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On Velichappadu – Oracles in Kerala Temples a Vanishing Culture

Velichappadu was an important aspect of temples in Valluvanad region in Kerala. Velichappadu has the power to know the mind of the deity and he communicates it to the people. They are noted for their deep red color dress, long hair and the unique sword that they carry which are decorated with small bells. Velichappadu, also known as Komarams, is no longer an important aspect of temple culture.
Anu Prabhakar writes in DNA about the vanishing culture of oracles in Kerala Temples  The practice of instating a velichappadu (oracle of God) at temples is a phenomenon particular to the Kerala belt of Valluvanad, dotted with small towns like Ottapalam, Shoranur and Pattambi. Decades ago in such towns, a fantastical figure like a velichappadu used to enjoy a lot of importance. His advice was believed to be the word of God himself. No one dared to challenge it. And a man being anointed as velichappadu was a matter of pride for the entire family.
Today, however, youngsters shy away from becoming …

Ayyanar – About Tamil Village God Ayyanar

Ayyanar is the all powerful village god in Tamil Nadu and He along with his 21 companion gods protects villages. Huge images of Ayyanar with weapons in hand and riding horses are a common site in Tamil Nadu. One of the most popular beliefs is that Ayyanar is the son born to the Mohini Avatar of Vishnu and Shiva.

Ayyanar and his retinue of 21 gods are worshipped as protective deities. The most important companion of Ayyanar is Karuppuswami and Veeran. Pushkala and Purnakala are the wives of Ayyanar.

Some of images of Ayyanar and Karuppuswami are 20 feet tall. Ayyanar is always atop a horse.

Karuppuswami is sometimes depicted in sitting posture. Ayyanar with his whip and Karuppuswami with his Aruval (a large sickle) stand guarding villages on its outskirts. Karuppuswami is identified by his thick black moustache.

One of the most important offering to these village deities is lemon. One comes across Trishul – trident – and spears decorated with lemons in the Ayyanar shrines. In most shri…

Nagchandreshwar Temple at Ujjain - Temple on the top floor of Mahakal Temple in Ujjain

NagchandreshwarTemple is located on the third floor of the world famous Mahakaleshwar Mandir in Ujjain. The temple is unique in the sense as it is open only on the Shravan Shukla Paksha Panchami. This is the famous Nagpanchami day.

In the temple, Shiva and Goddess Parvati can be seated on Sheshnag or Ananta Sesha. It is the believed that this murti was brought here from Nepal in 7th century AD. This is a very rare murti of Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

In the templeShiva is also worshipped in the Shivling form.
Here Shiva is given importance as one who has the power over nagas or snakes. He is also one who gave refuge to Chandra – the moon god.
The temple is vividly described in the Puranas.
The first two stories of the MahakalTemple houses the Mahakaleshwar and Omkareshwar forms of Shiva.
The temple is located near the holy lake named Rudra Sagar.

Gupteshwar Mahadev Mandir on Madan Mahal Mountain in Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh

Uttara Phalguni Nakshatra 2016 predictions – Astrology Predictions for Uthara Phalguni Birth Star in 2016

In 2016, Uttara Phalguni Nakshatra born people will have fairly good year. Improvement in career and health. Children might cause trouble. Happy occasions. Utharaphalguni Nakshatram for 2016 is given below: February, March, May, August and October 2016 are good period for the Nakshatram. January, April, July and September are neither good nor bad. June, November and December 2016 are tough periods. This Nakshatra is the 12th birth star among 27 Nakshatrams in Hindu Jyothisham or astrology. First quarter or 15 nazhika of Utharaphalguni Nakshatra is in Simha Rashi (Leo Zodiac) and the next three quarter or 45 nazhika is in Kanya Rashi (Virgo Zodiac) as per Hindu moon astrology, Panchang and traditional calendar.
Career - You will be honored for your dedication and hard work. Promotion and transfer to a desired location. Success in interviews and job related exams. You will be given important positions. Those looking for a job will get one. Activities of enemies will increase.
Finance - R…

To look within is simple and that is why we forget it

Our scriptures constantly prod us to look within. This is simple. Therefore, we constantly forget it. We learn complicated mantras and rituals for desire fulfillment. However, the door to bliss, which can be easily opened, is always forgotten.

People take simple things for granted and ignore them.

If to look within were to be a complicated process; then there would have been the satisfaction of achieving something. This is because we are all bothered about end results. We have been taught that God is complicated and the way to reach God is complicated.

We cannot digest the fact it is so simple to reach God – just look within.
Where is the God located in a temple? In the inner most chamber called sanctum sanctorum. Temple is the human body and God who resides in us is constantly trying to talk to us.

Today’s Hindu Calendar – December 12, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Saturday, December 12, 2015 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Pratipada Tithi Tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon till 3:52 PM on December 12. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the dark phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is December 12, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious date.
Nakshatra – Jyeshta or Kettai or Triketta Nakshatra till 1:42 AM on December 12. Then onward it is Mool or Moolam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrischika Rashi till 1:42 AM. Then onward it is Dhanu Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Margashirsh Shukla Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon in Margashirsh month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Ma…

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