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24 Jan
🚩Today is Holy Paush #PutradaEkadashi that falls in Shukla Paksha during Pausha month. Devotees worship Sudarshan Chakradhari Bhagwan Vishnu. Most significant for childless couples observing #PutradaEkadashi fast acc to traditions will get blessed with a baby 🚩1/4 @SriRamya21
🕉 2. Bhavishya Purana says #PutradaEkadashi story as told by Bhagwan Krishna to King Yudhishthira. Once,King of Bhadravati, Suketuman & Queen Shaibya were sad as they had no children. Frustrated, the king left his kingdom & went to the forest unknown to everyone🚩
🕉 3. After wandering for days, Suketuman reached the ashram of some sages on the bank of Lake Manasarovar on #PutradaEkadashi The sages revealed that they were the 10 divine Vishvadevas. They advised the king to observe the #PutradaEkadashi fast to have a son🚩
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22 Jan
🕉 Centuries old Beautiful Thirumeeyachur Lalithambikai Temple & Lord Mahadev Meghanathaswami ,TN-The Kshetra where Sri Lalitha Sahasranamam -Sanskrit hymn describing the beauty of Goddess in 1000 names by Lord Hayagriva to Sage Agastyar was given as Upadesam 🚩1/5 @twttdc
🕉 2.Imposing 5Ft Goddess Lalithambikai is beautifully seated on SriChakra Simhasana in AbhayaHastha mudra.On VIJAYADASHAMI ,plantain leaves are spread in Sanctum over 15ft*5ft area & divided into 3 sections.1st section closest to Goddess ,100 kg of sweet Pongal/Rice is spread🚩
🕉 3. In the 2nd section, 100kg of tamarind rice & in the 3rd section- 100 kg of curd rice is spread – all one behind the other. In the middle of the sweet pongal, a huge hollow or trough is created and a large amount of liquid ghee is poured. It is called as “ghee well”. 🚩
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14 Jan
🕉 #Pongal #MakaraSankranthi 4day festival in TN- God Surya enters 'MakaraRashi' frm 'DhanuRashi' -1st day of Holy Uttarayana
Day 1: Bhogi
Day 2: Thai Pongal
Day 3: Maattu Pongal
Day 4: Kaanum Pongal
#Pongal is celebrated from last day of Margazhi -3rdday of Tamilmonth Thai🚩
🕉 2. Bhogi-celebrated on the last day of Margazhi by discarding old clothes/materials, setting them on fire, marking end of the old & emergence of the new. In villages there will be a simple ceremony of 'neem' leaves kept along walls & roof of houses to eliminate evil forces 🚩
🕉 3. Thai Pongal - 1st day of Tamil month Thai starts with the solar cycle when sun starts moving towards the summer solstice -Uttarayana. It is celebrated by boiling rice with fresh milk & jaggery in new pots, topped with brown sugar, cashew nuts & raisins early morning 🚩
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30 Dec 20
🕉 Today is Arudra Darshanam-Thiruvathira-Bhagwan Shiva’s Nakshatra - a day when Mahadev as Nataraja, Lord of dance & performed Cosmic dance of creation & Destruction.On this day,Lord Shiva married Ma Parvati after her long penance & hence they are in Ardhanarishvara Form🚩 1/4
🕉 2.Once, Rishi Patanjali was stopped by Nandi Bhagavan from witnessing Ananda Tandavam in Kailash & he composed Nataraja stotram!
Pleased, Bhagwan Shiva appears in Chidambaram Temple & dances for Rishi Patanjali & Vyagrapadha on this day 🚩
🕉3.Hence it is celebrated with pomp & devotion mainly in Chidambaram Sri Thillai Nataraja Temple,TN but in All Shiva temples. Today is very auspicious for women & young girls to take vrath. Ma Parvathi has been taking this vrath since time immemorial & will be with us today...🚩
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25 Dec 20
🕉 #Thread Today #VaikuntaEkadashi is Margashirsha Shukla Paksha Ekadashi in Lunar calendar #MokshadaEkadashi Vaikunta Dwar-Gate to Lord's Inner Sanctum’ is opened today. Vishnu Purana says fasting on #VaikunthaEkadashi is equal to fasting on rest of 23 Ekadashis of Hindu year🚩
🕉 2. Padma Purana says Devas, unable to bear the tyranny of Demon Muran approached Bhagwan Shiva, who sent them to Bhagwan Vishnu. In the Battle between Lord Vishnu & the demon,Bhagwan realized that a new weapon was needed to slay Muran🚩
🕉3.When Muran tried to slay Bhagwan Vishnu, who was resting to make the new Weapon, the female power that emerged from Bhagwan burned Muran to ashes with her glance. Bhagwan Vishnu pleased, named her Goddess #Ekadashi 🚩
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23 Dec 20
🕉 #Thread Alarnatha Mandira, near Puri, Odisha .One of rarest Deities carved by Lord Brahma on Bhagwan Vishnu’s instruction is Sri Alarnathji. At this place, Lord Brahma meditated on Lord Vishnu & pleased with his penance, Lord Vishnu appeared here & named it as Brahmagiri🚩 ImageImage
🕉 2. Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu during his stay in Puri used to see Shri Jagannatha daily. During Anavasara which is Ashada Krishna Paksha after Snana Yatra, when Lord & his siblings are taken to secret chamber for 15 days, he was unable to see his Bhagwan 🚩 Image
🕉 3. Bhagwan JagannathJi told him to go to Brahmagiri & have his darshan at Sri AlarnathJi temple. Even today the Shila over which Mahaprabhu used to do Sankeertan is present here. During Anavasara time Kheeri bhoga offered to Alvarnaath Swami is very famous & much in demand🚩 ImageImage
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16 Dec 20
🕉 #Thread Today is Divine #Marghazhi 1- Most famous thing about Margazhi is Thiruppavai - Goddess Andal’s 30 verses for 30 days of this holy month, in worship& praise of Bhagwan Vishnu.Sri Andal was found as baby by her foster father Periazhwar in his garden Srivilliputhur,TN 🚩
🕉 2. Goddess Andal grew up with intense devotion to the Lord & was so fond of Lord Krishna that she pictured herself as one of the Gopikas & aspired to wed the Lord. Her father used to make a garland for the Lord everyday & take it to the temple and adorn the God🚩
🕉 3. Andal used to take that garland &wear it herself and picture the scene of the Lord putting the garland on her (in marriage) & then admire the beauty & glow as she wore Lord’s garland. 1 day, like every other day she had worn the garland before her father took it to temple🚩
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13 Dec 20
🕉 Divine #Narayaneeyam Day 🙏Guruvayur Temple #Thread
It was on the 28th of Malayalam month Vrishchikam, Bhagawan’s ardent devotee Melpathur Narayana Bhattathiri - had completed Sreemad Narayaneeyam with 1036 shlokas & offered to Bhagawan Guruvayurappan 🚩1/6 @SriRamya21
🕉 2. Melpathur Narayana Bhattathiri was the student of Achyuta Pisharadi. While his Guru was afflicted with rheumatism, Bhattathiri transferred the ailment to his own body through his yogic powers & cured his Guru. This was his Guru Dakshina🚩
🕉 3. Afterwards Melpathur suffered a lot due to this disease & Ezhuthachan, author of Killipattu Ramayanam, advised Merlppathur to go to Guruvayur Temple & then – 'Meen Thottu Kootuga' – the translation means ‘start with tasting fish’ in Malayalam 🚩
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11 Dec 20
🕉 #Thread Today is Famous #TriprayarEkadasi observed as 14 day Festival in Ancient Triprayar SriRama Temple,Thrissur,Kerala-Only Deity of Lord Rama worshiped by Lord Krishna in Dwaraka.After conclusion of Lord Krishna's lilas in this world,this Deity was submerged in sea🚩1/3
🕉 2. Later, it was found by some fishermen near Kerala a & a local ruler Vakkayil Kaimal constructed a temple & installed the Deity. Sri Ramachandra's Deity here resembles the Chaturbhuja Narayana form, holding Shankha, Chakra a bow, and a garland
🕉 3. An Architectural Marvel, The temple is designed with wood, copper & gold. The circular sanctum has depictions of Ramayana & beautiful mural paintings. One of the Famous Nalambalam Temple Groups-4 temples dedicated to 4 brothers-Lord Rama, Lakshmana, Bharata & Shatrughna🚩
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10 Dec 20
🕉 #Thread Divine 13th Century Varkala JanardhanaSwamy Temple,Kerala on Arabian Sea Shore-Lord’s Right Hand Palm is always wet &the arm has been moving up over time in Achamanam form.Scriptures say Bhagwan Vishnu’s hand when it reaches the mouth will indicate end of Kaliyuga🚩1/4
🕉 2. Janardhana refers to one who destroys birth & provides mukthi. There are very few temples in India, where Bhagwan Vishnu is called Janardhana & these places are significant for mukthi & pitru pariharam ie. for performing rites for ancestors & praying for moksha 🚩
🕉 3. There is a bell found in the southern side of the temple installed in the year 1757 CE. A Dutch ship that was passing by Varkala, suddenly stopped & could not move . All attempts made by the crew to move the ship proved futile🚩
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9 Dec 20
🕉 #HareKrishna #Thread The Famous Divine SriKrishna Mutt & Sri Krishna Temple at Udupi, Karnataka was founded by Vaishnavite saint Jagadguru Shri Madhwacharya in 13th century. Guru MadhwacharyaJi found the Vigraha of Sri Krishna in a large ball of GopiChandana🚩1/4 @SriRamya21
🕉2.Udupi SriKrishna Temple is famous for its unique Krishna vigraham which has its back to entrance. So deity can’t be seen from front entrance but from backdoor thro a window only.Murthy of SriKrishna here faces west & All other Vigrahas in other AshtaMutts face west too🚩
🕉 3. Kanakadasa, an ardent devotee of Udupi Krishna, was denied entry to temple . So, he would stand at the back of the temple & pray fervently to Bhagwan Sri Krishna & sang songs in praise of Bhagwan . Lord Sri Krishna was so touched by his devotion & he turned to Kanakadasa🚩
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8 Dec 20
🕉 Today is Divine Vaikom Ashtami 🙏 #Thread Vaikom Mahadeva Temple in Vaikom, Kerala along with Ettumanoor Siva Temple, Kaduthuruthy Mahadeva Temple is considered a powerful trisome. If a devotee worships at these 3 temples before 'Ucha pooja', all wishes are fulfilled 🚩1/3
🕉 Vaikom's ShivJi called Vaikkathappan here is from the ‘Treta yuga’ and considered as one of the oldest temples in Kerala where pooja has not been broken since Prathishta.
Famous 12 day Vaikom Ashtami Festival is celebrated on Ashtami day in Malayalam month of Vrischikam 🚩2/3
🕉 Sage Vyaghrapada prayed to God ShivJi for years & Bhagwan Mahadev & Ma Parvathi appeared in front of him on this day of Ashtami in the early morning. So 12 day Vaikom Mahadeva Kshetram Festival is celebrated & 12th day is Vaikathashtami🚩3/3
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25 Nov 20
🕉Today is Famous #GuruvayurEkadashi #Thread 5,000yrs Guruvayurappan Temple,Kerala -Abode of Bhagawan Krishna as seen by parents VasudevJi & Devaki at His Birth.The Ancient Main Murthy is made of highly powerful stone -Patala Anjanama having healing & miraculous properties🚩1/4
🕉Ancient Guruvayur temple in built in typical Kerala Temple architecture- On Kerala NewYear Vishu,Sun’s rays fall on Lord Guruvayurappan’s Feet & Lord can be seen from Entrance.Bhagawan Krishna stands with 4 hands carrying Shankh-conch,Chakra- discus,Gadha-Mace&Padma -lotus🚩2/4
🕉Lord Krishna asked 2 sages to take this Murthy created by Lord Vishnu from Dwarka Temple while Dwaraka was being destroyed &install it in Kerala.Lord Krishna’s Murthy was brought by VayuDeva & Brihaspati & placed in Guruvayur -merger of both names-Guru -Brihaspati & Vayu🚩3/4
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22 Nov 20
🕉#Thread #Gopashtami on Kartik Shukla Paksha Ashtami is dedicated to Lord Krishna & cows. It is the Auspicious day as advised by Sage Shandilya when Bhagwan Krishna's father, Nanda Maharaja, gave him the responsibility for taking care of the cows of Vrindavan🚩1/n @SriRamya21 Image
🕉 2. Lord Indra because of his ego to show his strength to Vrindavan people flooded entire region Brij & so resulted in 7 days of very heavy rains.
To save the Vrindavan wasis ,Bhagwan Krishna lifted the Govardhan Parvat on his little finger to offer shelter to all the beings🚩 Image
🕉 3. On the 8th day, Lord Indra realized his mistake & stopped the rains. He sought forgiveness from Lord Krishna. Divine Cow Surbhi showered milk on Lord Indra & Lord Krishna & named Him as Govinda as God of Cows. It is this 8th day,Ashtami which is celebrated as #Gopashtami 🚩 Image
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20 Nov 20
🕉#SkandaSashti #Thread
Thiruchendur temple,TN Among 6 Holy abodes of Lord Karthikeya is built just 200 mtrs near Bay Of Bengal. 2004 Tsunami Didnt Touch the temple But Everything Around It Was Destroyed.Sea waves went back 2 km & saved piligrims & temple town from disaster🚩1/n
🕉 2. #SkandaSashti is on the 6th day of Shukla Paksha of Karthik Month. month as per the Tamil Calendar. Dedicated to Lord Skanda/Karthikeya/Murugan -God of war.. the day he defeated Demon Soorapadman🚩
🕉 3. When the devas could not tolerate the evil doings of this demon, they approached the younger son of Lord Shiva and Parvati for his assistance. He fought Soorapadman for 6 days, at the end of which the Lord vanquished the Asura 🚩
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13 Nov 20
🕉 #ShubhDhanteras #Thread
Dhanatrayodashi or Dhanteras falls on the 13th day of Ashwin/ Karthik month.
This day is celebrated by *worshipping Goddess Mahalakshmi* - the giver of dhan (inner & outer wealth) 🚩1/6 @SriRamya21 @VaishnavKrish14 @sidragh1
🕉 To appease lord Yamraj and to safeguard one’s family against sudden calamities or death like situations, today the oil filled diyas are kept burning throughout the night at main entrance & in southern corner of the house. This ritual is popularly known as Yamdeepdaan 🚩 2/6
🕉 #Dhanteras is also an occasion to worship an incarnation of Vishnu – *Lord Dhanwantari*, the deity of health &the spirit of knowledge. It is believed that Dhanwantari appeared during the churning of milky ocean (Samudra manthan) today🚩3/6
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5 Nov 20
🕉 #Thread Ancient Triprayar Rama Temple, Kerala - This is the only Deity of Lord Rama worshiped by Bhagwan Krishna in Dwaraka. On banks of River Theevra, After the conclusion of Krishna's lilas from this world, this Deity was submerged in the sea🚩 1/3 @SriRamya21 @_Mrityunjaya
🕉 2. Later, it was found by some fishermen near Kerala a & a local ruler Vakkayil Kaimal constructed a temple & installed the Deity. Sri Ramachandra's Deity here resembles the Chaturbhuja Narayana form, holding Shankha, Chakra a bow, and a garland
🕉 3. An Architectural Marvel, The temple is designed with wood, copper & gold. The circular sanctum has depictions of Ramayana & beautiful mural paintings. One of Famous Nalambalam Temple Groups-4 temples dedicated to 4 brothers -Lord Rama, Lakshmana, Bharata & Shatrughna🚩
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4 Nov 20
🕉1. #KarwaChauth fasting is done during Krishna Paksha Chaturthi in month of Kartik & acc to Amanta calendar followed in Gujarat & Maharashtra it is Ashwin month. It coincides with SankataHarana Chaturthi a fasting day for Lord Ganesha🚩@SriRamya21 @_Mrityunjaya @sidragh1
🕉 2. #KarwaChauth Fasting & its rituals are prayers by married women for their Husband’s long life . Married women worship Bhagwan Shiva & His family & break the fast only after sighting & making offerings to Moon God🚩
🕉 3.#KarwaChauth Fasting is very difficult without taking any food or even a drop of water after sunrise till the sighting of the moon in the night. Also known as Karak Chaturthi #Karwa or #Karak refers to earthen pot thro which water offering-Argha अर्घis made to the moon 🚩
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16 Oct 20
🕉 #JaiMataDi #Thread
Navratri: 9 nights of worshipping the Goddess 🙏
Navratri celebrates the Supreme Goddess in her Myriad Cosmic manifestations of Shakti: Ma Durga (protection), Ma Lakshmi (abundance), Ma Saraswati (knowledge) & Mahakali (transformation) 🚩1/5 @LostTemple7
🕉 On the first 3 days, Ma Durga is worshipped for dispelling negativity and misfortune.
On the next 3 days, Ma Lakshmi Devi is revered as the beautiful goddess of wealth & prosperity for both spiritual & worldly endeavours 🚩2/5
🕉 During the last 3 days, Saraswati Devi is worshipped for bestowing deep learning & profound wisdom. Ma Kali is invoked for the highest transcendence. We also worship the 9 forms of Ma Durga through the Navratri, one for each day🚩3/5
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15 Oct 20
🕉 #Thread Sri RanganathaSwamy Gold Vimanam, Srirangam,TN🚩
Bhagwan Brahma was performing pujas during Samudra manthan & Srirangam Vimanam along with Lord Ranganath's Murthy emerged. It remained in Satyaloka (Lord Brahma’s abode)for yrs where He worshipped Lord 🚩1/4 @SriRamya21 ImageImage
🕉 Later it was brought to Ayodhya by King Ikshvaku. Worship continued in Ikshvaku lineage in which appeared Bhagwan Rama, who killed Asura Ravan. He gave the Vimanam with Lord RanganathaSwamy ‘s Murthy to King Vibhishana who wanted to be with Bhagwan Rama🚩2/4 @_Mrityunjaya ImageImage
🕉 When Vibhishana passed through Trichy en route to Sri Lanka where he had become the king, the Srirangam Vimanam & Sri RanganathaSwamy’s Murthy would not move from Srirangam 🚩3/4 @ethicalstep @Harsh__17 ImageImage
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13 Oct 20
🕉 #Thread Today is Krishna Paksh(New Moon Day)/Adhik Maas/Purushottam Maas known as Parama Ekadashi.
This Ekadashi Vrat is observed once in about 3 yrs -1 of Hindu yrs which has Adhik Maas . Lord Krishna narrated Parama Ekadashi Story to Arjuna in Mahabharata🚩1/n @SriRamya21
🕉 A Brahmin named Sumedha lived with his virtuous wife Pavitra in Kampilya town. Despite being poor, they never shied away from serving the guests & feeding poor. However, as they became poorer, Sumedh wondered how they were going to overcome this obstacle🚩2/n @_Mrityunjaya
🕉 But his wife Pavitra had a strong belief in God. So one day, Maharishi Kaudilya visited their house & as usual, the Brahmin couple served him generously.
Impressed by their hospitality, Kaudilya suggested them to fast for Parama Ekadashi if they want to get rid of poverty🚩3/n
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