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Manalithara Mullappallikavu Sastha Temple Information - History - Festival

Manalithara Mullappallikavu Sastha temple is located at Thekkumkara village in Thrissur district. The shrine is at Manalithara around 2 km east of Punnamparambu junction. The annual festival in the shrine is observed on Vishu in Medam month. Manalithara Mullappally Kavu Sastha temple is one among the 108 Ayyappa temples mentioned Thottam Pattu. The main deity faces east. The belief is that the deity worshipped in the temple was the seva murti of Thalappilly kings. Another belief is that the deity was the Kalari murti of Thallapally royal family. The temple later belonged to Koodallur Mana and then to Desamangalam Mana. The temple is now governed by a committee comprising of people from the village.

Sankranti in Karnataka – Kannada Makar Sankranti - Ellu Bella 2023

Sankranthi, or Makar Sankranti, is a harvest festival in Karnataka as is the case in other parts of India . In 2023, the date of Sankranti (Ellu Bella) in Karnataka is January 15. Bhogi (January 14, 2023) is the first day of the festival. Yellu or Ella means til (Sesame seeds) and ‘Bella’ is Jaggery. A mixture of Til (sesame seeds), Sharkara (jaggery), dry coconut and groundnuts is given to friends, neighbors and relatives on the day. There is a popular saying of Ellu Bella in Kannada – ellu bella tindu, ollolle matadi! (Eat Til seeds, Jaggery and speak good words). Importance of Makar Sankranti in Karnataka Sankranti is celebrated when sun transcends from Sagittarius to Capricorn during the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere. Sankranthi means ‘change of direction’ and is based on solar event and it also marks the arrival of Spring Season. In Kannada culture, Sankranthi is synonymous with ellu (sesame-jaggery mix), sugar candies and sugarcane. Uttarayana , the da

Puliyoor Temple History - Information – Thripuliyoor Mahavishnu Temple Kavadi And Annual Festival

Puliyoor Temple, also known as Thripuliyoor Mahavishnu Temple, is located 4.5 km west of Chengannur at Puliyoor on the Mavelikara – Kozhencherry road in Alappuzha district, Kerala. The 10-day annual festival in the temple is observed in such a way that it ends with Arattu on Thiruvonam Nakshatra in Makaram month. Thripuliyoor Makara Sankramana Kavadi festival is annually held on January 14. The Makara Sankramana Kavadi festival in the temple is famous. People participating in the festival observe vratham for 41 days. And during 7 days of the 41 days those observing Vratam should participate in the day to day activities of the temple. Thripuliyoor Mahavishnu Temple is one among the 108 Divya Desams or 108 Vaishnava Tirupati. In the Nalayira Prabandham, this temple is referred to as Kuttanad Puliyoor. The temple is also known as Bheeman Kovil as it is believed that the murti of Vishnu in the temple was installed Bhima of Mahabharata. The main murti in the sanctum sanctorum is 4 fee

Manacaud Dharma Sastha Temple Information - Festival

Manacaud Dharma Sastha temple is located around 500 meters from Kizhakkekotta in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. The 8-day annual festival in the temple is ends with Arattu on Uthradam nakshatra in Kumbham month. The Sastha worshipped in the temple is swayambhu. The sankalpam is that of Bala Sastha. The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Shiva, Ganapathy, Yakshi, Nagam and Madan. This is a very ancient Sastha temple and is considered to be one among the 108 Sastha temples in Kerala. The sreekovil in this temple does not have a roof.

Tuljapur Bhavani Story – Tales Of Tuljapur Temple

Tuljapur Bhavani is Adi Shakti Mahamaya. She is Mother Goddess Shakti. Here are some important stories that are associated with Tuljapur Bhavani. The most popular story is of Mother Goddess Shakti appearing as Tulja Bhavani to help Anubhuti, wife of Rishi Kardam. Anubhuti was a widow with an infant. She once asked Mother Goddess to look after her child so that she can perform penance on the banks of Mandakini River. While Anubhuti was performing penance, a demon named Kukur tried to attack her.  Mother Goddess Shakti appeared on the banks of Mandakini River and annihilated the demon. People who witnessed this divine incident called her Tulja Bhavani. Another legend is that Goddess Durga after killing demon Mahisha appeared on the Yamuna Chala Hill and mediated here. The temple is located on the Yamuna Chala Hill. Another legend is that Goddess Bhavani appeared to annihilate demon Matanga. To defeat the demon she was accompanied by Sapta Matrikas.

Madiyan Koolom Temple Information – Pattu Utsavam – Theyyam At Kanhangad - North Kerala

Madiyan Koolom Temple is located at Ajannor village, around 5 km from Kanhangad, Kasaragod District, North Kerala. The Pattu Utsavam in the temple is observed during the last 12 days of Dhanu Masam. The main events are held from January 10 to January 12. The theyyam, tira, kalasham and kulom are held for two days on the first week of Edavam month. Theyyam is held on any two days between May 15 and May 22. During Pattu Utsavam, a special ritual called kalam pattu is held. The drawing of kalam varies each day and the first day the kalam is for Goddess Kalratri with pacha varnam (green powder), the second day the kalam is for Kshetrapalan with Manja Varnam (yellow powder). And on the final day, the kalam is of Darika vadham (killing of the demon Darika) in Manja Varnam (yellow powder) and is for Goddess Kalaratri. Major highlight of Kalasham festival (first week of Edavam – May 15 to May 22) is the Theyyam. Manjali Amma, Manjalan, Manavatti, Kshetrapalan, Kalaratri Amma and Nadayil Bha

Mangalam Ayyappankavu Temple History - Festival

Mangalam Ayyappankavu temple is located at Mangalam village near Wadakkanchery in Thrissur district, Kerala. The annual festival in Mangalam Ayyappankavu temple is observed on Uthram nakshatra in Makaram month. This temple is one among the 108 Ayyappan Kavu temples in Kerala. It is believed that this is the Thalappullikavu mentioned in Thottam Pattu. Although the temple is famous as Ayyappa temple, it is believed that the Vishnu temple in the complex was first built. The Vishnu worshipped in the temple is with four hands – chathur bahu. The Ayyappa vigraham worshipped in the temple unique and one of its kind. Ayyappa is here seen sitting with his hands backwards (Purakileeku Kaikuthiyirikkuka). Ayyappa here is in the form of Brahmachari. The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Ganapathy and Rakshas. It is believed that this Ayyappa murti was the guardian deity of Kakkad Vattakottai. When Vattakottai (fort) got destroyed, Ayyappa was installed in the current place.

Mankombu Devi Temple History - About Festival 2023 - Mankombu Bhagavathy Temple In Kuttanad - Kavadiyattam

Mankombu Devi temple is located at Moncombu or Mangombu in Pulikunnu Village in Alappuzha district, Kerala. The 8-day annual festival is observed from Vishu in Medam month. In 2023, the festival begins on April 15. This is one of the most famous Hindu temple festivals in Kuttanad. Thookam is held on Pathamudayam (April 23, 2023). Kavadiyattam is held on Meena Bharani day The main deity worshipped in the temple is Goddess Bhadrakali who faces west. The murti is made out of wood – Dharu Vigraham. The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Shiva, Ganapathy and Ayyappan. When the temple was built no one in the region knew how to perform the pujas so a Pujari family from the Kulangara Illam from Aryakkal in Payyanur were brought to the place. Kulangara Illam still performs the puja in the temple. It is said that an evil ruler wanted to marry a girl from a Vellala family. The family was against the marriage and therefore a day before the marriage the family tied a dog in the Vivaha Pa

Goddess Poomala – Aryapoomala In North Kerala

Goddess Poomala, also known as Aryapoomala, is worshipped in North Kerala. The deity is worshiped in designated grove or small forest known as Poomala Kavu. There are small temples dedicated to the Goddess in the grove.  Story Of Goddess Poomala Goddess Adi Shakti took the form of Poomala to enjoy the flowers in the gardens of Devas or demigods. When Goddess Poomala was walking in the garden, the damsels from the kingdom of Devas came to pluck flowers. They were accompanied by soldiers of the Devas. Goddess Poomala asked the soldiers to help her too in picking up some flowers. One of the soldiers had taken the form of wind and was moving around Fulla Pushpam. He came forward to help Goddess Poomala. She called him Poomaruthan. Poomala and Poomaruthan developed a bond of brother sister relationship and they travelled together and reached Ariyan Nadu. They decided to rest in a flower garden in the kingdom of Ariyan Nadu. The princess of Ariyan Nadu came to pluck flowers from the

Rani Avantibai Lodhi Balidan Diwas – Death Anniversary of Rani Avantibai Lodhi

Rani Avantibai Lodhi Balidan Diwas is annually observed on March 20. It is the death anniversary of the Brave Queen Avantibai Lodhi. She was the wife of Vikramaditya Singh, ruler of Ramgarh in present day Madhya Pradesh. Vikramaditya Singh had no heir. So the British attached the kingdom and did not allow Rani Avantibai Lodhi to succeed the throne. Rani Avantibai Lodhi, who belonged to the Lodhi warrior clan, vowed to fight the British to regain her land and her throne. She raised an army of four thousand and personally led it against the British in 1857. On March 20, 1858, facing imminent defeat, she killed herself with her own sword

Nothing comes out of mere intellectual understanding

Nothing comes out of mere intellectual understanding. What will you gain by merely repeating, “There is fire in the wood, there is fire in the wood?” Light a fire by rubbing the pieces of wood together, cook you food, eat it, and be nourished. Only then will you have achieved something. There is something called Shraddha. Nachiketa of Katha Upanishad had it. Shradha means, “I will certainly do what I have understood to be correct, and I have the power and self confidence necessary to accomplish that. I do not sit depending on the grace of the Lord.” Along with Shraddha, Nishta – single-minded devotion – is also necessary. In this age, nishtha should remain concealed within oneself; only then will the devotion mature. Teachings of Swami Premeshananda

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

Tithi in Panchang – Hindu Calendar on Thursday, 14 January 2021 – It is Shukla Paksha Pratipada tithi or the first day during waxing or light phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Pratipada tithi or the first day during waxing or light phase of moon till 9:12 AM on January 14. Then onward it Shukla Paksha Dwitiya tithi or the second day during waxing or light phase of moon till 8:38 AM on January 15. (Time applicable in all north, south and eastern parts of India. All time based on India Standard Time.  Good – Auspicious time on January 14, 2021 as per Hindu Calendar – Good and auspicious time on the entire day.  Nakshatra  – Uttarashada or Uthradam Nakshatra till 5:52 AM on January 14. Then onward it is Shravan or Thiruvonam or Sravana Nakshatra till 5:51 AM on January 15. (Time applicable in north, south and eastern parts of India).  In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, north Karnataka and south Rajasthan), it