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Onam Pookalam 2017 Prize Winners

Onam Pookalam 2017 photos published in various newspapers and other websites – first and second prize winners. Talk about Onam in Kerala and one of the first images that come to mind is that of the flowerbed or floral (designs) arrangements known as Pookalam or Athapookalam. Onam Pookalam 2017 designs are given below. The traditional Onapookalam usually consists of ten rings indicating the ten-day ritual during the ten-day celebrations of Onam which begins on Atham and ends on Thiru Onam in the month of Chingam (August – September). 
Onam Pookalam 2017 Photos

All the photos are copyrighted to respective owners.
These above images are from an Athapookalam competition held in Kerala 2017. The first three were prizewinners.

Aadi Masam 2018 – Aadi Month in 2018 in Tamil Calendar

Aadi Masam, or Adi, is the fourth month in Tamil Calendar and is termed inauspicious by many as the Dakshinayana Punyakalam begins in the month. In 2018, the Aadi Masam begins on July 17 and ends on August 16. But several Tamil Hindu rituals and festivals are held in the month of Aadi and therefore it is also auspicious to some people.

Here are the important festivals and auspicious days in Aadi Masam in 2018.

Aadi Pirappu - Aadi Pandigai - The first day of Aadi is observed as Aadi Pirappu. It means beginning of the month. The day begins with the making of huge kolams (Rangoli designs) in front of the home. The kolam is drawn on all days of the month. The kolams are bordered with red color – Kaavi. Doorways are decorated with mango leaves. The day begins with pujas and visit to temple. There will be a feast on the day with special delicacies include payasam, vadai, boli etc.

On the first day of Aadi, married women change the yellow thread in their Mangalsutra or thali.

Dakshinayana Pu…

Kuber Kunji as per Hindu Religion Scriptures

Thousands of people are buying Kuber Kunji with hope of making instant money and becoming wealthy. Here is a review of the product sold in many markets, online and through television. There is no scripture in Hindu Religion which states that it will make you wealthy overnight.

Kuber is the Hindu God associated with money, wealth and material possessions. His importance stems from the fact that he distributes wealth wisely among people. 
Kuber Kunji is a key like object with image of Kubera and it is gold plated. There are designs in it to make look like a divine product.
First of all Kuber Kunji is not going to make you wealthy overnight. There is no scripture in Hinduism that states that you will get money by simply worshipping Kuber Kunji. To become wealthy you need to work hard, be wise and be honest to your profession.
Products like Kuber Kunji give the impression that it has magical powers. This is wrong.
Use your commonsense before buying such products. Why would someone want…

Famous Shiva Temple near Cuttack in Orissa

The famous ShivaTemple at Mancheswar near Cuttack in Orissa is the DhabaleswarTemple located on the island of Dhabaleswar on the MahanadiRiver. It is situated at a distance of 35 km from Cuttack via Choudwar. This Shiva temple is believed to have built in 10th and 11th century AD.

Legend has it that Shiva here and turned a black calf into a white calf to protect a thief who had taken refuge in the temple. The thief was being chased by angry villagers. The miracle saved the life of the thief and turned a new man. He confessed to what had happened to the people. From that day Shiva is here worshipped as a Dhabaleswara.

Shiva is worshipped in the form of a Shivling in the temple. There are numerous subsidiary deities in the temple. The temple is also noted for its architecture.
Devotees can use ferry to reach the temple. Another option is to use a hanging bridge.

Vamana Jayanthi - Importance of Vaman Jayanti Avatar of Vishnu and date in 2018

Vamana Jayanti is dedicated to the Vamana Avatar of Hindu God Vishnu. It is believed that Vaman (the dwarf) incarnation appeared on earth on Vaman Jayanti day. Vamana Jayanthi 2018 date is September 21 in some regions and in some it is on September 22. Annually it is observed on the 12th day of the Shukla Paksha of Bhadrapad month – 12th day of the waxing phase of moon.

Vamana appeared on earth to give moksha to Asura King Bali and also help Devas (Demi gods) who had lost their power to King Bali.

The legend of Vaman varies from region to region. In some regions, Bali is portrayed as an egoistic demon king and in some regions he is a kind-hearted king. What is common in all legends is that Indra and other Devas had lost their power to King Bali and takes refuge at Vishnu’s feet.

King Bali was an ardent devotee and was only happy to surrender before Vishnu and attain Moksha.

During the same period the people of Kerala celebrate Onam, the annual visit of King Bali who was pushed to the …

Kindness without expectation is the real kindness

We all know death is a certainty. Instead of worrying about death, prepare for the graceful exit.

External enemies can be dealt with. But external enemies are not our greatest enemies. The real enemy is within us. Anger, jealousy, ego and hatred are the real enemies that hamper our progress. Only they stop us from achieving success.

When we are judging a person, we want them to be like us. Maturity is in not judging and accepting people as they are.

Stop running after desires. Limit your desires. Focus on one thing that you like the most. You will achieve that desire and success in life.

Kindness without expectation is the real kindness.

Hate and fear should not be part of our life. It only damages us. Stop spreading hatred and fear.

We will become happy the day we learn to differentiate between need and greed.

Bad karma is hurting another living being knowingly.

Complaining, grumbling and feeling disgusted are of no help. Do not waste precious energy on them. Instead, focus on findi…

Hindu Calendar Today – September 3, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Sunday, September 3, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waxing phase of moon till 10:04 AM on September 3. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waxing phase of moon till 11:13 AM on September 4.All time based on India Standard Time.
How is September 3, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – Good and auspicious time on the entire day. Nakshatra – Uttarashada or Uthiradam Nakshatra till 9:48 AM on September 3. Then onward it is Shravan or Sravana or Thiruonam Nakshatram till 11:35 AM on September 4.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Uttarashada or Uthiradam Nakshatra till 9:37 AM on September 3. Then onward it is Shravan or Sravana or Thiruonam Nakshatram till 11:18 AM on September 4.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Makar Rashi t…