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Chintpurni to Jwalaji Temple – The Distance from Chintpurni Temple to Jwalaji Temple

The distance from Chintpurni to Jwalaji is around 35 km. Jwalamukhi Temple is located around 35 km east of Chintpurni Temple. Chintpurni mandir is dedicated to Goddess Chinnamastika Devi and is located at Chintpurni in Una District, Himachal Pradesh. One of the prominent Shakti Temples, Jwalamukhi Temple is located in Kangra District in Himachal Pradesh. 

Story of Origin of Kummattikali Held during Onam

Kummattikali is the famous mask-dance performed during Onam in Thrissur, Palakkad and Malabar areas of Kerala. The origin of Kummattikali is associated with Lord Shiva and his Bhoota Ganas. The mask-dance begins after offering prayers to Lord Shiva.

The Story of Kummattikali
Shiva appeared as a hunter before Arjuna during the 13-year exile period of Pandavas in the Mahabharata.
Shiva and Arjuna hunted down the same boar.

Both Arjuna and Kirata shot arrows on the boar. One arrow hit the boar and it fell down dead. Both Arjuna and Kirata made the claim to the kill.

A battle of words ensued between them. Soon it turned into a fierce fight. First with bows and arrows, then with sword, missiles etc.

All attempts of Arjuna were thwarted by Kirata. Fire missiles were answered with rain missiles. Nagastra was minimized by Garudastra.

Finally both took to hand to hand to combat. Arjuna was easily overpowered by Kirata.

Soon Arjuna realized that Kirata was no human. Arjuna immediately collecte…

Meaning and Origin of Term Sadya as in Onam Sadhya

Sadya is the traditional vegetarian food (need not be always vegetarian) that is served on a banana leaf in Kerala. The most popular Sadhya is the one served during Onam. Have you ever thought what is the meaning and origin of the term Sadya.

The origin of the term Sadya is from the Sanskrit word Sagdhi (सगदी ). The term means eating food along with friends, neighbors, relatives and family members.

The preparation for Sadya begins days in advance.

Words cannot capture the emotion when nearly three generation of a family sits together to eat sadya. Mothers who prepare the food have moist eyes - tears of happiness - when the food is served to all the family members in a single place.

Apart from Ona Sadhya some of other popular Sadhyas are: Valla Sadhya - Valla Sadya is spread over more than 45 days coinciding with Onam, Aranumla boat race and Ashtami Rohini (birthday of Bhagavan Sri Krishna) in the famous Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple in Kerala. More than 100,000 people participate in t…

Why Traditional Food is served on Banana Leaf in Hindu Culture?

Ever wondered why traditional food (sadhya) is served on banana leaf in Hindu culture. Food is served on Banana leaf in South India especially in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and in some areas is Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Sadhya during Onam, marriage, other traditional functions and food in Hindu temple is usually served on plantain leaf.

Banana leaf contains EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate) and this makes the leaf an excellent source of antioxidant, antibacterial and antifungal.Chlorophyll found in the leaf is transferred into the food through the pores in the leaf. This helps in digestion and detoxification. This is one reason why leaves of various trees and plants are used for serving food in Hinduism.Plantain was widely found in South India especially in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. This is the reason why this particular leaf was chosen to serve traditional food.The leaf was easy to dispose off and it became a fertilizer in due course of time.Related Story – How Banana or Plantain …

Onam Thoughts and Quotes By Hindu Blog

Onam, which breaks all man-made barriers of position, authority, caste, creed and religion, is the most popular festival in Kerala. King Mahabali giving everything he had including himself to Vamana is the core theme associated with Onam festival. King Bali is the epitome of Bhakti and self-sacrifice. One of the greatest tragedies our age is avarice – there is no giving or sharing. A vast majority of problems the world currently faces can be solved if we develop the element of sharing.

Possessiveness leads to fear, which causes anger, lack of the ability to judge whether or not something is good or suitable and finally complete destruction of the person. We see this happening around us.

The term Bali itself means offering, sacrifice and dedication. The story of Bali and Vamana is meant for Kali Yuga. Our ancient teachers had narrated the legend of Bali and Vamana keeping in mind the characteristics of Kali Yuga. The easiest way to attain bliss on earth is through unwavering devotion…

Bliss of God-Consciousness Always Exists In You – Sri Ramakrishna

Attribute to yourselves the bliss of God Consciousness; then you too will experience ineffable joy. The bliss of God-Consciousness always exists in you. It is only hidden by the veiling and projecting power of maya. The less you are attached to the world, the more you love God.

There are signs by which you can know whether a man has truly seen God. One of these is joy; there is no hesitancy in him. He is like the ocean: the waves and sounds are on the surface; below are profound depths.

You talk about the virtues of a person as long as you haven’t seen him, but no sooner does he appear before you than all such talk stops. You are beside yourself with joy simply to be with him. You feel overwhelmed by simply conversing with him. You don’t talk about his virtues any more.

The nearer you approach to God, the more you feel His love. As the river approaches the ocean it increasingly feels the flow of the tides.
Why then do I take care of the body? It is to enjoy God, to sing His name and …

Hindu Calendar Today – September 4, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Monday, September 4, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waxing phase of moon till 11:13 AM on September 4. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waxing phase of moon till 11:57 AM on September 5.All time based on India Standard Time.
How is September 4, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – Good and auspicious time on the entire day. Nakshatra – Shravan or Sravana or Thiruonam Nakshatra till 11:35 AM on September 4. Then onward it is Dhanishta or Sravishta or Avittam Nakshatram till 12:55 PM on September 5.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Shravan or Sravana or Thiruonam Nakshatra till 11:18 AM on September 4. Then onward it is Dhanishta or Sravishta or Avittam Nakshatram till 12:24 PM on September 5.