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Ayyanthole Karthyayani Temple - Story - Gods Worshipped - Festival

Ayyanthole Karthyayani Temple is located one kilometer northwest of collectorate in Thrissur District in Kerala. The annual festival is observed with kodiyettam on Makayiram nakshatram and ends with arattu on Uthram Nakshatra in Medam month. The annual Makam thozhal in the temple in Kumbha Masam (February - March) is famous. Thrikarthika festival in Malayalam Vrischika Masam (November - December) is of great significance in the temple. Ayyanthole Karthyayani temple is one among the 108 Durga temples in Kerala. The deity faces east. The temple participates in the Thrissur Pooram. The belief is that the murti worshipped in the temple is the one created Parashurama in the Treta Yuga. Goddess Karthyayani here is in standing posture with a smiling face. She holds conch shell, chakra or disc, lotus and Kadibandham in her four hands. The murti is made out of Anjana stone (black stone) and is well covered by Panchaloha (an alloy of five of different metals). After the infamous Daksha yajna

Azhikode Puthiyakavu Temple History - Festival

Azhikode Puthiyakavu temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali and is located at Azhikode village in Kannur District in Kerala. The annual festival is observed from the 8 th day of Makaram month for 7 days. The temple originally belonged to Chenguni Acchan and Murikancheri Nayanar. Acchan and Nayanar were titles given by Taliparamba Kottaipurathu. They later became 48 families and currently there are 37 uzharanma tharavadu. This temple used to have uttu during ancient times. The temple was also under the control of Kolathiri for an extended period. Another famous temple Kizhakkan Kavu dedicated to Kalarivathukkal Amma is located in front of Azhikode puthiyakavu Temple.

Importance Of Hearing About God In Hinduism

In the Bhagavata Purana (7.5.23), Prahlada speaks of nine forms of devotion and the first form is Shravana or hearing about God. Here are the importance of hearing about God in Hinduism. This form of devotion consists in listening to discourses on God and His devotees and to the exposition of devotional scriptures. Listening to songs on divine excellences is also included in this form of devotion. Hearing may appear to be a passive exercise, yet it is a very powerful form of devotion that fills the mind with lofty thoughts to build a strong character that will form the bedrock of a truly devotional life. Hearing the devotional discourses and songs of God-realized souls is a more powerful way to develop love of God than a devotee's mere self-exertion. In fact, hearing as a form of devotion is regarded as holy company. When asked about the benefits of holy company, Sri Ramakrishna said: "It begets yearning for God. It begets love of God. Nothing whatsoever