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Agasthyacodu Mahadeva Temple – Anchal - Festival

Agasthyacodu Mahadeva temple is located Agasthyacodu - Alencherry Rd in Anchal, Kollam district, Kerala. The main deities worshipped in the temple are Shiva and Vishnu. The darshanam of the deities is towards east. Shivratri is an important festival in the temple. The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Goddess Durga, Ganapathy, Subrahmanya, Hanuman, Navagrahas and Nagarajavu. There is also a standing statue of Shiva. The main festival observed in the temple is Thalappoli in Kumbham month. Earlier as part of the festival there was the procession of Eduppu Kuthirakal. There also used to be Kathakali Vazhipadu for 7 days. Nearby temples include Yeroor Narasimha temple, Ayiravalli Shiva and Ganapathy.

Akliyath Shiva Temple – Azhikode - Festivals - History

Akliyath Shiva temple is located at Azhikode in Kannur district, Kerala. The Sankalpam of Shiva worshipped in the temple is Kirata Murti. The darshanam of Akliyath Shiva is towards east. The 6-day annual festival begins on Vishu (Medam 1 to Medam 6). Again festival is held on Medam 7 this symbolically means the temple is having festival throughout the year. Another festival known as Aradhana Utsavam is held for 3 days in Makaram month. Neyyabhishekam is held during the three days. The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Ganapathy, Ayyappa and Bhagavathi. The temple has komaram. A unique ritual known as koodal is held under the flag post in the temple. This is performed as a solution to communicable diseases. Legend has it that the Shiva worshipped in the temple arrived here from Vaikom atop a traditional umbrella (olakuda). Earlier the temple belonged to Konoth Gurukalachan, Varashari Ilam Namboothiri, Pattuvathu, Parayantharathil, Ponnakkadan, Kalikodu, and Kunjikkali

Miracles of Devaraha Baba

Devaraha Baba was a Hindu saint of modern times who performed numerous miracles. There is no idea regarding the birth date of Devraha Baba or is his age. All that is known is that he attained Samadhi (died) on June 19, 1990. Some people believe that he lived for more than 200 years and he had maintained his body intact by severe yogic practices. Devaraha Baba lived on the banks of Sarayu River in Deoria District, Uttar Pradesh. He was an omniscient saint, and nothing seemed impossible for him. Nobody had seen him reading Hindu scriptures or Shastras, but his knowledge stunned even the most eminent of scholars. Once when some farmers of Deoria complained of continuous erosion of fertile land by the Sarayu River, Baba took up residence at that place and the erosion ended. The babul trees near the Ashram of Devaraha Baba had no thorns. The Babul trees are famous for its sharp long thorns. During a Kumbh Mela at Haridwar, an elephant ran amok and the police had orders to shoot it.

Akamala Sree Dharma Sastha Temple Mullurkara

Akamala Sree Dharma Sastha temple is located at Mullurkara in Thrissur district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Sastha. The temple is one among the 108 Ayyappa temples in Kerala. The temple is known as Paruthipuraikavu in Thottam Pattu. A place known as Paruthipara is located 2 km from the temple. The deity is carved in stone. The darshanam of the temple is towards east. The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Durga, Rakshas and Nagam. The temple is governed by Akamala Sree Dharma Sastha trust.

Udayarkunnu Bhagavathi Temple – Arakurussi – Mannarkkad – History - Festival

Udayarkunnu Bhagavathi temple is located at Arakurussi in Mannarkkad, Palakkad district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathi. The belief is that Udayarkunnu Bhagavathy is the sister of Thirumandhamkunnu Bhagavathy. The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Ganapathy, Shiva, Bhadrakali and Ayyappa. As per history the temple belonged to Mannarkkad Moopil Nair who was the commander in chief of Valluvanad king. The annual festival in the temple is held in Kumbham month. Purappadu is held on Makayiram nakshatra in Kumbham month. Cheriya arattu is held on the sixth day of the festival. Valiya Arattu is held in Kunthipuzha on the seventh day. Chetti Vela and Nagara Pradakshinam are held on the 8 th day of the festival. This pradakshinam is also known as 21 pradakshinam. A very special ritual known as Pootanthira is held during the festival and this attracts thousands of people. The annual uruvalathu is held in Dhanu Masam. The annual Prathishta dinam is held in Kumbha M

Janardhana Temple At Amaravathy - Fort Kochi – History - Festival

Sree Janardhana temple is located on Amman Kovil Road at Amaravathy - Fort Kochi in Kerala. The temple is dedicated to the Janardhana form of Vishnu Bhagavan. Janardhana is one among the 24 forms of Maha Vishnu. The darshanam of murti in Janardhana temple is towards east. The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Ganapathy and Lakshmi. The 8-day annual festival in the temple concludes on Chothi nakshatra in Medam month. The temple belongs to Gowda Saraswat Brahmins of Goa. They escaped persecution and forcible conversion of Portuguese and settled in Kochi. Two nearby temples are Mahabaleshwar and Hanuman Kovil. The other temples belonging to Gowda Saraswat Brahmins in this region include Althara Bhagavathy in Amaravathy, Erattakulangara Bhagavathy at Pachalam in Ernakulam, Venkatachalapathy in   Pallathuruthy, Vaduthala Ganapathy and Dattatreyam in Elamakkara.

Konganoor Bhagavathy Temple – Unique Relationship Of Goddess – History

Konganoor Bhagavathy Temple is located at Chingapuram in Moodadi village in Kozhikode district, Kerala. The temple is around 2 km from Nandistop on Kozhikode – Vadakara road. The main deity worshipped in the temple is Goddess Bhagavathi. The prathishta in the temple is on Manithoonu and darshanam is towards east. There are no Upa Devatas. The 5-day annual festival ends on Uthram nakshatra in Dhanu Masam (December – January). The kodiyirakkam or lowering of festival flag is performed in the temple after the arrival of Lokanarkavu Amma for Uchhal Pattu on Makaram 30. The temple performs a unique ritual known as Kavala Pattali Pattola. It is believed that Konganoor Bhagavathy and Lokanarkavu Amma are sisters. Another belief is that Lokanarkavu Amma is the mother of Konganoor Bhagavathy. It is also believed that Panagadu Bhagavathy is the grandmother of Konganoor Bhagavathy. Vizhiyil Bhagavathy is the sister of Konganoor Bhagavathy and Keezhoor Shiva is the husband of Konganoor B

Kokkozhikode Shiva Temple - Mooriyad Road - Chalappuram

Kokkozhikode Shiva temple is located on Mooryad Road in Chalappuram in Kozhikode city, Kerala. The temple has a big Shivling prathishta and the shrine is also known as Maha Shiva Kshetram. The Sankalpam of Shiva in the temple is of Shantadhyana Bhavam. The darshanam of Kokkozhikode Shiva temple is towards east. The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Ganapathi and Ayyappa. The main festival observed in the temple is Mahashivratri. The temple belonged to Kottakkal Valiya Kovilakam. A Sri Krishna temple is located nearby. Other nearby temples includes Sri Kandeshwaram, Rishipuram, Valiyaveetil Kariyathan and Thathoor Vishnu.

Kaipuzha Sree Krishna Temple At Kulanada Near Pandalam - Festival

Kaipuzha Sree Krishna temple is located at Kulanada village near Pandalam in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala. The main deity worshipped in the temple Sri Krishna Bhagavan in Santhanagopala murthy sankalpam. The darshan of Kaipuzha Sree Krishna is towards east. The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Kulanada Bhagavathi, Chamakkavu Bhagavathi, Sastha, Ganapathi, Annapurneshwari, Indilayappan, three yakshis, Nagam and Rakshas. A Shiva temple is located nearby. It is believed that there is a secret tunnel connecting Kaipuzha Sree Krishna with Pandalam palace. The 8-day annual festival ends on Thiruvonam nakshatra in Meenam month (March – April) with arattu. As per history, the temple belonged to Kaipuzha swaroopam.

Hanseswari Temple – History

Hanseshwari Temple is an early 18th century CE temple complex in Hooghly district of West Bengal. The architecturally unique Hangseshwari temple is located at Bansberia, about 40 kilometers from Howrah. As per History, the construction was begun by Nrsimhadeva, ruler of Bansberia, in 1802. Nrsimhadeva died before its completion. His widow, Rani Sankari Dasi, took over as the regent and completed the temple in 1819 CE at a cost of 500,000 rupees. A number of masons from Benaras were employed in its construction, which probably accounts for its unmistakable Benaras style. Nrsimhadeva Rai while staying in Varanasi during 1792 to 1798 learnt Kundalini and Six Chakras. He decided to build a temple at Bansberia based on Kundalini Yoga. The marbles for the temple was brought from Chunar near Varanasi. The presiding deity of the temple is Hanseswari Devi, who is represented as seated on a lotus whose stalk emanates from the navel of a prostate Shiva. The murti, made of neem, is blue in col

Story Of Ambalika In The Mahabharata – Mother Of Pandu

Ambalika was the wife of Vichitravirya and the mother of Pandu in the Mahabharata. She was the third and youngest of the three daughters of the king of Kashi, the other two being Amba (eldest) and Ambika (elder). Having being brought to Hastinapura forcibly by Bhishma, Ambalika had to marry Prince Vichitravirya, along with her sister, Ambika, as co-wife. Vichitravirya died of consumption before a child was born to perpetuate the Kuru lineage. Satyavati, concerned over the absence of progeny to continue the line of succession, first wanted Bhishma to marry the widow Ambalika. On his refusal to do so and at his suggestion, she agreed to have the lineage continued with the help of Vyasa – her own son by Sage Parashara. Sage Vyasa agreed to the suggestion on the condition that the princess should not be scared by his ugliness and dark complexion. But what the great sage expected came true. The face of Ambalika became pale at the sight of Sage Vyasa. The conjugal union happened with r

Hansadev Maharaj – Life Story Of Hansdev Avadhut

Hansadev Maharaj (1837 – 1960) was commonly known as Kailaspati Hansadev Maharaj or Hansdev Avadhut. He was an avadhuta in the real sense of the term. He lived for about 123 years and breathed his last at his Kaila-Pahad Ashram near Baidyanath Dham, Jharkhand, India. He was born in a pious Hindu family in Punjab, left the house at the young age of thirteen, practice serve austerity and became an avadhut. He was a saint of realization, full of profound knowledge, a great lover of humanity at large, an inspirer of religious activities and a guru par excellence. Shri Paramhans Hansdevji Avadhoot possessed deep insight into the human heart and took active interest in the spiritual progress of innumerable people who came in contact with him. His activity of lokasamgraha was at its zenith when he was walking on this earth, and it is functioning even now on the line he set for his worthy disciples and followers. Very early in life he became and avadhuta and gave up almost all the luxuries

Hamsa Gati – Gait In Hindu Classical Dance

Hamsa Gati, a gait in Hindu classical dance, is used in classical dances like Bharatanatyam (Tamil Nadu), Odissi (Odisha) and Kathakali (Kerala). Hamsa Gati is executed by solo dancers as well as characters in dance dramas. It is usually performed in lasya mode or soft, graceful, feminine movement qualities. It is also used to indicate the graceful walk of a young, beautiful maiden. Bharatamuni, the author of Natyashastra, an ancient Hindu text on dramaturgy and histrionics, described different kinds of gaits performed by characters taking on a variety of roles in classical dance-dramas. Hasma is the swan and gati is the gait. In any given gati, the legs lead forward while the body follows a complementary movement. Ten kinds of gaits have been mentioned in Natyashastra. They are described as steps. Some of these are steps of the deer, horse, elephant, snake and the human walk. In Hamsa Gati, the dancer places one foot after another, half a cubit away in front on the floor. The pointed

Love All Beings – Hinduism Teachings

A collection of teachings on love all beings from various sources in Hinduism. You may love all the beings in the world and be not at all under bondage, but the moment you allow your love to be centered on any special object you are bound. If you can get rid of these loads, then only can you attain to peace and liberation. – Swami Turiyananda Love is a consistent passion to give, not a meek persistent hope to receive. The only demand of life is the privilege to love all. – Swami Chinmayananda The mode of living which is founded upon a total harmlessness towards all life forms or upon a minimum of such harm is the highest morality.  Shanti Parva – Mahabharata If we love God, it is equal to loving everyone. It benefits everyone, because the same God dwells within everyone. Through loving Him, we love all. – Mata Amritanandamayi In love all the contradictions of existence merge themselves and are lost. – Rabindranath Tagore Try to treat with equal love all the peop

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

Tithi in Panchang – Hindu Calendar on Friday, 30 July 2021 – It is Krishna Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during 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 waning or dark phase of moon till 5:17 AM on July 30. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during waning or dark phase of moon till 6:34 AM on July 31. (Time applicable in all north, south and eastern parts of India. All time based on India Standard Time.  Good – Auspicious time on July 30, 2021 as per Hindu Calendar – Good and auspicious time after 4:42 PM.  Nakshatra  – Revati Nakshatra till 4:21 PM on July 30. Then onward it is Ashwini or Aswathy Nakshatra till 6:28 PM on July 31. (Time applicable in north, south and eastern parts of India).  In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, north Karnataka and south Rajasthan), Revati Nakshatra till 2:03 PM on July 30. Then onward