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About Badrinath Temple

BadrinathTemple, dedicated to Bhagvan Vishnu, is located in Uttarakhand and is part of the Chardham Yatra. The temple is about 297 km from Rishikesh. Bhagvan Vishnu is worshipped here in meditative posture.

BadrinathTemple is located on the banks of AlaknandaRiver and is surrounded by two mountains – Nar and Narayana.
It is believed that Vishnu chose this spot to mediate as it was covered by berry plant. Badri means berry.
Nearby the BadrinathTemple is the Tapta Kund – a hot spring. Devotees take a dip in this pond before visiting the temple.
The temple is open every from May to early November and is closed for winter from second week of November to third week of April.
The shrine is very old and belongs to the Vedic Age. The temple in the current form was consecrated by Adi Shankaracharya.
Nearest Railway Station – Rishikesh (297); Kotdwara (327). Rishikesh is directly connected by rail with Howrah, Bombay, Delhi and Lucknow.
The temple is around 324 km from Haridwar.

Vettam Chebittil Subramanya Temple Thaipooyam Festival

Vettam Chebittil Subramanya Temple is located at Vettam in Malappuram District and is around 9 km from Tirur. The annual pooyam ritual organized in Malayalam Makaram month in the temple attracts hundreds of devotees. The shrine is dedicated to Subramanya or Muruga. Vettam Chebittil Subramanya Temple Temple Thaipooyam festival 2017 date is February 10, Friday.

Special pujas and rituals are held throughout the day in the temple.

Carrying Kavadi is the main ritual on the day. People carry various types of Kavadi to the temple in procession. Traditional temple music is part of the procession.

Kavadiyattam, display of colorful kavadis and fireworks are the highlight of the festival.
On the Pooyam day, people also pierce their body with small lance, or vel. This is done for getting desires fulfilled.

Pallur Sri Subrahmanya Swamy Temple Thaipooyam Festival

Pallur Sri Subrahmanya Swamy Temple is located at Pallurnear Chokli in Kannur District in Kerala. The annual pooyam ritual organized in the temple attracts hundreds of devotees. The shrine is dedicated to Subramanya or Muruga. Pallur Sri Subrahmanya Swamy Temple Thaipooyam festival 2017 date is February 10, Friday.

Special pujas and rituals are held throughout the day in the temple.

Carrying Kavadi is the main ritual on the day. People carry various types of Kavadi to the temple in procession. Traditional temple music is part of the procession.

Kavadiyattam, display of colorful kavadis and fireworks are the highlight of the festival.
On the Pooyam day, people also pierce their body with small lance, or vel. This is done for getting desires fulfilled.

Thekkumkara Srikumareswara Temple Thaipooyam Festival

Thekkumkara Srikumareswara Temple is located at Konnathukunnu and is around 9 km from Kodungallur in Thrissur District in Kerala. The annual pooyam ritual organized in the temple attracts hundreds of devotees. The shrine is dedicated to Subramanya or Muruga. Thekkumkara Srikumareswara Temple Thaipooyam festival 2017 date is February 10, Friday.

Special pujas and rituals are held throughout the day in the temple.

Carrying Kavadi is the main ritual on the day. People carry various types of Kavadi to the temple in procession. Traditional temple music is part of the procession.

Caparisoned elephants, Kavadiyattam, display of colorful kavadis and fireworks are the highlight of the festival.
On the Pooyam day, people also pierce their body with small lance, or vel. This is done for getting desires fulfilled.

Nelpini Sree Narayanapuram Temple Thaipooyam Festival

Nelpini Sree Narayanapuram Temple is located at Nelpini in Thrissur District. The temple is around 8 km from Kodungallur. The annual pooyam ritual organized in the temple in Makaram month attracts hundreds of devotees. Nelpini Sree Narayanapuram Temple Thaipooyam festival 2017 date is February 10, Friday.

Special pujas and rituals are held throughout the day in the temple.

Carrying Kavadi is the main ritual on the day. People carry various types of Kavadi to the temple in procession. Traditional temple music is part of the procession.

Caparisoned elephants, Kavadiyattam, display of colorful kavadis and fireworks are the highlight of the festival.
On the Pooyam day, people also pierce their body with small lance, or vel. This is done for getting desires fulfilled.

Omkareshwar Mahadev in Ujjain – About Omkareshwar Form of Shiva - 52nd Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Omkareshwar Mahadev is worshiped in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the 84 forms of Shiva worshiped in Ujjain. It is believed that worshipping Omkareshwar Form of Shiva will help in achieving success in journeys.
The temple dedicated to Omkareshwar Mahadev is located at Khatikwada on Dhaba Road. This form of Shiva is associated with OM the primordial sound and the story associated with is a symbolic explanation of the importance of OM.
Omkareshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 52nd temple visited during the parikarama of Shiavalayas here.


Story of Omkareshwar MahadevLegend has it that Shiva created a man. When he wanted to know his duty, Shiva asked him to know his Atma. The man did not understand what exactly Shiva wanted. He went into deep thought and from him another man appeared.

Shiva named the new man Omkar.  Shiva then ordered the man to create Vedas, devatas, human, rishis etc. Shiva was pleased with Omkar and asked him to go to M…

Rukmini Ashtami

Rukmini Ashtami is dedicated to Rukmni, or Rukmini, the consort of Lord Krishna. It is observed on the eighth day during the Krishna paksha, or waning phase of moon, in Paush month (December – January). Rukmini Ashtami 2017 date is December 10. It is believed that Goddess Rukmini is an incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi.

Special pujas and rituals are held in Lord Krishna temples on the day. They day is also of great significance is places associated with Lord Krishna like Mathura and Vrindavan.

Some people observe a fast dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi on the day. It is believed that observing a fast on the day will bring happiness and prosperity.

Sree Subramanya Sasthamangala Temple Thaipooyam festival at Engandiyoor in Thrissur District

Sree Subramanya Sasthamangala Temple is located at Engandiyoorand is around 12 km from Thriprayar in Thrissur District in Kerala. The annual pooyam ritual organized in the temple attracts hundreds of devotees. The shrine is dedicated to Subramanya or Muruga. Sree Subramanya Sasthamangala Temple Thaipooyam festival 2017 date is February 10, Friday.

Special pujas and rituals are held throughout the day in the temple.

Carrying Kavadi is the main ritual on the day. People carry various types of Kavadi to the temple in procession. Traditional temple music is part of the procession.

Some people enter into trance and dance wildly during the procession.

On the Pooyam day, people also pierce their body with small lance, or vel. This is done for getting desires fulfilled. 
Melam, various types of colorful Kavadi and fireworks are part of the festival.

Kathiravankunnu Temple Pooyam Festival - Kathiravan Kunnu Balamurugan Temple near Puthoor

Kathiravan Kunnu Balamurugan Temple is located at Kathiravankunnu near Puthoor in Kollam District in Kerala. The annual pooyam ritual organized in the temple attracts hundreds of devotees. The shrine is dedicated to Subramanya or Muruga. Kathiravankunnu Temple Thaipooyam festival 2017 date is February 10, Friday.

Special pujas and rituals are held throughout the day in the temple.

Carrying Kavadi is the main ritual on the day. People carry various types of Kavadi to the temple in procession. Traditional temple music is part of the procession.

Kavadiyattam, display of colorful kavadis and fireworks are the highlight of the festival.
On the Pooyam day, people also pierce their body with small lance, or vel. This is done for getting desires fulfilled.

Bharanikavu Ivarkala East Subrahmanya Swamy Temple Pooyam Festival

Bharanikavu Ivarkala East Subrahmanya Swamy Temple is located at Ivarkala Kizhakkunear Bharanikavu in Kollam District in Kerala. The annual pooyam ritual organized in the temple attracts hundreds of devotees. The shrine is dedicated to Subramanya or Muruga. Bharanikavu Ivarkala East Subrahmanya Swamy Thaipooyam festival 2017 date is February 10, Friday.

Special pujas and rituals are held throughout the day in the temple.

Carrying Kavadi is the main ritual on the day. People carry various types of Kavadi to the temple in procession. Traditional temple music is part of the procession.

Kavadiyattam, display of colorful kavadis and fireworks are the highlight of the festival.
On the Pooyam day, people also pierce their body with small lance, or vel. This is done for getting desires fulfilled.

Vithura Chayam Subrahmanya Swamy Temple Pooyam Festival

Vithura Chayam Subrahmanya Swamy Temple is located at Chayamand is around 3 km from Vithura in Trivandrum District in Kerala. The annual pooyam ritual organized in the temple attracts hundreds of devotees. The shrine is dedicated to Subramanya or Muruga. Vithura Chayam Subrahmanya Swamy Thaipooyam festival 2017 date is February 10, Friday.

Special pujas and rituals are held throughout the day in the temple.

Carrying Kavadi is the main ritual on the day. People carry various types of Kavadi to the temple in procession. Traditional temple music is part of the procession.

Kavadiyattam, display of colorful kavadis and fireworks are the highlight of the festival.
On the Pooyam day, people also pierce their body with small lance, or vel. This is done for getting desires fulfilled.

Thankayam Subrahmanya Swamy Temple Pooyam Festival

Thankayam Subrahmanya Swamy Temple is located at Thankayamand is around 13 km from Manjeri in Malappuram District in Kerala. The annual pooyam ritual organized in the temple attracts hundreds of devotees. The shrine is dedicated to Subramanya or Muruga. Thankayam Subrahmanya Temple Thaipooyam festival 2017 date is February 10, Friday.

Special pujas and rituals are held throughout the day in the temple.

Carrying Kavadi is the main ritual on the day. People carry various types of Kavadi to the temple in procession. Traditional temple music is part of the procession.
Kavadiyattam, display of colorful kavadis and fireworks are the highlight of the festival.

Karikkad Subrahmanya Swamy Temple Pooyam Festival near Manjeri – Karikad Temple Thaipooyam

Karikkad Subrahmanya Swamy Temple is located at Karikkad and is around 5 km from Manjeri in Malappuram District in Kerala. The annual pooyam ritual organized in the temple attracts hundreds of devotees. The shrine is dedicated to Subramanya or Muruga. Karikkad Subrahmanyan Temple Thaipooyam festival 2017 date is February 10, Friday.

Special pujas and rituals are held throughout the day in the temple.

Carrying Kavadi is the main ritual on the day. People carry various types of Kavadi to the temple in procession. Traditional temple music is part of the procession.

Some people enter into trance and dance wildly during the procession.

On the Pooyam day, people also pierce their body with small lance, or vel. This is done for getting desires fulfilled. 
Melam, various types of colorful Kavadi and fireworks are part of the festival.

Iringal Sree Subhramanya Temple Thaipooyam Festival

Iringal Sree Subhramanya Temple is located at Iringal and is around 9 km from Vadakara in Kerala. The annual Pooyam ritual and festival organized in the temple attracts hundreds of devotees. The shrine is dedicated to Subramanya or Muruga. Iringal Sree Subhramanya Temple Thaipooyam festival 2017 date is February 10, Friday.

Special pujas and rituals are held throughout the Thaipooyam day in the temple.

Carrying Kavadi is the main ritual on the day. People carry various types of Kavadi to the temple in procession. Traditional temple music is part of the procession.
Melam, various types of colorful Kavadi and fireworks are part of the festival.

How many Shivling can be worshipped in home? – How many Shivalingam can be kept in Puja Room in the house?

Many people have doubt regarding how many Shivalingam can be worshipped in home. The number of Shivling that can be kept in the puja room in the house varies from region to region. But the general opinion among astrologers and pandits (pujaris) is that only one Shivling should be worshipped in the puja room.
Please note that some Hindu communities do not keep Shivling at home. This is because quite often it is hard to offer pujas daily including performing Jal Abhishek – ritual of pouring water on Shivling.
But there are many devotees who keep Shivling at home. Such people should offer prayers daily and perform Jal Abhishek.

You should keep a Shivling at home only if you are sure that you can perform pujas daily.
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Thaipoosam Festival at Alampallam Chaithanya Mahaganapathi Temple– Thaipooyam Festival near Kollengode

Alampallam Chaithanya Mahaganapathi Temple is located at Alampallam village and is around 23 km from Palakkad in Kerala and around 2 km from Kollengode. The annual Thaipoosam festival organized on the Poosam nakshatra day in Thai month in the temple attracts hundreds of devotees. The shrine is dedicated to Subramanya or Muruga. Alampallam Chaithanya Mahaganapathi Temple Thaipooyam festival 2017 date is February 10, Friday.

Special pujas and rituals are held throughout the day in the temple.

Carrying Kavadi is the main ritual on the day. People carry various types of Kavadi to the temple in procession. Traditional temple music is part of the procession.
The highlight of the day are Kramarchana, followed by Kavadi Pooja, Kavadiyattam, and Panaka Pooja concluding with the distribution of prasadam to devotees.

Pooyam Festival Illikottukurussi Subramanya Temple – Thaipooyam Festival

Illikottukurussi Subramanya Temple is located at Karalmanna and is around 15 km from Ottappalam in Kerala. The annual pooyam ritual organized in the temple attracts hundreds of devotees. The shrine is dedicated to Subramanya or Muruga. Illikottukurussi Subramanya Temple Thaipooyam festival 2017 date is February 10, Friday.

Special pujas and rituals are held throughout the Thaipooyam day in the temple.

Carrying Kavadi is the main ritual on the day. People carry various types of Kavadi to the temple in procession. Traditional temple music is part of the procession.

Some people enter into trance and dance wildly during the procession.

On the Pooyam day, people also pierce their body with small lance, or vel. This is done for getting desires fulfilled. 
Melam, various types of colorful Kavadi and fireworks are part of the festival.

Murukanad Subramanya Temple Pooyam Festival at Kodal Nadakkavu

Kodal Nadakkavu Murukanad Subramanya Temple is located at Kodal Nadakkavu and is around 22 km from Kozhikode in Kerala. The annual pooyam ritual organized in the temple attracts hundreds of devotees. The shrine is dedicated to Subramanya or Muruga. Murukanad Subramanya Temple Thaipooyam 2017 date is February 10, Friday.

Special pujas and rituals are held throughout the day in the temple.

Carrying Kavadi is the main ritual on the day. People carry various types of Kavadi to the temple in procession. Traditional temple music is part of the procession.

Some people enter into trance and dance wildly during the procession.

On the Pooyam day, people also pierce their body with small lance, or vel. This is done for getting desires fulfilled. 
Melam, caparisoned elephants, various types of colorful Kavadi and fireworks are part of the festival.

Narayanamkulangara Bhagavathy Temple Makaram Pathu Festival near Guruvayoor

Narayanam Kulangara Bhagavathy Temple is located at Guruvayoor in Thrissur District in Kerala. An important ritual in the shrine is held on the 10th day of Makaram month as per traditional Malayalam Hindu calendar followed in Kerala. The annual ritual attracts hundreds of devotees. Narayanamkulangara Bhagavathy Temple Makaram Pathu 2016 date is January 24.

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.

Palayoor Bhagavathy Temple Makaram Pathu Festival

Palayoor Bhagavathy Temple is located at Palayoor in Thrissur District in Kerala. An important ritual in the shrine is held on the 10th day of Makaram month as per traditional Malayalam Hindu calendar followed in Kerala. The annual ritual attracts hundreds of devotees. Palayoor Bhagavathy Temple Makaram Pathu 2016 date is January 24.

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.

Erumapetty Pooram – Erumapetty Shankarankavu Temple Pooram near Wadakkanchery

Erumapetty Pooram is observed on the 10th day of Makaram month as per traditional Malayalam Hindu calendar followed in Kerala. The annual pooram festival attracts thousands of devotees. Erumapetty is located around 11 km from Wadakkanchery. Erumapetty Shankarankavu Temple Pooram 2016 date is January 24.

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.

Pooyam Festival at Kuppana Sree Velayudhamangalam – Kuppana Sree Velayudhamangalam Thaipooyam Festival near Anchalummoodu in Kollam

Kuppana Sree Velayudha Mangalam is located near Anchalummoodu in Kollam. The temple is around 10 km from Kollam. The annual Pooyam festival held in Makaram month attracts thousands of devotees. Kuppana Sree Velayudhamangalam Thaipooyam Festival 2017 date is February 10, Friday.

Special pujas and rituals are held throughout the day in the temple.

Carrying Kavadi is the main ritual on the day. People carry various types of Kavadi to the temple in procession. Traditional temple music is part of the procession.

Some people enter into trance and dance wildly during the procession.

On the Pooyam day, people also pierce their body with small lance, or vel. This is done for getting desires fulfilled. 
Melam, caparisoned elephants, various types of colorful Kavadi and fireworks are part of the festival.

Goddess Saraswati Llladro Idol – Porcelain figurine from Lladro – Goddess Saraswati Murti

Goddess Saraswati Idol is from the world famous Spanish Company, Lladro, noted for high quality porcelain figurines. Lladro during the past couple of years had released idols or murtis of various Hindu gods. Goddess Saraswati is part of the series. Goddess Saraswati murti shows Goddess Saraswati in sitting posture playing Veena. She is surrounded by swan and peacock. The price of the murti is not yet revealed.


Lladro figurines are noted for its beauty, detailing and no compromise in materials used.

Lladro Goddess Saraswati is limited edtion – 750 pieces only.

Makar Rashi 2016 Predictions Based on Hindu Astrology Moon Sign Capricorn Zodiac – Makara Rashi 2016

In 2016, Makar Rashi – Capricorn Zodiac (Hindu Astrology Moon Sign) – will have mixed year. Some trouble in career and personal life. Financial gains Astrology predictions 2016 for Makar Rashi is given below. January, April, July, September and December 2016 are good. February, March, August and November will be neither good nor bad. May, June and October 2016 are bad.

Career - You will attain success in many fields. A mixed year in career related matters. Sudden reversal in career plans. Laziness and not being punctual will invite trouble. A good year if you are looking for new job. Those living abroad might decide to return home and start new career. You will need to start learning new technology to keep your job or you will find it difficult to survive in your job. Progress for those doing contract related work.

Finance - Financial progress. Some of you will waste money on decoration and luxury items. Ancestral wealth. Loans will be delayed. Fine or penalties. Extra income. Luck is …

Mulanjoor Kallikunnu Pichamkurissi Subrahmanya Swamy Temple Thaipooyam Festival

Mulanjur Kallikunnu Pichamkurissi Subrahmanya Swamy Temple Thaipooyam festival is annually organized in Malayalam month Makaram. It is dedicated to Muruga or Subrahmanya. The annual pooyam festival here attracts scores of devotees. Mulanjur Kallikunnu Pichamkurissi Subrahmanya Swamy Temple Thaipooyam Festival 2017 date is February 10.

Special pujas, rituals, abhishekam, Subrahmanya sahasranama archana and numerous other activities are held on the day.

Various types of Kavadi are taken to the shrine.
It is considered highly meritorious to perform puja and take blessing of Sri Subrahmanya Swami on the day.

Excerpts – Swami Vivekananda

We have all been hearing from childhood of such things as love, peace, charity, equality, and universal brotherhood; but they have become to us mere words without meaning... Great souls, who first felt these great ideas in their hearts, manufactured these words; and at that time many understood their meaning. Later on, ignorant people have taken up those words to play with them and made religion a mere play upon words, and not a thing to be carried into practice.
Religions of the world have become lifeless mockeries. What the world wants is character. The world is in need of those whose life is one burning love, selfless. That love will make every word tell like thunderbolt.
Intellect is necessary, for without it we fall into crude errors and make all sorts of mistakes. Intellect checks these; but beyond that, do not try to build anything upon it. It is an inactive, secondary help; the real help is feeling, love. Do you feel for others? If you do, you are growing in oneness. If you d…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – December 28, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Monday, December 28, 2015 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the the third day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waning phase of moon till 3:34 PM on December 28. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is December 28, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good date.
Nakshatra – Pushya or Poosam or Pooyam Nakshatra till 1:10 PM on December 28. Then onward it is Aslesha or Ayiliyam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Karka Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Sankashti Ganesh Chaturthi Vrat. Moonrise time is at 8:54 PM.
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Paush Krishna Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waning phase of moon in Paush month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Prade…