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Ambika Devi Yatra at Wangi in Kadegaon Taluka in Sangli District

Ambika Devi Yatra is held in Magh month. It is the annual fair and festival at the Ambika Devi Mandir at Wangi Kadegaon Taluka in Sangli District, Maharashtra. The temple attracts devotees from nearby villages and towns for the occasion. Wangi Ambika Devi Yatra 2018 date is January 31.

The shrine is decorated beautifully with flowers, lamps, lights and leaves for the occasion.

Mata Ambika Devi is the Grama Devata of Wangi.

Various pujas and rituals are held on the day.

It is considered highly meritorious to take the blessing of the deity on the day.
Ambika Devi Yatra at Wangi is held on Magh Purnima or the full moon day in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Significance of Sugarcane in Pongal

Ever wondered why is sugarcane an indispensable part of Pongal? Sugarcane symbolizes sweetness and happiness. But there is also a myth associated with the widespread use of Sugarcane during Pongal.

It is said that on a Perum Pongal day, Lord Shiva performed the miracle of feeding sugarcane to a stone image of an elephant in the MaduraiMeenakshiTemple. Lord Shiva is known as Lord Sundareshwar in Meenakshi temple and there is a stone carving based on the event in the temple.

Apart from Sugarcane some of the other essentials during Pongal are Turmeric tufts, koorai poo, Aavaram poo, banana leaves and mango leaves. Koorai poo is believed to keep evil away and so it is placed in front of houses.

The neck of the Ponga panai (the vessel in which Pongal is prepared) is tied with fresh turmeric leaves. In some places, fresh tender green leaves of ginger are also used. The green leaves symbolize prosperity.

Related Mattu Pongal Bhogi Pongal

Vadakkumnathan Temple Timings – Opening Closing and Pooja Time at Vadakkumnathan Shiva Temple in Thrissur

Vadakkumnathan Temple is located in Thrissur town in Kerala. Vadakkumnathan Shiva Temple Timings is given in detail below. Please note that there will be change in opening and closing and puja time during festivals and other important rituals. There will be change in darshan time during grahanam or eclipse.

Vadakkumnathan Temple Timings

Morning Opening and Closing Time 3:00 AM to 10:30 AM Evening Opening and Closing Time 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Important Morning Pooja Timings 8:00 AM to 8:30 AM – Pantheeradi Pooja

Important Evening Pooja Timings 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM – Deeparadhana
Please note that the there will be change in certain puja timings depending on sunrise time in the region.

Lac or wax house story in the Mahabharata

Lac house is an important incident in the Mahabharata. Duryodhana attempted to kill Pandavas by setting fire to the wax house. Lac house is known as Laksha Graha or Jatu Graha. Highly inflammable materials were added during the construction of the house. This story is an important turning point in the Mahabharat.

Yudhishtira was declared the crown prince of Hastinapura and the popularity of the Pandavas was on the rise. Duryodhana and his brothers could not tolerate the rise of the Pandavas. They along with their uncle, Shakuni, hatched a plot to kill the Pandavas.

They got a house built with highly inflammable materials in the city of Varanavrata. An important festival is held here annually.

Shakuni and Duryodhana persuaded Dhritarashtra to advise Pandavas to participate in the festival in Varanavrata.

Pandavas along with their mother Kunti visited Varanavrata and stayed in the house of lac.

Purochana, a faithful servant of Duryodhana, accompanied them. The duty of Purochana was to …

Thirunakkara Temple – Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple – Shiva Temple at Kottayam in Kerala

Thirunakkara Temple is located in Kottayam Town in Kerala. At Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple, Lord Shiva is worshipped in a benign and calm form. The natural formed, or Swayambhu, Shivling is six inches tall. The temple is famous for Pakalpooram and the Shivratri Festival.

Thekkumkoor Raja constructed the temple around 500 years ago. The temple bears striking resemblance to the famous Vadakkunnathan Temple in Thrissur. This is because, the king is believed to have darshan of Vadakkunnathan in his dream.

The shrine is a typical example of Kerala Style Temple architecture. The walls of the sree kovil are noted for its beautiful paintings.

The main sanctum sanctorum contains Swayambhu Shivling and a small murti of Goddess Parvati.

A white thechi plant and the Nandi worshipped in the temple is believed to have appeared along with the Shivling.

The most important festivals in the shrine are the Panguni Uthiram festival and Pakalpooram.

Shivratri is another important day in the shrine.
The s…

Santan Dwadasi

Santan Dwadasi is observed on the Magh Shukla Paksha Dwadashi or the twelfth day during the waxing phase of moon in Magh month. It is performed for having good and healthy children. Santan Dwadasi 2018 date is January 28.

The devotee performing the fast should keep the house neat and clean. He/She should take early bath. First prayer is offered to Lord Ganesha and then prayers to Krishna and Lakshmi.

A fast is observed from sunrise to sunset.
It is considered highly meritorious to perform Annadanam – food donation to children on the day. Distributing clothes to children is also good.

Gopal Krishna Gokhale Punyatithi – Death Anniversary of Gopal Krishna Gokhale

Gopal Krishna Gokhale (9 May 1866 – 19 February 1915) worked tirelessly for the freedom of India from the British Empire. He also worked for social and institutional reform. The punyatithi of the death anniversary of Gopal Krishna Gokhale is observed on February 19. In 2018, it is the 103rd death anniversary.

He was a moderate and led the nationalists in the early years of the Indian independence movement.

He was in support of constitutional methods of agitation and gradual reform.
He formed the Servants of India Society in 1905 to help the underprivileged and the poor.

Edathirinji Sree Sivakumareswara Temple Annual Festival

Edathirinji Sree Sivakumareswara Temple is located at Edathirinji in Thrissur district. The shrine is located around 6 km from Irinjalakuda. The annual temple festival or utsavam in the shrine is observed on Pooyam Nakshatram day in Kumbham month. Edathirinji Sree Sivakumareswara Temple Annual Festival 2017 date is March 9.

Hundreds of people visit the shrine during the period and taking blessing of the deities.

The festival is noted for melam, caparisoned elephants, fireworks and processions.

Traditional performing arts and music are the other highlights.
The shrine is decorated for the occasion with leaves, plantain, coconut fronds, lamps and lights.

Marattil Kottaram Vadakke Cheruvaram Bhagavathy Temple Thalappoli

Marattil Kottaram Vadakke Cheruvaram Bhagavathy Temple is located in Ernakulam in Kerala. The shrine is around 9 km from Ernakulam Junction Railway Station. The annual Thalappoli festival in the temple is observed in Kumbham month. Marattil Kottaram Bhagavathy Temple Thalappoli Festival 2016 date is February 20. Marattil Kottaram Thekke Cheruvaram Thalapoli is on February 21.

Thalappoli is a unique feature of temple festival in Kerala. Girls, unmarried women and married women carry lighted lamps and move in a procession to the temple. It is performed for peace and prosperity.

Hundreds of people arrive to witness the festival which is also famous for processions.
The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy and is an important Shakti Shrine in the region.

Chowalloor Shiva Temple Prathishta Festival

Chowalloor Shiva Temple is located in Kollam District and is around 9 km from Kundara. The annual prathishta festival in the shrine is observed on Pooyam nakshatram in Kumbham month. The ritual attracts scores of devotees. Chowalloor Shiva Temple prathishta festival 2017 date is March 9.

The temple is dedicated to Shiva. Subsidiary deities include Muruga and Ganesha.

Various unique rituals are observed on the Prathishta festival day.

The temple is decorated with coconut fronds, leaves, flowers, lamps and lights for the occasion.
Hundreds of people arrive at the shrine to take the blessings of the deities.

Thiruvambadi Sri Krishna Temple Annual Festival – Utsavam at Thiruvambadi Temple

Thiruvambadi Sri Krishna Temple is located in the heart of Thrissur town in Kerala. Utsavam or the annual temple festival here is held from Pooyam Nakshatram in Malayalam Kumbham month. The festival attracts scores of devotees. Thiruvambadi Sri Krishna Temple annual festival 2017 beginning date is March 9. The festival ends with arattu on March 16.

The eight day festival is noted for numerous unique rituals and pujas.

Traditional performing arts, music and dance are part of the festivities. Caparisoned elephants, melam and fireworks are the main highlights.

The most important days during the festival are the final two days - Pallivetta and  Arattu. The utsava murti of Bhagavan Sri Krishna is taken atop caparisoned elephants on the two days.

Hundreds of people visit the shrine during the period and taking blessing of the deities.
The festivities end with arattu on the final day.

Payammal Shatrughan Temple Annual Festival - Payammal Sree Shathrukana Swami Temple Utsavam

Payammal Shatrughan Temple is located at Payammal in Thrissur District in Kerala. The annual temple festival or utsavam is held in Malayalam Kumbham month. The shrine is located around 7 km from Irinjalakuda. Payammal Sree Shathrukana Swami temple festival 2016 beginning date is February 20. The festival ends with Arattu on February 25.

The weeklong festival is noted for numerous unique rituals and pujas.

Traditional performing arts, music and dance are part of the festivities. Caparisoned elephants, melam and fireworks are the main highlights.

Hundreds of people visit the shrine during the period and taking blessing of the deities.
The festivities end with arattu on the final day.

January 2017 Bhadra Kal Tithi – Bhadra Kal Date and Time in January 2017

Bhadra Kal is a certain period (around 12 hours) in a Tithi as per Hindu astrology and calendar. It is considered a bad period. Below is the Bhadra Kal date and time in month of January 2017. Bhadra Kaal time is considered inauspicious for journey. No events are held during the period. Hindu also do not start new venture during the period. The time of Bhadra Kal is different in calendars and panchangs followed in western parts of India.
Bhadra Kal Tithi date and time based on North India Panchang and Calendar in January 2017:
2:15 AM to 2:17 PM on January 2
10:39 AM to 9:43 PM on January 5
3:14 PM on January 8 to 2:03 AM on January 9
7:20 PM on January 11 to 6:23 AM on January 12
2:21 AM to 1:58 PM on January 15
2:47 PM on January 18 to 3:24 AM on January 19
8:46 AM to 9:51 PM on January 22
3:36 AM to 4:12 PM on January 26
4:02 PM on January 31 to 3:26 AM on February 1

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Bhadra Kal Tithi in February 2017

Muruga Vana near Sri Jagadguru Murugharajendra Brihan Mutt in Chitradurga in Karnataka

Popularly known as Murugi Math, Sri Jagadguru Murugharajendra Brihan Mutt at Chitradurga is dedicated to Lingayatism. Near the famous math, is Muruga Vana, a 25-acre garden with trees, natural rocks and man-made attractions like statues and tableaus.  Deccan Herald reports  For those with a philosophical bent of mind, there are tabloids that depict the preachings of few sharanas (seeker). These statues also showcase the lifestyle of the sharanas, reflecting their principle of ‘simple living and high thinking’ perfectly. A tableau in the garden depicts a sharana giving discourse to disciples who are listening in rapt attention.  You can also get a first-hand experience of villagers and their daily life through statues depicting them. Every aspect of their lifestyle – from their attire to hunting expeditions to their daily life is represented in great detail here. The tableau of tribals with their dwelling and distinct dress and activities is imaginative and catches your eye. Related
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Khichdi Parv 2018 date – Makar Sankranti Festival in North India

The popular Makar Sankranti festival in India is known as Khichdi Parv in Uttar Pradesh and several parts of North India. Sankrant is also known as Kicheri. In 2018, the date of Khichdi Parv is January 14. The bathing and other rituals are observed on the morning of January 14. Puja and other ritual time is at 7:32 AM on January 14, 2018

People prepare special dish known as Khichdi and offer it to Surya – Sun God. Giving alms and making donations to poor on the day is highly meritorious.

The most important ritual on this day is taking bath at Sangam in Prayag (Allahabad). The day is an important bathing day during Magh Snan.

Millions of Hindus take a holy dip in the icy waters of Sangam at Prayagraj where the rivers, Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati flow together. Taking holy dip on this day is believed to help in attaining Moksha.

Another highlight of the festival is the sharing of laddus made of Gur and Til (Sesame seeds). In some parts of North India, the festival is also known as Til S…

Try to understand yourself as you are – Nisargadatta Maharaj

Whenever you put in effort is from the bodily standpoint.
Try to understand yourself as you are, do not add any qualifications.
Do not try to be something, even a spiritual person. You are the manifested. The tree is already there in the seed. Just see it as it is. Do not try to interfere with what you see.
Knowledge is the soul of the whole universe.
If you think yourself as an individual you will surely have death.
As long as you think that the body is you, you will not get true knowledge. This body is a borrowed thing you have to return it. This identity with the body has to go.
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Thirunakkara Shiva Temple Timings – Opening Closing and Pooja Time at Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple

Thirunakkara Shiva Temple is located in Kottayam town in Kerala. Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple Timings is given in detail below. Please note that there will be change in opening and closing and puja time during festivals and other important rituals. There will be change in darshan time during grahanam or eclipse.

Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple Timings 

Morning Opening and Closing Time 4:00 AM to 11:00 AM Evening Opening and Closing Time 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Important Morning Pooja Timings 4:00 AM to 4:30 AM – Nirmalyam
8:00 AM to 8:30 AM – Pantheeradi Pooja
11:00 AM to 11:30 AM – Uccha Puja

Important Evening Pooja Timings 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM – Deeparadhana
Please note that the there will be change in certain puja timings depending on sunrise time in the region.

Today’s Hindu Calendar – January 13, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waxing phase of moon till 4:10 AM on January 13. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is January 13, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not an auspicious date.
Nakshatra – Dhanishta or Sravishta or Avittam Nakshatra till 8:57 AM on January 13. Then onward it is Shathabhisha or Chathyam or Sathayam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kumbha Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
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