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Navadurga – Nine Forms of Goddess Durga Worshiped During Navratri

Navadurga, or Navdurga, are the nine forms of Durga collectively worshipped by Shakti devotees. Scriptures differ in naming the nine incarnations. Pictures and paintings of the Nava-Durga also varies from region to region. The most widely accepted account of the nine forms of Durga is the one found in the Devi Mahatmya – Sailaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skanda Mata, Katyayani, Kalaratri, Maha Gowri and Siddhidayini. The nine forms of Durga are worshipped during the nine days of Navratri.
Sailaputri or Shailaputri– In this form Durga is two-armed and carries a trident and lotus. Her mount is an ox or bull. Sailaputri is believed to be the rebirth of Sati, the daughter of Daksha and the wife of Lord Shiva. In her second birth she is Parvati, the daughter of Himalaya and later she became the consort of Shiva. This is one of the very first forms of Shakti and is closely associated with Lord Shiva. Shailaputri is worshipped on the first day of Navaratri.

Goddess Lobhi – Information about Goddess Lovi

Goddess Lobhi is worshipped mainly in Angul District in Odisha. She is also known as Lovi and the name of the Goddess means ‘greediness.’ People say that this greediness is positive and is associated with greediness of devotion, offerings and to sacrifice egoism.

Legend has it that the Goddess was originally worshipped by demon king Ravana. After Rama killed Ravana, the Goddess followed Bhagavan Sri Ram to Ayodhya and on the way, she settled at Garh Santry in Ankul District.

The main offering done by devotees to Goddess Lobhi is tonsuring of hair.

The Goddess is worshipped for peace and prosperity. It is believed that she blesses children with long life and good health.
The main festival dedicated to her known as Lobhi Thakurani Yatra is observed on the Kartik Purnima day (full moon day in November). In the festival, the murti of the Goddess worshipped at Garh Santry is taken to a nearby village temple in a huge procession, which includes drums, music and dance.

Navratri Bommai Kolu ideas and How to create - Navratri Kolu Procedure

Golu or Kolu, doll arrangement, is an essential part of Navratri and Dasara celebrations in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. In 2018, Navratri Golu begins on October 10. The Bommai Golus are proud possessions of a family and they are handed down through generations. Apart from the traditional Navratri Bommai Kolu display, nowadays there is an emphasis on Golu themes with different ideas.
Majority of the Bommai Golu displayed in homes opt for the traditional method of display. Kolu – the royal court of Goddess Durga is created 3, 5, 7, 9 or 11 steps. The most important dolls in the kolu arrangement are the Raja-rani or the marapachi bommais. These are expensive dolls and a set of them is found in all traditional households. Another important idol is that of Goddess Saraswati. A Kalash is also placed along with the Golu.
Golu ideas and How to Create

Stories from Hindu Mythology continue to be the favorite theme during Navarathri Golu. Community Golu and displays by organizatio…

Thiruvanvandoor Temple – Thiruvanvandoor Mahavishnu Temple near Chengannur in Kerala

Thiruvanvandoor Mahavishnu Temple is located around 7 km northwest of Chengannur town in Kerala. The temple is associated with Pandavas of the Mahabharata. Thiruvanvandoor Temple was constructed by Nakula, the fourth of the Pandava brothers. The shrine is also one among the 108 Divya Deshams – Thiruvanvandoor (108 temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu as per Vaishnava tradition).


Lord Vishnu worshiped in the shrine is also referred to as Pambanaiappan – meaning lord on the banks of Pampa River. He is also known as Annadana Prabhu.

Legend has it that Sage Narada and Sage Markandeya got the vision of Lord Vishnu in the spot where the present shrine is located.

There is another belief that the murti worshipped in the shrine was originally worshipped by Sage Bhrigu.

The main murti worshipped in the shrine is Vishnu in standing posture. It is made using Krishna Shila.

The shrine is a classic example of Kerala style temple architecture with two tier gopuram, dwajasthampam, deepasthampam, manda…

Mahalaya Thoughts and Quotes

The word Mahalaya can be defined as Maha + Alaya, which means great habitat. The earth turns to a great habitat for these fifteen days; because the manes are invited from the upper space to the human habitat to be worshiped. During these fifteen days every family is expected to offer Tarpan (offering water) to the pitru as a token of obligation. Also any day within the fortnight according to suitability of the family, is fixed to offer Shraddha (ceremonial offering of food) for the pitru. (Symbolism of Mahalaya when it is considered as a day for making offerings to dead ancestors.) – Source - Unknown
Mahalaya means ‘the great dissolution.’ It stands for the dissolution of the ignorance within us which is symbolized by the killing of the Buffalo demon on Mahanavami day. It is nine days Tapasya starting on Mahalaya Day, invoking the Goddess of “Constructive Destruction” and knowledge.

If the Tapasya is proper, the ignorance within us should be wiped out in nine days. The buffalo is the…

Story of Woodcutter – Sri Ramakrishna

Go forward! Go forward! After sandalwood is the copper mine, after that is the silver mine, and after that, gold, diamond…

A woodcutter used to collect wood from the forest and pass his days in great misery. One day he was carrying thin pieces of wood on his head, having cut them from the forest.

Suddenly, a passerby called out to him and said: “O man, go forward!”

The next day, the woodcutter followed the advice of that passerby and having gone forward some distance, found a forest with thick wood. He cut as much wood as he could, sold it in the market and made much more money than the other days.

The next day, he thought to himself: “That person had asked me to go forward. Well, why shouldn’t I go forward a bit further today?” He went further ahead and found a sandalwood forest. He carried the sandalwood on his head, sold it in the market and made much money.

The next day, he thought again: “He asked me to go forward.” He went forward furthermore that day and found a copper mine…

Shadanana Subrahmanya – Muruga with six faces and 12 hands

Shadanana Subrahmanya is the term used to refer to Muruga when he is depicted with six faces and 12 hands. This s a very common form of Subrahmanya and is found in temples in South India, especially in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka.


His twelve hands hold various symbols and weapons.

His five right hands hold Sakti, arrow, sword, discus and noose. One hand is in abhaya posture.

His five left hands hold kukktuta (cock), bow, shield, conch, and plough. One hand is in varada posture.
He rides on the peacock vehicle and may have on either side of him the attendants Jaya and Vijaya or Goddesses Valli and Devayani.

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Aranmula Temple – Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple

Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple is located around 10 km east of Chengannur town in Kerala. The temple is associated with Pandavas of the Mahabharata. Aranmula Temple was constructed by Arjuna, the third of the Pandava brothers. The shrine is also one among the 108 Divya Deshams – Thiruvaranmula (108 temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu as per Vaishnava tradition).



Story of Aranmula Temple Legend has it that the Pandavas ruled Hastinapura for a couple of decades after the Kurukshetra war in the Mahabharat. Later, after crowning Parikshit as king of Hastinapura left on a pilgrimage. When they reached the banks of Pampa River in Kerala, each of the Pandava brothers built a shrine dedicated to Bhagavan Sri Krishna.

Legend has it that Arjuna originally worshipped the murti of Lord Krishna at Nilackal near Sabarimala. He performed intense austerities here to expiate for the sin of having killed Karna in the Mahabharata war.

The murti was located inside dense forest in Nilakkal and therefore it w…

Words of Wisdom – Swami Smaranananda

Ask yourself whether what you are doing is selfish or selfless. This will be the criterion to judge whether what you are doing is spiritually and morally right or wrong.

If peace and harmony are there the human being can evolve spiritually, which is the ultimate goal of all humanity.

A little relaxation is not laziness. Actually, you should work better after a day’s relaxation.

If you dedicate all your actions and the fruits of actions to God, your responsibility ends; the Lord takes them up. That is karma yoga. This way you can conquer your ego.
One thinks of spiritual life when one fails to think of higher things in materialistic life, is totally wrong. One has not to fail in worldly life in order to think of God. This is a very negative attitude. The rishis were very positive. Their search was for knowing the truth behind this phenomenal world.
– Swami Smaranananda of Ramakrishna Mission

Santana Gopala – About the Santana Gopala form of Sri Krishna

Santana Gopala is one of the popular forms of Bhagavan SriKrishna. In this form, Lord Krishna is a baby. He is not yet weaned from his mother’s breast. He is represented in the arms of Maa Yashoda. This form of Bhagavan is known as Santana Gopala.

Temples dedicated to this form of Sri Krishna is found in many places in India.

It must be noted that Bala Krishna with butter in his hands is different from Santana Goapla.
A popular fasting known as Santana Gopala Vratam is observed by married couple for healthy children.

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Puliyoor Temple – Puliyoor Vishnu Temple Near Chengannur in Kerala

Puliyoor Vishnu Temple is located around 4 km west of Chengannur town in Kerala. The temple is associated with Pandavas of the Mahabharata. Puliyoor Temple was constructed by Bhima, the second of the Pandava brothers. The shrine is also one among the 108 Divya Deshams – Thirupuliyoor Mayapiran Perumal Temple (108 temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu as per Vaishnava tradition).



The murti worshipped in the temple was worshipped by Bhimasena. He built the shrine here during his pilgrimage to the area after the Kurukshetra war in the Mahabharata.

The murti of Mahavishnu is in standing posture on a 20 feet high pedestal. The height of murti is 3 feet 10 inches. The four hands hold Shankhu, Chakra, Gada and Padma.

The temple faces east and is approached after climbing 18 steps.

The shrine is a classic example of Kerala style temple architecture with mandapam, nalampalam, balikkal pura, temple tank, sevapanthal and compound wall. The sanctum sanctorum is conical in shape with doors on four sid…

Bhakti breaks the knot of ignorance – Srimad Bhagavad Puran

For a man who has come into this world there is no other way more favorable than that which leads to steadfast devotion to Lord Vasudeva.

Whatever a man can obtain by rituals, penance, knowledge, renunciation, yoga, alms giving, or by other pious exercises, all that can be attained easily through Bhakti or devotion.

Devotion to Vasudeva is the best means to attain the highest goal of man. Just as the fire burns down the wood, just as the sun dispels the darkness, so too bhakti removes sin.

Bhakti breaks the knot of ignorance.

By Bhakti man can more easily overcome his nature, his natural inclinations, his senses.

Only when a man's heart is filled with love for the Lord, can he easily renounce the world, can he overcome all his desires.

In short, by bhakti man attains all those spiritual benefits made available to him by other spiritual means.

– Srimad Bhagavad Puran

Ulagalanda Perumal – About Hindu God Ulagalanda Perumal

Ulagalanda Perumal is the name of the Vamana Avatar of Vishnu in South India, especially in Tamil Nadu. Ulagalanda Perumal means the lord who measured the universe (with three strides).


King Bali, great-grandson of Hiranyakasipu and grandson of Prahlada, conquered the three worlds and ruled them. He followed Dharma and was famous for charity and justice.
Indra, the chief of celestial beings or Devas, was thus superseded.

Indra approached Lord Vishnu to stop King Bali from attaining the position of Indra.

Vishnu went in the guise of a Dwarf Brahmana, a student of the Vedas (brahmacharin), and begged of Bali for three feet of land on which he could sit and meditate on Brahman undisturbed.

The generous Bali granted the request.

But to his astonishment the Dwarf grew to a height transcending the world. In one step he measured the entire earth. In next step he measured the sky.

Vishnu then demanded King Bali to show him room for the third step.

True to his promise, Bali offered his own…

Thrichittattu Temple – Thrichittatt Mahavishnu Temple near Chengannur in Kerala

Thrichittattu Mahavishnu Temple is located around 2 km northwest of Chengannur town in Kerala. The temple is associated with Pandavas of the Mahabharata. Thrichittatt  temple was constructed by Yudhishtira, the eldest of the Pandava brothers. The shrine is also one among the 108 Divya Deshams – Thiruchengannoor (108 temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu as per Vaishnava tradition).


Thrichittattu Temple Story

Lord Vishnu is worshiped here as Imayavarappan. It is believed that the murti worshiped in the temple was first offered prayers by Devas or celestial beings. Imayavar means Devas.

As per 108 Divya Desham concepts, Vishnu worshiped here is known as Devathideva Perumal.

There is no murti of Goddess Lakshmi in the temple. But the divya desham concept mentions the presence Goddess Lakshmi in the shrine as Raktapankaja Valli.

In the Mahabharata war, Dronacharya was invincible. To kill him Yudhishtira uttered the lie that Ashwathama, his son died. After hearing the words from the mouth of Yu…

Knowledge of unity alone dispels ignorance – Swami Madhavananda

Knowledge of unity alone dispels ignorance.

Knowledge only removes the false notion it does not create anything.

Scriptural statement cannot impart any power to a thing. For it is an accepted principle that the scriptures are only informative, not creative.

Everything is the effect of righteousness and unrighteousness : whatever is differentiated is the result of these two. The self, on attaining it, becomes identified with that.

It is true that good and bad deeds prompted by desire etc. are the cause of a man's taking a body; still it is under the influence of desire that he accumulates these deeds. When desire is gone, work, although present, does not lead to the accumulation of merit or demerit. Even if he goes on doing good and bad deeds, these, bereft of the desire, produce no results; therefore desire is the root of transmigratory existence.

SourceThe Brihadaranyaka Upanishad with the commentary of Adi Shankaracharya Translated by Swami Madhavananda

Mukteshwar Mahadev in Ujjain – Story of Mukteshwar Form of Shiva – 25th Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Mukteshwar Mahadev is worshiped in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the 84 forms of Shiva worshiped in Ujjain. Mukteshwar Mahadev is offered prayers for sin redemption.

The temple dedicated to Mukteshwar Mahadev is located at Khatriwada (near Nagwale)) in Ujjain. This form of Shiva is associated with a pious Brahmin and king attaining moksha.

Mukteshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 25th temple visited during the parikarama of Shivalayas here.



Story of Mukteshwar Mahadev form of Shiva in Ujjain There lived a pious Brahmin in Avantikapuri. He performed intense austerities. People who came into his contact attained moksha. But he never attained liberation. One day he was chanting mantra in the middle of a river. Suddenly a tiger appeared on the bank of the river. It moved into the river and suddenly the tiger was transformed into a man.

The man then told the Brahmin that in his previous birth he was a king who was very proud of his knowledge…

Five Temples Built by Pandavas in Chengannur Area of Kerala

Chengannur is an important halting point for Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple in Kerala. The place itself is famous for several ancient Hindu Temples. There is a cluster of five temples in Chengannur Area of Kerala built by Pandavas of the Mahabharata.

Legend has it that the Pandavas ruled Hastinapura for a couple of decades after the Kurukshetra war in the Mahabharat. Later, after crowning Parikshit as king of Hastinapura left on a pilgrimage. When they reached the banks of Pampa River in Kerala, each of the Pandava brothers built a shrine dedicated to Bhagavan Sri Krishna.

Thrichittatt Mahavishnu Temple by Yudhishthira, Puliyur Mahavishnu Temple by Bheema, Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple by Arjuna, Thiruvanvandoor Mahavishnu Temple by Nakula and Thrikodithanam Mahavishnu Temple by Sahadeva.
All these ancient temples are noted for its architecture, tradition, festivals and rituals.

Visiting all the five temples in a day in the above sequence is considered highly meritorious.

Fortune never remains steady – Yoga Vasishta

The one whose mind has ceased to be interested in earthly pleasures or fame stands verily liberated. The entire worldly life is evanescent and fleeting like a flash of lightning in the sky.

A true life is that which attains what is worthy of attainment, so that there will be no cause for sorrow and a state of supreme tranquility is reached.

Riches and prosperity do not lead to happiness but result in miseries and sufferings due to various anxieties, worries and fear.

Fortune never remains steady.
The worldly life fosters our ego which leads us to sufferings and difficulties. As a result of Ego, one easily loses peace and equanimity of mind. It is the ego which is the cause of expansion of our desires.
– Yoga Vasishta

Chandrabhaga Fair 2019 near Jhalrapatan in Jhalawar in Rajasthan

Chandrabhaga fair is held annually on Kartik Purnima day, full moon day in Kartik month, as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar near Jhalrapatan in Jhalawar District in Rajasthan. The main event on the day is taking holy dip in the Chandrabhaga River. Chandrabhaga Fair 2019 date is November 12.

Another major event on the day is Deep Daan – offering of lamps to ancestors. People light up lamps and float them on the river on Kartik Purnima night.

Chandramouleshwara Mahadev Temple is located on the banks of Chandrabhaga River.
A cattle fair is also held during the period.

Kolayat Mela 2019 - Kolayat Fair 2019 Date near Bikaner in Rajasthan

Kolayat fair is annually held on Kartik Purnima tithi, or the full moon day, in Kartik month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar in Rajasthan. The fair is held on the banks of a lake located at Kolayat near Bikaner in Rajasthan. Kolayat fair 2019 date is November 12.

Kolayat is located 55 km west of Bikaner and is 4 km of the Bikaner – Jaisalmer road.

The fair is held at the shrine dedicated to Sage Kapila or Kapil Muni. He is considered an incarnation of Lord Vishnu especially in this region.

It is believed that the sage performed prayers at a peepal tree located near the shrine. The tree still exists in the temple complex.

A large lake with 52 ghats forms of the main area of the fair. It is believed that taking holy dip in the lake during Kartik Purnima will help in washing away sins of several births. There are numerous temples on the ghats.
A camel and livestock fair is part of the fair.

Story of Anjani – Mother of Hanuman

Anjani, wife of monkey king Kesari, is the mother of Hindu God Hanuman. Anjani is also known as Anjana. There is an interesting story mentioned in Puranas which suggest how Anjani became the mother of Hanuman. Anjani in her previous birth was a beautiful woman and served Goddess Parvati.
One day Anjani was frightened by a huge thunder storm and she ran into the arms of Shiva.
Goddess Parvati who happened to see this became jealous and cursed her to be born as monkey.
Shiva did not agree to this act of Goddess Parvati and gave Anjani the boon that she will give birth to a son in her monkey form who will be a manifestation Shiva himself.


Years later, Shiva requested Vishnu to see his Mohini form. Pleased with the form, Shiva asked Vishnu to ask for a gift.
Vishnu asked for the essence of Shiva’s strength and spirituality. Shiva created a seed which contained the spirit of his strength and spirituality.
Vishnu then gave this seed to the Sapta Rishis and asked them to save it till he t…

Shiva as Bhikshatan – The Story

One among the numerous forms of Shiva is Bhikshatan – mendicant or wandering ascetic or the beggar. There are two stories which narrate why Shiva took the form of Bhikshatana. The first story is associated with Shiva – Parvati marriage. The second story is associated with Shiva cutting the head of Brahma.


Goddess Parvati had performed intense penance to get Shiva as her husband. Shiva agreed finally. Shiva then in the form of a Bhikshatan with a dog asked Himavan for the hand of Parvati in marriage. It is said that Shiva appeared before the Himavan – father of Parvati – with an hour glass drum in hand. He began to dance to the rhythm of the drum. All the people assembled there were impressed by the dance of Shiva as Bhikshatan.
Himavan and his wife offered Him jewels and food but He rejected them. Instead He said that He want to marry Parvati.
Before Himavan and the assembled people could react, Bhikshatan disappeared.
Shiva took this form to fulfill the traditional rite of the gro…

Physical – Emotional – Psychological Problems – Solution Bhagavad Gita

If we want to be free from physical, emotional and psychological problems then read the Bhagavad Gita. Today, we go to psychologists and therapists for solving emotional and psychological problems. The greatest psychologist and therapist is Bhagavan Sri Krishna. An Example from Gita–
When a man thinks of objects, "attachment" for them arises; from attachment "desire" is born; from desire arises "anger" . . . From anger comes "delusion" ; from delusion "loss of memory" ; from loss of memory the "destruction of discrimination" ; from destruction of discrimination, he "perishes. " (Bhagavad Gita Chapter 2 Verse 62 and 63) Bhagavad Gita is a text that understands the core issue. It does not provide illogical solutions through magic or prayers. Instead, it makes us understand what the real issue and tries to solve it.

Sri Krishna did not solve the problems faced by Arjuna through magic or by just lifting his hands. Inst…

Vallimalai Temple Darshan Timings – Opening Closing and Pooja Time at Vallimalai Murugan Temple in Vellore, Tamil Nadu

Vallimalai Temple is a cave temple dedicated to Hindu God Muruga and his consort Valli and Devayani in Vellore District, Tamil Nadu. Below is the Vallimalai Temple timings in detail. Please note that there will be changes in the opening and closing time of the temple during important rituals and festival. The darshan time will be extended on special occasions.

Vallimalai Temple Darshan Timings:

Morning - 7:30 AM to 12:30 PM Evening – 2:00 PM to 6:30 PM

Number of Pradakshina or Parikrama for Devi, Vishnu, Ganesh, Surya and Shiva

Pradakshina, or Parikrama, is the going around the murti of a Hindu God or goddess in a temple and it is considered highly meritorious. The belief is that the energy in the murti installed in the temple is channeled to the devotee as he moves around. The number of times a devotee does Parikrama varies for each deity. The number of times Pradakshina is performed for Devi, Vishnu, Ganesh, Surya and Shiva are different.


For Devi or Mother Goddess, Pradakshina is only performed once. For Vishnu it is four times. For Ganesh it is one or three times. For Surya it is seven times.
Bhadrakali it is two times
Ayyappa and Shasta it is five times
Subrahmanya it is seven times
In South India it is seven times for Bhagavati and Durga Devi
Navgrahas it is nine.
For Banayan or Peepal tree it is seven. For Shiva the Pradakshina is not a full circle but only ¾. The devotee stops at the Gauripatta. For Shiva it is performed one or 3 or 5 times.

The belief is that those who perform Pradakshina in the …

Ganesha and Parashurama – How Ganapati Lost his Left Tusk in the battle with Parashurama?

There are numerous stories on how Ganesha lost his one tusk. One of the popular stories is that of Ganapati losing his left tusk in a fight with Parashurama – the Avatar of Bhagvan Vishnu.
Legend has it that Parashurama destroyed the Adharmic rulers on earth 21 times with Parashu or divine axe provided by Shiva. One day Parashurama reached Kailash to offer thanks to Shiva for helping him in his divine mission.


But Parashurama was stopped by Ganapati who told him that Shiva and Parvati were in a secret conversation and he was asked not to allow anyone to disturb them.
Parashurama did not listen to Ganesha and tried to force his way into Kailash. A fight ensued between them. In the end of the fight that shook the universe, Parashurama hurled his divine axe on Ganesha.
Ganesha had the power to stop the divine axe but instead choose to respect the weapon his father had blessed.
Ganapati therefore took the blow of the axe on his left tusk, which broke and fell down.
This story is mentio…

There is constant anger around us but we need not join

There is always anger around us in the form of demonstrations, debates, revenge, arguments etc. This anger is a human-made disaster. There is tension, resentment and violence due to this anger. But we need not join in all these madness simply because anger never produces any positive results.

Sometimes we might make few gains through anger. Now someone else is angry due to our action. We just transferred our anger to someone else. Anger always sows the seeds of anger. It also gives birth to remorse.

Anger is an undisciplined energy. We cannot think properly in anger. When there is some injustice, we get angry. This anger has to be channelized in a positive way that we calmly overcome the injustice. It has to be controlled and used in a peaceful way towards finding a solution to the injustice.
Controlling anger does not mean you should take everything lying down. Controlling anger is not allowing others to trample us. Instead of using it for destructive purpose, anger should be cont…

Uthrattathi Nakshatram 2017 predictions – Astrology Predictions or phalam in 2017 for Uthrittathi Nakshatra

Uttrattathi Nakshatram born people in 2017 will have a fairly good year. Good opportunity for business people. Gains in financial matters. Property disputes for some.  Astrology prediction or phalam for Uthrittathi Nakshatram for 2017 based on Janmanaal is given below:  January, April, August and November are good months in 2017. February, May, July and December will see ups and downs. March, June, September and October will be bad. Uthrattathi Nakshatra is the 26th birth star among 27 Nakshatrams in Hindu astrology or Jyothish Shastra. Uthrattathi is in Meena Rashi or Meenakurru according to Hindu moon astrology, panchang and traditional calendar.
Career – It is a good year for people looking abroad for jobs. You will create enemies at the workplace due to unwanted arguments and talks. Some of you will get promotion and new good job offers. Sudden job loss for some in this year but you can overcome it through hard work and dedication. Writer, publishers and advertising professionals …

Pooruruttathi Nakshatra 2017 predictions – Astrology Predictions or phalam in 2017 for Pooruruttathi Nakshatram

Pooruruttathi Nakshatram born people will face some serious troubles in certain areas in 2017. There will be some problems in relationships. Financial troubles is also a possibility. Pooruruttathi Nakshatra predictions or phalam 2017 is given below in detail. March, May, August and December are good. January, April, September and November are bad. February, June, July and October 2017 will see both good and bad times. Pooruruttathi Nakshatram is the 25th birth star among 27 Nakshatrams in Hindu astrology or Jyothish Shastra. The first three quarters or 45 nazhika of Pururuttathi is in Kumbha Rashi or Kumbha Kurru (Aquarius Zodiac) and the next quarter or 15 nazhika is in Meena Rashi or Meenakurru according to Hindu moon astrology, panchang and traditional calendar.

Career – Those looking for new job will get it. Those working in banks will have a good year. Good year for lawyers. Some of you will leave present job and take up business. There will be some difference of opinion with sen…

Rasai Devi – Information About Hindu Goddess Rasai Devi

Goddess Rasai Devi, also referred as Ma Rasai, is a manifestation of Mother Goddess and is worshipped mainly in Maharashtra. She is a village deity. The main temples dedicated to the Goddess are located in Pune District in Maharashtra.

Goddess Rasai Devi is a kind form of Goddess Shakti. She showers motherly love on her children. The murti or idol of Rasai Devi symbolizes kinds and motherly affection.

She is worshipped for peace, prosperity, protection, good agriculture, healthy children, early cure of diseases and for victory over enemies.

A main attraction of the murti is the large eyes. Her hands are in blessing posture. She is dressed like a Marathi woman.
Rasai Devi removes darkness caused by Adharma. She upholds righteousness by protecting those who practice Dharma.

Chathayam Nakshatram 2017 predictions – Astrology Predictions or Phalam in 2017 for Chatayam Nakshatra

For those people born in Chathayam Nakshatram 2017 is not a good year. There will be some obstacles, unwanted spending and health troubles in the year. Astrology prediction or phalam for Chathayam Nakshatram for 2017 based on Janmanaal is given below: February, April, August and October are good. May, June, September and November 2017 will see both good and bad times. January, March, July and December 2017 are bad. Chathayam Nakshatram is the 24th birth star among 27 Nakshatrams in Hindu astrology or Jyothisha. Chatayam is in Kumbha Rashi or Kumbha Kurru (Aquarius Zodiac) according to Hindu moon astrology, panchang and traditional calendar.

Career – Those waiting for job confirmation letter will get it. Some of you will be forced to quit the present job. Some of you will get transfer to a desire place and promotion. Jobs in foreign place will become a reality. You will be offered new job with good position. New job seekers will be unhappy with the jobs offered. Those in government ser…

Avittam Nakshatra 2017 predictions – Astrology Predictions or Phalam in 2017 for Avittam Nakshatram

Avittam Nakshatra born people will ill see good year in 2017 with positive developments. Get together. Marriage. Child birth in the family. Astrology predictions or phalam for Avittam Nakshatram for 2017 is given below: January, April, September and November 2017 are good. February, May, July and December are both good and bad. March, June, August and October 2017 are tough periods. Avittam Nakshatra is the 23rd birth star among 27 Nakshatrams in Hindu astrology or Jyothisham. The first two quarter or 30 Nazhika of Avittam is in Makar Rashi or Makarakurru (Capricorn Zodiac) and the next two quarter or 30 Nazhika is in Kumbha Rashi or Kumbha Kurru (Aquarius Zodiac) according to Hindu moon astrology, panchang and traditional calendar.
Career – Some of you will see sudden reversal in career. Those looking for new jobs will face tough time. Bank professionals will have a good year. There will support and encouragement from management during the later part of the year. Good year for writer…

Neyyattinkara Sree Krishna Swamy Temple in Trivandrum District in Kerala

Dedicated Bhagavan Sri Krishna, the Neyyattinkara Sree Krishna Swamy Temple is an ancient shrine in Trivandrum District in Kerala. The temple is around 20 km south of Trivandrum city. Unnikannan or the baby form of Sri Krishna is worshipped in the temple.



Legend of Ammachi Plavu One of the Travancore kings, Marthanda Varma, was surrounded by his enemies. A boy appeared from nowhere and showed Marthanda Varma a spot to hide. It was inside the hollow trunk of a jackfruit tree. Later Marthanda Varma realized that the boy was Lord Krishna. The king then decided to build a temple dedicated to Sri Krishna near the Ammachi Plavu.

The shrine was built in 1755. The Ammachi Plavu is now preserved inside the shrine.

The main murti worshipped in the form of baby Sri Krishna holding butter in both hands. The murti faces west and is made of Panchaloha.

The subsidiary deities worshipped in the shrine are Ganesha, Sastha and Nagaraja.

Neyyattinkara Sreekrishna Swamy Temple is a classic example of K…

Padmamalini Form of Goddess Lakshmi

Padmamalini is one among the numerous names of Goddess Lakshmi. The name is found in the Moksha Dharma Parva of the Shanti Parva of Mahabharat. Goddess Lakshmi narrates her story to Indra in the chapter of Mahabharata.

Padmamalini because she emerged from lotus which was fully bloomed by the rays of the sun. The name also means one who wears garland made of lotuses.
It is believed that initially Padmamalini resided among daityas or demons as they then had clean habits and good moral behavior. But when all forms of corruption set in the daitya society she abandoned them.

Thiruvonam Nakshatram 2017 predictions – Tiruvonam Nakshatra Astrology Predictions or phalam in 2017

For people born in Thiruvonam Nakshatram, 2017 will be a year of fluctuating fortunes. For Thiruvonam birth star things will improve during the third quarter of 2017. You will not be happy in progress in career. Astrology prediction or phalam for Thiruvonam Nakshatram for 2017 is given below: February, April, August and October are good. January, March, May and December will be neither good nor bad. June, July, September and November 2017 are bad. Tiruvonam Nakshatra is the 22nd birth star among 27 Nakshatrams in Hindu astrology or Jyothisha. Thiruvonam is in Makar Rashi or Makarakurru (Capricorn Zodiac) according to Hindu moon astrology, panchang and traditional calendar.

Career – There will be difference of opinion with seniors and management. Gains this year for advertising professionals. You will be affected by the activities of your enemies and jealous colleagues. Artists and actors will have a good year. You will be making serious decision on career matter keeping in mind your f…

Uthradam Nakshatram 2017 Predictions – Uthiradam Nakshatra Astrology Predictions or phalam in 2017

For those born in Uthradam Nakshatram, 2017 will be a fairly good year. There will be positive developments. It will be a good year for farmers and those in agriculture field. Astrology Predictions or phalam for Uthradam Nakshatra for 2017 is given below: January, March, August and October 2017 are good months. February, April, July and December 2017 will see ups and downs. May, June, September and November are bad months. Uthradam Nakshatram, or Uthiradam, is the 21st birth star among 27 Nakshatrams in Hindu astrology or Jyothish. As per Hindu moon astrology, panchang and traditional calendar first quarter or 15 nazhika of Uthradam is in Dhanu Rashi or Dhanu Kurru (Sagittarius Zodiac) and the next three quarters or 45 nazhika is in Makar Rashi or Makarakurru (Capricorn Zodiac).

Career – You might get into arguments at workplace. You will be busy this year due to additional responsibilities. Those looking for new jobs in defence and other such services will get it. You will win over y…

Pooradam Nakshatram 2017 predictions – Pooradam Nakshatram Astrology Predictions or Phalam in 2017

In 2017, Pooradam Nakshatram born people will see good fortune. Good year to change job. Luck in stocks and games. January, March, August and September are good months. February, April, July and December will be neither good nor bad. May, June, October and November 2017 are bad. Astrology Predictions or phalam for Pooradam Nakshatram for 2017 based on Janmanaal is given below: Pooradam Nakshatram is the 20th birth star among 27 Nakshatrams in Hindu astrology or Jyothish. As per Hindu moon astrology, panchang and traditional calendar, Pooradam is in Dhanu Rashi or Dhanu Kurru (Sagittarius Zodiac).

Career – The year will begin on a slow note for professionals. Year might start with a transfer for many. You will not be happy with your career progress. Job loss for some this year. Colleagues might cause some trouble. Some of you will get jobs from a test that you had attended earlier. Some of you will change your current job.

Finance – There will be loss from speculation. You might get mon…

Moolam Nakshatram 2017 predictions – Moolam Birth Star or Nakshatra Astrology Predictions or Phalam in 2017

In 2017, Moolam Nakshatram born people will see both negative and positive development. Some people will face job loss or business failure. There will be gains from property deals. Astrology Predictions or Phalam for Moolam Nakshatra for 2017 is given below: February, June, July, August and September 2017 are good. April, May and November will see both good and bad times. January, March, October and December 2017 are bad. Moolam Nakshatram is the 19th birth star among 27 Nakshatrams in Hindu Jyothisha or astrology. As per Hindu moon astrology, panchang and traditional calendar Mulam is in Dhanu Rashi or Dhanu Kurru (Sagittarius Zodiac).

Career - Professionals will not be happy with work. Some you will be able to make use of your authority for good. Job loss or a transfer to undesired location for some is a possibility this year. At workplace, some of you will be able to complete projects on time and gain reputation. Self employed professionals will be disappointed with developments. A…

Thriketta Nakshatram 2017 predictions – Trikketta Nakshatra Astrology Predictions or Phalam in 2017

In 2017, Thriketta Nakshatram will have a tough year. There will be serious issues at workplace and with your job. Your enemies will trouble you. Astrology Predictions or phalam for Thriketta Nakshatra for 2017 based on birth star or janmanaal is given below: January, July and December 2017 are good months. February, March, June, August, and November will be tough periods. April, May, September and October will be both good and bad. Thriketta Nakshatra is the 18th birth star among 27 Nakshatrams in Hindu Jyothisham or astrology. As per Hindu moon astrology or Malayalam Jyothisam Thriketta is in Vrishicka kurru (Scorpio Zodiac).

Career – Some of you will get government jobs. Some of you will be offered higher positions. Job change should be made after thorough research and consultations. Those looking for jobs abroad will receive favourable response. Self employed and freelance people will show aggressiveness in career. Some of you will decide to quit the present job and take up other …

Anizham Nakshatram 2017 Predictions – Anizham Birth Star Astrology Predictions or Phalam in 2017

In 2017, Anizham Nakshatram will have a good year. You will have a good year with financial gains. Marriage plans will be successful for many. Astrology Predictions or phalam for Anizham Nakshatra or birth star for 2017 is given below. January, April, August and November 2017 are good months. February, June, September and December are tough periods. March, May, July and October will see both good and bad. Anizham Nakshatra is the 17th birth star among 27 Nakshatrams in Hindu Jyothisha or astrology. As per Hindu moon astrology, panchang and traditional calendar Anizham is in Vrishicka Rashi or Vrischika Kurru (Scorpio Zodiac).

Career – Some of you will get transfer orders to a distant place. Promotion will be delayed but you will get it in this year. New house construction will move ahead smoothly. Pending cases related will go against your favour. Those looking for jobs abroad will face some disappointments. Good year for writers, artists and doctors. You will be able to complete proj…

Chothi Nakshatram 2017 Predictions – Chothi Nakshatra Astrology Predictions or Phalam in 2017

In 2017, Chothi Nakshatram will be a year of mixed fortune. Some trouble related to career and personal life. Financial gains. March, April, August, and September are good in 2017. January, June and December will see both good and bad. February, May, July, October and November 2017 are tough periods. Astrology Predictions or phalam for Chothi Nakshatram for 2017 based on birth star is given below: Chothi Nakshatra is the 15th birth star among 27 Nakshatrams in Hindu Jyothisham or astrology. Chothi is in Tula Rashi or Thula Kurru (Libra Zodiac) according to Hindu moon astrology, panchang and traditional calendar.
Career – Those who have been working in temporary positions or on probation will be made permanent. Some of you will quit job in a distant place and take up a profession of your liking. Good year for doctors and teachers. Job related court cases for some. You will get promotion. Some of you will be able to impress seniors and management. Good year for people working in banks. …

Hastamalaka – Disciple of Adi Shankaracharya

Hastamala was one of the first four disciples of Adi Shankaracharya. He is believed to be the son of Prabhakara of the Mimamsa School and lived at present day Gokarna in Karnataka. He is considered to be jivanmukta, liberated while living in the body.

Legend has it that as a child, Hastamala could not speak and was considered dull-witted. Once on a pilgrimage, the child slipped into water. A yogi who happened to witness this revived the child by entering into his body.

When Adi Shankaracharya visited Gokarna, Hastamala’s father took him to the great teacher.

Shankara asked boy who he was. The body suddenly recited twelve beautiful verses, saying that he was but pure consciousness with no distinctions.

The twelve verses deal with the nature of reality. It is known by the names of Haptamalaka Shloka, Vedanta Siddhanta Dipika and Viveka Manjari. Adi Shankaracharya wrote a commentary on it and it is known as Hastamalakiyam.

Shankaracharya accepted the child as his disciple and named him …

Binikei Pitha – Temple dedicated to Goddess Binikei near Athamallik in Angul Odisha

Binikei Pitha is a shrine located amidst dense forest at Binikei near Athamallik in Angul District in Odisha. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Binikia or Binikei. The temple is on banks of Mahanadi River and is around 25 km from Athamallik.



The history of Maa Binikei Temple is vague. There are no proper historical records. Some scholars believe the present shrine was constructed during the 19th century. It is believed that the murti was recovered during the 9th century AD.

The Murti or Idol of Goddess Binikei worshipped here is a fierce one. She is seen as standing on a man. She also holds the body of another man. Thus the murti symbolizes destruction of evil and protection of devotees.

She removes darkness caused by people practicing Adharma. She upholds righteousness by protecting those who practice Dharma.

She is also worshipped by Tantrics. Thus the temple is also a Tantric center.
The important festival observed here is Dol Yatra during Holi Period in March.

Teachings from Advaita Bodha Dipika by Sri Karapatra Swami

All is absolute, pure, infinite consciousness, non-dual, supreme intelligence, the self-existent Self or Brahman.

Maya or illusion, the powers of veiling and projection are inherent powers in Brahman. These powers manifest an apparent but unreal universe.

It is unreal because it was not before manifestation and will not be after dissolution.

Therefore it is likened to a dream in the supreme intelligence or mind of Brahman.

Thus the apparent universe is but an appearance based on Brahman. It does not exist apart from Brahman.
Source – article titled Is Life A Dream? By Alan Jacobs in May 2016 edition of Prabuddha Bharata.

Story of Indra and the Bird with Mystic Powers

Story of Indra and the bird who refused to leave the tree on which it had made its abode is found in the Anusasana Parva, Chapter 5, of Mahabharata. A hunter once went hunting with poisoned arrows. One of his arrows hit a big tree and the powerful poison dried up the whole tree.

In the hollow of the trunk of the tree, there lived a bird with mystic powers. It did not leave the tree, which had been its home since birth.

One day Indra approached the bird in the guise of saint. However, the bird easily identified Indra by its mystic power.

Indra advised the bird to leave the tree and find a suitable residence as the tree could fall anytime. The bird did not accept his advice.
Indra was pleased at the bird’s loyalty and gratitude towards the tree. Therefore, he took the bird along with him to heaven.

Atham Nakshatram 2017 Predictions – Astrological Predictions or phalam for Atham Nakshatra in 2017

In 2017, Atham Nakshatram people will  have a mixed year. It is a good year in finance matter for the nakshatram. A not a good year in career and business. Astrology Predictions or phalam for Atham Nakshatra in 2017 is given below: February, April, July, September and December 2017 are good periods for Atham Nakshatra. January, June and November will see fluctuating fortunes. March, May, August and October 2017 will be tough periods. Atham Nakshatram is the 13th birth star among 27 Nakshatrams in Hindu Jyothisha or astrology. Atham is in Kanya Rashi or Kannikurru (Virgo Zodiac) as per Hindu moon astrology, panchang and traditional calendar.
Career – Good year for writers and those working in publishing industry. You will be able to overcome your enemies. Good year for those working in services. Those looking for new jobs will get it. You will get transfer to a desire location. An expected promotion will be denied. Not a good year to change jobs. Some of you will be forced to quit job …