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Pirayiri Sree Pullukottu Ayyappa Swamy Temple

Pirayiri Sree Pullukottu Ayyappa Swamy temple is located at Pirayiri in Palakkad district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Sastha or Ayyappa. The annual festival in the temple is held in Makaram month. This is a small temple dedicated to Ayyappa with upa devata shrines. The annual festival in the temple is famous for caparisoned elephants, melam, colorful procession, unique pujas and rituals and temple folk arts and pageantry.

Kuzhuppilly Sri Balakrishna Swamy Temple

Kuzhuppilly Sri Balakrishna Swamy temple is located on Kuzhuppilly village, Vypeen Island, Ernakulam district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to the child form of Bhagavan Sri Krishna. The annual festival in the temple is held in Makaram month. The annual festival in the temple is famous for various unique rituals associated with temples maintained by GSB community. The first temple was built in 1895 CE. The present temple was consecrated in 1964 CE. The temple faces east and today includes Aanapandal, Kalyana Mandapam and Dhvaja Pratishta. The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Hanuman, Garuda, Ganapathy, Goddess Lakshmi, Navagrahas and Nagaraja. The shrine is maintained by Goud Saraswati Brahmin (GSB community).

Karuvatta Valiyaparambil Devi Temple - Festival

Karuvatta Valiyaparambil Devi temple is located at Karuvatta in Alappuzha district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy or Devi. The annual festival in the temple is held in such a manner that it ends on Karthika nakshatra day in Makaram month. This is a small temple with a chathura sreekovil. The shrine has separate temples for Upa Devatas. The annual festival is famous for various rituals and pujas associated with Devi temples in central Travancore. Caparisoned elephants, procession, temple art forms and melam are part of the annual festival. The ezhunnallathu on the Karthika nakshatra day is of great importance. The annual Pongala festival is held on Karthika nakshatra in Meenam month (March – April).

Sree Poomala Kavu Temple – Pattuvam

Sree Poomala Kavu temple, also known as Pattuvam Poomala Bhagavathy temple, is located at Pattuvam in Kannur district, Kerala. This is a small traditional temple dedicated to Goddess Poomala. The shrine is dedicated to Adi Shakti. The annual Kaliyattam theyyam festival is held in Makaram month. The theyyam festival is held here for 6 days mostly during the first week of February. The theyyams performed here are Gulikan theyyam, Poomaruthan theyyam, Raktha Chamundi theyyam and Vishnumurthy theyyam.

Neendoor Sreenarayana Sarada Temple – Festival

Neendoor Sreenarayana Sarada temple is located Neendoor in Kottayam district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Sharada, also known as Goddess Saraswati. The temple is associated with Sri Narayana Guru, the great reformer of Kerala. The 5-day annual festival culminates with Arattu in Makaram month. Another important festival held in the temple is the Navratri festival. Vijayadashami is observed as Vidyarambham in the temple and thousands of children are initiated into the world of learning on the day. This is a small temple with a square sanctum sanctorum. It has a beautiful panchaloha murti of Goddess Sharada. The temple is maintained and managed by SNDP Yogam.

Manganam Sree Narasimha Swamy Temple – Information – Festivals

Manganam Sree Narasimha Swamy temple is located at Muttambalam in Manganam in Kottayam district, Kerala. The main murti worshipped in the temple is the Narasimha avatar of Bhagwan Vishnu. The deity is lovingly known as Manganathappan. The main prathishta vigraham or murti is that Chathur Bahu Vishnu (Bhagavan Vishnu with four arms) facing west. The sankalpam of the murti is that of Narasimha who was pleased with unparalleled devotion of child Prahlada. It is believed that Narasimha is here listening to the sthoothis (praises) of young Prahlada. Narasimha is here in a benign and kind form. The temple has an inscription on the sreekovil dating back to the 11th century CE. The inscription talks about the reconstruction of the sreekovil using granite. So it is believed that the temple might belong to the 8th or 9th century CE. The temple has as vatta sreekovil along with kodimaram, vilakku, chuttambalam and shrines of Upa Devatas. The shrine is famous for mural paintings and its be

Dandin – Eminent Novelist – Late Sixth Century CE

Dandin, the eminent novelist, lived during the late sixth century CE and he is the author of the famous novel Dasakumaracarita (Story of Ten Princes). He is the master of the akhyayika. An akhyayika, unlike a katha, is a story woven round real people and incidents though the play of imagination is not totally ruled out. In Dasakumaracarita, only eight chapters out of fourteen are attributed to him. He excels in authentic character portrayal not only with the courtly world of kings and aristocrats – familiar characters in Sanskrit epic poetry – but subaltern characters such as courtesans, unfaithful wives, crooked priests, hypocritical ascetics, rogues, rakes, idlers, etc. In a way then he is the forerunner of 20 th century realism in literature. The novel mainly consists of experiences of ten princes who help a king to regain his kingdom. Each prince tells a story of his experiences and these invariably include romantic encounters. One prince reports – “The fawn-eyed damsel abuses m

Venduttayi Kaitheri Puthiyedath Khandakarnan Kavu Temple - Theyyam Festival

Venduttayi Kaitheri Puthiyedath Khandakarnan Kavu temple, also known as Kaithery Puthiyeduth Kandakarna Kshethram, is located at Venduttayi in Kannur district, Kerala. The annual Theyyam - Thira festival in the temple is held in Makaram month. The shrine is dedicated to Khandakarnan – a ferocious form emanated from Shiva. Some of the important theyyam performed in the temple are Karanavar, Karidevan, Kandakarnan, Sasthappan or Kuttichathan, Thekkan Gulikan, Thekkan Kariyathan and Vasoorimala. The annual thira festival lasts for three days (last week of January to first week of February). Kandakarnan is a ferocious form that appeared from the throat of Shiva. It is believed that he appeared to lick away the poxes that appeared on the body of Goddess Bhadrakali.

Urulikunnam Aishwarya Gandharva Swamy Temple – Kottayam - History - Festival - Information

Urulikunnam Aishwarya Gandharva Swamy temple is a unique Hindu temple dedicated to Gandharva Swamy and Goddess Bhadrakali at Urulikunnam in Kottayam district of Kerala. Gandharva Swamy is her worshipped in the sankalpam of Dhanwantari, the Hindu god of medicine. The temple is thus famous for healing, curing diseases and restoring good health. The unique murti also worshipped for early marriage. The sankalpam of Goddess Bhadrakali is that she is the divine energy of Cheruvally Bhagavathy. The shrine is believed to be more than 1500 years old. The temple is east-facing. The sreekovil on the southern side is for Gandharva Swamy while the one on the northern side is for Bhadrakali Amma. Sundara Yakshi Amma is in another sreekovil towards the left side of Gandharva Swamy. Shiva, Ganapathy, and Sastha are the main Upadevatas in the shrine. Ayala Yakshi, Nagaraja, and Naga Yakshi murtis are on the outside on the south. Rakshas is on the south-west corner while Annapoorneshwari is

Muthuthala Maha Ganapathi Temple - Festival

Muthuthala Maha Ganapathi temple is located at Pattambi in Palakkad district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Ganesha. The shrine observes it annual festival in Kumbham month. The kuriyidal ritual associated with the pooram festival is held in Makarm month. This is a beautiful Kerala temple surrounded by paddy fields. The temple is complete with upa devata shrines, chuttambalam and temple pond.  The annual festival in the temple is famous for temple folk art forms and processions. Kala, Kuthira are part of the festival. The Thalappoli festival is observed on Makayiram nakshatra in Makara Masam (January - February). The annual Pratishta festival in the temple is held in Meda Masam (April - May). Karkidaka Masam (July - August) is of great importance in the temple. Vinayaka Chaturthi in Chingamasam (August - September) is an important festival in the temple.

Nayarambalam Bhagavathy Temple – Thalappoli Festival - History

Nayarambalam Bhagavathy temple is located at Nayarambalam near Vypin in Ernakulam district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy or Devi. The temple is famous for the Thalappoli festival held in Makaram month (January – February). Kumbha Bharani is another important festival in the temple. This is a typical Kerala temple following all the basic temple architecture one finds in Kerala. The temple has a square sanctum sanctorum (chathura sreekovil) and it is complete with chuttambalam, vilakku, kodimaram and small areas for upa devatas. The origin of the temple is traced back to the 15th century CE. As per local history, temple was owned by a Brahmin family and when they left the place the ownership of the temple was handed over to some noble Nair families. Historical evidence also show that the temple was governed by four Nair families till 1915 A.D. The temple is governed and maintained by Nayarambalam Nair Karayogam established by devotees in 1925 CE. The main f

Dhata Yog In Hindu Astrology

Dhata Yog is considered a good and auspicious period in Hindu astrology. This yog is calculated based on nakshatra or birth star. The time period of the yog is till the end of nakshatra on the particular day. Dhata Yog benefits include good relationships. Friendship with people in power. Sudden change of fortune through luck. The time period is good for making all kinds of investments. It is ideal for moving into new rented house and also for any kind of first meeting. Dhata Yoga happens when Rohini nakshatra falls on Sunday or Ravivar Pushya or Poosam or Pooyam nakshatra falls on Monday or Somvar Uttara Phalguni or Uthiram nakshatra falls on Tuesday or Mangalvar Vishaka or Vishakam nakshatra falls on Wednesday or Budhwar Purvashada or Pooradam nakshatra falls on Thursday or Guruvar Dhanishta or Avittam nakshatra falls on Friday or Shukravar Revati nakshatra falls on Saturday or Shanivar. The yog ends on the day when the nakshatra period ends. Dhata Yoga is present

Thazhuthala Sree Maha Ganapathi Temple – Thazhuthala Gajothsavam Festival

Thazhuthala Sree Maha Ganapathi temple is located at Thazhuthala on the Kottiyam – Kundara road in Kollam district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Ganesha and the murti is seated under a huge banyan tree in a small golden coloured temple. The temple is famous for the great elephant procession known as Thazhuthala Gajothsavam (Elephant Procession) held in Makaram month. The murti is in such a manner that it is sitting on his mushika vahanam. There are no upa devatas. As per history, around 60 years ago the murti of Ganapathi was discovered under the huge banyan tree. The murti was consecrated in a small structure. The murti originally belonged to one Sri Paramu Panikkar, a railway employ, who had received it from his senior. He had a dream in which he was directed to place the murti under the banyan tree. A new temple was built in 2000 CE replacing the old structure. The ten-day annual festival in the temple is known as Avittam Thirunal Mahotsavam. The festival ends with the f

Practice Of Meditation Frees One From All Afflictions – Bhagavad Gita

Bhagavad Gita states that the practice of meditation frees one from all afflictions.  The disunited mind is far from wise; how can it meditate? How be at peace? When you know no peace, how can you know joy? When you let your mind follow the call of the senses, they carry away your better judgment as storms drive a boat off its charted course on the sea. Use all your power to free the senses from attachment and aversion alike, and live in the full wisdom of the Self. (Gita Chapter 2 verses 66 to 68) Know that prakriti and purusha are both without beginning, and that from prakriti come the gunas and all that changes. Prakriti is the agent, cause and effect of every action, but it is purusha that seems to experience pleasure and pain. Purusha, resting in prakriti, witnesses the play of the gunas born of prakriti. But attachment to the gunas leads a person to be born good or evil. Within the body, the supreme Purusha is called the witness, approver, supporter, enjoyer, the

Dream Of Attacked By A Man – Meaning

Dream of attacked by a man is considered both good and bad as per dream meaning and interpretation. The dream means that in near future there will be tough situations in life and you will need to be bold and show character. A person might get lucky in sexual matters after the dream. Dreaming of attacked by a man and you suffer physical wounds and defeat means you will face difficult situations in life due to negligence or from an enemy of yours. Dream of attacked by a man and you defeating him means you will overcome a difficult problem in life. Dream of attacked by a man and there someone else in the dream you know means in near future you will get help from a friend or relative in completing an important project or fulfilling a desire of yours. Dream of attacked by a man and you know the person means a friend or lover might cheat you. Dream of attacked by an unknown man means you will have to use force or get into physical confrontation with people you do not know.

3 January 2022 Tithi – Panchang – Hindu Calendar – Good Time – Nakshatra – Rashi

Tithi in Panchang – Hindu Calendar on Monday, 3 January 2022 – 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 Amavasya tithi or the no moon day till 12:16 AM on January 3. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Pratipada tithi or the first day during the waxing or light phase of moon till 10:04 PM on January 3. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Dwitiya tithi or the second day during the waxing or light phase of moon till 8:04 PM on January 4. (Time applicable in all north, south and eastern parts of India. All time based on India Standard Time.  Good – Auspicious time on January 3, 2022 as per Hindu Calendar – There is no good and auspicious time on the entire day.  Nakshatra  – Purvashada or Pooradam nakshatra till 2:56 PM on January 3. Then onward it is Uttarashada or Uthradam nakshatra till 1:32 PM on January 4. (Time applicable in north, south and eastern parts of India).  In wester