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Pattanakkad Mahadeva Temple - About - Gods Worshipped - Festival

Pattanakkad Mahadeva Temple is located on the Cherthala – Ernakulam road at Pattanakkad village. The annual temple festival in the shrine is observed for 8 days in such a way that the festival ends with Arattu on the Mahashivratri day in Kumbham month. The Arattu is observed on the 4 th pada or the last quarter of Amavasya day. So the festival might extend to the 9 th day. It is believed that this shrine is one among the 108 Shiva temples in Kerala. The murti worshipped in the temple is swayambhu and is the Kirata Murti form of Shiva. The deity faces east. The upa devatas in the temple are Subrahmanya, Ganapathy, Sastha, Nagas, Bhagavathy and Rakshas. The temple originally belonged to the Anakottil Kartas.

Padanayarkulangara Mahadeva Temple Information - Devatas - Festival

Padanayarkulangara Mahadeva Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva and is located at Karunagapally in Kollam District. The annual festival is observed in such a way that the kodiyettam takes place on Pooruruttathi nakshatra and the festival ends with arattu on Thiruvathira nakshatra day in Kumbha Masam. It is believed that Bhagavan Sri Krishna and Shiva met at this place during their respective journeys. The Shivling worshipped in the temple is considerably huge. The deity faces east. The subsidiary deities or upa devatas worshipped in the temple are Vishnu, Ganapathy, Sastha and Nagarajavu.

Arakkulam Temple Associated With First Priest Of Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple

Dharma Sastha Temple, also famous as Arakkulam Sastha Temple, at Arakkulam Village in Idukki District in Kerala is associated with the first priest of Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple in Kerala. The temple is located in the same spot where the house or mana of Karottumadam Karnavar. He was the priest at the Sabarimala Temple. Due to old age and illness, Karottumadam Karnavar could no longer offer puja and prayers in the Sabarimala Temple. The ardent devotee offered intense prayers to Ayyappa with single-minded devotion and as result it is said that Ayyappa appeared in the middle of his house. This spot was later converted into the present day temple. The subsidiary deities worshipped in the temple are Ganpati, Malikapurathamma and Naga Devatas. The annual temple festival in the temple is held from Makaram 1 (January 14 or January 15) to Makaram 18. The flag for the annual festival is brought from the Sabarimala Temple. The temple follows the Padahadi festival in which importance is gi

Story Of Bhairava And Matrichakra – Circle Of Mothers

This story of Bhairava And Matrichakra is found in the 6 th Taranga of Navama Lambaka of Kathasaritsagara. Once one Matrichakra led by Mother Goddess Narayani arrived in the midnight in a dense forest filled with huge trees and wild animals. The Matrikas led by Goddess Narayani positioned themselves under a tall dense tree. The unpacked the different gifts carried by them and stood waiting for Bhairava. To keep the other Goddesses focused on Bhairava, Narayani told stories that explained the greatness and power of Bhairava. Soon Bhairava arrived in the forest and reached the huge tree under which the Matrikas were stationed. Bhairava arrived before them in the form of Chakreshwar Bhairava. Mother Goddesses led by Goddess Narayani offered worship to him and presented him the gifts they had brought. Bhairava spotted and then danced in Tandava style with the Matrikas. After that Bhairava left with the Matrikas. It is said that this is the reason why Bhairava a

Shirshasana – Information Of Head Down Leg Up Yoga Posture

Shirshasana is a posture in Yoga. Shirsha here means the head. This asana is called Shirshasana because in it one stands on one’s head. It is not found mentioned in any authoritative text of Yoga. However a description similar to this pose is found in Gheranda Samhita (III.30) and Shiva Samhita (IV.69) under the name viparita karani mudra. It is one of the popular postures of Yoga, and a person who can stand on his head is supposed to be an expert in Yoga. Shirshasana is performed by keeping the topmost portion of the head on the ground on a soft cushion, prepared by folding a sheet of cloth, with the hands kept supporting the head from behind, with the fingers interlocked; the elbows are kept on the ground comfortably apart, making an angle with the forearms, which is neither too narrow nor too wide. Then, brining the knees near the chest and raising the hips, the back and thighs are made almost straight in an inverted position and the feet are lifted with a slight push. Keepi

Small Pooja Cabinet Position

The position of small pooja cabinet in Hindu home should be in the northeast or east of the house. Murtis (Idols of Gods) should face west so that we face east while worshipping.  The cabinet should not be placed in bedrooms. The cabinet also should not directly face the main door. Murtis of Hindu Gods should not be kept in the pooja cabinet facing each other.  The cabinet should not be over crowded and it should be kept neat and clean.

Ayyappanpara Sastha Temple Near Adoor In Pathanamthitta - History - Gods - Festival

Ayyappan Para Sastha Temple is located at Nellimoottil Padikkal near Adoor in Pathanamthitta District. The 10-day annual festival in the shrine is observed in such a manner that it ends on Uthram Nakshatra in Medam month. Ayyappanpara temple is one among the 108 temples mentioned in Thottam Pattu. It is referred to as Uramaikavu in the Thottam Pattu. The main murti worshipped in the temple is swayambhu (divine appearance). An interesting aspect of the Sreekovil in the temple is that it does not have a top covering and is exposed to nature. The temple has nearly 2-acre grove. The temple observes chirappu annually starting from the first day of Vrischikam to Makaravilakku.

Truth Cannot Be Attained By Scripture Study Alone – Knowledge of Hindus

As the different streams, having their sources in different places, all mingle their waters in the sea; so, O Lord, the different paths which men take because of their different tendencies, crooked or straight, all lead to Thee. (Vedas) There are two kinds of knowledge to be known –higher knowledge and lower knowledge. Lower knowledge is gained through sense perception and intellectual study, while the higher knowledge is that by which the Imperishable is known; and knowledge of Brahman the Supreme is the foundation of all knowledge. (Mundaka Upanishad) No one can see Him with the eye…but when the five organs or sense perception become still, together with the mind – that is called the highest state. (Katha Upanishad) Truth cannot be attained by mere study of the scriptures, nor by intellectual reasoning, nor by frequent hearing of it…He who has not turned away from evil conduct, whose senses are uncontrolled, who is not tranquil, whose mind is not at rest, he can never atta