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Karma Mala In Hinduism

Karma Mala is the impact of ethical actions of a jiva (individual). Karma is voluntary action that we perform every day, arising out of a sense of want in us (malah karmanimittam (Tantra loka IX 88-89)). This is in contrast to kriya, which is a spontaneous, natural flow of activity that automatically arises out of fullness of bliss, but not out of some want. Since karma is voluntary action that we perform by the force of our will, it falls in the ethical realm of subhasubha (good and bad), involving the reaping of moral fruit generated by individual effort or action. Malinivijaya Tantra (I.24) states that karma mala also veils the essential nature of the empirical self. The individual performs pious and evil deeds, which bring about pleasure and pain in life (dharmadharmatmakam karma sukhadukhadilakshanam). Abhinavagupta in his Ishwara Pratyabhijna Vimarsini (III 2.5) says – There arises karma mala in the form of merit and demerit, when there is the consciousness of the external wo

Lokanarkavu Temple – Information – Lokanarkavu Devi

Lokanarkavu temple is located at Ayyanchery village, around 5 km from Vadakara, in Kozhikode district, Kerala. There are three main temples in Lokanarkavu – the main deities worshipped in the shrine are Vishnu, Shiva and Goddess Bhagavathi (Bhadrakali). Importance is given to Bhagavathy who is famous as Lokanarkavu Devi or Lokanarkavil Amma. The Bhagavathi worshipped here is known as Lokanarkavu Devi. She was the family deity or paradevata of Thacholi Tharavadu (ancient warrior family of Kerala). She is mentioned in Vadakkan Pattu. The oldest shrine among the three is that of Bhagavan Vishnu. The consecration of the murti was done by Parashurama. The right hand of Vishnu is slightly towards the front. The Chaturbahu or four-armed murti of Vishnu holds Shankh, Gada and Chakra. Shiva is worshipped in the form of Shivling in the temple. It is believed that the murti was consecrated on 1st day of Kolla Varsham (When kollavarsham era began in Kerala). The pratishtha of Bhagavathy (B

Azhinjilam Sreekrishnapuram Temple – Festival

Azhinjilam Sreekrishnapuram temple is located at Azhinjilam near Ramanattukara in Kozhikode district, Kerala. The annual pratishta festival in the temple is held in Malayalam Edava masam.  Ashtami Rohini or Sri Krishna Jayanti is an important festival in the temple and is observed in Malayalam Chingamasam (August - September). This is a typical Kerala style temple with a chuttambalam, namaskara mandapam and east facing sanctum sanctorum. The temple observes Vishu, Ramayana Masam, Onam and Mandala Makaravilakku kalam.

Kalattu Vamana Moorthy Temple – Festival

Kalattu Vamana Moorthy temple (Kalattambalam) is located at Kalad near Niramaruthur in Tirur, Malappuram district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Vamana Avatar of Bhagavan Vishnu. The annual pratishta festival in the temple is held in Malayalam Edava masam. This is an ancient temple with an east facing square sanctum sanctorum. There are shrines of upa devatas. The temple has numerous ancient structures and written records. A unique offering in the temple is the offering of 1000 bananas - Aayiram Pazham Vazhipadu. This is performed for achieving peace and prosperity. Thiruvonam is another important date in the temple.

Basava Jayanti – Basavanna Jayanthi 2023 date - Birth Anniversary of Basaveshwar

Basavanna Jayanti, or Basava Jayanti, marks the birth anniversary of the 12th Century thinker, social reformer, saint and religious teacher, Basaveshwara. In 2023, the date of Basava Jayanti is April 22 - as per the Karnataka Government Calendar. The day is also known as Basaveshwar Jayanti. Basavanna is considered to be the founder of Lingayatism or Lingayat Sect or Veerashaivism. He was responsible for sweeping social changes in Karnataka and surrounding regions around 900 years ago. In 2023, it is the 890th birth anniversary of the social reformer. A true humanist, Basaveshwara stood for the upliftment of the downtrodden and fought the evils that had crept into the Brahmanic Vedic tradition. He preached that there is only one Supreme Being and that is Shiva; and that all animate and inanimate are equal before the Supreme Being. The philosophy and teachings of Basaveshwara had universal appeal and eternal value and it attracted millions of people. The equality of sexe

Abandon All Boundaries To Achieve Spiritual Success

There is one common substratum of water behind all waves; similarly there is one spiritual principle, a background reality, behind all names and forms. These names and forms as a rule bespeak a plurality which cannot be attributed to the consciousness behind them. If there is a plurality of consciousnesses, we have to assume one more consciousness to perceive it, and this is untenable. It will be ultimately misleading and indeed wrong to suppose, for example, that each human being is an independent actuality who interacts with other human beings and with nature. Rather, all these are projections of a single totality. Therefore, the universe is one on all the three levels — physical, mental, and spiritual—and disparateness is only an illusion. This idea of disparateness is the root of all confusions, conflicts, wars, and bloodshed as well as a great stumbling block to affable human relationships. The simple fact is that we live in a world of conflict and opposites because we live in wor

2 May 2022 Tithi – Panchang – Hindu Calendar – Good Time – Nakshatra – Rashi

Tithi in Panchang – Hindu Calendar on Monday, 2 May 2022 – It is Shukla Paksha Dwitiya tithi or the second day during the waxing or light phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Pratipada tithi or the first day during the waxing or light phase of moon till 2:04 AM on May 2. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Dwitiya tithi or the second day during the waxing or light phase of moon till 3:31 AM on May 3. (Time applicable in all north, south and eastern parts of India. All time based on India Standard Time.  Good – Auspicious time on May 2, 2022 as per Hindu Calendar – There is no good and auspicious time on the entire day.  Nakshatra  – Kartika or Krithigai or Krittika nakshatra till 11:16 PM on May 2. Then onward it is Rohini nakshatra on the full day on May 3 and till 1:35 AM on May 4. (Time applicable in north, south and eastern parts of India).  In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, north Karnataka and south Rajast