When we say or think of Kerala then the world of cultural tradition or custom comes to our mind. Kerala is ready to welcome its one of the important festival Vishu. Vishu festival is celebrated as harvest festival or new year of Kerala. It signifies the transition of the sun to the Medam Rashi (Aries first solar month). Sun transits this sign mostly from March 21 to April 20 each year.
Vishu signifies the transition of the sun and the festival is new year of Kerala. It is believed that the first thing which you see on Vishu is what your whole year will be. People organize Vishu Kani, a displays of fruit and vegetables with gold coins so that the whole year be filled with happiness and prosperity in the family. This year it will be celebrated on Sunday April 15,2018.
Vishu is incomplete without Vishu Konna or Kanikkonna. It is a flower, Amaltas or Cassia fistula (botanical name) known as the golden rain tree. It is one of the favorite flowers of Lord Krishna. On the day of Vishu, lord vishnu or Sri Krishna (form of Vishnu) is worshipped. On this day eldest member in a family give coins as Vishukkaineettam. In after noon all get together to have lunch feast called vishu sadya.
The elderly person in the house lights up the lamp at dawn and blindfolds each member to open their eyes to see the lamp first.
Vishu Konna or Kanikkonna: Amaltas or Cassia fistula (botanical name) known as the golden rain tree.
Amavasya or no moon day in August also known as Aadi Amavasi in Tamil Nadu, Karkidaka Vavu Bali in Kerala and Bheemana Amavasi in Karnataka. As per tradition, in some part of India it is observed as Shravan Amavasya and some part as Ashada Amavasya.
This day is considered both auspicious and inauspicious. As per tradition, people offer tharpanam a ritual for offering the tribute to their ancestors like their deceased father, mother or family members. They pray to their ancestors to remove the curse on their family and bless the family for good and happy life.
It is recommended that brahmins or those who wear the sacred thread from left shoulder to right shoulder to change it vise-versa before beginning of the ritual. You can seek a pujari help to do Tharpanam on this day. Tharpanam should always to be done to elder family members who are deceased and not for younger family members or to people who are still alive. The ritual can be performed in house, beaches or banks of sacred rivers, temples or sacred spots designated for tharpan or Pitra Tharpanam.
Amavasya or no moon day in 2016 falls on August 2, 2016 and begins at 3:14 AM and ends at 2:14 AM on August 3.
The Nadda Habba Dasara or Mysore Dasara or ‘Navaratri’ is celebrated with a lot of pomp, spectacle and joy in Mysore. The festivities will be low-key this year as the state government wants to keep it simple due to the farmers’ deaths in the state. All cultural programmes will be restricted to the Mysore Palace and there will only be two cultural programmes a day. On the inaugural day of Navratri, the ‘Rajya Sangeeth Vidwan’ award will also be presented.
Oct 13: Inauguration at Chamundi Hills
Oct 14 – Oct 21: Cultural programs at palace premises, Jagan Mohan Palace, Kalamandir, etc. On Oct 21, Hungarian dance troupe to perform at palace grounds.
Oct 22: Ayudha Puja and Cultural Programme; Mysore Dasara Procession – Jamboo Savari (elephant procession) where main attraction of this procession is the idol of the Goddess Chamundeshwari that sits on top of an elephant; Torchlight parade at grounds at Bannimantap. The traditional Nandi Puja will be offered between 1.10 pm and 1.25 pm. Post that, the floral tributes to the idol of Goddess Chamundeshwari placed in the Golden Howdah on top of the elephant will be offered between 3:12 pm and 3:30 pm. Thus begins the ‘Jamboo savari’.
Yaduveer Raj Urs adopted as heir of Mysuru Royal Family, heir of the 700-year-old Wadiyar dynasty and rechristened Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar. Yaduveer arrived at the specially erected ‘mantapa’ in the Kalyana Mantapa of the Palace accompanied by his parents Tripura Sundari Devi and Swarup Anand Gopal Raj Urs.
Yaduveer is the great grandson of Subramanya Raj Urs, the younger brother of Chamaraja Wadiyar X.
A team of priests supervised by Brahmathantra Swatantra Paraka Mutt Swamiji overlooked the adoption rituals conducted by Indrakshi Devi, sister of late Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar and monitored by Pramoda Devi Wadiyar.
An adoption is taking place in the family after 135 years and after the princely states were dismantled in 1967. The event sets all speculation to rest on who will be the next crown prince to succeed Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar who died in December 2013. The adoption comes 14 months after the death of Srikantadatta, at a time when the family is facing a crisis, given the state government’s move to acquire the palace, their abode for over two centuries.
Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States and on the second Monday of October in Canada. It is an annual national holiday marked by religious observances and a traditional meal.
Thanksgiving Day a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. It also end of the harvest season and starting of winter season.
Vrischikam Masam which starts in the mid of November is popularly known as Mandala Kalam for Ayyappa Devotees in Kerala. Vrischikam 1 also known as Vrischikam onnu is highly auspicious month and 41-day Sabarimala Vratham starts on Vrischikam 1.
In 2014, as per malayalam calendar the November 17 to December 15 is Vrischikam Masam and Vrischikam 1 falls on November 17, 2014.
Governor HR Bhardwaj hoisted tri-colour, weighing at 31kg, measures 72ft by 48ft at a dizzy height of 65 metres at the National Military Memorial. The day coincided the 117th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and the day, the Supreme Court Jan 23, 2005 permitted the hoisting of the National Flag in public places.
Military memorial in public area
Names of about 24,000 martyrs have been inscribed in plaques on the memorial’s walls. India Gate in New Delhi is the only military memorial in public area which displays names of 70,000 Indian soldiers who were martyred during the World Wars.
Durga is worshipped during Navaratri. These are Shailaputri, Bramhacharini, Chandraghanta, Kooshmanda, Skandamata, Katyani, Kalratri, Maha-Gouri, and Shidhidatri.
The first day of Navratri is dedicated to Goddess Shailaputri. The second day of Navratri is celebrated to revere Goddess Brahmacharini. The third day for Goddess Chandraghanta embodies fearlessness and courage.The fourth day of Navratri is dedicated to Goddess Kushmanda who resides in the abode of the Sun God. Fifth day for Skanda Mata, Moksha or salvation can be achieved by worshipping Skanda Mata. Goddess Katyayani is revered on the sixth day of Navratri. On seveth day for Goddess Kalaratri rides a donkey and is considered the most aggressive and destructive manifestation of Durga. The eighth day of Navratri is dedicated to Mahagauri who washes away the sins and bestows her worshippers with success and prosperity. The ninth form of Durga, Siddhidayani or Siddhidatri is the Goddess of wisdom. On Vijayadashami day all nine form of goddess combines together and became powerful Durga to defeat the Mahishasura.