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Kottakkal Shiva Temple – Venkitta Thevar Temple - History - Festival

 Kottakkal Shiva temple, also known as Venkitta Thevar temple, is located near Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala in Kottakkal - Malappuram route in Malappuram district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Shiva – sankalpam is that of pathnisamethanaya Shivan (Shiva with wife Parvati).  The darshanam of Venkitta Thevar Shiva temple is towards east. The annual festival in the temple begins with Kodiyettam on Thiruvathira nakshatra day in Kumbha Masam. The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple are Ganapathi and Ayyappan. The shrine is famous for its sculptures in wood and mural paintings. As per history, the temple was built by Valluvakkonathiri in 1200 CE. The temple lies outside on the boundary wall of an old fort. The temple has mentioned and praised in the 17 th century poem Brahmara Sandesham by Vasudeva Kavi. The temple is a classic the indigenous style of temple architecture of Kerala. The shrine has a Dwitala Vimana. The garbhagriha (sanctum sanctorum) and Mukhamandapa are square

Nagkesar Uses In Hindu Pujas

Nagkesar, also known as cobra saffron or nag champa, is an evergreen used in Hindu pujas and rituals. Leaves, flowers, fruits, seeds and bark of the Nagkesar are used in preparing various medicines in Ayurveda. It is widely used in Hindu pujas and rituals as a fragrant item. Oil of Nagkesar is used in preparing incense sticks. To get the blessings of Goddess Lakshmi, Hindus keep Nagkesar leaves or flowers or seeds along with black turmeric in a silver box. Kamiya sindoor is applied to the box and is kept in the locker. It is also used in the worship and puja of Shiva. Nagkesar is an indispensable part of yagna and havan as it drives away negative forces and ushers in auspiciousness. The medicines prepared using nag champa helps in curing vomiting, fever, migraines, urinary tract infections and gut related diseases. It promotes digestion and improves appetite. It is also used treat various skin related ailments including acne and oily skin. It is also an important component in Chy

Truth Is One Sages Call It Variously – Rig Veda – Greatness Of Hinduism

The groundbreaking contribution to religious and spiritual thought in the Rig Veda is the idea that the ultimate Existence or Truth is ‘One’ and can be described variously by wise people: ‘ekam sat viprah bahudha vadanti; the truth is one and the sages call it variously.’ (Rig Veda, 1.164.46.) Even today when bitter struggles rage over the superiority of one God of a particular religion over another, the Vedic sages were able to express the nature of this ultimate reality in an abstract manner calling it just Existence or Truth. It is not only that the ultimate reality does not have a single name but it is also not defined by any gender; this is an intellectual feat of the highest order in any time and age. In the early Vedic age both female and male deities enjoyed the same status. This attitude was facilitated by the open ended way of looking at religion, which enabled the Vedic sages to view the entire cosmos as endowed with divinity. Thus everything in the universe was imbued w

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

Tithi in Panchang – Hindu Calendar on Monday, 25 April 2022 – It is Krishna Paksha Dashami tithi or the tenth day during the waning or dark phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Navami tithi or the ninth day during the waning or dark phase of moon till 5:11 AM on April 25. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Dashami tithi or the tenth day during the waning or dark phase of moon till 3:38 AM on April 26. (Time applicable in all north, south and eastern parts of India. All time based on India Standard Time.  Good – Auspicious time on April 25, 2022 as per Hindu Calendar – Good and auspicious time till 2:12 PM.  Nakshatra  – Dhanishta or Sravishta or Avittam nakshatra till 7:16 PM on April 25. Then onward it is Shatabhisha or Sadayam or Chathayam nakshatra till 6:30 PM on April 26. (Time applicable in north, south and eastern parts of India).  In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, north Karnataka and south Rajasthan),