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Thrissur Pooram 2018 Date - Importance of Thrissur Pooram Festival - Elephants - Chenda Melam

Two rows of caparisoned elephants facing each other separated by a sea of humanity is the image that comes to the mind when Thrissur Pooram is mentioned. Thrissur Pooram 2018 date is April 25. The Trichur Puram festival, referred as the Mother of all Poorams, is annually observed in the Malayalam month of Medam (April – May) and is noted for traditional Kerala music like Chenda Melam. Poorams are festivals held in Hindu temples in Kerala and the highlights being caparisoned elephants and Panchavadyam – a classical performance of five musical instruments.

On the Thrissur Pooram day, the deities of the temples in and around Thrissur town pay customary visit to the VadakumnathanTemple on caparisoned elephants accompanied by the music of Chenda Melam and Pancha Vadyam.

The most important processions are that of the ThiruvambadiShriKrishnaTemple and the ParamekkavuDeviTemple. Apart from the two major temples, eight minor temples participate in the pooram. It must be noted that Vadukumnath…

Donkey in Hinduism

Donkey is referred to as Gardabha in Hinduism. It is held sacred by certain communities in Hindu religion.

Donkey is the Vahana, or vehicle, of Goddess Kalaratri and of Goddess Shitala in Hindu tradition.  In Vedic stories, the donkey appears to be drawing the chariot of the Ashwini Kumars.

Goddess Kalaratri is mainly worshiped on the seventh day of Navratri and she is depicted as riding on an ass.

Shitala Mata rides on a donkey carrying various germs in a basket. She scatters them creating various skin diseases.
Certain medieval painters used to paint a male donkey above the ten heads of Ravana. This symbolically indicates Ravana’s stubbornness of not parting with Mata Sita despite numerous warnings by Sri Ram, Lakshman, and the Vanara Sena.

Vautha Fair held in Gujarat on Kartik Purnima is dedicated to the animal. The animals are painted in different colors and decorated and this is a major highlight of the fair.

Taratarini Temple at Berhampur in Orissa – Tara Tarini Mandir in Ganjam District

Goddess Tara Tarini is the ishta devata in Southern Orissa. The most popular Taratarini Temple is located around 30 km from Berhampur in Orissa. It is located atop Kumari hills (popularly known as Tara Tarini hill) on the banks of River Rushikulya near Purushottampur in Ganjam District.

One has to climb 999 steps to reach the small but beautiful and powerful Shakti shrine. There is also a motorable road to reach the top of the hill.

Legend has it that the breast of Goddess Sati fell here after the infamous Daksha Yajna mentioned in Hindu Puranas.

The main murtis worshiped in the temple are carved out of two granite stones. They represent goddesses Tara and Tarini. The murtis are decorated with gold and silver ornaments.

Chalanti Pratimas, or two brass heads of the goddess, are also found in the sanctum sanctorum.

Sankranti (occurs on the 14th or 15th of a month) is very important here.

Tuesday is the auspicious date in a week.

Special pujas are observed on the Tuesdays in Chaitra mon…

Hindu Calendar Today – May 2, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon till 3:33 AM on May 2. Then onward it isShukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon till 1:47 AM on May 3. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is May 2, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious day till 8:50 PM. Nakshatra – Punarvasu or Punirtham Nakshatra till 10:16 AM on May 2. Then onward it is Pushya or Poosam or Pooyam Nakshatram till 9:13 AM on May 3.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Punarvasu or Punirtham Nakshatra till 5:16 AM on May 2. Then onward it is Pushya or Poosam or Pooyam Nakshatram till 4:33 AM on May 3.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mithuna Rashi till 4:37 AM. Then onward it is Karka Rashi.
In western parts of…