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Paush Purnima

Paush Poornima is the full moon day in the Hindu month of Paush (December – January). It is an important bathing date in the famous Allahabad Magh Mela. Paush Purnima 2018 date is January 2.
On the occasion of Paush Purnima, thousands of people converge at the temple town of Prayag (Allahabad) for the holy bath at Sangam – the confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati rivers. Heavy rush is witnessed in Hindu temples across India on the day.
It is believed that taking the holy bath on Paush Purnima at the Sangam or in other holy rivers will cleanse the sins of this birth and of previous births and thereby attain ‘moksha’ – escape from the unending cycle of birth and rebirth and dissolving with Brahman.

Makara Chowa – the First Tuesday in Makaram Month in Kerala

Makara Chowa is an auspicious day which falls on the first Tuesday of Makara Masam (Makaram Month) as per traditional calendar followed in Kerala. Makara Chowa 2019 date is January 22. The day is of great significance in Goddess Bhagavati (Shakti) temples in Kerala. It is an important date at the ThiruVenkitachalapathyTemple in Guruvayur and hundreds of devotees offer prayers on the day here.

Makara Chowa falls during the Uttarayna Punyakalam and this period is chosen for propitiating Hindu deities. This is a period of positive change begins with Makara Sankranti and will last till the Dakshinayana begins in July.

Makar Sankranti in Different Parts of India

Makar Sankranti is celebrated all over India but with different name. There is also remarkable difference in the method of celebrations.
In Tamil Nadu, Makar Sankranti is celebrated as Pongal - a harvest festival.
In Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, it is Sankranthi - Pedda Panduga – a harvest festival – and is celebrated for four days.
In Karnataka, it is Makara Sankranti.
In Gujarat, it is observed as Uttarayan.
In Maharashtra, Makar Sankranti is celebrated by distributing Til Gul.

In Kerala, Makar Sankranti marks the end of the pilgrimage to the famous SabarimalaTemple.
In West Bengal, it is Pithey parban – a harvest festival – and there is also the famous Ganga Sagar mela.
In Assam, it is Bhogali Bihu.
In Punjab, Jammu and in some parts of Himachal Pradesh and Haryana, it is Lohri.
In Central India, it is Sakarat.
In Uttar Pradesh it is Khicadi Parv and Sankranti - it is also one of the important bathing dates during Magh Mela and Kumbha Mela
In Orissa, it is Makar Mela.
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Goddess Mahabhaga

Goddess Mahabhaga is one of the manifestations of Goddess Shakti. She is the great Mother Goddess who fulfils the desires of her devotees. The most famous temple dedicated to Goddess Mahabhaga is located at Devikuta. It is believed that feet of Goddess Sati fell at Devikuta.

Legend has it that Lord Shiva was carrying the body of his dead wife Sati around the world. There seemed to be no end to Shiva’s anger and grief. This led to an imbalance in the universe. Finally, Lord Vishnu decided to decimate the body of Sati with his Sudhrashana Chakra. He cut the body of Sati into 51 pieces. Her feet fell at Devikuta and she came to be known as Goddess Mahabhaga.
She is worshipped for peace, prosperity, protection, good agriculture, healthy children, early cure of diseases and for victory over enemies.

Alathiyoor Hanuman Temple in Malappuram District in Kerala – Alathiyur Hanuman Kavu

Alathiyoor Hanuman Temple is ancient shrine located at Alathiyur Village in Malappuram District in Kerala. The temple is located around 7 km from Tirur Railway Station on the Ponnani Road. The temple is also known as Alathiyur Hanuman Kavu.

Main Deity is Bhagavan Sri Ram at Alathiyoor Hanuman Temple Although the temple is referred as Hanuman Temple, the presiding deity in the temple is Bhagavan Sri Ram. It must be remembered here that Hanuman had stated in the Ramayana that he will be always present in that place where the name of Bhagavan Sri Ram is chanted.

Legend has it that this ancient temple was consecrated by Sage Vasishta. Thus the murti worshipped in the temple is more than 3000 years old.

The murti of Bhagavan Sri Ram worshipped in the temple is that of Sri Ram who is separated from his wife Mata Sita. He is visualized as entrusting Hanuman to locate Mata Sita.

Unique Hanuman Murti at Alathiyoor Hanuman Temple

The temple of Hanuman is adjacent to that of Sri Ram. The murti of…

The happiness of spiritual bliss is the highest and everlasting – Mata Amritanandamayi Devi

While the momentary happiness obtained from the world ultimately pushes you into the throes of never-ending sorrow, spiritual pain uplifts you to the abode of everlasting bliss and peace.

Pain in the beginning is the price you have to pay for the happiness you enjoy in life. Even in a worldly sense, the intensity of the pain or sacrifice you have to undergo, varies according to the measure of happiness you seek. But the happiness of spiritual bliss is the highest and most everlasting. Therefore, it is very expensive, and in order to attain it, you need to give up the lower and less pleasure-giving things.
In order to gain pure love and the highest form of bliss, one has to undergo purification. Purification is heating up the mind in order to remove all impurities and this process inevitably involves pain.
– Mata Amritanandamayi Devi

Today’s Hindu Calendar – January 10, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waxing phase of moon till 9:39 PM on January 10. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is January 10, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious day. Nakshatra – Rohini Nakshatra till 6:37 AM on January 10. Then onward it is Mrigasira or Makayiram Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Rohini Nakshatra till 7:56 AM on January 10. Then onward it is Mrigasira or Makayiram Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrishabha Rashi till 5:43 PM. Then onward it is Mithuna Rashi
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Vrishabha R…