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Neyyabhishekam In Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple – Significance - Symbolism Of Offering Ghee To Ayyappa

The most important offering to Lord Ayyappa at the Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple is Ghee. Ayyappa loves Abhisheka and he is therefore also known as Abhisheka Priyan. The most popular abhishekam is using Neyyu or ghee. Devotees bring ghee to the temple by felling it inside a coconut. This coconut is known as Neythenga or the coconut filled with ghee. This coconut is carried from home in the Irumudi kettu. The ghee symbolizes the human soul and through the abhishekam of the ghee on Lord Ayyappa the soul merges with the Supreme Being. The jeevatma is ghee and the paramatma is Lord Ayyappa. Once the ghee is removed from the coconut, then the coconut symbolizes Jadam or dead body. This is the reason why the coconut is then offered in the huge Aazhi or fire in front of the temple.

Akathethara Chathankulangara Temple Facts - Festival

Chathankulangara Temple is located at Akathethara village in Palakkad District in Kerala. The annual festival in the temple is from pooyam nakshatram in Medam month and ends on the Purnima day (Chithirai Pournami). The temple is famous for a unique sweet offering known as Madura Chatti Puja. This is observed in Makaram month. A sweet is prepared using rice and jaggery in a chatty (clay vessel) during the puja. Akathethara Chathankulangara Temple Facts The main deity worshipped in the temple is Goddess Durga. The shrine is around 5 km from Palakkad town. The subsidiary deities in the temple are Ganapati and Mookanchathan. An important offering in the temple is Mavilakku (pachi). The temple has an unusually large pond which is spread over 3 acres.

The 18 steps at Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple - Symbolism and Significance

A darshan of Lord Ayyappa at the Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple is only complete when it is made after climbing the 18 holy steps. Atop the 18 steps is the shrine of Lord Ayyappa and below the 18 steps is the Aazhi or the huge bonfire lit using coconut. There is a popular belief that the 18 steps symbolically represent the 18 Puranas. Another symbolism suggests that the 18 steps are a combination of Pancha bhutas, Ashta Ragas, the three gunas, vidya and Avidya. There are also many scholars who suggest that the significance of the 18 steps is based on Yoga – as Lord Ayyappa is sitting in a yoga posture at the temple. As per yoga, in a human body the sushma nadi marga has six chakras and each has three steps. After passing these 18 steps the kundalini Shakti is believed to merge with the Brahman. So those people who believe that the significance of the 18 steps is based on yoga suggest that the huge bonfire or Aazhi on the base of the 18 steps is the Kundalini energy in

Iravil Sree Mahavishnu Temple Gods Worshipped - Story - Festival

Iravil Sree Mahavishnu temple is located in the Pulloor Periya village in Kasargod district in Kerala. The annual festival is observed on the Thiruvonam Nakshatram day in Medam month. The form of Mahavishnu worshipped here is that of Sri Krishna who gave darshan to Devaki in the prison of Kamsa. The moolasthan of the deity is the Chengulam Kavu. Durga, Sastha, Tiruvalayappan (Shiva) and Rakshas are the subsidiary deities. The temple belongs to Iravil Vazhunor Thantri. The main deity faces east. The temple is noted for the exquisite sculptures and intricate carvings. It is said that the temple was enormously rich during olden days. But the temple was in a dilapidated state for long time and was later renovated. There is a deep cave, around 400 meters, behind the temple.

Powerful Shani Mantra

There are people who are unsuccessful in spite of hard work and dedication. Such people need to chant powerful shani mantras. Here is a collection of powerful shani mantra. Powerful Shani Mantra ॐ दीनार्तिहरणाय नम : ॐ दैन्यनाशकराय नम : ॐ भानुपुत्राय नम : ॐ छायापुत्राय नम : How To Chant Powerful Shani Mantra? Wake up early morning on a Saturday, take bath, and then offer prayers to Ganesha in mind. As sunrises, go to a nearby peepal tree with wheat flour (atta). Drop the wheat flour under the tree for ants and other small animals. Sit facing the sun under the peepal tree and chant the four names of Shani 108 times. Continue this for next 21 Saturdays. Women can do it even during their periods.

Jhamu Yatra during Maha Vishuba Sankranti in Odisha

Jhamu Yatra, of fire walks, are organized in many Devi Temples in Cuttack in Odisha during Maha Vishuba Sankranti which falls on April 14/15. Maha Vishuba Sankranti is the Odia New Year. Important temples dedicated to Goddess Shakti in the regions attract thousands of devotees on the day. Fire walks are performed by those devotees who observe the Jhamu Yatra. The person who performs the Brata is known as Patua or Holy Devotee. The brata is completed on the day by performing the Jhamu Yatra. Patuas walk on burning charcoal filled in a channel as a part of their penance. It is performed to fulfil their desires. Some perform to show their gratitude to the Goddesses for having fulfilled their desires. Some do it as part of preordained vows.

Importance Of Remembrance of God In Hindu Religion

In the Bhagavata Purana (7.5.23), Prahlada speaks of nine forms of devotion and the third form is remembrance of God. Here is a look at the importance of remembrance of God in Hindu religion. The nine forms of devotion are distinct up to a point, but they often overlap one another. The efficacy of the first two forms of devotion (listening and singing) are effective to the extent they lead to remembrance of God, even in the midst of our daily activities. Sri Krishna teaches that the only purpose of life is to worship God: "Having come into this joyless and impermanent world worship Me." (Bhagavad Gita, 9.33) Struggle is inevitable in life. No incarnation of God or realized soul has ever promised that we would be exempt from adversities in life because we were devoted to God. We are bound to have problems in life, but devotion to God can help us face them boldly, understand them, and address them with a calm mind. Without devotion to God we can easily be o