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Guruvayur Thiru Venkatachalapathy Temple – Festival – History – Information

Guruvayur Thiru Venkatachalapathy temple is located at Thiruvenkidom – Guruvayoor, a kilometer north east of the world famous Sri Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple. The shrine is dedicated to Thiruvenkitachalapathy (Balaji or Venkateswara of Tirumala Tirupati temple). Goddess Bhagavathi is also worshipped with equal importance in the temple. As per local belief a Sannyasi from Tirupati Tirumala came to Guruvayoor temple and he wished to have a shrine dedicated to Venkateswara in Guruvayur. He got permission from Guruvayoorappan (Sri Krishna) to construct a temple in the spot where the current Thiru Venkitachalapathy temple is located. The annual Makara Chovva festival in the temple is famous for Ganapati homam, Laksharchana, Melam and Nadyakkal Para. Ganapathy, Goddess Saraswathi, Ayyappan, Nagaraja and Brahmarakshas are the upa devatas. Ramanujaryar, the founder of the temple, has a separate worship area. The annual festival in the temple begins on Punartham nakshatra in Medam mont

Kolathra Puthiya Bhagavathi Temple – Makara Chowa Festival

Kolathra Puthiya Bhagavathi temple is located near Manoor in Malappuram district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali. The annual Makara chowa festival is of great importance in the temple and is observed for three days. The main festival is on the last day (Makara Chovva). This is a small shrine mainly consisting of chathura sreekovil – square sanctum sanctorum. There are also small shrines of Upa Devatas in the temple compound. Various rituals and pujas, panchavadyam, ezhunellippu, thayambaka, nadan pattukal and varavukal are part of the Makara chowa festival. Makara Chovva is the first Tuesday in Makaram month. The temple also observes Navratri and Thrikarthika festival. Please note that in the same area there is another shrine known as Kolathra Bhagavathi temple.

Kolathra Bhagavathy Temple – Makara Chowa Festival

Kolathra Bhagavathy temple (കോലത്ര ) is located near Manoor in Malappuram district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali. The annual Makara chowa festival is of great importance in the temple. This is a small shrine mainly consisting of chathura sreekovil – square sanctum sanctorum. There are also small shrines of Upa Devatas in the temple compound. Various rituals and pujas including ezhunellippu and varavukal are part of the Makara chowa festival. The temple also observes Navratri, Puja Vaippu and Thrikarthika festival. Please note that in the same area there is another shrine known as Kolathra Puthiya Bhagavathi temple.

Karad Vaira Mahakali Kavu Temple – Makara Chowa Festival

Karad Vaira Mahakali Kavu temple (വൈരമഹാകാളി ) , also known as Karad Paramba Vairamahakali Kavu, is located at Karad – Vazhayur near Ramanattukara in Kozhikode district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali. The annual festival in the temple is held on Makara Masam (January – February ). The annual pratishta festival in the temple is held in Malayalam Meda Masam (April – May). The annual Makara Chowa festival is of great significance in the temple. Makara Chovva is the first Tuesday in Makaram month and is of great significance in many temples in Kerala. Various rituals and pujas are performed on the day. Karad Vaira Maha Kali Kavu is an ancient temple of Kerala. Sarpa Bali and Mahaguruthi are performed in Edava Masam. The festival and pujas in the temple are based on Tantric Shakti rules. Thira, poothan, melam and other Bhagavathi temple rituals and festivities in Kozhikode region are performed in the temple. Thila homam and Sayujya Pooja are performed on the Ka

Putrada Ekadasi January 2023

The Ekadasi by the name of Putrada Ekadashi is observed during the waxing phase of the moon in the month of July/August and also December/January. In  2023 , the date of Putrada Ekadasi in Paush month (December - January) is  January 2 . Putrada Ekadasi is also observed during the waxing phase of the moon in Shravan month (July – August) in some parts of North India, Gujarat, Orissa, Maharashtra , Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh and it is on August 27, 2023 . The corresponding name of Ekadasi observed in North India during the Shukla Paksha in Shravan month is the Pavitra Ekadasi . Ekadasi is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is observed on the 11th day of waning and waxing phase of moon in traditional Hindu calendar. It is believed that by fasting on Putrada Ekadasi one is relieved of all the sins committed. The greatness of this Ekadasi was explained to Yudhishtira by Lord Krishna and is found in the Bhavishyottara Purana. There is a popular belief that married couples without

Mathira Devi Temple – Festival – Mathira Thiruvathira

Mathira Devi temple is located at Mathira near Pangode in Thiruvananthapuram district, Kerala. Mathira Thiruvathira 2023 date is February 2. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathi. The annual festival in the temple is held on Thiruvathira nakshatra in Makaram month and is famous as Mathira Thiruvathira. The 8-day annual festival is famous for Kuthira Iduppu, Kettukazhcha (floats) and Guruthi. The festival ends with Arattu. Huge Kuthira with a height of nearly 20 feet are pulled to the temple from various karas on the occasion. The sankalpam is that Mathira Devi is the sister of Kadakkal Bhagavathy. This is a small shrine with a chathura sreekovil. Apart from the main sreekovil, the shrine has upa devatas. The temple also observes Ramayana Masam, Thiruvathira in Dhanu Masam and Thrikarthika. Kalamezhuthu Pattu is also held in the temple.

Chirakkal Kannoli Tripura Sundari Temple – Thalappoli Festival

Chirakkal Kannoli Tripura Sundari Temple is located at Chirakkal in Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to the Tripura Sundari form of Mother Goddess Shakti. The annual Thalappoli festival is held in Makaram month. This is a small shrine dedicated to Goddess Tripurasundari. The five-day festival is famous melam, elephants, procession and Kerala temple folk art forms. The shrine observes rituals and pujas associated with Kerala Bhagavathy temples. Navratri and Thrikarthika are observed in the temple. The annual pratishta festival in the temple is held in Malayalam Edava Masam (May - June).

Mudakuzha Thrikkayil Sri Krishna Temple – Festival

Mudakuzha Thrikka yil Sri Krishna temple is located at Mudakuzha in Ernakulam district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Bhagavan Sri Krishna. The 10-day annual festival is observed in such a manner that it ends on Thiruvonam nakshatra day in Makaram month. This is a typical Kerala style temple with a chuttambalam and sreekovil. The annual temple festival includes all the festival rituals held in Sri Krishna and Vishnu temples. Melam, caparisoned elephant and procession are part of the festival. The annual festival concludes with arattu. Another important festival observed in the temple is the Ashtami Rohini in Chinga Masam. The annual pratishta festival in the temple is held in Malayalam Edava Masam (May - June).

Maruthu Kavu Devi Temple – Lakkattoor – Dhanvantari Murthy

Maruthu Kavu Devi Temple is located near Lakkattoor in Kottayam district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhadra Devi. The temple also has the murti of Dhanvantari , the god of medicine in Hinduism. The shrine of Goddess Bhadra Devi faces west. The shrine of Goddess Bhuvaneshwari in the temple faces east. The other upa devata worshipped in the temple is Ganapati along with Siddhi and Buddhi. The shrine observes festival in August and this is famous for the presence of elephants.  

Banadashtami 2022 - Importance - Dedicated To Goddess Banashankari

Banadashtami, or Banada Ashtami, is an auspicious day dedicated to Goddess Banashankari, an incarnation of Goddess Parvati. In 2022, the date of Banadashtami is December 30. Goddess Banashankari is also known as Banashankari or Shakambari or Banadevi and is mainly worshipped in Karnataka. The word Banashankari is derived from ‘Ban or Van’ meaning ‘forest’ and ‘Shankari’ meaning ‘the consort of Lord Shiva.’ There is also a Banashankari Navratri in Pushya month and is observed by devotees of Banashankari. Fairs and festivals are held during this period in Banashankari temples. Banadashtami is observed on the eight day after new moon in the month of Pushya. The day also marks the beginning of festivals dedicated to Goddess Banashankari. A major fair is held at Badami Banashankari Devi Temple during this period and it begins on Banadashtami day. According to Skanda Purana, Goddess Banashankari Devi killed a demon called Durgamasur at the present day Badami in Bag

Ettumana Karanayil Madom Vishnumaya Kuttichathan Temple Thira Festival

Ettumana Karanayil Madom Vishnumaya Kuttichathan temple is located at Ettuamana in Thrissur district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Vishnumaya Kuttichathan and is maintained by Karanayil Madom. The annual festival of Thira Vellattu is held in Makram month for two days. The day after Thira is observed as Roopakalam. The annual festival is dedicated to Bhagavan Chathan Swamy. Kalamezhuthu, the making of the floral design of Bhagavan Chathan commences on the second day of the festival after the completion of Thira and Vellattu. It is believed that touching the Kalam with feet will help a devotee achieve peace and prosperity. Pattulsavam and Roopakalam is also held in the temple during Edavam (June) and Thulam masam (September).

Eswaramangalam Bhadramkulangara Bhagavathi Temple – Thalappoli Festival

Eswaramangalam Bhadramkulangara Bhagavathi temple is located at Iswaramangalam near Thavanur in Malappuram district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy. The annual Thalappoli festival at Bhadram Kulangara Bhagavathy temple is held in Makara masam (January - February). This is a small temple located on the banks of Bharathapuzha River. The temple has a chathura sreekovil with the murti of Bhagavathy. The annual Thalappoli festival is famous for melam and caparisoned elephants.

Alavil Puthiyakavu Mariamman Kovil Thira Festival - Theyyam

Alavil Puthiyakavu Mariyamman Kovil Temple is located at Alavil near Talap in Kannur district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Mother Goddess Mariamman. The annual Alavil Puthiyakavu Mariamman temple Thira festival is held from Makaram 16 to Makarm 18 (this usually falls from January 28 to January 30). Alavil Puthiyakavu Mariyamman Kovil is a small rectangular shrine with two main deities. Both the deities are associated with Shakti worship in the region. The theyyams performed during the annual Thira festival includes Bhadrakali Theyyam, Puthiya Bhagavathi, Sasthappan or Kuttichathan, Thekkan Gulikan, Veera Kali and Veeran Theyyam.

Mangalam Pulloonikkavu Temple – Vela Festival

Mangalam Pulloonikkavu temple, also known as Pullooni Kavu, is located at Mangalam in Malappuram district, Kerala. The annual pratishta festival is held in Makara Masam (February – March). The shrine is famous for annual Pulloonikkavu Vela festival held on the first Tuesday in March. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy. The temple is located amidst natural surroundings. The shrine has a square sanctum sanctorum – chathura sreekovil. The vela festival is noted for various veshams and colorful processions. The festival is famous for Kala Vela – huge effigies of ox. The temple performs one of the most famous fireworks in the region.

Kadavallur Muthy Bhagavthy Temple – Pooram Festival

Kadavallur Muthy Bhagavthy temple is located at Kadavalloor in Thrissur district, Kerala. The annual pooram festival in the temple is held in Kumbha Masam (February – March). The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathi. The Upa Devatas are worshipped in Muthi Bhagavathy temple are Goddess Vishnu Priya, Kalabhairavan, Muthappan, Manapullikavu Bhagavathy. Pujas are performed on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. This is a small temple with a square sanctum or chathura sreekovil. The annual pooram festival is famous for the participation of nearly a dozen caparisoned elephants. The elephants carry Thidambu, venchamaram and muthukuda to the accompaniment of melam. Floats depicting characters from local folklore, Hindu scriptures and Puranas are part of the festival. During the festival Komaram or Velichappadu (oracle) move around ferociously scattering turmeric powder all around the temple. This act get frenzy and is performed to the accompaniment of Melam.

Shasti 2022 dates - Sashti Vratam Calendar in 2022

Sashti 2022 dates based on Tamil Calendar and Panchang. Shasti, or Sashti, is an important day in a Hindu calendar and is associated with Lord Muruga. Below are the Shasti and Kanda Sashti fasting days in year 2022. Shashti falls on the sixth day of every lunar fortnight in traditional Hindu calendar. The Shasti falling during the waning phase of the moon is chosen for fasting by Lord Subramanya or Murugan devotees. There are two Sashti in a month and devotees of Skanda observe partial or full fast on the Shashti occurring after the new moon (Amavasya). Sashti 2022 Dates October 1, 2022 October 26, 2022  –  Skanda Shasti Starts October 27, 2022   – Kanda Shasti fasting Day 2 October 28, 2022   – Kantha Shasti fasting Day 3 October 29, 2022   – Skanda Sasti fasting Day 4 October 30, 2022 – Skanda Sasti fasting Day 5 and Skanda Sashti  Soorasamharam  (Skanda Sashti fasting Day 6) - Monthly Sashti Fasting October 31, 2022 –  Thirukalyanam November 29, 2022 December 28, 2022 Sashti

Kayyath Nagam Temple – Ayilyam Festival

Kayyath Nagam temple is located at Kayyath – Ariyil near Pattuvam in Kannur district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Nagam or Sarpam – temple of Snake worship. The annual Sarpa Pooja in the temple is held on Ayilyam nakshatra in Kumbha Masam (February – March). The shrine is located amidst natural surroundings. Serpents or Nagam are the main deities in the shrine. The main deity is Nagaraja. Ayilyam nakshatra day in all Malayalam month is of great importance here. The annual Sarpa Bali Pooja in the temple is held in Ayilyam nakshatra day in Meda Masam (April - May). 

Thadukkassery Nagamkulangara Temple – Festival

Thadukkassery Nagamkulangara temple is located at Thadukkassery in Palakkad district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Bhagwan Vishnu. But the Goddess Bhagavathi worshiped in the Nagam Kulangara temple is the most famous. The annual festival in the temple is held in Kumbha month and begins with Kuriyidal. The annual Thalappoli festival is held on the day after Meena Bharani (March - April). The main Upa Devata worshipped in the temple is Thirumandamkunnilamma (Goddess Devi).   The other Upa Devatas are Ganapathi and Sastha. The temple has a huge pond by its side. Thadukkassery Nagamkulangara Temple Timings The temple is open for darshan during morning hours from 5:00 AM to 9:00 AM The temple is open for darshan during evening hours from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM The main offering or vazhipadu in the temple is Darika vadham kalam pattu.

Panamanna Malolma Bhagavathi Temple – Thalappoli Festival

Panamanna Malolma Bhagavathi temple is located at Panamanna in Palakkad district, Kerala. This is small temple with Goddess Bhagavathi as the main deity. The Upa Devata worshipped in the temple is Ayyappa or Sastha. The annual Thalappoli festival in the temple is held in Kumbham month. The festival is famous for women carrying Thalam or plate with rice, flowers and lamp. Huge effigies of ox are carried to the shrine and this is known as Kala Vela. Caparisoned elephants and melam are part of the annual festival. The thidambu of Bhagavathy is taken atop the caparisoned elephant along with muthukuda and venchamaram. Procession and display of characters from Hindu epics are an important part of this colorful festival. The temple has a chatura sreekovil with the bimbham of Bhagavathy. The shrine is complete with small chuttambalam and kodimaram. The shrine also observes Navratri and Thrikarthika festival.

Makar Sankranti 2023 Date - Importance of Makar Sankranti In Hinduism - Puja Time

Makar Sankranti, also known as Sankranti or Makar Sankrant, is one of the highly auspicious days in a Hindu calendar and the day is dedicated to the worship of Lord Surya (Sun God). Makar Sankranti 2023 date is January 15. Punyakaal or time for puja and to take holy bath is from 7:15 AM on January 15, 2023. Makar Sankranti is the day when the sun enters into the zodiac Capricorn or Makara. It is also known as Uttarayana Punyakalam and heralds the arrival of spring season. In Western India Punya Kaal time is from 8:45 AM on January 15. What is Makar Sankranti? Makar Sankranti is an auspicious day based on the movement of the Sun (Surya). ‘Makar’ or ‘Makara’ refers to ‘Makara  rashi’ – the zodiac corresponding to Capricorn.  ‘Sankranti’ in Sanskrit means ‘to cross into’ or the day when sun enters from one zodiac sign to another.  So Makar Sankranti is the day when the sun enters into the zodiac Capricorn. It is also known as  Uttarayana Punyakalam or the entry of sun into t

Purpose Of Existence Through Our Capacities And Talents

A seed can be used in different ways; however, its purpose of existence is fulfilled only when it is allowed to grow into a tree manifesting its inner essence. Similarly, our life also can be made use of in several ways, but the real fulfillment comes when what is inside is given outward expression. There are many talents and capacities in us. Through different activities and practices we must try to express these things and also encourage others to do so. This will give a sense of fulfillment. If the talents and capacities are blocked or suppressed due to various social and individual factors, then there is the likelihood of plummeting into some nervous disorder. We have to give expression to our love and charity. In this regard, service activities are important. Small children possess these virtues. In course of time they learn to become selfish, thanks to the influence of parents and social pressure. Many suffer throughout their lives, always expecting love and sympathy from

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

Tithi in Panchang – Hindu Calendar on Saturday, 15 January 2022 – It is Shukla Paksha Trayodashi tithi or the thirteenth day during the waxing or light phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Trayodashi tithi or the thirteenth day during the waxing or light phase of moon on the entire day on January 15 and till 12:23 AM on January 16. (Time applicable in all north, south and eastern parts of India. All time based on India Standard Time.  Good – Auspicious time on January 15, 2022 as per Hindu Calendar – There is no good and auspicious time on the entire day.  Nakshatra  – Mrigasira or Makayiram or Mrigasheersham nakshatra till 11:22 PM on January 15. Then onward it is Ardra or Arudhara or Thiruvathira nakshatra on the entire day on January 16 and till 1:55 AM on January 17. (Time applicable in north, south and eastern parts of India).  In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, north Karnataka and south Rajasthan), Mrigasira