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Urakam Temple – Timings - History – Story – Festivals – Pujas

Urakam Temple, also known as Ammathiruvadi Temple, is a famous temple located about 12 km from Thrissur town in Kerala. The deity worshipped in the temple is Goddess Shakti and is known by the names of Valayadhishwari and Urakattamma. The temple has come to be known by the name of the village (Urakam) in which it is located. Urakam Temple Timings Morning Darshan hours 3:00 AM to 10:30 AM Evening Darshan hours 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM Detailed Morning Puja Time Palliyunarthal : 3 AM Nada thurakkal : 4 AM Abhishekam : 5 AM Abhisheka nivedyam : 5:15 AM Usha Pooja : 5:30 AM Morning Pooja : 6 AM – 6:30 AM Morning Siveli : 6:45 AM Pantheeradi pooja : 7:15 AM – 8 AM Navakam nirakkal : 9 AM Navakam Aadall : 9:15 AM – 9:30 AM Uccha Pooja : 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM Uccha Siveli : 10:00 AM Nada closing : 10:30 AM Detailed Evening Puja Time Nada opening : 5:00 PM Deeparadhana : according to Sunset Athazha Pooja : 7:10 PM – 7:30 PM Siveli : 7:45 PM

Vastusutra Upanishad In Hinduism – A Text On Architecture And Sculpture

Vastusutra Upanishad is a text on architecture and sculpture in Hinduism. Though named an Upanishad, the text relates to traditional Hindu architecture and iconography. Vastusutra Upanishad is composed in such a way as to bring out the philosophy of sculpture and architecture especially Murti Shastra (iconography). The text is written in Sanskrit and follows the Upanishad style of writing found in the Vedas. The text is dedicated to the its deity named Vishwakarma. It must be noted here that Vishwakarma is associated with all kinds of works in Hindu religion and is the divine architect of the universe. Vastusutra Upanishad contains six prapathakas (chapters) titled Sat-Shilpavicharah, Khilapanjarrajnana Sailabhedanam, Angaprayogah Rupa Bhavana Bodhah Sambandhaprabodhanam The first chapter mentions six categories of the art of Vastu as well as six types of stone from which the color the image is known. The second chapter gives details of the procedural st

Varaha Avatar Story In Vishnu Purana

There are two versions of Varaha Avatar, one is in Vishnu Purana (Part I. Chapter 4), and other in Srimad Bhagavata (Part III, Chapter 13). They differ in details. The account in Sri Vishnu Purana was provided by Sage Parashara in reply to a query by his pupil Maitreya. The context in Vishnu Purana is creation at the beginning of the present Sweta Varaha Kalpa. As per the account in Vishnu Purana, Narayana woke up from His deep sleep at the end of the previous Kalpa called Padma Kalpa. He surveyed His surroundings and He found that there was only water, water everywhere, the earth being visible nowhere. The earth was swallowed up by the swirling waters around it. Narayana then saw a lone lotus leaf floating in the water indicating that its support, the earth, was beneath it. To retrieve earth and restore it to its former position, Bhagavan Srihari Vishnu took the form of a boar, which is suitable for diving fearlessly into the slushy and slimy waters of the ocean.

Story Of Dhishrindra – Son Of Agni

Story of Dhishrindra is mentioned in the Skanda Purana. Legend has it that Agni, the fire god in Hinduism, performed severe penance to win Lord Shiva’s favor. Pleased with Agni’s penance, Shiva appeared before him. As boon, Agni requested that Narmada and sixteen of her tributaries should become his wives and bear him children. The boon was granted. The son of Agni and Narmada was known as Dhishrindra. He was brave and handsome. During one of the conflicts between Devas and Asuras, Bhagavan Vishnu asked Dhishrindra to fight on behalf of gods. Dhishrindra fought valiantly and sustained severe wounds but finally he vanquished the Asuras. After the battle, Narmada gathered her wounded son into her waters and restored his health by healing his wounds and rejuvenating him. 

Story Of Cauvery River As Wife Of Sage Agastya

River Cauvery, which is known as the Ganga of the South, is associated with Sage Agastya. The popular story has it that Sage Agastya brought River Ganga from north and it became Kaveri River in South. In Karnataka, there is a story, which suggests that Cauvery was the wife of Sage Agastya. Sri Kavera Maharshi, who had no children, performed intense austerities to get a child. Brahma blessed the Saint with a girl child. The child was Lopamudra, who was a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. Kaveri Rishi named her Cauvery and brought her up with all affection, care and devotion at his Ashram in the Brahmagiri Hills. One day, Sage Agastya, a manifestation of Shiva, reached the ashram of Kavera Maharshi. Here he happened to see the young Cauvery. He was impressed by her beauty and devotion. Sage Agastya sought her hand in marriage. Cauvery agreed to marry the saint only if he promised that he would never leave her alone for a long duration. The Sage agreed to the condit