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Saturday, March 06, 2010

Visesha divasangal (2)

Visesha divasangal   14-03-10  to 14-04-10

14-03-10           Sunday          Meenaravai Sankaramanam at 09.33 PM  KARADAYAN NOMBU**
15-03-10           Monday         Meena masam begins.  Sarva Amavasya (somavara          Amavasya)
16-03-10           Tuesday         Ugadi    Telugu new years day
19-03-10            Friday            Shukla Chathurthi Vratham
20-03-10            Saturday        Meena Bharani; Kodungallur Bharani, Saarkara Barani
21-03-10            Sunday           Shashti Vratham

26-03-10            Friday             Sarva Ekadasi
27-03-10            Saturday        Mahapradosham
29-03-10            Monday         Pournami   Pankuni Uthram
 02-04-10           FRI                 Sankatahara chathurthi
 08-04-10           Thu                 Saravana Vratham
10-04-10          Sat                  Sarva Ekadasi
11-04-10           Sun                 Mahapradosham
  14-04-10            wed               Vikruthi Samvatsara aarambam  Mesha Ravi Sankramanam
                                                  At 5-30 AM   VISHUKKANI    SANKRAMA TARPANAM
                                                                   MEDAM MASAM BEGINS.

*On Sravana or Thiruvonam nakshatra special abhishekam and pujas are held for Lord Vishnu in all temples. It is the nakshtra of Lord Venkateswara in Tirumala, Tirupati. Devotees fast on this aupicious day.

On Sravana Purnima, Srinivasa Kalyanam is held on all Tirumala Venkateshwara temples. In Oppilliappan temple special deepam is lit and special pujas are held. The Onam festival, celeberated in Kerala, comes in this nakshatra. 2010 dates of Sravana Vratham is given below.
16 January 2010 -- Saturday - Sravana Vratham
13 February 2010 -- Saturday - Sravana Viratham
12 March 2010 -- Friday --- Sravana Dwadashi - Sravana Viradham
08 April 2010 -- Thursday - Sravana Vratham
5 May 2010 -- Wednesday - Sravana Vratham
2 June 2010 -- Wednesday - Sravana Viratham
29 June 2010 -- Tuesday - Sravana Viradam
26 July 2010 -- Monday - Sravana Vratham
23 August 2010 -- Monday - Sravana Viratham
19 Sepetember 2010 -- Sunday - Sravana Vratham
16 October 2010 -- Saturday - Sravana Vratham
13 November 2010 -- Saturday - Sravana Vratham
10 December 2010 -- Friday - Sravana Vratham


This is an important day, the birthday of Lord Aiyappa.  Parvathi Kalyanam and many other celestial marriages are stated to have been celebrated on this day.  In Palani, people from the banks of river Kaveri  at Kodumudi bring water pitchers tied in the shape of Kavadi and offer the theertham as abhishemkam to Dandayuthapani.
On Chathurthi days coming after amavasya or Shukla Chathurthi, Vratam with mild or no rice food is observed in honour of Mahaganapathi and in the evening before concluding the Vratam, Arghyam is given.
On Chathurthi days coming after Pouranmi, Sankatahara Chathurthi is celebrated.  In Ganesha temples in the evening abhishekam is offered and Sumptuous quantity of Paal Payasam ( porridge or rice and milk) is offered as naivedyam.  Lord Ganesha is happy about this day so much that he will relieve the people who offer pooja of all unhappiness and shower wealth and well being on them.
On Shashti days coming after amavasya or Shukla Shashti, Vratam, with practicall no food during the day is observed in honour of Lord Subramania and in the evening Arghyam is offered to the God.
On Ekadasi days, both after amavasya and pournami, mild vrtatam is observed in honor of Lord Mahvishnu and the Paarana of consuming of thulasi theertham is done on the next day (dwadasi morning)

On both Mahapradosham days vrata is observed in honour of Lord Siva.  Especially after about 4PM in the evening till 7 pm rudrabishekam, dhara, etc are conducted in all Siva temples where people attend in large numbers.  No food, even water should be taken during pradosham. One need not visit any other temple other than Siva temple during Pradosham because all deities are supposed to assemble at Siva Temple to see the Dance of Shiva during that time

When Pradosha falls on a Saturday, it is sanipradosha and considered very auspicious.

On amavasya days  Brahmins who have lost their fathers have to offer Tarpanam to pitrs of  their fathers side as well as mothers side.

 Kodungallur Bharani on 20-03-10    Devotees from all over Kerala and some from other parts of India, arrive at the Devi Temple Kodungallur, near Trichur,  wearing red or ochre dresses , both males and female, carrying a curved sword each (to which bells are attached), wearing chilanka etc, devotees singing sometimes even obscene songs about the Amma.

On Vishu day we exhibit the Kani and give vishu kaineettam to everybody.

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