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

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).

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.