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Attukal Pongala Story

Attukal Pongala ritual held at the AttukalBhagavathyTemple at Attukal near Trivandrum in Kerala is the largest gathering of women in the world in a single place on a single day. The story of Attukal Pongala is associated with the Silappathikaram – the Epic of the Anklet. The Goddess worshipped at Attukal temple is Kannagi who is the incarnation of Goddess Parvati, the consort of Hindu God Shiva. It is a place of Shakti worship.

Kannagi is the heroine of famous Tamil poem Silappathikaram - the Epic of the Anklet. The story has it that Kannagi’s husband Kovalan was unjustly put to death by the ruler of Madurai for stealing the anklet of the queen. Kannagi proves the innocence of her husband at the court and in anger sets the entire Madurai city on fire. She then leaves the Madurai city and departs for Kodungalloor – an important Shakti worship center.
Burning everything on her way, Goddess enters the place Attukal. No power in the world could stop her.
Legend has it that children and wo…

Datta Maharaj Kavishwar Jayanti in Pune

Datta Maharaj Kavishwar Jayanti is annually observed in Magh month. It is the birth anniversary of great spiritual master Datta Maharaj Kavishwar. A spiritual yatra is organized on the day. The day is of great significance at the Dattashram in Pune. Datta Maharaj Kavishwar Jayanti 2018 date is February 5.

The saints in this Parampara spread the universal truth found in the scriptures associated with Santana Dharma. They concentrated on Vishnu Bhakti especially of his popular avatars.

Datta Maharaj Kavishwar published numerous scholarly commentaries. The prominent being the commentaries on ‘The Aphorisms of Vedant Philosophy by Nimbakachary’ and ‘Sarv darshan Sangrah’.
Datta Maharaj Kavishwar Punyatithi is annually observed on Magh Krishna Paksha Panchami Tithi or the 5th day during the waning phase of moon in Phalguna month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Veereshwar Mahadev in Ujjain – Story of Veereshwar Form of Shiva – 46th Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Veereshwar Mahadev is worshiped in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the 84 forms of Shiva worshiped in Ujjain. It is believed that worshipping Veereshwar Form of Shiva will help in leading a happy life on earth and finally the person will attain liberation.

The temple dedicated to Veereshwar Mahadev is located near Satyanarayan Temple on Dhaba Road in Ujjain.

This form of Shiva is associated with giving blessing to a young brave boy. ‘Veer’ means brave.

Veereshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 46th temple visited during the parikarama of Shiavalayas here.

Story of Veereshwar Form of Shiva in Ujjain

Once there lived a king named Abhijatrijth. He was a good and powerful king. He once rescued a virgin girl from the clutches of a demon. The king later married the girl.

The pious couple performed Shiva puja daily. The queen performed tritiya vrat and was blessed with a healthy child.

In due course of time, she gave birth to a baby boy. But the …

Daruja Linga – Shivlings made of Wood

Daruja lingas are Shivlings made of wood. Wood of certain trees are only is used in the making of the linga. The wood of trees that are used to prepare Daruja linga are Shami, Madhuka, Karnikara, Manduka, Tinduka, Arjuna, Pippala, Udumbara, Khadira, Chandan, Sala, Bilva, Badara and Devadaru.
It is also mentioned in some texts that wood of all trees that have barks can be used. Trees that have milky latex oozing out when cut is said to be ideal for making the linga. Jackfruit tree wood is widely used in South India for making lingas.
Before cutting the tree for a making a Shivling, prayers have to be offered to the tree, Mother Earth, and all living beings residing on the tree. Permission is to be taken from the tree and the living beings residing on it. If the tree is hosting large number of birds, then the tree is to be avoided.
One can also use only a big trunk of the tree for making Daruja Linga. So the entire need not be cut down.
Details regarding the preparation of Daruja Lin…

Amarnath Yatra 2017 Application Form – Download Amarnath Yatra Registration Form 2017 For Free

The application form for Amarnath Yatra 2017 is available online for free. You can download and print the registration forms and submit them from February 28, 2017 at the branches of Jammu and Kashmir Bank, Punjab and Sind and Yes Bank. The Yatra in 2017 begins on June 28, 2017 and ends on August 7.

You can find the application form for the Amarnath Yatra here at the official website of the Amarnath Shrine – Application Form for Amarnath Yatra 2017 (click on the link). 
Health Certificate Form
You will also need to submit separate compulsory health certificate. This form can be downloaded here - Medical Fitness Certificate form 2017. (click on the link). 
Both application forms are in pdf format and you will need pdf reader installed in your computer to take print out of it.

Bank Details

Bank details to apply the form and register can be found here
Details of bank branches can be found here - Bank branches to apply

Attukal Pongala 2018 date in Trivandum, Kerala - Attukal Pongala Date in 2018

Attukal Pongala ritual held at the AttukalBhagavathyTemple in Trivandrum, Kerala, is noted for the largest gathering of women in a single place on a single day in the world. Attukal Pongala 2018 date is March 1, Thursday. Attukal Bhagavathy is an incarnation of Goddess Shakti and the AttukalTemple is known as the Sabarimala of women.

The Pongala festival will commence when the idol of the Devi will be embellished with ‘kappu.’

The world famous Attukal Pongala is on March 1, 2018. Pongala ritual commences at 10:30 AM on  March 11. Pongala will be offered to Goddess at 14:30 hrs.

Related Attukal Pongala – World’s largest gathering of women Importance of Attukal Pongala
Attukal Pongala Story

Pimpalgaon Shambhu Mahadev Yatra in Daund Taluka of Pune District in Maharashtra

Shambhu Mahadev Yatra in Pimpalgaon village is observed in Chaitra month. It is annual fair and festival at the Shambhu Mahadev Temple at Pimpalgaon Village in Daund Taluka of Pune District in Maharashtra.  Pimpalgaon Shambhu Mahadev Yatra 2018 date is March 18. The shrine is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

The festival and fair attracts hundreds of devotees to the Shiva Temple.

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.
Shambhu Mahadev Yatra in Pimpalgaon 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.

Murappanadu Kailasanathar Temple – Fifth Nava Kailasam Temple

Murappanadu Kailasanathar Temple is one of the Nava Kailasam Temples and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is located at Murappanadu in Tirunelveli District, Tamil Nadu. This temple is associated with Guru (Jupiter or Brihaspati), among the Navgrahas. The shrine is around 17 km from Tirunelveli Town.

This is the fifth among the nine Nava Kailasam temples. The shrine is also known as Nadu or Middle Kailasam Temple.

At Murappanadu, Thamiraparani River flows from north to south.


Story of Murappanadu Kailasanathar Temple 

Legend has it that a king had a daughter with the face of a horse. He offered prayers to Shiva to find a relief. Shiva one day appeared in the dream of the king and asked him to take a holy dip in Thamiraparani River at Murappanadu and offer prayers to the Shivling there.

The king soon performed all that Shiva told in the dream. Soon the princess got back the human face. Murappanadu Kailasanathar Temple was built by the king.

Murtis worshipped in the Temple


Shiva is worship…

Vishnu Suktam in Tamil 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 Tamil 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 Tamil in pdf

Vithalai Jagar at Thikpurli in Kagal Taluka of Kolhapur District, Maharashtra

Vithalai Jagar at Thikpurli is annually observed in Phagun month. The Jagar is an important ritual at the Vithalai Devi Mandir at Thikpurli in Kagal Taluka of Kolhapur District, Maharashtra. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Vithalai, gram devata. Thikpurli Vithalai Jagar 2018 date is March 15.

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.
Vithalai Jagar at Thikpurli is observed on Phalgun Krishna Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the 13th day during the waning phase of moon Phalgun month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Sita Jayanti – Seeta Jayanthi in Magh Month

Sita Jayanti is observed on the eighth day (Ashtami) during the Krishna Paksha of Magh month by some Hindu communities in South India. The day is observed as Sita Ashtami or Janaki Janma in some regions in North India. In 2018, the Sita Jayanti in Magh month is on February 8. It is popularly believed that Mata Sita, wife of Lord Ram and incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi, was born on this day. Please note that the corresponding period in North India is Phalgun Krishna Paksha Ashtami.

The story of Mata Sita continues to inspire millions of people. For some she is the embodiment of purity and wifely devotion. For some she represents the struggles that women face in all ages in a male dominated society.

King Janaka found Mata Sita while ploughing the field. Thus she is considered the daughter of Mother Earth. Fed up with the ways of the world finally she takes refuge on Mother Earth's lap when the earth opens up to receive her.

The day is observed with satsangs and special pujas in Lor…

What is Parigha Yoga in Hindu Astrology? – Paridh Yoga Meaning

Parigha Yoga is one among the 27 yogas in Hindu astrology. It is calculated by the degrees of moon and sun starting from Ashwini Nakshatra. Parigha, or Paridh, is a very bad yog. The lord of this Yoga is Vishwakarma – divine architect.

Paridh is the ninteenth among the 27 yogas.

The yoga is avoided by some Hindu communities for all auspicious activities.

Activities done during the Parigha Yoga period might face problems.
Remedy is helping poor and needy. Donating building materials or helping in making houses are considered highly meritorious.

Uncontrolled enjoyment only adds to our desires – The Vedanta Kesari

To think that one can overcome or decimate one’s desires, whatever be their names, forms and shapes, by fulfilling them is like adding fuel to fire with the hope that it will get extinguished. Unbridled enjoyment only adds to our desires. We get caught and entangled in them more and yet more.

However, there comes a time when we seek to get out of this network of illusion of getting and losing, this endless suffering of being at the mercy of desires.

And thus begins our journey of tracing back to ‘where it all started’—the source of our mental distress and turmoil — and we start dissecting our own actions and reactions, emotions and expectations, successes and failures.

And lo! There we discover the problem is not out there but in here. It is right in our own mind or personality, its current structure and inclinations, its deep-rooted thought patterns and areas which it considers important and sources of pleasure; it is desire that is at the root of all mischief. And then arises the …

Today’s Hindu Calendar – February 22, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Monday, February 22, 2016 (Today) – Purnima Tithi or the full moon day in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Purnima Tithi or the full moon day till 11:09 PM on February 22. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is February 22, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good date.
Nakshatra – Aslesha or Ayiliyam Nakshatra till 5:25 AM on February 22. Then onward it is Magha or Makam Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Aslesha or Ayiliyam Nakshatra till 5:27 AM on February 22. Then onward it is Magha or Makam Nakshatra.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Karka Rashi till 5:34 AM. Then onward it is Simha Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Karka Rashi till 5:27 AM. Then onward it is Simha Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Purnima. Masi Maham