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Manjadukkam Thulur Vanathu Bhagavathi Temple – Tulur Vanam – Kaliyattam Festival

Manjadukkam Thulur Vanathu Bhagavathi temple, also known as Panathur Tulur Vanam, is located at Manjadukkam near Panathur in Kasaragod district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathi and Kshetrapalan. The annual theyyam festival is held in Kumbha Masam. The 8-day festival begins on Shivratri day. The temple is famous for the Munnayarishwaran Theyyam. Nearly 101 Theyyam kolams perform here during the annual festival. കിഴക്കിന്റെ കുലോം എന്ന പേരിൽ പ്രശസ്തമായ പാണത്തൂർ മഞ്ഞടുക്കം ശ്രീ തുളൂർവനത്ത് ഭഗവതി ക്ഷേത്രത്തിലെ ഈ വര്ഷത്തെ കളിയാട്ടം മഹാ ശിവരാത്രി ദിനം അർദ്ധ രാത്രി കഴിഞ്ഞ് ക്ഷേത്രത്തിന്റെ തെക്കേന് വാതിൽ തുറക്കുന്നതോടു കൂടി ആരംഭിക്കുന്ന മഹാമേരു എന്ന ശ്രീ ചക്രത്തിന്റെ പ്രഭാവത്തിൽ അധിവസിക്കുന്ന സാക്ഷാൽ പ്രപഞ്ച മാതാവായ തുളൂർവനത് ഭഗവതി . തുളൂർവനത് ഭഗവതിയുടെ പരമ ഭക്തനായി മാതമംഗലത്തു നിന്നും ഒൻപതാം നാടിന്റെയും കേക്കൂലോത്തിന്റെയും രക്ഷകനായി നിലകൊണ്ട മുന്നാഴി അരി മാത്രം പ്രതിഫലമായി സ്വീകരിച്ചു തുളുനാടൻ ഗുരുക്കളുടെ പുത്ര

Muzhappilangad Kurumba Bhagavathi Temple – Festival

Muzhappilangad Kurumba Bhagavathi temple is located at Muzhappilangad in Kannur district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathi. The annual festival in the temple is held in Kumbha Masam (February – March) usually held on March 7, 8 and 9 (Kumbham 23, 24, 25). The annual festival is famous for thalappoli, kalasam varavu and fireworks. On the first day of the festival, the ornaments of Bhagavathi arrive from Elevana. On the second day there is the ritual of Kalam Pattu. Last day is famous for 'Kalasam Varavu’ or ‘Kalasam Ezhunnallathu’, sacred urns decorated by flowers. This temple has one of the most numbers of ‘kalasam varavu’ in the region. The rituals are accompanied by 'aayathan', traditional priest and the theyyam of Edalapurathu Chamundi, regionally known as elladathothi are other important events held during the festival days. Bharani Thalappoli, is another festival celebrated here. It is celebrated on Bharani asterism in the Malayalam month of Me

Vedivechan Kovil Bhoothamman Temple – Festival

Vedivachan Kovil Bhoothamman Temple is located at Vedivachan Koil on National Highway 66 in Thiruvananthapuram district, Kerala. This is an ancient shrine dedicated to Bhoothamman – a deity part of Shakti worship in ancient villages of South India. The annual Kumbha Koda festival is held in Kumbha Masam. The main offering in the temple is Vedi vazhipadu. Lots of travelers on the road offer prayers here for a safe journey. The small temple situated at the middle of two roads. The shrine is beautifully painted. The annual festival is famous for colorful procession, pujas and rituals.

Nagaroor Nandaivanam Mavelikonam Temple – Festival

Nagaroor Nandaivanam Mavelikonam temple is located at Nagaroor in Thiruvananthapuram district, Kerala. The annual festival in the temple is held in Kumbha Masam. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali and Goddess Durga. Moolasthanam of this temple is the nearby Chemmallikkonam Bhadrakali temple. The temple opens only on Fridays in a week and also the first day of every Malayalam month. The temple opens for every day of the Malayalam month of Vrischikam (41 days - Mandalakalam), also on the Ayilyam Nakshatra day in Thulam. The shrine remains open every day of the festival season (Mahotsavam) which begins on the day of Maha Shivratri. The annual festival in the temple is famous for rare Tantric pujas and rituals. The shrine is famous for Garudan Thookkam during the festival period. Caparisoned elephants, ezhunnallathu and melam are part of the festivities. You boys undertake special vratam during the annual festival period and stay in the shrine. The shrine has a unique

Mannar Thrikkuratti Mahadeva Temple – History - Special Tree - Shivratri Festival

Mannar Thrikkuratti Mahadeva temple is located at Mannar in Alappuzha district, Kerala. The temple is one among the 108 Shiva temples in Kerala. The most important festival in the temple is Maha Shivratri in Kumbha Masam (February – March) and is famous for the Thidambu nritham. The temple has a vatta sreekovil or round sanctum sanctorum and it faces west. The sankalpam of Shiva in the temple is that of Tapaswi Shiva – in intense meditation. Due to this reason, women were no allowed in the temple in ancient times but this has now changed. The Shivling worshipped in the temple is nearly 6 feet tall including the peedom or stand. As per one legend Shiva worshipped here appeared in the fire of the yajna of Mandathavu. The deity that appeared in the fire was consecrated in the temple by Kroshta Rishi. But the strongest belief is that Parashurama Avatar of Vishnu Bhagavan did the pratishta here and therefore the temple is one among the 108 Shiva temples in Kerala. The temple is ment

Will God Eat Food Offered? - ദൈവം നമ്മുടെ നിവേദ്യം ഭക്ഷിക്കുമോ?

God will always accept our food when it is offered with devotion. But when God accepts the food there will be no change in the quantity offered. This is because God is Sookshma (subtle or dormant). God accepts food in a subtle form. ദൈവത്തിന് നാം നൽകുന്ന നിവേദ്യങ്ങളെക്കുറിച്ച് ഏറ്റവും നല്ല വിശദീകരണം ഇതാ . ദൈവം വന്ന് നമ്മൾ നൽകുന്ന നിവേദ്യങ്ങൾ കഴിക്കുമോ ?  ഒരു ഗുരു ശിഷ്യ സംവാദം . ഇതിനിടെ നിരീശ്വരവാദിയായ ഒരു ശിഷ്യൻ ഗുരുവിനോടു ചോദിക്കുകയാണ് . ദൈവം നമ്മുടെ നിവേദ്യങ്ങൾ സ്വീകരിക്കുമോ ? ദൈവം ഭക്ഷിക്കുകയാണെങ്കിൽ നമുക്ക് വിതരണം ചെയ്യാൻ പ്രസാദം എങ്ങനെയാണു കിട്ടുക ഗുരോ ? ഗുരു മറുപടിയൊന്നും പറഞ്ഞില്ല .   പകരം പഠനത്തിൽ വ്യാപൃതരവാൻ ഉപദേശിച്ചു . ആ ദിവസം ഗുരു ഉപനിഷത്തുക്കളെ കുറിച്ചാണ് സംസാരിച്ചത് . " ഓം പൂർണമദ പൂർണ്ണമിദം പൂർണ്ണാത് പൂർണമുദച്യതേ .... പൂർണസ്യ പൂർണ്ണമാദായ പൂർണ്ണമേ വാ അവശിഷ്യതേ " എന്ന മന്ത്രം പഠിപ്പിച്ചതിന് ശേഷം ഹൃദിസ്ഥമാക്കാൻ ആവശ്യപ്പെട്ടു . കുറച്ച് സമയത്തിന് ശേഷം ശിഷ്യരുടെ അടുത്തെത്തിയ ഗുരു നിരീ

Chavakkad Vishwanatha Temple – Festival

Chavakkad Vishwanatha Temple is located on the National Highway 17 at Manathala, Chavakkad, Thrissur district, Kerala.  The shrine is dedicated to Mahadeva - Shiva. The annual festival in the temple is held on Rohini nakshatra in Kumbha Masam.. The annual festival in the temple is famous for procession, caparisoned elephants, thalappoli, and pujas and rituals. The temple has a chathura sreekovil, namaskara mandapam, nalambalam and kodimaram (flag pole). There are temples of upa devatas here. Pratishta dinam, Shivratri and Thiruvathira are other important occasions in the shrine. More than 30 elephants participate in the annual festival.

Mulloor Nandhikulam Mutharamman Temple – Festival

Mulloor Nandhikulam Mutharamman temple is located at Mulloor in Vizhinjam, Thiruvananthapuram district, Kerala. This is a small shrine dedicated to Goddess Mutharamman. The temple observes the annual festival in Makara Masam (January – February). The temple observes its annual prathishta dinam in Kumbha Masam. Mutharamman is a powerful form of Goddess Shakti and she is worshipped in a colorful and aesthetically decorated sreekovil in the shrine. The temple also has shrines of upa devatas. The annual festival is famous for temple art forms, ezhunellippu, melam, Ganapathi homam, kalasa abhishekam, mrityunjaya homam, sarvaiswarya pooja etc. The temple also observes navratri with vidyarambham.

Kundara Indilayappan Temple – Festival

Kundara Indilayappan temple is located at Kundara in Kollam district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Shiva and Vishnu. The annual festival in the temple is held in Kumbha Masam. Maha Shivratri is another important festival here. The annual festival begins on the Rohini nakshatra day in Kumbha Masam (February – March). This is a traditional Kerala style temple with a chuttambalam, kodimaram (flag pole or dwajasthambam), nalambalam and namaskara mandapam. The shrine has a chathura sreekovil. The upa devatas in the temple include Subrahmanian. The annual festival is famous for ezhunnallathu, procession, kuthira, and melam. The shrine holds Bhagavatha Sapthaha Yajnam.

Vettoor Ayiravillan Temple – Vettor Padayani Festival

Vettoor Ayiravillan temple is located at Vettoor in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The annual festival in Thiruvettoor temple is held in such a manner that it concludes on Uthram nakshatra day in Meena Masam. The annual festival is famous for the Vettor Padayani. The sankalpam of the deity is that of Keerta Bhavam. The temple also has the presence of Goddess Annapurna and Goddess Durga. The area is also famous for worship of Sarpam (Nagas) and Bhuta Ganas of Shiva. As per legend Shiva appeared here atop a horse with thousands arms and all the arms holding bow and arrows. The name Ayiravillan refers to the thousand arms of Shiva. The consort of Shiva here is Vasundhra Moorthi. As per some scholars the murti worshipped in the temple has the chaithanyam of both Shiva and Sastha. The annual festival begins with the famous Karthika Pongala in Kumbha Masam. The next most important event during the festival is the Poora Padayani.

Baneshwar Mela In Rajasthan - Tribal Fair - Immersing Ashes Of Dead

Baneshwar Mela in Rajasthan is annually held from Magh Shukla Paksha Ekadasi to Magh Purnima as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in Rajasthan. Baneshwar Mela 2023 date is from February 1 to February 5. This is one of the largest tribal fair in Rajasthan. The most important date is the Magh Purnima day – February 5, 2023. Various tribes immerse the ashes of the dead on the Magh purnima day. Beneshwar temple is dedicated to Shiva. The Shivling worshipped here is located on a delta formed by Som,  Mahi  and Jakham  Rivers . It was named Baneshwar after the Vagdi Language word ‘Ben’ for delta and ‘Ishwar’ for god. The festival is one of the largest tribal fair in India . The fair attracts a huge number of tribal populations not only from Rajasthan but also from neighboring states of Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat. Baneshwar Mela Magh Purnima - Immersing Ashes Of Dead Tribals especially the Bhil tribe perform the sacred ceremony of spreading the ashes in the Sangam or confluence

Kakkoor Ambassery Kavu Temple – Festival - Kakkoor Kalavayal

Kakkoor Ambassery Kavu temple is located at Kakkoor in Ernakulam district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali (Bhagavathi). Kakkoor Kalavayal 2023 date is February 27 and February 28. The annual festival in the temple is observed on Karthika and Rohini nakshatra in Kumbha Masam (February – March). The festival coincides with the famous Kakkoor Kalavayal festival.  Kakkoor Ambassery Kavu is a traditional Kerala style temple with a chuttambalam, namaskara mandapam and small temples of Upa Devatas. The annual festival is famous for Tantric pujas and rituals. Caparisoned elephants, traditional Kerala temple art forms and melam are part of the annual festival. A small fair is held in the temple premises on the occasion.   The historic Kakkoor Kalavayal festival is associated with Thirumarady Edapra Bhagavathi Temple and Ambassery Kavu Temple. The belief is that the deities are sisters and they meet once in a year during the festival period. During this period, tem

Nedumangad Ammankoda Festival

Nedumangad Ammankoda Mahotsavam is an annual festival of three major temples in Nedumangad in Thiruvananthapuram district, Kerala. Nedumangad Ammankoda festival 2023 date is February 27. The three temples are Mutharamman Devi temple, Melamkode Devi temple and Muthumari Amman Devasthanam temple. The annual festival concludes with a massive procession and temple rituals on Karthika nakshatra day in Kumbha Masam (February – March). Nedumangad Ammankoda festival has a history of nearly 400 years and is famous for the Ottam, thalappoli and Kuthiyottam ritual. Processions, singari melam, pookkavadi, cultural events and Kerala temple art forms are part of the festival. Massive processions are taken out from the three temple and covering the entire area of Nedumangad town. The murti of Amma and Swamy of Nedumangad Sree Mutharamman temple is made using the Kadusarkkarayogam. The main body of the murti and veins are made using gold and silver. The heart is made of Salagramam. The murti is

Jnana Suktam – A Hymn In Rig Veda On The Supreme Being

Jnana Suktam is the 71 st hymn in the tenth section of Rig Veda Samhita. It is a difficult composition, with words that have ambiguous meanings. According to Brihad Devata, its devata (deity) is jnanam. Acharya Sayana has explained it as “knowledge of Supreme Brahman”. The subject of the sukta is obviously jnanam (knowledge), which reveals to man the reality of his being and the way to merge into the Supreme Reality. Since knowledge is expressed through vak (speech), a portion of this hymn deals with the concept of speech. Jnana Suktam consists of eleven verses. Its seventh verse discusses the power of human beings to absorb knowledge. The mantra states: “Friends possessing eyes, possessing ears, were yet unequal in mental apprehension, some seemed like pools reaching to the mouth, others reaching to the loins, others like pools in which one can bathe (10.71.908.7). Interpreting this, Sayana says: “They may be equal in the knowledge of sense organs, but unequal in mental knowledge

Varavoor Palakkal Bhagavathy Temple – Festival – Karthika Vela

Varavoor  Palakkal Bhagavathy temple is located at Varavoor in Thrissur district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy and is located in the middle of paddy fields. The annual Karthika vela festival in the temple is held in Malayalam Kumbha Masam (February – March). This is small but beautiful and well managed temple with shrines of upa devatas, chuttambalam, small pond and namaskara mandapam. Bhagavathi is worshipped in a chathura sreekovil. The annual festival is famous for panchavadyam performance, ezhunnallathu of Devi and several caparisoned elephants. Velichappadu, kuthira vela, thira, poothan and other performing arts of Kerala are part of the festival. The shrine also observes various other festivals including Vishu, Ramayana Masam, Navratri, Mandalakalam and Thrikarthika.

Madhva Navami 2023 date

Madhwa Navami, or Madhva Navami, is an auspicious day dedicated to Madhvacharya, the great religious reformer and commentator on the Brahma Sutras and the Upanishads. In 2023, the date of Madhwa Navami is January 30.  It is observed on 9th day of the Shukla Paksha in Magha Month. Madhvacharya is the exponent of the Dvaita School of philosophy also known as Sad Vaishnavism – Vishnu or Narayana is the Supreme Being. Madhwa Navami Means Avatar Samapti Dinotsavam of Sri Guru Madhvacharya. According to the philosophy of Madhvacharya, Lord Vishnu (Hari) is the Supreme Being and resides in Vaikunta with his consort Shri Lakshmi. The world we see is real and the difference is true. Vishnu is the only independent reality. All living and non living beings are dependent on Vishnu. Souls and world are dependent on Vishnu and is separate from Vishnu. Bhakthi is the only means of attaining Moksha. Writing on the teachings of Madhvacharya, Swami Sivananda Says Renunciation, devotion

Sri Panchami 2023 date – dedicated to Goddess Saraswati in Magh month

Sri Panchami is dedicated to Goddess Saraswathi, the Hindu Goddess of Learning and it is also known as Saraswati Puja. Sri Panchami 2023 date is January 26. It is observed as the birthday or Jayanti of Goddess Saraswati in North and Eastern parts of India and Nepal in Magh Mahina (January – February). The day is popularly observed as Basant Panchami. Note in some regions it is also observed on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Panchami (April 6). In some regions it is also observed on Chaitra Krishna Paksha Panchami (April 21). Shri Panchami is observed on the fifth day during the Shukla Paksha of Magh month (January – February) as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar. The popular belief is that Goddess Saraswati made her appearance for the good of the human beings on the day. Goddess Saraswati is worshipped using yellow followers and yellow colored clothes on the day. Yellow color symbolically represents spiritual knowledge. Hindus also wear yellow garments on th

Nedumangad Uzhamalakkal Puthukulangara Bhadrakali Temple – Festival

Nedumangad Puthukulangara Bhadrakali Temple is located at  Uzhamalakkal  Puthukulangara, Nedumangad, Thiruvananthapuram district, Kerala.  The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathi. The annual festival in the temple is held in Meena Masam. The annual festival in the temple is famous for procession, thalappoli, homam, pattu, and Tantric pujas and rituals. The annual Pongala festival is held on Atham nakshatra in Meena masam. The annual Kuthiyottam festival is held on the next day of Pongala festival. The temple has a chathura sreekovil, namaskara mandapam, and nalambalam. There are temples of upa devatas here. Prathishta dinam, Shivratri, Navratri and Thrikarthika are other important occasions in the shrine. The temple conducts the thulabharam ritual.

Kausalya – Mother Of Sri Rama – Gives This Advice For His Exile

Kausalya, the mother of Sri Rama, gives this important advice to her son before he embarks on his arduous 14-year exile. This was told by Kanchi Jagadguru Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati Mahaswamigal (20 May 1894 – 8 January 1994). Great indeed were the misfortunes suffered by Sri Rama during his exile in the forest. To a son going on a long journey the mother gives food to take with him. Kausalya does the same when her son Rama leaves for the forest, but she does so after much thought, for she wants the food to last during all the fourteen years of his exile. And what is that food? Kausalya gives Rama the eternal sustenance of dharma. Raghava, she says to him, "it is dharma alone that will protect you, and this dharma is what you yourself protect with courage and steadfastness.” It is the escort of dharma that the mother provides her son sent out from his kingdom. यं पालयसि धर्मं त्वं धृत्या च नियमेन च। स वै राघवशार्दूल धर्मस्त्वामभिरक्षतु।। Yam palayasi dharmam tvam

Mayyanad Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Mahalakshmi Temple – Festival

Mayyanad Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Mahalakshmi temple is located at Dhavalakkuzhi  - Mayyanad in Kollam district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi and Anantha Padmanabha Swamy form of Vishnu Bhagavan. The annual festival in the temple is held on Rohini nakshatra day in Kumbha Masam (February – March). This is a small temple located on the banks of backwaters. The shrine has a main chathura sreekovil and separate small temples for upa devatas. The annual festival in the temple is famous for Vaishnava poojas, melam, ezhunellippu, caparisoned elephant and Kerala temple performing art forms.

Polikode Shiva Temple – Festival

Polikode Shiva temple is located at Polikode on Andoor road in Kollam district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Mahadeva – Shiva. The annual festival in the temple is observed on Rohini nakshatra day in Kumbha Masam. The upa devatas worshipped in the temple include Ganapathi, Mahavishnu, Sastha, Goddess Durga, Nagas and Yakshi. The annual festival is famous for various Kerala temple art forms, procession, Tantric pujas and rituals. The temple has a Chathura Sreekovil with a Shivling. The shrine has a chuttambalam and namaskara mandapam. The temple observes various festivals including Vishu, Vinayaka Chathurthi, Shivratri and Thrikarthika.

Kayamkulam Eruva Adimoolam Durga Bhagavathy Temple

Kayamkulam Eruva Adimoolam Durga Bhagavathy temple is located at Eruva near Kayamkulam on the Eruva – Muttom road in Alappuzha district, Kerala. This is a small shrine dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy. The shrine is famous for the annual Makara Pongala festival. The shrine has a chathura sreekovil. There are shrines of upa devatas. Important rituals in the temple are observed in Makaram and Kumbha Masam. The temple also observes Vishu, Saptaham, Ramayana Masam, Navratri and Mandalakalam. Navaha Yajnam and Prathishta Varshikam are held in Malayalam Meda Masam.

Kilimanoor Mulakkalathukavu Bhagavathi Temple – Festival

Kilimanoor Mulakkalathukavu Bhagavathi temple is located at Kilimanoor in Thiruvananthapuram district, Kerala. This is a small but ancient shrine of Goddess Bhagavathi in Mulakkalathukavu Thattathumala. The annual Thrikarthika festival in Kumbha Masam (February – March) is the most important occasion at the shrine. The temple has a bimbam of Goddess Bhagavathy in a Chathura sreekovil. The shrine has a namaskara mandapam and shrines of upa devatas. The annual festival is famous for lamps and colorful lights. Tantric pujas and rituals including homam, kalasham and abhishekam are part of the festival. The shrine also observes Navratri in Kanni Masam.

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

Tithi in Panchang – Hindu Calendar on Thursday, 10 February 2022 – It is Shukla Paksha Navami tithi or the ninth day during the waxing or light phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Navami tithi or the ninth day during the waxing or light phase of moon till 11:40 AM on February 10. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Dashami tithi or the tenth day during the waxing or light phase of moon till 1:46 PM on February 11. (Time applicable in all north, south and eastern parts of India. All time based on India Standard Time.  Good – Auspicious time on February 10, 2022 as per Hindu Calendar – Good and auspicious time till 6:47 PM.  Nakshatra  – Krittika or Krithigai or Kartika nakshatra till 1:22 AM on February 10 . Then onward it is Rohini nakshatra till 3:50 AM on February 11 . (Time applicable in north, south and eastern parts of India).  In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, north Karnataka and south Rajasthan), Krittika or Krit