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Mukhathala Murari Temple Festival

Mukhathala Murari Temple is located in Kollam District and is around 8 km east of Kollam town. The annual festival or utsavam is known as Kalabham maholstavam and is observed for 12 day starting from Shivratri. Mukhathala Murari Temple festival beginning date is February 13, 2018. The festival ends on February 25.

The annual festival is noted for various rituals and offerings. Mahabhagavatha saptaham is held from the 6th day of the festival. On the last day, the utsava murti in the temple is taken around atop a caparisoned elephant. Last day night Krishnattam is performed.

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.

Gargi – A Woman of great scholarship in the Vedic Age

Gargi Vachaknavi is today widely quoted to settle the issue regarding women’s role in the Vedic Era. Gargi was a woman of great scholarship in the Vedic age. As per Brihadarnyaka Upanishad, she participated in the biggest scholarly debate of the era, which was held in the court of King Janaka of Videha.

Gargis is also known as Mahabhaga and Brahmavidara. She was the daughter of Vachakanu.

Challenging Sage Yajnavalkya, she asked a series of complex questions relating to Brahman and other allied matters in the court of King Janaka.

Her challenging the versatile scholar Yajnavalkya is often quoted to prove that women were able to reach intellectual and spiritual heights during the vedic age. It also shows that female education was highly developed during the period.

As per Ashvalayana Grhyasutra, daily tarpana should be made by Hindus to three seers and Gargi Vachakanavi is one of them.

A video from Upanishad Ganga series based on Gargi can be seen below:

Twelve Names of Goddess Saraswati Chanted Daily

According to Suta Samhita of Skanda Purana, devotees praying for knowledge, enlightenment and for help in studies, art and for performing well in exams chant the twelve names of Goddess Saraswati. The twelve names that are chanted are Bharati, Saraswati, Sarada, Hamsavahini, Jagatikhyta, Vagishwari, Kaumari, Brahmacharini, Budhi Dhatri, Varadayini, Ksudraghanta and Bhuvenshwari.
It is said that all those who repeat the twelve names three times a day will secure the grace of Goddess Saraswati and it will enable them to do well in life.
The Sanskrit Shloka containing the twelve names is given below:
Saraswathitviyam drsta Veena, Pustaka dharini,
Hamsa Vahana samayukta Vidyadanakari namah
Prathanam Bharati nama
Dwitiyama Saraswati
Tritiyam Sarada Devi
Chaturtham Hamsa Vahini
Panchaman Jagatikhyata
Sastam Vagiswari tatha
Kaumari saptaman
Proktasamstakam brahmacharini
Navaman budhi dathri
Dasamam Varadayini
Ekadasam Ksudraghanta
Dwadasam Bhuvenshwari
Brahmi dwadasa namani trisandhyam yah p…

Maruthamonpally Maha Vishnu Temple Festival

Maruthamonpally Maha Vishnu Temple is located around 24 km east of Kollam town. The annual festival in the temple is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month. The rituals and poojas attract hundreds of devotees. Maruthamonpally Maha Vishnu Temple festival 2016 date is March 6.

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.

Triprayar Shiva Yogini Amma Birth Anniversary

Shiva Yogini Amma was a master mystic who traversed new realms of experience in her spiritual quest. Her birth anniversary or birthday is on March 9, 2018. Her Ashram is located at Triprayar in Kerala. It was only after a decade of her Samadhi that public began to get an idea that a great spiritual Guru had existed among them.

Her birth anniversary is annually observed on the Thriketta Nakshatram day in Kumbham Month.

The life of Shiva Yogini Amma, Parapur Amma, Ooragatha Amma or simply Amma as she was called, is a testimony to the unusual human type. She used her early life with disease, as a condition given to her for god realization and in an orthodox social culture that of pre-partitioned India she earned the respect and reverence of all, irrespective of caste, creed, religion or gender. When articles on her amazing life appeared in the Kerala newspapers she put a full stop to it saying in the language characteristics to her ordinary type that she did not wish to be talked about …

Eknathi Bhagavat – Commentary on Bhagavad Purana in Marathi

Eknathi Bhagavat was written by Sant Eknath during the 16th century. It is the Marathi commentary on the eleventh book of Bhagavad Purana. Written in lucid poetic form called ovi, the book contains 19,000 ovis.

Legend has it that Sant Eknath’s son was not impressed by his father writing the commentary in Marathi. He wanted it to be written in Sanskrit. But Sant Eknath corrected his son by saying that Marathi was the language of the common people and through it Krishna bhakti will reach more people.

It is also said that when Eknath completed the first five chapters of the book he took it to Kashi to get the approval of learned pundits. They were satisfied and asked him to present it before Shiva. It is said that Shiva held it as the best commentary.

The Bhagavad Dharma is elaborately explained in Ekanathi Bhagavat.

Some of the observations in Eknathi Bhagavat: Bhakti alone makes a devotee sinless and pure enough to obtain the supreme love of Krishna. Krishna helps his bhakta by giving…

Vivah Muhurat 2016 – Vivah Muhurat Dates and Time in 2016

Hindus who strictly follow the Muhurat or Astrology conduct marriages only during auspicious time and astrologically correct days. Below given are the Vivah Muhurts in 2016. Based on Hindu Calendars and Panchang 2016 followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir.
Please note that this Vivah Muhurat Dates in 2016 are based on North Indian calendars and Panchang and might not be applicable in all regions.

All dates are based on Indian Standard Time.
Vivah Muhurat 2016
January 2016 – January 15, 16, 20, 26, 28 and January 29.
February 2016 – February 2, 3, 5, 6, 11, 12, 17, 24, 27 and 28
March 2016 – March 1, 3, 5, 9, and March 10.
April 2016 – April 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 27 and April 29.
May 2016 – No vivah muhurat in May 2016
June 2016 – No vivah muhurat in June 2016
July 2016 – No vivah muhurat in July 2016
August 2016 – No vivah muhurat in August 2016
September 2016 – No…

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on three things essential in any relationship

It is because you love someone, that you give yourself… and then you start making demands on that relationship. Now, when you start demanding, love diminishes.

Three things are essential in any relationship – right perception, right observation and right expression.

Right perception can happen, when you see yourself, in the shoes of the other person – when you stand in his/her shoes and look at the situation.

Observing your own mind is essential. This observation within you – the observation of sensations, the observation of tendencies, the observation of the patterns we have – is essential.
Perception of the other, and observation of one’s self…and then comes – the right expression, or expressing one’s self in the right manner.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar