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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 2023 date is February 1. 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.

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 2023 date is January 31. 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.

Mannarkkad Pooram 2022 Date - Mannarkkad Udayarkunnu Bhagavathy Temple Pooram Festival

Mannarkkad Pooram is the annual festival observed in Udayar Kunnu Bhagavathy Temple in Palakkad District in Kerala. Mannarkkad Pooram 2022 date is March 16. The famous pooram festival in the shrine is observed in Kumbham month. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathi. The shrine is located around 37 km from Palakkad Town.  The festival begins on the Makayiram Nakshatra day in the Kumbham month. This is known as Pooram Purappadu. On the sixth day of the festival cheriya arattu is held. The famous Mannarkkad Pooram and the valiya arattu is held on the seventh day. On the eighth day, chetti vela and nagara pradakshinam are held (21 pradakshinam).  Poothan Thira a unique ritual is held during the festival and this attracts people from distant places. The highlight of the festival is caparisoned elephants, melam, velichappadu and fireworks. Several unique rituals and pujas are performed during the festival period. Tribals from Attapadi reserve forest visit the shrine during th

Kuttanellur Pooram 2023 date – Kuttanellur Bhagavathy Temple Pooram Festival

Kuttanellur Pooram is the annual festival observed in Kuttanellur Bhagavathy Temple in Thrissur District in Kerala. Kuttanellur Bhagavathy Temple Pooram Purappadu is on February 2, 2023. Kuttanellur Pooram 2023 date is February 8. The famous pooram festival in the shrine is observed in Kumbham month. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathi. The shrine is located around 7 km from Thrissur Town at Ollur.  The main temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga and is believed to be one among the 108 Durga Temples in Kerala. The main sreekovil is round in shape.  The upa devatas in the temple are Ayyappa, Naga, Bhadrakali, and Ganapathy. There are two Durga murtis in the temple and are known as Nanadurgas. The two murtis of Mother Goddess Durga faces east. The 7-day annual festival ends on Pooram Nakshatra day in Kumbha month with the famous Kuttanellur Pooram. The Pooram Purappadu is observed 7 days earlier.  A ritual named Pooram Paatu is conducted on the next day after the Pooram festiv

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.  The laksha deepam in the temple is held in Makaram month. 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 is held during the annual festival period. The festival begins on Krittika Nakshatra day in Kumbha Month. The annual Mudiyerru ritual is held in Meena Masam.

Vadayar Elamkavu Devi Temple Festival Near Vaikom – Vadayar Attuvela Utsavam At Elamkavu Devi Temple

Vadayar Elamkavu Devi Temple is located at Vadayar in Kottayam District in Kerala.  The famous festival is the Attuvela in the Meenam month. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathi or Devi in a fierce form. The shrine is located around 9 km from Vaikom.  Two main festivals are held here. One is the flag hosting festival held in the month of February that lasts for eight days in Kumbha month (February - March). Other is the famous 2 day Elamkavu Attuvela Mahotsavam (water carnival), observed in Malayalam Meenam month (March-April) which is a unique festival celebration through the river water. The Attuvela is observed on the Ashwathy and the Bharani Nakshatra in Meenam month. According to legend, the Attuvela festival is a welcome ceremony for the Goddess of Kodungalloor, who comes to visit her sister, the Goddess of Elamkavu. During the two-day Attuvela, beautifully illuminated canoes, carrying a huge replica of the temple, sail down the waters accompanied by hordes of colourfu