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Apana – One Of The Vital Airs Of The Body

In the human body, prana is supposed to be of the greatest importance. Next important is apana. The word vayu in Sanskrit means wind, or the air. It is supposed to be the life principle or source of chetana (life activity). Without it the various functions of the living organism cannot go on. Ten vayus are supposed to be responsible for ten different functions going on in the human body. The vayus are said to flow along different nadis which are channels and are said to be located at different place in the human body. Apana Vayu is mentioned in Yajuveda (VII:27), where an ancient rishi express the desire that the vayus may flow brightly in the body, ensuring efficiency in the activities of life. In Amritanada Upanishad (verse 34), the location of the Apana Vayu is said to the guda (anus). It is said to flow in the area of the anus, generative organ, thighs and knees (Trisikhibrahmana Upanishad, verse 80). It is believed to bring about, and control the activities of ex

Cheriyavelinalloor Ayiravillan Temple – Festival - Ayiravalli Temple

Cheriyavelinalloor Ayiravillan temple is located at C heriya Velinalloor on the Ayoor - Ithikkara Road in Kollam district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Shiva and Sastha or Ayyappa and is also known as Ayiravalli temple. The annual festival in the temple is held on Uthram nakshatra day in Malayalam Meda Masam (April - May). This is a small temple with chatura sreekovil and namaskara mandapam. Apart from the main sanctums sanctorum, there are a couple of other similar sanctums with upa devata deities. All the temple structures are modern. The annual festival in the temple is famous for ezhunnallathu, melam, caparisoned elephants and temple performing art forms including traditional music and dance. A special palanquin with an ox face effigy is used in festival rituals. The shrine also observes Shivratri, Ramayana Masam, Navratri, Vrischika Mandala Kalam and Thrikarthika festival.

Swami Chinmayananda Jayanti - Birth Anniversary

Swami Chinmayananda jayanti is the birth anniversary of the great spiritual teacher, who continues to enthrall and enlighten thousands of people around the world. Swami Chinmayananda jayanti is annually held on May 8. In 2024, it is the 108th birth anniversary of Swami Chinmayananda. In 1951, he founded Chinmaya Mission, a worldwide nonprofit organization, in order to spread the knowledge of Advaita Vedanta, teaching of the Yoga Vasistha, the Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads, and other Hindu scriptures. Today, Chinmaya Mission encompasses more than 300 centers in India and around the world and is mainly engaged in educational, spiritual, and charitable activities. Swami Chinmayananda Important Facts – Biography Swami Chinmayananda Saraswati was born as Balakrishna Menon on May 8, 1916 CE. He started his career as a journalist and participated in the Indian independence movement. He entered into the world of Sannyasa and Vedanta under the guidance of Swami Sivananda and Tapovan Mahara

Kaviyoor Temple - Hanuman Temple - History – Other Information – Thrikaviyoor Mahadeva Temple

Kaviyoor Mahadeva Temple, famous as Thrikaviyoor Mahadeva Temple is located at Kaviyoor (7 km northeast of Thiruvalla), in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala. The main deities worshipped in the temple are Shiva and Hanuman. Although the main deity is Shiva, importance is given to Hanuman, who is an Upa Devata. Mahashivratri is an important festival in the temple The murti of Hanuman is small – 0.5 feet tall and it was consecrated by Vilwamangalam Swamiyar. The murti is made out of Panchaloha and is in sitting posture. He holds a weapon in right hand and choodamani in the left hand. Tail is held up. He wears a crown and a garland. Hanuman has separate sreekovil and separate poojari. The main offering to Hanuman is beaten rice or poha (Avil Panthirunazhi). It is believed that making this offering or vazhipadu will help in desire fulfillment. It is believed that the place was earlier known as Kapiyoor (kapi means monkey) after Hanuman. Later the name became Kaviyoor. The prathishta of

Shabda and Shakti – Words and Mother Goddess In Hinduism

A mantra is composed of some letters of the Sanskrit alphabet, varnamala, which constitute words, shabda. These letters are not looked upon as mere letters. Each of them is endowed with the powers of various aspects of the Divine Mother. In other words, they are presided over by the companions of Shakti. Since innumerable permutations and combinations form the whole gamut of words, all the words uttered in the world are said to be originated from and infilled with that Shakti or power. The Divine Mother is present in the words of benediction as also in vulgar words of abuse. The demonstration of this power of letters is witnessed in tantric worship. During all such ceremonial worships a rite called nyasa is performed by the worshipper. The meaning of the word nyasa in this context is ‘reinforcement’. In the process each letter of the Sanskrit alphabet in serial order is ‘reinforced’ into a particular point in the whole body of the worshipper in order to make the gross body scintill

14 April 2022 Tithi – Panchang – Hindu Calendar – Good Time – Nakshatra – Rashi

Tithi in Panchang – Hindu Calendar on Thursday, 14 April 2022 – It is Shukla Paksha  Trayodashi tithi or the thirteenth day during the waxing or light phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Dwadashi tithi or the twelfth day during the waxing or light phase of moon till 2:39 AM on April 14. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Trayodashi tithi or the thirteenth day during the waxing or light phase of moon till 2:26 AM on April 15. (Time applicable in all north, south and eastern parts of India. All time based on India Standard Time.  Good – Auspicious time on April 14, 2022 as per Hindu Calendar – There is no good and auspicious time on the entire day.  Nakshatra  – Purva Phalguni or Pooram nakshatra till 8:10 AM on April 14. Then onward it is Uttara Phalguni or Uthram nakshatra till 8:31 AM on April 15. (Time applicable in north, south and eastern parts of India).  In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, north Karnataka