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Ashtabhishekam at Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple

Ashtabhishekam is offering of eight items to God in Hinduism. At Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple Ashtabhishekam is one of the important offering made by devotees. Although not as popular as Neyabhishekam, this puja and ritual is performed by thousands of Ayyappa devotees. The eight items used for Ashtabhishekam at SabarimalaTemple are: VibhutiMilk Honey Panchamrutam Tender coconut water Sandalwood or ChandanRosewater or panineerWater Lord Ayyappa is also known as Abhisheka Priyan and some of the important abhishekams at the temple are Neyyabhishekam, Ashtabhishekam, Kalabhishekam and Pushpabhishekam. Please note that Ashtabhishekam offered in Hindu Religion varies from temple to temple.

On the Pilgrimage to Sabarimala – An Article by William Dalrymple

The annual pilgrimage to the SabarimalaAyyappaTemple in Kerala attracts nearly 50 million people. The pilgrimage is also famous for the worship of Ayyappa’s Muslim warrior friend Vavar and it is this aspect of the Sabrimala Pilgrimage that William Dalrymple, historian and internationally acclaimed writer of travel books, explores.

William Dalrymple writes in Mail and Guardian Online The cult of Lord Ayyappa is notable in that it recognizes no distinctions of caste or creed. All pilgrims eat and travel together; and more remarkable still, at the small hill town of Erumeli, all the pilgrims -- the vast majority of whom are Hindu -- pray not only at the temple but also at the town's mosque. They do this in memory of the legendary assistance given to Lord Ayyappa by a Muslim warrior named Vavar. In a country that sometimes seems irreparably divided along lines of religion, this was something remarkable.  "Vavar was a good friend to Lord Ayyappa," said Sakkara Swami. "H…

Story of the Birth of Goddess Padmavati

Story of Goddess Padmavati, consort of Sri Venkateswara, is closely associated with the origin of Tirumala Tirupati Balaji Temple. Goddess Lakshmi unable to bear the insult meted out by Sage Bhrgu to Lord Vishnu left Vaikunta. She was born on earth as Padmavati, the daughter of Aksharaja, a Tondaimandalam King.

The king was childless and he performed the putrakameshti yajna, ritual for getting progeny.

At the conclusion of the ritual, a female child appeared on a lotus and she was named Padmavati. In Tamil, she is known as Alarm mel mangai.
She later married Lord Venkateswara.

Paduka Sahasram of Sri Vedanta Desika

Paduka Sahasram is a Vaishnava text and it was composed by Sri Vedanta Desika. It consists of 1000 verses on the pair of Paduka, or sandals, on which Lord Vishnu’s or his avatars feet rest.

Legend has it that the entire Paduka Sahasram was composed in one night.

It was composed by the Vaishnava Acharya in order to help his disciples, who were challenged by a rival Vishnava School called the Tenkalais. The work is said to have been composed in the third quarter of the night.

Sri Vedanta Desika composed 1000 verses and his rivals could only compose 300 verses.

Some of the important verses in the text are dedicated to the sandals of Bhagavan Sri Rama.
“Rama is the support of the entire Universe; but You, the sandals, are the support of Him.”

Purnima in December 2017 Date and Time – Full moon day or Poornima in Hindu Calendar in December 2017

Purnima, or Poornima, is the full moon day in a traditional Hindu lunar calendar. Purnima December 2017 date is December 3. The time is from 12:17 AM on December 3 to 10:09 PM on December 3. Purnima Vrat is marked on December 3. It is the last day in a month in the calendar followed in North India. The Purnima in December is the Margshirsh Poornima.

The full moon day is known as Pournami in South India.

Fasting from sunrise to sunset is observed by some Hindus on the day.
Sri Datta Jayanti is observed on December 13. Annapurna Jayanti is also observed during the period.

In 2017, Karthigai DeepamTiruvannamalai Deepam and Thrikartika will be observed on  December 3.

Purnima date and time in 2017

The Path of Self Control – Sage of Kanchi

Having told Arjuna that a Sthita Prajna is one with an unruffled mind, one who has completely overcome all desires and passions, Sri Bhagavan says to Arjuna that such a person withdraws his mind from external thoughts in order to contemplate the Atman within, which is Full and All-pervasive, in the same manner as a tortoise withdraws its limbs within its shell at the slightest sign of danger.

We desire a thing because of a feeling of incompleteness without it. But when we realise that what we ordinarily understand as "We" is nothing but the Absolute Bliss, the illusive pleasures after which the senses go lose their charm. Fire can never be quenched by giving it more fuel; the more we feed it, the more it burns. Similarly, our desires only increase by enjoyment.

At the same time, Bhagavan points out to Arjuna, and through Arjuna to all of us, that the path of self control is not strewn with roses. It comes only out of constant practice. Failure should not deter us; we shou…