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Vishu Phalam 2017 – 2018 in Malayalam Language by Kanippayyur and other Kerala Astrologers – Vishu Predictions

Vishu Phalam is the annual predictions on Vishu festival, the Malayalam Zodiac New Year. Vishu 2017 is on April 14. Vishubhalam, or Vishu predictions, for the coming year (April 2017 - April 2018) is a major highlight of the festival. Astrologers prepare special Vishu Phalam for each of the Nakshatrams as per Malayalam astrology.

Link – Vishu Phalam in Malayala Manorama inMalayalam by Kanippayyur

Another prediciton - Sampoorna Vishu Phalam by another famous astrologer inManorama newspaper
Link - Vishu prediction for 2017 in Kerala Kaumudi (yet to be published)

Vishu: Items needed for Vishukani and How to arrange Vishukanni

Vishukani, or Vishukkani, is an assortment of auspicious things that is viewed when one opens one’s eyes on the day of Vishu festival. ‘Kani’ means ‘that which is seen first.’ And Vishukani, that which is seen first on Vishu, is an indispensable part of this Kerala festival. Vishu is the Zodiac New Year in Kerala. The list of auspicious items varies from region to region and most often depends on the availability of the item.

How to arrange Vishukani Ashtamangalyam, eight auspicious things, are a must for Vishu. This includes: A large vessel called Uruli made of panchaloham – five metals - or normal Uruli or clean tray.Tamboolam - Betel leavesAkshatam – a mixture of rice and turmericDharu cheppu – Kumukumam in a small containerGrantham – Book usually Bhagavad GitaDarpanam – Mirror usually Aranmula kanadiAmbaram – Cloth – A nice clean traditional Kerala mundu (Kodi mundu)Kramugam: Betel nut The Ashtamangalyam is common in the arrangement of Vishukani in various regions. Next most impo…

Story of Tulsidas Having Vision of Hanuman

Tulsidas, the saint poet and author of Ramacharitamanas, had vision, or darshan, of Hanuman at Benaras (Kashi – Varanasi). This interesting story is associated with a ghost and it also explains the origin of the famous Sankat Mochan Temple in Varanasi.

Tulsidasji used to perform his morning ablutions at particular spot outside the main Banaras city. He used to carry water in a water pot for cleansing.

On his return to the city after his daily ablutions, he would pour the remaining water in the water pot under a particular tree.

The tree was the abode of a ghost. The ghost was happy to receive the daily quota of water. It is believed that ghosts are in perpetual thirst and will help those who give them water.

One day the ghost appeared before Tulsidas and thanked him for giving it water daily. The ghost offered the saint poet a boon for the service.

Tulsidas told the ghost that his only desire in life was to have darshan of Bhagavan Sri Ram. However, the ghost did not have the power …

Hanuman and Butter – Why is Butter Offered to Hanuman?

Butter is an important offering to Hanuman. In some temples, the murti (idol) of Hanuman is completely covered in butter from top to bottom. So why is butter offered to Hanuman?

Hanuman carried Sri Ram on his shoulders during the Ram Ravana war in the Ramayana. When Ravana was not able to defeat or injure Sri Ram, he directed his arrows and other weapons against Hanuman.

Hanuman was injured because of the attack by Ravan.

When the war was over for the day, Bhagavan Sri Ram used to nurse his beloved Bhakta Hanuman. Bhagavan used to apply butter on the body of Hanuman to cool and heal the wounds caused by weapons hurled by Ravana.
This is the reason why we see murtis of Hanuman covered in butter.

Why Hanuman murtis (idols) are painted red?

Hanuman represents the ideal of service – Swami Vivekananda

You have now to make the character of Mahavira (Hanuman) your ideal. See how at the command of Ramachandra he crossed the ocean. He had no care for life or death! He was a perfect master of his senses and wonderfully sagacious. You have now to build your lie on this great ideal of personal service. Through that, all the other ideals will gradually manifest in life.

Obedience to the guru without questioning, and strict observance of Brahmacharya – this is the secret of success.

As on the one hand Hanuman represents the ideal of service, so on the other he represents lion’s courage, striking the whole world with awe.

He has not the least hesitation in sacrificing his life for the good of Rama. A supreme indifference to everything except the service of Rama. Only the carrying out of Shri Rama’s behest is the one vow of his life! Such whole-hearted devotion is wanted.

Related Swami Vivekananda on Hanuman and his Nishta The philosophy of the Ramayana by Swami Vivekananda

Hindu Calendar Today – April 11, 2017 – Purnima Tithi, Hanuman Jayanti Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Hindu Calendar on, today, Tuesday, April 11, 2017 (Today) – Purnima Tithi or the full moon day inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Purnima Tithi or the full moon day till 10:15 AM on April 11. Then onward it isKrishna Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waning phase of moon till 11:32 AM on April 12. All time based on India Standard Time. Hanuman Jayanti is observed today.
How is April 11, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is good and auspicious day. Nakshatra – Hasta or Atham Nakshatra till 2:36 AM on April 11. Then onward it is Chitra or Chithirai or Chithira Nakshatram till 4:20 AM on April 12.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Hasta or Atham Nakshatra till 3:37 AM on April 11. Then onward it is Chitra or Chithirai or Chithira Nakshatra till 5:42 AM on April 12.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kanya Rashi till 10:40 AM. Then onward it is Tula Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajast…