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Goddess Bahurupa – One Of 64 Yoginis In Hinduism

Goddess Bahurupa is one of the 64 yoginis in Hinduism. The 64 yoginis are holy women with yogic powers or female attendants of Shiva or Durga. They are worshipped as Goddesses in Hindu religion. She is also known as Sri Maya and Chandika. She is depicted as standing on a straight lying corpse or dead body. Goddess Bahurupa is worshipped for attaining liberation and for overcoming all kinds of fear. Standing on the dead body symbolically means standing one ones’ ego and ignorance. It is because of ego and ignorance that we think we are the body. The day we realize we are not the body, there will be bliss for us on earth. Shava sadhana or meditating sitting or standing upon a dead body is a very difficult ritual and it signifies detachment from the physical world and uniting with the absolute. The mantra associated with Goddess Bahurupa is Om Hreem. She is offered white color flowers and white color bhog (food or naivedya). Lamp for her should be lit using pure ghee. The ideal

Kongad Thirumandhamkunnu Temple – Festival

Kongad Thirumandhamkunnu temple is located at Kongad in Palakkad district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy. The annual temple festival is held in Malayalam Meena Masam (March – April). The Sankalpam of Bhagavathy in the temple is that of Goddess Bhadrakali. Located atop a small hill, this is a beautiful Kerala style temple with a kodimaram (flag pole), chuttambalam, namaskara mandapam and shrines of upa devatas. The temple has a chathura sreekovil. The annual festival is famous for a colorful procession with melam, ezhunnallathu, caparisoned elephants, melam, traditional performing art forms of Kerala, pujas and rituals as per Shakteya sampradaya. The temple is famous for various other festivities including Navratri and Thrikarthika.

Kottakkal Viswambhara Temple – Festival – Kottakkal Pooram

Kottakkal Viswambhara temple is located on the premises of Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala in Malappuram district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Bhagwan Vishnu. The ten-day annual festival in the temple is famous as Kottakkal Pooram and is famous music and dance performances. The annual main pooram day falls on Thiruvonam nakshatra day in Meena Masam (March – April). The four-armed Vishwambhara holds conch, discus, mace and lotus in four arms. The murti is carved in white marble. The temple is small chathura sreekovil and is adjacent to the Kailasa Mandiram, residential house of Vaidyaratnam P.S. Varier. The temple was consecrated in 1932 and the annual festival was started in 1934. The temple is the symbol of religious harmony as people of any faith can enter the sanctum sanctorum without any restriction. The annual festival includes Vaishna pujas and rituals. Cultural programs presented by eminent artists from across the country are attended by thousands of people. The festivi

Ambalamukku Peroor Sri Krishna Swamy Temple – Festival

Ambalamukku Peroor Sri Krishna Swamy temple is located at Ambalamukku in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Sri Krishna Bhagavan. The 10-day annual festival in the temple begins on Thiruvonam nakshatra day in Meena Masam (March – April). This is a typical Kerala style temple with a nalambalam, namaskara mandapam and chathura sreekovil. The upa devatas worshipped in the temple are Ganpathi, Shiva, Goddess Bhagavathy, Ayyappa, Murugan, Nagas and Navagrahas. The annual festival in the temple is famous for various Vaishnava pujas and rituals. Ezhunellippu and traditional performing art forms of Kerala are part of the festival. The temple organizes a huge procession with caparisoned elephants on the Arattu day. The arattu procession ends at Sasthamangalam Mahadevar Temple. Sri Krishna jayanti in Chinga Masam is another important festival here. The annual prathishta festival of Goddess Bhadra devi in the temple is held in Malayalam Mithuna Masam (June - July). On th

Valliyoorkavu Bhagavathy Temple – Festival – Valliyoorkavu Mahotsavam

Valliyoorkavu Bhagavathy temple is located near Mananthavady in Wayanad district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy. The temple is famous for its 14-day annual festival and it falls in Malayalam month of Meenam (From 1-14) (March 15 to March 28).    The sword of Valliyoorkavil Amma is brought from the Palliyara Bhagavathy temple at Pandikkadavu near Mananthavady by the chief priest on the first day, which marks the beginning of the festival. The kodiyettam (ceremonial flag hoisting) is performed on the seventh day of the festival by tribal chieftains. The temple has numerous unique temple rituals including the oppana varavu, a procession from Cheramkode Bhagavathy temple at Kallody near Mananthavady and Adiyaras, a procession with tender coconut for abhishekam (ablution) marks the arattu of Valliyoorkavil Amma. The festival concludes when the oppana varavu returns to Cheramkode Bhagavathy temple after the rudhirakkolam, a symbolic fight between Goddess Bhagavath

Palkulangara Devi Temple – Festival

Palkulangara Devi temple is located 1 km from Pettah Junction in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy or Devi. The annual festival in the temple is held in Malayalam Meena Masam (March – April). The belief is that the murti of Goddess Durga worshipped in the temple was installed by Arjuna of Mahabharata. He had shot an arrow on to the earth to create a pond. This pond can be seen behind the temple. As per belief milk used to flow from the temple in ancient times and hence the name Palkulangara – Pal means milk and kulam means pond. Their s a kavu (grove) adjacent to the temple. This is small typical Kerala style temple with a kodimaram (flag pole), chuttambalam, namaskara mandapam and shrines of upa devatas. The temple has a chathura sreekovil. The upa devatas worshipped here are Ganapathy, Shiva and Sastha. Nagaraja and other Nagas are worshipped in the Sarppakavu. The annual festival in the temple is famous for colorful ezhunellippu atop a

Vadakkumthala Panayannarkavu Devi Temple – Festival

Vadakkumthala Panayannarkavu Devi temple is located at Vadakkumthala near Karunagappally in Kollam district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy or Devi. The annual festival in the temple is held in Malayalam Meena Masam (March – April). The most important day is the Meena Bharani day. This is small typical Kerala style temple with a kodimaram (flag pole), chuttambalam, namaskara mandapam and shrines of upa devatas. The temple has a chathura sreekovil. The sankalpam of Goddess is here that of Bhadrakali. The annual festival in the temple is famous for colorful ezhunellippu atop a caparisoned elephant, procession, Tantric pujas and rituals, and performing art forms of Kerala. The temple also observes Navratri and Thrikarthika.

Gemology In Ancient Hinduism – Ratna Shastra And Ratnas

Gemology was known as ratna shastra and ratnas in ancient Hinduism. Ratnas (gems) have always had a significant place in Hindu values and beliefs. Around the 6 th century CE nine gems were clearly identified for their protogical association with the navagrahas (nine planets). They are manikya (ruby) – sun; mukta (pearl) – moon; vidruma (coral) – mars; marakata (emerald) – mercury; indranila (sapphire) – Saturn; vajra (diamond) – Venus; pushparaga (topaz) – Jupiter, gomeda (zircon) – Rahu and vaidurya (cat’s eye) –Ketu. To ensure harmonious relationship with the planets so as to seek their beneficial effects, the prescribed positioning of gems in a suitable gold setting is as follows: Agastya Samhita, an early text, has dealt with the association of gemstones with weekdays as well as the order in which gemstones are to be placed on an elevated platform for worship. Arthashastra of Kautilya, of the 4 th century BC, provides a succinct description of the important gems and jewels. T

Champakulam Kallampally Bhagavathy Temple – History – Festival

 Champakulam Kallampally Bhagavathy temple is located at Champakulam in Alappuzha district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy or Devi and Shiva. The 5-day annual festival in the temple is held in Meena Masam and the festival concludes with Arattu on the final day. The Sankalpam of Bhagavathy in the temple is that of Goddess Bhadrakali. The temple also has upa devatas including Shiva and Ayyappa. This is small typical Kerala style temple with a kodimaram (flag pole), chuttambalam, namaskara mandapam and shrines of upa devatas. The temple has a chathura sreekovil. Champakulam Kallampally Bhagavathy Temple Timing Morning darshan and puja timing is from 5:30 AM to 9:30 AM Evening darshan and puja timing is from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM The annual festival is famous for a colorful procession with melam, ezhunnallathu, caparisoned elephants, pujas and rituals as per Shakteya sampradaya and unique traditional Kalari forms. Pongala is an important event during the fe