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Brahmakulam Shiva Temple - Festival - Pond

Brahmakulam Shiva temple is located at Brahmakulam in Thrissur district, Kerala. This is an ancient temple and is dedicated to Shiva. There is a huge pond spread over several acres in front of the temple. There are two separate sreekovil in the same temple compound. The annual Mahashivratri festival is of great importance in the temple. The temple has a chuttambalam, Namaskara mandapam and shrines of upa devatas. The annual festival here is more famous for pujas and rituals. Pradosham is of great significance in the temple.

Thadiyoor Sreekanteswaram Temple – Festival

Thadiyoor Sreekanteswaram temple is located at Thadiyoor near Thiruvalla in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Shiva. The annual Maha Shivratri festival is of great importance in the temple. The annual Shivratri festival begins with kodiyettam. Various pujas, homams are rituals associated with Shiva temples are held on the occasion. This is a small temple with a namaskara mandapam and chathura sreekovil. A shivling is worshipped in the temple. Nandi faces Shiva and sits on the namaskara mandapam. The annual prathishta festival in the temple is held in Meena Masam. The upa devatas worshipped in the temple are Ganapati and Hanuman.

Adinadu Khandakarnnankavu Temple – Festival

Adinadu Khandakarnnankavu temple is located at Adinadu near Puthiyakavu – Karunagappally in Kollam district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Shiva. The annual festival in the temple is observed on the Mahashivratri day in Kumbha Masam. The Shivratri day in Kandakarnan Kavu temple is famous for kalakettu – effigies of ox pulled to the temple. The shrine is decorated with thousands of lamps on the day. Melam, temple folk arts and pujas and rituals are part of the annual festival. The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple include Ganapathy, Muruga and Goddess Bhadrakali. The shrine observes Pongala ritual, Vinayaka Chaturthi in Chingamasam and festivals and rituals associated with Muruga. The temple has a kodimaram, chathura sreekovil, chuttambalam, namaskara mandapam and shrines of upa devatas.

Chuttipara Mahadeva Temple – Festival

Chuttipara Mahadeva temple is located in Pathanamthitta in Kerala. Dedicated to Shiva, the shrine is located top 200 feet high rock cluster. Maha Shivratri in February or March is an important festival in the temple. The sankalpam of Shiva in the temple is that of Harihara – Vishnu and Shiva. The upa devatas worshipped here are Nagaraja and Nagayakshi. The shrine is open only on Sundays. Some of the other upa devatas are worshipped under the trees here. This is a very small Shiva temple with a Shivling.

Perumattom Mahadeva Temple – Shivratri Festival

Perumattom Mahadeva temple is located at Perumattom near Veliyannoor in Kottayam district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Shiva. Maha Shivratri in Kumbha Masam (February – March) is the most important festival in the temple. Vinayaka Chaturthi in Chingamasam is another important festival in the temple. The sankalpam of Shiva in Perumattom temple is that of Ardhanarishwara. The annual Shivratri festival is famous for abhishekam, yajnas, homam and ezhunnallathu. Another important festival in the temple is the Thiruvathira nakshatra in Dhanu masam (December – January). Pradosham is a very important day for worship here. The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple includes Goddess Parvati and Ganpati.

Jugupsa – Sentiment Of Disgust

Jugupsa is the sthayi bhava (permanent psychological state) which gives rise to the bibhatsa rasa(odious sentiment), one of the eight rasas (sentiments) of Indian aesthetics. Jugupsa is caused by vibhavas (causal experience) such as experiencing sights and sounds that are unpleasant or distasteful. These defects in people or objects directly affect one’s sensory perceptions of smell, touch, sound, sight and hearing. Dancers and actors express this emotion through anubhava (the physical manifestation of a state of mind) of body movements. These consist of actions like contracting or shrinking of the body, narrowing of the mouth, covering the nose with hands, and spitting. Uddipana vibhava happens when the undesirable elements multiply in quantity or get exaggerated. This in turn leads to sattvika bhava (involuntary states of feelings) that are internalized by the person involved. They are manifested through immobility, horripilation, sweat, a fainting sensation, and trembling of the

Thrippekkulam Mahadeva Temple – Festival - History

Thrippekkulam Mahadeva temple is located at Thrippekkulam – Thumboor in Thrissur district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Shiva. The annual Maha Shivratri festival falling in Kumbha Masam (February – March) is of great importance in the temple. The annual festival in the temple is held in such a manner that it ends with arattu on Thiruvathira nakshatra day in Kumbha Masam. The annual festival is famous for ezhunellathu atop caparisoned elephant, panchavadyam, utsava bali, nirmalya darshanam, arattu, and kodikkal para. This is a beautiful Shiva temple located in the middle of paddy field. The temple has a round sanctum sanctorum – vatta sreekovil. Shiva Lingam is the main prathishta in the temple. There are three temple ponds here. One is located inside the temple compound and never dries even during the peak summer season. Two ponds are located outside the temple complex. The shrine has a kodimaram, chuttambalam, namaskara mandapam, upa devata shrines and Nandi. Elephants a

Adayamon Payyanad Ayiravilli Temple

Adayamon Payyanad Ayiravilli temple is located at Adayaman off the Kilimanoor – Kadakkal road in Thiruvananthapuram district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy. Maha Shivratri festival in Kumbha Masam (February – March) is an important festival in the temple. This is a very small shrine with Shiva and Bhagavathi as the main deity. There are two temples in the region Payyanadu temple and Meleppayanadu temple. The shrine observes important festivals and dates associated with Shiva and Bhagavathi.

Kalliasseri Kanjiramkunnu Poyyil Bhagavathy Kavu Temple - Theyyam

Kalliasseri Kanjiramkunnu Poyyil Bhagavathy Kavu temple is located at Kalliasseri in Kannur district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy. The annual Kaliyattam festival in the shrine is held in Kumbha Masam (February – March). The theyyams held here are Karimkutty Sasthappan, Poyyil Bhagavathy and Sri Bhootham Theyyam. This an ancient shrine with a Bhagavathy bimbam in the sreekovil. The temple observes the annual Navratri festival with Vidyarambham. Ayilyam Pooja and Ramayana Masam are observed here.

Purakkattiri Thazhathayil Bhagavathi Temple – Thira Festival

Purakkattiri Thazhathayil Bhagavathi temple is located at Purakkattiri in Kozhikode district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathi. The annual thira festival known as Thira Mahotsavam is held in Kumbha Masam. In Thirayattam ritual, chosen persons adorn the role of Bhagavathy and enact various scenes from the stories of Bhagavathy. They hold a long sickle and wear red color dress and dance to the accompaniment of melam (temple music). This annual festival attracts hundreds of devotees to the temple. The temple holds all pujas and rituals associated with Kali temples in North Kerala.

Azhchavattam Kapaleshwara Temple – Festival

Azhchavattam Kapaleshwara temple is located at Azhchavattam Mankavu in Kozhikode, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Shiva. Maha Shivratri in Kumbha Masam (February – March) is another important festival in the temple. The sankalpam of Shiva here is that of Kapaleeshwara. The Shivling is worshipped in a chathura sreekovil with a chuttambalam and namaskara mandapam. There are separate shrines for upa devata including Ganapathy. The shrine also observes Ramayana Masam, Thrikarthika and Thiruvathira in Dhanu Masam. Pradosham and Mondays are of great significance in the temple.

Thiruvannur Shiva Temple – Festival Thiruvannur Mahadeva Temple

Thiruvannur Sree Mahadeva temple, also known as Thiruvannur Shiva temple, is located at Thiruvannur in Kozhikode district, Kerala. The main deity worshipped in the temple is Shiva. Mahashivratri and Thiruvathira in Dhanu masam are the two important festivals here. The temple has a unique sreekovil which is three-fourth square shape and the back portion is circular or like that of than elephant. The sankalpam of Shiva in the temple is that of Kirathamoorthy and it faces west. The murti is believed to have been consecrated by Parashurama. There is also a west facing shrine of Bhagavan Sri Krishna in the temple complex. Ganapathi murti worshipped inside the nalambalam faces north and this is a rarity. The upa devatas worshipped in the temple are Dharma Sastha, Parashurama, Nagaraja and Nagayakshi, Kshetrapalan and yakshi. The temple belongs to the Zamorin Royal family, now under administration of the family welfare society. Main offering is Otta for fulfillment of desires destro

Edakkunni Uthram Vilakku 2022 Date - Thrissur – Ollur Edakkunni Bhavathi Temple Festival

The most important and only festival at Edakkunni Bhavathi temple near Ollur (around 8 km from Thrissur) is the uthram vilakku. This annual ritual is held on the uthram nakshatram day in Meenam month. It is a seven day festival and begins six days before the main day.  Edakkunni Bhagavathi temple uthram vilakku has its origin in uthrampattu, a form of ritual singing (Brahmani pattu) that was later converted into Uthram Vilakku in its present form about 150 years ago. After the kodiyettam (flag-hoisting) a small pooram is held with three elephants. For the next six days Edakkunni Bhagavathi goes around the Perumanam village atop an elephant receiving offerings from devotees. She also participates in the pooram festivals in the temples on her route and nearby. The elephant on which Bhagavathi is carried around also takes part in the Peedikaparambil Anayottam – elephant race. She finally participates in the Arattupuzha Pooram. On the uthram nakshatram day, she arrives back to th

Kunnicode Kadumangalam Mahadevar Temple – Festival

Kunnicode Kadumangalam Mahadevar temple is located at Kunnicode in Kollam district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Shiva. The shrine is famous for its annual festival in Dhanu masam. Maha Shivratri is another important festival in the temple. The temple has a round sanctum sanctorum or round sreekovil. The Shivling worshipped in the temple is very old but the out structures are comparatively new. To Shivlings with equal importance are worshipped here. There is a big murti of Nandi or Rishabam in the temple. Such huge Nandri murti are very rare in Kerala. One Shivling is in ferocious form. It is believed that the second Shivling was consecrated here to reduce the ferocity and power of the original Shivling. Kala ezhunnallathu (big effigy of ox) is an important event during the annual festival. The annual Pratishta festival in the temple is held in Malayalam Meda masam.

Kallakode Ammarathu Temple and Nagarkavu

Kallakode Ammarathu temple and Nagarkavu is located at Kalakkodu near Paravur in Kollam district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathi and Nagas. The shrine is maintained by families and is a private temple. The temple observes annual Shivratri festival with various pujas and rituals. Ayilyam nakshatra day in all Malayalam months are of importance in the temple. The Upa Devatas worshipped here are Shiva and Ganapati. Kallakode Ammarathu Temple Timings Morning darshan timings are from 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM Evening puja and darshan timings are from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Panamoodu Parabrahma Temple – Festival – Kongal Panamood Shiva Temple

Panamoodu Parabrahma temple, also known as Kongal Panamood Shiva temple, is located at Panamoodu near Paravur in Kollam district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Shiva. The annual Maha Shivratri festival in Kumbha Masam (February – March) is of great importance here. Thiruvathira nakshatra day in Kumbha Masam is another important occasion in the temple. The temple is located amidst the backdrop of Arabian Sea. The temple has chatura sreekovil or square sanctum for all the deities. The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Ganapati, Devi, Goddess Bhadra, Nagas and Rakshas. The annual Shivratri is noted for various homas, abhishekam and other rituals associated with Shiva temples in South Kerala. Vishu, Vinayaka Chaturthi in Chinga Masam, Navratri and Thrikarthika are important dates in the temple. The temple also observes Pradosham. Mondays are of great importance in the temple.

Ollal Shiva Temple – Festival

Ollal Shiva temple is located at Ollal near Paravur (Gate By Pass) in Kollam district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Shiva. The temple observes annual Maha Shivratri festival in Kumbha Masam (February – March). This is a very small temple. The murtis worshipped in the temple are very old. The temple was renovated recently. The Upa Devats worshipped here are Ganapathy, Goddess Durga and Goddess Bhadra. Earlier the shrine had square sanctum but it has now been replaced with round sanctum. The temple is famous for a sacred grove located behind the temple. Ayilyam nakshatra day in all Malayalam masam is of great importance here. Nagas (Nagaraja and Nagayakshi) are worshipped here. This is an important snake temple in the area. The temple observes annual festivals mainly with pujas and rituals. Navratri and Thrikarthika are the other important festivals here. A unique offering in the temple is small bells.

Kurumandal Kochu Halasya Shiva Parvathy Temple – Festival

Kurumandal Kochu Halasya Shiva Parvathy temple is located at Kurumandal near Paravur in Kollam district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The temple observes annual Maha Shivratri festival in Kumbha Masam (February – March). This is a very small temple. The murtis worshipped in the temple are very old. There are no main temple structures here. The temple observes annual festivals mainly with pujas and rituals. The shrine also observes Pongala annually. Navratri and Thrikarthika are the other important festivals here.

Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa About Sri Krishna - His Blue Color

Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa has some interesting observations about Sri Krishna - his blue color, size - in the Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna.  Sri Krishna was bent on account of His ecstatic love. His body was bent in three places owing to His love for Radha. That is how some people explain Sri Krishna's form. Do you know why He has a deep-blue complexion? And why He is of such small stature — only three and a half cubits measured by His own hand? God looks so as long as He is seen from a distance. So the water of the ocean looks blue from afar. But if you go near the ocean and take the water in your hand, you will no longer find it blue; it will be very clear, transparent. So the sun appears small because it is very far away; if you go near it, you will no longer find it small. When one knows the true nature of God, He appears neither blue nor small. But that is a far-off vision: one does not see it except in samadhi. As long as I and You exist, name and form will also exist.

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

Tithi in Panchang – Hindu Calendar on Thursday, 27 January 2022 – It is Krishna Paksha Dasami tithi or the tenth day during the waning or dark phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Navami tithi or the ninth day during the waning or dark phase of moon till 12:40 AM on January 27. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Dasami tithi or the tenth day during the waning or dark phase of moon till 10:28 PM on January 27. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Ekadashi tithi or the eleventh day during the waning or dark phase of moon till 8:07 PM on January 28. (Time applicable in all north, south and eastern parts of India. All time based on India Standard Time.  Good – Auspicious time on January 27, 2022 as per Hindu Calendar – Good and auspicious time from 8:50 AM to 3:38 PM  Nakshatra  – Vishakha or Vishakam nakshatra till 5:28 AM on January 27. Then onward it is Anuradha or Anusham or Anizham nakshatra till 3:55 AM on January 28 . (Time applicable i