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Amalaka In Shikhara Of Hindu Temple – Crown Of Tower

Amalaka is the ornamented portion in the shikhara (crown of the tower) of early Hindu temples. These temples are generally known to be of Nagara type. No amalaka is noticeable on the top of South Indian temples of the Dravida type. Symbolically, Amalaka is regarded as the symbol of exit from the world. The amalaka stone is shaped either like a ring with cogged rim or an indented wheel, or the circle of filaments in a lotus flower. A Kalasha (ornamented pot with tapering top) made of gold, copper, silver or stone is placed inside the ring of the amalaka to form the upper crest. Besides the main shikhara, a temple can have other subordinate shikharas also to each of which an amalaka with a kalasha is fitted. The amalaka is sometimes given an additional support by images carved below it. The earliest evidence of amalaka on the top of a temple has been unearthed at Nagari near Chittor (Rajasthan). It belongs to the fifth century CE. Many Gupta temples including those of Deogarh and B

Arikkadi Bhagavathi Temple In Kasaragod – Story Of Muslim Ali Of Arikkadi Temple

Arikkadi Bhagavathi temple is located at Kumbala village in Kasaragod district, Kerala. Arikkadi Bhagavathi temple festival is held in Meenam month. The temple is also known as Arikkady Parasthanam Bhagavathy Ali Chamundi temple. The temple belongs to Pandarathil Veedu. The puja is not performed by Brahmins in the temple. Pujas in the temple are performed only in Sankranti day. People belonging to other religions too have entry in the temple. Ali, a Muslim sorcerer, is an Upa Devata in the temple. Story Of Muslim Ali Of Arikkadi Temple It is believed that Ali hid himself near the temple pond and looked while Goddess Bhagavathi was taking bath in the pond. Bhagavathi soon realized this and turned Ali into a stone. Another legend has it that a group of people were passing through a nearby hill on a hot day. Ali was coming with a jackfruit. The people wanted to buy the jackfruit. Ali loving told them that he will tell the price later; first they should eat the jackfruit. When th

Do Not Expect God To Come And Work For You – Story

Once, there lived a sage on the banks of a river. There was a village nearby on the bank of the river and the villagers came to the sage for advice. One day a shepherd from the village came to the sage and told him that the people in the village did not respect him and they treated him badly. He did not know how to protect himself. The sage consoled him and told him not to worry and to depend on God and everything will be all right. A few days later, there was torrential rain in the region and the surging waters of the river flooded the village. Majority of the people escaped to safety except for the shepherd who had taken refuge in the roof of his home. He kept praying and did nothing to escape from the surging waters. A villager who saw him stuck on the rooftop swam near him and offered to save him. He told the villager that he did not trust him and he only trusted God who will come to rescue him. A few hours later, a boat came through the area and people in it of

25 October 2021 Tithi – Panchang – Hindu Calendar – Good Time – Nakshatra – Rashi

Tithi in Panchang – Hindu Calendar on Monday, 25 October 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 2:50 AM on October 25. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Panchami tithi or the fifth day during waning or dark phase of moon till 4:54 AM on October 26. (Time applicable in all north, south and eastern parts of India. All time based on India Standard Time.  Good – Auspicious time on October 25, 2021 as per Hindu Calendar – There is no good and auspicious time on the entire day.  Nakshatra  – Mrigasira or Makayiram or Mrigashirsha nakshatra on the entire day on Oct 25 and till 2:10 AM on October 26 . (Time applicable in north, south and eastern parts of India).  In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, north Karnataka and south Rajasthan), Rohini nakshatra till 1:02 AM