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Hindola Utsav In Gujarat – Importance And Date - Swing Festival Swaminarayan 2023

Hindola Utsav literally means ‘swing festival’ and Hindola Festival is observed by Swaminarayan Sect in Gujarat. Hindola 2023 begins on July 4 and ends on September 1. During the one-month festival, the idol of Bhagwan Swaminarayan is seated on a swing in the temples and is pulled to and fro (rocked). The festival begins two days after the Guru Poonam day in Ashadh month (June – July) and ends two days after Shravan Purnima The idol of Lord Swaminarayan is seated on a swing during the month and pujas are performed. Hindola festival provides an opportunity for a devotee to immerse in Lord's murti. Hindolas are a mode to meditate on the Lord. Hindola festival finds origin in the life of Krishna Bhagavan – it is believed that Gopis rocked Lord Krishna on a decorated swing in the forests of Vrindavan.

Division Of Rashi In Hindu Astrology – Varga

Division of rashi in Hindu astrology is known as varga and it is used in prediction of many areas of life. The zodiac or rashi is divided into 360 degrees of the celestial sphere. It consists of twelve signs (Mesha to Meena or Aries to Pisces). Each rashi is divided for convenience. These divisions are called vargas. Depending upon where exactly a planet is positioned in a varga, its power and ability to do good or bad could be inferred or estimated. For example, navamsha means one-ninth of a rashi (30 degrees/9) that is three degrees and 20 minutes.  Different astrologers have different combinations of vargas. The popular ones are Sadvarga – 1,2,3,6,8,13 Saptavarga – 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 13 Dasavarga – 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 16 Shodashvarga – 1 to 16 (all) Each varga serves a purpose. For example an analysis of sapta varga leads to the determination o sthana bala (positional strength). The zodiac is divided into 24 horas of 15 degrees each. On Oja Rashi or odd signs, the f

Kundathil Sree Dharmasastha Temple At Vayalar

Kundathil Sree Dharmasastha temple is located at Vayalar in Alappuzha district, Kerala. The temple belongs to Kundathil Kovilakam. Vishnu, Sastha and Bhagavathy are worshipped on the same peedam on the temple. Sastha is worshipped in the middle, with Vishnu Bhagavan on the right and Bhagavathy on the left. As per history the temple was built by a Thirumulpad from Parappanad who had escaped the persecution of Hyder Ali of Mysore. Some of the important nearby temples are Keraladithyapuram Sree Krishna Swamy temple, Kumaramkodu Ganapathy temple, Vayalar Pazhayaykkal Bhagavathi temple and Ezhupunna Bhagavathi temple.

Keraladithyapuram Sree Krishna Swamy Temple In Vayalar – History – Rituals

Keraladithyapuram Sree Krishna Swamy temple is located at Vayalar in Allappuzha district, Kerala. The main deity worshipped in the temple is Sri Krishna Bhagavan. The darshanam of the deity is towards east. There is a huge pond in front of the temple. Legend has it that three murtis were retrieved from Kelankulam (pond). One murti was consecrated at the Keraladithyapuram Sree Krishna Swamy temple and another one was installed at Maruthorvattom. The remaining one murti was put back in the pond. The 8-day annual festival in the temple concludes with arattu on the Thiruvathira nakshatra day in Kumbham month (February – March). Pitru Bali rituals are conducted on the Karutha Vavu days (Amavasya or no moon days) in Thulam, Kumbham and Karkidakam months. The temple belonged to Vayalar Puthiyakal Kovilakam.

Kootencheri Shiva Temple - History - Paroppadi – Kannadikkal In Kozhikode

Kootencheri Shiva temple is located near Kannadikkal in Kozhikode district, Kerala. The temple is on the Paroppadi – Kannadikkal road. The main deity worshipped in the temple is Shiva. As per some belief, the murti in the temple is Aghora Shiva. The darshanam of Kootencheri Shiva is towards west. The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Ayyappa, Sri Krishna, Bhagavathi and Ganapathy. The main offering in the temple is Shanka Abhishekam. The annual festival is held here from December 24 to December 31. Earlier a livestock – cattle market was held as part of the festival. The temple originally belonged to Karukedathu Illam. The temple was in a ruined condition without any major development. The temple was then brought by Cholapuram family karnavar. He transferred the temple to a local committee which now maintains the shrine. As per history, the temple was an important shrine in the ancient Polanadu. The places in and around Kozhikode was known as Polanadu and this was unde

Koozhakkode Vishnu Dhanwanthari Temple – History – Gods Worshipped

Koozhakkode Vishnu Dhanwanthari temple is located at Chathamangalam on Kozhikode – Kunnamangalam road in Kozhikode district, Kerala. The main deities worshipped in the temple are Dhanwanthari and Narasimha. Legend has it that the temple was initially a Vishnu temple dedicated to Narasimha. Dhanwanthari was consecrated later. Currently the temple is famous as a Dhanwanthari temple. The darshanam of Dhanwanthari is towards west and Narasimha is towards east. Ganapathi and Ayyappa are worshipped on the wall of the sreekovil or sanctum of Dhanwanthari. The Narasimha temple has Arayil Bhagavathi and Moovanthi Kali as the Upa Devatas. The murti of Arayil Bhagavathi is on the mandapam and Moovanthi Kali faces Narasimha. Till 1946 CE Varam and Othoottu was performed in the temple. The temple belongs to Paingadavathu, Pathirasseri, Pandikkadavu, Chembakassery and Parakkodu Illams.

Koothali Kammoth Maha Vishnu Temple – History - Importance

Koothali Kammoth Maha Vishnu temple is located at Koothali on the Perambra – Kuttiyadi road in Kozhikode district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Bhagavan Vishnu who is known as Kammothappan. The temple was a famous and important temple in the ancient Kurumbra Nadu in Malabar. The darshanam of Kammothappan is towards east. The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Shivan, Bhagavathy, Ganapathi and Ayyappan. The six day annual festival begins on Makaram 3 (January 16 or 17). The temple was managed by the erstwhile ruling family of Koothali, known as Koothali Madom. The family was also known as Othayoth Idakkar or Koothali Moothavar or Vallabhan Chathan. The word Kammoth is coined from the Malayalam word ‘Kan Mukhath’ which means just before the eyes. The temple was attacked and destroyed by the army of Tipu Sultan. The shrine was in ruins for more than 100 years. Renovations were undertaken under the leadership of Swami Guruvaranda. His efforts helped the temple regain it

Payyanur Sree Subrahmanya Swamy Temple - History - Festival - Pavithra Mothiram

Payyanur Sree Subrahmanya Swami Temple is located at Payyannur in Kannur district, Kerala. The 14-day annual festival begins on Vrischika Sankramam (November 16). Pavithra Mothiram is a unique offering made by devotees in the temple. The annual festival in the temple does not follow any of the rules followed in other temples in Kerala. There is no flag hoisting or kodiyettam for the festival. Elephants are not allowed in the temple. The festival is also referred to as Samaradhana. The main ceremony of the festival is tidampu ezhunnallathu and thidambu nritham along with the other rituals. Performing art forms of temples of Kerala, various unique and annual pujas and rituals, melam, traditional classical dance and music are part of the 14-day festival.  Panchavadyam, Pandi Melam and Ashtapadi are also held during the festival. Triputhari, the harvest festival is celebrated with great zeal and fervor in the temple, in which the deities are offered the newly harvested rice (cooked).  The

Thayumanavar Teachings

Everyone having been troubled by the appearance of the 'I' or individual ego, there spontaneously emerges the diversifying agency which is the universal Maya. Who can adequately portray the consequent depth of sorrow? It manifests as the physical body, the senses both interior and exterior, as the all pervading ether, as fire, air, earth and water; as forest, mountain, gigantic visions like hills, subtle and physical memory, forgetfulness, and so on; rising up like waves which batter at a man, bringing with them pain and pleasure which are the fruits of his past actions, also attendant are their cures such as religious, creeds, truth-seekers and their sanctions and testimonies contained within different sciences and logically expounded – greater in number than the fine sands on the seashore. Sheaf upon sheaf of unaccountable miseries spontaneously arise. How to uproot them radically, as though consuming a hill of camphor where no residue remains? To work this miracle and

Puthiyakavu Devi Temple At Uzhuva In Vayalar – Alappuzha

Puthiyakavu Devi temple is located at Uzhuva In Vayalar in Alappuzha district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathi who is known as Puthiyakavil Amma. The annual mudiyettu festival is held in the Kumbham month. The annual temple festival is held during February – March and is famous caparisoned elephants and unique Bhagavathi temple related rituals. As per history the murti worshipped in the temple was the Thevara Murti of Cheruvalli Mana. The temple is now maintained by a committee of local people.

Chathamangalam Sree Krishna Temple Kozhikode

Chathamangalam Sree Krishna Temple is located at Chathamangalam on Kozhikode – Kunnamangalam road in Kozhikode district, Kerala. The main deity worshipped in the temple is Parthasarathy – Santhana Gopala Dhyanam form of Sri Krishna Bhagavan. The annual prathishta festival in the temple is held in Kumbham month. The popular belief is that the prathishta in the temple was performed Naranathu Bhranthan of the Parayi Petta Panthirukulam fame. The temple belongs to 12 Brahmin illams.

Krishnapuram Sri Krishna Temple Near Kayamkulam

Krishnapuram Sri Krishna temple is located at Krishnapuram, around 2 km south of Kayamkulam, in Alappuzha district, Kerala. The famous Krishnapuram Kottaram is located nearby. The temple belonged to erstwhile Kayamkulam kings. The main deity worshipped in the temple is Sri Krishna Bhagvan and the deity faces east. The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Ganapathy, Goddess Parvati, Shiva, Rakshas and Gosai. The important festivals observed in the temple are Ashtami Rohini and Makarasamkaram (Makar Sankranti). The temple finds a mention in the 14th century Unni Neeli Sandesham literary work.

28 July 2021 Tithi – Panchang – Hindu Calendar – Good Time – Nakshatra – Rashi

Tithi in Panchang – Hindu Calendar on Wednesday, 28 July 2021 – It is Krishna Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during waning or dark phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during waning or dark phase of moon till 4:06 AM on July 28. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during waning or dark phase of moon till 4:26 AM on July 29. (Time applicable in all north, south and eastern parts of India. All time based on India Standard Time.  Good – Auspicious time on July 28, 2021 as per Hindu Calendar – There is no good and auspicious time on the entire day.  Nakshatra  – Purva Bhadrapada or Pooruruttathi Nakshatra till 1:27 PM on July 28. Then onward it is Uttara Bhadrapada or Uthrattathi Nakshatra till 2:41 PM on July 29. (Time applicable in north, south and eastern parts of India).  In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, north Karnataka and south Raja