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Jagadguru Sri Rama Devi Birth Anniversary or Avatara Dinam

Jagadguru Sri Rama Devi (1911 – 1978) was a great master and spiritual guide who helped people in the path of self realization. Her birth anniversary or Avatara Dinam is annually observed on March 4. In 2018, it is the 107th birth anniversary of Jagadguru Sri Rama Devi.


Teachings of Mother Rama Devi was simple. She believed and propagated that anyone can attain self realization. One need not reject worldly life for it.
Sri Rama Devi, practised severe sadhana and tapas for twelve long years and attained nirvikalpa samadhi in her twenty-eighth year.
Her teachings echoed the great words founds in the Upanishads. She tried to make the teachings simple and direct.

Palakollu Temple Timings – Opening Closing and Pooja Time at Palakollu Shiva Temple

Palakollu Temple is located around 23 km from Bhimavaram. Palakollu Shiva Temple Timings is given in detail below. Please note that there will be change in opening and closing and pooja time during festivals and other important rituals. There will be change in darshan time during grahanam or eclipse.

Palakollu Temple Timings

Morning Opening and Closing Time 5:30 AM to 11:30 AM Evening Opening and Closing Time 4:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Koradi Mata Mandir – Koradi Devi Temple - Shree Mahalakshmi Jagdamba Mata Temple at Koradi near Nagpur in Maharashtra

Koradi Mata Mandir is a popular shrine dedicated to GoddessLakshmi at Koradi in Nagpur in Maharashtra. KoradiDeviTemple is located on the banks of KoradiLake and is around 15 km from Nagpur city center. The most important puja and festival in the temple happen during Navratri. Scores of devotees visit the shrine of Shree Mahalakshmi Jagdamba Mata during the festival.



It is widely believed that Koradi Mata, or Goddess Jagdamba, cures incurable diseases and bless with good health. She blesses her children with peace and prosperity.
The huge murti of Goddess Lakshmi is adorned with a crown. She wears numerous ornaments and is clothed in sari or traditional Maharashtrian dress. A highlight of the murti is the huge benign face – she is the loving mother.
During the Navratri festival, Mother Jagadamba appears in three different stages of life – small girl in the morning, young girl in the afternoon and as a woman during night.
More than 100,000 devotees participate in the Koradi Devi Yatra…

Sage Gautama – Information on Gautama Rishi

Sage Gautama is one of the saptarishis or seven important sages of the ancient world as per Anusasana Parva of the Mahabharata. One of the most popular incidents associated with Sage Gautama is mentioned in the Ramayana is of Indra, the king of Devas, trying to rob the chastity of Gautama Rishi’s wife Anasuya and the subsequent curse that the saint gave to Indra and Anasuya.

Gautama Dharma Sutra, a law book, is credited to the saint.

Sage Gautama is said to have brought Ganga in the form of Godavari to the south of Vindhyas. Therefore the river is also known as Gautami.

In the famous story Satyakama Jabala in the Chandogya Upanishad, it is Sage Gautama who extols that anyone can seek truth – family, caste, creed and religion are of no value for a true seeker. A seeker of truth must be honest and should always speak truth.
The origin of Trimbakeshwar Temple, one of the 12 Jyotrilinga temple, is associated with Sage Gautama.

Changa Sree Bhadra Kali Temple Kuthiyottam Festival

Changa Sree Bhadra Kali Temple is located at Vellanad in Thiruvananthapuram District in Kerala. The annual utsavam or Kuthiyottam Festival begins on Revathi nakhatram in Malayalam Kumbham month. Changa Sree BhadraKali Temple Kuthiyottam festival 2017 beginning date is March 1.

The festival begins with the hoisting of Kodimaram. Kappu ketti Bhadrakalipattu – songs in praise of Goddess Bhadrakali is sung during the 10 days. Thirumudi of Goddess is brought out of the shrine for worship and rituals.

On the ninth day of the festival, urul, pongala, paranettu and nilathil pooru are held in the temple premises.

Anndandam, special pujas and rituals, offerings, processions, thalappoli and other rituals are part of the festivities.

Traditional performing arts, music and dance are staged during the period.

Caparisoned elephants, melam, fireworks and sheevali are part of the festival.
The temple is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lig…

Story of Nandaka Sword and Vishnu

Nandaka is a sword associated with Bhagavan Mahavishnu and how Srihari Vishnu came into possession of the sword is found in the Agni Purana. Legend has it that Bhagvan Brahma performed a Yajna on the banks of Ganga on a peak of Mount Meru. A demon named Lohasura decided to disturb the yajna and was heading towards the spot of the sacrifice.

To face the demon, from meditating Brahma appeared a man. The man paid homage to Brahma. He was then greeted by the Devas and changed into a sword named Nandaka.
Devas asked Bhagavan Vishnu to lift up the sword Nandaka for defending Dharma which was threatened by Lohasura.
Lohasura reached the yajna spot. The fierce demon had thousand hands and his body was dark blue in color. The demon’s body was hard like the diamond. Using a club he drove away the Devas.
Vishnu using the sword Nandaka took on the demon Lohasura. Those body parts of the demon that received a cut by the sword became metal on earth. Finally, the demon was killed by Vishnu.
After t…

Panmana Pooram – Pooram festival of Sri Subramaniaswamy Temple at Panmana

Panmana Pooram is the culmination day of the annual festival at the famous Sri Subramaniaswamy Temple at Panmana near Chavara in Kollam District in Kerala. The annual festival is observed in Meenam month. Panmana Sri Subramaniaswamy Temple festival beginning date is March . Panmana Pooram 2017 date is March .

The highlight of the celebrations is dozens of caparisoned elephants and the change of parasols to the accompaniment of Panchavadyam and Panchari melam.

Various other unique offerings are made at the shrine during the fortnight period of festival.

Traditional performing arts, music and dance are staged during the period.

Caparisoned elephants, melam, fireworks and sheevali are part of the festival.

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

Eroor Pottayil Temple Festival

Eroor Pottayil Temple is located at Eroor in Ernakulam District in Kerala. The shrine is located around 7 km from Ernakulam town. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy. The festival is noted for unique rituals and festivities and attracts scores of devotees. Eroor Pottayil Temple Festival 2016 beginning date is March 11. The festival ends with Arattu.

Various unique offerings are made at the shrine during the period.

Traditional performing arts, music and dance are staged during the period.

Caparisoned elephants, melam, fireworks and sheevali are part of the festival.

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

Killimangalam Angadikavu Vela - Killimangalam Angadikavu Bhagavathy Temple Vela Festival

Angadikavu Bhagavathy Temple is located at Killimangalam in Thrissur District in Kerala. The shrine is located around 8 km from Chelakkara. The annual Vela festival is observed in Kumbham month. Killimangalam Angadikavu Vela 2016 date is March 11. The main ritual is observed on the Revathi Nakshatram day in Malayalam Kumbham month.

Melam, traditional Kerala temple music with five instruments, is performed as part of the Vela. It attracts thousands of melam enthusiasts.

Caparisoned elephants, performing arts, and fireworks are part of the festival.

Vela is the celebration in certain temples in Thrissur and Palakkad District of Kerala after harvest season.
The utsava murti, or Thidambu, of Thiroor Vadakurumba Temple is taken atop a caparisoned elephant during the evening puja to the accompaniment of traditional temple music.

Thiroor Vadakurumba Temple Revathi Vela Festival

Vadakurumba Temple is located at Thiroor in Thrissur District in Kerala. The shrine is located around 8 km north of Thrissur town. The annual Vela festival is observed in Kumbham month. Thiroor Vadakurumba Bhagavathy Temple Revathi Vela 2016 date is March 11. The annual festival is observed for three days. Ashwathy Vela will be observed on March 12 and Bharani Vela will be observed on March 13, 2016.

Melam, traditional Kerala temple music with five instruments, is performed as part of the Vela. It attracts thousands of melam enthusiasts.

Caparisoned elephants, performing arts, and fireworks are part of the festival.

Vela is the celebration in certain temples in Thrissur and Palakkad District of Kerala after harvest season.
The utsava murti, or Thidambu, of Thiroor Vadakurumba Temple is taken atop a caparisoned elephant during the evening puja to the accompaniment of traditional temple music.

Maruthanpally Puthattu Bhagavathi Temple Revathi Festival

Maruthanpally Puthattu Bhagavathi Temple is located at Maruthanpally in Kollam District in Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Devi Bhagavathy and is located around 25 km east of Kollam. Important rituals and festivities are observed on the Revathi Nakshatram day in Kumbham month. Maruthanpally Puthattu Bhagavathi Temple Revati Festival 2016 date is March 11. The festival ends with Arattu.

Various unique offerings are made at the shrine during the period.

Traditional performing arts, music and dance are staged during the period.

Caparisoned elephants, melam, fireworks and sheevali are part of the festival.

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

Ayroor Puthiyakavu Devi Temple Revathi Festival

Ayroor Puthiyakavu Devi is located at Ayroor in Kottayam District in Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Devi Bhagavathy and is located around 8 km from Kozhenchery. Important rituals and festivities are observed on the Revathi Nakshatram day in Kumbham month. Ayroor Puthiyakavu Devi Temple Revati Festival 2016 date is March 11. The festival ends with Arattu.

Various unique offerings are made at the shrine during the period.

Traditional performing arts, music and dance are staged during the period.

Caparisoned elephants, melam, fireworks and sheevali are part of the festival.

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

Cherpu Bhagavathy Temple Ashwathy Vela Festival

Cherpu Bhagavathy Temple is located at Cherpu in Thrissur District in Kerala. The annual Vela festival is observed in Kumbham month. The annual Vela held in the shrine is an important festival. Cherpu Bhagavathy Temple Ashwathy Vela 2016 date is March 11.

Melam, traditional Kerala temple music with five instruments, is performed as part of the Vela. It attracts thousands of melam enthusiasts.

Caparisoned elephants are another attraction of the festival.

Vela is the celebration in certain temples in Thrissur and Palakkad District of Kerala after harvest season.
The utsava murti, or Thidambu, of Cherpu Bhagavathy Temple is taken atop a caparisoned elephant during the evening puja to the accompaniment of traditional temple music.

Kaduthuruthy Temple Timings – Opening Closing and Pooja Time at Kaduthuruthy Mahadeva Temple

Kaduthuruthy Temple is located around 12 km from Vaikom. Kaduthuruthy Mahadeva Temple Timings is given in detail below. Please note that there will be change in opening and closing and pooja time during festivals and other important rituals. There will be change in darshan time during grahanam or eclipse.

Kaduthuruthy Mahadeva Temple Timings

Morning Opening and Closing Time 4:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Evening Opening and Closing Time 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Important Morning Pooja Timings 4:00 AM to 4:30 AM – Nirmalyam 8:00 AM to 8:30 AM – Pantheeradi Pooja 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM – Uccha Puja

Important Evening Pooja Timings 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM – Deeparadhana

Please note that the there will be change in certain puja timings depending on sunrise time in the region.

Pallathamkulangara Thalappoli – Pallathamkulangara Bhagavathi Temple Thalappoli Annual Festival

Pallathamkulangara Thalappoli is held at Pallathamkulangara Bhagavathi Temple. The shrine is located around 8 km from North Paravoor. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathi. Pallathamkulangara Thalappoli 2016 date is March 10.

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.

Adinadu Sakthikulangara Temple Festival

Adinadu Sakthikulangara Temple is located at Adinadu in Kollam District in Kerala. The shrine is located around 4 km from Karunagappally. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Shakti. The festival is noted for unique rituals and festivities and attracts scores of devotees. Adinadu Sakthikulangara Temple Festival 2016 beginning date is March 10. The festival ends with Arattu.

Various unique offerings are made at the shrine during the period.

Traditional performing arts, music and dance are staged during the period.

Caparisoned elephants, melam, fireworks and sheevali are part of the festival.

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

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.

Njarakkal Bala Bhadra Temple Festival

Bala Bhadra Temple is located at Njarakkal in Ernakulam District Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Shakti. The festival is noted for unique rituals and festivities and attracts scores of devotees. Njarakkal Bala Bhadra Temple Festival 2016 beginning date is March 10. The festival ends with Arattu.

Various unique offerings are made at the shrine during the period.

Traditional performing arts, music and dance are staged during the period.

Caparisoned elephants, melam, fireworks and sheevali are part of the festival.

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

Tripunithura Hanuman Temple Festival

Tripunithura Hanuman Temple is located at Tripunithura in Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Anjaneya or Hanuman. The festival is noted for unique rituals and festivities and attracts scores of devotees. Tripunithura Hanuman Temple Festival 2016 beginning date is March 10. The festival ends with Arattu.

Various unique offerings are made at the shrine during the period.

Traditional performing arts, music and dance are staged during the period.

Caparisoned elephants, melam, fireworks and sheevali are part of the festival.

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

Why Srikalahasti Temple in Andhra Pradesh Remain Open during Grahan or Eclipse?

When there is Surya Grahan (Solar Eclipse) or Chandra Grahan (Lunar Eclipse) majority of Hindu Temples remain closed. But the famous Srikalahasti Temple in Andhra Pradesh remain open during the period. Why is that Srikalahasti Temple remains open?

From times immemorial, Srikalahasti Temple has remained aloof from the practice of closing the shrine during grahanam.

As per Hindu beliefs, Rahu and Ketu are believed to cast their evil effects over the sun and moon respectively during solar and lunar eclipse. But Rahu and ketu is worshipped in the temple.

This forms the backdrop for the firm belief that the bad rays, if any from eclipse, will be effectively countered by Rahu and Ketu.

The temple is known for the ‘Rahu Ketu Puja’ and ‘Sarpadosha Puja’ performed by hundreds of devotees everyday to ward off astrological effects and also death from poisonous creatures.

Related Story of Srikalahasti Shivling and Spider

Sri Mukunda Krishna Swami Temple Festival at Mala

Sri Mukunda Krishna Swami Temple is located at Mala in Thrissur District in Kerala and is dedicated to Lord Krishna. The annual festival in the shrine is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month. Sri Mukunda Krishna Swami Temple Festival 2016 beginning date is March 10. The festival ends with arattu on March 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.

Words of Advice – Swami Tapovanam

Never forget God, that is, even in the giddy whirl of daily duties remember Him without a break. When as a result of long periods of Sadhanas, mind becomes clean, be sure realization of Self is not far.

It is a spiritual life every wise man desires, not a worldly one. The dog and the pig lead a sensuous life. Is it a sign of wisdom to run after a life of the senses? Certainly not.

The ignorant ones who pursue sensuous pleasures, alas know not, because of their ignorance, what a miserable life they are leading.

Discrimination is the result of commonsense.

On the fulfillment of a desire there is a sense of satisfaction. But the momentary pleasure is so mixed up with pain and sorrow that our ancient rishis consider it as poisoned, though dainty food.

Related Swami Tapovan Advice to Householders Swami Tapovanam Thoughts on Spiritual Practices

Today’s Hindu Calendar – February 5, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Friday, February 5, 2016 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waning phase of moon till 10:57 PM on February 5. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is February 5, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good date.
Nakshatra – Moola or Moolam Nakshatra till 5:47 PM on February 5. Then onward it is Purvashada or Pooradam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Dhanu Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Magh Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth 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, Or…