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Sthana In Indian Music Associated With Svara Sadhana

Sthana is a technical term in Indian music that denotes specific areas of voice-production. It is generally understood that all notes originate from the throat or the voice box. Though there is little doubt that the voice-box plays an important role in producing all notes, but other areas such as the heart, throat and head also help in production of svara. Scholars describe the space between the heart and the forehead as the physical zone important for svara. Indian musician-experts agree by tradition and experience that the area between the heart and the forehead are the actual areas from where notes of lower, middle and higher octaves should be produced. Music as a performing art is taught by example or demonstration by a Guru to the disciple. Through this practice, sensitivity to ‘locations’ as sthana, and other such subtle elements may be imbibed, but written matter on such concepts has for far been inadequate. Thus, under the guru’s guidance and supervision the student has to

Chardham Yatra 2023 Dates – Opening and Closing Dates in 2023 of Char Dham Yatra

Chardham Yatra comprises of pilgrimage to Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri in  Uttarakhand , India – the Char Dhams. Chardham Yatra 2023 opening date is April 22, on Akshaya Tritiya day – Gangotri and Yamunotri temples opens on April 22.  Badrinath   Temple  will open on and Kedarnath Shrine on . The closing dates of Chardham Yatra  is during the Diwali period – November 12, 2023. These important shrines in Hinduism remains closed for major part of the year due to snowfall (October to April). The temples usually open in the month of April for a six-month period. Kedarnath temple will open on April 25, 2023. Badrinath temple will open on April 27, 2023. During the Chardham Yatra period, Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam (GMVN) conducts spiritual tour to the important shrines in the Chardham region. Online reservation facility is also available. Helicopter Services are also available from Agastyamuni to Kedarnath and Badrinath. Gangotri, located at an altitude of 3200

Thodikalam Temple – History – Kannavam Thodeekalam Shiva Temple Mural Paintings

Thodikalam temple is located at Kannavam village on the Koothuparamba – Edambara road in Kannur district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Shiva. The sankalpam is that of Mrityunjaya Shiva. The darshanam of Kannavam Thodeekalam Shiva is towards east. The temple is famous for its mural paintings and architecture. The Upa Devatas worshipped in the temple Ganapathi and Ayyappan. A granite Nandi is mounted on the square-shaped Namaskara Mandapam. Thodeekalam Temple Festival The annual festival in the temple is held on Saptami and Ashtami day in Vrischikam month (November-December). The temple also celebrates Shivratri in the Malayalam month of Kumbham (Mid February- Mid March). Elephants are not allowed to participate in the temple festival. During festival days Thidambu Nritham and Bhagavathy Theyyam are performed. Kannavam Thodeekalam Shiva Temple History As per history, the temple was built by Harischandra Perumal who established the Kottayam kingdom. As per some scholars th

Puthur Vagheeswaram Mahavishnu Temple – Festival

Puthur Vagheeswaram Mahavishnu temple is located at Puthur – Mangalam near Lakkidi in Palakkad district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Bhagavan Vishnu. The annual Pratishta festival in the temple is held Malayalam Edava Masam (May – June). The temple has an east facing round sanctum sanctorum – vatta sreekovil. The shrine has a chuttambalam, namaskara mandapam and shrines of upa devatas. The annual Ashtami Rohini festival in Chinga Masam is of great importance in the temple. The shrine also observes Vishu, Thiruvonam and other rituals associated with Bhagavan Vishnu.

Mangalam Pairampatta Uma Maheshwara Temple - Festival

Mangalam Pairampatta Uma Maheshwara temple ( മംഗലം പൈരംപറ്റ ഉമാമഹേശ്വര )  is located at Mangalam in Palakkad district, Kerala. The shrine is dedicated to Shiva and is also known as Pairampatta Shiva temple. The annual pratishta festival in the temple is held in Malayalam Edava Masam (May – June). This is a small temple with a chathura sreekovil and shrines of upa devatas. The shrine observes Mahashivratri and Pradosham vratam. Shivratri is the most important annual festival here.

The Infinite Cannot Be Two

The self existent One (Brahman – Atman or God) is omnipresent, because He has no form. That which has no form or shape, that which is not limited by space or time, cannot live in a certain place. How can it be? It is everywhere, omnipresent, equally present through all of us. The infinite cannot be two. If the soul be infinite, there can be only one Soul (atman), and all ideas of various souls – you have one soul, and I having another and so forth – are not real. The Real, therefore, is one and infinite, the omnipresent Spirit. And the apparent man is only a limitation of that Real. The Real, the Spirit, being beyond cause and effect, not bound by time and space, must, therefore, be free. But there is the real existence in and through everything; and that reality, as it were, is caught in the meshes of time, space and causation. There is the Real, the infinite, the beginningless, the endless, the ever blessed, the ever free. He has been caught in the meshes of time, space, and caus

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

Tithi in Panchang – Hindu Calendar on Tuesday, 10 May 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 Navami tithi or the ninth day during the waxing or light phase of moon till 3:04 PM on May 10. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Dashami tithi or the tenth day during the waxing or light phase of moon till 3:22 PM on May 11. (Time applicable in all north, south and eastern parts of India. All time based on India Standard Time.  Good – Auspicious time on May 10, 2022 as per Hindu Calendar – There is no good and auspicious time on the entire day.  Nakshatra  – Magha or Makam nakshatra till 3:17 PM on May 10. Then onward it is Purva Phalguni or Pooram nakshatra till 3:53 PM on May 11. (Time applicable in north, south and eastern parts of India).  In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, north Karnataka and south Rajasthan), Magha or Makam nakshatra