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Thiruvallur Shiva Temple At Andoorkonam

Thiruvallur Temple is located Andoorkonam in Thiruvananthapuram district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Shiva. The Shivling worshipped in the temple is swayambhu – divine origin. The belief is that the Shivling is sprouting from a water body. The Shiva worshipped here is believed to be white in color – Sada Shiva form of Shiva. As per local belief, the area of Velutha (white Shiva) was known as Velloor and later it got shortened to Vallur. The darshanam of the main deity is towards east. The temple is noted for its big Balikalu and Nandi. The drishti or look of Nandi is towards northwest corner. The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Nagam and Madan. The three-day annual festival is held on Chathayam, Pooruruttathi and Uthrattathi nakshatra in Chingam month. The temple belongs to Munchira Madom. Currently the temple is managed by madom and a committee of local people.

Kathaka Samhita Of Yajur Veda

Kathaka Samhita is one of the four available Samhitas of Krishna Yajur Veda, of which only one manuscript (in the Sharada script) has been found in Kashmir. The manuscript is imperfect and does not show accents throughout the text. It belongs to the Caraka division of Krishna Yajur Veda, and is one of the 101 branches of the Yajur Veda. Once widely current in northwestern India, Kathaka Samhita has at present no followers outside the dwindling community of Kashmiri Pandits. To this school belongs also an Upanishad, that is, adapted Rig Vedic verses and passages of a Brahmana of the Aranyaka type from Taittiriya Aranyaka. No other literature of the school has survived. Kathaka Samhita is divided into five books (granthas). The first three are subdivided into forty chapters (sthanakas) which are further subdivided into sections called anuvakas. Like other Krishna Yajur Veda Samhitas (Taittiriya, Maitrayaniya, and Kapisthala – Katha Samhita), Kathaka Samhita is a mixed text of Brahmanas

Brahma Gita

Brahma Gita is based on the philosophy of Advaita (monism). The teachings are found in the Nirvana Prakarana section of the Yoga Vasistha. It is in the form of a dialogue between Sage Vasishta and King Rama. Brahma Gita text is divided into six chapters, a proper understanding of which leads to liberation from worldly trails. In Brahma Gita, Sage Vasishta explains to Rama the nature of Absolute Consciousness. Just as an individual is made up of both chetana (consciousness) and achetana (the material body, the Absolute Consciousness, though eternally formless, ‘appears’ also as the insentient universe (I.10-11). The Infinite Consciousness is called Virat (Universal Self) and the manifest worlds are merely mental constructs like a dream (I.26-27). The worlds are like waves in the Brahman Ocean and all individuals are only the overflow of the waves. Hence ultimately, there is no duality (II.2). In fact, nothing ever comes forth and nothing is destroyed. The one beginning-less

Purva Phalguni Nakshatra date and time in 2022 – Pooram Birth Star Dates in 2022

Purva Phalguni Nakshatra time and dates in 2022 based on traditional Hindu calendar, Astrology and Panchangam. Purva Phalguni Birth Star, also known as Poorva Phalguni or Pooram in South India, is the eleventh Nakshatra among the 27 Nakshatras. Below are Purva Phalguni Nakshatra date in 2022. The astrological prediction of the birth star Purva Phalguni Nakshatra as per Moon Sign is that of Simha Rashi (Leo Zodiac). Surya or sun is the Lord of the Raasi. The color of Purva Phalguni is light brown. Purva Phalguni - Pooram - Nakshatra 2022 Date and Time - North - East - South of India This time is applicable in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa, West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Pondicherry, Jammu and Kashmir, Manipur, Tripura, Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Mizoram and Andaman and Nicobar. January 22, 2022, Saturday Time is from

Glances In Indian Classical Dance To Depict Sentiments – Kataksha

Glances in Indian classical dance to depict sentiments is known as Kataksha. There are thirty six glances described in Natyashastra, a work on dramaturgy and dance by Bharata (2 nd century BC). They are three fold – Glances for expressing sentiments – Sringara – Sidelong look is directed, coupled with the contraction of eyebrows Bhayanaka – The eyelids are fixed, the pupils turned up. It indicates great fear and is used to indicate terror. Hasya – The two eyelids are contracted and the pupils are slightly visible. Used in comic situations. Karuna – The upper eyelid is moved down, the pupil is fixed, the glance fixed at the tip of the nose. Used for pathos. Adbhuta – The eyes are widened. Used to depict marvel, surprise; amazement and such. Raudra – The eyebrows knitted. Used to show fury Vira – The glance is bright and the eyes fully open. Used in the heroic sentiment. Bibhatsa – The corners of the eyes are almost covered by the eyelids and the pupils move. Used to indicate repuls

Kasturi Rangacharya – Interpreter Of Thenkalai School Of Vaishnavism

Kasturi Rangacharya (born in 1550 CE) is an interpreter of the Thenkalai School Of Vaishnavism. He was also known Sriranga Suri and was a disciple of Manavalamamuni. In two of his known works, Karyadhikarana Vada and Karyadhikarana Tattva, he discusses the important differences between these two schools and declares his support for the Thenkalai School. Karyadhikarana Vada is based on Ramanuja’s Sri Bhashya commentary on the Brahmasutra, (4.3.6 – 15) where there is a discussion relating to the attainment of immortality through worship of Hiranyagarbha. Here, Badarayana rejects the views of Badari and Jaimini who hold that the worship of the highest Brahman leads to accumulation of merits leading to immortality, and asserts that those who regard that the selves are distinct, worship Brahman with proper knowledge of the relationship of cita and acita with Ishwara. Kasturi Ranga deals with such worship in accordance with the Bhagavad Gita dicta which talks of Shraddha (faith) as the m

Grihya Sutra In Hindu Religion - Deals With Domestic Rituals

Grihya Sutra forms a part of Kalpa Sutras, which are aphoristic texts concerned with rituals and moral codes. In Hindu religion, Grihya Sutra deals with domestic rituals – household pujas and other rules. Within this Kalpa literature, Srauta Sutra covers major public sacrifices, while Grihya Sutra treats those ceremonies applicable from birth to death, performed by the married householder. Sutras were auxiliary literature of Vedic scriptures, composed in brief, cryptic phrases designed as reminders for extensive collections of oral traditions. Thus Kalpa Sutras (rules, prescriptions) deals with rites and rituals, and Grihya Sutra (household) comprises the domestic portion of the literature. Domestic rituals are performed with only one household fire, kindled ritually and used for all household ceremonies. The Srauta rites require three fires – Garhapatya Agni, dakshin agni and avahaniyagni (fire kindled by friction and deposited in separate places). The public Srauta ceremo

Swami Vivekananda On Women Empowerment

Few thoughts by Swami Vivekananda on women empowerment. Need for Growth of Women There is no chance for the welfare of the world unless the condition of women is improved. It is not possible for a bird to fly on only one wing. Know for certain that absolutely nothing can be done to improve the state of things, unless there is spread of education first among the women and the masses. … But the whole work must be done in the style of our own country. … It is only in the homes of educated and pious mothers that great men are born. And you have reduced your women to something like manufacturing machines; alas, for heaven’s sake, is this the outcome of your education? The uplift of the women, the awakening of the masses must come first, and then only can any real good come about for the country, for India. Nature of Indian Women Still on this sacred soil of India, this land of Sita and Savitri, among women may be found such character, such spirit of service, such affection, com

Thonniyakavu Temple North Paravur – Chudala Bhadrakali

Thonniyakavu temple is located near North Paravur on the Paravur – Chathanad road in Ernakulam district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Chudala Bhadrakali. The prathishta in the temple is Kannadi Shila Pratishta. The darshanam of Thonniyakavu Chudala Bhadrakali is towards west. There is a belief that Goddess Kali resides in the burial ground before the temple. The Upa Devata worshipped in the temple is Ganapathi. Mudiyettom in the temple is held on Kumbham 1. The festival is held from Kumbham 2 to Kumbham 7. Legend has it that five goddesses worshipped in Kodungallur, Kottuvally, Trikkapuram, Kalikulangara and Thonniyakavu arrived from a distant place here. The place got Thonniyakavu as the goddess sat in the place she liked.

8 September 2021 Tithi – Panchang – Hindu Calendar – Good Time – Nakshatra – Rashi

Tithi in Panchang – Hindu Calendar on Wednesday, 8 September 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 Pratipada tithi or the first day during the waxing or light phase of moon till 5:22 AM on September 8. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Dwitiya tithi or the second day during the waxing or light phase of moon till 3:58 AM on September 9. (Time applicable in all north, south and eastern parts of India. All time based on India Standard Time.  Good – Auspicious time on September 8, 2021 as per Hindu Calendar – Good and auspicious time on the entire day.  Nakshatra  – Uttara Phalguni or Uthiram nakshatra till 6:04 PM on September 8 . Then onward it is Hasta or Atham nakshatra till 5:18 PM on September 9. (Time applicable in north, south and eastern parts of India).  In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, north Karnataka and south Rajastha