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Cheriazheekal Kashi Vishwanatha Temple – Festival – History

Cheriazheekal Kashi Vishwanatha temple is located at Cheriyazheekal near Karunagappally in Kollam district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Shiva and Bhagavan Vishnu. The annual Shivratri festival is of great importance here and is observed in February or March (Malayalam Kumbha Masam). Ashtami Rohini  (Sri Krishna Janmashtami in Chingamasam) is an important auspicious occasion in the temple. A Shivling is worshipped in one Sreekovil. The popular belief is that a priest arrived here from Kashi with a Shivling he had found in the Ganga River. He consecrated the Shivling in the temple. The temple is believed to be more than 2000 years old and it said that originally the temple only had the murti of Vishnu Bhagavan. The other sanctum has a standing murti of Bhagwan Vishnu. There are no major structures other than the sreekovil, kodimaram and the namaskara mandapam. There are a couple of Upa Devata shrines. This Shivratri festival is observed with tantric pujas and rituals. Vari

Yawn Of Vishnu And Fight With Shiva – Story

The yawn of Vishnu and fight with Shiva is found in the Bala Kanda chapter 1 (74) in the Ramayana. The story was narrated by Parashurama to Bhagavan Sri Rama. Parashurama was describing about the two bows constructed by Vishwakarma. One which was originally in the possession of Shiva was broken by Sri Rama to marry Mata Sita. The other was originally in the possession of Vishnu and it was now held by Parashurama. Once the Gods and Rishis wanted to find whose bow was powerful. To ascertain the strength of their bows, Shiva and Vishnu entered into a duel. There was a great encounter between Shiva and Vishnu, as they sought to defeat each other. Finally through his yawn and humkara, Vishnu was able to counter the terrible and excellent bow of Shiva. Thus it was decided that the bow of Vishnu was superior. Shiva then gave away his bow to Rajarshi Devarata of Videha. Vishnu gave his bow to Richika Bhargava. He gave this divine bow to his great-souled son Jamadagni, father of Parashu

Arukalikkal Mahadeva Temple – Festival

Arukalikkal Mahadeva temple is located at Arukalickal near Ezhamkulam - Parakode in Pathanamthitta District, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Shiva. The annual Shivratri festival, observed in Kumbha Masam (Feb – March), is of great importance in the temple.  The 10-day annual festival in the temple concludes on Thiruvathira nakshatra day. The chatura sreekovil or square sanctum sanctorum has a Shivling. The shrine has a namaskara mandapam, upa devata shrines, a well-maintained pond and chuttambalam. The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Ganapathy, Brahmarakshas, and Nagaraja and Nagayakshi. Ezhunellippu of Bhagavan atop caparisoned elephants to the accompaniment of melam is an important even in the temple. Pradosham, Mondays, Navratri,and Thiruvathira in Dhanu masam are of importance here. Vishu, Vrishicka Masam and Ramayana Masam are also observed. The annual Shivratri festival includes abhishekam, dhara, and various homams.

Puthezham Sankarodayam Temple – Festival

Puthezham Sankarodayam temple is located at Ayroor in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Shiva. Shivratri, which falls in Malayalam Kumbha Masam (February or March) is of great importance in the temple. A Shivling is worshipped in a square sanctum sanctorum or chathura sreekovil. The upa devatas worshipped here are Devi, Ganapathy, Sastha and Nagas. The temple has a namaskara mandapam with Nandi. Puthezham Sankarodayam Temple Timings The Morning Darshan and Puja timings are from 5:30 AM to 10:00 AM The Evening Darshan and Puja timings are from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM Shivratri is observed with homams, pujas, and abhishekams.

Kuriannoor Mayiladumpara Mahadeva Temple – Festival

Kuriannoor Mayiladumpara Mahadeva temple is located near Thottapuzhassery – Kuriannoor in Pathanamthita district, Kerala. This is an ancient shrine dedicated to Shiva. The most important festival here is the annual Shivratri festival held in Malayalam Kumbha Masam (February – March). The chatura sreekovil or square sanctum sanctorum has a Shivling. The shrine has a nandi facing the sreekovil. There are no major temple structures here. The annual Shivratri festival is noted for both tantric and Vedic rituals. Among the Upa Devatas there is a shrine of Tapaswi. The shrine observes Ramayana Masam and Vrischika Masam.

Rajakkad Mahadeva Temple – Festival

Rajakkad Mahadeva temple is located at Rajakkad in Idukki district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Shiva – Mahadeva. The annual Shivratri festival in Kumbha Masam is of great importance in the temple. It falls in last week of February or first fortnight of March. A Shivling is worshipped in a two tier chathura sreekovil – square sanctum sanctorum. The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Ganapati, Subramania, Devi, Sastha and Nagas. This is a very big temple with a chuttambalam, Namaskara mandapam, upa devata shrines etc. The annual Shivratri festival is famous various pujas and rituals including abhishekam, dhara, homams etc. Melam and temple folk arts are part of the festival.

Amrutanubhav – A Poetic Work Of Sant Dnyaneshwar

Amrutanubhav is a poetic work of Sant Dnyaneshwar, the 13 th century mystic saint of Maharashtra. Amritanubhava, literally, “the experience of the immortal”, is the popular name for Anubhavamrita. The work explains non-dualistic idealism, chidvilasa (play of consciousness), and deals with Brahman as being the one reality without attributes. Amritanubhav is a work in verse containing ten chapters composed in the Ovi meter. Sant Dnyaneshwar enunciates clearly at the beginning o the work, in five Sanskrit shlokas, his own philosophical position of the fundamental unity of all existence in the form of transcendental reality. Anubhav Amrita is the realization of that fundamental, all-pervading, all inclusive reality, which is beyond duality of every kind. Amrutanubhav First Chapter In the first chapter of Amritanubhav, Sant Dnyaneshwar describes the nature if Shiva (the Ultimate Reality) and his power, Shakti. Together they bring the world into existence. He says that when he offer

Ithithanam Elamkavu Devi Temple History – Festival – Ithithanam Gajamela 2023 Date

Ithithanam Elamkavu Devi temple is located at Kurichi village near Changanassery, around 2 km from plamoodu junction, in Kottayam district, Kerala. The main deity worshipped in the temple is Goddess Bhadrakali. Ithithanam Gajamela 2023 date is April 23. The temple is famous for Ithithanam Gajamela or parading of elephants in April month. Ithithanam Elamkavu Devi Temple History The temple is more than 500 years old. It is believed that Goddess Kali arrived here from Kodungallur. She arrived atop the traditional umbrella of Vellappally Panicker who was an ardent devotee and upasaka of Kodungallur Bhagavathy. Goddess arrived here with Panicker and settled at Ithithanam Ambalakkodi. This place is located half kilometer west of the present temple. Renovation of the temple was done 1994. Flag post was installed in 2003. Ithithanam Gajamela And Festival The 10-day annual festival starts on Vishu and ends on Pathamudayam. Paraezhunellipu is performed during the first eight days of

Tilkut Chaturthi - Til Kund Chaturthi in North India - Tilkut Chauth 2023

Tilkut Chaturthi, or Tilkut Chauth or Til Chaturthi, is observed on the fourth day during the waning phase of moon (krishna paksha) in Magh Month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in  North India . Tilkut Chauth 2023 date is January 10. A similar festival is observed in western parts of India especially in Maharashtra and it is known as  Til Kund Chaturthi  and is observed on Magh Shukla Paksha Chaturthi (January 25, 2023). ‘Til’ is Sesame seeds and the day is dedicated to eating delicacies made of Til. The ritual is also known as Til Kunda Chaturthi and Tilkunda Jayanti. Til kutta Chaturthi falls during the peak winter season and it is believed that eating Til helps in keeping the body fit during the harsh winter. The festival is of great importance in Bihar , Jharkhand and in eastern Uttar Pradesh. The delicacy eaten on the day is made by mixing sugar or jaggery with Til.. Tilkut Chauth Puja Vidhi The puja is performed in the evening. Northwest side o

Sankashti Chaturthi 2022 Dates – List of Sankashti 2022 - 2023 dates

Sankashti Chaturthi 2022 - 2023 dates as per Hindu lunar calendar in India and the Sankashti list is given below with Chandrodaya time today (moonrise time today) in Pune, Mumbai, and Maharashtra. Sankashti Chaturthi, or Ganesh Sankashti Chaturthi Vrata, is an auspicious day dedicated to Lord Ganesha in a Hindu lunar month. This Ganapati Vrata falls on the 4th day of the Krishna Paksha (waning phase of moon) of the lunar fortnight or on the fourth day after full moon or Purnima. Ganesha devotees observe a fast (fasting – upvaas) on the day.   Sankashti 2022 dates Sankashti Chaturthi – November 12, 2022 – Saturday – Moonrise time – 8:59 PM  Sankashti Chaturthi – December 11, 2022 – Sunday – Moonrise time is at 8:34 PM Sankashti Chaturthi 2023 dates Sankashti Chaturthi - January 10, 2023 – Tuesday –  Angarak Sankashti  - Chandrodaya time 9:06 PM   Sankashti Chaturthi - February 9 2023 – Thursday –  Chandrodaya time today 9:30 PM    Sankashti Chaturthi - March 11, 2023 – Saturday – C

How To Escape From The Pendulum Of Happiness and Misery?

Is man doomed to swing like a pendulum betwixt a smile and a tear (happiness and misery? The first lesson we must learn in this connection is that desires can never be satisfied by their enjoyment. With the attainment of one object of our desire our aspiration rises to another. The acquisition of one object only begets a thirst for more. As long as one yearning of our heart remains unfulfilled, we can never be happy. The truth that desire is the cause of suffering is as old as the world. Prince Siddhartha, the Buddha, discovered this under the memorable Bo-tree centuries ago. Thousands of our forefathers, who before us crossed through life’s stormy main and buffeted its waves of pain and misery, learnt this lesson. But it never comes home to us unless we ourselves taste of the bitter cup. The only way to escape from the pendulum of happiness and misery is not to cease from performing action but to do one’s duty without attachment and without desire for its fruits. It is this which ma

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

Tithi in Panchang – Hindu Calendar on Friday, 28 January 2022 – It is Krishna Paksha Ekadashi tithi or the eleventh day during the waning or dark phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. 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. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Dwadashi tithi or the twelfth day during the waning or dark phase of moon till 5:46 PM on January 29. (Time applicable in all north, south and eastern parts of India. All time based on India Standard Time.  Good – Auspicious time on January 28, 2022 as per Hindu Calendar – There is no good and auspicious time on the entire day.  Nakshatra  – Anuradha or Anusham or Anizham nakshatra till 3:55 AM on January 28. Then onward it is Jyeshta or Kettai or Triketta nakshatra till 2:15 AM on January 29 . (Time applicable in north, south and eastern parts of India).  In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, north Karnat