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Vayathur Temple Festival - Vayathur Kaliyar Shiva Temple Oottu Utsavam And Theyyam Festival

Vayathur Kaliyar Shiva Temple is located around 4 km north of Ulikkal in Kannur district, Kerala. The main festival in the temple is observed from Makara Sankramana for 14 days and is known as Ottu Utsavam. The Theyyam festival in the temple is observed from Dhanu Masam 16. An important event during the festival is the transporting of rice on the backs of bullocks to the temple by members of the Mundyodan and Bahuryan families from Kodagu in Karnataka. The rice is an offering to Shiva who is worshipped as ‘Bythoorappa’ by the Kannada speaking Kodagu community. Kodagu community performs the famous Thudi Kotti Pattu during the 14-day festival. On the 11th day of the festival, ghee is brought from different parts of the region to perform neyyamritham – the ghee is poured on the murti of Shiva. The festival attracts a large number of devotees from Kannur and from Kodagu. Vayathur Temple Theyyam Festival One of the rare Theyyams in Malabar, Neelakkali bhagavathi is performed at Va

Pushkaram in 2021 – Sindhu Or Indus River Pushkaralu in 2021

Sindhu Pushkaram is held once in 12 years and is conducted on the Indus River banks in Ladakh. Sindhu Pushkaralu 2021 dates are from November 21 to December 2, 2021. This pushkaram is held when Jupiter enters Kumbha Rasi (Aquarius). The main ritual includes taking holy dip in the Sindhu River in various places. The most auspicious spot is the confluence of Zanskar and Sindhu River in Leh region. Nimmu Valley is the spot where the ‘Sangam’ or the confluence of the two rivers Zanskar and Indus takes place. It is highly meritorious to perform charity during the period of pushkaram.

Koodaravalli 2023 Date In Margazhi Month

Koodaravalli is a unique ritual observed in the Margazhi month in Tamil culture and is associated with Andal or Goda Devi. Koodaravalli is synonyms with Akkaravadisal (a sweet prepared using rice, moong dal, milk, jaggery and sugar). Koodaravalli 2023 date is January 11. It is observed on the 27th day of the Margazhi month (December – January). It is mentioned in the 27th verse of Tiruppavai that Andal and her friends who had completed the Pavai Nombu Virtham shared the sweet with Ranganatha (Bhagavan Srihari Vishnu). 27th verse of Tiruppavai koodarai vellum seer govinda undhannai paadi parai kondu yaam perum sammaanam naadu pugazhum parisinaal nanraaga choodagame thol valaiye thode sevip poove paadagame enranaiya palagalanum yaam anivom aadai uduppom adhan pinne paar choru mooda ney peydhu muzhangai vazhi vaara koodi irundhu kulirndhelor embaavaay To mark the end of the pavai nonbu girls dress up in beautiful clothes and adorn themselves with scented flowers and beautiful jew

Nangiarkulangara Sree Krishna Swamy Temple – Festival – Information

Nangiarkulangara Sree Krishna Swamy temple is located at Nangiarkulangara near Haripad in Alappuzha district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Bhagavan Sri Krishna. The 9-day annual festival in the temple begins on Thiruvonam nakshatra in Dhanu Masam. The subsidiary deities or upa devatas worshiped in the temple are Ganapati, Ayyappa, Bhagavan Sri Rama and Yakshi. There is a well maintained huge pond by the side of the temple. Thursday is the most auspicious day during a week in the temple. The temple has a circular sanctum sanctorum and the main murti of Bhagavan Sri Krishna faces east. The annual festival is noted for various rituals associated with Sri Krishna temple in Kerala including Sree Bhootha Bali. Annadanam or food donation is held during the festival period. Traditional performing arts, music and dance of Kerala are staged during the period. Caparisoned elephants, melam, fireworks and sheevali are part of the festival. The festival concludes with Arattu ritual

Kadannappally Padinjarekkara Periyatt Chamundi Temple Kalari Kavu

Kadannappally Padinjarekkara Periyatt Chamundi temple Kalari Kavu is located at Kadannappally in Kannur district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Chamundi form of Mother Goddess Shakti. It is a small shrine but famous for its rituals and theyyam. The annual Kaliyattam festival in the temple is held in Dhanu Masam (January – February). The Kaliyattam is held usually on Dhanu masam 21 and 22 (the corresponding period in Gregorian calendar is January 4 to 6). Some of the theyyams performed in the temple include Periyatt Chamundi theyyam, Kakkara Bhagavathy and Vishnu Murti.

Pulimannam And Iranjimannam Bhagavati Temple

Pulimannam and Iranjimannam Bhagavati temple are located at Kollengode in Palakkad district, Kerala. There are two temples located here one is the Pulimannam temple and another is the Iranjimannam Bhagavati temple. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavati and she is the guardian deity of the area. The annual desha vilakku festival is held in the shrine in Dhanu Masam (January – February). The festival attracts scores of devotees from nearby regions. The shrines decorated using traditional items like plantain and tender coconut leaves. Traditional temple music of Kerala and traditional art forms are part of the annual festival. 

Kalladam – A Religio-Literary Work In Tamil

Kalladam was written as an exposition of Tirukkovaiyar, forming part of the canonical literature of Tamil Shaivism composed by Saint Manickavasagar. Named after its author, Kalladanar, the work probably belongs to the 13 th century CE. It owes much to Periya Puranam of Sekkizhar (1200 CE). Kalladanar randomly selected a hundred mystic love-themes from Tirukkovaiyar and expounded them in a hundred blank verses. The choice of themes and chaste style are evidence of his fervent effort to revive the classical style of Sangam poetry. While the saint Manickavasagar dedicated his work to Nataraja of Chidambaram, Kaladanar dedicated his work to Somasundara of Madurai. Both the works are similar in praising Shiva and extolling the greatness of Shaivism. Madurai holds an enviable place in the history of Shaivism. According to the commentator on Iraiyanar – kalaviyal, in Madurai Shiva codified the grammar of esoteric poetry (ahapoorul). Kalladanar refers to this and says that the Lord did so

We Cannot Always Be Positive

In life we all go through intense emotional pain due to death or heartbreak. We might fail in exam, interview or lose a job. We might be going through a separation or divorce or marital problems. In these moments asking a person to remain positive will be stupidity. It is not possible for everyone to remain positive during a crisis. There are some emotions that naturally spring from the heart and we need to allow them to come up. We need to let them rain way. These clouds need to pour out. Forced positivity by oneself or due to a belief or by someone else does only harm. When you are not feeling positive, you should not forcibly try to be positive. There are many situations in life in which we cannot find anything positive. We should not pressurize ourselves to be positive. Searching for positivity in some situation is worthless. It is bad for our mental health. We have to accept that we are human beings with feelings and emotions. When we are not accepting our feelings and emo

3 December 2021 Tithi – Panchang – Hindu Calendar – Good Time – Nakshatra – Rashi

Tithi in Panchang – Hindu Calendar on Friday, 3 December 2021 – It is Krishna Paksha Chaturdashi tithi or the fourteenth day during the 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 the waning or dark phase of moon till 4:06 PM on December 3. Then onward it is Amavasya tithi or the no moon day till 1:46 PM on December 4. (Time applicable in all north, south and eastern parts of India. All time based on India Standard Time.  Good – Auspicious time on December 3, 2021 as per Hindu Calendar – There is no good and auspicious time on the entire day.  Nakshatra  – Vishaka or Vishakam nakshatra till 1:24 PM on December 3. Then onward it is Anuradha or Anusham or Anizham nakshatra till 11:46 AM on December 4. (Time applicable in north, south and eastern parts of India).  In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, north Karnataka and south Rajasthan), Vishaka or Vishakam n