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Balalayam – What is Balaalayam in the Kumbhabhishekam ceremony?

Balayalam is a miniature temporary structure erected during the renovation and Kumbhabhishekam ceremony in a HinduTemple. The divine presence of the main deity in temple is transferred from the murti worshipped to a Kalasha. This Kalasha is place atop the Balalayam. ‘Baala’ means mini and ‘Aalaya’ means temple or structure in Sanskrit.
During the Jeernodharana (renovation period) of a temple, the divine presence of the Murtis is transferred to the holy waters contained in the Kalasha (pot). Pooja is done to these Kalashas and Ustava deities (the small murtis of the main murti of the temple that are used during processions).
The Kalashas remain in a miniature structure known as Balalayam. During this time the devotees will not be able to see or do poojas to the moola vigrahas or murtis worshipped in a temple. The scheduled poojas will be done only to Utsava deities.
The divine presence of the temple deity will in the Kalashas atop Balalayam until it is transferred back to the Moola …

Pandav Panchami 2018

Pandav Panchami is observed on the fifth day of the waxing phase of moon (Shukla Paksha) in Kartik month as per traditional Hindu calendar. Pandava Panchami is believed to be the day when Pandavas completed the thirteen year exile. Pandav Panchami 2018 date is November 12.

After having lost the game of dice in the Mahabharata to Shakuni and Duryodhana, Pandavas had to go on a 13-year exile. Arjun appeared before the Kaurava Army to defend the kingdom of Virat on this day.

Bhishma reminded Duryodhana that the Pandavas had completed the 12-year exile in forest and one year of disguise among people on the Kartik Shukla Panchami day.

The day is observed as Labh Pancham in Gujarat.

Malola Narasimha Swamy – About Malola Narasimha form of Lord Vishnu

Malola Narasimha Swamy is one of the lesser known murtis of Narasimha Avatar of Vishnu. This is a soumya form – calm and peaceful form – of Narasimha. He is depicted along with Goddess Lakshmi. This Narasimha murti has his front arms in blessing posture; his rear arms bear the chakra and conch. Goddess Lakshmi sits on his lap.

Malola Narasimha Swamy is worshipped for attaining peace and prosperity. He is also worshipped by those seeking moksha or liberation.

The murti is worshipped mainly in temples in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka.
The most important Malola Narasimha temple s is located in Upper Ahobilam.

Vaishnavi Mudra

Vaishnavi Mudra is the hand gestures attributed to Goddess Vaishnavi. She is believed to have appeared from the body of Lord Vishnu. The Goddess is a benevolent deity and is generally represented with four hands.

The lower hands of Goddess Vaishnavi portray two major divine mudras (gestures) namely abhaya and varada abhaya mudra – in boon granting and protecting posture.

The upper hands of Goddess Vaishnavi hold conch and discus.

Vaishnavi holding the weapons in the manner as Lord Vishnu evince her relation to him as his feminine shakti (power).
Symbolically Vaishnavi mudra suggests auspicious and victory over adharma.

Swami Chinmayananda on Steadfastness in Devotion to Knowledge

Steadfastness in devotion to knowledge – this ethical purity at the level of the heart cannot be brought about when the human mind is turned outward on to the flesh. Only when the mind is constantly held up in unison with the infinite song of the soul can it discover in itself the necessary courage to renounce its low appetites, clinging attachments, and the consequent foul motives gurgling from within itself.

Devotion to knowledge is thus the positive way to persuade the mind to leave all its low temptations. When a child is playing with a delicate glass curio, to save the precious object the parents generally offer a piece of chocolate, and the little child, anxious to get the chocolate, puts the precious thing down.

Similarly, a mind that is awakened to the serener joys of the Self will, naturally, never hang on to the sensuous objects and their fleeting joys.

Source – The Bhagwad Geeta Chapter – Xvi-Xvii By Swami Chinmayananda