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Nooranad Padanilam Temple Festival and Kettukazhcha

Nooranad Padanilam Temple is located in Alappuzha district and is around 18 km from Kayamkulam and around 12 km from Adoor. The most famous festival or utsavam in the temple is the Kettukazhcha or Kettulsavam observed on the Shivratri day. Nooranad Padanilam Temple Festival and Kettukazhcha 2017 date is February 24.

In the morning on the day, special Kavadiyattam is observed and it is dedicated to Lord Subrahmanya.

The famous Kettulsavam 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. 13 different areas of the region bring their bulls to the shrine on the day. The effigies are pulled on wooden chariot.

Sarasvata – A Male River God and Son of Saraswati River

Sarasvata, or Sarasvan, is a male river god and sage. He is mentioned as a male river god in the Rig Veda. He is worshipped for peace, prosperity, protection, good spouse and offspring. The story of Sage Sarasvata as the son of Saraswati River is mentioned in the Shalya Parva of the Mahabharat.

Legend has it that Sage Dadichi was engaged in Tapas, or deep meditation, on the banks of Saraswati River. Indra, the king of Devas, was always insecure of Sages performing Tapas. He was worried that the intense mediation would threaten his powers. He feared that the Sage would replace him.

To alleviate his fears and to keep this throne safe, Indra deputed Alambusa, a celestial damsel, to seduce Sage Dadichi.

After several attempts, Alambusa succeeded in garnering the attention of the Sage. He was enamoured by her beauty and lost his self-control. He spilled his semen into Saraswati River.

As a result, Saraswati River became pregnant and in due course presented the Sage with a son who was name…

Bhairavnath Jagar at Chaundal in Kagal Taluka of Kolhapur District, Maharashtra

Bhairavnath Jagar at Chaundal is annually observed in Phagun month. The Jagar is an important ritual at the Bhairavnath Mandir at Chaundal in Kagal Taluka of Kolhapur District, Maharashtra. The shrine is dedicated to Shiva. Chaundal Bhairavnath Jagar 2018 date is February 20.

The shrine is decorated with lamps, lights, flowers, leaves and sugarcane for the occasion.

Hundreds of people participate in the unique ritual. The temple remains open during the entire day and different rituals take place. All night vigil is kept on the day.
Bhairavnath Jagar at Chaundal is observed on Phalgun Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon Phalgun month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Temple dedicated to Arjuna of Mahabharata in Tamil Nadu

Parthan Palli Divya Desam is located two km from Thiruvenkadu (Budhan Sthala) about 15 km from Sirkazhi, off the Poompuhar Road in Tamil Nadu. Although the main temple is dedicated to Vishnu, the shrine is popular as it as an exclusive temple in the main complex dedicated to Arjuna of Mahabharata.
The shrine belongs to the Mahabharata era and it is believed that Arjuna received advice of Krishna here with the help of Sage Agastya. The Hindu writesA thirsty Arjuna, after a long trip, went to Sage Agastya’s ashram looking for water but the Sage’s kamandalam had gone dry. Realising that this was one of Lord Krishna’s acts, sage Agastya directed Arjuna to invoke the blessings of his favourite Lord. Answering Arjuna’s prayers, Krishna appeared here as Parthasarathy and presented Arjuna a sword with an instruction to strike the ground. To Arjuna’s surprise, water gushed out helping him quench his thirst. To mark this event, Arjuna is seen with a sword at this divyadesam and the location, so…

Do all the household work as acts of worship for Him – Sathya Sai Baba

You can hoodwink anyone, but not God. He is always watching you. He is the eternal witness. He is present in you, just as the power of vision resides in your eye. Not even a blade of grass can move without His Will.

God asks for neither hope nor despair. They are subject to relativity. Universal Being is beyond both hope and despair, both certainty and doubt. It knows no lingering in conclusions. It is every flowing, in all directions, and in none of them.

Do not get work done through cooks, servants, ayahs and others. You must not depend on others to do your work. Earning time for meditation through these servants is not a spiritual gain. Do all the household work as acts of worship for Him; that is more fruitful than hours of meditation, hours gained by entrusting this precious work to paid helpers. – Sathya Sai Baba