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Chithirai Thiruvizha 2017 at Madurai Meenakshi Temple

Chithirai Thiruvizha is one of the most important annual festivals held at the world famous MaduraiMeenakshiTemple at Madurai in Tamil Nadu. In 2017, the date of commencement of Chithirai Thiruvizha is April 24, 2017. Pattabhishekam of Goddess Meenakshi is on May 4, 2017. Celestal Wedding or Thirukkalyanam of  Lord Sundareswarar with Goddess Meenakshi is on May 6, 2017. The Car festival is on May 7, 2017. The festival is celebrated for 12 days during the Tamil month of Chithirai or Chitirai (April – May). Chithirai Thiruvizha ends on May 9.
Chithirai Thiruvizha begins with flag hoisting ceremony - April 24, 2017
Thikvijayam or the procession of Meenakshi Sundarambal is on May 5, 2017.
The most important rituals associated with the festival are - the coronation or Pattabhishekam of Meenakshi Amman on the eighth day,procession of Goddess Meenakshi on the ninth day,Thirukalyanam or celestial wedding of Goddess Meenakshi and Lord Sundareswarar on the tenth day,the car festival on the 11th…

Sita Navami

Sita Navami, or Sita Nabami, is the birth anniversary of Mata Sita, an embodiment of purity and wifely devotion and the consort of Lord Ram. In 2018, the date of Sita Navami is April 24. Mata Sita was adopted by King Janaka; after he found her while he was ploughing his field. Sita Navami is observed on the ninth day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) of Vaishaka month (April – May).

It must be noted here that Sita Navami in Vaishaka month is more famous with Hindu communities in western and eastern parts of India.
Mata Sita’s abduction by Ravana and her subsequent rescue by Lord Ram, Lakshman, Hanuman and Vanar Sena is the central theme of the Ramayana. Sita is believed to be an incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi and is worshiped in temples dedicated to Lord Ram.

So powerful was Sita’s chastity that even though she was carried away by Ravana and kept imprisoned, Ravana could never reach near her as she kept meditating on Lord Ram; and the energy she created out of meditation wa…

Story of Goddess Lajja Gauri

Goddess Lajja Gauri is the shy mother goddess. She is a manifestation of Goddess Parvati and there are numerous stories associated with Lajja Gauri and Lord Shiva. The majority of the stories are folktales and are not found in Hindu scriptures.

Legend has it that once Shiva decided to play a prank on Goddess Parvati. He gave her a blanket for safe keeping.

Shiva then took the form of a mouse and made holes in the blanket.

Goddess Parvati got frightened when she saw the torn blanket.

Shiva then took the form of a tailor and appeared before Goddess Parvati.

She was happy and asked him to mend the blanket.

The tailor said that he could make the blanket look like the original. But he put a condition that would only do the needful if she agrees to make love to him.

Goddess Parvati agreed to it.

In the midst of lovemaking, Shiva dropped his disguise and assumed his own form.

Goddess Parvati felt so ashamed that her head fell down immediately.
Torso of Goddess Parvati came to be known as L…

Harihar Temple near Chitradurga – Harihareshvara Temple at Harihar in Karnataka

Harihar Temple is located in Harihar town near Chitradurga in Karnataka. It is believed that Hari (Vishnu) and Hara (Shiva) as Harihareshvara killed demon Guhasura at this place. The shrine is around 14 km from Davangere and about 275 km from Bangalore. Harihar has a railway station which has connections from Bangalore. The town is located on the Pune-Bangalore Highway (NH4).

The place is also known as Guharanyakshetra. The temple is also known as Sankaranarayana Temple. Harihareshvara Temple dates back to the 8th – 10th centuries. The murti of Harihar is slightly larger than life size. The murti was disfigured by attackers but was repaired later by devotees.

The murti is four-handed. The two right hands – Trishul and Abhaya. The two left hands – prayogachakra and shankha.

The temple is a huge structural complex. It faces east and measuring about 200 X 100 feet.

The temple complex consists of a sanctum, a vestibule, and a hall with porches in the north, south and eastern sides. The n…

Hindu Calendar Today – May 3, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon till 1:47 AM on May 3. Then onward it isShukla Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon till 12:13 AM on May 4. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is May 3, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good day after 8:20 AM Nakshatra – Pushya or Poosam or Pooyam Nakshatra till 9:13 AM on May 3. Then onward it is Aslesha or Ayilyam Nakshatra till 8:29 AM on May 4.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Pushya or Poosam or Pooyam Nakshatram till 4:33 AM on May 3. Then onward it is Aslesha or Ayilyam Nakshatram till 4:29 AM on May 4.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Karka Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Karka…