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Teppotsavam at Tirupati Balaji Temple in 2023

Teppotsavam is boat festival held at Tirupati Balaji Temple . The processional deity of Lord Venkateswara in various guises seated on a boat takes ride in the holy waters of Swami Pushkarini for five days.  The annual Teppotsavam at Tirumala is scheduled to take place from March 3 to March 7, 2023.  Also known as ‘Boat Festival’ or ‘Float Festival’, it is one of the important annual festivals being performed in Tirumala Balaji Temple . It is celebrated for five consecutive days in the evenings at around 6pm with religious fervor. The processional deities are taken in a boat (Teppam), in the temple tank, together with chanting of hymns and the playing of nadhaswarams. On the first day, the processional deity in the form of Sri Rama takes the boat ride along with Sita, Lakshmana and Hanuman. On the second day, Lord as Sri Krishna takes ride along with Goddess Rukmini. On the last three days, Sri Malayappa Swami (Balaji) flanked by his two consorts Sridevi a

Reason For Leaving a Tuft or Top Hair for Performing Ritual in Hinduism

Leaving a tuft or top hair unshaved before performing important rituals in Hinduism is known as Chudakarana ceremony in Hinduism. The tuft or top hair that is left uncut is known as Chuda or Shikha. The reason for this practice can be traced back to the Vedas The practice of Chudakarana ceremony is very old and it finds mention in the Yajur Veda, Atharva Veda and Asvalayana Grihya Sutra. Chudakarana Ceremony for new born is performed after the child’s first birthday and before he turns three years old. Keeping a tuft is a must for members of certain Hindu communities and especially for priests of the community. Tuft or Top Hair is also left by those performing the rituals dedicated to dead relatives. Sushruta Samhita Sharira Sthana states that inside the head near the top, is an important juncture of arteries. Any injury to this spot is fatal. The tuft of hair that is kept unshaved is in this spot.

Pancha Maha Yoga In Hindu Astrology

Pancha Maha Yoga in Hindu astrology is the result of the good positioning of Navagrahas, Mangal, Budha, Brihaspati, Shukra and Shani in a person’s horoscope. The names of different Pancha Maha Yoga are: Ruchakam Yoga result of good positioning of Mangal,  Bhadram due to Budha,  Hamsam due to Brihaspati,  Malavyam due to Shukra and  Shasham due to Shani. Person who is born when it is Ruchakam will have a long and healthy life, they will become leaders and will also attain fame and wealth. One born during Bhadram will have long life, good intelligence, ferocity of tiger and will earn good fortune. One born during Hamsam yogam will be beautiful and handsome, will get good life partner, will have a long life and will be very active socially. One born during Malavyam yog will be blessed with luck, will get good life partner and will earn good wealth. One born during Shasham yog will attain powerful positions and will be able to defeat people in debate. Pancha Maha

Phagu Dashami 2023 Date - Fagu Dashami in Odisha

Phagu Dashami marks the beginning of the Dol Purnima Holi festival in Odisha. Phagu Dashami 2023 Date is March 1. It is observed six days before the Purnima day (full moon day) in Falgun month as per traditional Oriya calendar. Dol Purnima, also known as Dolyatra or Doljatra, is the Holi festival in Odisha and is observed for more than 10 days. Dol Purnima is on March 7. The festival celebrates the eternal love of Lord Krishna and Radha. From Phagu Dashami to Dol Purnima, the murtis of Lord Krishna and Radha are placed in swing and worshipped. The six-day festival is held in homes, temples and by spiritual organizations. The highlight of the festival is the smearing of the idols of Krishna and Radha with ‘abir’ or ‘gulal’ (colored powder). The festival in some regions extends for more days and then it ends on the Panchu Dola day.

Sowbhagya Gowri – Soubhagya Gauri Form Of Goddess Parvati

Sowbhagya Gowri is a manifestation of Goddess Parvati. This is a benign and kind form of Mother Goddess. Soubhagya Gauri blesses her devotees with happy and prosperous married life. It is also believed that she bless childless couples with children. The most important day dedicated to the Goddess is the third day after Amavasya or new moon day. Sowbhagya Gowri puja and vrat is widely observed in North India . Those people who undertake Gouri Yatra in North India include a Sowbhagya Gowri temple. Greatness of the goddess is mentioned in the Kashi Khand of Skanda Purana. One of the important Sowbhagya Gowri temples is located in Varanasi near Adi Vishwanath Temple . Soubhagya Gauri murti is always adorned in red colored clothes with golden lines.

Vira Vighnesh Form of Ganesha - 16 Arm Veera Ganesh Form

Vira Vighnesh is a form of Ganesha that is very rarely worshipped in murti form in temples. This is a fierce form of Ganesha and is propitiated by those who wish success in battles. Veera Ganesha form is famous for 16 arms and this type of murti is associated with Chola period in South India. Vira Vighnesha murti has sixteen hands. The hands carry numerous weapons and other items associated with Hindu deities. Vethal, bow,  arrow,  chakra, sword,  Trident,  victory flag, club,  serpent, noose,  ankusha, mace,  hammer,  sword,  shield and  axe Vira Vighnesha murti is very rare. Kings and warriors propitiated this murti in ancient times. It is believed that he helped those who went into battle to protect Dharma.