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Paravur Puttingal Temple - History - Gods Worshipped - Information - Festival

Puttingal Devi Temple is located at Paravur in Kollam district, Kerala. The annual festival in the temple is observed on Bharani nakshatra day in Meenam month and is observed for seven days. The annual festival is noted for Kettukazhcha. The fireworks in the temple is famous and it is known as Paravoor Kambam. Tragedy struck during a fireworks show at the temple on April 10, 2016 leaving 114 dead and 350 people injured. Several buildings of the temple and 150 houses in the neighborhood of the temple were destroyed. The main deity worshipped in the temple is Goddess Bhadrakali. The murti of Goddess is 6 feet tall and is carved out of stone. The deity faces east. The puja in the temple is performed by Pathacheri family. The Upa Devatas in the temple are Vasurimala, Moorti and Sastha. The temple closes the day after Meena Bharani festival on Karthika Nakshatra day for seven days. The temple also closes for seven days after the Thottam Pattu ritual which begins on Vrischikam 21 (se

Story Behind Maha Kumbh Mela

The story of Maha Kumbh Mela that is held in Prayag (Allahabad), Haridwar, Ujjain and Nashik is associated with the Samudra Manthan or churning of the ocean mentioned in scriptures like Bhagavad Purana, Vishnu Purana, the Mahabharata, the Ramayana and numerous other Hindu scriptures. Legend has it that churning of ocean by Devas (demigods) and Danavas (Demons) yielded a jar (Kumbh) full of Amrit (nectar). Devas did not wish to share it with demons. At the instance of Lord Indra, the King of Devas, his son Jayanta tried to run away with the jar but he was followed by some of the demons. During the struggle for its possession, a few drops of the nectar dropped at four places corresponding with Haridwar, Prayag, Ujjain and Nasik on the earth. The drops of nectar fell in the rivers here. Kumbh is held at each of the four places namely Haridwar, Allahabad, Nasik and Ujjain once every 12 years. Millions of devotees come to take a bath in the holy Rivers to wash off their si

Puranattukara Mahavishnu Temple Deities - Information - Vela Festival

Puranattukara Mahavishnu temple is located at Puranattukara near Sri Ramakrishna Ashram in Thrissur district, Kerala.  The Mahavishnu worshipped in the temple is Santanagopalan. The deity faces east. The Upa Devata in the temple are Ganapathy. The temple has a big pond in the front side. Valiyambala, Balikalpura, Koothambalam, Gopurathara, Muka Mandapam and Anappallamathil are part of this huge temple which was once a Mahakshetram. It is believed that Poonthanam and Kurooramma had sat on Bhajanam here.

Pullur Vishnu Temple Deities - Information - History - Festival - Pullur Kodavalam Maha Vishnu Temple

Pullur Vishnu temple, also known as Pullur Kodavalam Maha Vishnu temple, is located at Pullur on the Kanhangad – Kasaragod road in Kasaragod district, Kerala. The main festival in the temple is the Thidambu Nadatham on Thiruvonam nakshatra in Makaram month. The Prathishta in the temple is annually observed on Mithunam 15 as per Malayalam Calendar. The temple is associated with famous Hindu temple priests or pujaris in Kerala. The temple was also a Veda Pathashala of Embranthiris during ancient times. The main deity worshipped in the temple is Mahavishnu. The deity faces east. There are no Upa Devatas in the temple.

Matsya Dwadashi 2023 Date - Mantra - How to Observe Puja to Matsya Avatar of Vishnu?

Matsya Dwadashi is dedicated to the Matsya Avatar of Sri Vishnu. It is observed on the 12th day of waxing phase of moon in Kartik month by some communities and also on the 12th day of the waxing phase of moon in the Margashirsh month. Matsya Dwadashi 2023 date in Kartik month is on November 24. For those who observe it in the Margashirsh month it is on December 24, 2023. The prayers and rituals on the day will help a person in the redemption of sins. It is also believed that proper observance of Matsya Dwadashi will help in attaining moksha. Matsya Dwadashi Mantra वंदे नवघनश्यामम् पीत कौशेयवाससम्। सानंदम् सुंदरम् शुद्धम् श्रीकृष्णम् प्रकृतेः परम्॥ or ॐ   मत्स्यरूपाय   नमः॥ How to Observe Matsya Dwadashi? Fast on Ekadasi, the previous day of Dwadashi. Good clay or mud, which can be applied to the human body, is brought home. This is then offered Surya, the Hindu sun god. This is then applied to the body. A devotee then offers prayers to Aditya (sun) and tak

Kayamkulam Pullukulangara Temple - Gods Worshipped - Information - History - Festival

Pullukulangara Sree Dharma Sastha temple is located at Pullukulangara - Keerikkad near Kayamkulam in Alappuzha district, Kerala. The 10-day annual festival in the temple begins on Uthiram nakshatra in Makaram month with kodiyettam. This is one among the 108 Ayyappa temples mentioned in the Thottam pattu. It is mentioned as Pullingalkavu in Thottam pattu. There are two sanctum sanctorum in the Chuttambalam. One is dedicated to Dharma Sastha and the other is dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali. The shrine of Ayyappa faces east and that of Goddess Bhadra faces north. The Upa Devatas worshipped in the shrine are Ganapathy, Shiva, Yakshi and Vishnu. During the festival time the complete temple premises has been lit with light lamps. 

Pulpally Seetha Devi Temple - Gods Worshipped - Information - History - Festival

Pulpally Seetha Devi Temple is located at Pulpally in Wayanad District, Kerala. The main festival in the temple is observed in Dhanu Masam. The main festival is observed on Dhanu Masam 19 and 20. On Dhanu 13 and 14, Tira and Vellattam are held by Kulanadikal. The main deity worshipped in the temple is Goddess Sita, wife of Sri Rama. Luv Kush, Ayyappa, Talchilwan, Vettaikaran, Ganapathy, Subrahmanya, Naga are the Upa Devatas. Luv and Kush, sons of Sita Devi, are worshipped in the same sanctum sanctorum. Sita Devi faces east and Luv Kush faces west. The main offerings in the temple are made to Luv and Kusha even though the temple is famous and known after Goddess Sita. The temple is mainly associated with the Tribals (Adivasi) in the area. The festival begins with Eriyappali Chetti cutting a plantain (banana). The family has ownership rights in the temple. Urali cuts firewood, the temple premises is cleaned by Nayakar community, and Paniyan plays the drum and kuzhal. The temple

Kashyapa Shilpa

Kashyapa Shilpa is a canonical treatise on architecture and iconography of unknown date. The text contains eight five chapters, of which about forty five are devoted to architectural topics and about forty to iconography. There is a description of the battle between vastu purusha and the gods. There is description of multi-storied structures, ranging from one to sixteen, along with constructional details. The fourth chapter describes the digging and filling of the foundations and descriptions of walls, pillars and stones. The fifth chapter deals with pedestals and their types, and the sixth gives the details of plinth. Chapters 7 to 15 deals with patterns and structural details of pillars, lattices, arches, etc. Chapter 17 and Chapter 18 describe the doors. Chapter 19 describes the slabs. Chapters 20-22 deal with various parts. Chapter 23 to 25 give measurements and scales. Chapter 25 describes three main architectural types, - the Dravida, Nagara and the Ve

True Prayer Is Thinking Positively Not Begging Before God

Keep moving. If we stop progressing internally, we will move towards stagnation. Never let lethargy get you; keep the quest alive. The quest of self-realization is the only light that should never be extinguished. For spiritual well being, stop befriending those things that give joy for a few seconds and then everlasting pain. Keep ears and eyes open only to those thoughts and words that stimulate us towards universal truth. Do not build walls and do not find comfort in the four corners of human-made walls. Search for truth and goodness everywhere. Do not be the frog in the well. Look life from a broader perspective. For spiritual progression, practice humility, love, forgiveness, kindness and trust. The endeavor to know oneself leads to self-awareness. Never give up on the internal quest, only it will give you the final answers. Rest all quest are superficial and they only take you far away from the truth. True prayer is thinking positively not begging before God t

Puliyannoor Mahadeva Temple History - Festival - Gods Worshipped

Puliyannoor Mahadeva temple is located at Mutholi village, around 3 km from Pala, in Kottayam district, Kerala.  The 8-day annual festival is observed in such a manner that it ends on the day after Mahashivratri. The festival is noted for an elephant procession on the final day. Five caparisoned elephants take part in the ritual.  Puliyannoor is one among the 64 Brahmin villages established by Parshuram avatar of Vishnu. Puliyannoor Mahadeva temple is one among the oldest Shiva temples in Kerala. It is believed that the temple was constructed during 8 th century CE. It is believed that the shrine was built by Vaishya community Chonar Chettikal. It is believed that the temple was constructed under the leadership of Chatham Palakkal Chonaru Chettiar. The main deity worshipped in the temple is Mahadeva Shiva. The deity faces east. The Upa Devatas in the temple are Ganapathy, Sastha, Naga, Yogeshwaran and Yakshi Amma.

30 December 2020 Tithi - Panchang - Hindu Calendar - Good Time - Nakshatra – Rashi

Tithi in Panchang – Hindu Calendar on Wednesday, 30 December 2020 – It is Purnima Tithi or the full moon day in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Purnima Tithi or the full moon day till 8:32 AM on December 30. Then onward it Krishna Paksha Pratipada tithi or the first day during the waning or dark phase of moon till 9:08 AM on December 31. (Time applicable in all north, south and eastern parts of India. All time based on India Standard Time.  Good – Auspicious time on December 30, 2020 as per Hindu Calendar – There is no good and auspicious time on the entire day.  Nakshatra  – Ardra or Arudhara or Thiruvathira Nakshatra till 7:02 PM on December 30. Then onward it is Punarvasu or Punartham Nakshatra till 7:56 PM on December 31. (Time applicable in north, south and eastern parts of India).  In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, north Karnataka and south Rajasthan), Ardra or Arudhara or Thiruvathira Nakshatra till 6:55 PM on December 30. Th