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Parashuram Kund Snan on Makar Sankranti in Tezu in Arunachal Pradesh

Parashuram Kund or lake is located near Tezu in Arunachal Pradesh and thousands of people perform holy bath here during Makar Sankranti . In 2024, Makar Sankranti Snan is on the morning of January 15. As per Kalika Purana, Parashuram , the six avatar of Hindu God Vishnu, washed away the sin of killing of his mother ( Goddess Renuka ) by bathing in the waters of this lake also known as Brahma kund. Devotees after taking holy dip also visit the remains of an ancient temple at Malinithan on the day. The temple is dedicated to Shiva. Malinithan is located near Likabali on the northern bank of the Brahmaputra . Over a hundred carved images including that of Surya, Goddess Parvati and a huge Nandi bull are the main attraction in the temple. Parasuram Kund is on River Lohit and is around 15 km northeast of Tezu the headquarters of Lohit District. 

Mukkanuma – Fourth day of Sankranti festival in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana

The Sankranti festival in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana is spread over four days. Sankranthi, also known as Makar Sankranti, is a harvest festival dedicated to Lord Surya and is an important festival in Telugu culture. The festival which begins with Bhogi culminates on the fourth day with Mukkanuma. In 2024, the date of Mukkanuma is January 17. Mukkanuma is observed on the day after Kanuma festival and is dedicated to feasting and merry making. No major rituals or pujas are held on the day. It is fun filled and is the last day of Sankranti celebrations. Today, the day is also skipped by many people. In some regions, people visit distant relatives and friends on the day.

Akshiptaka – Body Posture In Hindu Classical Dance

Akshiptaka is used in Hindu classical dances such as Bharatanatyam, Kathakali, Odissi and Kuchipudi. It is one of a set of graceful movements of the limbs (angaharas) which are thirty two in number. One hundred and eight positions of the body which combine movement of hands and legs (karana) and movements of the neck, hand, waist and foot (recaka) are integral parts of the angahara. Karana and recaka add to the beauty of angahara and act as transitory movements which fill the pause between two body positions. Angaharas are used in preliminary dance movements at the commencement of a dance drama (purva ranga). Forceful, vigorous movements are performed by men and soft, delicate movements are performed by women. In akshiptaka the dancer’s body is lowered, with the feet in the turned-out position and the knees half bent (armandi). The right foot, raised slightly, rests on the toes, with the left hand resting lightly on the chest between the breasts. The palm of the right hand rests on

Kalanthan Mukri Theyyam – Story – Information - Muslim Theyyam

Kalanthan Mukri theyyam is a rare Muslim theyyam part of the annual theyyam thira kaliyattam festival in Kasaragod region of Kerala. As per information, the theyyam is that of a person who lived in olden times but faced an unnatural death for venturing in the forest of Goddess Chamundi. Kalanthan Mukkri theyyam story is that of him venturing into the sacred forest of Goddess Chamundi to cut tree. The Goddess kills him by felling a tree on him. As he was killed inside a kavu, he became a daivakaru and theyyam. It is said that Goddess gave him a place in the kavu and honored him with a theyyam. Another story is that Kalanthan Mukri hunting for fish in a sacred place in a river associated with Goddess Chamundi. At midnight she causes hallucination and makes Kalanthan Mukri to swim across the river many times. He is finally captured and taken away by Goddess Chamundi. Kalanthan Mukri Theyyam is performed at Chittarikkal Kamballur Kottayil Tharavadu Devasthanam temple in Kasaragod from Oc

Kala Puli Theyyam – Story – Information

Kala Puli Theyyam ( കാള പുലി ) is a unique and rare theyyam part of the annual Thira – theyyam – Kaliyattam festival mainly in Kannur and Kasaragod districts in Kerala. As per information, this theyyam is associated with Shiva and Goddess Parvati taking the form of tiger and tigress respectively. As per the Kala Puli Theyyam story, Kala Puli theyyam is the son of Shiva and Goddess Parvati in the form of tiger and tigress. Once, Shiva and Goddess Parvati were traveling through the Thullor Forest. Here they happened to see a tiger mating with a female tiger. Shiva and Parvati had amorous feelings and they took the form of Pulikandan and Pulikarinkali (Pullikarinkali) ( പുലികണ്ടനും   പുലികരിങ്കാളി  ( പുള്ളികരിങ്കാളി )). It is believed that Puli Karinkali made a big hole below Thathenar rock ( താതേനാര് ‍   കല്ലിന്റെ   തായ്മടയില് ‍ ) and gave birth to five children – four males and one female. As per some beliefs she gave birth to five male children. The female child is popularly known

Benefits Of Pradakshinam In Hinduism

Pradakshinam denotes circumambulating clockwise from left to right around the gods or the abodes of gods or the objects of reverence, so that one’s right side is always turned towards the person or object circumambulated. In simple words, it denotes moving in the direction of right. Here is a look at the benefits of Pradakshinam in Hinduism. According to Svayambhuvagama, one gets all his desires fulfilled by performing circumambulation thrice; becomes victorious by five times; gains the destruction of one’s enemies by seven times; obtains progeny by nine times; gains prosperity by fifteen times; achieves all round growth by seventeen times; and gains all round happiness by twenty-three times. While doing pradakshinam one should extend one’s right hand, bending the head, turning one side towards the right and mentally facing the right side. Pradakshinam once or thrice pleases the gods. It relieves one of all sins, states Kalika Purana. According to Vishnu smriti, salutation with s

Kadothi Bhagavathy Theyyam – Story – Information

Kadothi Bhagavathy Theyyam is a ferocious Mother Goddess theyyam performed in quite few kavu in Kannur and Kasaragod regions of Kerala during the annual theyyam, thira and kaliyattam festival. As per information, this theyyam is associated with Goddess Bhadrakali and is associated with forests and woods. Kadothi Bhagavathy Theyyam story is that of her appearing to help a devotee. She is so powerful that it is unable for people to contain or worship her. Later she is given a proper dwelling in a sacred place. Kadothi Bhagavathy Theyyam is worshipped for attaining peace and prosperity. She is mainly invoked to avoid contagious diseases and for good health. She is also propitiated to defeat enemies and to secure victory in war. The theyyam is performed at the Chemperi Mootha Bhagavathy Kavu temple. This is a ferocious theyyam noted for its unique headdress and body. The theyyam is performed after midnight.

Kakkunnathu Bhagavathy Theyyam – Information – Story

Kakkunnathu Bhagavathy theyyam is a violent Mother Goddess Kali theyyam performed during annual Kaliyattam, theyyam, thira festival in couple of kavu, tharavadu and temples in Kannur region of Kerala. As per information, this theyyam is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Bhagavathi or Devi and is believed to have appeared before an elderly member of the family. The story of Kakkunnathu Bhagavathy theyyam is that of her making her aaroodam or home in the house of a tantri and helping in defeating enemies. Through the power of the Devi the tantri is able to perform miracles. Kakkunnathu Bhagavathy theyyam is worshipped to overcome fear of darkness, ghost and supernatural beings. She is worshipped for success in life and to get early job. Couples worship her for having health children. The theyyam is performed at Anjarakandy Kakkothu Kakkunnath Bhagavathy temple in Kannur from March 31 to April 2 annually. The Bhagavathi is has her face painted black suggesting she is a manifestation o

Kakkara Bhagavathy Theyyam – Story – Information

Kakkara Bhagavathy theyyam is performed in Kasaragod region of Kerala during the annual thira kaliyattam and theyyam festival. As per information, this is a Devi Goddess Bhagavathy theyyam. Kakkara 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 sword of Goddess far away from his compound. The sword fell in a forest area belonging to Poonthottam Namboothiri. The Namboothiri took the sword and consecrated it in the Kakkara Kavu and thus the deity came to be known as Kakkara Bhagavathy. This theyyam is worshipped to keep bad luck, disease, and accidents away from home. She is also worshipped for the long life of babies. It is belie

Kaikkolan Theyyam Story – Information

Kaikkolan Theyyam is a theyyam performed along with Thekkan Kariyathan during the annual theyyam, thira, kaliyattam festival in certain rare temples or kavu in Kannur region. As per information, Thekkan Kariyathan is Shiva and Kaikkolam is the theyyam of a child whose hand was cut by Kariyathan and later restored. Kaikkolan Theyyam story is that of two people going for hunting and fishing. But they were unable to get anything on the day. They were too tired and took refuge in the home of Karingulakkandathakamma. She invited them to have food in her home. The two men went to take bath in a pond and there they happened to see two wonderful fishes. All their attempts to capture them failed. Later they saw the same fish in the well of the women. They lowered a vessel to the well and they fishes entered the vessel. When the men attempted to cut the fish, they showed their true form and disappeared. The two divine beings blessed them and told them that they will be born as their children. Th

Story Of Demon Jalandharan And Vishnumaya Kuttichathan

Vishnumaya Kuttichathan was the son of Goddess Parvati and Shiva. He was blessed with immense power and could take the form of any living being or anything in the universe. He was asked to annihilate Demon Jalandharan by Shiva. This story is part of the Theyyam dance performance in North Kerala. Demon Jalandharan was creating havoc in the universe with the aid of tremendous powers he got as boon. The demon conquered the three worlds and ruled over it mercilessly. Vishnumaya Kuttichathan challenged Jalandharan and in the fight that followed the demon lost his army and had to run away from his palace. Vishnumaya Kuttichathan took the form of Sudarshana Chakra (the discus of Vishnu) and followed Jalandharan. Jalandharan hid under the ocean. The ocean started to boil when Sudarshana Chakra entered the ocean and started looking for the demon. The intense heat produced by the divine discus made the ocean uninhabitable. The demon had to come out of the ocean and he was killed Vishnuma

Kadavathu Bhagavathy Theyyam – Story – Information

Kadavathu Bhagavathy theyyam is performed in Kasaragod region of Kerala during the annual thira kaliyattam and theyyam festival. As per information, this is a Devi Goddess Bhagavathy theyyam. Kadavathu 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. The two items floated in the river and reached on a bank near Arayi region. As she made her abode near riverbank, she came to be known as Kadavathu Bhagavathy. This they

Swami Vivekananda Teachings - A Collection of Swami Vivekananda Teachings

A collection of some of the important teachings of Swami Vivekananda. Teachings are mostly from the Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, Vedanta Kesari and Prabuddha Bharata magazines. We hear ‘Be good,’ and ‘Be good,’ and ‘Be good,’ taught all over the world. There is hardly a child, born in any country in the world, who has not been told, ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not tell a lie,’ but nobody tells the child how he can help doing them. Talking will not help him. Why should he not become a thief? We do not teach him how not to steal; we simply tell him, ‘Do not steal.’ Only when we teach him to control his mind do we really help him. All actions, internal and external, occur when the mind joins itself to certain centers, called the organs. Willingly or unwillingly it is drawn to join itself to the centers, and that is why people do foolish deeds and feel miserable, which, if the mind were under control, they would not do. What would be the result of controlling the mind

Karnnon Daivam Theyyam – Information – Story

Karnnon Daivam Theyyam is a rare theyyam performed in Kasaragod region 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 Karnnon 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, Karnnon 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. A popular Karnon Daivam is that of Kothoor Maniyani who through his devotion and penance was able to bring Kannangatu Bhagavathy to the region. Karnnon Daivam Theyy

Dreaming Of Playing Guitar – Meaning

Dreaming of playing guitar is a positive sign as per dream meaning and interpretation. The dream means you will soon find happiness and joy in music. It also means leisure and getting time to do something you always wanted to do. Dreams of playing mean new relationship or friends. It also means you will try to impress someone or will attempt to get noticed. Dream of playing guitar and it is in an unknown place means discovering your potential when you are away from home. It also means doing something different in life and finding new meaning to life. Dreaming of playing guitar and there are colors or other people means getting carried away by a situation. It also means pleasure and gratification. The dream also means honor and recognition. Dreams of playing guitar and you happen to see exotic places means desire fulfillment. It also means traveling to distant places. Dream of playing guitar and you wake up sad or terrified is a sign that you are going to get involved in a bad r

Dreaming Of Playing Football With Friends – Meaning

Dreaming of playing football with friends is a good omen as per dream meaning and interpretation. The dream means success or achievement. It also means freedom and joy and a period of tension free life. Dreams of playing football and scoring a goal mean you will soon achieve your goal through teamwork. It also means you will get relief from a tough work or situation after success. Dream of playing football with friends and you see other people around you means there will be happy occasion. You will get to be free with your friends or people you like. It also means you will get to hear happy news. Dreaming of playing football with friends and you see strangers around means you will get to hear positive news. It also means defeat of your enemies. A team or something that you support will achieve victory. It also means glory and triumph as a fan of something. Dreams of playing football with friends and you are searching for a particular person means someone important will be absent

Symbolism In Brahmacharya And Diksha In Ancient Vedic Education

A look at the symbolism in Brahmacharya and diksha in ancient Vedic education based on the Atharva Veda. Usually brahmacharya is translated as celibacy. But its literal meaning is ‘to move in Brahma’ or ‘to move towards the supreme state of consciousness named as Brahman.’ Typically it signifies the comprehensive education received by a young person in Vedic times before she or he is married and led the family life. The education includes not only the study of the various subjects but also the spiritual initiation, diksha by special methods. Diksha even today is an important aspect of spiritual life. The hymn (11.5) in Atharva Veda is the earliest attempt to describe the process of diksha or initiation by a teacher or guru. The knowledge is imparted by an occult means. This hymn metaphorically describes the rishi as keeping the disciple in his womb, impart power to him and make him grow. This procedure is represented symbolically even today in the ceremony of sacred thread upanay

Dreaming Of Playing Holi – Meaning

Dreaming of playing holi is a good omen as per dream meaning and interpretation. The dream of playing holi represents happiness and fun with friends or family. It also means wealth and money. Dreams of playing holi festival and you are not present in the dream means missed opportunity or unable to party with your friends. Dream of playing holi and you see yourself happy in the dream means luck is in your favor. It also means traveling with family to a distant place. The dream is also an indication of upcoming functions like engagement or marriage. Dreaming of playing holi and there is no one else or it is deserted is a sign of trouble in a lonely place. It also means getting stuck in a building. It also means fight or difference of opinion during a function. Dreams of playing holi and you see total darkness or blinking of light means accident during an event. It also means getting lost from your family or friends in a crowd. Dream of playing holi and you wake up terrified or an

Dreaming Of Playing Cards – Meaning

Dreaming of playing card is both good and bad as per dream meaning and interpretation. In dream if you are seen angry or frustrated then it means you will lose money through betting or playing games involving huge sums. If you are seen happy in the dream means change of fortune and good luck. Dreams of playing cards and you are seen with friends or family members mean a period of happiness and leisure time. It also means vacation or taking time away from work. Dreams of playing cards in an unknown place means you will get addicted to gambling or something similar and this will result in personal, financial and family problems. Dream of playing cards and you are seen celebrating means success and progress. It also means you might make new enemies. Dreaming of playing cards and you see fights or violence means you will get trapped in an unwanted place at the wrong time. It also means getting injured or witnessing something gruesome.

Dreaming Of Planting Flowers – Meaning

Dreaming of planting flowers is a good omen as per dream meaning and information. The dream means you will make serious changes to your life by including nature in it. You will show interest in creating something from scratch. It also means you will realize the value of things and efforts of people. Dreaming of planting flowers and it is an unknown place means you will move away from your current residence. Dreams of planting flowers and you are not seen in the dream means you will start something with great enthusiasm and later drop them. It also means renovation taking place in your home when you are away. Dream of planting flowers and you are unable to recognize the flowers or struggling with flowers means you will get into something you have no knowledge about and create a mess. Dreaming of planting flowers and you are happy in the dream means you will discover something that gives you joy. It also means you will decide to do something different.

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

Tithi in Panchang – Hindu Calendar on Thursday, 19 January 2023 – It is Krishna Paksha Dwadashi tithi or the twelfth day during the waning or dark phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. 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 it is Krishna Paksha Trayodashi tithi or the thirteenth day during the waning or dark phase of moon till 7:21 AM on January 20. 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 19, 2023 as per Hindu Calendar – There is no good and auspicious time on the entire day.  Nakshatra  – Jyeshta or Kettai or Triketta nakshatra till 12:07 PM on January 19. Then onward it is Mool or Moolam nakshatra till 10:43 AM on January 20. (Time applicable in north, south and eastern parts of India).  In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, nor