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Pandalam Mahadevar Temple Information - Festival

The annual festival at the Pandalam Mahadevar Temple is observed in Dhanu Masam. It is a ten-day festival. Another important festival is observed on the Thiruvathira nakshatra day in Kumbham month. Mahashivratri is another important festival in the temple. The annual festival begins nine days before the Thiruvathira festival in Dhanu Masam. The festival ends on the Thiruvathira nakshatra day in the month. The festival begins with kodiyettam (flag hoisting). The festivals, pujas and important rituals are held with the help of 12 villages in the region. Kumbha Thiruvathira Observed on the Thiruvathira nakshatra day in Kumbham month, the one-day festival is famous for Thalappoli. Apart from pujas and rituals, the festival is famous for Kettukazhcha. The utsava murti of Mahadeva arrives atop a caparisoned elephant to have darshan of the various Kettukazhcha presented by the 12 villages. Pandalam Mahadevar Temple Important Facts It is one of the oldest Shiva te

Teachings from the Kathamrita of Sri Ramakrishna

Below are 25 teachings from the Kathamrita of Sri Ramakrishna The goal of human life is to realize God. Lust and greed are maya. Practising truthfulness is the austerity in this Kali Yuga. The scripture, the devotee, and God – are all one. All troubles will cease when the ‘I’ dies. I am the instrument and you are the operator. Not I, not I, but thou, thou. As many faiths, so many paths. Tie nondual knowledge in the corner of your cloth and then do whatever you like. Be a devotee, but don’t be foolish. God is the wish-fulfilling tree. Brahman and its power are identical. The essence of Vedanta is: Brahman is real and the world is impermanent. The essence of the Gita is this: Renounce, renounce. The attached mind is like a box of wet matches. God without form and with form – a both are true. As is a person’s feeling of love, so is one’s gain. Meditate in your mind, in the forest, or in the corner of your room. Dive deep. Satchidananda alone is the guru. Please