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Manarcad Devi Temple Festival Kottayam – Manarcad Sri Bhagavathy Temple

Manarcad Devi Temple is located around 8 km from Kottayam town at Manarcad, Kerala. The main festival is observed on the Friday after 52 Kalam Pattu which begins on the first day of Vrischika Masam (November 16). On the Friday after 52 Kalam Pattu, desha kuruti, pattu kalam and kudal mahotsavam are held – the seven day festival is usually begins on the first Friday of January. Meena Bharani and Pathamudayam are the other two festival observed in the temple. On Meena Bharani and Pathamudayam, Kumbha Kuda Ghosha Yatra, Kalamkariykkal, Thookam and Garudan Thookkam are held. The main murti worshipped in the temple is Bhagavathi and She faces east. The murti is made of Panchaloha kannadi. The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Subrahmanian, Nagaraja, Sastha, Ganapathi and Rakshas. This temple is the 28th Kavu among the 64 Kavus (Kavukal) in Kerala. The deity in the temple is paradevata of 28 karas. The temple was built by Vembanattu mannan (who ruled from Vennimala). Story of

Parambanthally Shiva Temple Festival – Parambanthalli Mahadeva Temple

Parambanthalli Mahadeva Temple is located at Mullassery on Guruvayoor – Kanjani road in Thrissur district, Kerala. Parambanthally Shiva temple festival dates are Shivratri and Thulam Sashti. The main festival in the temple is Shivratri and Skanda Sashti Thulam month. The Thulam Sashti is famous for procession of people carrying kavadi and palkudams. Kavadiyattam from 20 different areas in the region visit the shrine and take blessings of Murugan on the day. People pierce their tongue and cheeks with soolam and participate in the festival. The shrine is atop a hill. The deity in the temple is known as Madathilappan. The Sankalpam of Shiva in the temple is that of Tapodanaya Shiva – performing Tapas. The deity is 6 feet high including the peedam. Pujari stands and performs the puja and rituals. The deity faces west. The wall of the sanctum sanctorum is nearly 5 feet in breadth. Anappalla mathil is another structural significance in the temple. Subrahmanya has a separate shrine in the tem

Pazhuvil Subramanya Temple Festival

Pazhuvil Subramanya temple is located in Chazhoor village on Thrissur – Thriprayar road in Thrissur district, Kerala. The 8-day annual festival at Pazhuvil Subramanya temple begins on Avittam nakshatra in Medam month and ends on Karthika nakshatra with arattu. The festival begins with kodiyettam in the morning and ends with Arattu procession. The important rituals and pujas associated with Subramanya temple festival are observed in the temple. Temple arts, music, dance and cultural programs are held during the 8-day festival. The shrine is dedicated to Subramanya (Murugan). The sanctum sanctorum is circular – vatta sreekovil and the deity face east. The murti is nearly five feet tall – carved in stone (shila vigraham). The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Sastha, Bhagavathy and Shiva (in one peedam) and Sri Krishna.

Ahi – Demon Of Drought In Vedas

Ahi is another name of the Vritra, mentioned in the Vedas. Ahi is the demon of drought. He takes the form of a huge snake. The meaning of the term Ahi is cloud formation or water vapor. Ahi is continuously in war with Indra, the king of Devas and the Vedic god of thunder and rain. Ahi is perhaps the personification of drought. There might have been long period of severe droughts. All living beings would have suffered a lot. To overcome the drought they might have propitiated Indra. The rains might have arrived after a certain period of time ending the drought and suffering.

Madan – God Worshipped In Kerala Temples

Madan (Maadan) is widely worshipped in temples in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The place where Madan in consecrated is known as Madan Kovil. Some people believe that Madan came from the Tamil name Madu (giri). There is a belief that those people who meet with unnatural death turn into Madan. The atma of such souls become Madan. The worship is also associated with Shaivism. Shiva is associated with Bhutas and Pretas. The various types of Madan worshipped in temples include Kalamadan, Chudala Madan, Nerippodumadan, Vannaramadan etc. He is usually seen near cremation areas on abandoned sacred groves and on trees in lonely areas not frequented by people.  He can take form of ferocious animals. He can appear and disappear at will. He roams at night in lonely areas looking for gullible people. Some scholars are of the view that Shiva was worshipped as Mahanadan in ancient times and this form later came to be known as Madan. Some devotees believe that Madan was in ancient times Shiva himself.

Significance Of Thaipusam - Spiritual Importance And Meaning Of Thaipusam

Thaipusam, like most Hindu festivals, celebrates the victory of good over evil. It is believed that Goddess Parvati gave the ‘Vel’ (lance) to Lord Muruga on the Thaipusam day to vanquish the Asura (demon) army. Thaipusam is observed on the Pusam star in the Tamil month of ‘Thai’ (January – February).  The main significance of Thaipusam is victory over enemies - the enemies are both external and internal. We need to achieve victory over internal enemies like anger, lust, desire, passion etc. All that hampers our spiritual progress are our enemies. The external enemies that we should fight are those that propagate evil and destroy mother nature. Mother Goddess Shakti gave Muruga the Vel to fight against both internal and external enemies. We can achieve victory over external enemies only when we have conquered our internal enemies and purified ourselves. Lord Muruga, son of Lord Shiva and Parvati, is also known as Skanda and Subramaniyan. He defeated Tharakasuran and other demons

Osho Opinion About Lord Krishna - Quotes About Krishna By Osho

A collection of quotes and teachings on Lord Krishna by Osho. There are thousand statements about who Krishna is and Krishna belies all the statements. How does one understand a man with so many sides to him? No statement however severe and astute can wholly encompass Krishna 's wholeness. It lies in the fact that he has no personality of his own, that he is not a person, an individual – he is existence itself. You can say that he is like a mirror; he just mirrors everything that comes before him…and when you see yourself mirrored in him, you think Krishna is like you. But the moment you move away from him, he is empty again. That's leadership. One wants to see in Krishna what one wants to see in him. Nothing more nothing less. It is really arduous to understand Krishna. It is easy to understand that a man should run away from the world if he wants to find peace, but it is really difficult to accept that one can find peace in the thick of the marketplace. It is un

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

Tithi in Panchang – Hindu Calendar on Friday, 29 January 2021 – It is Krishna Paksha Pratipada tithi or the first day during the waning or dark phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Purnima tithi or the full moon day till 12:32 AM on January 29. Then onward it Krishna Paksha Pratipada tithi or the first day during the waning or dark phase of moon till 12:02 AM on January 30. (Time applicable in all north, south and eastern parts of India. All time based on India Standard Time.  Good – Auspicious time on January 29, 2021 as per Hindu Calendar – There is no good and auspicious time.  Nakshatra  – Pooyam or Pushya or Poosam nakshatra till 3:57 AM on January 29. Then onward it is Ashlesha or Ayilyam nakshatra till 4:00 AM on January 30. (Time applicable in north, south and eastern parts of India).  In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, north Karnataka and south Rajasthan), Pooyam or Pushya or Poosam nakshatra till 3:51 AM on Janua