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Paramara Devi Temple Festival and Thalappoli

Paramara Devi Temple is located on Banerji Road in Ernakulam. The utsavam or annual festival is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy. Paramara Devi Temple Festival 2016 beginning date is March 5. Thekkumbhagam Thalappoli date is March 8. Vadakkumbhagam Thalappoli date is March 9, 2016.

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.

Manjeri Arukizhaya Shiva Temple Festival

Manjeri Arukizhaya Shiva Temple is located at Manjeri in Malappuram District in Kerala. The annual temple festival or utsavam in the shrine is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month. The shrine is dedicated to Shiva (Mahadeva) and Goddess Parvati. Manjeri Arukizhaya Shiva Temple Festival 2016 beginning date is March 4.

The highlight of the weeklong 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 shrine is decorated traditionally for the festival with lights, lamps, plantain, leaves, flowers and coconut fronds.
The festival ends with arattu on the final day.

Kodimuttil Bhadrakali Temple Festival or Utsavam

Kodimuttil Bhadrakali Temple is located near Paripally in Kollam district. The annual festival or utsavam is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy. Kodimuttil Bhadrakali Temple Festival 2016 beginning date is March 3.

The highlight of the festival is caparisoned elephants, color processions, 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 shrine is decorated with coconut fronds, leaves, lamps and light for the occasion.
The festival ends with arattu on the final day.

Konchiravila Devi Temple Festival

Konchiravila Devi Temple is located at Konchiravila in Thiruvananthapuram District. The shrine is located around 1 km from Attukal Temple. The utsavam or annual festival is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy. Konchiravila Devi Temple Festival 2016 beginning date is March 3.

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.

Thachampara Kunnathukavu Pooram – Kunnathukavu Sree Kurumba Temple Pooram Festival

Kunnathukavu Sree Kurumba Temple is located at Thachampara in Palakkad District. The shrine is located around 8 km from Mannarkkad. The pooram festival is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy. Thachampara Kunnathukavu pooram festival 2017 date is .

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.

Mamalassery Sri Ramaswamy Temple Festival

Mamalassery Sri Ramaswamy Temple is located near Piravom in Ernakulam District in Kerala. The shrine, located around 6 km from Piravom, and is dedicated to Bhagavan Sri Ram. The annual festival or utsavam in the temple is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month. Mamalassery Sri Ramaswamy Temple Festival beginning date is February 28. The festival ends with arattu on March 6.

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. 
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 part of the ritual.

Peringottukara Somasekhara Temple Annual Festival

Peringottukara Somasekhara Temple is located in Thrissur District and is around 5 km from Triprayar. The annual festival in the shrine is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month. The weeklong festival attracts scores of devotees. Peringottukara Somasekhara Temple Annual Festival 2017 date is February 17.

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 part of the ritual.

The festival is annually observed on Chothi Nakshatram in Kumbham Month as per traditio…

Pandalam Kurampala Puthenkavil Bhagavathy Temple Padayani festival and Adavi Ritual

Kurampala Puthenkavil Bhagavathy Temple is located at Pandalam in Kerala. The 13-day annual Padayani festival is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month. Chooral Adavi ritual is held on the 9th day of the festival. In 2016, Adavi ritual will be held on February 26.

Chooral Adavi symbolically represents Narabali ritual or human sacrifice.

In the ritual, devotees roll on the ground in front of the temple with thorny canes wrapped around their bodies.
Naayattu Padyani, Kalam Kolam and Bhairavi Kolam are part of the padayani festival here.

Puthussery Kummatti Festival – Sri Kurumba Bhagavathi Temple Kummatti Festival

Sri Kurumba Bhagavathi Temple is located at Puthussery, which is around 6 km from Palakkad town. The annual Kummatti Festival is observed in the shrine in the Kumbham month. The ritual attracts thousands of devotees. Puthussery Kummatti festival 2016 date is February 26.

Mother Goddess Bhagavathy is worshipped in the shrine and is associated with the famous temple in Kodungallur.

The annual festival in the temple is known as Puthussery Vedi. It is a 14-day festival and is famous for fireworks.

The annual festival is noted for various rituals including Kummatti.

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 festival ends with Arattu.

Story of Lilasuka

Lilasuka also known as Bilvamangala or Vilvamangala is the author of Krishnakarnamrita, a popular poem on Sri Krishna. There is a popular romantic story associated with Lilasuka.

Lilasuka was in love with a beautiful courtesan named Chintamani. He was so infatuated with her that one day he crossed a flooded river on a stormy rainy night. He crossed the river on a corpse that was floating on the river. He mistook the corpse for a drifting piece of wood.

He then climbed the walls of the house of Chintamani by means of a snake, which he mistook for a creeper.

Lilasuka was brought to his senses by Chintamani, who said that such mad devotion was worthy of a higher object.
He then took the life of an ascetic and completed the Krishnakarnamrita.

Aruvippuram Shiva Temple Festival

Aruvippuram Shiva Temple is located at Aruvippuram in Trivandrum District in Kerala. The annual festival in the temple is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month. The shrine is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Aruvippuram Shiva Temple festival 2016 beginning date is February 27. Arattu is observed on March 7, 2016.

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.

Hariharapuram Anchumoorthi Temple Festival

Hariharapuram Anchumoorthi Temple is located in Thiruvananthapuram District in Kerala. The shrine is located around 11 km from Varkala. The annual festival is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month. Hariharapuram Anchumoorthi Temple festival 2016 beginning date is February 26.

The annual festival is noted for various rituals and offerings.

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 festival ends with arattu.

Poothotta Puthenkavu Temple Garudan Thookam

Poothotta Puthenkavu Temple Garudan Thookam is annually held in the Kumbham month as per traditional Malayalam calendar followed in Kerala. The ritual is performed to please the Goddess worshipped in the shrine and is undertaken by a few devotees after doing the necessary purification rituals and vratam. Poothotta Puthenkavu Temple Garudan Thookam 2016 date is February 26.

Devotees hang from a chariot in the ritual and move around the shrine imitating Garuda, the Vahana or vehicle of Vishnu.

Hundreds of devotees participate in the Garudan Thookam festival.

The temple is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.
The annual festival is noted for various other rituals. A fair is organized during the period.

Benisagar in Jharkhand – Hindu Worship and Temples at Benisagar

Benisagar is located on the Orissa – Jharkhand border and is around 85 km from Chaibasa. It is an Archeological Survey of India notified site and excavation works are still going on. There is no proper temple structure. Hanuman, Mata Basuri (manifestation of Goddess Durga), Ganesh and Shivling are worshipped here.

Maa Basuri is depicted as killing Demon Mahishasura.

The most important festival observed here is Shivratri.

There is no prayer in the evening here.

Fruits and sweets like laddoo are offered as Bhoga here.

A huge shivling in rectangular yonipitha, murtis of Agni, Durga, Bhairava, Yamuna and Lakulisha have been found in the site.
It is now believed that from 5th century to 12th century the area was important center of Shiva worship. Tantric traditions flourished here.

Words of Wisdom – B K Shivani of Brahma Kumaris

What is beneficial for our soul will automatically be beneficial for society, for society is just the collective consciousness of all people put together. If all of us choose anger, then very soon our society will become a very violent society. Similarly, if we choose peace, soon, we will have a peaceful society.

When I see something wrong, I can either take right action or I can shout about it and do nothing or I can be angry and put it right as well. I always have three option to do something. Would you rather get angry, create turbulent energy and then sort things out? That would result in depleting my own energy, too. The best way would be to take proactive steps – I accept that something is wrong and take the responsibility to do something about it – and I do it. That would be a proactive contribution towards creating a transformation that will bring about a permanent change.
People around me may not always be doing the right thing, but it is up to me how I am going to face it.

Today’s Hindu Calendar – January 29, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Friday, January 29, 2016 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waning phase of moon till 12:29 PM on January 29. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is January 29, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious date.
Nakshatra – Uttara phalguni or Uthiram Nakshatra till 3:26 AM on January 29. Then onward it is Hasta or Hastham or Atham Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kanya Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
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