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Ezhamkulam Thookkam 2023 date – Garudan Thookam And Kumbha Bharani Festival At Ezhamkulam Devi Temple

Ezhamkulam Thookkam is annually held in the Kumbham month as per traditional Malayalam calendar followed in Kerala. Ezhamkulam Thookkam 2023 date is February 26. The ritual is performed to please the Goddess worshipped in the shrine and is undertaken by a few devotees after doing the necessary purification rituals and vratam. Ezhamkulam Devi temple Kumbha Bharani festival is on February 25, 2023.  The Pongala festival in the temple is observed on the first Sunday in Makaram month - January 15, 2023. Devotees hang from a chariot in the ritual and move around the shrine imitating Garuda, the Vahana or vehicle of Vishnu. Hundreds of devotees participate in the Garudan Thookam festival. The temple is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights. The annual festival is noted for various other rituals. A fair is organized during the period The festival is associated with the Kumbha Bharani ritual in the shrine. Ezhamkulam thookk

Phagwah Parade 2020 at Richmond Hill, New York - Holi Parade in 2020

Phagwah Parade 2020 is the annual Holi Parade organized at the  Richmond Hill ,  Queens ,  New York ,  USA  by Hindu Parades and Festivals Committee, INC. under the direction of the federation of the Hindu Mandirs and The Arya Spiritual Committee. In 2020, the parade is on March 22, Sunday The parade is an important event of the Caribbean Hindu Community and is associated with the Holi festival. When – Assembly time March 22, Sunday. The Parade begins at 10:00 AM Where – Liberty Avenue and 133rd Street , Richmond Hill , NY 11419 Festival: Music and other cultural performances at Smokey Oval Park after the parade. Celebration at Smokey Oval Park ends at 6 p.m. Rules: No playing of powder on the Parade Route , no super soaker. Website for all details - Phagwah Parade New York

Gadyatrayam of Sri Ramanuja

Gadyatrayam is the name of three hymns in Sanskrit prose composed by Sri Ramanujacharya (1017-1137 AD). The text is the narration of a conversation said to have been taken place one night between a saint and the presiding deities of the Srirangam Temple. The presiding deities of Srirangam Temple are Sri Ranganatha (Narayana) and his consort Ranganayaki (Sri or Lakshmi). God is identified as Narayana in Ramanuja’s non-dualistic philosophy. The three hymns are: Saranagati Gadyam Sriranga Gadyam Vaikunta Gadyam Gadyatrayam is recited daily by Srivaishnavas (followers of Ramanuja). In Saranagati Gadyam (hymn of surrender to God), Sri Ramanuja first invokes the grace of Sri to make him fit for surrender. Then he seeks from Narayana his elevation to the state of a superior devotee. The Lord gives assurance of beatitude, as he is resolved to redeem anyone who surrenders unto him. According to a commentator, this hymn is an explanation of the saranagati mantra (sacred formul

Bhratri Dwitiya

Bhratri Dwitiya is observed on the second day of the Shukla Paksha of Kartik Month as per traditional Hindu calendar. Bhratri Dwitiya 2023 date is November 15. The day is dedicated to the brother-sister relationship. On the day sisters invites brothers to their home and offers a sumptuous meal. This ritual is popularly known as Bhai Dooj in North India . The term Bhratri Dwitiya is widely used in eastern parts of India . Bhratri Dwitiya celebrates brother-sister relationship and in Hindu culture brothers are regarded as the protectors of sisters. On the day, sisters pray for the welfare of their brothers and perform Aarti. Sisters prepare sweets and other favorite delicacies of their brothers on the day. In some regions those women who have no brothers offer puja to Lord Chandra – the moon god.