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Manalan Theyyam – Information – Story

Manalan theyyam ( മണാളന്‍ തെയ്യം ) is a very rare theyyam performed during the annual kaliyattam, thira theyyam festival in Kasaragod region if Kerala. As per information Manaalan theyyam is a Muslim theyyam and is based on a folklore. The story of Manalan theyyam is that of selfless sacrifice of an individual resulting in the betterment of the family and region. For his great pious act, the person was given a theyyam and it performed annually. Manalan theyyam is performed on May 22 and May 23 at Kanhangad Madiyan Koolom temple in Kasaragod district of Kerala. The theyyam is noted for its unique headgear and body paint. This is a highly decorated theyyam.

Nav Varsh Samvat 2080 – Hindi New Year in 2023 - Rakshas Samvatsar Begins

The Hindu New Year 2080 or Vikram Nav Varsh Samvat in the traditional lunar Hindi calendars followed in North India – especially in Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Jharkhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Delhi and Chhattisgarh is celebrated on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Pratipada (March – April). In 2023, the Nav Samvat begins on March 22. The New Year is first day after the Amavasya (No moon) in the month of Chaitra. The current year is known as Rakshas Nama Samvatsara (राक्षस  संवत्सर). (The previous year which began on April 2, 2022 was the Vikram Samvat 2079 and it was known as आनंद  - Anandnama Samvatsar.) As per Hindu astrology Nal Samvatsar will have Budh as King and Shukra as Minister. There will be large scale destruction caused by those in power - evil ministers and family members will take advantage of foolish and ineffective rulers. There will be earthquakes and large scale destruction due to natural calamities.

Amayannoor Sree Mahadeva Temple – History – Festival

Amayannoor Sree Mahadeva Temple is located at Amayannoor in Kottayam district, Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Shiva – Mahadevar. The shrine also has a murti of Veerabhadra. Another significance of the temple is that there are four Shivlings in a straight line at the temple complex. The 10-day annual festival in the temple is held in Malayalam Kumbha Masam (February – March). As per local history, a sage on a pilgrimage happened to visit the place thousands of years ago. He realized the presence of Shiva in the place. He meditated here and Shiva is believed to have given darshan to him in several spots here. Shivlings were consecrated by the saint where he had darshan of Shiva. The temple has a vatta sreekovil with a three-tier roof. The upa devatas worshipped in the temple are Ganapathi, Ayyappa, Dakshinamurti, Goddess Bhagavati, Nagas and Veerabhadra. There is huge pond in front of the temple. The shrine has chuttambalam, namaskara mandapam and dwajasthambam. A total of five

Gudi Padwa 2024 – Importance - Puja - Offerings - Marathi New Year 2024 in Maharashtra

Gudi Padwa is the Hindu New Year in Marathi culture as per traditional lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra . Gudi Padwa 2024 date is April 9. It is observed mainly in Maharashtra, Goa and parts of Karnataka. As per traditional Marathi calendar, this New Year is the Krodhi Nama Samvatsara and the Shri Shalivahan Shaka 1946 begins on the day. The first month in the Marathi calendar is Chaitra and Gudi Padwa is observed on Chaitra 1 or the first day of Chaitra. The most important event on the day is the hoisting of the Gudhi (victory flags) in front of the homes. Krodhi Nama Samvatsara begins from April 9. Shalivahana Saka year - 1946 begins on April 9. Ugadi (Kannada and Telugu New Year) will be observed on April 9, 2024. Vikram Samvat 2081  begins in North India on the day. Why is Gudi Padwa Observed? There numerous reasons for observing Gudi Padwa - the most important legends are the defeat of Shakas by Shalivahan and some people observe it to commemorate the

Nididhyasana – A Stage In Meditation

Nididhyasana in Hinduism is a stage in meditation. The verbal root ‘dhyai) (dhyayati) means to observe, to see, to meditate, to remember, etc. To intensify this meaning one may add the prefix ‘ni’ to this root – nidhyai (nidhyayati). This would then mean to meditate profoundly, to meditate repeatedly, to observe carefully, etc. Nidhyana, nididhyasa, and nididhyasana are nouns derived from this verb, and they mean profound meditation, repeated meditation, intense observation, correct seeing, etc (nitaram dhyana). Shankara, commenting on this word, says – Supreme Self is to be meditated upon with firmness and with a steady mind” (niscayena dhyatavya) (Brihadaranyaka Upanishad II.4.5 and IV.5.6). Mukti Upanishad also mentions these three steps for the direct vision of Supreme Self, namely, hearing, reflection and prolonged meditation (sravana-manana-nididhyasanani). The last three steps of the ashtanga yoga of Patanjali are the steady and constant fixing of the mind on the object of m

Sadhaka Should Constantly Keep Attention Focused On The Lamp Of God – Story

The story is taken from the editorial of the Vedanta Kesari magazine November 2021 issue. Once, Sukadeva approached King Janaka seeking spiritual knowledge. Before accepting him, Janaka asked him to undergo a test. He placed on Sukadeva’s palm a lighted oil lamp filled to the brim. Then he asked him to walk through every room in the palace, observe all the details and report them to him on return. And in doing all this, he was to take care not to spill a single drop of oil and also keep the lamp burning! The significance of the test is that while going through the different experiences and challenges of samsara, and striving to perfectly discharge his duties, a sadhaka should keep his attention focused on the lamp of God burning in his heart. Swami Vivekananda tells us that the only value of life is in the striving to achieve a high ideal. What this ideal can be, depends upon our capacity. It can be the highest ideal of Self-realization / God-realization, or any of the other innu

Dreaming Of Riding A Bike Fast – Meaning

Meaning of dreaming of riding a bike fast depends on situation as per dream interpretation. People usually dream of dream of riding a bike fast or something similar and it simply means they want freedom. They are fed up with the current life. When you are riding a bike the scenes around you are continuously changing and you are expecting same thing from life. Meaning of dreaming of riding bike fast with someone also means you need to give up the fear of others. You need to understand that you can never satisfy another person. The dream is a warning and is asking you to listen to your heart and not to satisfy others by doing things you do not like. It also means finding a partner who have similar thrills and ideas. Dreaming of riding biking fast and causing accident or you are dashing it to something or deliberately causing accident means soon you will have suicidal thoughts or you will spoil your life. It also means failure and rejection and you need to be prepared for it Dreamin

21 March 2023 Tithi – Panchang – Hindu Calendar – Good Time – Nakshatra – Rashi

Tithi in Panchang – Hindu Calendar on Tuesday, 21 March 2023 – It is Amavasya tithi or the no moon day in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Chaturdashi tithi or the fourteenth day during waning or dark phase of moon till 1:04 AM on March 21. Then onward it is Amavasya tithi or the no moon day till 11:04 PM on March 21. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Pratipada tithi or the first day during waxing or light phase of moon till 9:24 PM on March 22. (Time applicable in all north, south and eastern parts of India. All time based on India Standard Time.)  Good – Auspicious time on March 21, 2023 as per Hindu Calendar – There is no good and auspicious time on the entire day.  Nakshatra  – Purva Bhadrapada or Pooruruttathi nakshatra till 5:31 PM on March 21. Then onward it is Uttara Bhadrapada or Uthrattathi nakshatra till 4:28 PM on March 22. (Time applicable in north, south and eastern parts of India).  In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujara