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Chorottur Kavu Temple Festival and Thalappoli at Vadanamkurussi

Chorottur Kavu Temple is located at Vadanamkurussi in Palakkad District in Kerala. The shrine is located around 7 km from Shoranur. The annual festival is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month. Chorottur Kavu Temple Festival 2016 beginning date is February 24. Thalappoli ritual will be observed on February 28.

The annual festival is noted for various unique rituals and offerings. Caparisoned elephants, colorful processions and fireworks are the highlights of the festivities.

Thousands of people arrive on the day to witness various rituals and festivities.

Traditional performing arts, music and dance are staged during the period.
The temple is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

Symbolism in the Murti or idol of Goddess Ganga – Significance of Iconographic representation of Goddess Ganga

Iconographic representations of Goddess Ganga vary from region to region. Local traditions depict Murti, or idol, of Goddess Ganga based on their local beliefs. In Hindu Temples, river Goddess Ganga is depicted as a young maiden. She holds an overflowing pot of water. She travels on an aquatic animal known as Makara – similar to crocodile. Symbolically, this murti conveys the idea of abundance and fertility, which nourishes the living beings.
In some images Goddess Ganga is also represented as a mermaid wearing a crown and bearing on her forhead markings of sacred ash. In this form She is associated with Shiva.


In some images she is depicted as a beautiful woman with the lower half of the body being flowing water. This symbolizes her cleansing and purifying attributes.
Her popular emblems are water pot, flying whist and lotus.
Her Vahana or Vehicle is Makara – a hybrid aquatic animal – it has the body of a crocodile, tail of a fish with feathery fronds, depicting vegetation. Sometime…

Kadinamkulam Kochu Kodungalloor Devi Temple Pongala and Annual Festival

Kochu Kodungalloor Devi Temple is located at Kadinamkulam and is around 20 km from Thiruvananthapuram city in Kerala. The annual Pongala festival in the temple is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month. The ritual attracts scores of devotees. The annual festival begins on February 25. Kadinamkulam Kochu Kodungalloor Devi Temple Pongala festival 2016 date is March 2. The arattu ritual in the shrine will be held on March 4.

'Pongala' ritual comprises of preparing ‘prasad’ for the deity outside the shrine. Women cook rice and jaggery in earthen pots and they offer it to the Goddess. They also cook different type of sweet dishes – called ‘mandaputtu,’ ‘appam,’ ‘therali’ – made out of rice powder and jaggery. Coconut tree fronds are used to cook the ‘prasad.’

The temple is decorated during the period with lights, lamp, plantain, coconut fronds, flowers etc.
Holy fire from the temple is taken out to start the fire for cooking Pongala.

Kazhakkoottam Punnattu Thampuran Devi Temple Pongala Festival

Punnattu Thampuran Devi Temple is located at Kazhakkoottam in Thiruvananthapuram District in Kerala. The annual Pongala festival in the temple is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month. The ritual attracts scores of devotees. Kazhakkoottam Punnattu Thampuran Devi Temple Pongala festival 2016 date is March 2.

'Pongala' ritual comprises of preparing ‘prasad’ for the deity outside the shrine. Women cook rice and jaggery in earthen pots and they offer it to the Goddess. They also cook different type of sweet dishes – called ‘mandaputtu,’ ‘appam,’ ‘therali’ – made out of rice powder and jaggery. Coconut tree fronds are used to cook the ‘prasad.’

The temple is decorated during the period with lights, lamp, plantain, coconut fronds, flowers etc.

Holy fire from the temple is taken out to start the fire for cooking Pongala.

Thiruvilwamala Vilwadrinatha Temple Ashtami Navami and Dasami Vilakku Festival

Thiruvilwamala Vilwadrinatha Temple is located at Thiruvilwamala and is around 14 km from Ottapalam in Kerala. The important festivals and rituals in the shrine are observed during the Krishna Paksha of Kumbham month as per Malayalam Calendar. Thiruvilwamala Vilwadrinatha Temple Ashtami Navami and Dasami Vilakku festival dates are March 2, March 3 and March 4.

The Ashtami rituals and prasadam uttu will be held on March 2.

The Navami Vilakku will be observed on March 3.

Dasami Vilakku will be observed on March 4.
The rituals conclude with the famous Thiruvilwamala Ekadasi on March 5.

Kaushika Purana – Information about Kaushik Puranam

Kaushika Purana is a minor Purana or Upapurana. Kaushik Puranam is not mentioned in any of the Mahapuranas. The reference of the text is found in the Dharmashastras.

Kaushika Purana is named after Kaushika – Sage Vishwamitra. The name Kaushika as Sage Vishwamitra was the descendant of Kusha.

The legends and stories of Chandal devotees are narrated in this Purana through the dialogues between Bhumi and Varaha.

The text is not currently available in printed form and even the manuscripts are not traceable.
As per New Catalogus Catalogrum of Madras University, a Telugu version of the purana was published in 1904 in Chennai.

Power of love is far greater than the power of hatred – Dada J P Vaswani

Courage is the key! To live a full life, to live according to God’s plan, to live life purposefully and meaningfully, requires courage. Life demands of us that we live with courage.

Without courage, we cannot exhibit any other virtue without it. Without the courage to act, justice would be impossible. Without the courage to love, compassion and understanding would not exist.

The uncertainties of life have to be taken on, in the spirit of acceptance. Escape and running away are no solutions.
The power of love is far greater than the power of hatred. If we are to confront the dark forces of destruction and annihilation, we must use the greatest weapon in our possession – the power of love.
Dada J P Vaswani

Today’s Hindu Calendar – January 26, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waning phase of moon till 7:44 AM on January 26. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is January 26, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good date.
Nakshatra – Magha or Makam Nakshatra till 11:11 PM on January 26. Then onward it is Purva phalguni or Pooram Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Simha Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Magh Krishna Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waning phase of moon in Magh month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and…