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Peringanadu Trichenda Mangalam Mahadeva Temple Festival

Peringanadu Trichenda Mangalam Mahadeva Temple is located in Pathanamthitta District in Kerala and is around 4 km from Adoor. The temple utsavam or annual festival is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month. The main highlight of the festival is the kettukala. The festival begins the day after Mahashivratri day.  The famous Jett Ulsavam or Kettukazhcha is observed in the evening. In the ritual, tall, colorful effigies of bulls (symbolically representing Nandi, the vehicle of Shiva) arrive at the shrine. 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. Caparisoned elephants, fireworks and melam are the other highlights of the annual festival. The temple is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights. The festival ends with arattu.

Gauli Shastra – Method Of Predicting Future Based On The Sounds Of Lizard

Gauli Shastra, or Gouli Shastra, is a method of predicting future evens based on the sounds made by a lizard. This is an oral tradition and is not based on any books. It is only followed in some regions, especially in South India. Gouli means house lizard and Shastra means science. The sounds made by Gouli is seen as omen of good or bad things to come. Gouli Shastra predictions relating to lizard take into account the following points: The number of times the lizard makes a sound. The time at which the lizard makes the sound. The relational direction from which the sound of the lizard is heard. They type of lizard that makes the sound. In case the lizard were to fall on the body of a person, the place where it falls. The number of lizards that make the sound. The day and the nakshatra or star on which the sound is heard. The voice type of the lizard. Please note that this is purely an oral tradition and so the predictions vary from region to region. There is no uni

Kannampuzha Thalappoli Festival

Kannampuzha Thalappoli is held at Kannampuzha Bhagavathi Temple. It is located near Chalakudy in Thrissur District in Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathi.  Thalappoli is a unique feature of temple festival in Kerala. Girls, unmarried women and married women carry lighted lamps and move in a procession to the temple. It is performed for peace and prosperity. Hundreds of people arrive to witness the festival which is also famous for processions. Numerous other rituals are held at the shrine during the period. The annual festival is observed on the Revathi nakshatra day in Kumbham Month.

Nava Kailasam Temples in Tirunelveli and Thoothukudi Districts in Tamil Nadu - Information about Navakailasam Temples

Navakailasam are nine temples dedicated to Shiva associated with the Navagrahas or nine planets. Of the Nava Kailasam temples, seven temples are located in Tirunelveli Distrct and the rest two are located in Thoothukudi (Tuticorin) District. Here is a detail information about cluster of nine temples dedicated to Shiva: Story of Nava Kailasam Temples Sage Uromacha was an ardent devotee of Shiva and a disciple of Sage Agastya. Sage Uromacha did intense penance to attain moksha or liberation. Shiva asked Sage Agasthyar to help his disciple attain moksha. Sage Agastya put nine flowers in Thamiraparani River. He then asked his disciple to install a Shivling and offer prayers on the nine spots on the riverbank where the nine flowers landed. Sage Uromacha installed nine Shivlings on the banks of Thamiraparani River and finally took a holy dip at the spot where Thamiraparani River merges with the sea. The sage thus attained Moksha. The nine Shivlings installed by the sage came