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Gokkadavu Sree Sivapuram Mahadeva Temple – Maha Shivratri Festival

Gokkadavu Sree Sivapuram Mahadeva temple is located at Gokkadavu near Chittarikkal in Kasaragod district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Shiva – Mahadeva. An important festival in the temple is the annual Mahashivratri in Kumbha Masam (February – March). A Shivling is worshipped in a square sanctum sanctorum – chathura sreekovil. There are separate shrines of Upa Devatas. The annual festival in the temple is famous for dhara, homam, navaga panchagavya abhishekam, annadanam, Thiruvathira, Shiva panchakshara japa lahari and other pujas and rituals observed in Shiva temples in North Kerala. A Maha Shivratri puja is held at midnight. The temple is maintained by Kerala Kshetra Samrakshana Samiti.

Chemmanathukara Sreenarayaneshwarapuram Subrahmanya Swami Temple

Chemmanathukara Sreenarayaneshwarapuram Subrahmanya Swami Temple is an ancient temple associated with Sri Narayana Guru, philosopher and social reformer of Kerala. The temple is located at Chemmanathukara in Kottayam district, Kerala. The murti of Subrahmanya worshipped in the temple was consecrated by Sri Narayana Guru in January 1921 CE. Thaipooyam and Mahashivratri are two of the important festivals in the temple. The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Sastha or Ayyappa, Ganapati, and Goddess Bhadrakali. Thalappoli procession is a major event during the annual festival. The annual festival is famous for ezhunellippu, Kerala temple folk arts, and caparisoned elephant procession. The shrine observes all the auspicious days associated with Sri Narayana Guru Devan.

Thrikkazhikunnu Shiva Temple – Festival

Thrikkazhikunnu Shiva temple is located at Valambilimangalam near Sreekrishnapuram in Palakkad district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Mahadeva or Shiva. The main festivals in the temple are Shivratri in Kumbha Masam (February – March) and Thiruvathira in Dhanu Masam (December – January). A Shivling is worshipped in the main sanctum. This is a traditional Kerala style temple with a vatta sreekovil, namaskara mandapam and shrines of upa devatas. The main upa devatas here are Bhagavathy and Ganapati. The annual festival is famous for various pujas, abhishekams and homams. The shrine also observes Ramayana Masam and Mandala kalam. The annual prathishta dinam festival is held in Thulam Masam (October – November).

Aaluvamkudi Mahadeva Temple – Maha Shivratri Festival – Temple In Deep Forest

Aaluvamkudi Mahadeva Temple is an ancient shrine located in the Sabarimala forest area in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Shiva and shrine is also known as Mahadevar temple. Maha Shivratri is an important festival in the temple. One has to trek nearly seven kilometers through the forest to reach this temple. The sankalpam of Shiva is that of him drinking the Halahala poison to save the universe during the Samudra manthan episode in Purana. The Shivling in the temple was consecrated by Parashurama. It is believed that Sri Rama during his exile period had performed puja here. The temple is believed to more than 2000 years old. The temple is open only on the first day of every Malayalam Masam. The upa devatas worshipped in the temple are Ganapati, Ayyappa, Muruga and Goddess Parvati. Gurunathan Mannu which is located nearby is associated with Ramayana. The belief is that the Ashram of Sage Vasishta was located here. Mata Sita gave birth to Lava an

Takil Drum In Kerala Temples – Use Of Thavil

Thavil or Takil is a drum widely used in Kerala temples during important rituals. It is a barrel-shaped percussion instrument often accompanying the nadaswaram. Thavil looks like a mridangam but the right side is bigger than the left side. The left side is beaten with a stick and the right side is beaten with the hand to produce sound. Thavil is used as background music during Sheeveli and Deeparadhana in Kerala temples. The musical instrument is more famous in Tamil Nadu. Here it is used in temples and is also part of folk and carnatic music. The instrument is famous in Thanjavur and the instrument is also known as Thanjavur Thavil.

Thuravoor Purandareswaram Temple – Festival – History

Thuravoor Purandareswaram temple is located Thuravoor in Alappuzha district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Shiva or Mahadeva and is also known as Purandareswarath Sree Mahadeva temple. The 8-day annual festival in the temple is held in Kumbha Masam. The festival coincides with the Shivratri festival. The sankalpam of Shiva is the shrine is that of Sharabha Moorthi. The unimaginable ferocious rage of Narasimha Avatar of Vishnu could not be dissipated even after He had slain the Demon King Hiranyakashipu. A more ferocious form taken by Shiva, Sharabha, was able to pacify Narasimha. This story is behind the annual Kodi Ezhunnallathu of Thuravoor Purandareswaram temple and Thuravoor Narasimhamoorthy temple on Deepavali day. There is a belief that devotees visiting Thuravoor Narasimha temple should pay obeisance at Thuravoor Purandareswaram temple. Thuravoor Purandareswaram Temple History Legend has it that a holy Brahmin bound for Vaikom Mahadeva temple to participate in the

Ashtamichira Mahadeva Temple – Festival

Ashtamichira Mahadeva temple is located at Ashtamichira in Thrissur district, Kerala. This is one among the 108 Shiva temples in Kerala and three forms of Shiva are worshipped in the temple. The annual Shivratri festival, which falls on the last week of February or first fortnight of March, is an important occasion in the temple. The three forms of Shiva worshipped at Ashtamichira Mahadeva temple are: Mrityunjaya Moorthy called Thekkum Thevar – this is a swayambhu Shivling (of divine origin). Parvathi Sametha Shiva called the Naduvil Thevar. Kirathamoorthy, called Vadakkum Thevar, is worshipped as a subsidiary deity. The upa devatas worshipped in the temple are Ganapathi, Sastha, Goddess Bhadrakali, Nagas or serpents and Bhagavan Sri Krishna. The shrine of Naduvil Thevar is a chathura sreekovil and it is two tier sanctum. The sreekovil of Thekkum Thevar is a round sanctum or vatta sreekovil. The temple has two entrances to the nalambalam. One sacrificial stone (Ballikal

Puthuppally Edamarathussaril Shiva Temple – Festival

Puthuppally Edamarathussaril Shiva temple is located at Puthuppally near Kayamkulam in Alappuzha district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Shiva or Mahadeva. The temple is famous for its annual Shivratri festival held in Kumbha masam (February – March). A Shivling is worshipped in the main sanctum. This is a traditional Kerala style temple with a chathura sreekovil, namaskara mandapam, kodimaram and shrines of upa devatas. The main upa devatas here are Bhagavathy and Ganapati. The annual festival is famous for various pujas, uma maheshwara puja, udayasthaman pooja, niramala, abhishekams and homams. Temple art forms, and melam are part of the annual festival. The shrine also observes Ramayana Masam, Vinayaka Chaturthi and Thiruvathira in Dhanu Masam.

Kuruvambalam Shiva Temple – History – Festival

Kuruvambalam Shiva temple is located at Kuruvambalam near Pulamanthole in Malappuram district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Mahadeva or Shiva. The main festivals in the temple are Shivratri in Kumbha Masam and Kalam Pattu on the third Tuesday of Kumbha Masam (February – March). Chakyar Koothu is held in Meena Masam (March – April). During Mandala Kalam, akhanda nama japa is held in the shrine. The Shivling worshipped in the temple was consecrated in the Treta Yuga by Ududumbara Maharishi. A swayambhu Shivling is worshipped in the Sree Moolasthanam of the temple at Uravil Kadavu. There is water source in the temple that never goes dry even during the peak summer season. It is said that Ududumbara Maharishi had performed penance here and pleased with his tapas, Shiva appeared along with Bhagavathy and blessed the presence of Ganga River here for Tarpanam and other karmas. ശ്രീ കുരുവമ്പലം മഹാദേവ ക്ഷേത്രം മലപ്പുറം ജില്ലയിൽ പെരിന്തൽമണ്ണ താലൂക്കിൽ പുലാമന്തോൾ പഞ്ചായത്തി

Pananchery Mudikkode Shiva Temple – Festival

Pananchery Mudikkode Shiva temple is located at Mudikkode near Pattikkad in Thrissur district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Shiva or Mahadevar. The temple is famous for its annual Shivratri festival held in Kumbha masam (February – March). The shrine is one among the 108 Shiva temples in Kerala. The deity in the shrine was consecrated by Parshuram Avatar of Bhagwan Maha Vishnu. A Shivling is worshipped in the main sanctum facing west. This is a traditional Kerala style temple with a Vatta Sreekovil, Nalambalam, Namaskara mandapam and shrines of upa devatas. The temple maintains a huge pond and is surrounded by trees. The main upa devatas here are Bhagavathy and Ganapati. The annual festival is famous for various pujas, abhishekams and homams. The shrine also observes Ramayana Masam and Thiruvathira in Dhanu Masam.

Panthottam Edappara Chamundeshwari Temple – Kaliyattam Festival

Panthottam Edappara Chamundeshwari Temple is located at Edappara on Panneri – Panthottam road near Kannapuram in Kannur district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Chamundeshwari. The annual Kaliyattam festival in the temple is held in Malayalam Kumbha Masam 20 and 21 (March 3 or 4 and March 5). The Theyyams performed in the temple are Bhairavan theyyam, Karuvaal theyyam, Thai Paradevatha theyyam and Uchitta theyyam. പാന്തോട്ടം എടപ്പാറ ചാമുണ്ഡേശ്വരി ക്ഷേത്രത്തിലെ കളിയാട്ടം  ഫെബ്രുവരി  മൂന്ന് , നാല് , അഞ്ച് തീയതികളിൽ   ആണ് നടക്കാറുള്ളുത് .  ഫെബ്രുവരി  മൂന്നിന് രാവിലെ ഒമ്പതിന് തന്ത്രിയുടെ കാർമ്മികത്വത്തിൽ ഗണപതി ഹോമവും , വിശേഷാൽ പൂജയും .  വൈകീട്ട് നാലിന് മുതിർച്ച , തുടർന്ന് തോറ്റങ്ങൾ .  ഫെബ്രുവരി  നാലിന് വൈകീട്ട് അഞ്ചിന് കുട്ടിശാസ്തപ്പൻ തോറ്റം , ആറിന് ഇളങ്കോലം പുറപ്പാട് , രാത്രി എട്ടിന് ചാമുണ്ഡിയുടെ ഉച്ചത്തോറ്റം , പത്തിന് ഭൈരവൻ തോറ്റം , 11- ന് കരുവാൾ ഭഗവതി തോറ്റം , തായ് ‌ പരദേവതാ ക്ഷേത്രത്തിൽ വിശേഷാൽ പൂജ . രാത്രി 12- ന് ചാമുണ്ഡിയുടെ അന്തിത്ത

Muringoor Rameswaram Mahadeva Temple – Festival

Muringoor Rameswaram Mahadeva temple is located at Muringur Vadakkummuri in Thrissur district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Shiva or Mahadevar. The temple is famous for its annual Shivratri festival held in Kumbha masam (February – March). A Shivling is worshipped in the main sanctum. This is a traditional Kerala style temple with a chathura sreekovil, Nalambalam, Namaskara mandapam and shrines of upa devatas. The main upa devatas here are Bhagavathy and Ganapati. The annual festival is famous for various pujas, abhishekams and homams. The shrine also observes Ramayana Masam and Thiruvathira in Dhanu Masam.

Kazhunadu Indilayappan Temple – Festival - Vavu Bali

Kazhunadu Indilayappan temple is located on Eanikkara Kallayam Vattappara Road at Maruthoor near Vattappara in Thiruvananthapuram district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Mahadeva – Shiva. The shrine observes the annual Karkidaka Vavu Bali ritual. The annual Mahashivratri festival is an important occasion in the temple. It falls in Kumbha Masam (first fortnight of March or last week of February).  The deity worshipped in the chathur sreekovil here is a swayambhu Shivling. A small stream flows nearby. The sankalpam of Shiva here is that of Pashupati. The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Ganapathy, Ayyappa, Goddess Bhagavathi or Devi and Nagaraja (serpent deities). The shrine observes the annual Karkidaka Vavu Bali and Pitru Tarpanam on the Vavu or Amavasya day in Karkidakam month. Hundreds of people arrive at shrine and offer various rituals to ancestors. Special arrangements are made by temple management for Bali Tharpanam on the occasion. Kazhunadu Indilayappan Temp

Chennithala Chala Mahadeva Temple – Festival

Chennithala Chala Mahadeva temple is located at Chennithala near Mavelikara in Alappuzha district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Shiva – Mahadevar. An important festival in the temple is the annual Mahashivratri in Kumbha Masam (February – March). A Shivling is worshipped in a square sanctum sanctorum – chathura sreekovil. The deity faces west. The shrine has a nalambalam and namaskara mandapam. There are separate shrines of Upa Devatas, which includes Ganapathi, Devi, Ayyappa and Subramanya. The annual festival in the temple is famous for dhara, homam and other pujas and rituals observed in Shiva temples in South Kerala. Kala, huge effigies of ox, are pulled to the temple on the occasion of the annual festival. The temple also observes Ramayana Masam, Vinayaka Chaturthi, Mandala Kalam, Thrikarthika and Thiruvathira.

Valiyakulam Mahadeva Temple – Festival

Valiyakulam Mahadeva temple is located on Ranni – Valiyakulam – Athikkayam road near Cherukulanji in Pathanamthita district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Shiva – Mahadevar. An important festival in the temple is the annual Mahashivratri in Kumbha Masam (February – March). A Shivling is worshipped in a square sanctum sanctorum – chathura sreekovil. There are separate shrines of Upa Devatas. The annual festival in the temple is famous for dhara, homam and other pujas and rituals observed in Shiva temples in South Kerala. The temple also observes Ramayana Masam and Mandala Kalam.

Splendor Of God In Hinduism – Vibhuti Concept In Vishnu Worship

The splendor of the Supreme Truth (God) or one without a second in Hinduism is known as Vibhuti. This world, as seen by us, is called leela vibhuti and the celestial world is called nitya vibhuti (eternal splendor). This concept is associated with Vishnu worship or Vaishnavism. The Purusha Sukta (Rig Veda X.90) refers to this as amritam divi which is considered to be three-fourths of the total vibhuti of God. Leela vibhuti is considered to be only one-fourth of God’s splendor. It is for his lila (sport, pastime, pleasure) that baddhdarmas (bonded souls) like us live in this world. The nitya vibhuti has all nityatmas and muktatmas (eternal and emancipated souls), being the kimkaras (servants) of god, rendering continuous service to him. Ananta (the celestial serpent who serves as the bedstead of Vishnu), Garuda (the carrier of God), and Sage Vishwaksena are called nityatmas, who are in full time service of God and live in nitya vibhuti in Vaikunta. All avatars of Vishnu are als

Mudapuram Thengumvila Bhagavathy Temple – Festival

Mudapuram Thengumvila Bhagavathy temple is located near Koonthalloor on Mudapuram – Muttappalam Road in Thiruvananthapuram district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali. The annual festival in the temple coincides with the Kumbha Bharani day (February – March). Mahashivratri is another important occasion in the shrine. The popular belief is that Thengumvila Bhagavathy is the sister of Kodungallur Bhagavathy. The shrine has a square sanctum sanctorum, chuttambalam, namaskara mandapam, kodimaram or flag post and shrines of upa devatas. The famous Garudan Thookkam ritual is held on the festival day. The annual festival is also noted for Kerala temple performing arts, procession, fireworks and ezhunellippu. The temple is decorated with lamps and artificial lights on the occasion of the festival. The beautiful temple is surrounded on one side by paddy fields. The upa devatas worshipped in the temple are Ganapati, Shiva, Ayyappa and Nagaraja and Nagayakshi. Navrat

Tripunithura Puthiyakavu Devi Temple – Thalappoli Festival

Tripunithura Puthiyakavu Devi temple is located at Tripunithura in Ernakulam district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy or Devi. The annual 7-day Thalappoli festival in the temple is held in Kumbha Masam and coincides with the Kumbha Bharani. The third and fourth days of the festival are very auspicious for unmarried women. During these days, the women-folk gather at the temple to offer Thalappoli in thalams. Thookkam and a fireworks display mark the finale of this festival. Goddess Karthyayani Devi, who is lovingly called Puthiyakavil Amma is worshipped in the shrine. It is believed that the Goddess is the sister of Kodungallur Bhagavathy. Murti of Goddess Bhagavathy is worshipped in the chathura sreekovil – square sanctum sanctorum. The Upa Devatas include Ganapati. The temple has a nalambalam, namaskara mandapam, flag post (kodimaram) and shrines of Upa Devatas. The annual festival is noted for fireworks, procession, ezhunellippu and Kerala temple fo

Ponkunnam Puthiyakavu Devi Temple – Festival

Ponkunnam Puthiyakavu Devi temple is located at Ponkunnam in Kottayam district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy or Devi. The annual festival in the temple is held in Kumbha Masam and coincides with the Kumbha Bharani. Murti of Goddess Bhadra is worshipped in the chathura sreekovil – square sanctum sanctorum. The Upa Devatas include Ganapati and Ayyappa. The temple has a nalambalam, namaskara mandapam, flag post (kodimaram) and shrines of Upa Devatas. The annual Shivratri festival is noted for fireworks, procession, ezhunellippu and Kerala temple folk art forms. The shrine also observes various other holy occasions like Ramayana Masam, Navratri, Mandala kalam, and Thrikarthika festival. Pathamudayam (April 23 or April 24) on Medam 10 is an important day in the temple. Naranga Vilakku is an important offering in the shrine. The temple is an important halt for those going to Sabarimala temple.

Thalayazham Thrippakkudam Mahadeva Temple – Festival

Thalayazham Thrippakkudam Mahadeva temple is located at Thalayazham in Kottayam district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Shiva – Mahadevar. The annual festival in the temple is held in such a manner that it ends on Thiruvathira nakshatra day in Kumbha Masam (February – March). Yet another important festival in the temple is the annual Mahashivratri again in Kumbha Masam. Legend has it that the Shivling worshipped in the temple was discovered by Vilwamangalam Swamiyar. He happened to see smoke coming out from a particular spot and when he reached the spot it was from near a Shivling. The first pooja performed to Shiva here was pantheeradi pooja and therefore even today this puja is of great importance. A Shivling is worshipped in a square sanctum sanctorum – chathura sreekovil. The sanctum has a copper roof. The shrine has a Mandapam, Nala ambalam, Balikkalpura and Vilakkumadom. All of which are covered with copper. Kodimaram or Flag staff covered with gold was consecrated

Atholikavu Shiva Temple – Festival

Atholikavu Shiva Temple is located at Atholi in Kozhikode district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Shiva – Mahadeva. An important festival at Atholi Kavu is the annual Mahashivratri in Kumbha Masam (February – March). A Shivling is worshipped in a round sanctum sanctorum – vatta sreekovil. There are separate shrines of Upa Devatas. The temple has a nalambalam and namaskara mandapam. The annual festival in the temple is famous for dhara, homam and other pujas and rituals observed in Shiva temples in North Kerala. The festival is also famous for the performance of traditional Kerala temple art forms. The temple also observes Ramayana Masam, Mandala Kalam and Thiruvathira in Dhanu Masam

Where To Hide Peace And Bliss? – Funny Story From Hinduism

People are searching for bliss in the wrong places and that is why they complain and suffer. Bliss cannot be bought in a shopping mall. It is within us. There is a funny story regarding this predicament in Hinduism. Brahma, the creator, gave everything to his children except peace and bliss. He thought that if he gave those things to them, they would never return to him. He asked other gods: ‘Where should I hide peace and bliss?’ One suggested: ‘Put them under the ocean.’ Brahma replied: ‘My children will find them with the help of a submarine.’ Another suggested: ‘Keep peace and bliss in outer space.’ Brahma said: ‘My children will use a space shuttle to find them.’ Still, another suggested: ‘Bury them underground.’ Brahma said: ‘They will use dynamite to get them.’ Finally, Brahma decided to hide peace and bliss in the hearts of his children. As we know, God dwells in the heart, but it is not easy to realize that Truth.

Kaipakanchery Shiva Temple – Festival

Kaipakanchery Shiva temple is located at Thirumittacode – II in Palakkad district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Mahadeva or Shiva. The main festivals in the temple are Shivratri in Kumbha Masam (February – March) and Thiruvathira in Dhanu Masam (December – January). A Shivling is worshipped in the main sanctum. This is a traditional Kerala style temple with a chatura sreekovil, nalambalam namaskara mandapam and shrines of upa devatas. The main upa devatas here are Bhagavathy, Ganapati, Vishnu and Sastha The annual festival is famous for various pujas, dhara - abhishekams and homams. The shrine also observes Ramayana Masam and Mandala kalam. The temple has a big well-maintained pond. The shrine is located amidst paddy fields.

Mothiravayal Mahadeva Temple – Festival

Mothiravayal Mahadeva temple is located at Mothiravayal near Ranni in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Shiva – Mahadevar. An important festival in the temple is the annual Mahashivratri in Kumbha Masam (February – March). A Shivling is worshipped in a square sanctum sanctorum – chathura sreekovil. There are separate shrines of Upa Devatas. This is a very small temple located amidst trees. The annual festival in the temple is famous for dhara, homam and other pujas and rituals observed in Shiva temples in South Kerala. The temple also observes Ramayana Masam and Mandala Kalam.

Cheloor Shiva Temple – Festival

Cheloor Shiva temple is located at Cheloor (Chungam – Poolamangalam) near Kurumbathur in Malappuram district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Shiva or Mahadeva. The temple is famous for its annual Shivratri festival held in Kumbha masam (February – March). A Shivling is worshipped in the main sanctum. This is a traditional Kerala style temple with a chathura sreekovil, namaskara mandapam and shrines of upa devatas. The main upa devatas here are Bhagavathy and Ganapati. The annual festival is famous for various pujas, abhishekams and homams. The shrine also observes Ramayana Masam, Vinayaka Chaturthi and Thiruvathira in Dhanu Masam.

3 February 2022 Tithi – Panchang – Hindu Calendar – Good Time – Nakshatra – Rashi

Tithi in Panchang – Hindu Calendar on Thursday, 3 February 2022 – It is Shukla Paksha Dwitiya tithi or the second day during the waxing or light phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Dwitiya tithi or the second day during the waxing or light phase of moon till 8:10 AM on February 3. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Tritiya tithi or the third day during the waxing or light phase of moon till 7:11 AM on February 4. (Time applicable in all north, south and eastern parts of India. All time based on India Standard Time.  Good – Auspicious time on February 3, 2022 as per Hindu Calendar – Good and auspicious time on the entire day.  Nakshatra  – Satabhisha or Sadayam or Chathayam nakshatra till 6:51 PM on February 3 . Then onward it is Purva Bhadrapada or Pooruruttathi nakshatra till 6:44 PM on February 4 . (Time applicable in north, south and eastern parts of India).  In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, north Karnataka and sou