual jatra and festival at the Shantadurga Kunkalikarin Temple at Fatorpa in Quepem in Goa. This annual yatra which also includes a small fair attracts hundreds of devotees. Shantadurga Kunkalikarin Jatra utsav 2019 date is from January 11 to January 15.


The shrine and its premises are beautifully decorated during the period with flowers, lamps and lights.
Unique rituals which are held only during special location are performed on the day.

On Paush Shukla Paksha panchami day Shibikotsav is held.

On Sashti day or sixth day Rath Ambari is held.

On seventh day Fulacha Rath or flower chariot is held.

On Ashtami day Vijayarath is held.

On ninth day it is the Navami Rath.
Shantadurga Kunkalikarin Jatra utsav is observed on Paush Shukla Paksha Panchami tithi to Navami tithi or the fifth to ninth day during the waxing phase of moon in Paush month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Goa.

Azhutha River on the way from Erumeli to Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple

AzhuthaRiver is a tributary of PampaRiver and Ayyappa Devotees who travel from Erumeli to SabarimalaAyyappaTemple has to cross this river in their journey. Once the pilgrim starts the trek from Erumeli, Azhutha is the sixth important spot after Kottapadi, Poongavanam, Perurthodu, Erumunikkara, and Kalaketti.
AzhuthaRiver is around two kilometer from Kalaketti. Ayyappa Devotees take bath in the river and collect stones and pebbles from the river. This stones are later deposited on Kalidamkunnu which is on the way to AyyappaTemple. The belief is that Lord Ayyappa buried the dead body of Demon Mahishi here and placed stones on top of the dead body. Devotees drop stones from AzhuthaRiver in memory of this event.
When there is not much water devotees walk across the AzhuthaRiver. But when the River is in full flow it is hard to cross the river and devotees use country boats to cross the river.
The AzhuthaRiver is surrounded by thick forest and after crossing the river there is a steep trek…

Sankat Mochan Hanuman Mandir at Varanasi – Hanuman Temple at Varanasi

Sankat Mochan Hanuman Mandir at Varanasi is believed to have been established by Goswami Tulsidas. The name Sankat Mochan too was coined by Tulsidas. It is believed that Tulsidas wrote the Ramacharitamanas at this famous HanumanTemple.



The murti of Hanumanji in the shrine is in standing position atop a throne and is decorated with crown and silver umbrella. The murti is painted red. The temple also has murtis of Ram, Sita and Lakshman. Bajrang Ban, Hanuman chalisa and hymns from Ramayana are engraved on the outer wall of the temple.
Shringar of Sankat Mochan Hanuman is performed with flowers, vastra, sindoor and oil.
The most important days in a week are Tuesdays and Saturdays. The temple has an extended timing on these two days.
The most important festival in the temple is Hanuman Jayanti (April) and it is observed for nine days. Sankat Mochan Sangeet Smaroh, festival of music, is observed during the period.
The temple is near to Assi Ghat and Tulsi Ghat.

Shantadurga Jatra utsav at Fatorpa - Shantadurga Fatarpekarin Temple Festival

Shantadurga Jatra utsav at Fatorpa is observed in Paush month. It is the annual jatra and festival at the Shantadurga Fatarpekarin Temple at Fatorpa in Quepem in Goa. This annual yatra which also includes a small fair attracts hundreds of devotees. Shantadurga Jatra utsav 2018 - 2019 date is from January 6 to January 10, 2019.

The shrine and its premises are beautifully decorated during the period with flowers, lamps and lights.

Unique rituals which are held only during special location are performed on the day.
Shantadurga Jatra utsav at Fatorpa is observed from Paush Shukla Paksha Pratipada tithi to Charuthi tithi or the first to fourth day during the waxing phase of moon in Paush month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Goa.

Mahamaya Devi Jatra at Netravali near Nune in Sanguem

Mahamaya Devi Jatra at Netravali village is observed in Paush month. It is the annual jatra and festival at the Mahamaya Devi Temple at Netravali near Nune, Sanguem, South Goa. This annual yatra which also includes a small fair attracts hundreds of devotees. Netravali Mahamaya Devi Jatra 2018 - 2019 date is January 11.

The shrine and its premises are beautifully decorated during the period with flowers, lamps and lights.

Unique rituals which are held only during special location are performed on the day.
Mahamaya Devi Jatra at Netravali is observed on Paush Shukla Paksha Panchami tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon in Paush month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Goa.

Veer Jiva Mahale Punyatithi – Vir Jiva Mahale Death Anniversary

Veer Jiva Mahale (1635 - 1710) was the bodyguard of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. His death or punyatithi is annually observed in Paush month. Jiva Mahale Punyadin 2019 date is January 11.

A great soldier and unsung hero, Jiva Mahale saved Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj by killing Bijapur's general Afzal Khan.


Veer Jiva Mahale punyadin is annually observed on Paush Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon in Paush month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

A song from Raga Asa – Sant Kabir

My body is a dye-tub: I will dye my heart with purity. the five virtues will be my wedding guests, and I will walk around the fire with Ram Rai my souls suffused with His color.
Sing, sing O maidens, songs of marriage: Ram, my husband, has come to my house.
In the lotus of my breath I have planted the marriage canopy; divine wisdom is my marriage mantra Ram Rai has become my husband: great has been my luck. wise men, saints, and ascetics came to my marriage in three million three hundred thousand chariots. Kabir says, “The one divine Bhagwan has taken me away in marriage.”

Song number 24 in Raga Asa – Sant Kabir