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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 2017 date is November 23. 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.

Azhikode Puthiyakavu Bhagavathi Temple Festival

Azhikode Puthiyakavu Bhagavathi Temple festival is observed in Makaram month. The shrine is located at Azhikode in North Kerala. The main deity worshipped in the shrine is Goddess Bhagavathy.  Azhikode Puthiyakavu Bhagavathi Temple Festival 2016 date is January 22.

The annual festival is noted for various rituals.

Traditional arts are performed during the period.
Hundreds of people arrive on the day to witness various rituals and festivities.

Melampara Sree Dharma Sastha Temple Festival

Melampara Sree Dharma Sastha Temple is located at Melampara in Kottayam District, Kerala. The shrine is around 45 km from Pathanamthitta and 35 km from Arpookkara. The annual temple festival is observed in Makaram month. Melampara Sree Dharma Sastha Temple Festival 2017 date is February 7.

An important ritual during the festival period is the procession from Kaippallikkavu Sree Bhadrakali Temple to Melampara Temple.

During the period the temple is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

The utsava murti of the deity is taken out on the final day for Arattu. Hundreds of people arrive on the day to witness the ritual.
The annual festival is also noted for various other rituals too. Traditional performing arts, music and dance are staged during the period. Caparisoned elephants, melam, fireworks and sheevali are part of the festival.

The festival begins on the Makayiram Nakshatram day in Makaram month.

Azhakulam Sree Bhagavathy Temple Pongala Festival near Kovalam

Azhakulam Sree Bhagavathy Temple is located at Azhakulam near Kovalam in Kerala. The shrine is around 2 km from Kovalam. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy. Azhakulam Sree Bhagavathy Temple Pongala festival 2016 date is January 21.

The ritual is annually held 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.

Kadaparambathu Kavu Bhagavathi Temple Festival and Vela

Kadaparambathu Kavu Bhagavathi Temple festival is observed in Makaram month. The temple is located at ongallur near Pattambi in Palakkad District. The temple is around 4 km from Pattambi. The annual festival attracts thousands of devotees. Kadaparambathu Kavu Bhagavathi Temple festival 2016 date is January 21. The Vela festival will be observed on February 23.

The annual festival is noted for various rituals.

Traditional arts are performed during the period.
Hundreds of people arrive on the day to witness various rituals and festivities.

Punnapra Aravukad Sreedevi Temple Pongala festival

Punnapra Aravukad Sreedevi Temple is located off the National Highway 47 at Punnapra. The annual Pongala festival at Aravukadu is observed in Makaram Month. Hundreds of people participate in the annual ritual. Punnapra Aravukad Sreedevi Temple Pongala 2017 date is February 7.

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.

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 annual ritual is observed on Makayiram Nakshatram in Makaram Month.

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…

Mankavu Kacheri Kunnu Sree Bhagavathy Temple Prathishta Festival near Kozhikode

Mankavu Kacheri Kunnu Sree Bhagavathy Temple Festival is observed in Makaram month. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy and is located at Mankavu near Kozhikode. Mankavu Kacheri Kunnu Sree Bhagavathy Temple Prathishta festival 2016 date is January 20. Another unique rituals is the Sarpa Bali in the temple. It is observed on Ayilyam nakshatram day in Kumbham month. In 2016, the Sarpa Bali ritual is on February 21.

The annual prathishta festival, or idol consecration, is an important event in the shrine.

The festival attracts scores of devotees to the shrine.

For the annual Prathishta anniversary, the shrine is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.
The temple is located around 7 km from Kozhikode.

Sivarkrishnapuram Temple Festival near Chirayinkeezhu

Sivarkrishnapuram Temple is located near Chirayinkeezhu in Kerala. The annual temple festival begins on Rohini Nakshatram day in Makaram month. The shrine is around 7 km from Chirayinkeezhu and 1 km from Mudapuram. Sivarkrishnapuram Temple Festival 2016 date is January 20.

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.
Arattu is also performed at the end of the festivities.

Sri Kalarivathukkal Devi Temple Festival near Anayadi in Kollam District

Sri Kalarivathukkal Devi Temple is located near Anayadi (Sooranad North) in Kollam District. The annual temple festival is observed on Rohini Nakshatram day in Makaram month. The shrine is around 18 km from Kayamkulam and 17 km from Adoor. Sri Kalarivathukkal Devi Temple Festival 2016 date is January 20.

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.
Arattu is also performed at the end of the festivities.

Karukaputhur Ekadasi – Karukaputhur Sree Narasimha Moorthy Temple Ekadasi

Karukaputhur Ekadasi festival is observed annually in Makaram month at the Karukaputhur Sree Narasimha Moorthy Temple. The shrine is located at Karukaputhur in Thrissur District. The temple is around 12 km from Pattambi. Karukaputhur Sree Narasimha Moorthy Temple Ekadasi 2017 date is February 7.

This ancient shrine is dedicated to the Narasimha Avatar of Vishnu.

The Ekadasi is observed on the Shukla Paksha Ekadasi day in Makaram month.

Special rituals are observed on the day in this ancient shrine.
The temple is decorated traditionally with flowers, leaves, coconut fronds, banana leaves and plantain.

Panamanna Shankaranarayana Temple Ekadasi Vilakku Festival

Panamanna Shankaranarayana Temple Ekadasi is observed annually in Makaram month at the Panamanna Shankaranarayana Temple. The shrine is located at Panamanna in Palakkad District and is dedicated to Vishnu and Shiva. The temple is around 10 km from Ottapalam. Panamanna Shankaranarayana Temple Ekadasi Vilakku 2017 date is February 7.

The Ekadasi is observed on the Shukla Paksha Ekadasi day in Makaram month.

Special rituals are observed on the day in this ancient shrine.
The main event is lighting of traditional lamps in and around the temple.

Pookkottu Kalikavu Temple Prathishta Festival

Pookkottu Kalikavu Temple Prathishta festival is observed in Makaram month. The annual prathishta festival, or idol consecration, is an important event in the shrine. Pookkottu Kalikavu Temple Prathishta Festival 2016 date is January 20.

The festival attracts scores of devotees to the shrine.
For the annual Prathishta anniversary, the shrine is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

There is doubt regarding the exact location of the temple.

Cheeranikkara Ayiravally Thampuran Temple Festival

Cheeranikkara Ayiravally Thampuran Temple is located near Nedumangad in Kerala. The annual temple festival is observed in Makaram month. The shrine is around 11 km from Nedumangad and 6 km from Vembayam. Cheeranikkara Ayiravally Thampuran Temple festival 2016 date is January 20. 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.
Arattu is also performed at the end of the festivities.

Ayilakkad Ayyappa Temple Festival near Ponnani - Thalappoli Festival

Ayilakkad Ayyappa Temple is located at Ayilakkad village near Ponnani, Malappuram District in Kerala. The annual temple festival begins in Makaram Month. Ayilakkad Ayyappa Temple festival 2016 date is January 20. The shrine is located around 5 km from Edappal. The Thalappoli festival is observed on January 30, 2016.

The annual festival is noted for various rituals.

Ayilakkad Ayyappa Temple is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

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.

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.

Kadavallur Ekadasi – Kadavallur Sri Rama Swami Temple Ekadasi

Kadavallur Ekadasi is observed annually in Makaram month at the Kadavallur Sri Rama Swami Temple. The shrine is located at Kadavallur in Thrissur District and is dedicated to Bhagavan Sri Ram. The temple is around 11 km from Kunnamkulam. Kadavallur Ekadasi 2017 date is February 7.

Kadavallur Ekadasi is observed on the Shukla Paksha Ekadasi day in Makaram month.
Special rituals are observed on the day in this ancient shrine.

Chathangari Bhagavathi Temple Pongala near Thiruvalla

Chathangari Bhagavathi Temple is located at Chathangari near Thiruvalla in Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy. Chathangari Bhagavathi Temple Pongala festival 2016 date is January 19.

The ritual is annually held on Makara Chowa or the first Tuesday 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.

Kinassery Durga Bhagavathi Temple Pongala near Kozhikode

Kinassery Durga Bhagavathi Temple is located at Kinassery near Kozhikode in Kerala. The shrine is around 7 km from Kozhikode. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy. Kinassery Durga Bhagavathi Temple Pongala festival 2016 date is January 19.

The ritual is annually held on Makara Chowa or the first Tuesday 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.

Chellur Shri Parakkunnath Bhagavathi Temple Pongala near Kuttipuram

Chellur Shri Parakkunnath Bhagavathi Temple is located near Kuttipuram in Kerala. The shrine is around 4 km from Kuttipuram Railway Station. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy. Chellur Shri Parakkunnath Bhagavathi Temple Pongala festival 2016 date is January 19.

The ritual is annually held on Makara Chowa or the first Tuesday 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.

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.

Pannayur Kavu Temple Pattukuthu

Pannayur Kavu Temple Pattukuthu is a ritual observed in Pannayur Kavu Temple in Kerala. This annual ritual is observed in Makaram month. Pannayur Kavu Temple Pattukuthu 2016 date is January 19.

Pannayurkavu Bhagavathi Temple is located at Kadambur near Ambalapara in Ottapalam in Kerala.
Nothing much is known about 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.

Mannur Kaipunathukavu Kuthumadam Kayaral

Mannur Kaipunathukavu Kuthumadam Kayaral is a ritual observed in Mannur Kaipunathukavu Kuthumadam Temple in Kerala. This annual ritual is observed in Makaram month. Mannur Kaipunathukavu Kuthumadam Kayaral 2016 date is January 19. The annual Ucharal Vela in the temple is observed on February 13
Nothing much is known about this temple or the ritual 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.

Swathi Nakshatra 2016 Predictions – Astrology Predictions for Swati Birth Star or Nakshatra in 2016

In 2016, Swathi Nakshatram will have a fairly good year. New jobs. Relief in health issues. Gains from travels. Astrology Predictions for Swati Nakshatram for 2016 based on birth star is given below: January, February, March, June, November and December are good in 2016. April and September will see both good and bad. May, July, August and October 2016 are tough periods. Swathi Nakshatra is the 15th birth star among 27 Nakshatrams in Hindu Jyothisha or astrology. Swati is in Tula Rashi (Libra Zodiac) according to Hindu moon astrology, panchang and traditional calendar.

Career - Undesired transfer. Trouble from colleagues. Those looking for a job will be lucky in this year. Your career will undergo changes due to modernization. Unexpected problems in career should be faced with courage and intelligence. Some trouble for self employed. You will venture into new areas for gaining knowledge. Your thirst for knowledge will increase. Some trouble due to forgetfulness. Your hard work and ded…

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…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – December 15, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon till 1:56 PM on December 15. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the light phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is December 15, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious day after 2:05 PM.
Nakshatra – Uttarashada or Uthiradam Nakshatra till 2:21 AM on December 15. Then onward it is Shravan or Sarvana or Thiruonam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Makar Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Margashirsh Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon in Margashirsh month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Pun…