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Tirumala Shiva Temple Festival In Thiruvananthapuram – Tirumala Kusakode Mahadevar Temple Information - History

Tirumala Kusakode Mahadevar temple is located around 7 km from Kizhakkekotta on the Karamana – Tirumala road in Thiruvananthapuram. The 8-day annual festival at Tirumala Shiva temple ends with arattu on Thiruvathira nakshatra day in Meenam month. The festival is known Trikkodiyett Mahotsavam and begins with flag hoisting or kodiyettam and ends with arattu. Traditional temple arts, dance and music are part of the festival. Annadanam is held during the 8-day festival. Pallivetta is observed on the 7 th day of the festival. Elephant feeding or aanayoottu is held on the final day of the festival. The festival concludes with arattu. Thiruvathira in Dhanu Masam and Shivratri are the other important festivals in the temple. The sreekovil faces east. The prathishta of Shiva in the temple has Keerata Murti Bhavam. It is believed that the prathishta in the temple was performed by Vilwamangalam Swamiyar. The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Ganapathy and Nagam. There are two grove

Thirumangalam Temple At Engandiyur – Thrissur - Festival - History

Thirumangalam temple is located at Engandiyur on the Guruvayur – Ernakulam road in Thrissur district, Kerala. The most important festival observed in the temple are Shivratri and Ashtami Rohini. The Engandiyoor Thirumangalam temple has two murtis one of Shiva and another of Bhagawan Vishnu. Both the murtis faces east. The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Sastha along with Poorna and Pushkala, Ganapathy, Subramania, Goddess Parvati and Nagaraja. The temple is one among the 108 Shiva temples in Kerala. The believed that the temple was built to stop the constant encroachment of the area by sea. Shiva is here believed to have stopped the sea from venturing into the area. The Shiva in the temple became ferocious after stopping the sea. To lessen the ferociousness of Shiva, Vishnu along with Goddess Lakshmi was consecrated in the temple. An important offering in the temple is Thrimadhuram – it is believed that those who offer this sweet in the shrine will be blessed with peace, prosp

Payyavoor Shiva Temple Festival - Payyavoor Oottu Utsavam - History - Information

Payyavoor Shiva temple is located in Kannur district in Kerala. The shrine is near the Kerala – Karnataka border. The annual festival at Payyavoor Shiva Temple begins two days before Kumbha Sankranti – on the 29 th day of Makarm month. The festival usually ends on Kumbham 15. Payyavoor temple festival is known as Oottu Festival (Oottu Utsavam). The festival is attended by people of Kodagu (in Karnataka), Kannur and Kasaragod districts. The people of Kodagu make various offerings and perform various rituals in the temple during the festival.  The Shivling worshipped in the temple is swayambhu. The Shivling is well below ground level. The deity who is in Keeratha form (hunter) faces east. The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Ayyappan and Someshwari. The material for the festival panthal (thatched roof made of dried coconut leaves) is given by the people of Chooliyadu. Another interesting ritual during the utsavam is the Kaalavaravu, the transportation of rice on the back

Panchatheertham In Hinduism

Panchatheertham is believed to be the five tirthas in the seas in South India. The Panchatheerthams are Agasthya Theertham, Soubhadram, Poulomam, Karandamam and Suprasanam. These are mentioned in the Mahabharata. These teerthas were frequented by Rishi Bhardwaja and therefore they were associated with him. A heavenly damsel named Apsara Varga and her friends were cursed by a Rishi and therefore they stayed in the tirthas in the form of crocodiles for very long period. Due to this reason, the sages and people had stopped visiting the teerthas. It is said that once Arjuna of the Mahabharata visited the teerthas and pulled out Apsara Varga out of the teertha and thus granted liberation from the curse. As five women got moksha in the Panchatheerthas they are also known as nari theerthams. As per Mahabharata and Srimad Bhagavatam the theerthams are located in the seas in South India. There is another opinion that the Panchatheerthams are located between two hills in Haridwar in Uttarakh

Enathu Mahadeva Temple - Festival - History

Enathu Mahadeva Temple is located at Enathu in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala. The 10-day annual festival in the temple begins on Rohini nakshatra in Meenam month with kodiyettam. The main murti worshipped in Enathu Mahadeva temple is Shiva in Shivling form. The deity faces east. The Upa Devatas in the temple are Ganapathy and Sastha. Although it is a Shiva temple the important festival is Ashtami Rohini (dedicated to Sri Krishna). The temple does not open on the evening of Ashtami Rohini. As per history, Kayamkulam king found relief after offering prayers in the temple and he donated 18 kg gold and paddy fields.

Shakambari Navratri - Importance of Shakumbhari Devi Navratri January 2023

Shakambari Mata, or Shakumbhari Devi, is an incarnation of Shakti and is worshipped in many parts of India .  In 2023, Shakambari Mata Navratri begins on December 30, 2022 and ends on January 6, 2023. The day is of great importance in many regions in India. It is believed that she feeds those who are hungry with vegetarian food. She is Mother Earth who suffices hunger. Shakambari Ma is known as ‘the bearer of the greens’ – Shaka means vegetables and Ambari means who bears. Goddess Shakambari is mentioned in the Devi Mahatmya. Shakambari Mata is worshipped during Navratri and Durga Puja but one of the most famous Navratri dedicated to her happens in Paush month or Pushya Month (December – January). Shakambari Mata Navratri is a major puja and festival in some parts of Karnataka, Maharashtra , Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. In the Devi Mahatmya, it is said that Goddess Durga appeared as Shakambari after a dry period of hundred years. She brought forth from her body fr

Thidanadu Mahadeva Temple - History - Festival

Thidanadu Mahadeva temple is located at Thidanadu village around 5 kilometer from Erattupetta in Kottayam district, Kerala. The 10-day annual festival ends with Arattu on the day after Shivratri. The main murtis worshipped in the temple are Shiva, Sri Krishna and Narasimha. Shiva and Sri Krishna face east and Narasimha faces west. The belief is that the temple in beginning only had Shivling. Sri Krishna and Narasimha were consecrated in the temple by Thiruvudai Chettiar who had arrived here for business from Kaveripattinam. There is a Prathishta of Thiruvudai Chettiar in the temple. There is a unique ritual of asking whether there is any trouble (allalaapathukal) for Mundu Palathingal Kochu Govindan before the kodiyettam or flag hoisting of the annual festival.

Hanuman The Brahmachari - Story - Power of Celibacy Of Hanuman

Hanuman the Brahmachari – Power of Celibacy Of Hanuman is an excerpt of an article published by Swami Samarpanananda. Hanuman is worshipped as the ideal brahmachari and a perfect master of his senses. How great was this aspect is noticed when Hanuman entered Ravana’s splendid palace at night in search of Sita. He went around the bedchamber looking at the hundreds of wives of Ravana, who were fast asleep in various postures and clothes in disarray. He concluded that Sita could not be found there, but became worried about his own moral transgression. He thought: ‘It is surely unrighteous to see another’s wife under the influence of sleep. I have never cast my eyes since my birth on another’s wife. Surely I shall be guilty of iniquity … but my mind has not been least stirred by it. It is the mind that induces the sense either to virtue or to vice’. This is the ultimate yardstick in mind-control and also in deciding issues regarding virtue and vice. He who has patience

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

Tithi in Panchang – Hindu Calendar on Sunday, 24 January 2021 – It is Shukla Paksha Ekadashi tithi or the eleventh day during waxing or light phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Ekadashi tithi or the eleventh day during waxing or light phase of moon till 9:28 PM on January 24. Then onward it Shukla Paksha Dwadashi tithi or the twelfth day during waxing or light phase of moon till 10:58 PM on January 25. (Time applicable in all north, south and eastern parts of India. All time based on India Standard Time.  Good – Auspicious time on January 24, 2021 as per Hindu Calendar – Good and auspicious time till 10:00 AM.  Nakshatra  – Rohini Nakshatra till 10:58 PM on January 24. Then onward it is Mrigasira or Makayiram Nakshatra on the entire day on January 25 and till 12:56 AM on January 26. (Time applicable in north, south and eastern parts of India).  In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, north Karnataka and south Ra