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Thiruvaiyaru Sapthasthanam Festival

Sapthasthanam festival is held every year at Thiruvaiyar in Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu in the Tamil month of Chithirai (April - May). Sapthasthanam Festival that takes place in Chithirai when Nandikeswarar, on a horse Vahana, along with his wife Swayambirakaasai, on a palanquin go on a seven temple procession around Thiruvaiyaru along with Ayaarappar and Aram Valartha Nayaki. The festival begins from the Pancha Natheeswarar temple. On this day, Lord Pancha Natheeswarar starts on a procession with his consort Goddess Parvati. Shiva ganas like Nandi and Bhringi, devotees and others visit six pilgrim centers around Thiruvaiyaru. These holy places are  Thirupazhanam , known as Kaushika Ashrama, Tiruccorruturai (Gautama Ashrama), Thiruvedhikudi (Vyasa Ashram), Thirukandiyur, Tirupuntturutti and Tiruneittanam. At these centers, Lord Panchanadeeswarar  is received by the local deities like Apatasahayeshwara, Odavaneshwara, Vedanayakeshwara, Virateshwara, Pusphavaneshwara and Gh

Abhisheka In Hinduism – Religious Significance Of Abhishekam In Hindu Religion

Meaning of Abhisheka in Hinduism is sprinkling, ablution or anointing. Abhishekam is the ritual bathing of a holy image with sacred water (brought from sacred rivers, wells, lake, confluence of rivers or the sea), curd, oil,or a mixture of cow dung, cow urine, milk, ghee (clarified butter) etc. The term is also used in the context of the inauguration of a religious function, the coronation of a king, installation of a deity, the taking of a vow of renunciation and so on. In Tantra, abhisheka has a special meaning, namely, that of the initiation of a student into the path of esoteric practices, especially of the Shakta school. It marks the progressive stages on the path of inner experience in the worship of the Goddess Shakti. In all, there are eight such abhishekas mentioned in Tantra rahasya. The first among them, called Shakabhisheka, marks the initiation of the student into the elaborate discipline of the Shakta tradition. To begin with, the student recites the mant

Story – Help Others and Never Be Greedy

Once upon a time, there were two brothers. They were going from village to village searching for happiness. One day, while seeking happiness, they met an old man with a white beard carrying a sack. The old man asked the brothers where they were going. When he found out the reason for their journey, he told them: “I want to help you.” The old man put his hand in his pocket and pulled out a handful of gold coins. “Which one you want these?” the old man asked. “I want them,” replied the big brother. The old man gave the coins to the big brother. Then the old man pulled out a precious gem and asked: “Which one of you want to have the gem?” “I want it,” hastily said the big brother. The old man gave the gem to the big brother. The old man put down the sack he was carrying and said: “Now who is going to help me bring this sack to the village?” The big brother said nothing. The little brother bent down to help him. The old man smiled and said: “Follow me