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Sree Keezhara Koolom Bhagavathy Temple Theyyam Festival – Kannur Cherukunnu Keezhara Temple Kaliyattam Festival

Sree Keezhara Kulom Bhagavathy temple is located at Cherukunnu on Keecheri – Anchampeedika – Panthottam road on Kannur – Payyannur Road in Kannur district, Kerala. Sree Keezhara Koolom Bhagavathy Temple Theyyam festival 2024 date is February 15 to February 20. The annual Kaliyattam and Theyyam festival is held from Kumbham 2 to Kumbham 7. During the six days of the festival 17 Theyyams are performed. A unique ritual known as Dikhu Kalasham (Dikkalasham) is held before the festival. On Makaram 25, the rice without husk (nellu) need for Kalasam is measured on the day. The people who take kalasham begin their vratham from the day. On midnight on Kumbha 3 – 4, the kalasham is carried by four people who are accompanied by Chuttu Vettakaar (people holding fire lit coconut dried coconut leaves). At a particular point they disperse and ran in the four directions of Keezhara and place the kalashams. The Thiya community takes kalasham during the kaliyattam. Special rites like fish offering

Pakkil Sree Dharmasastha Temple Festival In Kottayam - Sankranti Vanibham

Pakkil Sree Dharmasastha Temple is located around 7 km from Kottayam Railway Station. The 10-day annual festival in the temple is observed with Arattu on Uthram nakshatra in Meenam month. Another important festival is the Sankranti Vanibham held on the first day of Karkidakam month or Ramayana masam (July 16, 2024). The main murti worshipped in the temple is Sastha and faces east. The vigraham is in sitting padmasana posture. The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Malanadu Bhagavathy and Nagarajavu. Pakkil Sree Dharmasastha Temple History As per history, Pakkil Dharmasastha is the paradevata of Thekkumkoor kings. At first it was a small temple. The current temple was constructed by Thekkumkoor kings. The Kalari students of Thekkumkoor used to make their first performance in the temple. The group who were initiated in the temple in Kalari were known as Pakkil Pada. Pakkil Vanibham It is believed that the first prathishta in the temple was done by Parashurama. But the Prathisht

What Happened To Prahlada After Narasimha Avatar?

The story of what happened to Prahlada after the Narasimha Avatar is narrated to Sri Rama by Sage Vasishta in the Yoga Vasistha. When Hiranyakasipu (his father), the enemy of all living beings was slain (by Narasimha Avatar of Vishnu) Prahlada became very sad. He thought: "My father and the chiefs of the Asuras have all been annihilated by Vishnu like the Kula Mountains getting destroyed by storms when the world comes to an end. Vishnu has fought many battles with my ancestors. He has never shrunk from fighting. Will he fear me now? I can conquer him only by surrendering to him, by seeking complete refuge with him with all my heart. He is my sole refuge. From this moment I shall take refuge with him. In fact I have already become Vishnu. The mantra Om Namo Narayana fulfils all our wishes. It will never cease to throb in my heart just as air does not in the sky. Thus Prahlada imagined his body to be that of Vishnu and thought about the proper way of worshipping him. He said to h

Story In Hinduism – Taking Care Of Parents More Important Than Spiritual Pursuit

The legend and life of Kaushika is featured often in the Puranas and epics. In the Mahabharata, Indra advised Pandavas to use their years of exile wisely to travel, see new places, and learn new skills and to spend time with sages and learned people. This will help them in becoming better human beings and rulers. The story in Hinduism of taking care of parents is more important than spiritual pursuit is found in the Vana Parva of the Mahabharata and was narrated to the Pandavas. The story clearly teaches the importance of handling worldly responsibilities instead of running away from them. Kaushika had abandoned his parents to become a hermit. Though he gained many great powers and knowledge, he was unable to get any peace of mind. He then learned, from a housewife and then a butcher, that peace of mind does not come from renouncing the worldly life; it comes from a true understanding of the soul and the world around. Kaushika realized that one must accept that life is the result o

Thakazhy Sree Dharma Sastha Temple Festival - Importance - Oil Cure In Temple

Thakazhy Sree Dharma Sastha temple is located at Thakazhy, around 6.5 km east of Ambalapuzha, in Alappuzha district, Kerala. The 8-day annual festival at Thakazhy Sree Dharma Sastha temple begins on Uthram nakshatra in Kumbham month. Kalamezhuthu and Pattu are performed during the annual festival. The name Thakazhy because the murti was found in clay and it was cleaned using hands (Thazhuki). As the shuddhi to the murti happened due to Thazhukal the place came to be known as Thakazhy. It is believed that the murti worshipped in the temple was recovered by Vilwamangalam Swamiyar and he gave it to Udyarkamuni who consecrated the murti here. Another belief is that the murti was originally installed in Otharamala and during a flood the murti was displaced and it was later recovered by Vilwamangalam Swamiyar. The temple was built after a few years by Chembakassery king. The temple is mentioned in Thottam Pattu as Othalodiyan Kavu. Thus the shrine is one among the 108 Ayyappa temples

No Knowledge Is Equal to Self Knowledge - Sri Krishna Advice To Arjuna After Kurukshetra War

After the battle of Kurukshetra, Arjuna once asked Sri Krishna to explain to him the nature of Self-Knowledge. There are several kinds of knowledge but none is equal to Self-Knowledge. Who is there in the world who can teach true knowledge? There may be one here and there, but how is one to find him ? When a devotee (of Mine) who has developed dispassion and is anxious to acquire the supreme knowledge, goes about quietly, he will one day surely come across a Guru who has attained Liberation. He is truly the Lord (Ishwara). Those who are ignorant like children cannot recognize his greatness. Can the creature living in water realize the nectar within the blossoming lotus? Only a realized man (jnani) can recognize another realized man. Hoysaleswara Temple Outer Wall Covering Sri Krishna On meeting such a Guru one should approach him humbly and live with him, serving him faithfully. In due course the Guru will be pleased with his faith and devotion and will impart to him the truth (

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

Tithi in Panchang – Hindu Calendar on Wednesday, 3 February 2021 – It is Krishna Paksha Sashti tithi or the sixth day during the waning or dark phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Sashti tithi or the sixth day during the waning or dark phase of moon till 3:44 PM on February 3. Then onward it Krishna Paksha Saptami tithi or the seventh day during the waning or dark phase of moon till 1:24 PM on February 4. (Time applicable in all north, south and eastern parts of India. All time based on India Standard Time.  Good – Auspicious time on February 3, 2021 as per Hindu Calendar – Good and auspicious time till 2:12 PM.  Nakshatra  – Hasta or Atham or Hastam nakshatra till 12:13 AM on February 3. Then onward it is Chitra or Chithirai or Chithira nakshatra till 10:40 PM on February 3. Then onward it is Swathi or Chothi nakshatra till 9:00 PM on February 4. (Time applicable in north, south and eastern parts of India).  In western part