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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.

Hindu Festivals in March 2016 – Hindu Vrat – Fasting – Rituals in March 2016

Dates of important festivals associated with Hinduism in March 2016 – based on major Hindu calendars and Panchang used in India. The festivals, Vrats and ritual days are based on Indian Standard Time (IST).

March 2, 2016 – Kalashtami March 2 – Sita Ashtami March 3 – Ramdas Navami March 5 – Ekadasi Fasting – Vijaya Ekadashi March 6 – Pradosh Vrat – Shani Pradosham March 7 – Mahashivratri

Shivratri Vrat: How to Observe Fast during Mahashivratri?

On the auspicious occasion of Shivaratri, or Mahashivratri, Hindu devotees around the world observe Shivratri Vrat or Upvaas or fast. In 2017, Shivratri Vrat date is February 24. Vrat time is from Sunrise on February 24 to sunrise on February 25. The fasting involves refraining from eating any food and not sleeping through out the night. Sivaratri literally means ‘the night of Lord Shiva’ and unlike other festivals associated with Hinduism there is no fun and merrymaking on the day. But the night provides an opportunity to cleanse the ignorance and realize that you are Brahman and open the door to bliss.

The day after Shivratri is Amavasi – the dark night or the no moon night. It symbolizes the evil forces – desire, greed, illusion, arrogance, jealousy, and anger – which dominate the Kaliyuga. Shiva is believed to have appeared in the form of ‘Lingodabhavamurti’ or Jyotir Linga on the Shivratri night. The Linga is an attempt to give form to the formless Brahmn. Praying to Shiva is to…

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 2018 date is February 12.

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 …

Today’s Hindu Calendar – February 27, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Saturday, February 27, 2016 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon till 6:12 AM on February 27. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is February 27, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious date.
Nakshatra – Chitra or Chithira or Chithirai Nakshatra till 4:10 PM on February 27. Then onward it is Swathi or Chothi Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Chitra or Chithira or Chithirai Nakshatra till 6:27 PM on February 27. Then onward it is Swathi or Chothi Nakshatra.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kanya Rashi till 2:51 AM on February 27. Then onward it is Tula Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Go…