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Srivilliputhur Andal Temple Pictures – Online Virtual Tour of Srivilliputtur Andal Temple

SrivilliputhurAndalTemple is dedicated to Hindu God Vishnu – the temple is named after Andal – who attained divinity through Her unwavering devotion for Srihari Vishnu. Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation and Department of Tourism 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 SrivilliputturAndalTemple in photos. There are 17 beautiful pictures of the temple by A. Suresh Babu of view360 – among the photos are some of the beautiful paintings on the walls of the temple.

In architecture style, the temple is quite similar to other traditional Hindu temples in Tamil Nadu.

You can view the Virtual Tour of Srivilliputhur Andal Temple here at

Sharvari Devi – Hindu Goddess Sharvari

Sharvari Devi is an incarnation of Hindu Goddess Shakti (Parvathi). In this form she is worshiped mainly in the Himalayan region, especially in Himachal Pradesh. She is considered as a manifestation of Goddess Parvati and is worshiped as the consort of Shiva. The popular belief is that she blesses and heals her devotees.

In villages in Himachal Pradesh there is a popular belief that proper worship of her will help in healing of various diseases. She is also believed to help devotees in attaining prosperity.

Oracles, known as Gur, acts as an intermediator between devotees and Sharvari Devi. They claim She possesses them and provides solutions to problems of devotees. Devotees ask questions to Sharvari Devi through the ‘Gur.’ Such practices are very much vogue in many rural villages in Himalayan regions.

Mauni Amavasya 2017 date – Vow of complete silence on Amavas in Magha Month in 2017

Mauni Amavas, or Mauna Amavasya, is the no moon day in the Magha month (January – February) as per the traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India. In 2017, the date of Mauni Amavasi is on January 27. It is also an important bathing date at during the annual Magh Mela and Magha Snan and Kumbh Mela. The word ‘mauna’ or ‘mauni’ means silence and several Hindus keep complete silence on the day.

According to Hinduism, ‘Mauna’ (silence) is an essential part of spiritual discipline. Derived from the word muni, a Sanyasi or saint who practices silence, mauna ideally symbolizes a state of oneness with the Self. Mauna has also been described by Adi Shankaracharya as one of the three essential attributes of a Sanyasi.

In modern day, it was Ramana Maharshi who popularized silence as a medium of spiritual instruction. For him silence was a state beyond speech and thought – it is living without the ego sense.

On Mauni Amavasi day, large number of Hindu devotees join Kalpavasis at Sangam in…

Geometric Symbol and Diagram for creation principle in Hinduism

There are particular symbols for male, female, creation etc in Hinduism. The symbol for creation principle in Hinduism depicts union. These geometric symbol and diagram explains the aspect of creation in Hindu religion and is of great importance in tantrism.
The above sent of geometric symbols explains the union of male and female principle – Shiva and Shakti.

Til Kunda Chaturthi - Tilkunda Jayanti

Til Kunda Chaturthi, or Tilkunda Jayanthi, is an auspicious day dedicated to Lord Ganesha. It is also observed as Ganesh Jayanti and is an important festival in Maharashtra and in regions having influence of Marathi Culture. In 2018, the date of Til Kunda Chaturthi is January 21. ‘Til’ is Sesame seeds and ‘Kunda’ is Jasmine flower. Kunda flower and food prepared from Til is offered to Lord Ganesh on the day.

Til Kunda Chaturthi is observed on the fourth day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in Magha month (January – February) as per traditional Marathi calendar.

The day is also known as Varad Chaturthi. Food prepared from Til (Sesame) is offered to Lord Ganesha and is then distributed as ‘prasad.’

Modak sweet made with Til is also referred as Kunda is some regions.

Patmeswari Temple and Someswar Siva Temple at Patnagarh in Balangir in Odisha

Patmeswari Temple is an ancient shrine dedicated to Maa Patmeswari at Patnagarh in Odisha. Another ancient temple located nearby is the Someswar Siva Temple. The two shrines are located at a distance of 40 km from Balangir.

Maa Patmeswari was worshipped by the Chalukyas. The architecture of the temple is an example of early Chalukyan architecture. The main murti worshipped in the temple is that of Goddess Shakti. Most important festival is the Durga Puja.

Someswar Siva Temple is a 12th century shrine at Patnagarh. This shrine is also noted for its medieval architecture.

Shivling is worshipped in the temple.

The most important festival observed here is the Shivratri.
The shrine also attracts hundreds of devotees during the Shravan month.

Marathi Magh Month in 2018 – Magha Mahina 2018 in Maharashtra Calendar

Magh month or Magha Mahina is the 11th month in a traditional Marathi calendar followed in Maharashtra. Magh Month 2018 in Marathi calendar is from January 18, 2018 to February 15, 2018. The important festivals in the month include Ganesh Jayanti (January 21), Vasant Panchami (January 22), Ratha Saptami (January 24) and Shivratri on February 13, 2018.

Sankashti Chaturthi monthly fasting dedicated to Ganesha in Magh Mahina is on February 3, 2018  – Moonrise or Chandrodaya is at 9:16 PM – Indian Standard Time.

Magh Mahina Shukla Paksha and Krishna Paksha Magh Mahina 2018 Shukla Paksha (Waxing phase of moon) is from January 18, 2018 to January 31, 2018.
Magh Month 2018 Krishna Paksha (Waning phase of moon) is from February 1, 2018 to February 15, 2018

Purnima or full moon in Marathi Magh Mahina in 2018 Magh Pournima or Full moon day is on January 31, 2018. The Purnima begins at 10:23 PM on January 30 and ends at 6:56 PM on January 31. Purnima Vrat is on January 30.

Amavasi in Magh Mahina 20…

Amavasya 2017 Date and Time – Amavasi Calendar in 2017 - The No moon Day in Hindu Calendar 2017

Amavasya is known as the no moon day in traditional Hindu calendar. In 2017, there are 12 Amavasya. Mahalaya Amavasi in 2017 is on September 19. Below are the Amavasya dates in Amavasya 2017 in Hindu Calendar based on Indian Standard Time. It is the darkest day in the Hindu month and also the last day in a month in the traditional Hindu calendars followed in Gujarat and Maharashtra. There are many Hindus who undertake a complete fast on Amavasi. Some Hindu communities only take a single meal on the day. The day is considered apt for doing Tarpan and Shradh for dead parents and other relatives.

Here are the Amavasi dates in 2017.

(Please note that in some regions Amavasi might start a day early and overlap into the next day). Amavasya days is based on Indian Standard Time (IST) Amavasya 2017 Dates August 21, 2017, Monday - Somvati Amavas
Time in South, North and Eastern parts of India - 1:31 AM on August 21 to 11:51 PM on August 21 Time in western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Go…

God is within everyone – Anandamayi Ma

There is a great book of life. To one who has dived deep into it all truths of Science, philosophy and allied subjects never remain unexplored.

God is within everyone, but man goes out in search of Him. This is what constitutes God's Play and God's Creation.

I am ever present with you all, but you have little yearning to see me. What am I to do? Know it for certain I have my eyes fixed on what you do or fail to do.
You all love this body so much that you often come to see me, unmindful of the long distance that many of you have to travel. Yet, it is true that this body has no relationship with any of you except the kinship of the Atma which this body enjoys equally not only with each of you but even with all trees, creepers and the foliage around, as well as with rocks, mountains, and everything else.
– Anandamayi Ma

Today’s Hindu Calendar – January 20, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Friday, January 20, 2017 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waning phase of moon till 5:36 PM on January 20. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is January 20, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious date. Nakshatra – Chitra or Chithirai or Chithira Nakshatra till 6:23 AM on January 20. Then onward it is Swathi or Chothi Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Chitra or Chithirai or Chithira Nakshatra till 5:11 AM on January 20. Then onward it is Swathi or Chothi Nakshatra.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Tula Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Tula Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious …