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Annapurna Jayanti - Goddess Annapoorna Jayanthi

Annapurna Jayanti is a festival dedicated to Goddess Annapurna – Hindu goddess of food and cooking. It is observed on the full moon day in the month of Margashirsh. In some regions, an Annapurna Vrat is observed during the period. Goddess Annapurna is believed to be an incarnation of Goddess Parvati. In 2018, Annapurna Jayanti date is December 22.

Legend has it that once the food on earth was not replenished and soon the food started getting over. Living beings were in a danger of starving. Human beings prayed to Brahma and Vishnu and they together awoke Lord Shiva from his yoganidra (sleep). He agreed to restore prosperity and food on earth.

It is believed that Parvati took the form of Goddess Annapurna. Shiva roamed around the earth and begged for rice from Annapurna and he distributed it among living beings.

It is also said that while Shiva is engaged in helping his devotees in attaining Moksha in Kashi, Goddess Annapurna looks after life and makes sure that food is available to al…

Why there are no Hindu Festivals Dedicated to Brahma?

There are no major festival dedicated to Brahma, is the creator of the universe and one among the Trimurti. There are numerous festivals dedicated to Shiva and Vishnu and to Mother Goddess but there are no festival dedicated to Brahma. The reason is philosophical and is told through the story of Shiva cutting the fifth head of Brahma.

Legend has it that Lord Shiva was disappointed with the world that Brahma created. Shiva saw disease, pain, suffering, death… in the world. He saw human beings madly scampering for momentary pleasure under the influence of Maya.
But Brahma was happy with his creation and he brought forth four heads to look in all direction. Brahma’s pride knew no limits and he popped up a fifth head to have a look at his creation. This pride of Brahma enraged Shiva and he became Bhairava.
Shiva as the ferocious Bhairava attacked Brahma and he cut off the fifth head for creating a world filled with misery, Shiva cursed Brahma that people will not worship him and will not …

Anayadi Pazhayidam Narasimha Swami Temple Festival

Anayadi Pazhayidam Narasimha Swami Temple is a popular temple dedicated to Narasimha at Anayadi in Kerala. The annual temple festival and pooram is observed in Makaram month. The festival is noted for Gajamela or elephant pageantry. Anayadi Pazhayidam Narasimha Swami Temple festival 2016 date is January 30. The festival ends with Arattu on February 8, 2016.

The annual festival is noted for various rituals.

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

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

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

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

The festival ends with Arattu. 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.
Anayadi Pazhayidam Narasimha Swami Temple is located ar…

Story – Arjuna Gets a Lesson in Humility from Sri Krishna

Once Arjuna was overcome with pride and blurted out that there is no one stronger than him in the entire world and Sri Krishna himself drives his chariot. Krishna drove Arjuna’s chariot out of compassion but Arjun mistook it thinking it was due to his greatness. Therefore, Bhagavan Sri Krishna decided to give the great warrior a lesson in humility.
One day Sri Krishna took Arjuna to a forest. They stopped by a stream.
Krishna told Arjuna that He was tired now and therefore he should roam alone in the forest while He took some rest.
Arjuna ventured into the forest and came across a cave of a great Saint.
The Saint sustained on dry leaves and water from the stream.
Arjuna suddenly noticed three sharp swords in the cave.
He was curious and asked the Saint for the reason for possessing three swords.
He said that he is extremely angry with three people because they could achieve what he could not achieve even after intense austerities and prayers. They had the audacity to invite Sri Krish…

We are often caught in the nets of our own passions and ego – Story

The young one of a bird was learning to fly. He often fell down and yet was trying his hard to fly. His mother would often help him out and give some practical tips to improve. And then one day, when he felt confident to fly alone, he decided to make a maiden trip to a nearby forest. As a caution and advice, the mother bird told the young one to be aware of the hunters who spread the grains and cast a net over it.
To ensure that he remembers it, the mother told him, ‘Repeat, “I will be aware of hunters, I will be aware of hunters. . .”
 The young one repeated and flew off. In the evening, when he did not return, the mother bird, worried and anxious, went in search of him. After much flying around, she finally heard her young one’s voice. He was repeating, ‘I will be aware of hunters, I will be aware of hunters’ and was lying caught in the net which the hunter had laid!
That is our life, too. We repeat and reiterate our freedom but are often caught in the nets of our own passions and…