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Rajvaidya Of Hindu Kingdoms – Royal Physician In Ayurveda

Rajvaidya, also known as Raja Vaidya or Raja Vaidyan, is the royal physician of ancient Hindu kingdoms. He is an expert on Ayurveda and medicine. Ayurveda is the most important Upaveda, which deals with the science of life. Rajvaidya takes oath offering prayers to the “One Absolute” (the almighty god) and to live in harmony with nature was the ideal of the profession. Ayurveda, which deals with the science of life, is further made more effective by Rajvaidya. The royal physician follows virtues of self restraints, moral purity and abstinence. Raja Vaidya is often mentioned with respect of his skill. The use of iron legs, as a substitute for natural ones, points, however, to some advance in surgery and the skill of the rajavaidyas. There were divine rajvaidya who restored eyesight and cured the sick, blind and maimed. It is also said that some raja vaidyans knew the secret medicine required to transform old aged person to young. The royal physicians had knowledg

Kizhumuri Padathukavu Devi Temple

Kizhumuri Padathukavu Devi temple is located near Muvattupuzha in Ernakulam district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy or Devi. The annual festival in the temple coincides with Aswathy nakshatra in Makaram month. The festival is famous for the participation of nearly three caparisoned elephants. This is a small shrine dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathi. The temple has a vatta sreekovil and shrines of upa devatas. The annual festival is famous for melam, Kerala temple folk arts and pujas and rituals dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathi. The temple also observed Navratri and Thrikarthika in Vrischikam month.

Edathirinji Korath Sree Bhagavathy Temple – Festival – History

Edathirinji Korath Bhagavathy temple, also known as Korath Kudumba Bhagavathy temple, is located at Edathirinji near Irinjalakuda, Thrissur district, Kerala. The annual festival in the temple is held in Makaram month and coincides with the Aswathy nakshatra. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali. The shrine is the keezhkavu of Cheloor kavu. The deity resides under an ezhilam pala kudakeezhil in a sreekovil whose roof is covered with copper (Chembola). The 5-day annual festival is also known as Thalappoli festival. The festival is famous Thalappoli procession, caparisoned elephants, melam, and temple folk arts. The main offering in the temple is Namajapam. Legend has it that a woman of the Korath Nalam Medam was given in marriage to a house in the western parts of the region. The family to which the woman was married disintegrated and was completely destroyed. The woman of the family referred to as Muthi along with her Upasana moorthis travelled back to her home. While c

Nedungolam Alpanamood Shankaranarayana Temple Festival

Nedungolam Alpanamood Shankaranarayana temple is located at Nedungolam near Paravur in Kollam district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to the combined form of Shiva and Bhagavan Vishnu – Shankaranarayana. The shrine observes its annual festival on Ashwathy nakshatra in Makaram month. This is a very small temple which is covered by a banyan tree (almaram). The annual festival in the temple is famous for procession, caparisoned elephant, melam, Kerala temple art and other rituals and pujas. The shrine also observes Mahashivratri, Ramayana Masam, Rama Navami and Sri Krishna Jayanti. Thrikarthika is another important festival here.

Kizhuppillikara Narayanam Kulangara Bhagavathy Temple

Kizhuppillikara Narayanam Kulangara Bhagavathi temple is located at Kizhuppillikara in Thrissur district, Kerala. This is a beautiful Bhagavathy temple located amidst sylvan surroundings. The annual festival in the temple is held on Aswathy and Bharani nakshatra in Makaram month. The annual festival is famous for melam, elephants, unique Bhagavathi temple rituals and Kerala temple art forms. The shrine also observes Navratri and Thrikarthika festival.

Karavaloor Peedika Bhagavathy Temple – Festival

Karavaloor Peedika Bhagavathy temple is located at Karavaloor near Punalur in Kollam district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathi. The seven-day annual festival in the temple is known as Meena Thiruvathira festival and is held in Meenam month (March – April). The upa devatas worshipped in the temple are Shiva and Ganapathy. There is a traditional temple pond attached to the temple. The 7-day annual festival is famous for melam, various temple art forms, procession and unique poojas and rituals. The temple also observes Navratri and Thiruvathira in Dhanu Masam. The shrine is also observes Mahashivratri, Vishu, Vinayaka Chaturthi in Chingamasam and Thrikarthika festival.

Kadambur Pannayur Kavu Temple – Festival - Panayoorkavu

Kadambur Pannayur Kavu temple,also known as Panayoorkavu, is located at Kadambur near Ottapalam in Palakkad district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathi. Panayur Kavu temple observes its annual Pattu Thalappoli festival is held in Makaram month. The pattu kuri for the festival is held on the Makara Chowa day. The pattukoorayidal is held in Makara Masam. This is a beautiful Kerala style temple complete with a sreekovil, upa devata shrine, special area for Nagaraja (sarpam) and a kodimaram. The temple also has unique kalkilakkul. The annual festival is famous for Thalappoli procession by girls and women. The festival also organizes temple art forms, melam and other rituals on the day. Kalamezhuthu pattu, pothan and thira are part of the annual festival. The shrine also observes Navratri and Thrikarthika festival. The annual pratishta festival in the temple is held in Malayalam Mithuna Masam (June - July).

Cherukulam Chittamveedu Devi Temple

Cherukulam Chittamveedu Devi temple is located at Cherukulam near Makkada in Kozhikode district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathi. The annual prathishta dinam in the temple is observed in Makaram month (January – February). The Ucchal festival too is held in Makaram month. This is small typical Kerala style temple dedicated to Goddess Devi. Bhagavathi is worshipped in a chathura sreekovil. There are a few upa devatas in the temple. The temple observes Navratri and Thrikarthika festival.

Poothotta Puthenkavu Bhagavathy Temple – Information – Festival

Poothotta Puthenkavu Bhagavathi temple is located at Poothotta in Kochi, Ernakulam district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Devi. The shrine observes its annual prathishta dinam in Makaram month (January – February). The annual festival in the temple begins on Bharani nakshatra day in Kumbha Masam. Pooram Nakshatra in Meenam masam is another important festival day here. Garudan Thookam is held in Meena Masam. There are two separate sreekovil in this well maintained and beautiful small temple. Both the sanctum sanctorum are square in shape – chathura sreekovil. The temple festival is famous for performing arts of Kerala, procession and melam. Other important festivals observed in the temple include Navratri and Thrikarthika.

Salutations Or Respecting Teachers By Students In Hinduism

When a student bows before his teacher, seeking blessings from him, he is said to offer abhivadana in Hinduism. The traditional practice is dealt with in great detail in Manusmriti, the most ancient and the most important of Dharmashastras. The student, on seeing the teacher, is expected to show due respect as detailed in such ancient works. When honored in the manner, the teacher, for his part, is expected to respond by blessing the student. The blessing of the teacher is known as pratyabhivadanam, that is, response. The student, if he is seated, should first rise from his seat and offer his salutations. The form of salutation begins with the student reciting his ancestry – gotra (community sub-group according to the family sage), family tree and pravara (line of ancestors), the particular Vedic school to which he belongs, other related details and his name. In one abhivadanam recorded in Manusmriti II.120 – 121, the person, Venkata Sharma, states that he is of the family tree (

Arumanoor Sri Nainaar Deva Temple

Arumanoor Sri Nainaar Deva temple is located at Arumanoor near Poovar in Thiruvananthapuram district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Shiva and is associated with Sri Narayana Guru. The 10-day annual festival in the temple is held in Makara masam (January - February). This is believed to be ancient temple and might have some connection to the ancient Sangam period. The shrine was in a dilapidated condition before it was renovated under the leadership of Sri Narayana Guru in kollavarsham 1088. The shrine is also dedicated to Goddess Parvati. Shiva is worshipped here as Nayanar and Goddess Parvati is worshipped as Nachiyar. The other important festivals observed in the temple are Mahashivratri, Navratri and Thrikarthika.

Marathompilli Sri Bharatha Swamy Temple – Chalakudy

Marathompilli Sri Bharatha Swamy temple is located near Chalakudy in Thrissur district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Bhartha, the brother of Bhagavan Sri Rama in the Ramayana. The annual prathishta dinam in Marathombilli temple is held in Makaram month (January – February). This is a unique and rare temple in the region. The shrine has a chuttambalam, a sreekovil (sanctum sanctorum) and a couple of upa devatas. The temple has got beautiful sculptures on the walls of the chuttambalam Marathombilli Sri Bharatha Swamy Temple Darshan Timings The shrine is open in the morning from 5:00 AM to 8:30 AM The evening darshan time is from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. The temple observes Sri Rama Navami in Meena Masam. Ramayana Masam (Karkidaka masam from mid July to mid August) is of great importance in the temple.

Idimuzhikkal Sri Mahaganapathi Temple

Idimuzhikkal Ganapathy temple, also known as Sri Mahaganapathi Temple, is located at Idimuzhikal – Chelembra in Malappuram district, Kerala. The main deity worshipped in the temple is Siddhi Ganapathi and the deity faces east. The upa devatas worshipped in the temple are Goddess Durga, Gulikan, Ddhandan, Mundan, Kandakarnan, Veerabadran and Vettakkorumakan. A Kuttichathan temple is located nearby. Idimuzhikkal Sri Mahaganapathi Temple Darshan timings The temple is open in the morning from 5:30 AM to 11:00 AM The temple is open in the evening from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM The annual prathishta dinam is observed in Makaram month. Mahaganapathi homam is an important offering here. The temple observes the annual Vinayaka Chaturthi festival in Chinga Masam.

Bhagavan Lifts Up The Fallen With His Grace

Jagadguru Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati Mahaswamigal (20 May 1894 – 8 January 1994) reminds us that Bhagavan lifts up the fallen with his grace. It is bad vasana that drags us again and again into wrongdoing. Unfortunately, we do not seem to harbor any fear on that score. People like us, indeed even those known to have sinned much, have become devotees of Bhagavan and obtained light and wisdom. How is Isvara qualified to be called great if he is not compassionate, and does not protect sinners also? It is because of sinners like us that he has come to have the title of "Patitapabana" [he who sanctifies or lifts up the fallen with his grace]. It is we who have brought him such a distinction. "Come to me, your only refuge. I shall free you from all sins. Have no fear (sarvapapebhyo moksayisyami ma sucah).” The assurance that Bhagavan Sri Krishna gives to free us from sin is absolute. So let us learn to be courageous. To tie up an object you wind a string round it a

7 January 2022 Tithi – Panchang – Hindu Calendar – Good Time – Nakshatra – Rashi

Tithi in Panchang – Hindu Calendar on Friday, 7 January 2022 – It is Shukla Paksha Panchami tithi or the fifth day during the waxing or light phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Panchami tithi or the fifth day during the waxing or light phase of moon till 3:57 PM on January 7. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Sashti tithi or the sixth day during the waxing or light phase of moon till 3:27 PM on January 8. (Time applicable in all north, south and eastern parts of India. All time based on India Standard Time.  Good – Auspicious time on January 7, 2022 as per Hindu Calendar – There is no good and auspicious time on the entire day.  Nakshatra  – Shathabhisha or Sadayam or Chathayam nakshatra till 11:06 AM on January 7. Then onward it is Purva Bhadrapada or Pooruruttathi nakshatra till 11:05 AM on January 8. (Time applicable in north, south and eastern parts of India).  In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, north Karnataka

Pavaratty Thathakulangara Bhagavathy Temple – Festival

Pavaratty Thathakulangara Bhagavathy temple is located at Pavaratty in Thrissur district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy. The annual festival in the temple is observed on the Makara Bharani day and is famous as Thathamkulangara Bharani vela or Thathakulangara pooram The festival is famous for caparisoned elephants, melam, temple folk arts and other rituals. Panchavadyam and Pandi Melam are the highlights of the festival. This is a small shrine which has all the essential elements associated with Kerala Bhagavathy temples include sreekovil, chuttambalam and a pond. Apart from the annual festival the temple also observes Navratri, Thrikarthika in Vrischika Masam and Thiruvathira in Dhanu Masam. Pavaratty Thathakulangara Bhagavathy Temple Darshan timings The temple is open in the morning hours from 5:30 AM to 10:00 AM The shrine is open in the evening hours from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Path Of The Gods – Devayana

As per Vedic sages, the demigods, or Devas, used a path to descend from swarga (heaven) to earth. The path used by the gods is known as devayana. They used this path to arrive on earth to receive sacrificial offerings, listen to prayers, confer blessings and to lead the souls of deserving humans to swarya for their afterlife. Three worlds have been conceived in the Vedas – Devaloka, Pitru Loka and Manushya Loka. Some of the Devas are said to have visited the earth frequently through devayana. This can be read in Agni (Rig Veda III 58.5), Ashwins (Rig Veda VII 38.8), Ushas (Rig Veda VII 76.222), Pusan (Rig Veda X 17.3) as also Yama, Vagin and Ritus. Hindus believe, as is emphasized in Puranas, that the last thought one entertains at the time of death would determine one’s future (antya matih sa gatih). The ideal of a cultured person would be to reach devaloka where he would live eternally (Chandogya Upanishad V.10.1-2). To attain such an end one is advised to give up, at the dying m

Vadasserikkara Cherukavu Devi Temple

Vadasserikkara Cherukavu Devi temple is located at Vadasserikkara in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala. This is a small shrine dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy. The annual festival in the temple is held on Revathi nakshatra in Makaram month and is known as Revathi Utsavam. The festival is noted for Kerala temple art forms and other regular temple rituals followed in Bhagavathi temples in Kerala. The shrine has a small sreekovil of Bhagavathy and a few upa devatas. The shrine observes Pongala festival. The festival also observes Navratri and Thrikarthika festival.

Dashanami Sampradaya Names

The word Dashanami refers to the ten names which the sannyasins in the philosophical tradition of Adi Shankara can adopt. The names in Dashanami Sampradaya are Saraswati, Bharati, Puri, Tirtha, Asrama, Giri, Parvata, Sagara, Vana and Aranya. Adi Shankara established four mathas in India, one each in the north, south, east and west to be the focal points of the dashanami order in each region. Each center is associated with the specific name of the order. The southern mutt was established in Sringeri and Suresvara, the disciple of Adi Shankaracharya, was its first head. The titles of Sarasvati, Bharati and Puri were given to the sannyasins belonging to his mutt. The brahmacharis have the title of Caitanya. The matha in the western India was established in Dwaraka on the shores of the Arabian Sea, and Hastamalaka was appointed as the first acharya. The titles of the sannyasins belonging to this matha are Tirtha and Asrama. The brahmacharis have the title of Svarupa. In North India

Two plus Two Is Four So Is Three Plus One - There Are Many Ways To Truth

Realize – Two plus Two Is Four So Is Three Plus One. It means there are many ways to truth. When we are ready to accept and respect multiplicity we become a complete human being.  The problem of one-sided thinking is universal in its existence. It is the problem of finding out the underlying truth behind the multiplicity of expressions, extending into diverse forms of life. We hold something as true and then fail to understand that different expressions of the same thing are laid out in different ways and methods. And this non-understanding leads to a hardened stand; we become intolerant and, ultimately, violent. Fanaticism extends to the way we eat, dress, speak, pray and what not. We want everyone to be like us! Setting ourselves as the standard of the universe! Being caught in our prejudices and narrow outlooks, we spoil our lives. Sympathy and mutual understanding is what is needed to make us complete human beings. We cannot overnight change the world but

6 January 2022 Tithi – Panchang – Hindu Calendar – Good Time – Nakshatra – Rashi

Tithi in Panchang – Hindu Calendar on Thursday, 6 January 2022 – It is Shukla Paksha Chaturthi tithi or the fourth day during the waxing or light phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Chaturthi tithi or the fourth day during the waxing or light phase of moon till 4:57 PM on January 6. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Panchami tithi or the fifth day during the waxing or light phase of moon till 3:57 PM on January 7. (Time applicable in all north, south and eastern parts of India. All time based on India Standard Time.  Good – Auspicious time on January 6, 2022 as per Hindu Calendar – There is no good and auspicious time on the entire day.  Nakshatra  – Dhanishta or Sravishta or Avittam nakshatra till 11:34 AM on January 6. Then onward it is Shatabhisha or Sadayam or Chathayam nakshatra till 11:06 AM on January 7. (Time applicable in north, south and eastern parts of India).  In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, north Ka

Ayilakkad Ayyappankavu Temple – Festival

Ayilakkad Ayyappankavu temple is located at Ayilakkad in Malappuram district, Kerala. This is an ancient kavu or sacred grove dedicated to Ayyappa or Sastha. The annual festival in the temple is held in Makaram month. The festival is famous for ancient traditional rituals. This a small shrine with traditional Kerala temple architecture. The temple also has a couple of upa devatas. The annual festival is famous for various vesham or kolams from folk culture and Hindu scriptures. The festival is also famous for melam and procession. The shrine also observes the Mandala Kalam and Makaravilakku (November to January). Thrikarthika is another important festival in the shrine. The Prathishta dinam in the temple is also held in Makram month.

Irumpanam Makaliyam Sree Rama Swami Temple – 18-Armed Sri Rama Combined With Shiva

Irumpanam Makaliyam Sree Rama Swami temple is located at Irumpanam near Tripunithura in Ernakulam district, Kerala. The shrine is rarest of the rarest as the murti worshipped here is a combined form Shiva and Sri Rama. The murti of Bhagavan Sri Rama faces west. The murti of Bhagavan Sri Rama is unique as the sankalpam of him annihilating Demon Khara. Sri Rama is so powerful here that he has just killed demon Khara, and his brothers Dooshana and Thrissirass along with fourteen thousand asuras. Legend has it that Demon Khara, who was an ardent devotee of Shiva, asked Bhagavan Sri Rama to give him darshan in the form of Shiva. Thus Sri Rama here has both the form of Vishnu and Shiva. Sri Rama is here known as Makaliyathappan and he is with 18 hands holding several weapons and numerous other auspicious things. The most auspicious days in the temple are Mondays and Wednesdays. As the murti worshipped in the temple has the presence of Shiva and Sri Rama, the temple has two main pri

Methala Kaimaparambil Temple – Festival

Methala Kaimaparambil temple, also known as Kaimaparambil Bhagavathy – Ayyappa temple, is located near Kodungallur in Thrissur district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Devi and Ayyappa. The annual festival in the temple is held in Makaram month. The temple observes its annual Pongala festival in Dhanu Masam. The shrine observes all the rituals associated with Bhagavathi and Ayyappa temples. The annual festival is famous for melam, decorated elephants, thidambu atop elephants, fireworks and traditional Kerala temple art forms.

Mankavu Kacherikunnu Kunnath Bhagavathi Temple - Festival

Mankavu Kacherikunnu Kunnath Bhagavathi temple is located at Mankavu in Kozhikode district, Kerala. The annual Thira festival in the temple is held in Makaram month. This is a small temple dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathi or Devi. The shrine observes rituals associated with Goddess temples in North Kerala. The festival is noted for kolams, figures representing gods and goddesses, temple music and art forms.  The other important festivals observed in the temple are Navratri and Thrikarthika. The annual pratishta festival in the temple is also held in Makaram month. The temple observes Naga Puja or Sarpa Pooja on the Ayilyam nakshatra day in Kumbha Masam.

Panthallur Shiva Bhagavathi Temple

Panthallur Shiva Bhagavathi temple is located at Panthallur near Kunnamkulam, Thrissur district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Shiva and Goddess Bhagavathi. The famous pooram festival in the temple is held in Makaram month. Panthallur pooram is famous for melam, procession, caparisoned elephants, muthukuda, traditional performing art forms of Kerala and fireworks. The shrine also observes Mahashivratri, Prathishta Dinam, Navratri and Thrikarthika. This is a small but beautiful temple traditionally built as per Kerala temple architecture. The shrine observes all the important temple rituals include chooronnu and annadanam etc.

Kottuvankonam Mahavishnu Temple – Festival

Kottuvankonam Mahavishnu temple is located at Kottuvankonam near Paravur in Kollam district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Bhagavan Vishnu. The annual festival in the temple is held in Makaram month. The shrine observes its annual Pongala festival in Makaram month. This is a traditional temple with all the important elements of Kerala temple include sreekovil, shrines of upadevatas, chuttambalam and kodimaram. The annual festival is famous for caparisoned elephants, traditional Kerala temple art forms, puja and rituals, procession and melam. The shrine also observes other important festivals including Thrikarthika.

Kottuvallikkad Alungal Bhadrakali Temple – Moothakunnam

Kottuvallikkad Alungal Bhadrakali temple is located near Moothakunnam in Thrissur district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali. The annual festival in the temple is held in Makaram month. The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Ganapathy, Sastha, Yakshi and Nagaraja . The annual festival in the temple is famous for caparisoned elephants, temple folk art forms, procession, tableau and melam. The shrine also observes Navratri and Thrikarthika festival. The temple is maintained and managed by Hindu Matha Yogakshema Sabha .

Choondamala Durga Devi Temple Palode – Festival

Choondamala Ayiravilly Durga Devi Temple is located at Karimancode near Palode in Thiruvananthapuram district, Kerala. This is a very small temple dedicated to Goddess Durga. The 10-day annual festival in the temple concludes on Punartham nakshatra in Kumbham month. The temple has a square sanctum sanctorum or chathura sreekovil. There upa devatas in the temple compound. The annual festival in the temple is famous for special pujas dedicated to Bhagavathi or Devi. Kerala temple art forms, traditional decoration, procession and melam are part of the festival. The shrine also observes Navratri and Thrikarthika.

Four Kinds Of Devotees In Hindu Religion

There are four kinds of devotees in Hindu religion. Arta – Distressed Arthi – Desirous Jijnasu – Inquisitive Jnani – knowledgeable The jnani is considered to be the best, but the end result of jnana (knowledge) is moksha (liberation from the cycle of birth and death), which too has its base in bhakti. As water cannot exist without earth, one can never has sustainable pleasure of moksha through jnana without bhakti. In Bhagavad Gita, Bhagavan says that he loves his devotees. Ramacharitamanasa and Srimad Bhagavad Purana also enunciates the importance of bhakti. All are dear to Bhagavan and all are his creation, but bhagavan tells one truth again and again that there is no one more dear to me than my bhakta. A bhakta is totally immersed in the ocean of love for God, and believes that God does everything through him; ye he never boasts of this and remains humble.

Vithura Chayam Sri Bhadrakali Temple – Festival

Vithura Chayam Sri Bhadrakali temple is located at Vithura near Nedumangad in Thiruvananthapuram district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali. The temple observes its annual Prathishta dinam in Makaram month. Kumbha Bharani is another important festival here. The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Ganapathi, Nagas and Shiva. This is a small shrine with a decorated sreekovil and small shrines for upa devatas. The annual festival in Kumbham month (February - March) is famous for the Thookam ritual. The temple also observes Vinayaka Chaturthi in Chingam month, Navratri and Thrikarthika festivals.

Thrikkadiri Thiruvalayanadu Bhagavathy Temple – Festival

Thrikkadiri Thiruvalayanadu Bhagavathy temple is located at Thrikkadiri in Palakkad district, Kerala. This small and beautiful temple is dedicated to Goddess Devi or Bhagavathy. The annual Prathishta dinam and Thalappoli festival is held in Makaram month. The temple is complete with a sreekovil, chuttambalam and kodimaram. The annual Thalappoli festival is famous for Vela. Nearly seven elephants carry the thidambu on the day. The caparisoned elephants line up on the day and there is the famous melam. The annual festival in some years is noted for aanayoottu or elephant feeding. Koora Vallikal and Punyahadi rituals are part of the annual festival. The other important festivals in the temple are Navratri and Thrikarthika festival.

Anchumukku Sri Bhadrakali Devi Temple – Festival

Anchumukku Sri Bhadrakali Devi temple, also known as Anchumukkuvayal Devi temple, is located at Anchumukku in Thiruvananthapuram district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali. The temple is famous for its annual Meena Bharani festival. The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Ganapathi and Sarpam (Nagas). The temple observes its Prathishta dinam and annual Pongala festival in Makaram month. The annual festival in the temple is famous for various important rituals like Panchagavya kalasha pooja, Ashta Dravya Koottu Ganapathi homam, Nagarootum noorum palum. Annadanam or food donation is performed during the festival. The festival is also famous for melam, temple art forms and procession. The shrine also observes Vinayaka Chaturthi, Navratri, Ayilyam Pooja, Niraputhari and Thrikarthika festivals.

Puthenthura Altharamood Sri Mahadeva Temple - Festival

Puthenthura Altharamood Sri Mahadeva temple, also known as Altharamoodu Shiva temple, is located at Puthenthura near Chavara in Kollam district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Shiva. The temple is noted for its colorful festival and unique rituals in the region. The annual festival in the temple is held in Kumbha Masam. Shivratri is an important festival day in the shrine. The temple has a square sanctum sanctorum with a Shivling. There special designated places for Upa Devatas. The shrine observes its annual Prathishta dinam in Makaram month. The annual festival in the temple is famous for rituals and poojas associated with Shiva temples in Kerala. The festival is famous for Kuthira, caparisoned elephants, melam and Kerala temple folk arts. The shrine also observes Thiruvathira festival in Dhanu Masam.

Panayamuttom Ayiravalli Bhadrakali Temple

Panayamuttom Ayiravalli Bhadrakali temple is located at Panayamuttom Thiruvananthapuram district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali. The annual pongala festival held in Makaram month attracts large number of devotees. This is a small temple dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali. There are a few upa devatas in the temple. The temple also observed Navratri and Thrikarthika festival.

Dreaming Of Being Attacked By A Crazy Person – Meaning

Dreaming of being attacked by a crazy person is a sign of unexpected problems in life as per dream meaning and interpretation. You will need to be careful after seeing such a dream. The upcoming troubles in your life will be due to actions of other people. The dream also means that you might face physical assault. You will be confused and might not know how to react to the situation. It might be in public places. The dream also means that you should avoid being alone while doing charity or while helping people. Some people might trick you by acting as not normal or poor. They might be trying to take advantage of you. Just be careful about your philanthropic activities.

Dreaming Of Being Alone In The Dark – Meaning

Dreaming of being alone in the dark is a bad omen as per dream meaning and interpretation. The dream means loneliness and abandonment. You should learn to be flexible and adaptive to avoid serious life situation in near future. Dream of being alone in the dark and you are scared and crying means you will find yourself being betrayed or abandoned. You might face a serious problem in life and you might not get help from the sources you had expected. The dream also means you might end up in places that you never liked to be. Dreaming of being alone in the dark and you are happy means you will find spiritual happiness. You will understand more about life and its mysteries.

Dreaming Of Being A Bride – Meaning

Dreaming of being a bride is both good and bad as per dream meaning and interpretation. If you are happy with the dream then it is a sign of happiness and new relationship. If you are unhappy in the dream then it means curtailment of freedom and bad situations in life. Dream of being a bride and you wake up cheerful and positive means you will find new direction to your life. You will be able to escape from your current situation. There will be relationships and new ideas. The dream is associated with progress. But if you are terrified or sad after the dream, it means you will be forced to do things that you do not like. It also means someone else taking control of your life.

Philosophy Of Sri Anandamayi Ma

Philosophy Of Sri Anandamayi Ma As you love your own body, so regard everyone as equal to your own body. When the Supreme Experience supervenes, everyone's service is revealed as one's own service. Call it a bird, an insect, an animal or a man, call it by any name you please, one serves one's own Self in every one of them. Everyone is right from his own standpoint. How can one impose limitations on the infinite by declaring this is the only path — and, why should there be so many different religions and sects? Because through every one of them He gives Himself to Himself, so that each person may advance according to his inborn nature. As long as you have desires you will have suffering. If you go somewhere else you will have other difficulties. You can’t get peace as long as there is desire. If you contemplate God, the desires will go.

5 January 2022 Tithi – Panchang – Hindu Calendar – Good Time – Nakshatra – Rashi

Tithi in Panchang – Hindu Calendar on Wednesday, 5 January 2022 – It is Shukla Paksha Tritiya tithi or the third day during the waxing or light phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Tritiya tithi or the third day during the waxing or light phase of moon till 6:20 PM on January 5. It is Shukla Paksha Chaturthi tithi or the fourth day during the waxing or light phase of moon till 4:57 PM on January 6. (Time applicable in all north, south and eastern parts of India. All time based on India Standard Time.  Good – Auspicious time on January 5, 2022 as per Hindu Calendar – Good and auspicious time on the entire day.  Nakshatra  – Shravana or Thiruvonam or Sravana nakshatra till 12:23 PM on January 5. Then onward it is Dhanishta or Sravishta or Avittam nakshatra till 11:34 AM on January 6. (Time applicable in north, south and eastern parts of India).  In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, north Karnataka and south Rajasthan),

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Palakkunnu Kazhakam Sri Bhagavathi Temple – Information – Festival

Palakkunnu Kazhakam Sri Bhagavathi temple is located at Palakunnu near Bekal in Kasaragod district, Kerala. This is a very popular temple in the region with a colorful gopuram. The annual festival in the temple is held on the Bharani nakshatra day in Kumbham month (February – March). Goddess Bhagavathi is worshipped in two forms as Elder or Mootha Bhagavathi (Goddess Durga) and Younger or Elaya Bhagavathi (Goddess Saraswathi). Vishnumoorthi, Ghantakarna and Dhandan Devan are the upa devatas worshipped in the temple. The sparkling fireworks and competitive colorful procession from different areas are the highlights of the annual festival. Poorakkali is performed on everyday of the poora mahotsavam festival by the Poorakkali Panikker. Renounced masters of perform Marathukali in a competitive manner during the annual event. Kalamkanippu Mahotsavam, which is a slightly different version of Pongala festival, is held twice a year. It is performed once in Dhanu Masam and another in Maka

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Chowannur Kallazhi Sree Vishnu Bhagavathi temple is located at Chowannur in Thrissur district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Bhagavan Vishnu and Goddess Bhagavathi. The annual pooram festival in the temple is held in Makaram month. This is a small traditional Kerala temple. The shrine follows the rituals associated with Vishnu and Bhagavathy temples. The annual Chowannur Kallazhi Sree Vishnu Bhagavathi temple pooram festival is famous for melam, traditional temple art forms, pageantry, tableau and caparisoned elephants.

Kaloor Ananda Chandrodayam Sabha Sri Subrahmanya Swami Temple - Festival

Kaloor Ananda Chandrodayam Sabha Sri Subrahmanya Swami temple is located at Kaloor in Ernakulam district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Subrahmanya or Muruga. The annual festival in the temple is held in Makaram month. The festival is famous for Pakal Pooram. The shrine is maintained by followers of Sri Narayana Guru. The Krishna Shila murti of Subrahmanya was consecrated in 1963 CE by Swami Agamananda, one of the first disciples of Sri Narayana Guru. This is a simple beautiful shrine with a couple of Upa Devatas. The annual festival in the temple is held on Uthrattathi nakshatra in Makaram month. The annual prathishta dinam in the temple is held on Uthram nakshatra in Medam month.  Other festivals observed in the temple include Skanda Sashti in Thulam month, Thrikarthika and Thaipoosam. Ananda Chandrodayam Sabha Sri Subrahmanya Swami Temple Timings The temple is open for darshan from 5:00 AM to 10:00 AM in the morning. Evening darshan time is from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM in th

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Kannur Pappinisseri Paattayath Puthiya Bhagavathi kavu temple is located at Pappinisseri in Kannur district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathi. The shrine is famous for its annual Theyyam - Kaliyattam festival held on the first two days of Kumbham month. The Prathishta dinam in the temple is held in Makaram month. The Theyyams performed in this kavu includes Puthiya Bhagavathi, Thekkan Gulikan and Vishnumurthy Theyyam. This is a simple temple with a single sreekovil. The temple has some important unique offerings and rituals. Offering fresh vegetables is an important annual ritual here.

Nine Forms Of Devotion Or Bhakti Told By Sri Rama To Sabari

Goswami Tulsidas in his magnum opus, Sri Ramcharitmanas, narrates how Bhagavan Sri Rama elaborated on the nine forms of Bhakti or devotion to Sabari in the Aranya Kanda of Ramayana. The old Bhil woman Sabari had unwavering devotion for Bhagavan Sri Rama. Bhagavan Sri Rama says to Sabari on nine forms of devotion: Now I tell the nine forms of devotion; please listen attentively and cherish them in your mind. The first, in order, is fellowship with the saints and the second is marked by a fondness of my stories. The third is marked by helping my devotees through service. The fourth is worshipping Bhagavan with single-minded focus. Muttering my name (Srihari Vishnu) with unwavering faith constitutes the fifth form of adoration. The sixth form consists in the practice of self-control and virtue while desisting from manifold activities and ever pursuing the code of conduct prescribed for the saints. He who practices the seventh type sees the entire world embodied in me without d

Karikkad Kodiyanchira Temple – Pooram – Information

Kodiyanjira Temple, also known as Karikkad Kodiyanchira temple, is located at Karikkad in Thrissur district, Kerala. The temple is famous for the annual Karikkad Kodiyanchira pooram held in Makaram month. The shrine is dedicated to Devi or Bhagavathy. The annual festival in the temple is famous for Melam and caparisoned elephants. Bhattimuri Sree Kodiyanchira Bhagavathi temple displays in some years nearly 14 elephants. This is a typical Kerala temple with chuttambalam, kodimaram, balikallu and shrines for Upa Devatas. The annual festival is also famous colorful procession with temple folk arts and pageantry. The festival comes to an end with arattu.

Nedumudi Kottaram Bhagavathy Temple

Nedumudi Kottaram Bhagavathy temple is located at Nedumudi in Alappuzha district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathi. This is a traditional style Kerala temple and is complete with upa devata shrine and chuttambalam. The 8-day annual festival in the temple is held in Kumbha Masam (February - March). The history of the temple is associated with Chembakassery kings and is located on the banks of Pampa River. The annual Pongala festival is held here in Makaram month. Kalabham ritual is also held in Makaram month. The other important festivals held in the temple are Navratri and Thrikarthika.

Tripunithura Thevarakkavu Bhagavathy Temple

Tripunithura Thevarakkavu Bhagavathy temple is located at Thevara Kavu in Tripunithura, Ernakulam district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathi or Devi. The annual festival in the temple is held in Makaram month (January – February) and coincides with the Bharani Nakshatra in the month. This is a beautiful temple complete with kodimaram, chuttambalam, shrines dedicated to Upa Devatas and other structures part of traditional Kerala temple architecture. The annual temple festival is famous for processions, rituals and pujas, pallivetta and darshan of fully adorned Goddess in the sanctum sanctorum. Caparisoned elephants, temple art forms and melam are part of the festival. The most auspicious days in the temple are Tuesdays and Fridays. The temple is also famous Navratri and Thrikarthika festivals.

Valamchuzhy Devi Temple – History – Festival - Padayani Festival

Valamchuzhy Devi temple is located at Valamchuzhy near Mallasserry in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala. This is one of the oldest temples in Kerala with a history of more than 2000 years. The annual festival in the temple is held in Makaram month. Valamchuzhy Devi Temple History Legend has it that a devotee brought along from Kodungallur temple, a flower that was the very incarnation of Goddess Bhuvaneshwari. He then had a dream that he should install the flower at Valamchuzhy where the Achankovil River circumvents the place from three sides. The people of the region who heard about the divine story built a temple and dedicated to Goddess Bhuvaneshwari. Valamchuzhy Devi Temple Festival The annual festival in the temple is held in Makaram month. The most important days during the festival are fifth day (Makara Bharani) and Pallivetta held on the 9th day. The flag hoisting, signaling the start of the festival is held on the punartham day in Makaram. The fifth day 'the bharani&

Udayamperoor Nadakkavu Bhagavathi Temple – Festival

Udayamperoor Nadakkavu Bhagavathi temple is a popular shrine located at Udayamperoor in Ernakulam district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathi or Devi. The annual Thalappoli festival held in Makaram month (January – February) is of great importance in the temple. Makara Bharani is another important festival day in the temple. This is a beautiful temple with all traditional architecture elements associated with a Kerala temple. The temple is complete with kodimaram, bali kallu, and chuttambalam. There are also small shrines dedicated to Upa Devatas. The annual festival in the temple is held for two days and is famous for elephant parade and melam. Other important festivals in the temple include Navratri and Thrikarthika. The temple is maintained by NSS Karayogam.

Karniaka – Village Accountant Of Ancient India

Karniaka, village accountant of ancient India, was also known as Sanbhoga. He wielded influence by maintaining the records of revenue, dues and collections. Every village had one accountant who was responsible for collecting land revenue and maintaining land records. It was hereditary feature. All communities, due to the centralization of records and revenue, respected him. The village accountant held a very prominent position, which was next only to the sarpanch (head of the village). The accountant was consulted on every important matter to arrive at a decision. Since the accountant was educated, everyone looked forward for his suggestions, which carried great weight. The karniaka used to perform a wide range of functions right from the times of Indian rulers of historic times. He was picked in charge of the treasury. He was asked to keep a record of the expenses and income. He had to maintain land records, determine the taxes to be collected from various segments of the society

Dreaming Of Being Angry At Someone – Meaning

Dreaming of being angry at someone is a positive dream per meaning and interpretation of dreams. This means realization. You will soon realize that someone whom you trusted was cheating on you. It also means that you will realize your mistakes or you will find out the reason for something bad that happened in your life. Dreaming of being angry at someone you know means other people might mess up your life. They might damage something you valued dearly. Dream of being angry at someone you do not know means trouble from strangers. The dream is also a kind of warning that something bad will soon happen but you need to keep your calm and solve it without getting angry. Anger will only complicate and mess up things.

Dreaming Of Being A Patient In Hospital – Meaning

Dream of being a patient in hospital is a bad omen as per dream meaning and interpretation. It is a sign that you will soon require professional help. It also means that a habit of yours might cause some serious physical damage. Dream of being a patient in hospital and you are scared and surrounded by people you know means something terrible might happen in your life. You should be extremely careful about your actions in near future. If you see the dream and you are happy or content means solution to a problem. You will find relief from an issue that was troubling you. Being patient is purely symbolic it does not mean that you will have to get a disease. It means that you will be down for sometime or might need help from others to solve a life problem.

Hanuman Jayanti in Tamil Month Margazhi - Anjaneyar Jayanthi in Tamil Nadu - Margazhi Moolam 2022 Date

In Tamil Nadu, Anjaneyar Jayanthi is observed on Moolam Nakshatram in the Margazhi month or Margali Masam , which is one of the most auspicious months in Tamil Calendar. In 2022, Hanuman Jayanti in Tamil Month Margazhi is on December 23. Hanuman Jayanthi is observed during various time of year by different Hindu communities. Majority of the people observe it on the Purnima or full moon day in the Chaitra month (March - April). It is widely believed that Lord Hanuman is present where the story of Lord Ram is recited. Therefore people read the Ramayana on the day or recite prayers dedicated to Rama. The Sundara Kandam chapter of Ramayana is read by most people. Special prayers are held on the day in Hanuman Temples and are visited by large number of devotees. At home, idols or pictures of Hanuman are thoroughly cleaned at dawn. Idols and pictures are smeared with Sindoor. Sweets and bananas are offered to Hanuman. Some of the popular Anjaneya Temples in Tamilnadu orga

Dream Of Being Accused Of A Crime – Meaning

Dream of being accused of a crime is a kind of warning and bad omen as per dream meaning and interpretation. This means that you might get into trouble if you are not careful with your actions and where you go. Dream of being accused of a crime by people you known means you might discover some secret of someone you know. It also means you might do something that is against the followed practices. The dream also means that a secret of yours will be discovered. The dream also means that people might mistake you for someone else and accuse you a crime. After seeing such a dream you should be careful about your actions and the people you interact with.

Dream Of Being A Passenger On A Motorcycle – Meaning

The meaning of dream of being a passenger on a motorcycle depends on your reaction to the dream. If you are happy and loved it then it means escape from your current problems. It symbolically represents freedom. It also means you will meet someone whom you can trust. Seeing dream of being a passenger on a motorcycle and you are surprised, terrified and want to get out means you will face problems in life due to the actions of other people. The dream is also asking you to take the control of your life and not allow others to decide the direction of your life. Basically the dream is asking you to do a postmortem of your life and decide whether you are on the right direction.

Story On God Following Bhakta And Not Jnani – Devotion And Knowledge

There is a good story about a jnani (knowledgeable person) and a bhakta (devotee). Once there lived a bhakta and a jnani. God always walked behind the bhakta. Somebody one day asked God as to why he was walking behind the bhakta and not the jnani? Bhagavan answered that the jnani has all the knowledge. He is smart, educated and has all the worldly wealth. So Bhagavan does not have to worry about him. Jnani might sooner or later find Bhagavan. But the Bhakta of Bhagavan is innocent, simple, uneducated, loves none else but him, therefore he has to take care of him and make sure he is within his sight and hearing, just like an infant or child is with his or her mother.

Dreaming Of Being Attacked And Fighting Back – Meaning

Dreaming of being attacked and fighting back is positive as per dream meaning and interpretation. It means that soon you will show courage to fight back and do what is right. The dream is also asking you to not to get mowed down by others. Dream of being attacked and fighting back and you wake up resilient or happy or with a positive outlook means it is time to go and get what you rightly deserve. It also means you need to stop being scared about people and things. But if you are scared or crying after seeing the dream it means that you will be physically challenged and you will have to face it alone. You should always be ready for a fight in near future. You should also avoid strange and lonely places.

4 January 2022 Tithi – Panchang – Hindu Calendar – Good Time – Nakshatra – Rashi

Tithi in Panchang – Hindu Calendar on Tuesday, 4 January 2022 – It is Shukla Paksha Dwitiya tithi or the second day during the waxing or light phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Dwitiya tithi or the second day during the waxing or light phase of moon till 8:04 PM on January 4. It is Shukla Paksha Tritiya tithi or the third day during the waxing or light phase of moon till 6:20 PM on January 5. (Time applicable in all north, south and eastern parts of India. All time based on India Standard Time.  Good – Auspicious time on January 4, 2022 as per Hindu Calendar – Good and auspicious time on the entire day.  Nakshatra  – Uttarashada or Uthradam nakshatra till 1:32 PM on January 4. Then onward it is Shravan or Thiruvonam or Sravana nakshatra till 12:23 PM on January 5. (Time applicable in north, south and eastern parts of India).  In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, north Karnataka and south Rajasthan), Uttarashada or

Pirayiri Sree Pullukottu Ayyappa Swamy Temple

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Kuzhuppilly Sri Balakrishna Swamy Temple

Kuzhuppilly Sri Balakrishna Swamy temple is located on Kuzhuppilly village, Vypeen Island, Ernakulam district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to the child form of Bhagavan Sri Krishna. The annual festival in the temple is held in Makaram month. The annual festival in the temple is famous for various unique rituals associated with temples maintained by GSB community. The first temple was built in 1895 CE. The present temple was consecrated in 1964 CE. The temple faces east and today includes Aanapandal, Kalyana Mandapam and Dhvaja Pratishta. The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Hanuman, Garuda, Ganapathy, Goddess Lakshmi, Navagrahas and Nagaraja. The shrine is maintained by Goud Saraswati Brahmin (GSB community).

Karuvatta Valiyaparambil Devi Temple - Festival

Karuvatta Valiyaparambil Devi temple is located at Karuvatta in Alappuzha district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy or Devi. The annual festival in the temple is held in such a manner that it ends on Karthika nakshatra day in Makaram month. This is a small temple with a chathura sreekovil. The shrine has separate temples for Upa Devatas. The annual festival is famous for various rituals and pujas associated with Devi temples in central Travancore. Caparisoned elephants, procession, temple art forms and melam are part of the annual festival. The ezhunnallathu on the Karthika nakshatra day is of great importance. The annual Pongala festival is held on Karthika nakshatra in Meenam month (March – April).

Sree Poomala Kavu Temple – Pattuvam

Sree Poomala Kavu temple, also known as Pattuvam Poomala Bhagavathy temple, is located at Pattuvam in Kannur district, Kerala. This is a small traditional temple dedicated to Goddess Poomala. The shrine is dedicated to Adi Shakti. The annual Kaliyattam theyyam festival is held in Makaram month. The theyyam festival is held here for 6 days mostly during the first week of February. The theyyams performed here are Gulikan theyyam, Poomaruthan theyyam, Raktha Chamundi theyyam and Vishnumurthy theyyam.

Neendoor Sreenarayana Sarada Temple – Festival

Neendoor Sreenarayana Sarada temple is located Neendoor in Kottayam district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Sharada, also known as Goddess Saraswati. The temple is associated with Sri Narayana Guru, the great reformer of Kerala. The 5-day annual festival culminates with Arattu in Makaram month. Another important festival held in the temple is the Navratri festival. Vijayadashami is observed as Vidyarambham in the temple and thousands of children are initiated into the world of learning on the day. This is a small temple with a square sanctum sanctorum. It has a beautiful panchaloha murti of Goddess Sharada. The temple is maintained and managed by SNDP Yogam.

Manganam Sree Narasimha Swamy Temple – Information – Festivals

Manganam Sree Narasimha Swamy temple is located at Muttambalam in Manganam in Kottayam district, Kerala. The main murti worshipped in the temple is the Narasimha avatar of Bhagwan Vishnu. The deity is lovingly known as Manganathappan. The main prathishta vigraham or murti is that Chathur Bahu Vishnu (Bhagavan Vishnu with four arms) facing west. The sankalpam of the murti is that of Narasimha who was pleased with unparalleled devotion of child Prahlada. It is believed that Narasimha is here listening to the sthoothis (praises) of young Prahlada. Narasimha is here in a benign and kind form. The temple has an inscription on the sreekovil dating back to the 11th century CE. The inscription talks about the reconstruction of the sreekovil using granite. So it is believed that the temple might belong to the 8th or 9th century CE. The temple has as vatta sreekovil along with kodimaram, vilakku, chuttambalam and shrines of Upa Devatas. The shrine is famous for mural paintings and its be

Dandin – Eminent Novelist – Late Sixth Century CE

Dandin, the eminent novelist, lived during the late sixth century CE and he is the author of the famous novel Dasakumaracarita (Story of Ten Princes). He is the master of the akhyayika. An akhyayika, unlike a katha, is a story woven round real people and incidents though the play of imagination is not totally ruled out. In Dasakumaracarita, only eight chapters out of fourteen are attributed to him. He excels in authentic character portrayal not only with the courtly world of kings and aristocrats – familiar characters in Sanskrit epic poetry – but subaltern characters such as courtesans, unfaithful wives, crooked priests, hypocritical ascetics, rogues, rakes, idlers, etc. In a way then he is the forerunner of 20 th century realism in literature. The novel mainly consists of experiences of ten princes who help a king to regain his kingdom. Each prince tells a story of his experiences and these invariably include romantic encounters. One prince reports – “The fawn-eyed damsel abuses m

Venduttayi Kaitheri Puthiyedath Khandakarnan Kavu Temple - Theyyam Festival

Venduttayi Kaitheri Puthiyedath Khandakarnan Kavu temple, also known as Kaithery Puthiyeduth Kandakarna Kshethram, is located at Venduttayi in Kannur district, Kerala. The annual Theyyam - Thira festival in the temple is held in Makaram month. The shrine is dedicated to Khandakarnan – a ferocious form emanated from Shiva. Some of the important theyyam performed in the temple are Karanavar, Karidevan, Kandakarnan, Sasthappan or Kuttichathan, Thekkan Gulikan, Thekkan Kariyathan and Vasoorimala. The annual thira festival lasts for three days (last week of January to first week of February). Kandakarnan is a ferocious form that appeared from the throat of Shiva. It is believed that he appeared to lick away the poxes that appeared on the body of Goddess Bhadrakali.