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Brahmaputra River in Hinduism

As per Hinduism, BrahmaputraRiver is a unique river as it is one of the rare holy rivers in India that is worshipped as a God and has a male name. Majority of the holy rivers in Hindu Religion are worshipped as Goddesses and has a female name like Ganga, Yamuna, Saraswati, Kaveri etc. 
Brahmaputra is called the son of Brahma and has its source near the LakeManasarovar in MountKailash. The legend associated with Brahmaputra is found in the Hindu Holy Scripture, Kalika Purana.
Legend has it that Brahmaputra was the result of Lord Brahma’s desire to give birth to a son who will help humanity. For this he chose Amogha a pious woman. After the child was born he was placed near KailashMountain. Suddenly the child transformed into a huge body of water for the benefit of humans, saints and Devas (Demi Gods). A river that started to flow from the large water body was named as Brahmaputra.

Mankurussi Pooram – Mankurussi Kurumba Bhagavathy Temple Pooram Festival

Mankurussi Pooram is observed at the Kurumba Bhagavathy Temple at Mankurussi and the village on the banks of Bharathapuzha River is around 17 km from Palakkad. The pooram festival is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy. Mankurussi Kurumba Bhagavathy Temple Pooram Festival 2016 date is February 25.

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.

Viruttanam Temple Festival – Sree Veerasthanam Viruttanam Bhagavathy Temple Festival

Sree Veerasthanam Viruttanam Bhagavathy Temple is located at Viruttanam in Thrissur District in Kerala. The shrine is located around 15 km from Wadakkanchery. The annual festival begins on the Rohini Nakshatram in Malayalam Kumbham month. Viruttanam Temple festival 2016 beginning date is February 16. The festival ends with Arattu on February 25, 2016.

The annual festival is noted for various rituals including Pallivetta and Ezhunnallippu.

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.
The festivities end with Arattu on the final day – the Atham Nakshatram day.

Krishna and Kaliya Naag – Story of Sri Krishna and Kaliya Mardan

Story of Krishna and Kaliya naag is one of the most popular incidents during Sri Krishna’s childhood. Kaliya was a five-headed snake who made Yamuna River his abode and poisoned its waters killing animals and other living beings. The story of Krishna defeating the serpent is known as Kaliya Mardan.


Kaliya and his attendants took refuge in a deep pool in Yamuna to escape from Garuda, who is the sworn enemy of Snakes.
Kaliya poisoned everything in the surrounding of Yamuna River. Vapours and bubbles in the river killed even birds that flew over the region.

Seeing the terrible situation, Sri Krishna dived into the toxic waters. He moved fast towards the deep pool and a battle ensued between serpent attendants of Kaliya. Sri Krishna easily overpowered them and then the real battle began between Krishna and five-headed Kaliya.

Krishna overpowered the powerful Kaliya and emerged from the river dancing atop the middle head of Kaliya. The dancing left the mark of Krishna’s feet on the head o…

What is Paksha in a Hindu Calendar?

A paksha is the moon’s fortnight – lunar fortnight. Two pakshas make a month – Shukla Paksha and Krishna Paksha. The fortnight during which the moon is waxing is called Shukla or Shuddha or the bright phase of moon. This begins with the end of Amavasya (No moon day) and lasts up to the end of Pournami (Purnima or full moon day).
The fortnight during which the moon is waning is called Krishna or Bahula. This lasts from the end of Poornima (full moon) to end of Amavasi (No moon).
Each chandramana maas or lunar month consists of both the pakshas (halves), Shukla paksha (Bright half) and Krishna Paksha (Dark half).
A month in the calendars followed in North India begins with the Krishna Paksha – after the full moon or Purnima.
A month in traditional calendars followed in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka begins with the Shukla Paksha – after Amavasi or no moon.

Panamattom Pongala - Panamattam Devi Temple Pongala Festival

Panamattom Devi Temple is located at Panamattamin Kottayam District in Kerala. The shrine is located around 7 km from Ponkunnam. The annual pongala ritual in the temple is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month. Panamattam Devi Temple Pongala Festival 2016 date is February 24.

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 with 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.

Chottanikara Pooram and Annual Festival

The annual festival at the Chottanikara Temple is observed for seven days in Kumbham month. Chottanikara Pooram is an important date during the festival. Chottanikara Pooram 2017 date is March 12.

On the pooram nakshatram day in Kumbham month, the famous Pooram ezhunnellippu is observed. 

The ritual involves the carry of utsava murti atop an elephant. Total 7 elephants participate in the Pooram ezhunnellippu obseved  in the morning and at night.

The pooram rituals are held the day after the famous Chottanikkara Makam ritual.
The festival ends on the next day (Uthram Nakshatram) day.

Cherpulassery Ayyappan Kavu Temple Festival

Cherpulassery Ayyappan Kavu Temple is located at Cherpulassery in Palakkad District in Kerala. The shrine is located around 20 km from Ottapalam. The annual festival is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month. Cherpulassery Ayyappan Kavu festival 2016 beginning date is February 24. The festival ends with Arattu on March 4.

The annual festival is noted for various rituals including Thiyyattu.

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.

Pune Pongala Festival – Pune Attukal Devi Temple Pongala Festival

Pune Attukal Devi Temple is at Indrayani Nagar in Bhosari, Pune, and is around 20 km from Pune city center. The Pongala festival organized in Malayalam Kumbham month attracts scores of devotees. Pune Attukal Devi Temple Pongala Festival 2017 date is March 11. The ritual is observed on the same day when the world famous Attukal Pongala is held in Trivandrum in Kerala.

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 with 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.

Kuruvattoor Pullattu Bhagavathy Temple Kavu Tira

Kuruvattoor Pullattu Bhagavathy Temple is located in Kozhikode in Kerala. The shrine is located around 14 km from Kozhikode. The annual Tira festival is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month. Kuruvattoor Pullattu Bhagavathy Temple Tira festival 2016 date is February 23.

The annual festival is noted for various rituals including Theyyam.

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.

Vayilyamkunnu Pooram – Vayillyam Kunnu Bhagavathi Temple Pooram Festival

Vayilyamkunnu Pooram is observed at the Vayillyam Kunnu Bhagavathi Temple  at Katampazhipuram. The village is around 24 km from Palakkad on the way to Cherpulassery. The pooram festival is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy. Vayillyam Kunnu Bhagavathi Temple Pooram 2016 date is February 23.

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.

Book – Hinduism: Beyond Rituals, Customs and Traditions

Book titled ‘Hinduism: beyond rituals, customs and traditions’ is written by Promod Puri. As the title indicates, the book explores the world of Hindu rituals, customs and traditions. From the Press Release of the book 
 Why are there so many gods and goddesses in Hinduism? Why worship an idol? Is going to temple mandatory in the faith? What impact does the caste system have on Hindu society? Why do some rituals make perfect sense while others are so vague? What are the secular and diverse characters in Hinduism? What physics principles constitute the sound of Om? What is karma and its role in our day to day lives?  These and more subjects are eloquently dealt with in the just released book titled "Hinduism: beyond rituals, customs and traditions" by Vancouver-based writer Promod Puri.  The 130-page book on Hinduism written in a concise and clear manner is an easy reading of all aspects of Hinduism for every level of reader. Also, it is for those whose knowledge of the fait…

Attingal Mudippura Devi Temple Festival

Karichayil Ambalathumvathukkal Mudippura Devi Temple is located at Attingal in Thiruvananthapuram District in Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Mother Goddess who is worshipped in the form of Bhagavathy or Devi. The annual festival or utsavam in the temple is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month. Attingal Mudippura Devi Temple Festival beginning date is March 4. The festival ends with arattu on March 11.

During the festival period, the temple is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

Melam, caparisoned elephants, fireworks are part of the festivities. Traditional performing arts, music and dance are staged during the period.

Various unique offerings are made at the shrine during the period. As it is a Bhagavathy Temple, the rituals observed here are distinctive.
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 p…

Puthiyavila Vadakkan Koyikkal Devi Temple Kumbha Bharani Festival

Puthiyavila Vadakkan Koyikkal Temple is located at Puthiyavila near Kayamkulam in Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Mother Goddess who is worshipped as Devi or Bhagavathy. The annual festival or utsavam in the temple is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month. The most important rituals and festivities are held on the Bharani Nakshatram day in the month. Puthiyavila Vadakkan Koyikkal Devi Temple  Kumbha Bharani Festival beginning date is March 4 and Kumbha Bharani is on March 13.

The main highlight of the 10-day festival is the Kettukazhcha on the 9th and 10th day.

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

Melam, caparisoned elephants, fireworks are part of the festivities. Traditional performing arts, music and dance are staged during the period.

Various unique offerings are made at the shrine during the period.
The festival ends with Arattu. The utsava murti of the deity is taken out of the shrine for ritual b…

Be as you are – Ramana Maharishi

There is neither creation nor destruction, neither destiny nor free will, neither path or achievement. This is the final truth.

Be as you are.

Reality must be always real. It is not with forms and names. That which underlies these is the reality. It underlies limitations, being itself limitless. It is not bound. It underlies unrealities, itself being real. Reality is that which is. It is as it is. It transcends speech. It is beyond expressions ‘existence, non-existence’ etc.

You are awareness. Awareness is another name for you. Since you are awareness there is no need to attain or cultivate it. All that you have to do is to give up being aware of other things, that is of the not-Self. If one gives up being aware of them then pure awareness alone remains, and that is the Self. Ramana Maharishi

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Today’s Hindu Calendar – January 28, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Thursday, January 28, 2016 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waning phase of moon till 10:32 AM on January 28. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is January 28, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious date.
Nakshatra – Purva phalguni or Pooram Nakshatra till 1:06 AM on January 28. Then onward it is Uttara phalguni or Uthiram Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Simha Rashi till 8:37 AM. Then onward it is Kanya Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Magh Krishna Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waning phase of moon in Magh month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Prades…