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Kanathur Mahavishnu Temple Near Kannur – History

 Kanathur Mahavishnu temple is located a kilometer from Akashvani Station in Kannur. The shrine is dedicated to Mahavishnu. The prathishta murti in the temple was at first located near a sea and the consecration of it there was performed by Parashurama. As per history, the original murti worshipped in temple was swept away by the sea. The murti was later discovered by fishermen. They gave it to Kattumadam Mana. During this period, Chirakkal king was building a temple and the murti was consecrated in the shrine. History also states that the temple belonged to Vasupuram Swamiyar and later it came under the control of Kattumadam Mana. The annual festival is observed for three days during Shukla Paksha Ekadashi in Vrischikam month. The other important festivals observed in the temple are Sri Krishna Jayanti, Thrikarthika and Kuchela Dinam. The temple performs Thulabharam ritual.

Dvaitadvaita In Hinduism – Philosophy Affirming Both Dualism And Non-Dualism

Dvaitadvaita is a philosophy in Hinduism affirming both dualism and non-dualism of atma and Paramatma. It maintains that Brahman and atman (soul) are unchangeable and unaffected by the passions like joy or sorrow. This immutable position of atman qualifies it to merge totally with Brahman. Swami Vivekananda states that Advaita School of thought harmonizes both the concepts – dvaita and advaita – to lead to Dvaitadvaita. A seer achieves union of this atman or soul with the Brahman and becomes free from the cycle of birth and rebirth. The theory of Dvaitadvaita enables a sage or wise man to transform the manas into thought activity and creates the seeming changeful appearance. The change in manas produced the world of appearances which is illusory. It is not eternal. It is subject to pain and joy of the sense. The experience of pleasure or sorrow is conceptual in as much as it is produced by ignorance of the Ultimate Truth attainable through synthesis with the Over-arching Soul.

Gene Therapy – Genetic Modification – How Hindu Religion Views Them?

A look at the moral stance of Hinduism with respect to human manipulation of biological structure – gene therapy, gene editing and genetic modification. Hindu religion ethics are drawn from its knowledge texts and the elaboration of those texts by ancient sages. Although genetic engineering is a 20th century phenomenon, Hinduism looks to its knowledge texts to determine its ethical stance in this matter. Hinduism would support the therapeutic uses of genetic engineering. However, these techniques can also be used to manipulate genes to enhance the physical appearance or abilities of a person. Hindu bioethics distinguishes between therapeutic and enhancement uses of genetic engineering. It recognizes not only a medical, but a moral, divide between the two applications of this technology. The former serves to improve life; the latter serves only selfish interests. An important criterion for therapeutic gene therapy is the principle of compassion, daya. Uses of gene editing and geneti

Story Of Goddess Bala Sundari Devi In Himachal Pradesh

Goddess Balasundari Devi is a powerful goddess worshipped in the Sirmaur region in Himachal Pradesh. Her most important temple is located at Trilokpur, 24 kms from Nahan. The story of Bala Sundari Devi is associated with intense devotion of a devotee. Once, there lived a salt merchant named Ram Dass in Sirmaur who was an ardent devotee of Mother Goddess Shakti. Once, he brought a bag of salt from Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh. No matter how much salt he sold from the bag, the quantity remained undiminished. The merchant thought this as a blessing of Mother Goddess Shakti but remained puzzled. One night Balasundari Devi appeared to him in a dream and revealed that she had traveled in the bag and slid into the roots of the peepal tree in his courtyard that he worshipped every day. She was very pleased with his devotion and expressed her desire to be enshrined in the Sirmaur region and be worshipped by him and his descendants. Ram Dass expressed his financial inability to set up a tem

Karukaputhur Narasimha Temple – History – Gods Worshiped - Festival

Karukaputhur Narasimha temple is located at Thirumittakode village in Palakkad district. The Narasimha Moorthi worshipped here is that of Narasimha who has vanquished Hiranyakashipu and is giving advice and boon to young Prahlada. The Upa Devatas worshiped in the temple are Ganapathy, Shivan, Sasthavu, Bhagavathi, Rakshas and Ayyappan. There is the presence of Hanuman under a tree outside the main temple. Karukaputhur Ekadasi festival is observed annually in Makaram month. The annual Narasimha Jayanti in Medam Masam is of great importance in the temple. The annual Pratishta festival in the temple is held in Malayalam Mithuna Masam (June - July).

Kazhuvilangu Mahadeva Temple – History

Kazhuvilangu Mahadeva temple is located in Mathilakam village in Kodungallur – Guruvayur road in Thrissur district, Kerala. This Shivling worshipped in the temple is swayambhu – of divine origin (not made by human beings). Shiva worshiped in the temple is Ugra murti (fierce form). The deity faces west. The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Ganapathy, Saraswati and Vettakkorumakan. As per history, the temple was built by Thekkedath Nair family. This Thekkedathu nair family along with Vadakedathu Nair family had owned and maintained the famous Thrikkanna Mathilakam temple. The most important festival in the temple is Mahashivratri.

Kazhakkoottam Sree Mahadeva Temple – History - Festival

Kazhakkoottam Sree Mahadeva temple is a Shiva temple located at Kazhakuttom in Thiruvananthapuram district, Kerala. The sankalpam of murti worshiped in the sanctum is that of Shiva sitting on tapas (tapas irikkunna Shivan). The Shivling worshiped quite big in size - 8¼ feet in height and 5 feet in diameter. An interesting feature of the Shivling is that one-third can be seen by devotees and two-third is below the ground. The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Ganapathy,   Maha Vishnu,   Sri Krishna, and Sastha. There is a small Shiva temple on the north side of the Chuttambalam. It is believed that this temple was built by Kazhakuttathu Pillai.  As per history, the pratishta or consecration of the main Shivling in the temple was performed by Kalakkodu Maharishi during the rule of Cheraman Perumal. The current temple was built and completed in 1470 CE.  The renovation of the temple was started by Veera Marthanda Varma. The king died before the completion of the renovation an

Kaliyam Velli Devi Temple At Edacheri In Kozhikode – History

Kaliyam Velli Devi temple is located in Edacheri village on the Vadakara – Kuttiyadi road in Kozhikode district, Kerala. There are three main deities in Kaliyamvelli Bhagavathi temple are – Chanda Kapalini, Bhadrakali and Bhagavati. There is only single Pratishta but the Sankalpam is of three deities. The main prathishta in the temple is a sword of Bhagavathi. Some people believe the temple has the presence of Goddess Saraswati too. The only Upa Devata in the temple is Kshetrapalan. The poojaris in the temple is performed by Kavil Musathumar. As per history, the Bhagavathi in the temple was first worshiped in Ramankulangara Illam. The Uchha Puja in the temple is performed by people from the Illam. The main festival observed in the temple is Navratri. The temple also has a kavu or grove. The architecture of the temple is typical Kerala style.

Kaliyatta Kavu Temple At Moonniyur In Malappuram

Kaliyatta Kavu temple is located at Moonniyur village on the Kozhikode – Tirurangadi in Malappuram district in Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali. The main deity in the temple is known as Ammancheri Amma. The prathishta in the temple is known as Peeta Prathishta. The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Ganapathi, Mundiyan and Vettakkorumakan. There are no daily puja in the temple. The temple is open for 41 days in Vrischikam month. (Mandala Kalam). Next the temple is open for 17 days in Edavam month. The 12-day annual festival is held during this period. Kaliyatta Kavu temple festival is famous for Kozhi Kaliyattam. The annual kaliyattam festival, also known as Thalappoli Utsavam is the most important event in the temple and it attracts scores of devotees. The main highlight of the festival is the procession of Kozhi Varavu or hen shaped effigies, made of bamboo and tender coconut leaves, and Kuthira Varavu (horse effigies). The festival begins on the first Mond

Kalathil Bhagavathi Temple At Kumbalam

Kalathil Bhagavathi temple is located at Kumbalam in Ernakulam district, Kerala. It is said that the place where the temple is currently located was a small pond or Kulam. The temple is in the shape of a kulappura. It is believed that the divine presence of Goddess was first felt in the small pond. Thus Bhagavathi worshipped here is swayambhu. There is only one Upa Devata in the temple and that is Rakshas.  Thrikarthika in Vrischikam month is an important festival here. Pattu Thalappoli in Dhanu month is the main annual festival. This is a 10-day festival.

Teachings From Chapter V Of Yoga Vasistha

The teachings in the chapter V of Yoga Vasishta focuses on the destruction of latent impressions. O Rama, this enquiry into the Self of the nature of ‘Who am I?’ is the fire which burns up the seeds of the evil tree which is the mind. Just as the wind does not affect the creepers in a picture, so also afflictions do not affect one whose understanding is fortified by firmness and always reflected in the mirror of enquiry. The knower of truth declare that enquiry into the truth of the Self is knowledge. What is to be known is contained in it like sweetness in milk. To one who has realized the Self by enquiry Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva are objects of compassion. To one who is fond of enquiring constantly ‘what is this vast universe?’ and ‘who am I?’ this world becomes quite unreal. Just as in a mirage the idea of water does not occur to one who knows that it is a mirage, even so latent impressions has been destroyed by realizing that everything is Brahman. By

Kalambukavu Temple Near Piravom

Kalambukavu temple is located near Piravom in Ernakulam district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali and is located on the banks of Muvattupuzha Aru. The annual Valiya Pana ( വലിയ പാന ) ritual is held in Kumbha Masam. The popular belief is that the Goddess worshipped here arrived from Kodungallur – avahichcu kondu varika. The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Sastha, Shiva and Ghantakarna. The most important days in a week are Tuesday and Friday. Special pujas and rituals are held on Thrikarthika.

Kalarcode Mahadeva Temple – Festival – History

Kalarcode Mahadeva temple is located near SD College in Alappuzha district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Shiva and the sanctum sanctorum faces east. The popular belief is that the prathishta in the temple was performed by Kallikrodda Maharishi. The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Goddess Parvati and Ganapathy. The sreekovil of Ganapathy also has murtis of Muruga, Sri Krishna, Sastha and Kunti (mother of Pandavas). The 8-day annual festival ends on the Amavasya day in Thulam month. As per history the temple belonged to Chempakassery kings who were the rulers of nearby Ambalapuzha. The temple later came under the control of five ooralanmar including Neelimana Illam, Vadakkedathu Variyam and Mannanatu Nair.

12 July 2021 Tithi - Panchang - Hindu Calendar - Good Time - Nakshatra – Rashi

Tithi in Panchang – Hindu Calendar on Monday, 12 July 2021 – 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 7:00 AM on July 12. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waxing or light phase of moon till 6:52 AM on July 13. (Time applicable in all north, south and eastern parts of India. All time based on India Standard Time.  Good – Auspicious time on July 12, 2021 as per Hindu Calendar – There is no good and auspicious time on the entire day.  Nakshatra  – Pushya or Poosam or Pooyam Nakshatra till 2:06 AM on July 12. Then onward it is Aslesha or Ayilyam Nakshatra till 2:47 AM on July 13. (Time applicable in north, south and eastern parts of India).  In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, north Karnataka and south Rajasthan), Pushya