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Kanichukulangara Utsavam - Annual Festival at Kanichukulangara Devi Temple

Kanichukulangara Devi Temple is located around 9 km from Cherthala and 18 km from Alappuzha. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathi or Devi. The 21-day utsavam or annual temple festival in the shrine is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month.  The festival begins on the Bharani Nakshatra in Kumbham month and ends on Thiruvonam nakshatra. The Padayani is observed on Pooradam nakshatra. Vela Kali is observed on Uthiram and Thiruvonam nakshatra.  The deity worshipped in the temple is constructed with Dharun. Thiri Pidutham is an important ritual observed during the 21-day festival. Another ritual observed during the festival period is Chikarayakhirittuka - this is done by children to get early solution to various illness in childhood.  The temple is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights for the occasion. The annual pattum malayum charthal is held in Kumbham month. Various unique offerings are made at the shrine

Laghima Siddhi – Yogi Power that helps a Yogi Fly

Laghima Siddhi is one of the eight yogic powers or ashta siddhis. It is mentioned in Vyasa Bhasya on Yogasutra of Patanjali (III:45). The definition of Laghima given in Yoga texts  is – becoming very light in weight like cotton fiber. On who has attained the Siddhi will be capable of free movement in space. Gravitation is not a problem for the person who has mastered Laghima. To attain the power to fly the Yogi has to have the control of the five elements – earth, water, fire, air and space. The yogi attains the power by the practice of Samyama (i.e., dharana, dhyana, and Samadhi, all the three together) on the qualities or special characteristics of five elements, which are grossness, nature, subtle, cause and effect relation and purposiveness. Source – Encyclopedia of Hinduism Volume VI page 226 published by India Heritage Foundation Related Ashta Siddhi

Ram Rath Miravnuk at Nagthane in Satara

Ram Rath Miravnuk is observed in Magh  month at Nagthane village in Satara, Maharashtra. This is an important annual fair and festival at the temple located here. Hundreds of people participate in the rituals and festivities. Nagthane Ram Rath Miravnuk 2023 date is January 22. For the annual miravnuk ritual, the shrine is traditionally decorated with leaves, flowers, lamps and lights. Hundreds of people participate in the procession which is a colorful one. Ram Rath Miravnuk at Nagthane is observed on Magh Shukla Paksha pratipada tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra. 

Khandoba Yatra at Naldurg near Tuljapur in Maharashtra

Naldurg Khandoba Yatra is observed in Paush month. The annual fair and festival at Khandoba Temple at Naldurg near Tuljapur in Maharashtra attracts thousands of devotees. Naldurg Khandoba Yatra 2023 date is January 21. It is considered highly meritorious to take blessings of the deity on the day. The annual ritual attracts thousands of devotees. The shrine is decorated with lamps, lights and flowers. Naldurg Khandoba Yatra is held annually on Paush Amavasya tithi or the no moon day in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar in Maharashtra.

Dev Manasishvar Yatra – Shri Dev Manasishvar Jatra and Festival

Dev Manasishvar Yatra is observed in Magh month. The annual fair and festival at Shri Dev Manasishvar at Ubhadanda, Vengurla, in Maharashtra  attracts thousands of devotees. Dev Manasishvar Jatra 2023 date is January 29. It is considered highly meritorious to take blessings of the deity on the day. The annual ritual attracts thousands of devotees. The shrine is decorated with lamps, lights and flowers. Dev Manasishvar Yatra is held annually on Magh Shukla Paksha Ashtami tithi or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar in Maharashtra.

Kanakaditya Utsav at Kasheli – Sri Kanakaditya Temple Festival at Kasheli near Rajapur

Kanakaditya Utsav is observed in Magh month. The annual fair and festival at Sri Kanakaditya Temple attracts thousands of devotees. The shrine is dedicated to Surya or Sun God. Kanakaditya Utsav 2023 date at Kasheli is January 28. It is considered highly meritorious to take blessings of Surya Bhagavan on the day. The annual ritual attracts thousands of devotees. The shrine is decorated with lamps, lights and flowers. Kanakaditya Utsav is held annually on Magh Shukla Paksha Saptami tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar in Maharashtra.