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Suchindram Temple Festival 2022 – 2023 Famous Car Festival At Thanumalayan Temple

Suchindram Temple, also known as the Thanumalayan Temple or Sthanumalayan Temple, is an important Hindu temple located in Suchindram in the Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu, India. Suchindram temple festival 2023 is from December 29, 2022 to January 7, 2023. The famous car festival will be observed on January 6. The 10 day festival is observed in such a way that the final day happens on the annual Ardra Vratham day. The ratholsavam or annual chariot festival will be observed on January 6. The 10-day festival observed in Tamil Margazhi month (December - January) attracts thousands of devotees. Special pujas and rituals are observed during the period. The temple is decorated traditionally with flowers, lamps, lights and leaves for the occasion. 

Tirupati Calendar 2020 – Important Festivals – Pujas in Tirumala Tirupati Venkateswara Temple in 2020

Several rituals and auspicious events are held in a year at the famous Tirumala Tirupati Venkateswara Temple. Here are the dates of important festivals and rituals in 2020 at the Tirupati. Please note that the Tirupati festival calendar 2020 is based on the calendar published by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) and it contains festivals of subsidiary shrines and those managed by TTD. Tirupati Festival Calendar 2020 You can get all details about the important festivals and auspicious days in the temple in this pdf calendar . Please note that the 12-month calendar is in pdf format and is of size 10 MB.

Samyama in Yoga – Restraint

Samyama is a technical term in yoga and it means restraint. Samyama in yoga is applied to antaranga (the three inner aspects) of Patanjali’s eight-fold yoga, namely, dharana, dhyana and Samadhi. These three practices together form a continuum, and that is called samyama. It is a complex process in which the state of dharana, after continued practice, gets converted into a state of dhyana, when, out of a multitude of experiences (pratyaya) about an object of concentration (desha), one single experience starts arising again and again, like a continuous flow, there being no other experience which intervenes. Such a state of dhyana is accompanied by awareness of one’s own existence. When that awareness fades away, dhyana gives away to Samadhi. When an adept masters the state of samyama in respect of any object, he is advised by Patanjali to practice it further on finer and still finer objects (Yogasutra III 5 – 6). Prolonged practice would make the intellect clear and pure by

In Hinduism Life Is an Endorsement and Celebration of Interconnectedness

The Hindu concept of life is in a cycle. Everything happens in cycles. Life moves in a circular order. The present is linked to yesterday and the future will carry imprints of today. Everything is interconnected. Our tomorrows are directly connected to the actions we perform today. Every action that we perform will have a reaction. However, we all need to exit this cycle and for that, we need to achieve self-realization. We need to understand life. We need to realize the smallest seeds contain the biggest tree. Living on the surface chasing never-ending desires will never get us out of the cycle of birth, desire, suffering and death.  Attachments will bring us back to the cycle. We need to drop desires and attachment to remove the veil of maya or illusion. Then we begin to see the various dimensions of life. Hindu scriptures repeatedly state that those who are ignorant and fail to see the real aim of life keep moving in the cycle of birth, suffering, and death. W

Sreekanteswaram Temple Festival – Thiruvananthapuram Sreekanteswaram Temple

The annual temple festival at Sreekanteswaram Temple at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, is observed in the Dhanu month as per traditional Malayalam calendar followed in Kerala.  The annual festival begins ten days before the Thiruvathira nakshatra in Dhanu month. The festival ends on Thiruvathira nakshatra with arattu. The annual festival begins with Kodiyettam or the flag hoisting ceremony. The main deity in the temple Shiva faces east.  The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Ayyappan, Ganapathy and Nagam. Jyeshta or Mooshata devi is worshipped behind Ganapathy.   Ksheeradhara is performed for 24 hours during Mahashivratri.  The noon naivedyam in the temple is like a traditional sadya with thoran, parippu,  moru, sharkara payasam, pullisseri, kannimanga, and mezhukkupuratti.  The shrine is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, traditional lamps and lights. Special poojas and offerings are made during the festival period and Annadanam i