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Pavaratty Thathakulangara Bhagavathy Temple – Festival

Pavaratty Thathakulangara Bhagavathy temple is located at Pavaratty in Thrissur district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy. The annual festival in the temple is observed on the Makara Bharani day and is famous as Thathamkulangara Bharani vela or Thathakulangara pooram The festival is famous for caparisoned elephants, melam, temple folk arts and other rituals. Panchavadyam and Pandi Melam are the highlights of the festival. This is a small shrine which has all the essential elements associated with Kerala Bhagavathy temples include sreekovil, chuttambalam and a pond. Apart from the annual festival the temple also observes Navratri, Thrikarthika in Vrischika Masam and Thiruvathira in Dhanu Masam. Pavaratty Thathakulangara Bhagavathy Temple Darshan timings The temple is open in the morning hours from 5:30 AM to 10:00 AM The shrine is open in the evening hours from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Path Of The Gods – Devayana

As per Vedic sages, the demigods, or Devas, used a path to descend from swarga (heaven) to earth. The path used by the gods is known as devayana. They used this path to arrive on earth to receive sacrificial offerings, listen to prayers, confer blessings and to lead the souls of deserving humans to swarya for their afterlife. Three worlds have been conceived in the Vedas – Devaloka, Pitru Loka and Manushya Loka. Some of the Devas are said to have visited the earth frequently through devayana. This can be read in Agni (Rig Veda III 58.5), Ashwins (Rig Veda VII 38.8), Ushas (Rig Veda VII 76.222), Pusan (Rig Veda X 17.3) as also Yama, Vagin and Ritus. Hindus believe, as is emphasized in Puranas, that the last thought one entertains at the time of death would determine one’s future (antya matih sa gatih). The ideal of a cultured person would be to reach devaloka where he would live eternally (Chandogya Upanishad V.10.1-2). To attain such an end one is advised to give up, at the dying m

Vadasserikkara Cherukavu Devi Temple

Vadasserikkara Cherukavu Devi temple is located at Vadasserikkara in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala. This is a small shrine dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy. The annual festival in the temple is held on Revathi nakshatra in Makaram month and is known as Revathi Utsavam. The festival is noted for Kerala temple art forms and other regular temple rituals followed in Bhagavathi temples in Kerala. The shrine has a small sreekovil of Bhagavathy and a few upa devatas. The shrine observes Pongala festival. The festival also observes Navratri and Thrikarthika festival.

Dashanami Sampradaya Names

The word Dashanami refers to the ten names which the sannyasins in the philosophical tradition of Adi Shankara can adopt. The names in Dashanami Sampradaya are Saraswati, Bharati, Puri, Tirtha, Asrama, Giri, Parvata, Sagara, Vana and Aranya. Adi Shankara established four mathas in India, one each in the north, south, east and west to be the focal points of the dashanami order in each region. Each center is associated with the specific name of the order. The southern mutt was established in Sringeri and Suresvara, the disciple of Adi Shankaracharya, was its first head. The titles of Sarasvati, Bharati and Puri were given to the sannyasins belonging to his mutt. The brahmacharis have the title of Caitanya. The matha in the western India was established in Dwaraka on the shores of the Arabian Sea, and Hastamalaka was appointed as the first acharya. The titles of the sannyasins belonging to this matha are Tirtha and Asrama. The brahmacharis have the title of Svarupa. In North India

Two plus Two Is Four So Is Three Plus One - There Are Many Ways To Truth

Realize – Two plus Two Is Four So Is Three Plus One. It means there are many ways to truth. When we are ready to accept and respect multiplicity we become a complete human being.  The problem of one-sided thinking is universal in its existence. It is the problem of finding out the underlying truth behind the multiplicity of expressions, extending into diverse forms of life. We hold something as true and then fail to understand that different expressions of the same thing are laid out in different ways and methods. And this non-understanding leads to a hardened stand; we become intolerant and, ultimately, violent. Fanaticism extends to the way we eat, dress, speak, pray and what not. We want everyone to be like us! Setting ourselves as the standard of the universe! Being caught in our prejudices and narrow outlooks, we spoil our lives. Sympathy and mutual understanding is what is needed to make us complete human beings. We cannot overnight change the world but

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

Tithi in Panchang – Hindu Calendar on Thursday, 6 January 2022 – It is Shukla Paksha Chaturthi tithi or the fourth day during the waxing or light phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Chaturthi tithi or the fourth day during the waxing or light phase of moon till 4:57 PM on January 6. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Panchami tithi or the fifth day during the waxing or light phase of moon till 3:57 PM on January 7. (Time applicable in all north, south and eastern parts of India. All time based on India Standard Time.  Good – Auspicious time on January 6, 2022 as per Hindu Calendar – There is no good and auspicious time on the entire day.  Nakshatra  – Dhanishta or Sravishta or Avittam nakshatra till 11:34 AM on January 6. Then onward it is Shatabhisha or Sadayam or Chathayam nakshatra till 11:06 AM on January 7. (Time applicable in north, south and eastern parts of India).  In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, north Ka