Vishu festival of Kerala

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 festival

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.
  • Vishu Kani: Means “which is seen first on Vishu”
  • Vishukkaineettam: Distribution of wealth
  • Vishu sadya: Feast Lunch

Vishu 2018: Significance, Important Traditions and History of the Malayalam New Year

Amarnath cave Ice Lingam Completely Melts Away

The Amarnath Yatra is organized every year by the J & K Govt. during  the month of sharavan ( July and August). Times of India reports that unprecedented rush of devotees at the Amarnath cave has melted 10 days before the yatra formally ends. Use of camera flashes, burning of agarbathies and other human interferences were responsible for the premature melting of the ‘Lingam’.

The Amarnath cave, in which the Lingam is formed, is situated in a narrow gorge at the far end of the Lidder valley at an altitude of 3,888 metres. Temperature here is always at sub-zero level.

In less than a month, nearly 600,000 pilgrims have so far performed the annual pilgrimage to the cave shrine of Amarnath, officials said. Authorities say the increased number of pilgrim rush and high temperatures in Kashmir over the past few weeks can  be attributed to the premature melting of the ‘Lingam’.

The early melting of the ‘Ice Lingam’ is not a new phenomenon as in 2007 the ice stalagmite melted away completely. In 2006, the Amarnath Shrine Board was embroiled in a huge controversy as it was alleged that to keep the yatra going, authorities dumped ice over the original ‘Lingam’ as at the very start of the ‘yatra’ size of the ‘Shiva Lingam’ was very small.

Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple vault B should not be opened for stock taking till July 15: SC

The Supreme Court on Friday deferred the opening of the last vault of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram. While deferring the vault’s opening the court asked the former Travancore royal family, who are the trustees of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, and the Kerala government to give suggestions on the security, conservation and preservation aspects of the temple and the treasure recovered.

There are six vaults in Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple from A to F and only vault B is yet to be opened. Meanwhile, the state government announced that rs 1 crore will be allocated for temple security. Kerala Finance Minister KM Mani made the announcement in the state Assembly on Friday.

Security is a huge concern after the vaults revealed a treasure trove worth more than Rs 1 lakh crore.Three battalions of Kerala Armed Police and some National Security Guards trained commandos having already been deployed at the temple. The creation of a special security zone around the Sree Padmnabhaswamy temple is also on the anvil to protect the huge treasure found in its vaults.

The apex court ordered that vault B of the Temple should not be opened for stock taking till July 15.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday also ordered videography and photography of the treasure found at the temple.

Sri Krishna Mandir

The puna prathista Ashtabandha Bramakalashotsava of Sri Krishna Mandir, Hosdurg Kanhangad, Kasaragod District of Kerala State will be heldfrom April 19, 2011 to April 24 (Malayalam month Medam 5, 1186 to Medam 10, 1186). The Hosahithlu Hegde Samaja On 19th May, 1977 formed “Sri Krishna Bhajana Mandir”. Within 12years, the shrine’s power increased and in 1989 it was transformed into “Santhaana Venugopala Kshethram” with idol Prathistha.

The punaprathista and Ashtabandha Brahma Kalasabhisheka will be held from April 19, 2011 as a part of renovating the temple and Bimbha puna prathista will be held on April 24, 2011 at 12-04 PM.

Sri Krishna Temple, Hosdurg-Kanhangad has become a landmark as the temple is located in the heart of Hosdurg town. Today the town is also known for Sri Krishna Temple.

How to Reach:

By Rail: Kanhangad railway station is nearest railway station. From Kanhangad Railway station you can get an auto to Sri Krishna Mandir Road at a minimum fare.

By road: Kasaragod-Kanhangad, Kannur-Kanhangad, Nileshwar-Kanhangad etc are some of bus services that enables you to reach easily to Kanhangad town. You can get down near Kanhangad Head post office or TB Junction from where the temple is walkable distance.

By Air: Mangalore airport is nearest airport from there you can either get bus service, rail service or taxi to Kanhangad.

Kanhangad is a town and municipality that can be reached easily from any part of state, India or abroad. Kanhangad has good connectivity with Kanhangad Railway Station, Mangalore Airport  and well connected via road with KSRTC & Private bus services.

  • Invitation (in Malayalam & Kannada) for Puna Prathista Ashtabandha Bramakalasha Mahotsava of Sri Krishna Mandir Hosdurg Kanhangad

Events from April 19, 2011 to April 24 (Malayalam month Medam 5, 1186 to Medam 10, 1186).

Srisailam is a holy town in Kurnool district

Srisailam is a holy town and Mandal, situated in 232 km south of Hyderabad in Nallamala hills of Kurnool district, Andhra Pradesh, India. Srisailam is one among the various Jyothirlingam of India. A multipurpose dam has been built across River Krishna and caters to the irrigation and power needs of the state. The word ‘Nalla’ means beautiful and ‘mala’ means hill.

The temple complex in srisailam, whose existing buildings date from the 2nd century AD, is the Bhramaramba Mallikarjunaswamy Temple, it is one of the 12 ‘Jyotirlingas’ in India as well as one of the eighteen most sacred goddess shrines, or Shakti Pithas.The temple is the site of Mahakali in the form of Bhramaramba. It is believed, the Vrishabha, the sacred bull of Lord Shiva performed penance here. Lord Shiva appeared before him, with his consort Parvati in the forms of Mallikarjuna and Bharamaramba.

Heroic legends from the Mahabharata and Ramayana are sculpted in stone on the temple walls and the Mahabharata epic refers to Srisailam as Sri Parvata – “the blessed hill”. Tradition, literature as well as epigraphical sources states that the sacred Hill of Srisailam has four GATE WAYS in the four cardinal directions Tripuranthakam in Prakasam District in the east,Siddhavatam on the bank of the river Penna in Kadapa District in the south,Alampur on the bank of the river Tungabhadra in Mahaboobnagar District in the west and Umamaheswaram in Rangapur, Achampeta Mandal,Mahaboobnagar District in the North.

Beside the main gateways four more Secondary Gateways in the four corner directions are also popularly known.Eleswaram located in Mahaboobnagar District, Somasila on the bank of the river Penna in South – East, Pushpagiri in Kadapa District in the South-West and Sangameswaram at the confluence of the River Krishna and Tungabhadra in Kurnool District on the North-West.

To Reach Srisailam: The nearest railway stations are Vinukonda(120 km) and Markapur(85KM) the Guntur-Hubli Section and Kurnool (190KM).Srisailam can be reached by road from Hyderabad. Hyderabad is nearest airport for Srisailam visit.
Thanks: Thanks to one and all for providing information and who helped me to write this article with useful information about srisailam temple. Special Thanks to Kiran Kumar HP & friends.

Tulasi Pooja or Tulasi Vivah in India

People all over India celebrated tulasi pooja on October 30, 2009. In some places, Tulasi Puja is also observed on Uthwana Ekadashi or Kartika Pournami. In most of the Hindu homes, people worship Tulasi plant on a daily basis. Tulasi is a medicinal plant that confers longevity.

PA300049 Tulasi Pooja Celebration At
Hegde Nivas” Sri Krishna Mandir Road-Hosdurg,Kanhangad,Kasaragod-Kerala.

The sacred basil Tulasi is renowned for its religious and spiritual sanctity, as well as for its important role in the traditional systems of holistic health and herbal medicine. Tulasi’s powerful general adaptogenic properties offer significant preventative and curative potential with respect to the stress-related degenerative diseases endemic to industrialized societies.

As per Hindu scriptures and Puranas, Uthwana Dwadashi is the day during which Maha Vishnu awakes from his cosmic sleep. Lord Vishnu continues his cosmic sleep for four holy months. Tulasi Puja or Habba marks the marriage of Lord Vishnu and Goddess Tulasi. On this day, devotees break their Ekadashi fast and observe Vishnu Puja.

During Ksheer Sagar manthan, Tulasi plant was evolved from the Ocean of Milk and married to Lord Vishnu. Since then, on this day Tulasi – Vishnu vivaha is observed. Tulasi Vivaha is also called as Tulasi Damodara Vivaha or Tulasi Salagrama Vivaha.

On the festive occasion of ‘Kartik Shukla Dwadashi’ that usually falls two weeks after the celebration of Diwali, tulasi plants are adorned with varied artistic things made from sugarcane, flowers and mango leaves. After decorating Tulasi Vrindavana, people offer prayers to Tulasi. Clay lamps are lit all around the tulasi plant. The event is usually celebrated as tulasi vivah, in which tulasi is married to Lord Vishnu.

People decorate the vessel or pot, in which tulasi is planted. Water is then offered to the holy basil. Kumkum is applied to one of the leaves. Some people tie a small piece of red cloth on its branch. Red flower is offered to the herbal plant Tulasi. Clay lamps are lighted all around the plant and then aarti is performed to complete the pooja.