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Tekdi Ganpati Yatra – Nagpur Tekdi Ganesh Temple

Tekdi Ganapati Yatra is observed in the famous Tekdi Ganesh Temple in Nagpur . Tekdi Ganapati Yatra 2023 date is January 10. It is observed on the Sankashti Chaturthi day in the Paush month as per traditional Marathi lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra . Another important festival here is observed during Ganesh Chaturthi in Bhadrapad month. The murti of Lord Ganesh worshipped here is Swayambhu – one that occurred naturally. The temple is called Tekdi as the mandir is constructed atop a mountain and in Marathi language Tekdi means hill. The Tekdi Ganapati Temple is located near the Nagpur Railway Station.

Rath Yatra at Banashankari Temple in Badami in 2023

The annual Rath Yatra at the famous Banashankari Temple in Badami in Karnataka is observed on the Paush Purnima day as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in Karnataka. In 2023, Rath Yatra at Banashankari Temple in Badami is on January 6.  Banashankari Temple is dedicated to Goddess Shakti and the Rath Yatra attracts thousands of devotees from Karnataka and Maharashtra . Goddess Banashankari is an incarnation of Goddess Parvati and is believed to have appeared to annihilate Demon Durgamasur. Bana, or Vana, means forest and Shankari means consort of Shiva. The Banashankari Temple in ancient time used to be located near a dense forest. On the Rath Yatra day, Goddess Banashankari is taken around the streets near the temple. Devotees pull the temple chariot and this pulling is believed to be highly meritorious. A huge fair of local produce and crafts is also held during the period.

Mukkanuma – Fourth day of Sankranti festival in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana

The Sankranti festival in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana is spread over four days. Sankranthi, also known as Makar Sankranti, is a harvest festival dedicated to Lord Surya and is an important festival in Telugu culture. The festival which begins with Bhogi culminates on the fourth day with Mukkanuma. In 2023, the date of Mukkanuma is January 17. Mukkanuma is observed on the day after Kanuma festival and is dedicated to feasting and merry making. No major rituals or pujas are held on the day. It is fun filled and is the last day of Sankranti celebrations. Today, the day is also skipped by many people. In some regions, people visit distant relatives and friends on the day.

Thyagaraja Aradhana 2023 date – Thiruvaiyaru Thyagaraja Aradhana Music Festival in 2023

Thyagaraja Aradhana, dedicated to Saint Thyagaraja, the greatest saint composer of Carnatic music, is observed in Paush month. Thyagaraja Aradhana 2023 date is January 8 to January 12 . The music festival is held during this period for five days. The festival is held at Thiruvaiyaru near Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu and is also therefore known as Thiruvaiyaru Thyagaraja Aradhana. The festival is observed on the fifth day during the  Krishna  paksha or waning phase of moon in the Telugu month of Paush or Pushya. The 176th Aradhana Festival  Pancharatna Keerthana is on  January 12, 2023. (Please note there is a confusion regarding the date as Pambu Panchangam has marked the day on January 11, 2023) . Note - Please book tickets etc for the Aradhana only after consulting with the samiti. You can watch  Thyagaraja Aradhana 2023 live here. Accomodation: Many people have accommodation during the Aradhana at Thanjavur, which is around 13 km from Thiruvaiyaru. Contact: For more inform

Swami Kriyananda Quotes - A Collection Of Teachings Of Swami Kriyananda - J. Donald Walters

Swami Kriyananda (J. Donald Walters) (1926 – 2013) This is a collection of teachings of Swami Kriyananda. The quotes are from numerous sources mainly magazines and newspapers. Truth can be likened to a pyramid - from its pinnacle, the highest expression of truth radiates, while its broad base gives strength and stability. Today, our senses are so constantly stimulated that the average person has an attention span of only one or two seconds. The deeper aspect is that we are always dissatisfied with that kind of restlessness. We think that by skating on the surface of life we'll have more experiences, and therefore more wisdom. We simply become more and more superficial. The more you live at the surface, the further and faster you may be able to skate, but the less you will absorb and understand. The way to experience the expansion of awareness that all human beings seek is to rise above body consciousness. This is only done through deep meditation. The more you med