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Chengalayi Chuzhali Bhagavathi Temple Festival

Chengalayi Chuzhali Bhagavathi Temple is located at Chengalayi village around 14 km from Taliparamba in Kannur district, Kerala. The 7-day annual festival in the temple begins on Makayiram nakshatra in Meenam month. The festival begins with kodiyettam on the first day. Temple arts, music and folklore are presented during the festival. The main deity worshipped in the temple is Goddess Chuzhali Bhagavathi. The deity faces east. There is the murti of Vishnu with headgear on the mukha mandapam of sreekovil. The Upa Devata in the temple is Ganapathy. 

Chunakkara Temple - History - Shiva Temple Sculpture - Architecture - Festival - Chunakkara Thiruvairoor Mahadevar Temple

Chunakkara Temple, also known as Chunakkara Thiruvairoor Mahadevar Temple, is located 2.5 km off Charummoodu on Kayamkulam – Punalur road in Alappuzha district, Kerala. The 10-day annual festival in the temple begins on Thiruvathira Nakshatra day in Makaram month. The festival is noted for Kettukazhcha. The Ashtami in Kumbham month is observed in the temple. Another important festival is Shivaratri. The main deity at Chunakara Amabalam is Shiva who is swayambhu. The deity faces east. There is a swayambhu Nandi behind the sreekovil. There is another Nandi murti in the mandapam. The Upa Devatas in the temple are Mahavishnu, Subrahmaniyan, Dharmasastha, Ittilayappan and Bhagavathi. On the south side of Nalambalam there is the murti of Yogeshwaran. All the Upa Devatas are believed to be swayambhu. There is also murti of Nagaraja and Nagayakshi. Yakshi and Brahmarakshas are also worshipped in the temple. Valiyachan and Ammoomma associated with Varichira family is found in the temple

Mantra To Improve Intelligence And Memory In Hinduism

Budh Navagraha is the deity associated with intelligence and memory in Hinduism. Below is a mantra to improve intelligence and memory. It is dedicated to Budh Grah. The mantra should be chanted 108 times daily in the morning just before sunrise. The mantra is: ॥ ॐ बुं बुधाय बुद्धिमते नमः ॥ Om Bum Budhaya Budhimate Namah The mala used for chanting the mantra should be made of Tulsi Beads and it should contain 108 beads.  Along with chanting the mantra one should waking early morning and drink a glass of water in which Tulsi leaves was put in the previous night. Read Bhagavad Gita daily - at least 7 shlokas daily - is highly meritorious as it provides more insight into various aspects of life. 

Banana - Plantain Plant In Hindu Pujas And Worship - Importance - Reason For Use

Kadali, or Banana, is a fruit widely used in Hindu pujas and worship. In Hinduism, Kadali is called the ‘fruit of paradise.’ Importance of Banana stems from the fact that it is used as an offering to Gods especially to Hanuman and Ganesha. The whole plantain plant is considered auspicious in Hindu religion and is used as whole and in part in various pujas, rituals and auspicious functions like marriage, house warming etc. Leaves of Banana have been used in religious ceremonies from ancient times. According to the epic Ramayana, Hanuman lived in a Kadalivanam, banana forest. In Bengal, Banana plant is an important item during the Durga Puja rituals. Banana tree is the medium used to carry the pran of Goddess Durga on Saptami day. The ritual is known as Bodhan ritual. Kadali or Banana symbolizes female beauty, prosperity and fertility. Therefore it is used to adorn the doorsteps when important pujas are held.

Kidangoor Murugan Temple History - Festival – Information About Subramanya Swamy Temple at Kidangoor

Kidangoor Subramanya Swamy Temple is located around 10 km from Pala in Kottayam District. The temple is dedicated to Subrahmanya or Muruga. The 10-day utsavam or annual temple festival begins on the Karthika Nakshatra in Malayalam Kumbham month.  The festival ends with Arattu. Thaipooyam in Makaram month is another important festival.  The belief is that the temple was initially a Vishnu temple. The main murti worshipped in the temple is Bala Subramanya. The height of the murti is 5 feet including the peedam. The deity faces east. The temple has a gold plated flag post or kodimaram.  Women devotees do not enter the Nalambalam. the priest in the temple should be of Pullur Gram Sabha.  Kidangoor was one of the first 64 Brahmin villages in ancient Kerala. This was the main village temple of the Kidangoor. The Upa Devatas in the temple are Vishnu and Sastha. One of the pillar in the Koothambalam of the temple has the presence of Mahamaya.  One pillar of the Koothambalam is made of Malak

Thiruvalla Sree Vallabha Temple History - Upa Devatas - Festival

Sree Vallabha Temple is a very popular temple in Kerala and is located near Thiruvalla in Kerala. Thiruvalla Sree Vallabha temple festival ends with Arattu. The annual 10-day festival is observed in Malayalam Kumbha month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in Kerala. It is observed in such a manner that the festival ends on Pooyam nakshatra in Kumbham month. The festival is noted for unique rituals and festivities and attracts scores of devotees.  Kathakali is an important event during the festival as the deity in the temple is known as Kathakali Priyan. The shrine is one among the 108 Divya Desams or Vaishnava Tirupati.  The main deity worshipped in the temple are Sri Vallabha and Sudarshana Murti. Sri Vallabha form of Vishnu faces east and Sudarshan Murti faces west.  The Upa Devatas in the temple are Varaha Dakshinamurthy, Vadakkum Thevar, Sastha, Garudan, Ganapathy, Kurayappan, Ayal Yakshi and Maya Yakshi. Various unique offerings are made at the shrine during the peri

Chuduvalathur Shiva Temple - Information - Festival

Chuduvalathur Shiva temple is located at Shornur in Palakkad district, Kerala. The 8-day festival ends with arattu on Thiruvathira nakshatra day in Kumbham month. The shrine is dedicated to Shiva and the deity faces west. The sreekovil is round in shape. The murti is carved out of wood. Goddess Parvati faces east and her shrine is located on the opposite side of Shiva shrine. It is believed that Kharan installed the murti in the temple. The Upa Devatas in the temple are Ganapathy, Goddess Karthiyayini and Sri Krishna. Mahashivratri is another important festival held in the temple with important pujas and rituals. The temple has a goshala.  Annual Pratishta festival is held in Malayalam Meena Masam.

Thycaud Dharma Sastha Temple Information - Festival

Thycaud Dharma Sastha temple is located at Thycaud in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. The 5-day annual festival is observed in such a way that it ends with Arattu on Makaravilakku. The shrine is one among the 108 Ayyappan Kavukal mentioned in Thottam Pattu. It was known as Thycaud Kavu. The Sastha worshipped in the temple is along with spouse and son. The sreekovil is square in shape and the deity faces east. The temple has gopuram, anapanthal, flag post, nalambalam and balikkalukal. The murti of Sree Dharma Sastha has the sankalpam of Dhanwanthari holding the auspicious Neelathamara in his right hand. This is a very rare form of Dharmasastha. The Upa Devatas in the temple are Ganapathy, Hanuman, Shiva, Bhagavathi, Vishnu, Murugan, Navagrahas and Nagas. All ceremonies and offerings, including the Nityaseeveli are performed in the temple. Monthly auspicious days like Pradosham, Shashti and Ayilyam are observed here. Saneeswara Puja is held on the evening of the first Saturday of every

Kiliroor Kunninmel Devi Temple History - Festival - Charakkilada Offering

Kiliroor Kunninmel Devi temple is located at Thiruvarpu village in Kottayam District, Kerala. The 8-day festival is observed in such a manner that it ends with Arattu on Pooram nakshatra in Meenam month. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Parvati who faces west. The shrine is atop a hill which is around 5 acres. The temple has a gold plated flag post. The Upa Devatas in the temple are Sri Krishna, Shiva, Ganapathy, Madathil Bhagavathi, Bhadrakali, Yakshi, Sastha and Sapta Matrikas (who are known as Mahilamar). The main offering the temple is ‘ada' - charakkilada. The sweet ada is made using 101 nazhi rice (aari), 101 coconut, 101 kadalipazham, 3 thulam jaggery and munnazhi neyyu. The temple was initially under the control of Vettikulangara Kaimal and Palliyil Menon. Later it was under the control of Thekkumkoor. The temple came under the control of Travancore kingdom in kolla varsham 987.

Thevalakkara Bhagavathi Temple Gods Worshipped - Festival

Thevalakkara Devi Temple is located east of Karunagappally at Thevalakkara in Kollam district, Kerala. The 10-day temple festival begins on Karthika nakshatra in Meenam month. Thevalakkara Bhagavathi temple is one among the 108 Durga temples in Kerala. The temple is referred to as Thevalakkattu in Durgalaya Namavali. The Durga worshipped in the temple is believed to Vanadurga. The murti worshipped in the shrine has four hands. Along with the peedam the murti measures 5 feet. The deity faces east. The Upa Devatas in the temple are Shiva, Ganapathy, Sastha, Madan, Mayayakshi and Rakshas. It is believed that the temple had enormous wealth during ancient times. The Dutch Governor in India from 1542 to 1547, Martin Alphonse D'souza had attacked and looted the wealth of the temple. 12 Nairs were killed defending the temple. As per historians, nearly 30 Dutch soldiers were killed in the attack.

Theyyottu Kavu Temple Festival – Kaliyattam - Gods Worshipped

Theyyottu Kavu temple is located at Alapadambu In Kannur district, Kerala. The main festival in the temple is observed on Vrischikam 17. The deepam and thiri for the festival is brought on Vrischikam 16 from Payyanur Subrahmanya Swamy temple after the Aradhana Mahotsavam in the Payyanur temple. The belief is that Payyanur Subrahmanya Swamy is the father of the murti worshipped in Theyyottu Kavu temple. Theyyottu Kavu is one of the biggest groves in Kerala – around 60 acres. The main prathishta is on the manithoonu in the grove. The main murti is muthalalu daivam. The deity is half man and half woman. No one is allowed entry into the Theyyottu Kavu. Mavilan, the official priest, goes up to only the manithoonu. Puja in the kavu takes place only during Sankranti (middle of the month). The temple is located on one side of a small hill. Outside the Kavu there is the Pratishta of Bhagavathi who faces east.

Thechikottukavu Temple Festival

Thechikottukavu Temple is located at Peramangalam in Thrissur district, Kerala.  The annual festival is observed on Makar Sankranti and the famous Pooram festival is observed on the previous day. The temple is one among the 108 Durga temples in Kerala. The deity is swayambhu. The Upa Devatas worshiped in the Chuttambalam are Durga, Sastha and Bhadrakali. There is also a prathishta of Shiva. Due to the strong presence of Sastha, the temple is also mentioned in the 108 Ayyappan Kavukal in the Thottam Pattu. Goddess Durga and Sastha face east. Goddess Bhadrakali faces west.

Chengamanad Mahadeva Temple Festival

Chengamanad Mahadeva temple is located at Chengamanad in Ernakulam district, Kerala. The 10-day annual festival in the temple is observed in such a manner that it ends with Arattu on the Thiruvathira nakshatra day in Dhanu month. The sreekovil in the temple is round and the Shivling in the shrine is considerably big. The deity faces east. Goddess Parvati worshipped in the temple complex faces west. The Upa Devatas in the temple are Vishnu, Ayyappa, Ganapathy, Bhadrakali and Sapta Matrikas. The belief is that the temple was built by Cheraman Perumal for one of his wives. The temple once belonged to 10 Illams including Azhvanchery Thamprakkal, Taliyil, Edapram Palli, Mezhuli, Padappa and Maramittathu.

Trishala Bhagavathi Temple History - Festival – Child Form Of Durga Worshipped Here

Trishala Bhagavathi temple is located 500 meters east of Mankavu junction on the Kozhikode - Meenchanda mini bye pass road in Kozhikode district, Kerala. Trishala. The 8-day annual festival in the temple is celebrated in such a manner that it ends on Karthika nakshatra with Arattu. The main festival in the temple is the Thrikarthika observed on the final day of the annual festival. Other rituals during the festival are Kodiyettam, Utsava Bali and Pallivetta. Baladurga is the deity worshipped in Trishala Bhagavathi temple. It is very rare to find temples dedicated to child form of Goddess Durga. The deity faces east. Devi is symbolically worshipped as a small girl playing with a ball in one hand.  It is believed that Trishala Bhavathi is the younger sister of Sree Valayanad Devi, the family deity of the Zamorin’s Swaroopam. The murti or vigraha of Bala Durga is carved in Krishna Shila and it has a height 37 cm. The murti is with four hands two hands displaying a conch and a disc whi

Waves of Suffering Will be Replaced With Bliss When Truth Is Realized

When we are suffering physically, mentally, personally and socially we always remember God. We offer prayers, pujas and perform vrat regularly. We look for the divine hand to get us out of suffering. But once the suffering is over our pujas, prayers and vrats become scanty. We return back to God regularly only when the next wave of suffering sets in. But if a person properly understands Supreme Truth then there will be no waves of suffering in life. There will be stillness, calmness, and bliss. There is no need of going back and forth to God. You will be self-realized. Desires of life are like waves in the ocean. There is no end to it. Every desire has suffering attached to it. Some waves of desire are so powerful that it can drown the person – there will be no recovery. The waves are momentary – they do not exist forever – but we think the waves to be permanent. This is what Hindu scriptures refer to as illusion or Maya. We only see the waves but not the all-powerful calm ocea

3 January 2021 Tithi - Panchang - Hindu Calendar - Good Time - Nakshatra – Rashi

Tithi in Panchang – Hindu Calendar on Sunday, 3 January 2021 – It is Krishna Paksha Chaturthi and Panchami tithi or the fourth and fifth day during the waning or dark phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Chaturthi tithi or the fourth day during the waning or dark phase of moon till 7:47 AM on January 3. Then onward it Krishna Paksha Panchami tithi or the fifth day during the waning or dark phase of moon till 6:27 AM on January 4. (Time applicable in all north, south and eastern parts of India. All time based on India Standard Time.  Good – Auspicious time on January 3, 2021 as per Hindu Calendar – There is no good and auspicious time on the entire day.  Nakshatra  – Magha or Makam Nakshatra till 7:42 PM on January 3. Then onward it is Purva Phalguni or Pooram Nakshatra till 6:51 PM on January 4. (Time applicable in north, south and eastern parts of India).  In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, north Karnataka