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Punnara Mahadeva Temple Prathishta Festival at Koppam near Perinthalmanna – Punnara Shiva Temple Prathishta

Punnara Mahadeva Temple is dedicated to Shiva and is located at at Koppam near Perinthalmanna in Malappuram district. The annual Prathishta festival is observed in Makaram month. The temple is located around 10 km from Pattambi. Punnara Mahadeva Temple prathishta festival 2016 date is January 28.

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

Kuttiyattu Bhagavathy Temple Pooram Festival

Kuttiyattu Bhagavathy Temple pooram festival is observed in Makaram month. There is not much information regarding the location of the temple. Kuttiyattu Bhagavathy Temple Pooram Festival 2016 date is January 27.

The annual festival is noted for various rituals.

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.

Alavil Puthiyakavu Sree Mariyamman Kovil Tira Festival

Alavil Puthiyakavu Sree Mariyamman Kovil is located near Kannur in Kerala. The annual Tira festival is observed in Makaram month. Hundreds of people participate in the annual ritual. Alavil Puthiyakavu Sree Mariyamman Kovil Tira festival 2016 date is January 28.

The annual festival is noted for various rituals including Theyyam.

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

Traditional performing arts, music and dance are staged during the period.
The temple is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

Parappanangadi Kalikavu Thalappoli festival

Parappanangadi Kalikavu is located near Parappanangadi in Malappuram district. The ritual is held in Makaram month. Parappanangadi Kalikavu Thalappoli festival 2016 date is January 26.

Thalappoli is a unique feature of temple festival in Kerala. Girls, unmarried women and married women carry lighted lamps and move in a procession to the temple. It is performed for peace and prosperity.
There is not much information regarding the temple.

Are Kavu Thalappoli near Thiruvegappura – Arakavu Thalapoli Festival

Are Kavu Kalavela is observed near Thiruvegappura in Palakkad district. The ritual is held in Makaram month. Arakavu Thalappoli festival 2016 date is January 26.

Thalappoli is a unique feature of temple festival in Kerala. Girls, unmarried women and married women carry lighted lamps and move in a procession to the temple. It is performed for peace and prosperity.
There is not much information regarding the temple.

Are Kavu Kalavela near Thiruvegappura – Arakavu Kala Vela Festival

Are Kavu Kalavela is observed near Thiruvegappura in Palakkad district. The ritual is held in Makaram month. Arakavu Kala Vela festival 2016 date is January 25.

Kala Vela is a unique ritual held in certain Kerala Temples. This ritual is part of the agrarian economy, which sustains religious places.

In the Kala Vela ritual, two huge heads of oxen are prepared and they are adorned with temple embellishments. It is then taken out in procession. Several other sculptures of oxen are also made for the procession.

A fair is organized during the period.
Hundreds of people arrive to witness the ritual.

Poovani Shiva Temple Naga Prathishta day

Poovani Shiva Temple is located at Kolazhy near Thrissur in Kerala. The shrine is located around 9 km from Thrissur. The temple is dedicated to Shiva, equally important is Nagas. Poovani Shiva Temple Naga Prathishta day 2016 date is January 26.

The Naga Prathishta day is observed in Makaram month. It is dedicated to Nagas worshipped in the temple.

The temple is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.
Hundreds of people arrive on the day to witness various rituals and festivities.

Karamukku Chidambara Temple Kavadi Festival

Karamukku Chidambara temple is located at Karamukku in Thiruvananthapuram District. The annual Kavadi festival is observed in Makaram month. The shrine is dedicated to Shiva. Karamukku Chidambara temple kavadi festival 2016 date is January 31.

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

Hundreds of people arrive on the day to witness various rituals and festivities.
Devotees arrive carrying different types of Kavadi on the day. Various types of colorful kavadis are part of the procession that is accompanied by traditional temple music.

Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple Festival

Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple is a popular temple dedicated to Bhagavan Sri Krishna at Aranmula in Kerala. The temple is located on the banks of Pampa River. The annual temple festival is observed in Makaram month. Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple festival 2016 date is January 30. The festival ends on February 8 with Arattu.

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.

Annamkulangara Pooram – Annamkulangara Bhagavathy Temple Festival

Annamkulangara Bhagavathy Temple is located at Kanippayyoor near Kunnamkulam in Kerala. The annual pooram festival is observed in Makaram month. The temple is located around 4 km from Kunnamkulam. Annamkulangara Bhagavathy temple pooram festival 2016 date is January 27.

The annual festival is noted for various rituals.

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.

Story of Sage Vishwamitra Cursing Saraswati River

The story of Sage Vishwamitra cursing the Saraswati River is found in the Shalya Parva of the Mahabharata. Sage Vaishta and Sage Vishwamitra had an ongoing feud, which was legendary.

Once, Saraswati River rescued Vasishta from the wiles of Vishwamitra by changing her course.

Sage Vishwamitra is famous for this uncontrollable temper. For interfering in his matters, Saraswati River was cursed by him that for one year her waters would flow with blood.

Demons were happy to see blood in the river. They drank it. Sages who saw this rescued her.

But when Saraswati River was purified by the sages, the demons who drank water from the river were afflicted by hunger.
Out of compassion, Saraswati River assumed a new form called Aruna, the reddish one. The demons who bathed in this river attained moksha or liberation.

Edathitta Bhagavathy Temple Makara Pongala Festival

Edathitta Bhagavathy Temple is located at Edathitta in Pathanamthitta in Kerala. The annual Makarapongala festival is observed in Makaram month and attracts scores of devotees. Edathitta Bhagavathy Temple is located around 10 from Pathanamthitta town. Edathitta Bhagavathy Temple Makara Pongala Festival 2016 date is January 26.

'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.

Arudhra Darshan 2018 date – Lord Shiva Ardra Darshanam

Arudhra Darshan, also known as Ardra festival, is an auspicious day dedicated to Lord Shiva in Tamil Calendar and it celebrates ‘the cosmic dance’ of Lord Shiva as Nataraja. In 2018, the date of Arudhra Darshan is January 1. Arudhara Darshanam is observed on the full moon day in the Tamil month of Margazhi (Margali Masam). Arudra festival is celebrated with fervor in Lord Shiva temples in Tamil Nadu, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, South Africa, Australia and in other parts of the world by Tamil speaking population.

Arudara Darshanam festival is of great importance at the ChidambaramNatarajaTemple in Tamil Nadu and marks the conclusion of Margazhi Brahmotsavam.

The cosmic dance of Lord Shiva as Nataraja represents – Creation, Protection, Destruction, Embodiment and Release. In essence, it represents the continuous cycle of creation and destruction. This cosmic dance takes place in every particle and is the source of all energy. Arudra Darshan celebrates this ecstatic dance of Lord Sh…

Cherai Gowreeswara Temple Festival in Kerala

Cherai Gowreeswara Temple is located in Cherai Village in Ernakulam District of Kerala. The annual temple festival is observed in Makaram month. Cherai Gowreeswara Temple is located at Cherai and is around 8 km from North Paravoor. Cherai Gowreeswara Temple pooram festival 2016 date is January 25.

The annual festival is noted for various rituals.

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.

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

Ilangulam Sastha Temple Festival near Kanjirappally in Kerala

Ilangulam Sastha Temple is located near Kanjirappally in Kottyam District, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Dharma Sastha. The annual festival is observed in Makaram month. Ilangulam Sastha Temple Temple festival 2016 date is from January 23 to January 28.

The annual festival is noted for various rituals.

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.

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

Chalakudy Sridharamangalam Sri Krishna Temple Festival

Chalakudy Sridharamangalam Sri Krishna Temple is located at Chalakudy in Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Bhagavan Sri Krishna. The annual festival is observed in Makaram month. Chalakudy Sridharamangalam Sri Krishna Temple  festival 2017 date is from February 8 to February 13.

The annual festival is noted for various rituals.

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.

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

The annual festival begins on the Thiruvathira Nakshatram in Makaram month.

At Joranda in Orissa the Mahima Dharma Devotees Worship Without Any Form

Mahima Dharma, also known as Satya Mahima Alekha Dharma or Satya Sanatan Mahima Dharma, means the true path of indescribable grace. The thinking of this worship form is influenced from the Advaita Vedanta teachings found in Upanishads in the Vedas. The movement was started to give strength, unity and courage to the underprivileged classes in Hindu society who were kept out of all forms of worship by the ignorant priestly class.
Mahima Swami or Mahima Gosain was the founder of the Mahima Dharma.
The place where Mahima Swami merged with the supreme truth is called Mahima Gadi, the heart of all Mahima movement around world.  Odishasmaya reports
After a long deep meditation in the caves at Himalaya, he travelled to many provinces. In 1826, he reached Puri as Dhulia Gosain and settled on the dusty roads of Puri. It is believed that once Gosain was invited to Puri Mukti Mandap, where he confirmed that Brahma is Nirguna and Sunya.After that he moved to hill caves of Khandagiri, Dhauligiri, Ni…

Shatabhisha Nakshatra 2016 predictions – Astrology Predictions in 2016 for Satabhisha or Shatataraka Birth Star or Nakshatra in 2016

For those people born in Shatabhisha Nakshatra 2016 will have a fairly good year. Good year regarding financial matters. Embarrassment. Success. Astrology prediction for Shatabhisha Nakshatram for 2016 based on birth star is given below: January, March, July, August, October and December are good. February and November 2016 will see both good and bad times. April, May, June and September 2016 are bad. Satabhisha or Shatataraka Nakshatra is the 24th birth star among 27 Nakshatras in Hindu astrology or Jyothisha. Shatabhisha is in Kumbha Rashi (Aquarius Zodiac) according to Hindu moon astrology, Panchang and traditional calendar.

Career - Good year in career matters. Increase of salary. New position might be denied. Lack of knowledge about latest developments in your career might hamper your promotion. Those looking for new job need to be more flexible to get one. You will have to work hard for success. You will learn new technology. Success in your field of activity.

Finance - Safe peri…

Kanya Rashi 2016 Predictions – Based on Hindu Astrology Moon Sign Virgo Zodiac for 2016 – How will be year 2016 for Kanya Rasi?

For people born in – Virgo Zodiac – Hindu Moon Sign – Kanya Rashi 2016 will face some tough situations. Career problems. Difference of opinion with father. New job. Detail Kanya Rashi Astrology Predictions for 2016 is given below. February, April, July and December 2016 are good. January, March, May, August and October 2016 are bad. June, September and November 2016 will see both good and bad times.

Career - New job through success in exams and interviews. Good year for those looking for clerical or accounts related jobs. Avoid taking shortcuts and bribe, as it will be exposed. You will take up studies for progressing in career. You will face stiff opposition from seniors or management. You might resign from present job and take a new one. Favorable year for self-employed.

Finance - Gains from property deals. Sudden expenditure or stoppage of a regular income. Loans will be delayed. Renovation plans will be delayed. Income through a talent you have. A property related problem will be s…

Purification of the Mind Through Work - Bhagavad Gita

A proper attitude to work and to one’s profession can convert work into a potent tool for effecting the purification of the mind.

Sri Krishna emphasizes this in a series of graded disciplines for spiritual life: ‘Fix your mind on Me,may your intellect dwell on Me. Undoubtedly, you will live in Me on giving up the body. In case you are not able to fix your mind on Me, desire to attain Me through abhyasa yoga (the yoga of steadfast practice). If you are unable to do this either, be intent on working for My sake. Working for Me, you will attain perfection. If you cannot thus work for My sake resorting to yoga, renounce the fruits of all your actions, being self-controlled.’

So, performing one’s action with a view to pleasing God is a basic discipline every seeker is taught to practise. How is one to surrender the fruits of one’s actions to God? By taking refuge in the primeval Purusa (God) from whom have originated activities from time immemorial!

Sri Krishna emphasizes the efficacy of…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – December 24, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Thursday, December 24, 2015 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the light phase of moon till 5:44 PM on December 24. Then onward it is Purnima Tithi or the full moon day. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is December 24, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious date till 6:00 PM
Nakshatra – Rohini Nakshatra till 1:11 PM on December 24. Then onward it is Mrigasira or Mrigasheersham or Makayiram Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrishabha Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Purnima fasting. Datta Jayanti. Annapurna JayantiManabasa GurubarMargashirsha Lakshmi Puja
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Margashirsh Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waxing phase of moon in Margashirsh month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, …