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Puthandu Palangal 2016 – Puthandu Palan 2016

Puthandu Palangal for 2016 given below is based on Rashi and Natchathiram. Please note that the Puthandu Palan only provides major aspects of the year. Detail Natchathiram Palan for 2016 is also provided in the website.

Ashwini – A favorable year. Positive developments in money related matters. Lethargy and haste will cause some harm. Some tough situations for those involved romantically. Marriage as per desire. Students will have a good year.

Bharani – A problem that was troubling you will be solved. Monetary gains. Positive developments in career. Romantic partner might cause some trouble. Help from parents and relatives.

Karthigai – A safe period. You can expect minor financial problems. Romantic relations will improve. Will get additional and new responsibilities. Be careful while using vehicles. Legal issues will be settled in your favor. Good period for business people.

Rohini – Several developments in life will take place in this year. You will offered good job. Solution to financ…

Chilavannoor Ponneth Bhagavathy Temple Bharani Thookkam

Chilavannoor Ponneth Bhagavathy Temple is located at Chilavannoor near Ernakulam in Kerala. The temple is located around 4 km from Ernakulam South Junction Railway Station. Bharani Thookkam ritual in the temple is observed in Makaram month. Chilavannoor Ponneth Bhagavathy Temple Bharani Thookkam 2016 date is January 18.

Bharani Thookkam, also known as Garudan Thookam, is a unique ritual observed in Bhagavathy temples in Kerala.

Devotees hang from a chariot in the ritual.

Hundreds of devotees participate in the Bharani festival.

The temple is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.
The annual festival is noted for various other rituals. A fair is organized during the period.

Chathannoor Kannetta Sree Krishna Swami Temple Festival

Chathannoor Kannetta Sree Krishna Swami Temple is located at Chathannoor in Kollam District in Kerala. The most important festival in the temple is observed on the Rohini Nakshatram day in Makaram month. The shrine is located at Kannetta. Chathannoor Kannetta Sree Krishna Swami Rohini festival 2016 date is January 20.
Hundreds of devotees participate in the Bharani festival.
The temple is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.
The annual festival is noted for various rituals.
Caparisoned elephants, melam, fireworks and sheevali are part of the festival.

Traditional performing arts, music and dance are staged during the period.

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

Kallooppara Devi Temple is located near Thiruvalla in Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy. This is one of the most popular and powerful Shakti shrine in the region. Kallooppara Bhagavathy 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.

Kallooppara Devi Temple Morning Pooja Timings 5:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Kallooppara Bhagavathy Temple Evening Darshan Timings 5:30 PM to 7:30 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.

Kallooppara Sri Bhagavathy Temple Chamayavilakku

Kallooppara Sri Bhagavathy Temple is located near Thiruvalla in Kottayam District. The temple is located around 10 km from Thiruvalla. The annual Chamayavilakku festival in the temple is observed on Bharani nakshatram day in Makaram month. Kallooppara Sri Bhagavathy Temple Chamayavilakku 2016 date is January 18.

Hundreds of devotees participate in the Makaram festival.

The main ritual involves lighting of lamps in the evening.

The temple is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.
The annual festival is noted for various rituals.

Thevakkal Mukkotil Temple Bharani Vela

Thevakkal Mukkotil Temple Bharani Vela is observed in Makaram month. The temple attracts hundreds of devotees during the Vela festival. It is located in Ernakulam District and is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy. Thevakkal Mukkotil Temple Bharani Vela 2016 date is January 18. The shrine is located around 13 km from Ernakulam.

The annual Vela festival is noted for various rituals.

Caparisoned elephants, melam and fireworks are part of the festivities.
Various traditional art forms, music and other cultural activities are held during the period.

Anthikad Puthanpillykavu Bhagavathy Temple Bharani Vela

Anthikad Puthanpillykavu Bhagavathy Temple Bharani Vela is observed in Makaram month. The temple attracts hundreds of devotees during the Vela festival. Anthikad Puthanpillykavu Bhagavathy Temple Bharani Vela 2016 date is January 18. The shrine is located at Puthanpillykavu near Anthikad in Thrissur District.

The annual Vela festival is noted for various rituals.

Caparisoned elephants, melam and fireworks are part of the festivities.
Various traditional art forms, music and other cultural activities are held during the period.

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

Manappully Bhagavathy Temple is located near Palakkad in Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy. This is one of the most popular and powerful Shakti shrine in this part of Kerala. Manapullikavu 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.

Manapullikavu Temple Morning Pooja Timings 5:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Manappully Bhagavathy Temple Evening Darshan Timings 5:00 PM to 8:00 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.

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

Madayi Kavu Temple is located near Payangadi in Kannur District in Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy. This is one of the most popular and powerful Shakti shrine in North Kerala. Madayi Kavu 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.

Madayi Kavu Temple Morning Pooja Timings 5:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Madayi Kavu Temple Evening Darshan Timings 5:00 PM to 8:00 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.

Anjerikavu Bhagavathy Temple Bharani Vela

Anjerikavu Bhagavathy Temple Bharani Vela is observed in Makaram month. The temple attracts hundreds of devotees during the Vela festival. Anjerikavu Bhagavathy Temple Bharani Vela 2016 date is January 18.

The annual Vela festival is noted for various rituals.

Caparisoned elephants, melam and fireworks are part of the festivities.
Various traditional art forms, music and other cultural activities are held during the period.

Yama – The Hindu God of Death

Yama is the Hindu God of Death. The popular belief is that he arrives with a noose on a black buffalo to take away the soul of the dead. As per Puranas, he is the son of Vavasvan and Saranju or Surya and Sanjna. His consort is Dhumorna. Yami is his sister. His vehicle or Vahana is black buffalo.

As per popular belief, Yama is the judge of the dead and decides whether a person should go to heaven or hell. He also decides on the punishment in hell. In these matters Chitragupta assists him.

But we often forget that Yama is one of the greatest teachers in the Vedas. In the Katha Upanishad, he shares the secret teachings of death and afterlife to young Nachiketa.

Again, the conversation between Yama and Satyavati after he takes away her husband is important part of Hindu teachings.

Yama also gets defeated by Shiva – For saving young Markandeya, Shiva appears and stops Yama from taking his life away.

Yam and her sister Yami is worshiped after Diwali. Dharmaraj Dasami is Chaitra month is ass…

Muruga and Snake – Why is Subramanian Associated with Nagas?

Snakes or Nagas are constant companions of Muruga – who is also known as Subramanian, Kartikeya and Skanda. The reason why nagas are associated with Muruga is a story of repentance. Legend has it that once Muruga asked Brahma the meaning of Pranava (OM). Brahma was not able to provide a satisfactory answer. An angry Muruga imprisoned Brahma.

Later Shiva intervened and the matter was settled.
Muruga then felt that he did not act properly by imprisoning Brahma. For the sin committed, he took the form of a huge snake and started living in this form.
Goddess Parvati was unhappy with the snake form of Muruga. She complained to Shiva.
Shiva then asked Goddess Parvati to observe 108 Sashti Vratam to get back her son.
When the 108 Sashtis were completed, all the gods arrived to witness the meeting of Muruga and Goddess Parvati.
Muruga gave away the serpent form and appeared in his original form.
There is a slight difference regarding the final part of the story in some scriptures. It is Vis…

Chinnamastika Story – Story of Goddess Chinnamastika Devi with severed Head in Hand

The story of Goddess Chinnamastika is found in the Markandeya Purana. Chinnamastika Story part of the Devi Mahatmya section of the Purana and is a continuation of the attempts made by Goddess Durga to defeat Mahishasura.
Legend has it that numerous manifestations appeared from Goddess Durga to defeat the various demons in the army of Mahisha. Goddess Chandi was one among the Goddess that appeared. She along with her two companion yoginis Jaya and Vijaya created havoc and butchered several demons and drank their blood.
But the two yoginis Jaya and Vijaya and Chandi Mata were not satisfied and were still thirsty.
Goddess Chandi cut off her own head to quench Her and Jaya and Vijaya’s thirst for more blood. Three streams of blood flowed from her head – two streams flowed towards the mouth of the two yoginis and one towards the head of Chinnamastika.
The severed head symbolically suggests humans to drop the attachment to body and to merge in the pure consciousness.
Chinnamastika is pa…

Dada Lekhraj Punyatithi – Death Anniversary of the Founder of Brahma Kumaris

Brahma Kumaris observe Dada Lekhraj Punyatithi as Vishwa Shanti day. Dada Lekhraj was the founder of Brahma Kumaris. His death anniversary is annually observed on January 18. The pious soul merged with the Supreme Truth on the day. In 2018, it is the 49th death anniversary of Dada Lekhraj .

Special prayer is held on the day for world peace.

Hundreds of Brahma Kumaris organizations spread across the world organize charity, satsang, prayer meetings and numerous philanthropic activities on the day.
Dada Lekhraj (15 December 1876 – 18 January 1969)

Paippad Puthenkavu Bhagavathy Temple Pongala Festival near Changanassery

Puthenkavu Bhagavathy Temple is located at Paippad near Changanassery in Kottayam District, Kerala. The temple is located around 5 km from Changanassery. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy. Paippad Puthenkavu Temple Pongala festival 2016 date is January 18.

The ritual is annually held on Makarabharani or the Bharani star date in Makaram month.

'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.’

The temple is decorated during the period with lights, lamp, plantain, coconut fronds, flowers etc.
Holy fire from the temple is taken out to start the fire for cooking Pongala.

Sree Mahadeva – Vishnu Temple Festival at Perumpetty

Sree Mahadeva – Vishnu Temple is located at Perumpetty in Pathanamthita District of Kerala. The shrine is around 10 km from Ranni. The annual festival is observed in Makaram month as per traditional Malayalam calendar followed in Kerala. Sree Mahadeva – Vishnu Temple Festival begins on January 18 and ends on January 25 with arattu.

The temple is dedicated to Shiva and Vishnu.

The shrine is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

The annual festival is noted for various rituals.

Caparisoned elephants, melam, fireworks and sheevali are part of the festival.

Traditional performing arts, music and dance are staged during the period.

Hundreds of people arrive on the day to witness various rituals and festivities.

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.

Paravur Sarkara Devi Temple Makara Bharani Festival

Sarkara Devi Temple is located at Paravur in Kollam District in Kerala. The most important festival in the temple is observed on the Bharani Nakshatram day in Makaram month. The shrine is located at Kurumandal and is around 1.5 km from Paravur Railway Station. Paravur Sarkara Devi Temple Makara Bharani festival 2016 date is January 18.

Hundreds of devotees participate in the Bharani festival.

The temple is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

The annual festival is noted for various rituals.

Caparisoned elephants, melam, fireworks and sheevali are part of the festival.
Traditional performing arts, music and dance are staged during the period.

Kollam Koyilandy Pisharikavu Temple Shuddhi Kriya Ritual and Kaliyattam Festival

Pisharikavu Temple is located at Kollam Koyilandy in Kozhikode District. Mother Goddess is worshipped here in the form of a sword Nandakkam sword. The annual Shuddhi Kriya ritual is observed in Makaram month. Kollam Koyilandy Pisharikavu Temple Shuddhi Kriya ritual 2016 date is January 18. The kaliyattam festival in the shrine will begin on February 23, 2016.

The temple is traditional decorated with plantain, coconut fronds, lamps, leaves, lights etc.
Hundreds of people witness this ritual. Shuddhi Kriya ritual is basically a cleansing ritual to increase the Tejas of the deity worshipped in the shrine.

Kollam Koyilandy Pisharikavu Temple Kaliyattam festival attracts thousands of devotees. Various types of Theyyams are performed during the festival.

Pournami 2017 dates – Pournima time and days in 2016 Hindu Calendar

Pournami, or Pournima, is the full moon day in traditional Hindu lunar calendar. Below are the Pournami time and dates in 2017. The term Pournami and Pournima is widely used in South India and western parts of India. The Pournima day is considered highly auspicious by South Indian Hindus and some communities observe a fast known as Pournami Vratam – from sunrise to sunset on the full moon day.

Please note that in some regions Pournami might start a day early (mostly during previous day night) or in some cases overlap into the next day (Purnima might end on the morning of next day). Pournami dates in 2017 based on Indian Standard Time (IST)

January 12, 2017, Thursday. Paush Pournima. – Time is from 7:23 PM on January 11 to 5:30 PM on January 12. Fasting is on January 11.
February 10, 2017, Friday. Magh Pournima. –Time is from 7:08 AM on Feb 10 to 6:00 AM on Feb 11. Fasting is on February 10.
March 12, 2017, Sunday.  Falgun or Phalgun Pournami - Holika Dahan - Holi Festival. Time is f…

Varanad Devi Temple Pongala Festival near Cherthala

Varanad Devi Temple is located at Varanad near Cherthala in Allapuzha District, Kerala. The temple is located around 5 km from Cherthala. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Jagadambika. Varanad Devi Temple Pongala festival 2016 date is January 18.

The ritual is annually held on Makarabharani or the Bharani star date in Makaram month.

'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.’

The temple is decorated during the period with lights, lamp, plantain, coconut fronds, flowers etc.
Holy fire from the temple is taken out to start the fire for cooking Pongala.

Kaivalyashram Swami Punyatithi at Shivdav in Kankavali in Maharashtra

Kaivalyashram Swami punyatithi is observed at Shivdav in Kankavali in Maharashtra. It is the death anniversary of Kaivalyashram Swami and is observed annually in Paush month. Kaivalyashram Swami Punyatithi 2017 date is December 27.

The main rituals on the day are observed at Shivdav Math founded by Kaivalyashram Swami. A paduka of Shri Swami Samarth is kept in the ashram.

Followers of Kaivalyashram Swami conduct prayer meetings and charity on the day.
Kaivalyashram Swami punyatithi is observed on Paush Shukla Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waxing phase of moon in Paush month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Sun Rays Directly Falls on the Murti (Idol) of Goddess Mahalakshmi in Kolhapur

The murti (idol) of Goddess Mahalakshmi worshipped at the world famous Kolhapur Mahalaxmi Temple is so perfectly aligned that sun rays fall directly on the murti on specific days in a year. The sunrays directly fall on the murti on January 31, February 1 and February 2. Again it falls on the murti on November 9, November 10 and November 11.

It is the rays of setting sun that fall directly on the murti.



When sun rays directly fall on the murti, Kirnotsav is observed in the temple.

On January 31 and November 9, sun rays falls directly on the feet of Goddess Lakshmi murti.

On February 1 and November 10, sun rays falls directly on the chest of the murti.

On February 2 and November 11, sun rays falls directly on the face of the murti.

Singhapur Yatra on Maha Vishubha Sankranti in Orissa - Lord Narayan Gosain Is Taken Out of Pond only on This Day for Darshan

Singhapur Yatra is observed at Singhapur village near Rasulpur in Jajpur District of Orissa for three days during Maha Vishubha Sankranti (April 14/15) in Orissa. More than 70,000 devotees participate in the annual  Singhapur Yatra in which murti or idol of Lord Narayan Gosain is taken out of pond only on this day for darshan.
Every year during this period, the murti of Lord Narayan Gosain which remains under water throughout the year, is taken out of Madhutirtha pond located near the temple in the village.
Why is the murti of Lord Narayan Gosain Kept Underwater?


There is some history involved to the answer to this question. In the 16th century, Kalapahada, a Muslim invader, after destroying numerous temples and Hindu idols reached the region. The then King of Madhupurgarh, to save the idol from Kalapahad, hid it in the pond.
But people and the King were unhappy as the idol remained underwater. A few days later, Lord Narayan Gosain appeared in the dream of the King and asked him to ta…

Purva Phalguni Nakshatra 2016 predictions – Astrology Predictions for Purvaphalguni Birth Star in 2016

In 2016, Purvaphalguni Nakshatra people will have a good year. You will see improvement in career and financial matter. Theft or hospitalization of family members. Astrology predictions for Purvaphalguni Nakshatra for 2016 is given below: February, July and September 2016 are bad period for the Nakshatra. January, March, April, July, August and December are good. May, June, October and November  2016 are neither good nor bad. This is the 11th birth star among 27 Nakshatrams in Hindu Jyothisha or astrology. Purvaphalguni is in Simha Rashi (Leo Zodiac) as per Hindu moon astrology and panchang and calendar.

Career - Improvement in career. New jobs. Help from various quarters for those looking for a job. Success in interviews and tests. Those looking for government job will get one this year. Opportunity to travel abroad. Success in journeys. A legal matter that was long pending will be settled in your favor.

Finance - You will take up renovation of house. Chance of theft or loss of valuab…

Holy Mother Sarada Devi – Spiritual Guidance

If you fall into water, whether willingly or unwillingly, your cloth will get wet all the same. Constantly practice meditation. Your mind is unripe—unsteady—now. But constant meditation will make it steady and calm. And always discriminate.
Whenever the mind goes after anything other than God, consider it as transient and surrender the mind at the sacred feet of the Lord.
Be like the man who, while angling for fish, became so absorbed in it that he did not hear the least of the din and bustle of a marriage procession passing by.
It is easy to break. How many can build? How many can show others the right path? Mankind is prone to weakness. He who warns in time is a true friend. What is the use in saying ‘Ah’ when the right time has passed.
Holy Mother Sarada Devi 

Today’s Hindu Calendar – December 11, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Friday, December 11, 2015 (Today) – Amavasya Tithi or the no moon day in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Amavasya Tithi or the no moon day till 3:31 PM on December 11. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is December 11, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good date.
Nakshatra – Anuradha or Anusham or Anizham Nakshatra till 12:31 AM on December 11. Then onward it is Jyeshta or Kettai or Triketta Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrischika Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Amavasya
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Margashirsh Amavasya Tithi or the no moon day in Margashirsh month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir.
Manmathanama Samvatsar/ Shalivahana Saka 1937 – Kartik Amavasya …