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Mulanthuruthy Korangottu Bhagavathy Temple – Festival

Mulanthuruthy Korangottu Bhagavathy temple is located at Mulanthuruthy in Ernakulam district, Kerala. The annual festival in the temple ends with arattu on Bharani nakshatra day in Kumbha Masam (February – March). The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathi. This is a small shrine with a Shila pratishtha of Bhagavathy in the chathura sreekovil. The temple has shrines of upa devatas. The Bhagavathy murti in the temple is very old. The annual festival is observed with Tantric rituals and pujas including pushpanjali, homams and abhishekam. Various Kerala folk art forms are part of the festival. The shrine also observes Navratri and Thrikarthika.

Vayalkara Kalarikkal Bhagavathi Temple – Festival

Vayalkara Kalarikkal Bhagavathi temple is located at Vayalkara near Kunnukara in Ernakulam district, Kerala. This ancient powerful Hindu temple is dedicated to Goddess Devi or Bhagavathy. The annual Kumbha Bharani day festival (February – March) is famous for Thalappoli and Mudiyettu. The main deity here is Goddess Bhadrakali and she is worshipped in chathura sreekovil. The shrine has nalambalam, namaskara mandapam and shrines of upa devatas. The subsidiary deities worshipped in the shrine include Ganapathy, Mahadeva and Ayyappa or Sastha. The annual festival is famous for Tantric pujas and rituals. Performing arts of temples in Kerala are part of the festival. Thrikarthika in Vrischika Masam and Navratri in Thula Masam are observed in the shrine.

Thalavady Panayannurkavu Devi Temple – Festival

Thalavady Panayannurkavu Devi temple is located on the banks of Pamba River at Thalavady in Alappuzha district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Tripurasundari Bhagavathy. The shrine observes the annual festival of Kumbha Bharani in Kumbha Masam. The temple practices the traditional Ruruchith way of poojas. This area of Alleppey in Kerala is called Kuttanad (“Chutta nadu"). A forest fire once burnt down the temple. Later Parasurama renovated it and Vasishta gave new Chaithanya to the deity with Moola mantras. Parashurama brought Brahmins from Bhadrachalam of Andhra to perform Vedic and Tantric poojas of the Tripurasundari and gave secret moola mantras to them. The same traditional mantras and poojas are still performed. The annual festival in the shrine is famous for pujas, rituals, homams and annadanam. Several other festival rituals performed in Bhagavathy temples in South Kerala are performed here.

Elikkattoor Mahadevi Temple – Festival

Elikkattoor Mahadevi temple is located at Elikkattor near Punalur in Kollam district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Durga. The annual festival in the temple is observed on the Bharani nakshatra day in Kumbha Masam (February – March) – Kumbha Bharani Bhagavathy is here worshipped chathura vatta sreekovil. There are also shrines of upa devatas in the temple. The annual festival is noted for Tantric pujas, dhara, pushpanjali and other rituals. Traditional performing arts and procession are part of the festival. The shrine observes Pongala ritual too. Navratri and Thrikarthika are the other important festivals in the temple.

Drishya – Seen In Hindu Philosophy

Drishya (seen) and Drishta (seer) are the two categories or realities underlying the universe, according to the Samkhya and Yoga Schools of Hindu philosophy. This is epistemological. It is opposed to the monism of Vedanta and the pluralism of other schools. The Drishta includes innumerable selves. The Drishya is constituted by prakriti (the primordial nature) and its 23 evolutes, which form the framework of the physical world. They are Three inner organs Five sense organs Five motor organs Five subtle essences called tanmatras (sound, touch, sight, taste and smell) Five elements of earth, water, fire, air and space. All the 24 constituents of the seen objects have the following characteristics in common They are all pervaded by the trigunas (three components of matter) – sattva, rajas and tamas. Only the selves are devoid of and ever beyond these three. They have no understanding, knowledge or sentience. They exist not for themselves but for the sake of the selves. They

Panichayam Devi Temple – Festival

Panichayam Devi temple is located at Panichayam – Asamannoor in Ernakulam district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy or Devi. Kumbha Bharani (February – March) is an important festival in the temple. This 10-day festival is held in Kumbha masam and coincides with Kumbha Bharani. The temple has a square sanctum – chathura sreekovil with a nalambalam and namaskara mandapam. There are also shrines of upa devatas. The temple is located amidst scenic location and has a temple pond. The annual festival is famous for Bhadrakali temple rituals and pujas including pattu and Tantric rituals. The shrine also conducts various Kerala performing arts and other festival programs. The temple observes Gokulashtami, mandalakalam, Thrikarthika and other important rituals in a Hindu temple in a calendar year.

Pallimukkam Devi Temple – Festival

Pallimukkam Devi temple is located near Pallimukkam Bund - Pazhanjikkonam, Padanilam in Alappuzha district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali. The shrine observes the Kumbha Bharani festival in Kumbha Masam (February – March). The temple has a square sanctum – chathura sreekovil with a nalambalam and namaskara mandapam. There are also shrines of upa devatas. The temple is located amidst scenic location. The annual festival is famous for Bhadrakali temple rituals and pujas including pattu and Tantric rituals. The shrine also conducts various Kerala performing arts and other festival programs. The shrine conducts the annual Pongala ritual. Jeevitha ezhunnallathu is part of the annual festival and Pongala ritual. The shrine observes other festivals associated with Goddess Bhagavathy including Navratri, Ashtami, Navami, Vidyarambham and Thrikarthika festival. Bali Tarpanam is also held in the temple.

Koovappara Bhagavathy Temple – Festival

Koovappara Bhagavathy temple is located at Koovappara in Ernakulam district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Devi or Bhagavathy. The Kumbha Bharani festival (which is observed in Malayalam Kumbha month (February or March) is an important occasion in the shrine. This is a small Bhagavathi temple with a chathura sreekovil. The shrine has upa devatas in the courtyard. Chuttambalam and namaskara Mandapam are part of the shrine. The annual Kumbha Bharani festival is noted for various pujas, abhishekam, dhara, homams, annadanam and other Tantric pujas. Ezhunelliipu, procession and Kerala traditional temple arts are part of the festival. The temple also observes various other festivals of Devi including Pratishta dinam, Navratri and Thrikarthika.

Velavoor Bhagavathy Temple – Festival Bharani Thookam

Velavoor Bhagavathy temple is located on Vembayam – Pirappancode Road at Velavoor in Thiruvananthapuram district, Kerala. This ancient shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathi. The temple is famous for the festival held in Kumbha Masam (February – March) and it coincides with the famous Kumbha Bharani festival. Bharani Thookam is the most important event here and is known as Velavoor Thooka. The deity worshipped in the temple is considered to be the sister of Attukal Bhagavathy.   The shrine has a two-tier sanctum – chathura sreekovil. The temple has a chuttambalam, nalambalam and shrines of upa devatas. The shrine is owned and managed by Mulappuzhaman Brahmaswam Trust. The annual temple festival is famous for Garudan Thookkam. The temple also observes Pongala festival. The annual festival is famous for tantric rituals, pujas, homams, havan, pattu, Kerala performing arts, melam and small fair. The shrine also observes Navratri with Ashtami, Navami and Vijayadashami, Ramayan

Ullala Omkareswaram Shiva Temple

Ullala Omkareswaram Shiva temple is located at Thalayazham near Vaikom in Kottayam district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Omkareswara – Shiva and Goddess Bhagavathy. The annual Kumbha Bharani festival is an important occasion here. The shrine is associated with Sri Narayana Guru. Omkar or om is worshipped in the sanctum sanctorum. The beautiful shrine has a chuttambalam, namaskara mandapam and upa devata temples. The temple observes all the important days associated with Sri Narayana Guru.

Konni Ayravon Puthiyakavu Bhagavathi Temple – Festival

Konni Ayravon Puthiyakavu Bhagavathi temple is located at Iravon in Konni in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy or Devi. The annual festival in the temple is held in Kumbha Masam (February – March). The festival coincides with the Kumbha Bharani day. This is a small temple with a Shila pratishtha of Bhagavathy in the chathura sreekovil. The temple has a chuttambalam, namaskara mandapam and shrines of upa devatas. The Bhagavathy murti in the temple is very old but the outer structures are new The annual festival is observed with Tantric rituals and pujas including pushpanjali, homams and abhishekam. Various Kerala folk art forms are part of the festival. Padayani, Ezhunnallathu and vilakku are part of the annual festival. The shrine also observes Navratri and Thrikarthika.

Nariampara Puthiyakavu Devi Temple – Festival

Nariampara Puthiyakavu Devi temple is located at Nariyampara on Kattappana-Kuttikkanam in Idukki district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathi. The annual festival in the temple coincides with the famous Kumbha Bharani day in Kumbha Masam (February – March). The annual Thrikarthika festival held in Malayalam Vrischika masam (November - December) is of great importance in the temple. This is a Kudumba Kshetram and it belongs to the Kalloorath family. Bhagavathi is worshipped in a chathura sreekovil – square sanctum sanctorum with a namaskara mandapam. There are two shrines here. There are also places of other upa devatas. As per history, temple is associated with the Velichappadu family of Vaikom Moothedath Devi temple. The family gave up the position of Velichappadu in the temple but continued to worship the sword of their ancestors. The presence of Devi was found in the family house and a temple for Devi was built here. The annual festival is famous for color

Ayyankavu Temple Irinjalakuda Festival – Story – Information

Ayyankavu temple at Irinjalakuda in Thrissur district, Kerala is dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali in both peaceful and ferocious form. The most important festival in the temple is the week long Ayyankavu Thalappoli festival held in Kumbham month (February – March) as per traditional Malayalam calendar followed in Kerala.  The annual festival in the temple is noted for unique traditional Kerala temple arts like Panchamadalakali, Panchari Melam, Panchavadyam, Sopana Sangeetham, Brahmani Pattu, Nadaswaram, Thayambaka etc. The final day of the festival is noted for Thalam Varavu from various desams in the area, procession of ancient art forms and effigies, and Vilakkezhunellippu. Ayyankavu Temple Story The story of Ayyankavu temple is associated with a local king named Ayyan Thirukandan. He belonged to the lower caste. It is said that Ayyan Thirukandan was so powerful and rich that welcomed king with 101 para (measuring vessel in Kerala) filled with gold coins. The Kochi king was

Kulathoor Phanamugham Devi Temple – Nercha Thookam Festival

Kulathoor Phanamugham Devi temple is located at Kulathur in Thiruvananthapuram district, Kerala. Goddess Bhagavathi or Devi is worshipped in this ancient temple. The 10-day annual festival in the temple is observed in Kumbha Masam (February – March) and coincides with the famous Kumbha Bharani festival. Thookam  on Kumbha Bharani day is an important event during the annual festival. The upa devatas worshipped in the temple are Shiva and Ganapati. Samooha Pongala, various homams, tantric puja, bhajana, utsava puja, rahu kala puja, naranga vilakku, annadanam, vandiyottam, kuthiyottam and nercha thookam are the important rituals during the festival here. Kulathoor Phanamugham Devi Temple Timings Morning darshan and puja timings are from 5:00 AM to 12:10 PM Evening darshan and puja timings are from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM The annual prathishta dinam festival is held on Revathi nakshatra in Makara masam (January – February). 51 അക്ഷരദേവതകളുടെ സാന്നിദ്ധ്യം കൊണ്ട് മഹനീയമായ കേരളത്തിലെ

Peruvallur Kottukurumba Bhagavathi Temple – Pooram Festival

Peruvallur Kottukurumba Bhagavathi temple is located at Peruvallur in Malappuram district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy. The annual pooram festival in the temple is held on Kumbha Bharani day. The festival is famous for caparisoned elephants, various types of melam and Kerala traditional performing art forms. The entire temple premise is lit with lamps on the occasion known as Valiya Vilakku. The powerful Goddess Bhagavathi Bimbham is consecrated inside a chathura sreekovil. The shrine has a chuttambalam, namaskara mandapam and shrines of upa devatas. Homams, seva, various Tantric puja, navakam, panchagavya, ezhuhellipu, thayambaka are part of the annual festival. The annual prathishta dinam in the temple is held in Makara Masam. Poomoodal is an important ritual here. Niramala ritual is held in the shrine in Dhanu Masam. Illam nira is another important festival in the shrine. The shrine observes Navratri with vidyarambham.

Kidarakuzhi Idivizhunnavila Devi Temple - Festival

Kidarakuzhi Idivizhunnavila Devi temple located at Kidarakuzhi in Thiruvananthapuram district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy or Devi. The 8-day annual festival in the temple is coincides with the Bharani nakshatra in Kumbha Masam (February – March). The festival is famous as Kidarakuzhi Idivizhunnavila Kumbha Bharani. This is a small shrine with a Shila pratishtha of Bhagavathy in the chathura sreekovil. The temple has a chuttambalam, namaskara mandapam and shrines of upa devatas. The annual festival is observed with Tantric rituals and pujas including pushpanjali and abhishekam. Various Kerala folk art forms and procession are part of the festival. Kalamkaval, Bhadrakali pattu, annadanam, sadhya, pongala and fireworks are part of the festival. Thalappoli ghoshayathra or procession with caparisoned elephant is an important event during the festival. The shrine also observes Navratri and Thrikarthika.

Velur Manimalarkavu Temple – Kumbha Bharani Festival

Velur Manimalarkavu temple is located at Veloor in Thrissur district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy. The annual festival in the temple is observed on the Bharani nakshatra day in Kumbha Masam (February – March). The festival is famous as Manimalarkavu Pooram. Bhagavathy is here worshipped in a roofless sanctum sanctorum – vatta sreekovil. There are also shrines of upa devatas in the vast ground of the temple. Manimalarkavu temple was one of the 18 royal temples (Pathinettara Kavu) of erstwhile Kochi kingdom. The annual festival is famous for the pulling of effigies of horses known as Kuthira Vela. Melam and other Kerala performing arts are part of the annual festival. Karimkali and velichappadu are part of the festival.

Arookutty Sri Mathanam Bhagavathy Temple – Festival

Arookutty Sri Mathanam Bhagavathy temple is located at Padathara – Arookutty near Cherthala in Alappuzha district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Devi or Bhagavathy, lovingly known as Mathanathamma. The annual festival in the temple is held in Kumbha Masam (February – March). As per history the murti of Bhagavathy worshipped in the temple was retrieved from the Vembanad Lake around 1000 years ago. Navagraha puja is held in the temple daily. The shrine has a chathura sreekovil and kodimaram or festival flag pole. There are separate shrines of upa devatas. The annual festival is famous for Tantric pujas including various types of pushpanjali, homams and dharas. Procession and Kerala temple performing arts are part of the festival. The temple also observes Ramayana Masam, Navratri – Vijayadashami and Thrikarthika festival.

Mayyanad Kochunada Bhagavathy Temple – Festival

Mayyanad Kochunada Bhagavathy temple is located at Mayyanad in Kollam district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy or Devi. The annual festival in the temple is held on Aswathy nakshatra in Kumbha Masam (February – March). The festival coincides with the Kumbha Bharani day. This is a small shrine with a Shila pratishtha of Bhagavathy in the chathura sreekovil. The temple has a chuttambalam, namaskara mandapam and shrines of upa devatas. The annual festival is observed with Tantric rituals and pujas including pushpanjali and abhishekam. Various Kerala folk art forms and procession are part of the festival. The shrine also observes Navratri and Thrikarthika.

Magh Navratri 2023 January - February - Importance - Mantra - How to Perform Gupt Navratri in Hindu Magh Month

Magh Navratri, or Gupt Navratri, is observed Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) of Magh or Magha month (January – February) as per the traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India . In 2023, Magh Navratri begins on January 22 and ends on January 30, 2023. Magh Navratri is dedicated to the nine forms of Shakti – Hindu Mother Goddess. The Navratri rituals are followed mainly by women in the Hindi speaking states in India . Importance of Magh Navratri Magh Navratri is also known as Gupt Navratri. The rituals and forms of Shakti worshipped during Magh Navratri vary from region to region. In some regions, it is noted for a nine-day community worship of the nine forms of Shakti. Gupt means secretive and the puja and rituals are performed to obtain Gupt Siddhi (secretive powers) by Tantrics. Dasa Mahavidyas are invoked during the period by adept tantrics to obtain various Siddhis. The ritual is more widely practiced in certain regions in North India. Fasting is o

Muthuvattur Chettiyalakkal Devi Temple – Festival

Muthuvattur  Chettiyalakkal Devi temple is located on the Muthuvattoor - Alumpadi Road near Chavakkad in Thrissur district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy. The famous Kumbha Bharani festival which falls in February or March (Malayalam Kumbha Masam) is an important occasion in the shrine. This shrine is located around 2 km from west nada of the famous Guruvayoor Temple. Bhagavathy is worshipped in the Chathura sreekovil with a nalambalam and shrines of upa devatas. The annual festival in the temple is famous for procession, Thira, kala, tableau and effigies. Melam, annual pujas and temple rituals are observed in the shrine. Temple also observes rare rituals and homams. Velichhapadu is part of the temple tradition. The shrine observes Navratri and Festivals in Dhanu Masam including Thrikarthika.

Angamaly Thalakkottaparambilamma Devi Temple – Festival

Thalakkottaparambilamma Devi temple is located on Angamaly – Manjapra Road at Thuravoor near Angamaly in Ernakulam district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy or Devi. The shrine observes the Kumbha Bharani festival in Kumbha Masam (February – March). The temple has a square sanctum – chathura sreekovil with a nalambalam and namaskara mandapam. There are also shrines of upa devatas. The temple is located amidst scenic location. The annual festival is famous for Bhadrakali temple rituals and pujas including abhishekam, homam, pushpanjali, pattu and Tantric rituals. The shrine also conducts various Kerala performing arts and other festival programs. The shrine observes other festivals associated with Goddess Bhagavathy including Navratri, Ashtami, Navami, Vidyarambham and Thrikarthika festival.

Anapuzha Sri Kurumba Bhagavathi Temple – Festival

Anapuzha Sri Kurumba Bhagavathi temple is located at Anapuzha near Kodungallur in Thrissur district, Kerala. This is an ancient temple of Goddess Bhagavathi or Devi. The shrine observes the annual Kumbha Bharani festival (Kumbha Masam – February or March). The temple has a three tier chathura sreekovil – square sanctum sanctorum with a flag pole (kodimaram or dwajasthambam), nalambalam,   namaskara mandapam and a temple pond. The shrine has separate small temples of upa devatas and is like any other traditional Kerala style temple. The shrine has colorful decorations during the annual festival. The temple organizes various temple rituals including ezhunellippu, Kerala temple folk art forms, pujas and rituals. Pongala ritual in the temple is held at night. The shrine organizes various festivities and rituals during Navratri and Thrikarthika festival.

Religion Is Good But Followers Are Not

Religion is good but the religious or followers often are not. Our half-understandings and passion without vision lead to the blind leading the blind. God does not need certificates of approval. The human craving for approval extends itself to the need for approval of one ’ s faith by many. If you believe in something other than what I believe in, or worse, if you are against my belief, you can see my knife at your throat! Such catholicity would soon lead to a situation where there would not be many people left to understand! So, religion is not to blame, our convoluted and dogmatic understanding of it is to be blamed. The way out: Believe and let believe. Have a religion of your own if you will but let others have theirs too. Don’t get carried away by your innate desire to be accepted. Rather, feed to others desire for acceptance. Faith in the infinite would enable you to do wonders with the finite. Acknowledging others expanse of mind, you can get your views acknowledged. The dr

Alanad Devi Temple – Festival

Alanad Devi Temple is located at Alanadu in Kottayam district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy or Devi. The annual festival in the temple is held in Kumbha Masam (February – March). The festival coincides with the Kumbha Bharani day. This is a small temple with a Shila pratishtha of Bhagavathy in the chathura sreekovil. The temple has a chuttambalam, namaskara mandapam and several small shrines of upa devatas. The Bhagavathy murti in the temple is very old but the outer structures are new. There are two main shrines here. The upa devatas include Ganapathy, Shiva, Nagas (Sarpam) and Marutha. The annual festival is observed with Tantric rituals and pujas including pushpanjali, homams and abhishekam. Various Kerala folk art forms are part of the festival. Ezhunnallathu and vilakku are part of the annual festival. The shrine also observes Navratri with Vidyarambham and Thrikarthika in Vrischika Masam.

Paliyekkara Chennamkulangara Bhagavathy Temple – Festival

Paliyekkara Chennamkulangara Bhagavathy temple is located at Paliyekkara – Thalavanikkara in Thrissur district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali or Devi. The annual Kumbha Bharani is an important festival in the temple and is held in February or March (Kumbha Masam). The temple is owned and maintained by Kallingal Mana. Uchhal is an important ritual in the temple. The temple is one among the 18 1\2 kaavu of ancient Kochi Kingdom. The annual festival is famous for Tantric pujas and rituals, various performing temple art forms of Kerala are held here and Thira and various kolams are part of the procession. The shrine has a chathura sreekovil, pond, nalambalam and namaskara mandapam. Navratri and Thrikarthika are two other important festivals in the temple.

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

Tithi in Panchang – Hindu Calendar on Monday, 7 February 2022 – It is Shukla Paksha Sashti tithi or the sixth day during the waxing or light phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Sashti tithi or the sixth day during the waxing or light phase of moon till 7:16 AM on February 7. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Saptami tithi or the seventh day during the waxing or light phase of moon till 8:19 AM on February 8. (Time applicable in all north, south and eastern parts of India. All time based on India Standard Time.  Good – Auspicious time on February 7, 2022 as per Hindu Calendar – Good and auspicious time on the entire day.  Nakshatra  – Ashwini or Aswathy nakshatra till 9:19 PM on February 7 . Then onward it is Bharani nakshatra till 11:09 PM on February 8 . (Time applicable in north, south and eastern parts of India).  In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, north Karnataka and south Rajasthan), Ashwini or Aswathy nakshatra t