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Vihar Panchami

Vihar Panchami, also known as Bihar Panchami, is believed to be the day when Bankebihari (Lord Krishna) appeared before Swami Haridas in Vrindavan. Vihar Panchami 2018 date is December 12. This auspicious event is believed to have taken place on the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon in Margashirsh month as per traditional calendar followed in North India.

The festival is also popularly known as Bihar Panchami, or Bankey Bihari Prakat Mahotsav. It is said that Lord Krishna along with Radha gave darshan to Swami Haridas and later to his disciples at Nitya Vihar.

Entire premises of Nidhivan as well as the Bankey Bihari temple and surroundings are tastefully decorated with flowers, flags, hangings and lights on this occasion. Special pujas and rituals are held on the day. Another major highlight on the day is the colorful processions.

Story of Sage Narada Asking Lord Vishnu about the Benefit of Meeting a Holy Person

It is believed in Hinduism that company of a holy person helps in self-realization. A story associated with Sage Narada explains this. Legend has it that once Sage Narada wanted to know about the benefit of meeting a holy person.

Lord Vishnu asked Sage Narad to visit a bird that was just born. On seeing Sage Narad, the bird died.

Next Lord Vishnu asked him to visit a newborn tiger cub. On seeing Sage Narad, the tiger cub too died.

Sage Narada was petrified and went back to Vishnu.

The Lord now asked Sage Narada to visit a newborn calf.

The Sage was hesitant but he still visited the cowshed. His fears came true when the calf too died.

Vishnu now asked Sage Narad to visit a King’s newborn baby.

Vishnu had a hard time convincing a frightened and reluctant Sage Narada.

Finally, the sage visited the newborn baby.

This time around, something unbelievable happened.

The newborn miraculously spoke to him thanking him for his visit.
The child then told the confused Sage that in his earlier bi…

Importance of Paavai Vilaku or a Lady Holding a Lamp – Symbolism

Paavai Vilaku or a Lady Holding a Lamp is a very popular Hindu religious motif. The symbolism associated with it is auspiciousness. It is gifted during marriages, house warming and other similar functions and it is also donated to temples. Some scholars are of the view that the lamps might have originally come to South India through the Romans.

Paavai Vilaku or a Lady Holding a Lamp symbolizes prosperity and auspiciousness. In Hindu culture woman holding a lamp is considered a symbol of peace and prosperity.
Traditional Paavai Vilaku is that of a woman dressed in traditional dress and jewelry holding a lamp. This is the most popular one.
Today Paavai Vilaku comes in various designs including that of a bird on the arms of a lady.
Paavai Vilakus are usually brought in a pair. Pure brass Paavai Vilaku will cost a fortune.

Moothakunnam Temple Festival - Moothakunnam Sri Narayanamangalam Temple near North Paravur

Moothakunnam Temple festival is observed annually in Makaram month. Moothakunnam Sri Narayanamangalam Temple is located near North Paravur in Kerala. The temple is located around 5 km from Kodungallur. Moothakunnam Temple Festival 2016 date is January 19. The arattu will be held on January 28 and this marks the end of the festival.

Moothakunnam 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.

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.

Asi Ghat in Varanasi

Asi Ghat is located at the southern end of Varanasi at the confluence of Asi River and Ganga River. Thousands of devotees take holy dip here and then offer prayers to a beautiful Shivling consecrated under a peepal tree. Another Shivling that is worshipped here is that of Asisangameshwar – Shiva as the lord of confluence.
As per Puranas, Goddess Durga threw her sword here after killing Demons Shumba and Nishumba.
Tulsidas wrote the Ramcharitmanas here.

Venkatachalapathy Temple Krishnapuram Pictures – Virtual Tour of Venkatachalapathy Temple at Krishnapuram near Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu

VenkatachalapathyTemple is located at Krishnapuram in Tirunelveli District. VenkatachalapathyTemple is dedicated to Shiva. Tamil Nadu tourism has created a virtual tour of the temple. The high quality pictures of the temple are breathtaking. The temple is very old and is also noted for its architecture. The VenkachalapathiTemple is located around 13 km from Tirunelveli town.

There are total 8 images in the virtual tour including that of the ancient wooden sculptures in the shrine.
You can take the virtual tour Krishnapuram Venkatachalapathy Temple here.

The Virtuous are Empowered to have Ultimate Victory – Ramayana

A first class leader does not make a decision without consulting, with open mind, wise experienced ministers, friends who have been faithful throughout life and family members who have proven their love and after taking that council and seriously considering every word of it depending upon the higher power of God or providence for right direction. A second class leader with his own intelligence searches his own heart what’s best to do and then after considering everything takes full responsibility. A third class leader is one who hastily attacks or does something serious without due consideration of the pros and cons.
In the battle, the virtuous are empowered to have ultimate victory and the sinful are doomed to defeat.
Sita is like a serpent; Her charming smile her fangs; Her shapely form is her coils; Her caste faithful love for Lord Ramacandra is like the venomous poison that is going to be the cause of your death. Give up Sita and live. By fighting with Rama you are putting a noo…