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Nritya Ganapati

Nritiya Ganapati is the dancing form of Ganesha and is one of the 32 forms of Ganapathy. This form of Ganesh is propitiated by artists, especially performing artists like dancers. He blesses artists with success and proficiency. Nritya Ganapati Mantra is
Pashankusha Kutaradanta Chanchatkara
Kalupta Varanguleeyakam
Peetamprabham kalpatarodhashtham bhajami
Nritthopa Padam Ganesham

Nritya Ganapati is depicted dancing under a Kalpa Vriksha – wish fulfilling tree in Hindu Puranas.

The form of Ganesha has golden color. It has four hands – holding goad, noose, rope and broken tusk.

Nritya Ganapati blesses one with proficiency in 4 types of fine arts.

Mesha Sankranti

Mesha Sankranti marks the beginning of the Sun’s transition from Mesha to Vrishabha or Aries to Taurus. There are 12 Sankranthis in a Hindu Solar Calendar and Mesha Sankranti is the first in one cycle. It is an auspicious day for many communities in Orissa and South India. In 2018, the date of Mesha Sankranti is April 15. Time is at 3:51 AM.

‘San’ means plenty and good and ‘Kranti’ means radical change and Sankranthi means plenty of good change.
Vishu in Kerala is observed during this Sankranti. Mahavishubha Sankranti in Orissa is also observed on the day.

Khechara in Hindu Scriptures

Khechara literally means one moving in the air. In Hindu scriptures, Khechara are male spirits that flies or moves in the air. The female spirits that can move in air are known as Khechari.

Khechara could be an entity having human form with powers to fly like Devas, Gandharvas or Vidhyadhara.

The term is also used in relation to birds, clouds, sun, wind and aerial spirit.

Khechari Mudra is also a yoga technique.
Siddhas or Tantrics who had magical powers were also referred as Khechara.

Pattazhy Pongala - Pattazhi Devi Temple Pongala Festival

Pattazhy Devi Temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy and the shrine is located around 18 km from Adoor in Kerala. The annual Pongala festival is organized in Makaram month. Pattazhy Pongala 2016 date is February 7. Thousands of women offer pongala to Pattazhi Devi on the day.

The temple is decorated during the period with lights, lamp, plantain, coconut fronds, flowers etc. Pongal' 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.’
Holy fire from the temple is taken out to start the fire for cooking Pongala.

Cherukolpuzha Hindu Religious Convention in Kerala

Cherukolpuzha Hindu Religious Convention is annually held on the banks of Pamba at Cherukole in Kerala in February. Cherukolpuzha Hindu Matha Convention 2018 date is February 4 to February 11. The place of the religious congregation is located around 12 km from the famous Aranmula Temple.
In 2018, it is the 106th Cherukolpuzha Hindu Religious Convention. It is organized by the Ayroor-Cherukolpuzha Hindumatha Mahamandalam at Vidyadhiraja Nagar at Ayroor.

Eminent personalities from various fields of life address the weeklong gathering.
Problems faced by the Hindu community, social issues, science, mathematics, art and culture are discussed in detail during the convention.

Kottarakara Vilangara Kavadiyattam – Kottarakara Vilangara Subramanya Swamy temple Thaipooyam Festival

Kottarakara Vilangara Kavadiyattam is observed at the Subramanya Swamy temple located here. The annual ritual is held on the Pooyam nakshatra day in Malayalam Makaram month. Kottarakara Vilangara Thrikkuzhiyoor Subramanya Swamy temple Thaipooyam festival 2017 date is February 10.

The festival begins the children's Kavadiyattam.

The main Kavadiyattam begins at noon and culminates at the Indilayapan temple at Vilangara.

The highlight of the festival is the golden Kavadi and the Panchaloha Kavadi. Thousands of people arrive to have a glimpse of the golden Kavadi in procession.

The famous Agni Kavadi ritual is held at night. The fire for this ritual is made from jackfruit tree wood.

Subrahmanya Sahasranama Archana is performed from morning hours on the day.

Special pujas, rituals, abhishekam, and numerous other activities are held on the day.
Vilangara Thrikkuzhiyoor Subramanya Swamy temple is located around 10 km from Kottarakara.

Krishna Butter Thief Llladro Idol – Porcelain figurine from Lladro – Little Krishna Butter Thief Murti

Krishna Butter Thief 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. Krishna Butter Thief is part of the series. Krishna Butter Thief murti shows little Krishna eating butter from a titled overflowing pot filled with butter. The price of the murti is Rupees 59,000. Lladro figurines are noted for its beauty, detailing and no compromise in materials used.

Ekadashi January 2017 date – Monthly Fasting for Hindu God Vishnu in January 2017

Dedicated to Hindu God Vishnu, Ekadashi Vrat is observed on the eleventh day of a fortnight in a Hindu lunar calendar. Ekadashi dates in January 2017 – January 8/9 (January 8 in most parts of India) (January 9 in western and central India) and January 23. Vaikunta Ekadasi is on January 8. A fasting from sunrise to next day morning sunrise is generally observed by many Hindus on the day. Some observe the fast from the start time of Ekadasi Tithi and break the fast at the beginning of Dwadasi Tithi.

The January 8, 2017 Ekadasi is known as Putrada Ekadasi in most regions. This Ekadasi will be observed on January 8, 2017 in most parts of India. In some regions it will be observed on January 9 and especially in western and central parts of India.

The famous Vaikunta Ekadasi in South India especially observed in Tirumala, Bhadrachalam Sri Rama Temple, Srirangam and other Vishnu temples is on January 8, 2017.

The January 8, 2017 Ekadashi is known in Kerala as the SwargaVathil Ekadasi.

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Thiruvankulam Mahadeva Temple Festival – Thiruvankulam Shiva Temple Festival

Thiruvankulam Mahadeva Temple is located near Tripunithura in Kerala. This famous Shiva shrine is around 4 km from Tripunithura town in Ernakulam District. The festival is noted for unique rituals and festivities and attracts scores of devotees. Thiruvankulam Mahadeva Temple Festival 2016 date is February 9 to February 18. The festival ends with Arattu.

Various unique offerings are made at the shrine during the period.

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.

Learn from the Tree

A tree begins its journey as small seed. The seed has great potential. It can fill the entire earth with trees. Each one of us are like a tree, we have great potential hidden in us.
A growing tree is delicate it can be destroyed easily. Nurture your talents, talk less and contemplate more. Be fully prepared before venturing out into the world.
Trees have patience – it takes years to become a huge tree. Similarly, we should not take shortcuts in life to grow. Slow and steady is the success mantra.
Trees give comfort to all without asking. It does not discriminate. Similarly, we should help others whenever possible.
Trees teach us to live in peace and harmony. If we throw stones at a tree, it gives back fruits. Learn to forgive and do good to others.
Be like the roots of a tree. They support the entire tree but they never come out and blabber about it. If they come out, the tree will not stand upright. Let others realize our value do not advertise it.
Trees never cling on to its fruit…