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Cheruthirunavaya Temple – Shiva Temple – History

Cheruthirunavaya temple is located on Kuttippuram – Chamravattom road in Thavanur village in Malappuram district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Shiva and it lies on the banks of Bharatapuzha River. Here is a look at the history and deities worshipped in Cheruthirunavaya temple. Shiva is worshipped in the form of a Shivling and the darshanam of Cheruthirunavaya temple is towards east. The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Ganapathy and Nandi. The Nandi murti in the temple does not face Shiva, which is the usual rule in Shiva temples. Nandi faces north and is situated on the south side of the chuttambalam. During the famous Mamangam period, Cheruthirunavaya was the main center of Eralpaddu. Nilapadu thara and sthanam were located here. Thirunavaya Sabha Madom which is the main center of Thirunavaya Sabha yogam is located at Cheruthirunavaya. This important Brahmin organization earlier had more than 400 illams as its members and it also controlled 19 temples. The place w

Suvarnavalli Sri Maha Vishnu Temple At Pattena Near Nileshwaram

Suvarnavalli Sri Maha Vishnu Temple is located at Pattena near Nileshwar in Kasaragod district, Kerala. Suvarnavalli temple is also known as Choornnolli Ambalam. The main deity worshipped in the temple is Mahavishnu. The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Ganapathy and Sastha. The annual festival in the temple is held in Makaram month. The festival is noted for Thidambu Nritham and special pujas. Vinayaka Chaturthi and Deepavali are the other festivals observed here. Puna Prathishta in the temple was held in April 2019. The shrine is open during morning hours from 6:00 AM to 9:00 AM. Evening darshan time is from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

Pattena Arayakkil Veerabhadra Swamy Temple Nileshwar

Arayakkil Veerabhadra Swamy temple is located at Pattena near Nileshwar in Kasaragod district, Kerala. The main deity worshipped in the temple is Veerabhadra Swamy. The main Upa Devata in the temple is Ganapathi. As per history, the temple belonged to Arayakkil Peringamana Illam. The temple was previously located at Chellakattu (Moolasthanam). Around 400 years ago, the shrine was shifted to the current spot. The most important festival in the shrine is held on the second Sunday on Vrishchikam month. The temple was earlier famous for Visha Chikitsa (cure for animal and reptile poison). Those people who were bitten by snake used to sit here for three days for Bhajanam. Those that were bitten by dog used so sit in the temple for Bhajanam for 48 days.

Huvishka Pura – Ancient City in Kashmir Built By Kushanas

Huvishka Pura, was a city near Baramulla in Kashmir, built by the great Kushana king, Huvisha in the 2 nd century BCE as recorded by Kalhana in his Rajatarangini. Kalhana also records the construction of a temple of Vishnu Bhagavan named Muktaswamin and a large vihara with a stupa by Lalitaditya Muktapida, the Karkota ruler of Kashmir. Hiuen-tsang, the famous Chinese traveler who entered Kashmir Valley by the Baramulla Pass, stayed at one of the monasteries at Huvishka Pura. Huvishka Pura is identified with the present Ushkur village near Baramulla, to the west of which is the stupa based and its enclosure wall. It is quite evident that the structure o the stupa belongs to the 8 th century CE. It is definitely built over an older structure, perhaps belonging to the time of Kushanas, stone blocks of which were seen after the removal of the silt. One of these stones bears letters in Kushana Brahmi and one has been deciphered as he-sh-ka-ra in Sharada characters, which perhaps refer

Chukkala Amavasi – Gauri Vratam on Ashada Amavasya

Chukkala Amavasya, or Gouri Vratam, is observed on the no moon day (Amavas) in Ashada Masam mainly in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana by some Hindu Telugu communities. In 2023, the date of Chukkala Amavasya is July 17. An observance dedicated to Goddess Parvati known as Gauri Vratam is observed on the day. Married women perform Gowri Vrata for a happy married life and unmarried women for good life partners. Women perform special pujas dedicated to Goddess Gowri on the day. After early morning bath, women start the puja by offering prayers to Lord Ganesh. An idol of Goddess Gauri is made from turmeric paste and 16-steps of pujas are offered . A sacred thread is worn by women on the day after special pujas. In some regions Gowri Vratham pooja is performed as a community puja. Women exchange the puja threads. A type of dough balls is prepared on the day and is offered as Prasad. In Karnataka, Gouri Vratam is known as Bheemana Amavasya Vrata.

Hutasana Yoga Tithi in Hindu Astrology For Traveling

In Hindu astrology, Hutasana Yoga is employed for analyzing and finding the auspicious dates for traveling on land, the direction in which the journey has to be made, and others. All the tithis are divided into three categories called – dagdha, visha, and hutasana tithis. If on Monday, the tithi is Sasthi, Tuesday Saptami, Wednesday Ashtami, Thursday Navami, Friday Dashami, Saturday Ekadashi and on Sunday Dwadashi then such combinations of the day and tithi form the Hutashana Yoga which is an auspicious yoga. Any work undertaken, under the Hutasana Yoga is expected to be auspicious. While reckoning the Hutasana Yoga, no importance is given to the paksha (fortnight). In other words, these dates could be of the bright fortnight or the dark fortnight. According to this classification, when Saptami tithi falls on Tuesday, it forms the Hutasana Yoga, but if it should be panchami on Tuesday, where it would come under Visha (negative) tithi and hence become inauspicious. This entire

Hora In Hindu Astrology

Hora is used with different meanings in Hindu astrology. It is taken to be an abbreviation of ahoratra. The treatise Saravali has devoted a chapter to it. Hora Shastra – As an alternative for astrology, where hora is derived from ahoratra by dropping ‘a’ and ‘tra’, indicating previous and future births. The word hora in Sanskrit stands for time. ‘Horoscope’ and ‘hour’ are also derived from hora. Hora – used for ascendant (lagna). Parasara has used it for both lagna and half or a rashi. Mantresha has also adopted the same concept, and thus all the significance of lagna is attached to it. Hora Varga – a half division of a rashi is hora. Thus for twelve rashis there will be twenty four horas. The hora gods are the sun and the moon for odd rashis and the reverse holds for even rashis. All odd rashis follow the order of Mesha rashi horas and even rashis follow the order of Vrishabha. However, the first view is commonly accepted. Hora Lagna – Hora Lagna is based on equal time as

Deep Puja 2023 – Deepa Pooja on Ashada Amavasya

Deep Puja, also known as Deepa Pooja, is observed on the Amavasya (No moon) day in Ashada month in Maharashtra and in some parts of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. It is observed to welcome the holy Shravan month by some Hindu communities. In 2023, the date of Deep puja in  Maharashtra  is July 17. All the diyas or lamps in house are cleaned on the day.  For observing Deepa puja, people clean their homes and decorate houses with colorful Rangoli patterns. Some people make sure that all the lamps in the home are thoroughly cleaned. The important lamps used for pujas are arranged in the Puja room and special pujas are offered. Devout Hindus believe that the worship of Diya will usher in knowledge and will help in seeking the blessings of Ashta Lakshmis. In different regions, Deepa Puja is offered for different reasons. Some people offer it to welcome the Shravan month which is a holy month and numerous rituals and vratas are offered during the month. Ashada Amav

Champakara Devi Temple Karukachal

Champakara Devi temple is located at Champakara near Karukachal in Kottayam district, Kerala. The main deity worshipped in the temple is Goddess Bhadrakali. The murti is carved in black granite stone (Shila Vigraham). Darshanam of Champakara Devi is towards east. As per history, Goddess Bhadrakali arrived here atop the oolakuda or traditional umbrella of Kaithakkatt Karnavar. The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Kalayakshi and Shiva. The 10-day annual festival in the temple coincides with Meena Bharani. Anpoli Vazhipadu is part of the annual festival. The temple is now administered by NSS Karayogam.

Chandanakkavu Temple - Kurumbathur - Four Temples

Chandanakkavu Temple is located at Kurumbathur in Malappuram district, Kerala. There are four temples here dedicated to Ganapathi, Vishnu, Shiva and Bhagavathi. The temple was earlier known as Chandanakkavu Ganapati Devaswom. There are four temples in Chandanakkavu – Melekkavu, Keezhe Kavu, Ganapati Temple and Vishnu Kshetram. The temple is located inside 8 acres of land. It is said that earlier the temple was spread over 20 acres of land. Melekkavu temple is dedicated to Shiva and Bhagavathi. Both the deities are installed on the same peedom. The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Kara Bhagavathy and Eettilath Amma (ഈറ്റില്ലത്തമ്മ ). A unique offering is made by pregnant woman for easy and incident free delivery to Eettilath Amma. The offering is a black silk cloth. Keezhe Kavu temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathi, Vallikavil Amma and Subrahmanian. The Upa Devatas here are Sastha and Vettakkorumakan. The Ganapathi temple has murtis of Ganpati, Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva

Chadayamangalam Mahadeva Temple - Festival

Chadayamangalam Mahadeva temple is located at Chadayamangalam on Kottarakkara – Kilimanoor road in Kollam district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Shiva. The darsahanam of Chadayamangalam Shiva temple is towards east. The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Ganapathy, Nagam and Jatayu. The 10-day annual festival is observed in Meenam month. The festival is famous as the Meena Thiruvathira utsavam. Another important festival here is the Mahashivratri.

Muttathu Thirumala Temple – Cherthala – History

Muttath Tirumala Temple is located at Cherthala in Alappuzha district, Kerala. The main deity worshipped in the temple is Sree Venkatachalapathy with Sridevi and Bhudevi, and the Sree Lakshmi Narasimha Shaligram. The temple is a Gowda Saraswat Brahmin temple (GSB). The Narasimha Shaligram is powerful that the temple is now also referred to as Narasimha Temple. There is a Goddess Lakshmi vigraham in the sreekovil. Hanuman and Garuda have separate sreekovil here. The upa devatas in the temple are Shiva, Ganapathi, Naga and Yakshi. Muttathu Tirumala Temple History As per history, the first temple here was built in 1763 CE. The murtis until then was worshiped by Vilaknari Vadika family, who had arrived here from Konkan. The land were the temple now stands, belonged to a Muttathu Namboothiri who worshiped Shiva in a temple here, gave the temple and the land around it to two GSB families – the Alunkal and Kothakulangara families. On the 1st of July 1974, the deities of the temple alo

Purakkad Sree Venu Gopala Swamy Temple

Sree Venu Gopala Swamy Temple is located at Purakkad in Alappuzha district, Kerala. The main murti worshipped in the temple is Venu Gopala Swamy form of Vishnu Bhagavan. The deity is flanked by Goddess Lakshmi and Bhu Devi. The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Goddess Lakshmi, Ganapathy, Hanuman, Garuda, Naga Kanyaka, Brahma Rakshas, Bhairavan and Shiva. There is also a samadhi of Yogeeswaran – Kundalagosayi. Purakkad Sree Venu Gopala Swamy Temple History The original temple was built between 1660 and 1665 CE. The construction was performed by a businessman named Janardhana Pai. The temple was renovated in 1706 CE – Makayiram nakshatra in Makaram month – with the help of Ambalapuzha king. The jeernodhara prathishta was done on this day. A Gowda Saraswat Brahmin, Baruda Bhatta had left Goa at a time of Portuguese persecution, for Moodbidri, in Dakshina Kannada district with a murti of Venugopala which he had secured from Kelosi-Kushasthali in Goa. After a short sojourn

Vithoba Temple At Kayamkulam

Vithoba Temple is located near the Kayamkulam market in Alappuzha district, Kerala. The shrine is locally known as Konkani temple and the main deity in this temple is Vittal or Vithoba. This temple is associated with the Gowda Saraswath Brahmin (GSB) community in Kayamkulam region. Vithoba worshipped in the temple is seen along with Goddess Rukmini. The darshanam of Vithoba Devasthanam is towards west. The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Shiva, Bhuvaneshwari, Mahalakshmi, Hanuman, Garuda and Ganapathi. The temple complex comprises the sanctum sanctorum (Sreekovil) and inner temple, flag post (dwajam), temple pond and chariot shed. As per history, the murti worshipped in the temple was brought by a devotee from Pandharpur in Maharashtra. Kayamkulam king had helped in the construction of the temple which belongs to the 18th century CE. Vrischikolsavam, also known as Chaithrolsavam, (November – December) is the main festival celebrated here. The highlight of the 10-day

Kollam Thirumala Temple – Sri Venkatachalapathy Swamy Temple

Sri Venkatachalapathy Swamy Temple, popularly known as Kollam Thirumala Devaswom Temple, is dedicated to Venkatachalapathy form of Vishnu Bhagavan. This is one among the numerous temples Gowda Saraswat Brahmins in Kerala. The main murti is flanked by Lakshmi Devi and Bhu Devi. Another important deity worshipped here is Varadaraja Murti. The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Lakshmi Devi, Ganapathy, Hanuman, Yogeeswaran and Dharma Daivangal. As per history the temple was consecrated in kollavarsham 999 Makayiram nakshatra in Makaram month (January 1822 CE). The temple popular belief is that the murti worshipped here was brought by Govinda Vadhyar from Goa. The annual festival in the temple is observed in Meenam month.

Meena Om Quotes And Teachings

Teachings and Quotes of Meena Om  –  Spiritual mentor and founder of Pranam, a movement to establish Nature's law of truth, love and light by the spiritual realization of Universal Consciousness Tranquility is an inner peaceful, content and consistent state of mind. It is not loneliness. It is liberation from all emotional and physical bondage. Most of us cannot relate to ourselves, or to our own truth inside. We do not realize that there is joy in everything, rising as well as falling, as it is all meant for our growth. It is a joy to watch ourselves grow. The more we resist whatever is happening to us in our life, the more it is disquieting. The moment we realize and accept it as a part of the Universal design for our growth, we become comfortable with it. This is when miracles happen. Our passage becomes smooth. Simply by practising and preaching that we are one or we should be one, problems do not get solved. There is a direct relationship between perfection and imper

7 August 2021 Tithi – Panchang – Hindu Calendar – Good Time – Nakshatra – Rashi

Tithi in Panchang – Hindu Calendar on Saturday, 7 August 2021 – It is Krishna Paksha Chaturdashi tithi or the fourteenth day during waning or dark phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Chaturdashi tithi or the fourteenth day during waning or dark phase of moon till 6:14 PM on August 7. Then onward it is Amavasya Tithi or the no moon day till 6:40 PM on August 8. (Time applicable in all north, south and eastern parts of India. All time based on India Standard Time.  Good – Auspicious time on August 7, 2021 as per Hindu Calendar – There is no good and auspicious time on the entire day.  Nakshatra  – Punarvasu or Punartham nakshatra till 8:28 AM on August 7. Then onward it is Pushya or Poosam or Pooyam nakshatra till 9:46 AM on August 8 . (Time applicable in north, south and eastern parts of India).  In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, north Karnataka and south Rajasthan), Punarvasu or Punartham nakshatra till 8