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Nagula Chavithi 2018 in Andhra Pradesh - Telangana - Naagula Chaviti - Worship of Snakes in Kartika Masam

Nagula Chavithi is a Hindu observance dedicated to Nagas or Snakes in Telugu culture. Nagula Chavithi 2018 date is November 11. Naagula Chaviti is observed on the fourth day (Chaturthi) after Diwali in Kartik month (October – November). It is mainly observed in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and adjoining areas and on this day Nagas (Cobras) are worshipped. In many regions, it is a three-day festival – Nagula Chavithi is followed by Naga Panchami and Naga Sashti on the following days. In 2018, the date of Nagula Chavithi is  November 11, Naga Panchami date is November 12 and Naga Sashti date is November 13.

Note: Some communities observe it on Shravan Shukla Paksha Chaturthi, this is on August 14, 2018.

The popular legend associated with Nagula Chavithi in Telugu Hindu culture suggests that on the day Lord Shiva drank the poison Halahala or Kalkuta to save the universe during the famous incident of Samudra Manthan.
Pujas and prayers are held in Naga temples across the state. People offer p…

Importance of Vel – Symbolism in Vel or Spear of Muruga

Vel or Spear is the weapon associated with Muruga who is also known by the names of Subrahmanya, Kartikeya, Shanmukha, Swaminathan and Skanda. The Vel was given to Muruga by his mother Goddess Parvati and he annihilated the demon Soorapadman with it. One of the most popular chants associated with Muruga is Vel Vel Shakti Vel - devotees chant this while offering prayers at Muruga Temples.

Muruga’s spear is treated with reverence, and in many temples the spear is worshipped with as much fervor as the Murti of Subrahmanya. The popular belief is that daily worship of the spear will help in redemption of sins. It will also help in conquering the fear of death. Worship of it will help in killing away unwanted desires.
Some scholars suggest that symbolically the Vel represents knowledge or learning. The long shaft of the Vel represents many years of learning. The broad portion of the Vel represents the broadening of the mind with the knowledge gathered – such is the effect of true knowledge…

Palani Temple Pictures – Online Virtual Tour of Palani Murugan Temple

The world famous MuruganTemple in Palani needs no introduction to Hindus. It is the most famous temple of Hindu God Muruga, son of Shiva and Parvati. Known by numerous names like Shanmugha, Subrahmanya, Skanda and Kartik, Muruga is the commander of the army of the Gods. The original name of the temple is DhandayuthapaniTemple and website is providing an online virtual tour of the temple. In the online virtual tour you can get a 360 degree panoramic view of the temple. There are 13 pictures of the Palani temple by A. Suresh Babu of view360 and most them are on the sculptures in the temple.
You can view the Virtual Tour of Palani Murugan Temple here at

Manusa Lake – Story of Manusa Lake in Hinduism

Manusa is a lake mentioned in the Rig Veda, Aitareya Brahmana and the Mahabharata. The story of Manusa Lake is found in the Mahabharat. Legend has it that some black antelopes were struck by the arrows of a hunter. They got into the lake and emerged from the water as human beings – Manusa.

The modern village of Manas, 5 km west of Kaithal in Haryana is identified with the lake. The village has a large area under water.

As per Rig Veda, Bharata princess kindled sacrificial fire on the banks of sacred rivers and Lake Manusa.
Manusa Lake is considered as a Tirth, or sacred pilgrimage spot, in the Mahabharata, Vamana and Padma Puranas.

Yadagirigutta Temple – Yadagiri Narasimha Temple

Yadagiri Narasimha Temple, also known as Yadadri Temple, is located at Yadagirigutta in Nalgonda District in Telangana. The temple is dedicated to Lord Narasimha. The shrine is situated atop a hill which is 300 feet in height and hence the name Yadagirigutta. Yadadri Temple is around 60 km from Hyderabad.

Yadagiri Mahatmya quotes from Skanda Purana and states that Sage Vyasa worshipped Lord Narasimha here. The place is also associated with Lord Brahma, Prahlada and Rishyashringa.

Legend has it that Lord Narasimha appeared in three forms at the Yadagirigutta Temple.

These are – Lakshmi Narasimha, Gandaberunda Narasimha and Jwala Narasimha.

In the main cave temple Lord is depicted as Lakshmi Narasimha – he is shown with Goddess Lakshmi in calm and peaceful form with his usual attributes.

Gandaberunda Narasimha murti is worshipped in a below cave which is small.

Jwala Narasimha is depicted as carving on a rock. The murti is associated with a serpent that looks like a flame.

There are a…

Good Date for Travel in March 2017 – Good and Auspicious Dates for Journey in March 2017

Some Hindus look for good date for travels, especially long distance journey, foreign travel, while traveling on plane, train etc. Here are the good and auspicious dates for journey in March 2017 for travels.
March 1
March 2 good after 1:10 PM March 3
March 5 good after 5:05 PM March 6 March 7
March 8 good till 11:30 AM  March 9 March 10 March 11 March 14
March 15 is good till 10:25 AM
March 16 March 18 March 21 March 22
March 23 is good after 1:30 PM March 24 March 25 is good till 1:30 PM
March 28  March 29 is good till 2:40 PM March 30 is good after 11:10 AM

Amavasya November 2017 Date and Time – No Moon Day in Hindu Calendar in November 2017

Amavasya is the no moon day in a month in a traditional Hindu lunar calendar. In November 2017, Amavasya date is November 18. Time – Amavas begins at 2:57 PM on November 17 to 4:07 PM on November 18, 2017. The Amavasya Snan, dhan, Shradh and Tarpan are performed on  November 18. Amavasi Vrat is on November 17.

This is the Kartik Amavasya in calendars followed in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat and Maharashtra. In North India, it is the Margashirsh Amavasya.

In Tamil Calendar, it is the Amavasai in Karthigai Masam. In Malayalam calendar followed in Kerala it is the Amavasi or Karuthavavu in Vrischika Masam.

In Bengal calendar it is the Amabashya in the Margashirsh month.
This day is chosen for performing Shradh and Tarpan by many Hindu communities.
Some Hindu communities observe a partial fast on the day and only take single meal on the day.