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Petta Thullal at Erumely during Sabarimala Pilgrimage Season - Erumeli Petta Thulal

Petta Thullal at Erumeli is on the most important event during the Sabarimala Pilgrimage to the Ayyappa Temple . Erumely Petta Thullal 2023 date is January 11. Ayyappa devotees perform Petta Thullal – the dance of ecstasy – commemorating the victory achieved over Demon Mahishasura by Lord Ayyappa, Vavur Swami, Ambalapuzha Sangam (team) and Alancode Sangam. The entire ceremony is performed in front of the Erumeli Vavar Mosque and Pettah Sri Dharmasastha Temple . The Petta Thullal is performed to the chanting of Swami Ennakathom… Swami Thinthakathom. The Ambalapuzha team starts their journey from the Ambalapuzha temple a couple of days before the Petta Thullal day. They reach Erumeli after performing Aazhi Puja at the Manimala Bhagavati Temple . This puja is performed for the redemption of sins. Ambalapuzha Sangam starts their Petta Thullal after witnessing the Eagle flying round in sky. The popular belief is that Lord Vishnu arrives from Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna temple

Hedvi Maghi Utsav – Hedvi Ganesh Temple Festival

Hedvi Maghi Utsav is annually observed in Magh month. This is an important fair and festival at the Hedvi Ganesh Temple in Guhagar. The temple festival is observed on Ganesh Jayanti day. Hedvi Maghi Utsav 2023 date is January 25. Hundreds of people participate in the annual yatra. The shrine is traditionally decorated during the period with leaves and lights. Hedvi is located in Ratnagiri District. The shrine is located around 18 km from Guhagar town.

Pachal Maghi Utsav – Pachal Ganesh Mandir Festival

Pachal Maghi Utsav is annually observed in Magh month. This is an important fair and festival at the Pachal Ganesh Mandir in Rajapur. The temple festival is observed on Ganesh Jayanti day. Pachal Maghi Utsav 2023 date is January 25. Hundreds of people participate in the annual yatra. The shrine is traditionally decorated during the period with leaves and lights. Pachal is located in Ratnagiri District. The shrine is located around 32 km from Rajapur town.

Inchanal Maghi Utsav – Inchanal Ganesh Mandir Festival

Inchanal Maghi Utsav is annually observed in Magh month. This is an important fair and festival at the Inchanal Ganesh Mandir in Gadhinglaj. The temple festival is observed on Ganesh Jayanti day. Inchanal Maghi Utsav 2023 date is January 25. Hundreds of people participate in the annual yatra. The shrine is traditionally decorated during the period with leaves and lights. Inchanal is located in Kolhapur District. The shrine is located around 8 km from Gadhinglaj town.

Shiva as a Child – The Child form of Lord Shiva

One of the lesser known incarnations of Lord Shiva is a Child. Shiva took the form of a child to pacify Goddess Shakti, who took the form of the ferocious form of Goddess Chamunda to kill the demons Chara and Munda.  After annihilating Chara and Munda, Goddess Chamunda looked around the earth and realized that the real demons are ego, avarice, jealousy, anger and lust which has overwhelmed the mind of human beings and decided to destroy the universe. Goddess Shakti, the mother of the Universe, thus decided to take up an unusual role of the destructor of the Universe. Sensing the impending danger, Lord Shiva decided to take the form a child. Soon Mahadeva took the form a baby and began to cry. His cry echoed through the universe and Goddess Chamunda looked around and found Shiva in the form a child. Goddess Shakti experienced pangs of motherly love and soon approached the child with an urge to nurse him. Child Shiva was soon able to pacify the ferocious Chamunda.

Shuleshwar Mahadev in Ujjain – About Shuleshwar Form of Shiva - 51st Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Shuleshwar 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 Shuleshwar Form of Shiva will help in overcoming fears and all forms of difficulties. The temple dedicated to Shuleshwar Mahadev is located at Khatikwada on Dhaba Road. This form of Shiva is associated with demon Andakasur. Shuleshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 51st temple visited during the parikarama of Shiavalayas here. Story of Shuleshwar Mahadev Legend has it that Andakasur defeated Indra, the king of devas. He started residing in heaven. Intoxicated with power and arrogance, he asked Lord Shiva to abandon Kailash and sent his wife to him. Shiva asked Andakasur to come to Kailash and remove him, if he thinks he is so powerful. Andakasur arrived with a huge army to fight Shiva. But Shiva defeated them all using his Trishul or trident. He thrust his Trishul on Andakasur an

Chinakkathoor Pooram 2022 Date – Chinakkathoor Bhagavathy Temple Festival

Chinakkathoor Pooram is observed in Kumbham month as per Malayalam calendar in Kerala. It is the annual festival at the Chinakkathoor Bhagavathy Temple at Palappuram in Palakkad District. The shrine is located around 6 km from Ottapalam. Chinakkathoor Pooram 2022 date is February 17. The most important highlight of the festival is the display of nearly 30 odd caparisoned elephants. The fortnight long festival is noted for traditional arts and music including – Panchavadyam, Tholpavakoothu, vellattu, theyyam, pulikkali, poothanum thirayum, kaalavela, kuthiravela, aandi vedan, kumbhamkali, kudakkali, theru (chariot), thattinmelkooth (dance on the platform) and karivela. During the period, the shrine is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights. Hundreds of people arrive to witness various festivities. The annual festival is observed on the Makam Nakshatra in Kumbham Month. Kala kali, uranju thullal, vellattam nayadikali, p

Panangattiri Koothanda Vela – Panangattiri Sri Iravan Temple Festival

Panangattiri Koothanda Vela is held at the makeshift Sri Iravan Temple in Panangattiri in Palakkad District of Kerala. The annual festival is held in Malayalam month Makaram. Hundreds of devotees participate in this annual ritual.  In the festival, an effigy of Iravan, son of Arjuna and Ulupi, is made with hay and bamboo. The head of the effigy is made using and the face is painted green. The festival is observed in commemoration of the sacrifice of Iravan before the start of the Kurukshetra war in the Mahabharata. In the festival the head of the effigy is broken, its body burnt with traditional festivities, and fireworks. Caparisoned elephants, melam and other traditional art forms are part of the festivities.

Lakkidi Charaparambil Subramanya Temple Pooyam Festival

Lakkidi Charaparambil Pooyam Subramanya Temple is located at Lakkidi and is around 8 km from Ottapalam in Kerala. The annual pooyam ritual organized in the temple attracts hundreds of devotees. The shrine is dedicated to Subramanya or Muruga. Lakkidi Cheruparambil Subramanya Temple Thaipooyam festival 2023 date is February 5. 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.