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Gopal Nayak – 12th Century Musician

Gopal Nayak was a musician of the Yadava period f the 12 th century CE. Gopal Nayak belonged to the generation after Sarangadeva (1175 CE). The author of the musical work Sangita Ratnakara, Sarangadeva was the poet-philosopher and musician in the court of Sindhana Yadava, the predecessor of Ramachandra Yadava. Gopal Nayak probably had his musical training in the musical system propounded by Sarangadeva. Kallinatha, the famous commentator of Sangita Ratnakara, has mentioned Gopal Nayak, while Venkatamakhi refers to him twice. Gopal Nayak has stated that he knew only the srutis. He was the connecting link between southern and northern systems of music. The precise dates of his birth and death are not known. But it is certain that he was contemporary to Allauddin, Amir Khusro and Ramachandra Yadava. In the period of the Yadavas, Maharashtra developed its own musical traditions. Gopal Nayak was the court musician of Ramachandra Yadava, who was defeated by Allauddin Khilji in his fir

Ugadi Panchangam 2022 pdf Download – Shubhakruth Nama Samvatsara 1944 Panchangam

Ugadi Panchangam 2022 in pdf for free download is provided by Shri Uttaradi Math, the seat of Jagadguru Sri Madhvacharya. The Ugadi Panchangam 2022 is available in Telugu, Kannada, Marathi, and Sanskrit. The Panchangam is for the year 2022 – 2023 pdf (Shubhakruth Nama Samvatsara 1944). You can download them for free in pdf format. The year is from April 2, 2022 to March 21, 2023. Link -  Download Ugadi Panchangam 2022 Login needed - You will need to register by providing mail id, name and mobile number for free download.

Vadakkekara Chakkumarassery Srikumara Ganesha Mangalam Temple – Festival

Vadakkekara Chakkumarassery Srikumara Ganesha Mangalam temple is located at Vadakkekara, Kochi, Kerala. The 6-day annual festival concludes on the day after Vishu. The shrine is dedicated to Ganapathy and Subramanya swamy. This is a beautiful Kerala temple with a magnificent chuttambalam, kodimaram, namaskara mandapam and chathurs sreekovil (s). The main upa devata here is Ganapathy. Aanathala pokkam, a competition between tallest elephants in Kerala, is a major highlight of the festival. Caparisoned elephants, melam, colorful kavadi procession and traditional temple art forms are part of the festival. The shrine also observes special pujas during Thaipooyam, Vinayaka Chaturthi, Skanda Sashti and during the monthly Sashti fasting days.

Changanassery Vazhappally Annapoorneshwari Temple – Festival

Changanassery Vazhappally Annapoorneshwari temple is located at Vazhappally in Changanassery, Kottayam district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Annapoorna. The annual festival in the temple is held in Malayalam Meena Masam (March – April) and it concludes on Medam 1 (Vishu day). This is a typical Kerala style temple with a chathura sreekovil, namaskara mandapam and shrines of upa devatas. The upa devatas worshipped in the temple are Ganapathy, Sri Krishna, Yakshi, Yogeeswaran, Amman, Mada Swamy and Bhairava. The shrine is maintained by the goldsmith community. The annual festival is famous for unique pujas and rituals that are part of Shakti worship in South India. Melam, ezhunnallathu, homam, abhishekam and performing art forms of temple are part of the festival. Thengayeru, kumbham ezhunellippu, kumbha abhishekam, vazhipadu karakam, and agni praveshanam are some of the important rituals. The festival concludes with Arttu ceremony and the oorkarakkam ritual.

Hanuman Temple – Palakkad Fort – Kote Anjaneya - Rama Navami Festival

Hanuman Temple, also known as Kottakkakam Anjaneya Temple (കോട്ടയ്ക്കകം ആഞ്ജനേയ ക്ഷേത്രo), is located in side Palakkad Fort at Kenathuparambu – Kunnathurmedu in Palakkad town, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Hanuman or Anjaneya. The 9-day annual Rama Navami festival in Malayalam Meena Masam is an important event in the temple. The murti of Bhakta Anjaneya (Hanuman) is carved on in the inner side of wall of the eastern entrance of the fort. He is famous as Kote Anjaneya . The murti of Hanuman is facing south, while Hanuman Himself is looking towards west. The ardha-shilpa carving of Anjaneya is of about seventeen inches in height. He is seen in the standing posture with the 'gada' (mace) held in the 'Anjali Hasta' (folded hands). His laukuulam' (tail) is raised and curved with a small bell at the end of the tail. He has His right leg forward; and the left is seen just raised and ready to move. Saturdays and Tuesday s are the most important days in the temple. Ghe

Paralokavada In Hinduism – Existence Of Self In Another World After Death

Paralokavada in Hinduism is the principle of the existence of the self in another world after death in this world. The basis of theory in Hindu philosophy is twofold – immortality of the self (atma) and the principle of karma phala – the consequences of one’s deeds have to be inevitably enjoyed even after this life. If the self is immortal and eternal, the self will necessarily exist somewhere even after the destruction of the body here. If it cannot be located in this world, then it means it stays in some other world (paraloka). Even rebirth on this earth is paraloka for the self, because in the new grown body it is a new world for it. In Katha Upanishad, Yama states – “After death, some selves reach in some species’ womb to achieve the body and others have to undergo immovable (trees, etc) physique as per deeds and knowledge” (Katha Upanishad 2/2/7). Here, the Upanishad reiterates the statement of Yajurveda which tells: those who ruin the self (by ignorance), go, after death, to

The Easiest Path To Atma Darshanam – Realisation Of The Self

Sri Ramana Maharshi explains the easiest path to atma darshanam – the realization of the Self. Of all the methods of dedicating oneself to Paramatman (the Supreme Being), the easiest and the best method is the repetition of the mantra of one’s own chosen deity. Japa promotes a constant flow of loving prayer from within for inner illumination. This wakes up a subtle thirst that steadily increases, leading to a strong current of continuous yearning for the Divine, known as vyakulata. When this yearning develops into deep absorption (dhyana), Divinity reveals itself from within. This is Atma-darshanam. In brief, Sri Ramana Maharishi explained that the aspirant first repeats the mantra out loud with all possible diligence and devotion. Then, as his or her loving attitude intensifies, the repetition gradually becomes internalized. As the body, senses and mind get purified and become free from their selfish nature, the whole being gets tuned to the Divine. The power of the mantra enter

11 March 2022 Tithi – Panchang – Hindu Calendar – Good Time – Nakshatra – Rashi

Tithi in Panchang – Hindu Calendar on Friday, 11 March 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 Ashtami tithi or the eighth day during the waxing or light phase of moon till 4:30 AM on March 11. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Navami tithi or the ninth day during the waxing or light phase of moon till 6:38 AM on March 12. (Time applicable in all north, south and eastern parts of India. All time based on India Standard Time.  Good – Auspicious time on March 11, 2022 as per Hindu Calendar – There is no good and auspicious time on the entire day.  Nakshatra  – Mrigasira or Makayiram or Mrigasheersham nakshatra till 1:38 PM on March 11 . Then onward it is Ardra or Arudhara or Thiruvathira nakshatra till 4:13 PM on March 12 . (Time applicable in north, south and eastern parts of India).  In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, north Karnataka