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Elavillu and Karivillu Theyyam – Story – Information

Elavillu and Karivillu (ഇളവില്ലു കരിവില്ല് )are two rare separate theyyams performed during the annual theyyam, thira and kaliyattam festival in Kannur region of Kerala. As per information, these two kolams are dedicated to two men who performed great deed in ancient times. Elavillu and Karivillu theyyam story is that of two brave men sacrificing their lives for the welfare of the people and the region. They are believed to have died fighting enemies. They were worshipped in sacred places after their sacrifice and later as a thanksgiving and respect they were given a theyyam. The theyyam is worshiped to get blessing from ancestors to defeat enemies and to achieve success in life. Elavillu and Karivillu theyyam is performed at the Azhikode Sree Palottu Kavu temple in Kannur district of Kerala.

Story of Makaravilakku at Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple – Origin and History of Makarajyothi and Makaravilakku

Makaravilakku – Makarajyothi is the most anticipated festival at the Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple. It takes place on January 14 or 15, evening (Makara Sankrama Sandhya) – the time when the Dakshinayana Punyakalam ends and Uttarayan or Uttarayana Punyakalam starts. There are numerous stories regarding the origin and history of the Makarajyothi and Makaravilakku. The most popular legend is that after defeating demon Mahishasura, Ayyappa merged with the Dharma Shastha Murti at the Sabarimala Temple on the Makarajyothi day. Makaravilakku is the Jyothi that appears at Ponnambalameddu three times on Makar Sankranti day after evening puja. Makara Jyothi is the star that appears on the sky during the Puja. Another legend has it that Parashurama first lit the Makaravilakku after installing the murti of Ayyappa. It is also believed that the tribals who were harassed by the demon Mahishasura first lit the light to celebrate the slaying of their tormentor by Ayyappa. Another pop

Karanavar Theyyam – Story – Information

Karanavar Theyyam is a popular theyyam performed in Kannur and Kasaragod regions of Kerala during the annual theyyam thira kaliyattam festival. As per information, this is the theyyam of the head of family or tharavadu who attains greatness through piety, intelligence, courage or through darshan of a god or goddess. The story of Karanavar Theyyam varies from house to house. The common element is that of an elderly person doing something out of the ordinary to protect the family or the area. In some cases, Karnavar will have the darshan of a Goddess and he takes her help in fighting enemies. This theyyam appears in a peaceful form and sometimes holds a sword and a shield. He is offered worship for peace and prosperity of the family. The theyyam is also invoked when there is an unnatural death in the family and to solve family issues. The theyyam is widely seen in many kavu, tharavadu and devasthanam in Kannur and Kasaragod districts of Kerala. വണ്ണാന്മായര്‍ കെട്ടിയാടുന്ന ഈ തെയ്യത്തിനു

Kupyadhyaksha – Forest Official In Ancient India

Kupyadhyaksha, a forest official, designated as such in the ancient text Arthashastra of Kautilya. The term kupyadhyaksha is first used in Arthashastra for the director of forest produce. The word ‘kupya’ means produce of the forest and adhyaksha, superintendent or head of a unit of administration. The activities of adhyaksha are described in Book II of Arthashastra under the heading of Adhyaksha Pracara. The term is found in the inscriptions of Ashoka and later rulers. The term ‘kauptika’ (officer of the forest responsible for collection of tools and road access) is referred to in the inscription of 1017 CE from the Somnath Temple (Rajasthan). The adhyakshas are recommended a salary of one thousand panas, the unit of money in ancient India. They were considered the highest authority to their departments and were to advise the king on economic matters. References to the adyakshas shouldering responsibilities of administrative work other than the economic are also found in abundance

Kaari Chamundi Theyyam – Information – Story

Kaari Chamundi theyyam is a rare theyyam performed in a couple of temples in Kasaragod region of Kerala. As per information, the theyyam a fierce manifestation of Devi or Goddess Durga Bhagavathy. The story of Kaari Chamundi theyyam is that of her appearing from a homa or yajna kunda (sacrificial fire) of Bhagavan Paramashiva. She protects the devotees from ill health and demons. She appears to protect livestock which are attacked by supernatural beings. It is believed that the deity fulfills the desires of devotees. She is also propitiated to defeat enemies and to get over evil eye and black magic. Kasaragod Ravaneshwaram Cherakkara Tharavadu temple and Kanhangad Thekke Vellikoth Cherakkara Tharavad Devasthanam temple are two places where one can witness Kaari Chamundi theyyam.

Kanakkara Bhagavathy Theyyam – Story – Information

Kanakkara Bhagavathy Theyyam is a Mother Goddess theyyam worshipped in few kavu, tharavadu and temples in Kasaragod region during the annual theyyam, thira and kaliyattam festival. As per information, this theyyam is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Durga Bhagavathy or Devi. Kanakkara Bhagavathy theyyam story is associated with Kalakattu Tantri. One day the tantri was immersed in performing tantra and mantra. A child was crying stop in the home and the tantri asked someone to stop the crying of the baby. The Devi who was worshipped in the house by the tantri killed the child to stop it from crying. When Kalakattu Tantri found out about the cruelty committed by the Goddess, he threw the abode of Goddess (kalum palakayum) far away from his compound. The items fell in a forest area belonging to Edamana Tantri. The tantri gave a space to the goddess in his home but threw away Kalum Palakayum into a river. It reached Chemeni Alamthittayil and here she is worshipped as Kanakkara Bhagavathy.

Kalaratri Bhagavathy Theyyam – Story – Information

Kalaratri Bhagavathy theyyam is a ferocious kolam performed during the annual theyyam, thira, kaliyattam festival in Kannur and Kasaragod region of Kerala. As per information, Kalarathri Bhagavathy is the fierce manifestation of Mother Goddess (Durga or Bhagavathi or Kali). Kalarathri Bhagavathy story is that of her appearing to lick the blood of demon Raktabija from whose blood drops appeared thousands of demons. It is believed that Kalarathri Bhagavathy appeared to help a devotee (family) in distress. She protects the wealth and livestock of her devotees. She is so ferocious that she is given a separate place in temples and kavu. A theyyam is performed in all those place where she appeared. Kalarathri Bhagavathy theyyam is worshipped to defeat enemies and to overcome fear of darkness and ghosts. She is also propitiated by those who have trouble in sleeping. This theyyam is performed at Kanhangad Madiyan Koolom temple, Valapattanam Sree Kalarivaathukkal Bhagavathy Kavu temple, Kan

Mattu Pongal 2024 Date – Bull Festival on the Third Day of Pongal in Tamil Nadu

Pongal is a four day festival in Tamil Nadu and the third day is dedicated to Mattu (Ox, cow and other domesticated animals). Mattu Pongal 2024 date is January 16. Mattu Pongal is today famous in Tamil Nadu and in India for the bullfight known Jallikattu or Manji Virattu. Mattu Pongal is a sort of thanksgiving to cattle, which provides milk, organic manure, and which draws the plough. The rural economy in India depends hugely on domesticated animals like ox, cow and goat. Cattle are welcomed at home on the day and worshipped and are offered sweets and other eatables. Those homes having a cow or ox give them a thorough bath and are beautifully decorated with specially colored ropes, bells and shawls on the day. The horns are polished and painted. The cattle are taken to the temple. A Mangala arati is performed for the cattle. But today sadly, Mattu Pongal is noted for the Jallikattu, a sort of wrestling match between man and bull, in rural Tamil Nadu. This is a cru

Ippally Theyyam – Story – Information

Ippally Theyyam is a very rare theyyam performed during the annual theyyam kaliyattam festival in Kannur and Kasaragod region of Kerala. As per information, the theyyam is dedicated a person who was alive. Ippally Theyyam story is that of Ippally, a Pulayan, was shot and killed by an army commander, Kolamudi Manna, who was on his way to participate in a war. He found Ippally obstructing his way and thought he was a bad omen. On hearing, Ippally getting killed, Azhikottarachan Kurikkal arrived on the scene and objected to the killing. He was also shot and killed. The two people later were given the form of theyyam for their sacrifice. Ippally Theyyam shows the bond and friendship beyond the walls of caste. The theyyam is performed by Pulayar. They theyyams are worshiped for peace and prosperity and to overcome enemies.

Prabhulingaleele – Kannada Poetical Composition On The Life Of Allama Prabhu

Prabhulingaleele is a Kannada poetical composition and the work deals with the life of Allama Prabhu, a Virashaiva mystic poet and spiritual leader. It has 25 chapters (gatis), comprising 1,111 stanzas set to bhamini satpadi meter (a six-lined metrical form) that was very popular in medieval Kannada literature. It was composed by Chamarasa (1430 CE), who lived in the kingdom of Vijayanagar. The hero of Prabhulingaleele is Allama Prabhu. The work is simple, lucid and direct. It can be considered as a representative of suggestive poetry. The characters of this poetry are love, virtue and uprightness. Allama is considered an incarnation of Shiva, as he is devoid of maya or avidya. Infatuation with worldly pleasures is maya. The story moves in three phases, namely, the unsuccessful attempt made by Maya, the princess of Bnavavasi, to get Allama Prabhu as her husband; the narration of Allama’s journey towards Kalyana, enlightening the devotees on the way through his teachings to attain s

Iratta Kuttichathan Theyyam – Story – Information

Iratta Kuttichathan theyyam is a rare twin theyyam performed during the annual thira theyyam kaliyattam festival in Kasaragod region of Kerala. As per information, these are two powerful theyyams capable of causing havoc and destruction. As per Iratta Kuttichathan story, they were born to Shiva and Goddess Parvati who took the form of Valluvan and Valluvathi. They were highly intelligent and powerful but did not follow the rules of society. They did black magic to help and kill people. They changed forms and sometimes became invisible to harass living beings. They were finally caught and cut into numerous pieces and offered in a yajna. But thousands of kuttichathans appeared from the pieces and they created havoc in the region. To satisfy them and to get rid of them people gave them a place in their worship places and also started performing their kolams. Iratta Kuttichathan is worshipped for desire fulfillment. They are also worshipped to retrieve lost items and to get back stolen art

Significance of Telugu Kanuma Festival - Pasuvula Panduga In Andhra Pradesh - Telangana After Sankranti

Kanuma, also known as Pasuvula Panduga, is observed on the third day of the Sankranthi festival in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. It is believed that Lord Krishna lifted the Govardhan hill to protect the people of Gokulam on this day. In 2024 Kanuma is on January 16. It is of great importance to the Telugu community and is observed in the Telugu month of Pushya. Mukkanuma is observed the day after Kanuma and is primarily a day of feasting and merry making. Kanuma festival is quite similar to the Mattu Pongal observed in Tamil Nadu. The festival is dedicated to cows, bulls and other animals that are part of agrarian economy. Cattle and cattle sheds are cleaned on the day. Cows are decorated with marigold flowers and are worshipped. Sun (Surya), Mahabali (the king who sacrificed everything to Vamana incarnation of Vishnu) and Godadevi are also worshipped during the festival. In Hindu mythology, Kanuma is the day when Lord Krishna performed the miracle of lifting the

Ilamkolam Theyyam – Information – Story

Ilamkolam is a fierce theyyam usually performed at night during the annual kaliyattam thira theyyam festival in Kannur district of Kerala. As per information this is a popular theyyam and is performed in numerous temples, kavu and tharavadu. The story of Ilamkolam theyyam is that of divine being appearing to protect the wealth and life of pious devotees from people who practice adharma. The theyyam is offered prayers for peace and prosperity. It is also worshipped to overcome fears and for the protection of wealth and farm animals. Ilamkolam theyyam is performed in numerous temples including Kannur Kodallur Palaprath Kavu Bhagavathy temple, Kalliasseri Kolathuvayal Chirakutti Puthiyakavu temple (Vayalile kottam), Thalikkavu Bagavathi temple, Mayyil Kandakkai Chalangotut Puthiya Bhagavathy Kavu, Azhikode Punnakkappara Padinhare Veettil Bhagavthy temple, Kalliasseri Anchampeedika Kelothparamb Chellatton Thaiparadevatha temple and Kalliasseri Puthiya Bhagavathy temple (Kappoth Kavu).

Dreaming Of Buying Beans – Meaning

Dreaming of buying beans is a good sign as per dream meaning and interpretation. The dream means positive changes in life, return of someone back into your life and get together. Dreams of buying bean also mean happy occasion in family or functions. It also means cooking something different or experimenting with a new cuisine. Dreaming of buying beans from an unknown place suggests transfer or moving to a new place suddenly. It also means forced change of house or location. Dream of buying beans and you are unhappy or crying means you will be forced to take up something that you do not like. It also means you will be doing something that you have no interest. Dream of buying beans and you see different colors and freshness suggests positive change and desire fulfillment in life. Dreaming of buying beans and if everything is dull, rotten and lack freshness means you will make bad life decisions. It means there will be a stagnant period in life. It also means you will be forced t

Dreaming Of Buying Beer – Meaning

Dreaming of buying beer is a warning sign as per dream meaning and interpretation. The dream means you will soon face failures or disappointments and you will attempt to cover it up by intoxication. It also means you will be mentally and physically weak in near future. Dreams of buying beer and it is at an unknown place means you misusing your freedom and this resulting in some kind of trouble. Dream of buying beer from a known place means you will show boldness to do something that you usually hesitate to do. It also means accepting challenges of friends without thinking about its consequences. Dreaming of buying beer and you wake up terrified or crying means you will be blamed for something you had not done intentionally. It also means other people trapping you. Dreams of buying beer and you are happy in the dream means party or get together. It also means you will decide to have fun after hard work. It also means success and achievement.

Good Teachings And Sayings From Atharva Veda

A collection of good teachings and sayings from Atharva Veda. Do not fear, you are not going to die. (Atharva Veda 5.30.8) If you speak, speak only pleasantly. (Atharva Veda 16.2.2) I will speak Truth always, not falsehood. (Atharva Veda 4.9.7) The words of Truth protect me everywhere. (Atharva Veda 10.37.2) Let everyone be happy and peaceful.  (Atharva Veda 19.9.2) May all the adharma depart me; may all felicities come to me. May I get the felicities by rightful methods. (Atharva Veda 10.1.10) In my right hand is effort and the success is in my left hand. (Atharva Veda 7.50.8) There is nothing beyond the Supreme One (tatah param). (Atharva Veda 18.2.29) I work in the path created by sages who organize the society according to the Right. (Atharva Veda 9.5.29) The (spiritual) Sun is the soul of all that is dynamic and static.  (Atharva Veda 13.2.35) May we unite in our minds, unite in our purposes, and not fight against the divine spirit within us. Common be you

Dreaming Of Buying Bags – Meaning

Dreaming of buying bags is a good omen as per dream meaning and interpretation. The dream means journey, success and desire fulfillment. It means you will get some kind of financial and career gains in near future. The dream is also an indication of change of career or moving to a different place. Dreams of buying bags mean new business engagements and quick decisions. It also means staying away from home for a long period of time. Dream of buying bags and you are not seen in the dream means revolt against you. It also means your enemies or jealous colleagues will be very active. It also means someone from your family will go to a distant place for a long period of time. Dreaming of buying bags and you see other people in the dream means compromises for smooth conduct of something. It also means cooperation to achieve your goal. Dreams of buying bags and if it is torn or turning bad is a sign of internal conflict damaging your reputation. It also means failure as a leader. Drea

Dreaming Of Buying Biscuits – Meaning

Dreaming of buying biscuits is both good and bad sign as per dream meaning and interpretation. Dream of buying biscuits and you are tired or shabbily dressed means tension or unexpected problem and lack of sleep in near future. Dreams of buying biscuits and you are happy means you will have a period of happiness and there will get together, party or picnic. Dream of buying biscuits and you are not seen in the dream means your family will take advantage of your absence and do things that you have put restriction on. It also means others misusing your absence in workplace or factory. Dreaming of buying biscuits and you are not getting them means sudden reversal of fortune. It also means people creating trouble in your life through their selfish actions. Dream of buying biscuits and you see golden or silver color means change of luck and winning lottery etc.

Dreaming Of Buying Baby Clothes – Meaning

Dream of buying baby clothes is a sign of optimism and good luck as per dream meaning and interpretation. The dream means you can expect change of luck and a period of happiness and satisfaction. It also means desire fulfillment especially related to pregnancy and childbirth  in the family or of friends. Dreams of buying baby clothes also mean new member in the family. It also associated with additional responsibilities but one you will be happy as there will be no regular stress and tension. Dreaming of buying baby clothes and you seem unhappy means there will be some kind of unexpected problems in life or you might be thrust with something you hate to do or detest. It also means disturbance and irritation. It is also a sign of lack of sleep in near future. Dream of buying baby clothes and you see babies playing and laughing is a sign of upcoming positive changes in life. It also means you will be able successfully face a new situation. Dream of buying baby clothes by those who

18 January 2023 Tithi – Panchang – Hindu Calendar – Good Time – Nakshatra – Rashi

Tithi in Panchang – Hindu Calendar on Wednesday, 18 January 2023 – It is Krishna Paksha Ekadashi tithi or the eleventh day during the waning or dark phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Ekadashi tithi or the eleventh day during the waning or dark phase of moon till 11:10 AM on January 18. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Dwadashi tithi or the twelfth day during the waning or dark phase of moon till 9:24 AM on January 19. Then onward (Time applicable in all north, south and eastern parts of India. All time based on India Standard Time.)  Good – Auspicious time on January 18, 2023 as per Hindu Calendar – Good and auspicious time till 5:22 PM.  Nakshatra  – Anuradha or Anusham or Anizham nakshatra till 1:14 PM on January 18. Then onward it is Jyeshta or Kettai or Triketta nakshatra till 12:07 PM on January 19. (Time applicable in north, south and eastern parts of India).  In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, north Karnat