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Amarnath Yatra Registration 2018 to Begin from March 1, 2018

Shri Amarnath Yatra will commence on June 28, 2018 and will conclude on August 26, 2018. The compulsory registration for all yatras began from March 1, 2018. You can register and get yatra permit from notified Jammu and Kashmir Bank Branches, Punjab National Bank Branches and Yes Bank Branches.
For Registration/ obtaining Yatra Permit, an intending Yatri shall have to submit filled-in prescribed Application Form and Compulsory Health Certificate issued by the Authorised Doctor/ Medical Institution.

Application form, medical certificate form, list of notified bank branches, State-wise lists of Doctors/ Medical Institutions authorised to issue the prescribed Compulsory Health Certificate are available at Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board’s official website.
You can all details here at the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board.

Goddess Vishnu Durga

Vishnu Durga, also known as Narayani, is one among the numerous forms of Goddess Durga. Vishnu-Durga is regarded as the sister of Lord Krishna, born immediately before him. She is also known as Yoga Maya and is the child that flew away from the hand of Kamsa and warned him that Krishna has already born on the earth and will annihilate him in near future.
Vishnu Durga shares many characteristics of Lord Vishnu including the dark complexion. She is four-armed and carries conch and discus (Sudarshana chakra) in her upper hand. Her normal right hand is in ‘abhaya posture’ – blessing or protection. Left hand is placed on her thigh She is always depicted in peaceful form (Samumya Vadana). Sometimes she is depicted as standing on the head of the buffalo (Mahisha) killed by Durga.
(Source: Notes from Durga Kosha by Kalpatharu Research Academy)

What is the meaning of Subrahmanya?

Subrahmanya is one among the numerous names of Lord Muruga or Lord Karthikeya or Kartik. An important god in Hindu pantheon, he is the son of Lord Shiva and Parvati and is the army general of the Devas (gods). What does the term ‘Subrahmanya’ mean?
In Sanskrit, ‘su’ means anything good natured or beautiful or good. ‘Brahmanya’ means a person who has had realized Brahman. Thus ‘Subrahmanya’ symbolically represents a good natured person who has had Brahman realization.

Virupaksha – About Virupaksha form of Hindu God Shiva

Virupaksha is a fierce form of Shiva. As per Hindu scriptures, Shiva took the Virupaksha form after the death of Mata Sati at Daksha Yajna. The death of Sati, produced inconceivable pain in Shiva – pangs of separation and loneliness. The pain soon gave way to unimaginable anger.

Soon fire emanated from his eyes. Anger turned Shiva into Virupaksha, the savage malignant eyed one.

Virupaksha was the family deity of Vijayanagara’s first dynasty. He was worshipped for peace, prosperity and for success in wars.

Prasanna Virupaksha (a kind and benevolent form) was also worshipped in the Vijayanagara kingdom.

The most famous temple dedicated to Virupaksha form of Shiva is located at Hampi near the banks of the Tungabhadra River in Karnataka.
Virupaksha Vrat is observed in Paush month in some regions for early cure from diseases.

What is Bhadra Tithi in Hindu Astrology?

There are six different types of Tithi in Hindu astrology. Bhadra Tithi is one among them. Dwitiya, Saptami and Dwadasi are Bhadra tithis. They are considered generally good tithis.

The tithis are good for all auspicious events.

Activities done during the Bhadra Tithi period will bring peace and prosperity.
Food donation and helping people during the period will help in redemption.

Peruvanam Pooram 2018 date – Peruvanam Shiva Temple Pooram Festival

Peruvanam Pooram is the annual festival observed at the Lord Shiva Temple at Pervuvanam near Cherpu in Thrissur District in Kerala. The famous pooram festival in the shrine is observed in Meenam month. Peruvanam Pooram 2018 date is March 26. It is observed on the Punirtham Nakshatram in Meenam month.

The highlight of the festival is caparisoned elephants, melam and fireworks.

The utsava murti worshipped in the temple is taken around atop a caparisoned elephant, which is accompanied by another five elephants.

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 panchari melam in the shrine begins at midnight and continues for four hours.
The festival ends with arattu on the final day.

Ezhamkulam Thookkam 2019 date – Garudan Thookam at Ezhamkulam Devi Temple

Ezhamkulam Thookkam 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. Ezhamkulam Thookkam 2019 date is March 12.

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
The festival is associated with the Kumbha Bharani ritual in the shrine.

The festival is observed on the next day of Kumbha Bharani.

Puthiyakavu Pongala 2018 in Kollam – Sri Puthiyakavu Bhagavathi Temple Pongala

Puthiyakavu Pongala is observed at the Sri Puthiyakavu Bhagavathi Temple located near Kollam Railway Station. The annual Pongala festival in the temple is observed on the last friday in Kumbham month. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali. Puthiyakavu Pongala 2018 date is March 9.

Pongala ritual comprises of preparing ‘prasad’ for the deity outside the shrine. Women cook rice and jaggery in earthen pots and they offer it to the Goddess. They also cook different type of sweet dishes using rice powder and jaggery. Coconut tree fronds are used to cook the ‘prasad.’

The temple is decorated during the period with lights, lamp, plantain, coconut fronds, flowers etc.
Holy fire from the temple is taken out to start the fire for cooking Pongala.

Rajapathy Kailasanathar Temple in Thoothukudi – Eighth Nava Kailasam Temple

Rajapathy Kailasanathar Temple is one of the Nava Kailasam Temples and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is located at Rajapathy in Thoothukudi District, Tamil Nadu. This temple is associated with Kethu, among the Navgrahas. The shrine is around 26 km from Thoothukudi Town.



This is the eighth among the nine Nava Kailasam temples. It is also known as the Dakshina Kalahasthi.

The shrine is located on the banks of Thamiraparani River.

Shiva is worshipped here as Kailasanathar. Mother Goddess Shakti is worshipped as Soundaryanayaki.  Nandi murti faces the main Shivling.

Subsidiary deities include Ganesha, Nataraja, Dakshinamurti, Bhairava, Muruga with his consorts and Sivakami. 63 Nayanmars are worshipped in murti form here.

Those people suffering due to bad positioning of Kethu Navagraha in their horoscope find relief after offering prayers here.

Rajapathy Kailasanathar Temple Timings Morning Pooja and Darshan Time: 7:00 AM to 12:00 PM Evening Pooja and Darshan Time: 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM Ketu…

Never look back for a moment - Swami Chinmayananda

The secret of success behind all men of achievement lies in the faculty of applying their intellect in all their activities without being misled by any surging emotions or feelings. Religion offers the technique of development of this faculty and leaves the choice of man to make or mar himself and his progress.

In order that we may maintain a healthy relationship with the world and not fall under the suzerainty of the exigencies of life, the maintenance of healthy and powerful mind-and-intellect is of utmost importance. This means that our emotions must be chaste and our intellectual discrimination subtle and clear.
Looking back into our past, we are helpless victims of our past actions but looking ahead of us, we become the architects of our own future. Human as we are, let us never look back for a moment but dynamically march forward creating a glorious future of magnificent achievements by rightly exercising the independent self-effort, which is a man’s prerogative.
- Swami Chinma…

Amarnath Yatra Health Certificate Form 2018 – Download the New Form for 2018 Yatra for Free

Amarnath Yatra Health Certificate Form 2018 is different from the previous years. The new form can be downloaded for free from the official yatra website. Due to the rise in causalities every year, authorities have decided to make medical certificate a must. The compulsory health certificate should be submitted at the time of registration. Amarnath Yatra 2018 begins on June 28.
Every person seeking registration to undertake the yatra must furnish a health certificate issued by a Registered Medical Practitioner (RMP).
The separate compulsory health certificate form can be downloaded here - Medical Fitness Certificate form 2018. (click on the link). 

List of doctors and institutions that can issue the health certificate can be found here. - List of doctors and institutions authorised to issue health certificate.
The application form is in pdf format and you will need pdf reader installed in your computer to take print out of it.

What is Jaya Tithi in Hindu Astrology?

There are six different types of Tithi in Hindu astrology. Jaya Tithi is one among them. Tritiya, Ashtami are Trayodasi tithis. They are considered generally bad tithis.

The tithis are avoided in some regions as they are considered inauspicious.

Jaya Tithi is chosen for propitiating various forms of Mother Goddess.
Food donation and helping people during the period will help in redemption.

Shivratri Puja – How to do Mahashivaratri Puja?

Shivaratri, or Mahashivratri, is the night of Shiva and one of the most auspicious days dedicated to Lord Shiva. The day and night is for devotion and prayer to Siva. Maha Shivratri is the day when prayers and worship are given more importance. There is no fun or merrymaking as in other Hindu festivals. Here is a simple method to perform Shivratri Puja. Always remember that the origin of Shivratri is traced to a hunter who was an ardent Shiva Bhakta and in a critical situation he unknowingly washed a Shivalingam with his tears and unknowingly offered Bilva leaves. So what is important is devotion and not complicated rituals. Requirements for Shivratri Puja An image, picture or idol of Shiva. Or a Shivalingam.Bilva Leaves WaterOther normal puja items like lamp etc Prayers for Shivratri You can chant any one or more of the prayers dedicated to Lord Shiva or simply chant ‘Om Namah Shivaya.’ (You can find details about Shivratri Prayers and Mantras here) Fasting on Shivratri Most people fast…

Karikkakom Temple Timings – Opening Closing Pooja Time and Details at Karikkakom Chamundi Temple

Karikkakom Chamundi Temple is located near Thiruvanthapuram in Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Chamundi. Karikkakom Temple Timings with detail opening and closing time is given below. Please note that the pooja and darshan time will extended or curtailed during important rituals. The shrine will remain closed during Grahan or Eclipse.

Karikkakom Temple Morning Pooja Timings
5:00 AM to 11:50 AM

Karikkakom Chamundi Temple Evening Darshan Timings
4:30 PM to 8:10 PM
Deeparadhana is at 6:30 PM.
The most important days in a week are Tuesday and Friday. Special rituals are observed on Tuesday and Friday.

Karikkakom Pongala 2019 date in Thiruvananthapuram – Karikkakom Chamundi Temple Pongala

Karikkakom Pongala is observed at the Sri Chamundi Temple located in Thiruvananthapuram. The annual Pongala festival in the temple is observed on the Makam Nakshatram in Meenam month. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Chamundi form of Goddess Shakti. Karikkakom Pongala 2019 date is March 19. The shrine is located off the NH47 bypass road and is around 7 km from Trivandrum town.

Without any persuasion or advertisement, women from all walks of life assemble in the Indian southern city of Trivandrum in Kerala on the day. There only aim is peace and prosperity with the blessings of Karikkathu Amma. Thousands of women cooking for the Mother Goddess - who as Annapurna is the provider of food for all living beings - is a sort of thanksgiving for keeping her children nourished.

Religious fervor, discipline, gratitude and the desire to help each other on the day by the people of the region is praiseworthy.

Pongala ritual comprises of preparing ‘prasad’ for the deity outside the shrine. Women…

Arattupuzha Pooram 2019 date – Arattupuzha Sastha or Ayyappa Temple Pooram Festival

Arattupuzha Pooram is the annual festival observed at the Sastha or Ayyappa Temple Temple at Arattupuzha Thrissur District in Kerala. The famous pooram festival in the shrine is observed in Meenam month. Arattupuzha Pooram 2019 date is March 20. The shrine is around 16 km south of Thrissur town. The festival begins on March 14, 2019. The important festival is observed on the Pooram Nakshatram day in Meenam month.



Utsava murtis Gods and Goddess worshipped in the nearby temples visit Lord Sastha on the Arattupuzha pooram day.

The highlights the seven-day festival are caparisoned elephants {with muthukkudas (sequined, glittering umbrellas) and venchamarams (white whisks)}, melam and fireworks. The most important days are the final two days.

The melam observed in the temple is known as Sasthavinte Melam. Traditional music - Panchavadyam, Pacharimelam and Pandimelam – are part of the festivities.

The utsava murti worshipped in the temple is taken around atop a caparisoned elephant, whic…

Simhastha Meaning – Simbhasth Kumbh Meaning

Simhastha is the term used to refer to the Kumbha Mela taking place at Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. The meaning of Simhastha is associated with the time of the Kumbh Mela and Simha Rashi. Simhasth Kumbh Mahaparv takes place when Surya (Hindu sun god) is in the Aries Zodiac (Mesha Rashi) and Jupiter (Brahaspati) is in the Leo Zodiac (Simha Rashi) when it takes place.

Hindu Teaching is Simple and Therefore We Fail to Understand It

The real reason why we fail to understand the true teachings of Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism) is because it is simple. This simple teaching is – Everything is Supreme Truth (God). We have allergy to simple things. So, we have transformed this simple teaching into complicated rituals and even more complicated philosophy. We have created complicated Gods and we sit and solve the complication daily.

All Hindu scriptures and all Gurus are sharing the same thought. They might be saying it in a different way but the essence is same – all animate and inanimate is Supreme Truth.

When this is teaching is understood and cemented in our mind all our problems are solved.

We can deal with any challenge that the life throws at us. We will not be bothered about success and failure. We will not be overpowered by attachment, disappointments and desires. Anger will not shake us up.

A person who has understood this teaching will wake up every day and do his/her karma without bothering about success or fa…

Kurangani Muthumalai Amman Kovil

Kurangani Muthumalai Amman Kovil is located at Kurangani in Thoothukudi District in Tamil Nadu. This ancient shrine is associated with the epic Ramayana. Muthumalai Amman Temple at Kurangani is around 32 km southeast of Thoothukudi and is around 23 km northeast of Tiruchendur.



Legend has it that Mata Sita dropped a pearl here while she was forcibly being carried by Ravana. Later this pearl was discovered by the Sri Ram, Lakshman, Hanuman and the Vanarasena or Monkey Army. Through the discovery of this pearl, it was concluded that Mata Sita is Lanka.

During the 14th century, four brothers discovered the pearl at Kurangani. They could not look at it due to its brilliance. They covered it with a wooden vessel. On that night, Mother Goddess came in the dream of the brothers and asked them to build a temple at spot where the pearl was discovered.

As the temple was built on the spot where the pearl was found the shrine came to be known as Muthumalai Amman Kovil. Muthu in Tamil means pearl.

Govinda Dwadasi in Phalgun Month - Govind Dwadasi

Govinda Dwadashi is an auspicious dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The day is observed on the 12th day (Dvadashi) during the Krishna Paksha (waxing phase of moon) of Phalguna month (February – March). Govinda Dwadashi 2019 date is March 3.

The day is of great significance for Lord Vishnu devotees. Special prayers are held on the day at PuriJagannathTemple.

Some Vishnu devotees take holy dip on the day in important Teerths (scared water tanks).

Rise Above Good and Evil

In nature, which is not corrupted by human thought, there is no evil. What we call good or bad is creation of human mind. In nature, only humans have to deal with evil and good. Animals and plants are not bothered about good and bad, as they do not practice both. They just exist for food and procreation.

Compartmentalization of things into good, bad, average, okay etc is the result of ignorance and wrong thinking.

Greediness, hoarding, anger, desire, attachment, frustration, impatience, lying, lust and many more such negativities are the direct result of lack of proper understanding of our true nature.

When Supreme Truth dawns in a person, compartmentalization disappears. All negativities also disappear. We will not be bothered about both good and bad.

What is Supreme Truth? That there is no second one. Only that exists.

Rise above good and evil. Good is also a trap. It too inflates our ego and stops us from reaching self-realization. Good also opens the door to anger, wrath and …

Curse on Duryodhana That He Will Die After His Thighs Are Broken

Duryodhana died after Bhima broke his thighs at the end of the Kurukshetra battle in the Mahabharata. Duryodhana was cursed first by Draupadi and later by Sage Maitreya that his thighs will be broken.

Draupadi was dragged to the Hastinapura court and insulted by Kauravas, Shakuni and Karna after Yudhishtira lost the dice game.


In the court, Duryodhana crudely bared this thigh, exposed it to Draupadi, and invited her to sit on his lap.
Seething in anger, Draupadi, the insulted and humiliated wife of the Pandavas, cursed Duryodhana that his thighs will be broken on the battlefield and that he will die a dreadful death, with vultures and wolves howling around him.

Bhima, the second of the Pandava brothers, immediately took the oath that he would break the thighs of Duryodhana first and then kill him.

When Pandavas along with Draupadi were exiled, Sage Maitreya tried to reason with Duryodhana. He asked him to make peace with Pandavas by returning their kingdom. But Duryodhana insulted …

Malkar Siddh Dev Yatra at Umadi in Jat Taluka of Maharashtra

Umadi Malkar Siddh Dev Yatra is organized in Chaitra month. It is the annual festival and fair held at Malkarsiddh Dev Temple at Umadi in Jat Taluka of Sangli district, Maharashtra. Umadi Malkar Siddh Dev Yatra 2019 date is April 10.

Malkar Siddh Dev Temple is dedicated to gram devata. The deity is also the kuldaivata of many families.

Rituals associated with village deity are performed during the yatra.

The shrine is decorated for the occasion with lamps, lights, leaves, flowers etc for the occasion. Food donation is also held during the period.
Malkar Siddh Dev Yatra at Umadi is observed on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Biroba Yatra at Goradwadi in Malshiras Taluka of Solapur district in Maharashtra

Goradwadi Biroba Yatra is organized in Chaitra month. It is the annual festival and fair held at Biroba Temple at Goradwadi in Malshiras Taluka of Solapur district. Goradwadi Biroba Yatra 2019 date is April 10.

Biroba Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. He is the Kuldaivat of Dhanagars in Maharashtra. Rituals associated with Lord Shiva are performed during the yatra.

The shrine is decorated for the occasion with lamps, lights, leaves, flowers etc for the occasion. Food donation is also held during the period.
Biroba Yatra at Goradwadi is observed on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Navalai Devi Yatra at Lhasurne at Koregaon Taluka of Satara District in Maharashtra

Lhasurne Navalai Devi Yatra is annually held in Chaitra month. This is the most important annual fair and festival at the Navalai Devi Temple at Lhasurne at Koregaon Taluka of Satara District in Maharashtra. Lhasurne Navalai Devi Yatra 2019 date is April 10.

Navalai Devi is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. Rituals associated with Shakti worship are performed on the day.

The temple is beautifully decorated during the period traditionally with flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

The day is of importance to the villagers. People from nearby towns and villages arrive to participate in this annual fair and festival. Important rituals are held during the period.
Lhasurne Navalai Devi Yatra is annually held on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Panchami tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Jagadamba Yatra at Gondegaon in Shrirampur Taluka of Ahmadnagar district in Maharashtra

Jagadamba Yatra is organized in Chaitra month. It is the annual festival and fair held at Jagadamba temple at Gondegaon in Shrirampur Taluka of Ahmadnagar district in Maharashtra. Gondegaon  Jagadamba Yatra 2019 date is April 10.

Mother Goddess Jagadamba is a manifestation of Goddess Shakti and is a Gram Devata.

The shrine is decorated for the occasion with lamps, lights, leaves, flowers etc for the occasion. Food donation is also held during the period.

Various rituals are performed during the period especially those associated with Shakti worship. Hundreds of people participate in the various fair and festival organized on the occasion.
Jagadamba Yatra at Gondegaon is observed on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Mauli Devi Yatra at Bendri in Tasgaon Taluka of Sangli District, Maharashtra

Bendri Mauli Devi Yatra is organized in Chaitra month. It is the annual festival and fair held at Jyotirlingdevi Temple in Bendri in Tasgaon Taluka of Sangli District, Maharashtra. Bendri Mauli Devi Yatra 2019 date is April 9.

Mauli Devi Temple is dedicated to Mother Goddess Shakti.  Mauli Devi, an incarnation of Goddess Shakti, is worshipped mainly in Maharashtra as a Gram Devata.

Rituals associated with Goddess Durga are performed during the yatra.

The shrine is decorated for the occasion with lamps, lights, leaves, flowers etc for the occasion. Food donation is also held during the period.
Mauli Devi Yatra at Bendri is observed on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Rohideshwar Yatra at Rayari (Raireshwar) in Bhor Taluka of Pune District, Maharashtra

Rohideshwar Yatra is organized in Chaitra month. It is the annual festival and fair held at Rohideshwar Temple in Rohida fort at Rayari or Rarieshwar in Bhor Taluka of Pune district, Maharashtra. Rohideshwar Yatra 2019 date is April 10.
Rohideshwar Temple is dedicated to Shiva.
Rituals associated with Lord Shiva are performed during the yatra.
The shrine is decorated for the occasion with lamps, lights, leaves, flowers etc for the occasion. Food donation is also held during the period.
Rohideshwar Yatra at Rayari is observed on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Jyotirling Devi Yatra at Garawade in Patan Taluka of Satara District, Maharashtra

Garawade Jyotirling Devi Yatra is organized in Chaitra month. It is the annual festival and fair held at Jyotirlingdevi Temple in Garawade in Patan Taluka of Satara district, Maharashtra. Garawade Jyotirling Devi Yatra 2019 date is April 10.

Jyotirling Devi Temple is dedicated to Mother Goddess Shakti.  Jyotirling Devi, an incarnation of Goddess Shakti, is worshipped mainly in Maharashtra as a Gram Devata.

Rituals associated with Goddess Durga are performed during the yatra.

The shrine is decorated for the occasion with lamps, lights, leaves, flowers etc for the occasion. Food donation is also held during the period.
Jyotirling Devi Yatra at Garawade is observed on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Vitthal Dev Yatra at Chirkude in Walwa Taluka of Sangli District

Vitthal Dev Yatra is organized in Chaitra month. It is the annual festival and fair held at Vitthal Dev temple at Chirkude in Walwa Taluka of Sangli District, Maharashtra. Vitthal Dev Yatra 2019 date is April 10.

The shrine is decorated for the occasion with lamps, lights, leaves, flowers etc for the occasion. Food donation is also held during the period.

Various rituals are performed during the period. Hundreds of people participate in the various fair and festival organized on the occasion.
Vitthal Dev Yatra at Chirkude is observed on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Jyotirling Sashti

Jyotirling Sashti is observed in Chaitra month. Nothing much is known about this auspicious day mainly marked in certain calendars in Western parts of India. Jyotirling Sashti 2019 date is April 11.
It is observed on the Chaitra Shukla Paksha Sashti tithi or the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Western parts of India especially in Maharashtra.




Did you know?
Jyotirlinga is a Sanskrit expression consisting of two words, namely 'Jyotii' meaning light and 'Lingd’ signifying the 'Brahmand’ (comos). Jyotirlingas are the sacred places where Lord Siva manifested Himself.A darshan of Jyotirlinga bestows both worldly pleasures and salvation.Somnath Jyotirlinga is established in the Prabhasa region of Gujarat on the shore of the ocean. Srisailam Jyotirlinga is established on Mount Shaila on the bank of River Krishna in Andhra Pradesh.There is a confusion regarding Vaidyanath Jyotirlinga. According to one …

Thenthiruperai Kailasanathar Temple – Seventh Nava Kailasam Temple at Thenthiruperai in Tirunelveli District

Thenthiruperai Kailasanathar Temple is one of the Nava Kailasam Temples and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is located at Thenthiruperai in Tirunelveli District, Tamil Nadu. This temple is associated with Budha (Mercury), among the Navgrahas. The shrine is around 30 km from Tirunelveli Town.

This is the seventh among the nine Nava Kailasam temples and is also known as Ponnammai Sametha Kailasanathar Temple.


Shiva is worshipped here as Kailasanathar. Mother Goddess Shakti is worshipped as Alakiya Ponnammai. Nandi murti is found facing the main Shivling.

The subsidiary deities worshipped here include Navgrahas, Bhairava, Ganesha, Muruga with his consort Valli.

Vilwa is the tree associated with the temple.

Most important festival observed here is the Shivratri.

Coconut With Horn in the Temple


There is a coconut with horn in the temple. It is said that once a British Army officer wanted to have a tender coconut. But nearby there was only one coconut grove and all the tender coconut in it w…

Vishnu Sahasranamam in Bengali in pdf format

Vishnu Sahasranamam is one of the most popular prayers dedicated to Hindu God Vishnu. Vishnu Sahasranama consists of the 1000 names of Srihari Vishnu. This is a pdf version of the Vishnu Sahasranamam in Bengali. This free version of Vishnu Sahasranamam in Bengali text is provided by website Prapatti.

You can download Vishnu Sahsranamam in Bengali here.
You will need to have pdf reader installed in your browser to read or download the text.

Vishnu Suktam in Hindi in pdf format

Vishnu Suktam is dedicated to Bhagvan Srihari Vishnu. It is chanted for attaining success, peace and prosperity. You can download the prayer in Hindi text in pdf in the link given below.

The prayer should be chanted during morning or evening hours.

It is also chanted on auspicious days dedicated to Vishnu especially on Ekadasi.

The file is created by prapatti.com.
Link – Vishnu Suktam in Hindi in pdf

Vishnu Suktam in Telugu in pdf format

Vishnu Suktam is dedicated to Bhagvan Srihari Vishnu. It is chanted for attaining success, peace and prosperity. You can download the prayer in Telugu text in pdf in the link given below.

The prayer should be chanted during morning or evening hours.

It is also chanted on auspicious days dedicated to Vishnu especially on Ekadasi.
Link – Vishnu Suktam in Telugu in pdf

What is Endra Yoga in Hindu Astrology? – Indra Yog Meaning

Endra Yoga is one among the 27 yogas in Hindu astrology. It is calculated by the degrees of moon and sun starting from Ashwini Nakshatra. Endra, or Indra, is a bad yog. The lord of this Yoga is Pitr – dead ancestors.

Endra Yoga is the 26th among the 27 yogas.

This yoga is avoided for new beginnings.

It is ideal to make offerings and perform ritual associated with ancestors.
It is also an auspicious period to perform various charity related activities. Food donation during the period is highly meritorious.

What is Brahma Yoga in Hindu Astrology? – Brahma Yog Meaning

Brahma Yoga is one among the 27 yogas in Hindu astrology. It is calculated by the degrees of moon and sun starting from Ashwini Nakshatra. Brahma is a very good yog. The lord of this Yoga is Ashwini Kumaras – the twin deities who are the physician of gods.

Brahma is the 25th among the 27 yogas.

The yoga is good for all auspicious events. It is good period for hospital visits and for starting new treatment.

Activities done during the Brahma Yoga period will usher in progress, peace and prosperity.
It is also an auspicious period to perform various charity related activities.

What is Shukla Yoga in Hindu Astrology? – Shukla Yog Meaning

Shukla Yoga is one among the 27 yogas in Hindu astrology. It is calculated by the degrees of moon and sun starting from Ashwini Nakshatra. Shukla is a very good yog. The lord of this Yoga is Goddess Parvati.

Shukla is the 24th among the 27 yogas.

The yoga is good for all auspicious events. It is good period for performing various pujas and rituals Activities done during the Shukla Yoga period will usher in progress, peace and prosperity.
It is also an auspicious period to perform various charity related activities.

What is Shubh Yoga in Hindu Astrology? – Shubha Yog Meaning

Shubh Yoga is one among the 27 yogas in Hindu astrology. It is calculated by the degrees of moon and sun starting from Ashwini Nakshatra. Shubha is a very good yog. The lord of this Yoga is Goddess Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity.

Shubh is the 23rd among the 27 yogas.

The yoga is good for all auspicious events. Especially, for all forms of investments.

Activities done during the Sadhya Yoga period will usher in progress, peace and prosperity.
It is also an auspicious period to perform various charity related activities.

What is Sadhya Yoga in Hindu Astrology? – Sadhya Yog Meaning

Sadhya Yoga is one among the 27 yogas in Hindu astrology. It is calculated by the degrees of moon and sun starting from Ashwini Nakshatra. Sadhya is a very good yog. The lord of this Yoga is Goddess Savitri

Sadhya is the 22nd among the 27 yogas.

The yoga is good for all auspicious events.

Activities done during the Sadhya Yoga period will usher in progress, peace and prosperity.
It is also an auspicious period to perform various charity related activities.

What is Siddha Yoga in Hindu Astrology? – Siddh Yog Meaning

Siddha Yoga is one among the 27 yogas in Hindu astrology. It is calculated by the degrees of moon and sun starting from Ashwini Nakshatra. Siddha, or Siddh, is a very good yog. The lord of this Yoga is Kartikeya – Lord Kartik or Muruga.

Siddha is the 21st among the 27 yogas.

The yoga is good for all auspicious events.

Activities done during the Siddha Yoga period will usher in progress, peace and prosperity.
It is also an auspicious period to perform various charity related activities.

Few Maxims of Kabir

Pandit, do some research and let me know how to destroy transiency.

Do not oppress the poor and weak Think not they are helpless Remember, the breath of the lifeless blower Can burn steel to ashes.

Who pricks you with nail You prick him with flower You will get back flower for flower He a trident for nail, be sure.

Why should Kabir be afraid For, God is above all On elephant’s back is anyone afraid If dogs howl from below.

A mere quarrel if retorted Grows to fighting and death Says Kabir you don’t retort The quarrel will end at that.
- Sant Kabir

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Vishnu Vijaya Stotram in Telugu in pdf format

Vishnu Vijaya Stotram is dedicated to Bhagvan Srihari Vishnu. It is chanted for attaining success, peace and prosperity. You can download the prayer in Telugu text in pdf in the link given below. The prayer should be chanted during morning or evening hours.

It is also chanted on auspicious days dedicated to Vishnu especially on Ekadasi.
Link – Vishnu Vijaya Stotram in Telugu in pdf

Yoga Lakshmi Narasimha Suprabatham in Telugu in pdf format

Yoga Lakshmi Narasimha is a manifestation of Bhagvan Srihari Vishnu. The most important prayer dedicated to the deity is the Yoga Lakshmi Narasimha Suprabatham. You can download the prayer in Telugu text in pdf in the link given below.

The prayer should be chanted during morning or evening hours.

It is also chanted on auspicious days dedicated to Narasimha especially the appearance day of Narasimha Jayanti.
Link – Yoga Lakshmi Narasimha Suprabatham inTelugu in pdf

Story of Surpanakha

Surpanakha is the sister of Ravana in the Ramayana. She was the daughter of Sage Vishravasa and Demoness Kaikasi. She was married to Demon Vidyujjihva. Story of Surpanakha is mainly found in the Ramayana and Puranas.


Legend has it that Ravana killed her husband, Vidyujjihva. To console his sister, Ravana promised that he would get her remarried to a man of her choice.
While Surpanakha was searching for a husband, she came across Rama, Sita and Lakshman at Panchavati.

The handsome form of Rama captivated her. She took the form of a beautiful woman and approached him but Rama told her that He was already married.

A dejected Surpanakha approached Lakshman who too rejected her saying that he was just a servant of Rama.

This double rejection brought out her real fierce demonic form. She considered the presence of Mata Sita as the reason for her rejection. She rushed forward to devour Mata Sita.

Lakshmana intervened and cut off her nose.

A bleeding Surpanakha rushed to her cousin Khara. H…

Wadeshwar Yatra at Wadhe Village in Satara District of Maharashtra

Wadeshwar Yatra at Wadhe Village is annually observed in Chaitra month. The yatra is an important festival at the Vadeshwar Temple at Wadhe Village in Satara District of Maharashtra. The shrine is dedicated to Wadeshwar, Gram Devata. Wadeshwar Yatra 2019 date is April 10.

Wadeshwar form is associated with Lord Shiva and he is the family deity of many Maharashtra families.

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

The main ritual includes processions, palkhi and offerings to Wadeshwar.

Hundreds of people participate in the yatra and festivities. The temple remains open during the entire day and different rituals take place.


Wadeshwar Yatra at Wadhe Village is observed on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.
Wadeshwar  In MaharashtraWadeshwar  is both Kul Devata and Gram Devata in Maharashtra.He protects villag…

Janai Malai Devi Yatra at Kodoli Village in Satara District of Maharashtra

Janai Malai Devi Yatra at Kodoli Village is annually observed in Chaitra month. The yatra is an important festival at the Janai Malai Devi Temple at Kodoli Village in Satara District of Maharashtra. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Janai Malai, Gram Devata. Janai Malai Devi Yatra 2019 date is April 9.

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


The main ritual includes processions, palkhi and offerings to Janai Malai Devi.

Hundreds of people participate in the yatra and festivities. The temple remains open during the entire day and different rituals take place.
Janai Malai Devi Yatra at Kodoli Village is observed on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Sonar Siddhanath Rathotsav at Bhikawadi Khurd at Kadegaon Taluka of Sangli District

Sonar Siddhanath Rathotsav is observed in Chaitra month. It is the important fair and chariot festival at the Sonar Siddhanath Temple at Bhikawadi Khurd at Kadegaon Taluka of Sangli District, Maharashtra. Sonar Siddhanath Rathotsav 2019 date is April 9.

The annual fair and festival attracts hundreds of devotees. A lavishly decorated wooden chariot is pulled through the village on the day. It contains the utsava murti of Sonar Siddhanath. The chariot is decorated with flowers, leaves, plantain, sugarcane, lamps and lights.



Thousands of people arrive to witness the chariot majestically moving through the village.
Sonar Siddhanath Rathotsav at Bhikawadi Khurd is held on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Siddhanath is worshipped in many temples in Rural Maharashtra. The popular belief is that Siddhanath is a manifestation of Lord Shiva.

Hanuman Yatra at Dewale in Panhala Taluka of Kolhapur District, Maharashtra

Hanuman Yatra at Dewale is annually observed in Chaitra month. The yatra is an important festival at the Hanuman Mandir at Dewale in Panhala Taluka of Kolhapur District, Maharashtra. The shrine is dedicated to Lord Hanuman. Dewale Hanuman Yatra 2019 date is April 8.

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

The main ritual includes processions, palkhi and offerings to Hanuman.

Hundreds of people participate in the yatra and festivities. The temple remains open during the entire day and different rituals take place.



Hanuman Yatra at Dewale is observed on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Did You Know?

During the war in Ramayana, when Hanuman was going to medicines to save Lakshman before sunrise, he saw sun appearing at midnight. He immediately got hold of sun and put him between his armpits. The sun was onl…

Shirdi Sai Baba Temple in Jamshedpur – Sri Sai Mandir at Jamshedpur, Jharkhand

Shirdi Sai Baba Temple in Jamshedpur, in Jharkhand, was inaugurated on October 28, 2012. A modern architectural marvel, Sri Sai Mandir is located at CH Area in Jamshedpur and is built on 0.75 acre land at a cost of around Rupees 3 crore. The temple is meant for all devotees of Shirdi Sai Baba. The temple is beautifully landscaped with a central hall for bhajan, aarti and a separate meditation center. The design of the main building has 60ft arches. The roof above Sai Baba’s idol is of glass to let in sunlight.


The five feet murti of Shirdi Sai Baba is finely carved out of marble and is seated on a marble platform.
Puja or any kind of worship is prohibited at the main murti.

Devotees can perform puja and make offerings to a Sai Baba murti in the lawn outside the main hall. The kankar aarti is performed at 7:15 AM daily. This is followed by midday aarti, dhoop arti and the evening sej aarti.

Bhoga is offered four times – dry fruits in the morning, roti sabzi in the afternoon, fruits in…

Kusuma Devi Yatra at Shrivardhan in Raigarh District in Maharashtra

Kusuma Devi Yatra at Shrivardhan is observed in Chaitra month. It is the annual fair and festival at the Kusuma Devi Temple off Shrivardhan - Diveagar Road in Raigarh District in Maharashtra. Various unique pujas and rituals are held on the occasion. Kusuma Devi Yatra 2019 date is April 7. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Saraswati, Lakshmi and Kali.

For the annual festival, the shrine is decorated with lamps, lights, flowers, leaves and sugarcane for the occasion.

The festival and fair attracts hundreds of devotees to the Kusuma Devi Temple.
Kusuma Devi temple yatra is annually observed on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Dwitiya tithi or the seond day during the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

How to make Triphala Churna at home?

To make Triphala Churna at home you will need harad, baheda and amla. To prepare the mixture you need all of them in dry form. You need to deseed them.


Grind harad, baheda and amla separately. The out covering and pulp should be grinded of the three ingredients.
Now mix them in equal proportion to make Triphala churna.

You should store in an airtight container.
It has a shelf life of four months.

Triphala Churna Benefits

Triphala churna is a blend of three herbs – harad, baheda and amla. The three have distinctive qualities and benefits – it expels toxins out of the body. Harad is highly beneficial for eyes; Baheda helps in digestion and amla is an astringent, cool in potency.

The most important benefit of Triphala Churna is that it eliminates all doshas from the body. It pacifies vata and pitta; it also destroys kapha. It balances all three doshas.

Other benefits include: Balances body cholesterolBoosts immunityHealthy eyesAids in digestionCleanses intestineImproves appetiteHelpful in respiratory diseasesImproves uterine strengthHelps in healing woundGood for teeth and gumsImproves liver functioning.

Rasakalyani Tritiya Vrat – How to perform Rasakalyani Vrata?

Rasakalyani Tritiya Vrat is dedicated to Goddess Parvati. It is performed on the shukla paksha tritiya or the third day during the waxing phase of moon especially in Chaitra, Magh, Phalgun and Vaishakh months. It is performed by both men and women for good luck, health, prosperity, emancipation and everlasting joy.

The importance of this Vrata is mentioned in the Matsya Purana.

After early morning bath and purification, one should offer prayers to Ganesha.

Goddess Parvati is worshipped in the form of Gauri, Rudrani and Soumya on the day with mantras, flowers, incense and Prasad (sweet).

Men wear yellow clothes, married women wear red clothes, unmarried women wear white colored clothes, widows and widowers wear ochre colored clothes on the day.

A single meal is taken on the day. Pujas are performed in the morning and evening.

The fasting ends on next day morning.

If the Vrat is observed in Magh month then salt is avoided on the day, if it is performed in Phalguna the sugar is avoided,…

Ananta Tritiya Vrat – Fasting for Good Luck

Ananta Tritiya Vrat is dedicated to Goddess Parvati. It is performed on the shukla paksha tritiya or the third day during the waxing phase of moon in a Hindu lunar month especially in Chaitra. It is performed by both men and women for good luck, health, prosperity, emancipation and everlasting joy.

The importance of this Vrata is mentioned in the Matsya Purana.

After early morning bath and purification, one should offer prayers to Ganesha.

Goddess Parvati is worshipped in the form of Gauri, Rudrani and Soumya on the day with mantras, flowers, incense and Prasad (sweet).

Men wear yellow clothes, married women wear red clothes, unmarried women wear white colored clothes, widows and widowers wear ochre colored clothes on the day.

A single meal is taken on the day. Pujas are performed in the morning and evening.
The fasting ends on next day morning.

Saubhagya Shayana Vrat

Saubhagya Shayana Vrat is observed in Chaitra month. It is dedicated to Goddess Parvati, who is worshipped in the form of Lalitha, giver of bliss and emancipation. It can be performed by both men and women. Saubhagya Sayana Vrat 2019 date is April 8.

The importance of this Vrata is mentioned in the Matsya Purana.

It is believed by some communities that Shiva and Goddess Parvati got married on this day.

After early morning bath and purification, one should offer prayers to Ganesha.


Shiva and Goddess Pravati is worshipped on the day with mantras, flowers, incense and Prasad.

A single meal is taken on the day. Pujas are performed in the morning and evening.

The fasting ends on next day morning.

Some devotees perform the Vrata on the third day of the waxing phase of moon in all Hindu lunar months.
Saubhagya Sayana Vrat is observed on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Tritiya tithi or the third day during the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month.

What is Variyan Yoga in Hindu Astrology? – Vareeyan Yoga Meaning

Variyan Yoga is one among the 27 yogas in Hindu astrology. It is calculated by the degrees of moon and sun starting from Ashwini Nakshatra. Variyan, or Vareeyan, is a very good yog. The lord of this Yoga is Kuber – treasurer of Devas.

Variyan is the eighteenth among the 27 yogas.

The yoga is good for all types of auspicious events especially those relating to buying, business and profit.

Activities done during the Variyan Yoga period will always end in profit.
Doing charity during the period is highly meritorious.

What is Siddhi Yoga in Hindu Astrology? – Siddhi Yoga Meaning

Siddhi Yoga is one among the 27 yogas in Hindu astrology. It is calculated by the degrees of moon and sun starting from Ashwini Nakshatra. Siddhi is a very good yog. The lord of this Yoga is Ganesha – Lord of auspiciousness and one who removes all problems.

Siddhi is the sixteenth among the 27 yogas.

The yoga is good for all types of auspicious events.
Activities done during the Siddhi Yoga period will always end in success. Making food and cloth donation during the period is highly meritorious.

What is Vajra Yoga in Hindu Astrology? – Vajra Yoga Meaning and Remedies

Vajra Yoga is one among the 27 yogas in Hindu astrology. It is calculated by the degrees of moon and sun starting from Ashwini Nakshatra. Vajra is a bad yog. The lord of this Yoga is Varun or Varuna (Hindu sea god).

Vajra is the fifteenth among the 27 yogas.

The yoga is avoided for auspicious events by some Hindu communities.

The remedies for people having trouble with the Yoga are offering prayers to Ganesha, Shiva and Hanuman.
Donating food and clothes are highly meritorious.

Different creeds are but different paths to reach the one God – Sri Ramakrishna

He assumes different forms and reveals Himself in different ways for the sake of His devotees.

The same God is worshiped in different countries and ages under different names and forms.

He may be worshiped in various ways according to different conceptions – some loving to call Him as father and others as mother, some as friend and others as beloved, some again as their sweet little child – but it is always one and the same God that is worshiped in all these diverse relations. . .

Many are the names of God and infinite forms through which He may be approached.

In whatever name and form you worship Him, through that you will realize Him.

Different creeds are but different paths to reach the one God . . .

The religious teachers of all lands and of all ages are but so many lamps through which the light of the Spirit streams constantly from the one almighty source.

Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

Related Truthfulness is the austerity of this age – Sri Ramakrishna

Alwarthirunagari Temple Puja and Darshan Timings

Alwarthirunagari Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and one of the Nava Tirupathi Temple. Alwarthirunagari 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.
Alwarthirunagari Temple Timings Morning Opening and Closing Time 5:30 AM to 12:00 PM Evening Opening and Closing Time 4:30 PM to 8:45 PM
Alwarthirunagari Temple Detail Puja Timings
1. Thiruvananthal Pooja 6:00 AM 2. Alangara Theertham 6:30 AM 3. Vishwaroopam 7:00 AM 4. Dosa Amutha Seithal 8:00 AM 5. Thiruvaradhanam 10:00 AM 6. Suttru Koil 10:15 AM 7. Theertham Viniyogam 10:30 AM 8. Samba Thiruvananthal 10:50 AM 9. Samba Thalikai 11:00 AM 10. Maalai Thirukaapu Nikal 5:00 PM 11. Suttru Koil Thiruvananthal 6:30 PM 12. Swamygal Thiruvananthal 7:00 PM 13. Theertham Viniyogam 8:15 PM 14. Thiruvisaka Thalikai 8:30 PM 15.

Masoba Yatra at Banpuri in Atpadi Taluka of Sangli district in Maharashtra

Masoba Yatra in Banpuri village is observed in Chaitra month. It is annual fair and festival at the Masoba Temple at Banpuri Village in Atpadi Taluka of Sangli district in Maharashtra.  Masoba Yatra 2019 date is April 6. The shrine is dedicated to Gram Devata or Spirit who is worshipped near cremation sites.

The festival and fair attracts hundreds of devotees to the mandir.

Processions, pujas, rituals, fireworks etc are part of the festivities.

For the annual festival, the shrine is decorated with lamps, lights, flowers, leaves and sugarcane for the occasion.
Masoba Yatra in Banpuri is annually observed on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Pratipada tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Seven Forms of Tandava Performed by Shiva – Seven types of Tandava

Seven Forms of Tandava performed by Shiva are:

Kalika Tandavam – dance of creation Sandhya Tandavam – dance of preservation of cosmos Shankara Tandavam – dance of destruction Tripura Tandavam – dance of concealment Vurtha Tandavam or Anugraha Thandavam – the dance through which beings experience the world. The grace of Shiva with which He reveals to the self its true nature. Ananda Tandava – He carries out all the above said five functions – Nataraja Form Bhujangatirasam – Named after the serpent which Shiva wears.
Another famous Tandava performed by Shiva is the Urdhva Tandava, when he competed with Goddess Parvati.

Gensiddha Yatra at Kumbhari in Solapur

Gensiddha Yatra is annually observed in Chaitra month. It is the annual fair and festival at the Gensiddha temple located at Kumbhari in Solapur. The mandir or Devasthan is the focal point of activity on the day. Gensiddha Yatra 2019 date is April 6. It is observed on Gudi Padwa day.

The annual yatra attracts hundreds of devotees.
Gensiddha Yatra is observed on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Pratipada tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Shiva Parvati Yatra at Ranzani Village in Pandharpur Taluka of Solapur district in Maharashtra

Shiva Parvati Yatra at Ranzani village is observed in Chaitra month. It is the annual fair and festival at the Shivparvati temple at Ranzani Village in Pandharpur Taluka of Solapur district in Maharashtra. Various unique pujas and rituals are held on the occasion. Shiva Parvati Yatra 2019 date is April 6.

The shrine is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

For the annual festival, the shrine is decorated with lamps, lights, flowers, leaves and sugarcane for the occasion.

The festival and fair attracts hundreds of devotees to the shrine.

Various unique rituals and pujas are held on the occasion, which include palki and processions.
Shiva Parvati Yatra at Ranzani is annually observed on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Pratipada tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Suryanarayan Yatra at Narayan Chincholi in Pandharpur on Gudi Padwa

Suryanarayan Yatra at Narayan Chincholi is annually observed in Chaitra month – on Gudi Padwa day. It is an important fair and festival at the Suryanarayan temple at Narayan Chincholi in Pandharpur, Maharashtra. The shrine is dedicated to Lord Surya, sun god in Hinduism. Narayan Chincholi Suryanarayan Yatra 2019 date is April 6.

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

Hundreds of people participate in the unique ritual, pujas and festivities. The temple remains open during the entire day and different rituals take place.
Suryanarayan Yatra at Narayan Chincholi is observed on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Pratipada tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.