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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 Kartikeya 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. 

Peruvanam Pooram 2023 date – History Of Peruvanam Shiva Temple Pooram Festival - Complete List Of Temples Participating

Peruvanam Pooram is the annual festival observed at the Shiva Temple at Peruvanam near Cherpu in Thrissur District in Kerala. The famous pooram festival in the shrine is observed in Kumbham month. Peruvanam Pooram 2023 date is March 3. It is observed on the Punartham  Nakshatra in Kumbha Masam. 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 Kerala temple 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 deity of Peruvanam temple,  Irattayappan., does not participate in the pooram, and is a silent spectator to the proceedings. The participation is limited to temples of Devi and Sastha in the region. It is sa

Puthiyakavu Pongala in Kollam – Sri Puthiyakavu Bhagavathi Temple Festival

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.  The annual festival in the temple is held in Malayalam Meena Masam (March - April). The festival is famous for traditional temple art forms, dance, music, melam, caparisoned elephant and procession. Various Shakteya Tantric pujas and rituals are part of the annual festival. The annual festival begins with Kodiyettam and concludes with the arattu procession. 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.

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 Ti