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Story Of Vettakkorumakan And Vishnu

Vettakkorumakan is a very popular deity worshiped mainly in central and north Kerala. There is an interesting folk story associated with Vettakkorumakan and Bhagavan Vishnu. Vettakkorumakan is the son of Shiva and Goddess Parvati – born when Shiva took the Kiratamurti form (hunter) and Goddess Parvati that of Kirati (wife of hunter) to test determination and perseverance of Arjuna in the Mahabharata. The boy grew up into a mischievous lad and hunted animals with a bow and arrow for animals. He defeated the demons and evil people. But his naughtiness became irksome to the sages who were doing penance in the forest. They complained Brahma, who expressed his helplessness as the lad was the son of Lord Shiva. They then went to Vishnu Bhagavan and narrated about the nuisance created by the son of Shiva. Vishnu Bhagavan agreed to solve the problem through diplomacy. Vishnu arrived at the forest in disguise carrying golden churika (a double edged flexible sword having a spear like end a

What Is Required Is Faith And Sincerity - Then Everything Will Be Alright

Once Shiva, the great God, was playing a game of chess or something like that with his consort Parvati. In the middle of the game Shiva stopped and seemed to become very thoughtful. But after a few moments He resumed the game as if nothing had happened. Then Parvati became curious and she asked Him why He became so thoughtful all of a sudden. Shiva said: ‘A devotee of mine was travelling through a forest. Robbers came and attacked him, so I was about to go to his rescue, when the man drew his sword and drove off the robbers. As he drew his sword in self defense, there was no need of my going to his rescue and therefore I continued with the game. Had he depended on Me, I would have protected him from harm.’ God is ready to take our entire burden, but we have no faith. Once Sri Ramakrishna was suffering from throat trouble and he suffered much. Seeing his suffering, one of the pundits said, ‘Sir, you have great power. If you direct your mind towards the seat of the disease, the disea

15 December 2022 Tithi – Panchang – Hindu Calendar – Good Time – Nakshatra – Rashi

Tithi in Panchang – Hindu Calendar on Thursday, 15 December 2022 – It is Krishna Paksha Saptami tithi or the seventh day during the waning or dark phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Saptami tithi or the seventh day during the waning or dark phase of moon till 9:21 PM on December 15. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Ashtami tithi or the eighth day during the waning or dark phase of moon till 10:22 PM on December 16. (Time applicable in all north, south and eastern parts of India. All time based on India Standard Time.)  Good – Auspicious time on December 15, 2022 as per Hindu Calendar – There is no good and auspicious time on the entire day.  Nakshatra  – Magha or Makam nakshatra till 2:14 AM on December 15. Then onward it is Purva Phalguni or Pooram nakshatra till 4:04 AM on December 16. (Time applicable in north, south and eastern parts of India).  In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, north Karnataka and sout

Prithvi Sukta

Prithvi sukta is a hymn to Mother Earth. The word prithvi is derived from the root ‘prath’, meaning to expand or to extend. It is the feminine form of the noun ‘prithu’, which means vast, broad, expansive etc. Nirukta (I.13) defines prithvi as – prathanat prithvi. Nighantu (I.1) gives 21 and Amarakosha (II.2.1) gives 28 synonyms of prithvi. There is only one sukta in Rig Veda (V.84) addressed to prithvi. In this sukta, the nature and function of prithvi and antariksha (dyu) are described. Bhumi Sukta or prithvi sukta of Atharva Veda (XII.1) depicts the importance, nature and remarkable features of the universal mother Prithvi – considered as a devi, the dispenser of every sort of good and one of the five great elements of Hindu tradition. The hymn presents a striking cosmogonic and anthropological sequence. The very first mantra of the sukta (XII.1) states – the Earth sustains truth, cosmic order, initiation, penance, Brahman and sacrifice. It is said that the Earth is composed of

Kalakat Illam Temple In Kannur – Theyyam – Kaliyattam - Thira Festival

Kalakat Illam Temple is located near Purakkunnu near Perinthatta – Payyanur in Kannur district, Kerala. The main deity worshipped in the temple is Karimkutty Chathan – a powerful Mantra Murthy – and Goddess Bhagavathi (Devi or Kali). The annual theyyam, kaliyattam – thira festival in the temple is held in Malayalam Dhanu Masam – Dhanu 26/27/28 - January 10/11/12. The important theyyams performed in this temple are Karimkutty Chathan ( കരിങ്കുട്ടി ചാത്തൻ ), Uchitta Bhagavathi ഉച്ചിട്ട ഭഗവതി , Kakkara Bhagavathi ( കക്കര ഭഗവതി ), Raktha Chamundi ( രക്ത ചാമുണ്ഡി ), Vettakkorumakan ( വേട്ടക്കൊരു മകൻ ) Oor Pazhassi ( ഉർ പഴശ്ശി ), Vishnumoorthi ( വിഷ്ണു മൂർത്തി ), Gulikan ( ഗുളികൻ ), Bhairavan ( ഭൈരവൻ ), Uchakutti Chathan ( ഉച്ചക്കുട്ടി ചാത്തൻ ), Karuval Bhagavathi ( കരുവാൾ ഭഗവതി ), Pottan Theyyam ( പൊട്ടൻ തെയ്യം ), Kurathiyamma ( കുറത്തിയമ്മ ), Thai Paradevatha ( തായി പരദേവത ) and Sree Bhootham ( ശ്രീ ഭൂതം ). Karimkutty Chathan here is a wish fulfilling deity. If he is propitia

Tiruvathirai Kali Naivedyam Food Offering At Chidambaram Nataraja Temple On Margazhi Arudra Darisanam Festival

Arudra Darisanam festival observed on Thiruvathirai nakshatra day in Margazhi Masam (December – January) is of great importance at the Chidambaram Nataraja temple in Tamil Nadu. A unique naivedyam or food offering known as Tiruvathirai Kali is offered on the day. In 2023, Arudra Darshanam At Chidambaram Nataraja temple is on January 6, 2023. Arudra Darisanam festival is associated with the cosmic dance of Shiva. It is observed on Ardra or Thiruvathira or Thiruvathirai nakshatra or birth star as per Hindu astrology. Thiruvathirai Kali is a rustic sweet dish prepared using broken rice and jaggery. Fried Raisins and cashew nuts are sometimes added to the dish. Legend has it that a poor man, Sandanar and his wife, did not have anything to offer to Nataraja on the auspicious occasion of Margazhi Arudra Darisanam festival. The poor man told his wife to make kali using some leftover broken rice and jaggery. It is said that the couple used to eat the food only after offering first to

Is God Partial To Some Of His devotees? – Sri Ramakrishna Answers

Is God partial to some of His devotees? Does He not watch over all of them? Yes, He protects all, no doubt. But very few have their entire trust in Him. Others look up to God, but at the same time they look after their own interest. They have not abandoned themselves entirely. But these highest bhaktas make no effort for themselves. They live in self-surrender. They are dead to the world; they have renounced all. Why then should they turn their thoughts away from God and back to the world again? They will never do that.   They are like the kitten, says Sri Ramakrishna. The little kitten is carried about by its mother. And it is quite contented to be carried thus. It knows that when its mother carries it, no harm can come. But the little monkey holds on to its mother with its hands and feet. It feels safe with its mother, but it cannot trust her entirely. It believes in its own effort as well. So it is with ordinary devotees. Bhagavan is ready to carry all, to look after every devot

14 December 2022 Tithi – Panchang – Hindu Calendar – Good Time – Nakshatra – Rashi

Tithi in Panchang – Hindu Calendar on Wednesday, 14 December 2022 – It is Krishna Paksha Sashti tithi or the sixth day during the waning or dark phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Sashti tithi or the sixth day during the waning or dark phase of moon till 7:53 PM on December 14. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Saptami tithi or the seventh day during the waning or dark phase of moon till 9:21 PM on December 15. (Time applicable in all north, south and eastern parts of India. All time based on India Standard Time.)  Good – Auspicious time on December 14, 2022 as per Hindu Calendar – There is no good and auspicious time on the entire day.  Nakshatra  – Aslesha or Ayilyam nakshatra till 12:01 AM on December 14. Then onward it is Magha or Makam nakshatra till 2:14 AM on December 15. (Time applicable in north, south and eastern parts of India).  In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, north Karnataka and south Rajastha

Pravara In Hindu Religion – Lineage Based On Sages

In Hindu religion, Pravara are the illustrious sages belonging to a gotra or a family or a clan or a race. According to a legend, all the Brahmins are descendants of Braham, the creator, tracing their origin through eighteen sages. Gotras generally help to classify the people into groups and the special rituals to be performed by people belonging to each gotra. With the proliferation of groups, gotras became subdivided according to illustrious sages who were born in these gotras and these sages are called pravara rishis. Thus every gotra has a pravara. Though the majority of the gotras in a lineage of a clan does have three pravara sages, a few have one or two or five.   If a person does not know his own lineage or line of ancestral sages, he should take that of his preceptor. Since all the sages of each clan were illustrious, there is no special significance in the selection of a few of these. People belonging to the same lineage of sages cannot intermarry. The prohibition of marr

Thiruvannamalai Deepam 2022 Date at Sri Arunachaleswarar Temple - Maha Deepam in Karthigai Month at Tiruvannamalai Temple

The 10-day Karthigai Deepam festival observed at the famous Sri Arunachaleswarar Temple in Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu, culminates with the Maha Deepam lit atop the Anamalai Hills. Thiruvannamalai Deepam 2022 date is December 6. Symbolism of Thiruvannamalai Sri Arunachaleswarar Temple - Karthigai Deepam The Maha Deepam represents Lord Shiva, who appeared in the form of a pillar of fire with no end and beginning (Jyotirlinga) before Brahma and Vishnu. Karthigai Deepam festival, observed in Tamil month Kartika , is more than 3000 years old and is mentioned in the early Tamil scriptures. Significance Of Thiruvannamalai Maha Deepam By Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi has composed the following Tamil verse to explain the significance of the Karthigai Deepam that is lit on the Arunachala Hill every year. The stanza is as follows: Ittanuvē nānām enu-madiyai nīttapbuddhi idayattē porundi-aga nōkkāladduvita mā-mey agac-chuḍar-kāṇ gai-bhūmaddi-yenum Aṇṇā malaic

Karthigai Deepam Reason – Story – Why Do We Observe Karthigai Deepam?

Karthigai Deepam is the lighting of lamps on the Krittika or Karthika Nakshatram day in Tamil Nadu and Kerala in Karthigai month. There are several reasons or stories behind observing Karthigai Deepam . A popular belief is that the day is the birthday of Lord Muruga. The lamps are also lit for a happy married life and for the well being of children in the family. Karthigai Deepam and Murugan Murugan, also known as Skanda, Subramaniya and Kartik, was born as six different babies to Lord Shiva after he awoke from the deep meditation after Goddess Sati’s death. The six babies were looked after by the Six Krittika stars and the six children were later joined to a single force by Goddess Parvati. Krittika is the six starts or the Pleiades cluster – when Muruga joins them as a child they make seven stars. As Muruga was born as six different babies and later joined into one He is popularly known as Arumugan in Tamil culture. Muruga as Kumaraguru Advising Shiva Anoth

Arudra Darshanam At Tiruvarur Thyagaraja Temple – Right Leg Of Deity Visible Only On This Day

Arudra Darshanam festival which falls on Thiruvathira nakshatra day in Margazhi month is of great importance at the Tiruvarur Thyagaraja temple in Tamil Nadu. It is the only day when the right leg of the main deity of Shiva worshipped in the temple is visible to devotees. Rest of the year the right leg is covered with flowers. In 2023, Arudra Darshanam At Tiruvarur Thyagaraja Temple is on January 6, 2023. Shiva is worshipped at Tiruvarur Thyagaraja temple in the Somaskanda form. In the Somaskanda form, Shiva has Goddess Parvati seated to his left and Murugan or Skanda seated in between the divine couple. The murti was installed by Chola King Muchukunda. The murti was originally worshipped by Bhagavan Vishnu. It is believed that Bhagavan Vishnu used to keep the murti close to his heart and it used to go up and down when Bhagavan took a breath. Later, the murti was given to Indra. Chola King Muchukunda, an ardent devotee of Shiva, got the murti from Indra. A Muchukunda Sahasranama A

Story – Shadow Of Devotion – The Great Power Of Unwavering Devotion

 Story on the great power of unwavering devotion. Once there was a poor man, who made his bare living by gathering wood in the forest and selling it in the market. All that he possessed was an axe and a rope, to cut and carry the wood. Now it happened that a great religious gathering took place in the village. Pilgrims came in thousands from all parts of the country. Song and worship was to be carried on all day. The poor man was very pious. He yearned to join in the festivities and to add his little mite to the offerings made to the village god that day. But what could he do? He had no money. He thought of selling his axe and rope. But that would mean that he would be deprived of his means of livelihood. No way seemed open. But as the noise of the merry crowd reached his ears, his fervour to join in the worship got the better of him and he sold his axe and rope. And for the money he bought flowers and coconut and other articles for worship. He was very happy and joining the crowd he

13 December 2022 Tithi – Panchang – Hindu Calendar – Good Time – Nakshatra – Rashi

Tithi in Panchang – Hindu Calendar on Tuesday, 13 December 2022 – It is Krishna Paksha Panchami tithi or the fifth day during the waning or dark phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Panchami tithi or the fifth day during the waning or dark phase of moon till 6:03 PM on December 13. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Sashti tithi or the sixth day during the waning or dark phase of moon till 7:53 PM on December 14. (Time applicable in all north, south and eastern parts of India. All time based on India Standard Time.)  Good – Auspicious time on December 13, 2022 as per Hindu Calendar – There is no good and auspicious time on the entire day.  Nakshatra  – Ashlesha or Ayilyam nakshatra on the entire day on December 13 and till 12:01 AM on December 14. (Time applicable in north, south and eastern parts of India).  In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, north Karnataka and south Rajasthan), Aslesha or Ayilyam nakshatra on the e

Siddhi Yog In Hindu Astrology

Siddhi Yog is considered a good and auspicious period in Hindu astrology. This yog is calculated based on nakshatra or birth star. The Siddhi Yog time period is till the end of nakshatra on the particular day. Siddhi Yog benefits include better luck, victory and success. The time period is good for making all kinds of investments. It is good for participating in spiritual matters and all things associated with religion and temple. It is ideal for moving into new rented house and also for any kind of first meeting. It is also good for opening of shops and starting construction etc. Siddhi Yog happens when Mool or Moolam nakshatra falls on Sunday or Ravivar Shravan or Sravana or Thiruvonam nakshatra falls on Monday or Somvar Uttara Bhadrapada or Uthrattathi nakshatra falls on Tuesday or Mangalwar Karthika or Krittika or Karthigai nakshatra falls on Wednesday or Budhwar Punarvasu or Punartham nakshatra falls on Thursday or Guruvar Purva Phalguni or Pooram nakshatra falls on Friday o

Elamakkara Perandoor Bhagavathi Temple – Festival – Story

Elamakkara Perandoor Bhagavathi temple is located at Elamakkara (Chambady Rd, Punnakkal), Kochi, Ernakulam district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga and is one among the 108 Durga temples in Kerala. The 8-day annual festival in the temple is held in Malayalam Meda masam (April – May) and concludes with arattu ceremony on Uthram nakshatra day. Perandoor Durga Bhagavathi is the Kula Devatha of many families in the region. This is a beautiful Kerala style temple with two entrances. The upa devatas are Ganapathy, Shiva, Ayyappa, Yakshi and Nagas. There is a huge banyan tree and a temple pond which elevates the ambience of the shrine. The darshanam of the main deity is towards east. The temple has a two tier chathura sreekovil. As per history, the temple belonged to the Edappally swaroopam. The shrine is now maintained by NSS. It is said that ruler of Edappally swaroopam who had gone to participate in a temple festival near Cherthala happened to have a dream. In the d

Bhagavad Gita Chapter IX Verse 22

Those who, meditating on Me as non-separate, worship Me in all beings, to these ever-steadfast devotees I secure safety and supply all their needs. (Bhagavad Gita Chapter 9 Verse 22) Bhagavan Sri Krishna speaks now of the highest bhaktas who worship God in all beings, who know Him as non-separate from themselves. These are the devotees who in deep meditation, in samadhi, have realized His presence and who have identified themselves with Him. Their hearts and minds are always filled with God. They actually feel their union with Him. Constantly they live in the presence of Him who is their real Self. These are the sannyasins, those who have renounced all that they might possess for God. They have realized that ‘Bhagavan is the wealth of those who have nothing, of those who have thrown away all desires of possession, even that of their own soul.’ They see Him alone, recognizing Him everywhere; for them there is no separation anywhere, all is Divinity, God’s manifestation. Life and Dea

12 December 2022 Tithi – Panchang – Hindu Calendar – Good Time – Nakshatra – Rashi

Tithi in Panchang – Hindu Calendar on Monday, 12 December 2022 – It is Krishna Paksha Chaturthi tithi or the fourth day during the 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 the waning or dark phase of moon till 3:57 PM on December 12. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Panchami tithi or the fifth day during the waning or dark phase of moon till 6:03 PM on December 13. (Time applicable in all north, south and eastern parts of India. All time based on India Standard Time.)  Good – Auspicious time on December 12, 2022 as per Hindu Calendar – Good and auspicious time on the entire day.  Nakshatra  – Pushya or Poosam or Pooyam nakshatra till 9:30 PM on December 12. Then onward it is Aslesha or Ayilyam nakshatra on the entire day on December 13 and till 12:01 AM on December 14. (Time applicable in north, south and eastern parts of India).  In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa

Bhagavad Gita And Wealth Creation - Making Money Is Not A Sin

Bhagavad Gita and money and Hindu spirituality and wealth creation are still perceived as odd combinations and it often raises several eyebrows. If a Hindu wants to take the spiritual path, the first advice is 'give away all your money and wealth and head towards the Himalayas .' Who needs money in a Himalayan Cave ? But to be spiritually oriented and to live in a society we need money and we need to generate wealth. Generating wealth through hard work is not a sin. But money is like water. Water is essential for survival but it can also drown the life it sustains. Bhagavad Gita helps us in striking a balance – it shows us how to create wealth, enjoy it and not to drown in it. To create wealth the brain has to be challenged continuously and we have to put to use it in family, society, market and in business deals. Family, community, and business are all realities and when faced with these realities many begin to tremble. Qualifications and abilities melt and many

Quotes On The Greatness And Importance Of Bhagavad Gita

A small collection of quotes by world renowned authors and thinkers on the greatness and importance of the Bhagavad Gita. Henry David Thoreau on Bhagavad Gita In the morning I bathe my intellect in the stupendous and cosmogonal philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita, in comparison with which our modern world and its literature seem puny and trivial. The reader is nowhere raised into and sustained in a bigger, purer, or rarer region of thought than in the Bhagavad Gita. The Gita's sanity and sublimity' have impressed the minds even of soldiers and merchants. Sri Aurobindo on the Bhagavad Gita The Gita is not a weapon for dialectical warfare; it is a gate opening on the whole world of spiritual truth and experience and the view it gives us embraces all the provinces of that supreme region. It maps out, but it does not cut up or build walls or hedges to confine our vision. Bhagavad Gita – Solutions for the Problems of the Human Mind It is in a mental civilization that w

The Solution To Physical – Emotional – Psychological Problems – Is In Bhagavad Gita

If we want to be free from physical, emotional and psychological problems then read the Bhagavad Gita. Today, we go to psychologists and therapists for solving emotional and psychological problems. The greatest psychologist and therapist is Bhagavan Sri Krishna. An Example from Gita– When a man thinks of objects, "attachment" for them arises; from attachment "desire" is born; from desire arises "anger" . . . From anger comes "delusion" ; from delusion "loss of memory" ; from loss of memory the "destruction of discrimination" ; from destruction of discrimination, he "perishes. " (Bhagavad Gita Chapter 2 Verse 62 and 63) Bhagavad Gita is a text that understands the core issue. It does not provide illogical solutions through magic or prayers. Instead, it makes us understand what the real issue and tries to solve it. Sri Krishna did not solve the problems faced by Arjuna through magic or by just lifting his hand

God Really And Visibly Takes Care Of His Believers – Story From Hindu Religion

God Really And Visibly Takes Care Of His Believers – this story from Hindu Religion is based on Bhagavan Sri Krishna and it clearly shows that god really and visibly takes care of his believers. There are many stories that illustrate that love of God for His devotees, whom He considers His own. These stories we find in the Puranas and other scriptures. One of the most beautiful of the stories is the story of a little boy to whom God appeared in human form, because he had a very devoted mother. There was a little boy and his mother was a great devotee. She always worshipped Krishna. But she was very poor. She lived with her little son, far from the village, and she could barely manage to make both ends meet. When the boy was old enough his mother send him to school. Every morning the little fellow would pick up his slate and his mat to sit on, and would set out for school. But the distance was considerable and the path led through a thick forest. The boy did not like to go through t

11 December 2022 Tithi – Panchang – Hindu Calendar – Good Time – Nakshatra – Rashi

Tithi in Panchang – Hindu Calendar on Sunday, 11 December 2022 – It is Krishna Paksha Tritiya tithi or the third day during the waning or dark phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Tritiya tithi or the third day during the waning or dark phase of moon till 1:46 PM on December 11. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Chaturthi tithi or the fourth day during the waning or dark phase of moon till 3:57 PM on December 12. (Time applicable in all north, south and eastern parts of India. All time based on India Standard Time.)  Good – Auspicious time on December 11, 2022 as per Hindu Calendar – Good and auspicious time after 4:14 PM.  Nakshatra  – Punarvasu or Punartham nakshatra till 6:54 PM on December 11. Then onward it is Pushya or Poosam or Pooyam nakshatra till 9:30 PM on December 12. (Time applicable in north, south and eastern parts of India).  In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, north Karnataka and south Rajasthan