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Goddess Vigneshwari Devi

Goddess Vigneshwari Devi is a form of Goddess Shakti worshipped in South India . This form is quite similar to Ganesha. This form of Goddess Shakti is also known as Ganeshwari, Sri Vanja Kalpalata Maha Ganapati and Ganeshini. Those people facing delay in marriage, marital problems and diseases find solutions and cure after praying to Vigneshwari Devi. Goddess Vigneshwari Devi has four hands – one in blessing posture, another in boon giving posture. The other two hands hold noose and conch. There are not many exclusive temples dedicated to Goddess Vigneshwari.

Apam Napat – About Vedic God Apam Napat – Equated with Hindu God Agni

Apam Napat is a deity mentioned in the Rig Veda. In Vedic text Apam Napat dwell in waters, emanating brilliance and is surrounded by water in the form of young maidens who purify him. He should be propitiated before drawing water. He is sometimes equated with Hindu God Agni. He is golden in form and appearance and is always shining. He travels on steeds. His movement is compared to the swiftness of thoughts. His food is ghee. Rig Veda X, 30, 3-4  Verse dedicated to Apam Napat –  Adhvaryus, go to the waters, to the ocean! Sacrifice to Apam Napat with the offering! My he give you today the well purified water…   Thou shinest without fuel amidst the waters, thou whom the priests revere in sacrifices, Apam Napat, give the sweet waters by which Indra is strengthened for heroism.   Apam Napat, then, is the essence and the custodian of the force that the essence represents. The brilliance with which he glows, a pure divine radiation, illumines those that honor him. Due t

Kozhimamparambu Pooram - Cheruthuruthy Kozhimanparambu Bhagavathy temple festival

Kozhimamparambu Pooram is the annual festival observed in Cheruthuruthy Kozhimanparambu 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 Bhagavathi.  The highlight of the festival is caparisoned elephants, melam and fireworks. Tholpavakoothu is performed during the annual festival. Kala and Kuthira (effigies of ox and horses) from various desams arrive on the pooram day to the temple. Poothan and thira are also performed on the occasion. Several unique rituals and pujas are performed during the festival period. Traditional performing arts, music, songs, fireworks and other cultural activities are held during the period. The festival ends with arattu on the final day. Seven desams of the region Panjal, Pudussery, Nedumpura, Cheruthuruthy, Pallikkal, Thazhapra - Vettikkattiri and Attoor participate in Kozhimamparambu Pooram .

Ettumanoor Temple – Information about Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple is a very popular shrine in Kerala, South India. The origin of the temple is traced to the Ramayana period. It is believed that the murti worshipped in the shrine was installed by Khara. Ettumanoor Temple is located around 13 km from Kottayam town. Ettumanoor Railway Station is an important stop on the Kottayam – Ernakulam Railway line. Bhagavan Shiva is worshipped here in Aghoramurti form. Another belief is that Shiva is here in the Samharamurti form of Sharaba (read more about Sharaba form of Shiva ). Daily there are five pujas. On Shivratri day there are 18 pujas. The subsidiary deities worshipped in the temple are Ganesha (inside the main sanctum), Mother Goddess Shakti, Dakshinamurti, Sastha and Yakshi. Bhagavan Vishnu is worshipped outside the main shrine. The main srikovil is circular in shape. The three-foot Shivling faces west. A golden form of Shiva in human form is placed in front of the main Shivling after