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Kuladevata – Importance of Kuldevata in Hinduism

Kuladevata is the deity of the clan. The concept of Kuldevata is of great importance in many regions and for several Hindu communities. In Hinduism, a particular deity or a particular manifestation of the deity is worshipped as the family deity. Both Gods and Goddesses are worshipped as Kuladevata. Only benign and peaceful forms of deity are chosen as family deity. Ferocious forms are generally avoided.
Kuldevata worshippers carry small pictures or murtis of their deity with them wherever they go. Each Hindu community has its own particular deity. Generally, it is a popular deity from the Hindu pantheon. Some might be a regional manifestation, which is only worshipped in a particular region.
All important functions in the family are conducted with the blessing of the deity. Special pujas and rituals are performed before auspicious events. In some regions, functions like marriage, upanayana and other events are held before the temple of Kuldevata.
Children in the family are also name …

Viyyur Manalaru Kavu Bhagavathy Temple Kavadi and Vela Festival

Viyyur Manalaru Kavu Bhagavathy Temple is located at Viyyur Manalaru near Thrissur in Kerala. Manalaru Kavu Bhagavathy Temple is located around 3 km from Thrissur town. The annual festival in the shrine is observed on Sashti day in Malayalam Makaram month. The rituals and festivities attracts scores of devotees. Viyyur Manalaru Kavu Bhagavathy Temple Kavadi and Vela festival 2016 date is February 13.

Melam, traditional Kerala temple music with five instruments, is performed as part of the ritual.

Caparisoned elephants and Kavadi are part of the 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.

Minaloor Pooram – Sree Kuttiyankavu Bhagavathy Temple Pooram Festival at Minalur near Thrissur

Minaloor Pooram is observed at the Sree Kuttiyankavu Bhagavathy Temple at Minalur near Thrissur in Kerala. Sree Kuttiyankavu Bhagavathy Temple is located around 12 km from Thrissur town. The annual festival in the shrine is observed in Malayalam Makaram month. The rituals and festivities attracts scores of devotees. Minaloor Sree Kuttiyankavu Bhagavathy Temple Pooram 2016 date is February 13.

Melam, traditional Kerala temple music with five instruments, is performed as part of the ritual.

Another highlight is caparisoned elephants. The pooram is also noted for fireworks display.

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.

Various unique offerings are made at the shrine during the period.
Traditional performing arts, music and dance ar…

Valavanadu Devi Temple Festival – Valavanadu Puthenkavu Devi Temple Annual Festival

Valavanadu Puthenkavu Devi Temple is located at Valavanadu near Mararikulam in Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy. The annual festival is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month. Valavanadu Devi Temple annual festival 2016 beginning date is February 13. The main festival date is February 23. The festival ends with Arattu on February 24, 2016.

Melam, traditional Kerala temple music with five instruments, are performed as part of the festival. 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.

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.

Various unique offerings are made at the shrine during the period.
Traditional performing arts, music and dance are staged during the period.

Irinjalakuda Viswanathapuram Temple Sashti Festival

Viswanathapuram Temple, located at Irinjalakuda in Thrissur District, is a famous temple dedicated to Lord Subrahmanya or Muruga. The annual Sashti festival in Makaram month attracts scores of devotees. Irinjalakuda Viswanathapuram Temple Sashti festival 2018 date is January 23. It is observed on the Sashti that falls after Amavasya in Makaram month.

Melam, traditional Kerala temple music with five instruments, is performed as part of the ritual.

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.

A major highlight of the festival is the procession. Colorfully dressed artists, chendamelam, mayilattom, karakattam, aattakavadi, ammankudam etc are part of the procession.

Thai Pongal Kolam – Pictures of Pongal Kolams

Kolams, known as Rangoli in North India, signify luck, hope and prosperity. A traditional simple kolam is drawn daily in most houses in South India and then there are special kolams drawn during pujas, rituals and festivals like Pongal, Tamil New Year, Vaikunta Ekadasi, Makar Sankranti etc. Kolams drawn during Pongal is based on the symbols of the festival like pongal pot, sugarcane, cow, ox and Lord Surya. Here are the photos of Pongal Kolams as examples.
It must be noted that today most Pongal kolams concentrate on designs and some of the important symbols of Pongal festival are avoided.
This first Kolam is of Padmavathy Venkat who had put the kolam for Pongal
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Update:Simple Pongal Kolams Related Tamil New Year Kolams Sankranti Kolams

Dronacharya of Mahabharata had an ashram at Don hill in Gujarat

Donhill, located 42km east of Ahwa in the Dang District in Gujarat, is an important religious site. An ashram of Dronacharya, the guru of Kauravas and Pandavas in the Mahabharata, was located atop the Donhill. In fact, before the British changed the name of the hill, it was known as Dron.
There are remnants of the ashram constructed by Dronacharya at Asalya hilltop. This hilltop also has a natural water spring, a Shivling, footprints of Sita and the handprints of Dronacharya.
Today, Donhill is famous for paragliding.  Times of India reports
At 1,000 metre above the sea level, Donhill has been officially declared as the highest peak of the Sahyadri mountain ranges in Gujarat by the Roads and Buildings department of the Dang district administration.
The officials say Don is a historical village and has a population of 1,748 people who are tribals. Their main occupation is farming.

"We had carried out a survey to measure the height of both the hills and found Don to be on the highest p…

Tamil Nadu Solar Eclipse Time on March 9, 2016 – Surya Grahanam time in Chennai, Madurai on March 9, 2016

The Solar Eclipse taking place in India on March 9, 2016 will be a partial eclipse in all places in Chennai, Madurai and other parts of Tamil Nadu. The Surya Grahanam will not be visible in Coimbatore, Erode, Salem, Kanchipuram, Toothukudi and other towns from 5:07 AM to 6:47 AM  on March 9, 2016 – as per Indian standard time.

The lunar eclipse is not visible as it is taking place in the morning.
Detail Timing of Partial Lunar Eclipse in Tamil Nadu
Eclipse begins 5:07 AM on March 9 Mid Eclipse is at 6:37 AM  Eclipse ends at 6:47 AM on March 9, 2016

Delhi Solar Eclipse Time on March 9, 2016 – Surya Grahan time in New Delhi on March 9, 2016

The Solar Eclipse taking place in India on March 9, 2016 will be a partial eclipse in all places in New Delhi and other areas in the capital city of India from 5:07 AM to 6:47 AM on March 9, 2016 – as per Indian standard time.
Detail Timing of Total Lunar Eclipse in Delhi
Eclipse begins 5:07 AM on March 9, 2016 Mid Eclipse is at 6:37 AM Eclipse ends at 6:47 AM

Bakula Amavasya 2019 - Vakula Amavasi in Orissa

Bakula Amavasya, or Vakula Amabasya, is observed during the Posh Amavasi in Orissa and is dedicated to the Mango trees. Bakula Amavasya 2019 date is January 5. Amavas, or Amabasya is the no moon day and Bakula falls in the Paush month (December – January).

Special food is prepared on the day and is offered in temples. The food is also offered to Mango trees. The ritual is performed to get more mangos during the ensuing mango season.

In this dream of worldly existence we cannot see our true nature – Prabuddha Bharata

Life brings out the best of us by putting us into situations that are the worst. Why does it do so? To make us wake up from our beginningless slumber of forgetting our true nature: blissful, ever existing, and absolutely conscious. It tries to shake us from our dream of the world. Just as in a dream it is difficult to see ourselves, so in this dream of worldly existence we cannot see our true nature, the Atman.
Even when we think that we ought to start our spiritual journey, what do we do? We chalk out a programme, a routine, make some feeble attempts at meditation, do some scriptural studies, bring changes to our lifestyle, do some devotional practices, and try to help others.
All these are at best preparations for the spiritual journey. Almost all of us remain stagnant at this stage of preparation, our entire lives, and do not progress further because we lack both vision and passion. We lack the vision of Atman, our true nature.
We fail to understand the import of the Upanishads …