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Thoughts on Vishu and Puthandu – Chithirai 1 from Hindu Blog

Vishu is observed on the first day of Malayalam Month Medam and Puthandu or Tamil New Year is observed on the first day of Chithirai month. Both these are traditional New Year in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The festival is directly associated with agriculture and symbolizes hope, joy and success.

Today there is a trend among many people to say that Vishu and Puthandu were good in the olden days. Such people blame television, internet, economy, fast life, nuclear family...all sort of things. This is a sort of negative thinking which takes the sheen out of the festival. People who make such suggestion forget the youngsters and children. They forget that during their childhood and young days their parents made sure that they be part of the tradition.
Instead of talking about the good old days and cursing the present day, the elders should make an attempt to recreate the old tradition and old environment. They should become good guides. They should teach their children the importance of prepa…

Why Parashuram Decided to Go around the World 21 Times and Kill Kshatriya Kings

Parashuram is the sixth incarnation of Bhagavan Srihari Vishnu. It is believed that he went around the world 21 times and killed Kshatriya kings who had moved away from Dharma. As per Brahmanda Purana, Kartavirya Arjuna forcefully seized the wish-fulfilling cow Kamadhenu from the hermitage of Sage Jamadagni.

Sage Jamadagni protested this unruly behavior of a king. Kartavirya Arjuna beheaded the sage and took away the cow.

Jamadagni’s son, Parashuram, heard about his heinous incident from his mother Renuka Devi.

Whiling narrating her husband’s death, Renuka Devi struck on her heart with her hands 21 times in sorrow. Parashuram who witnessed her wailing took the solemn vow that he would go around the world 21 times and wipe out all the kings who practice Adharma.
This is mentioned in the Brahmanda Purana.

Story of Ravana and Kartavirya Arjuna

Story of Origin of Vishu – Sri Ram – Ravana Battle

There are numerous stories regarding the origin of the Vishu festival, the zodiac new year in Kerala. Most of the Vishu stories are associated with local temples but the most famous one is associated with the Ram – Ravana battle in the Ramayana.

Legend has it that the Navgrahas were controlled by Ravana during his reign of Lanka. He had Shani imprisoned. It is said that Ravana was not impressed with Surya rising from the east and the rays falling on his palace without his permission.
Ravana saw the intense heat produced by Surya as arrogance. Ravan decided go in for a war with Surya.
A scared Surya agreed to not to shine on the palace of Ravana. This caused lot of difficulties for the people in the region. Surya arrived late daily and this caused havoc in nature. Crops were damaged. There was scarcity of food.
Then Sri Ram defeated Ravana in the epic battle and Surya started rising from the east on time.
It is believed that people celebrate Vishu in remembrance of Sri Ram defeating …

Thiruvattar Temple – Sri Adi Kesava Perumal Temple at Thiruvattar in Kanyakumari District of Tamil Nadu

Sri Adi Kesava Perumal Temple is dedicated to Bhagavan Vishnu and is also one of the 108 Divya Deshams. The shrine is located at Thiruvattar in Kanyakumari District of Tamil Nadu. The temple is located around 8 km from Marthandam on National Highway 47.

The temple is surrounded by Kothai River, Pahrali River and Thamirabarani River. The legend of the temple is associated with Bhagavan Vishnu defeating Demon Kesi.
Due to a mistake made by Brahma during a Yajna, two demons appeared. They were Kesan and Kesi. They caused numerous troubles to all living beings. Finally Bhagavan Vishnu annihilated them.

Wife of Kesi offered prayers to Ganga River and Tambiraparani River and asked to help her to avenge the death of her husband. The River came in full force to wash off Vishnu who was resting at the spot where the present Thiruvattar Temple stands. When the rivers approached, Bhudevi or Mother Earth raised the ground level where Vishnu was reclining. The two rivers went around the Lord and o…

Sashti Viratham May 2017 Date – Shasti Fasting for Muruga in May Month in 2017

Sashti Viratham, or Shasti fasiting, is dedicated to Hindu God Muruga. This fasting is very popular with Hindu communities in South India. Sashti Viratham in month May 2017 date is May 1 and May 31. This fast is very popular in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore and South Africa.

Sashti is the sixth day after Amavasi (no moon) and Poornima (full moon) in a traditional Hindu calendar. The Sashti after Amavasi is considered highly auspicious by Muruga devotees and fasting is performed on the day.

Fasting on Sashti is considered highly beneficial and some devotees observe a complete fast for 24 hours.

Many devotees make it a point to visit Muruga temple on Sashti day. Some people only eat the Prasadam given from the temple on the day.

You may also like to read Shasti fasting – How to observe Sashti

A man is as his faith is – Bhagavad Gita

Friendly and compassionate to all and without any touch of hatred; devoid of possessiveness and arrogance; ever content and contemplative; alike in happiness and misery; self-controlled and firm in conviction; dedicated to Me with all his heart and all his soul—dear to Me is a man who is thus devoted.

Than (a mere formal) practice of disciplines, a clear intellectual understanding (of the doctrine) is better. Than such understanding, meditation is better. Even better than meditation is the abandonment of the fruits of action. For, such abandonment (of the fruits of works and sense of their agency) is immediately followed by peace. (Gita 12.12)
A man is as his faith is. (Gita 17.3)