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Edathoottu Shiva Temple – Puthukkad

 Edathoottu Shiva temple is located at Puthukkad village in Thrissur district, Kerala. There are two temples here dedicated to Shiva and Vishnu. Importance is given to Shiva. The darshanam of Edathoottu Shiva is towards west. The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Ganapathy and Nandi. The main festival observed in the temple is Shivratri. Both the deities in the temple have to be taken out in procession in the same manner (oru pole ezhunellikkuka). It is believed that the temple had huge wealth in ancient times.

Edathiruthy Ayyappan Kavu Temple – Unique Festival Ritual – History

Edathiruthy Ayyappan Kavu temple is located at Edathiruthy (around 2 km east of Edamuttam junction on Kodungallur – Triprayar road) in Thrissur district, Kerala. The Ayyappa worshipped in the shrine is with jada – matted locks (jadadari Ayyappan). The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Ganapathi and Shiva. The 7-day annual festival in the temple is held in such a way that Kodikuthayi is held on the next day of Thrissur pooram (Uthram nakshathram). In Kodikuthayi ritual, a elephants pulls down the flag post. As per history, the temple was first maintained by Ayiroor Swaroopam. Later it came under the control of Blahayil Nair. It was taken over from him by the Kochi king.

Codana – Textual Injunction In Vedas – Inspires One To Do A Particular Action

Codana is very special to the Mimamsa system. It is a textual injunction in Vedas that inspires one to do a particular action. Any fruitful action laid down in Vedas is termed as dharma. Vedas also contains a body of a sacred mantras which lay down certain rules as to how to perform various actions for attainment of various fruits which cannot be known from any other means of valid knowledge like perception, inference etc. If one takes up a sentence from Vedas, svargokamo yajeta – meaning one who desires heaven should perform a sacrifice, it contains a verb yajeta. This verb too has two distinct parts – the root yajna (sacrifice) ad a suffix ta. This suffix ta has two properties in it. Firstly, its character as a verb and secondly in the state of operative mood. Among these the former is common to all the ten tenses and moods. The operative mood denotes a verbal urge in a person’s inclination. Both these characters of the suffix ‘ta’ have three characteristics called what, throug

Venganellur Shiva Temple - Ashtami Festival

Venganellur Shiva temple is located at Venganellur in Thrissur district, Kerala. The shrine is one among the 108 Shiva temples in Kerala. The Shivling worshipped in the temple is nearly 5 feet including the peedom. The temple is also known as Venganallur Thali temple. The shrine is famous for the Ashtami festival in Vrischika Masam which coincides with the famous Vaikathashtami.  The Prathishta murti in the temple is known as Thiruveembilappan. The temple has a circular sanctum sanctorum – Vatta Sreekovil. The darshanam of Venganellur Shiva its towards west. Goddess Parvati faces west. The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Ganapathy, Manikantan, Nandi, Ayyappan and Anthimahakalan. Thalikulam (a pond near this temple) is believed to have been created by the footstep of Hanuman when he landed here while carrying Mrita sanjeevani in the Ramayana. The vela festival of Venganellur Desam starts from the shrine to Anthimahakalan Temple. Earlier the temple was managed by Vembola and Vel

Cherpu Bhagavathy Temple – Thrissur – History – Festivals

Cherpu Bhagavathy Temple is located at Padinjattumuri near Cherpu in Thrissur district, Kerala. The temple is one among the 108 Durga temples in Kerala. The deity Cherpu Bhagavathy faces west. Here is a look at the history and various festivals associated with the temple. Cherpu Bhagavathy Temple Festivals Cherpu Bhagavathy acts as the host of the 2000 year old Peruvanam Pooram and is also a leading deity at1400 plus year old Deva Mela – the Arattupuzha Pooram. The deity arrives for Arattupuzha Pooram along with 30 elephants. There is a belief that the elephants of Cherpu Bhagavathy are the best (lakshanam otha anakal). Similarly, the Panchavadyam of Cherpu Bhagavathy too is the best. The festival begins with the kodimaram nadal in Kumbha Masam. Of the 18 deities who attend the Peruvanam Pooram conducted on the Pooyam day of the Meenam month (March – April), Cherpu Bhagavathy has a special role in the proceedings. Bhagavathy acts as the hostess of the show and comes last, waiting f

Edathrakovil Sree Krishna Temple – Huge Pond - Venganellur

Edathrakovil Sree Krishna temple is located at Venganellur in Thrissur district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Sri Krishna Bhagavan and the darshanam of the deity is towards east. There is a huge pond near the temple. The Upa Devata worshipped in the temple is Ganapathi. The darshanam of Ganapathi is towards south. Only a single puja is performed in a day. There is a huge pond in the shape of feet on the southwest side of the temple. The pond is known as Chandra Pushkarani and spread over 4 acres and 19 cents. A specialty of the pond is that a person can only see three corners when viewed from any point on the pond. As per some belief, the pond must be of nearby Venganellur Shiva temple.

Ombathungal Sree Mahavishnu Temple

Ombathungal Sree Mahavishnu temple is located at Mattathur in Thrissur district, Kerala. The main deity worshipped in the temple is Vishnu Bhagavan. The darshanam of Ombathungal Maha Vishnu temple is towards west. The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Shiva, Bhagavathy, Ganapathy, Subrahmanian and Annapurneshwari. The main festival in the temple is held on Punartham nakshatra in Meenam month. The day is observed as Prathishta dinam. As per history, the temple belonged to Ombathu Illangal (nine Brahmin families). Later the temple came under the control of Puliyedathu Nair family. Currently the temple is managed by a committee formed by villagers. Ombathungal Sree Durga Bhagavathy temple is located north of this temple. The temple belongs to Areettattu family. The main deity worshipped her Goddess Durga. The deity faces west.

Okkal Sree Krishna Temple – Okkal Bhagavathy Temple

Okkal Sree Krishna temple is located at Okkal in Ernakulam district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Sree Krishna. The murti of Sri Krishna Bhagavan worshipped in the temple is nearly 5 feet tall. The darshan of Okkal Sree Krishna temple is towards west. Okkal Bhagavathy temple is located west of Sree Krishna temple. The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Ganapathy, Rakshas and Durga. Annual festival was held earlier in the shrine. Currently, the most important festival is the Ashtami Rohini in Chinga Masam. As per history, the murti of Sri Krishna worshipped in the temple was the paradevata of Kidangasseri Taranelloor Namboothiripad. The temple is now managed by Ooranma Devaswom Board. There is a Bhadrakali temple located west of Okkal Sree Krishna Temple. Thalappoli festival is here held in Medam month.

Areeparambu Mahadeva Temple – History – Two Shiva Temples At Areeparambu

Areeparambu Mahadeva temple is located at Areeparambu, around 12 km east of Kottayam railway station in Kottayam district, Kerala. There are two temples here and both are dedicated to Shiva. The two temples here are known as Vadakke Ambalam (North Temple) and Thekke Ambalam (South Temple). The Shivling worshipped in Vadakke Ambalam is swayambhu (of divine origin). The sanctum sanctorum here is circular (vatta sreekovil). The temple is big and includes a Thidappalli. Devotees offer worship here first. It is said that Vadakke Ambalam was located somewhere else and was transferred here from the original site due to some unfortunate incident. The Thekke Ambalam has a square sanctum sanctorum (Chatura Sreekovil).  Importance is given to Thekke Ambalam. Marriages and choroonu etc need to be conducted in both the temples. Both the temples have flag post (Kodimaram). Kodiyettam or flag hoisting is held at both the temples. Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Ganapathy, Sastha, S

Kizhoor Karthyayani Devi Temple Festival – Kizhoor Pooram - Karthika Mahotsavam

Kizhoor Karthyayani Devi temple is located near Kunnamkulam in Thrissur district, Kerala. Kizhoor Karthyayani Devi temple festival 2022 date is December 7. The annual temple festival is observed on Thrikarthika day in Vrischikam month and is famous as Kizhoor Karthika Pooram Mahotsavam. Nearly 40 caparisoned elephants participate in the Ezhunellippu on the day. Melam, Nadaswaram and other traditional temple music are part of Kizhoor Karthika Mahotsavam. The important elephants in Kerala participate in the festival. The temple is lit with thousands of lamp as part of the Thrikarthika festival. The main deity worshipped in the temple is Goddess Durga. The deity faces east. The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Ganapathy, Ayyappa and Pazhayannur Bhagavathy. During ancient times, the satyam chollal of Thalappilly kingdom was held in this temple.

Periya Udayar Temple – Attingal

Periya Udayar temple is located at Kollampuzha (Kizhakkupuram) near Attingal in Thiruvananthapuram district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Shiva. Spatika Lingam is worshipped in the temple. Darshaham of Periya Udayar temple is towards west. The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Vishnu, Ganapathy, Saraswati and Hanuman. The main festival observed in the temple is Mahashivratri in Kumbham month. As per history, the Spatika Lingam (glass Shivling) was stolen from Kochi kingdom. It is said that the Shivling was stolen to bring prosperity to Attingal area in ancient times.

Avanipuram Sree Krishna Swamy Temple – Attingal

Avanipuram Sree Krishna Swamy temple is located at Kadapuzha, Padinjare Kallada near Attingal in Thiruvananthapuram district, Kerala. The main deity worshipped in the temple is Sri Krishna Bhagavan. The darshanam of Avanipuram Sree Krishna Swamy is towards east. The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Santhana Gopalan and Chithrathil Bhagavathi. The temple earlier belonged to Attingal Kottaram. Ashtami Rohini is an important festival observed here. Karanma Shanti is from Varanakottillam. Thiruvattar Kavu is located south of the temple.

Sathya Sai Baba Teachings

A collection of teachings of Sri Sathya Sai Baba. When you pile up riches, fear and anxiety are also piling up in proportion. Character makes life immortal. It survives even death. Some say knowledge is power, but this is not true. Character is power. Life is best spent in alleviating pain, assuaging distress, and promoting peace and joy. The service of man is more valuable than what you call “service to God.” God has no need of your service. Death is not a deplorable event; it is the journey’s end, the owner getting out of the car when the time is up and the goal is reached. It is a consummation, a happy conclusion, or at least it ought to be, if only all are wise enough to treat it as such and be prepared for it. All are the embodiments of Brahman. You should not belittle yourself, saying you are a mere human being based on the differences of names and forms. To see diversity in unity is a sign of ignorance. Not being able to understand the truth is also ignor

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

Tithi in Panchang – Hindu Calendar on Monday, 9 August 2021 – It is Shukla Paksha Pratipada tithi or the first day during the waxing or light phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Pratipada tithi or the first day during the waxing or light phase of moon till 6:36 PM on August 9. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Dwitiya tithi or the second day during the waxing or light phase of moon till 6:02 PM on August 10. (Time applicable in all north, south and eastern parts of India. All time based on India Standard Time.  Good – Auspicious time on August 9, 2021 as per Hindu Calendar – There is no good and auspicious time on the entire day.  Nakshatra  – Ashlesha or Ayilyam nakshatra till 10:35 AM on August 9. Then onward it is Magha or Makam nakshatra till 10:52 AM on August 10 . (Time applicable in north, south and eastern parts of India).  In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, north Karnataka and south Rajasthan), Ashle