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Shankarling Chariot Festival at Sankeshwar – Shankarling Rathotsav at Sankeshwar in Karnataka

Shankarling chariot festival or Rathotsav is observed in Magh month. The annual fair and festival is observed at the Shankarling temple (Shankarling Math) located at Sankeshwar. The shrine is located around 19 km from Hukkeri in Karnataka. Shankarling Rathotsav 2018 date is January 27.

Thousands of people participate in the annual chariot pulling festival. The shrine is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Numerous rituals and pujas are held during the occasion.

Fireworks and colorful procession are part of the festivities.

The shrine is decorated beautifully with flowers, lamps and lights for the occasion.
Shankarling chariot festival is held annually on Magh Shukla Paksha Dasami tithi or the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar in Karnataka.

Naam Saptah at Natal near Kankavli in Sindhudurg District

Natal Naam Saptah is annually held in Magh month. It is the chanting of the names of god for a week. This particular Naam Saptah undertaken at Natal near Kankavli in Sindhudurg District attracts hundreds of devotees. Natal Naam Saptah 2018 date is January 26.

The concept of Naam Saptah was initiated by Shirdi Sai Baba.
Natal Naam Saptah is held annually on Magh Shukla Paksha Navami tithi or the ninth day during the waxing phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar in Maharashtra.

Shri Navadurga Utsav at Redi in Vengurla – Navadurga Temple Festival

Shri Navadurga Utsav is observed in Magh month. The annual fair and festival at Navadurga Temple at Redi, Vengurla, in Maharashtra attracts thousands of devotees. Dev Manasishvar Jatra 2018 date at Vengurle is January 26.

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.
Shri Navadurga Utsav is held annually on Magh Shukla Paksha Navami tithi or the ninth day during the waxing phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar in Maharashtra.

Dasbodh Jayanti

Dasbodh Jayanti is observed in Magh month. Dasbodh means ‘advice to the disciple.’ It is believed that this Advaita Vedanta spiritual text in Marathi was first narrated on this day. Dasbodh Jayanti 2018 date is January 26.

Sant Samarth Ramdas orally narrated Dasbodh to his disciple, Kalyan Swami. It is presented in the format of a conversation between a Guru and disciple.

Dasbodh advocates both Bhakti (devotion) method and Jnana (knowledge) method for attaining liberation.
Dasbodh Jayanti is annually observed on Magh Shukla Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waxing phase of moon in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Madavoor Kalari Temple Annual Festival – Madavoor Temple Utsavam

Madavoor Kalari Temple is located near Kilimanoor in Thiruvananthapuram District in Kerala. The annual festival or utsavam in the shrine is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy or Devi. The shrine is located around 11 km from Kilimanoor. Madavoor Kalari Temple Festival 2016 date is February 17.

Several unique rituals and pujas are performed during the festival period.

Traditional performing arts, music, songs and other cultural activities are held during the period.

Caparisoned elephants, colorful processions and fireworks are other highlights.
The festival ends with arattu on the final day.

Mannarkkad Pooram 2017 - Mannarkkad Udayarkunnu Bhagavathy Temple Pooram Purappad

Mannarkkad Pooram is the annual festival observed in Udayarkunnu Bhagavathy Temple in Palakkad District in Kerala. The famous pooram festival in the shrine is observed in Kumbham month. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy. The shrine is located around 37 km from Palakkad Town. Mannarkkad Pooram Purappad is on March 11.

Valiyarattu is on March  2017 and Chettivela is on March 12, 2017.

The highlight of the festival is caparisoned elephants, melam and fireworks.

Several unique rituals and pujas are performed during the festival period.

Traditional performing arts, music, songs and other cultural activities are held during the period.
The festival ends with arattu on the final day.

The main festival is observed on the Pooram Nakshatram in Kumbham month.

Sreenivasa Kovil Moolasthana Prathishta in Tripunithura in Kerala

Sreenivasa Kovil is a temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is located at Kannankulangara in Tripunithura in Kerala. This is an ancient shrine in the region. The annual Moolasthana Prathishta ritual is observed in Kumbham month. Sreenivasa Kovil Moolasthana Prathishta 2016 date is February 17.
Several unique rituals and pujas are performed during the festival period.

It is considered highly meritorious to take the blessings of the deity on the day.

Perambra Elamaran Kulangara Temple Annual Festival or Utsavam

Perambra Elamaran Kulangara Temple is located at Perambra in Kozhikode District in Kerala. The annual festival or utsavam in the shrine is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy or Devi. The shrine is located around 19 km from Koyilandy. Perambra Elamaran Kulangara Temple Festival 2016 beginning date is February 9. The festival ends with Arattu on February 17, 2016.

Several unique rituals and pujas are performed during the festival period.

Traditional performing arts, music, songs and other cultural activities are held during the period.

Caparisoned elephants, colorful processions and fireworks are other highlights.
The festival ends with arattu on the final day.

Thalikulam Thalikulangara Temple Annual Festival – Thalikulangara Shankaranarayana Temple Utsavam

Thalikulam Thalikulangara Temple is located at Thalikulam in Thrissur District. The annual festival or Utsavam is observed in Kumbham month. The shrine is located around 4 km from Thriprayar. The shrine is dedicated to Shiva and is known as Shankaranarayana Temple. Thalikulam Thalikulangara Temple annual festival 2016 date is February 17.

Several unique rituals and pujas are performed during the festival period.

Traditional performing arts, music, songs and other cultural activities are held during the period.

Caparisoned elephants, colorful processions and fireworks are other highlights.
The festival ends with arattu on the final day.

Vellimon Kottaram Sri Maha Ganapathi Temple Festival – Vellimon Kottaram Ganapati Utsavam

Vellimon Kottaram Sri Maha Ganapathi Temple is located at Vellimon in Kollam District in Kerala. The annual festival or utsavam in the shrine is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month. The shrine is dedicated to Ganesha. The shrine is located around 4 km from Kundara. Vellimon Kottaram Sri Maha Ganapathi Temple Festival 2016 beginning date is February 17.

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

The temple is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights for the occasion.

Traditional performing arts, music and dance are staged during the period.

Caparisoned elephants, melam, fireworks and sheevali are part of the festival.
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.

Kuttanellur Pooram 2017 date – Kuttanellur Bhagavathy Temple Pooram Festival

Kuttanellur Pooram is the annual festival observed in Kuttanellur Bhagavathy Temple in Thrissur District in Kerala. The famous pooram festival in the shrine is observed in Kumbham month. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy. The shrine is located around 7 km from Thrissur Town. Kuttanellur Bhagavathy Temple Pooram Purappad is on March 4, 2017. Kuttanellur Pooram 2017 date is March 11.

The highlight of the festival is caparisoned elephants, melam and fireworks.

Several unique rituals and pujas are performed during the festival period.

Traditional performing arts, music, songs and other cultural activities are held during the period.

The festival ends with arattu on the final day.

Cheruvaranam Puthenambalam Sree Narayanapuram Temple Annual Festival – Utsavam at Cheruvaranam Puthenambalam

Cheruvaranam Puthenambalam Sree Narayanapuram Temple is located near Cherthala in Alappuzha District in Kerala. The annual festival or utsavam in the shrine is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month. The shrine is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The shrine is located around 8 km from Cherthala twon. Cheruvaranam Puthenambalam Sree Narayanapuram Temple festival beginning date is February 17, 2016. The festival ends with Arattu on February 24, 2016

Several unique rituals and pujas are performed during the festival period.

Traditional performing arts, music, songs and other cultural activities are held during the period.

Caparisoned elephants, colorful processions and fireworks are other highlights.

The festival ends with arattu on the final day.

Thakazhy Sree Dharma Sastha Temple Annual Festival – Utsavam at Thakazhy Temple

Thakazhy Sree Dharma Sastha Temple is located at Thakazhy in Alappuzha District in Kerala. The annual festival or utsavam in the shrine is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month. The shrine is dedicated to Dharma Sastha or Sasthavu. The shrine is located around 20 km from Alappuzha. Thakazhy Sree Dharma Sastha Temple Festival beginning date in 2016 is February 17. The festival ends with Arattu on February 24, 2016.

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

The temple is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights for the occasion.

Traditional performing arts, music and dance are staged during the period.

Caparisoned elephants, melam, fireworks and sheevali are part of the festival.
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.

Puthukulangara Sri Bhadrakali Temple Festival and Kuttiyottam at Nedumangad – Puthukulangara Sri Bhadrakali Temple Utsavam

Puthukulangara Sri Bhadrakali Temple is located at Nedumangad in Trivandrum District in Kerala. The annual festival or utsavam in the shrine is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali. The shrine is located around 6 km from Nedumangad. Puthukulangara Sri Bhadrakali Temple Festival beginning date is February 17, 2016. The famous Kuthiyottam ritual in 2016 on February 26.

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

The temple is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights for the occasion.

Traditional performing arts, music and dance are staged during the period.

Caparisoned elephants, melam, fireworks and sheevali are part of the festival.
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.

Chottanikkara Utsavam – Chottanikkara Temple Annual Festival

Chottanikkara Temple is famous Shakti Shrine in Kerala and is located near Cochin and is about 20 km from Ernakulam Railway Station. The annual temple festival or Utsavam in the shrine is observed in Kumbham month. It also coincides with the Chottanikkara Makam Thozhal. Chottanikkara Temple Annual Festival in 2016 begins on February 17.

Several unique rituals and pujas are performed during the festival period.

Traditional performing arts, music, songs and other cultural activities are held during the period.

Caparisoned elephants, colorful processions and fireworks are other highlights.

The festival ends with arattu on the final day.
The famous Makam Thozhal will be held on February 23, 2016.

Tirthamukh Snan and Mela in Gomati River in Tripura during Makar Sankranti

Observed on the Makar Sankranti day, Tirthamukh Snan and Mela in Gomati river in South Tripura attracts more than 100,000 people. Tirthamukh Snan and Mela in 2018 is on January 14. A holy dip in the River Gomati, on this occasion, is believed to wash away earthly sins. People also perform Shradh, Tarpan and Pinda Daan rituals dedicated to the dead forefathers on the day.

Tribal and non-tribal Hindus start taking bath from midnight of Makar Sankranti. Prayers are offered to Surya, the Hindu Sun God. The ritual on the day is also dedicated to Bhishma Pitamaha, as the people here believe that he left his physical body on earth on the day.
The temperature during the period touches between 0 to 5 degrees but this does not deter thousands of devotees who perform the holy bath. Hindus from neighboring states of Assam, Bengal and Meghalaya also take part in the ritual. Hindus from Bangladesh also participate in the ritual.
Tirthamukh, is nearly 140 kilometers southeast of Agartala, the capit…

The Story of Tamil Karadayan Nombu – Based on the legend of Satyavan Savitri

Karadayan Nombu or Vratam is an important fast observed by Tamil women. It is based on the legend of Satyavan and Savitri. Based on this myth each region in India observes an Upvaas in different time of the year. In Tamil Nadu, it is observed during the transition of Tamil Month Maasi and Panguni. The story of Satyavan and Savitri is a sub plot in the Mahabharata.
King Ashtapati had a beautiful and intelligent daughter named Savitri. The King gave her the permission to choose her husband. One day, Savitri met a young man in the forest who was carrying his blind parents in two baskets balanced on either side of a stick. The young man was Satyavan. Impressed by Satyavan’s devotion towards his blind parents, Savitri decides to marry him. On enquiry, the King found out from Sage Narada that Satyavan was the son of a deposed king and that he was destined to die in a year.
King first refused to the marriage but Savitri was adamant. Finally, the King relented and the marriage was conducted …

Vadayar Elamkavu Devi Temple Festival near Vaikom – Vadayar Elamkavu Devi Temple Utsavam

Vadayar Elamkavu Devi Temple is located at Vadayar in Kottayam District in Kerala. The annual festival or utsavam in the shrine is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy or Devi in a fierce form. The shrine is located around 9 km from Vaikom. Vadayar Elamkavu Devi Temple Festival 2016 beginning date is February 17. The festival ends with arattu on February 24, 2016.

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

The temple is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights for the occasion.

Traditional performing arts, music and dance are staged during the period.

Caparisoned elephants, melam, fireworks and sheevali are part of the festival.
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.

Freedom – We should respect it and put it to use judiciously

Freedom is necessary for us to develop intellectually. When there is no freedom, there is no intellectual development.
Freedom leads to freethinking and open discussions. New ideas, inventions and creation can happen only in the light of freedom.
No one wants to be controlled, so the more we restrict the harsher will be the rebellion.
Changes happen through freedom.
Freedom also comes with responsibility. Hurting another person’s values, beliefs and exploring his or her personal life is not freedom. The freedom we have should be available to all. We should respect it and put it to use judiciously.
The value of freedom should be inculcated in a child during formative years. A child should be taught to respect it and value it. Abhilash
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Today’s Hindu Calendar – January 10, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Sunday, January 10, 2016 (Today) – Amavasya Tithi or the no moon day in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Amavasya Tithi or the no moon day till 7:20 AM on January 10. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is January 10, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is an auspicious day after 10:00 AM.
Nakshatra – Purvashada or Pooradam Nakshatra till 10:30 AM on January 10. Then onward it is Uttarashada or Uthiradam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Dhanu Rashi till 3:33 PM. Then onward it is Makara Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Amavasya in all regions except western parts of India
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Paush Amavasya Tithi or the no moon day in Paush month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and…