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February 2019

Festival of Holi

February 12, 2019 @ February 12, 2019 - February 12, 2019

Festival of Holi Holi, the vibrant festival of India has its social, religious and spiritual aspects. It is the day of forgiveness, friendliness, oneness and equanimity. The story of Holika, portrays that all negativity can be overcome by devotion of Lord. Through the colors, we celebrate the destruction of evil. It is also a day where new grains are cooked and offered to Lord. Holi is one of the most vibrant and beautiful festivals of the year. This is known…

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March 2019

Sarppabali Puja and Pulluvan Pattu

March 28, 2019 @ March 28, 2019 - March 28, 2019

Sarppabali Puja and Pulluvan Pattu Pulluvan Pattu is indigenous folk songs of Kerala dedicated to the Snake God. These songs are sung by a particular community called “Pulluva”. They sang praise and worship different deities. Majority of the Pulluva people are Nagampatikal (the people who worship and sing songs to the snake). Nagampatikal people worship the snake gods and indulge in rituals that involve sacrifices and singing. Pulluvan Pattu is a song form, sung by the people of Pulluva, in…

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July 2019

Festival of Shivarathri

July 12, 2019 @ July 12, 2019 - July 12, 2019

Festival of Shivarathri Maha Shivaratri is a Hindu festival celebrated annually in honor of Lord Shiva. This festival marks a remembrance of "overcoming darkness and ignorance" in life and the world. The story behind observance of Maha Shivaratri actually is a remembrance of compassion, love and grace of the Lord. Devi Mahatmaya speaks of different kinds of nights - kala rata, maha rata, mohoda , krishta daruna. The first night, which is one way very auspicious and the other way…

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August 2019

Lakshmi Narayana Puja

August 1, 2019 @ August 1, 2019 - August 1, 2019

Lakshmi Narayana Puja The Lakshmi Narayana Yagna & Puja are offered for the spiritual and material prosperity of the donors. On this auspicious occasion, Bhagavan Sri Narayanan along with Sridevi & Bhudevi are invoked both in Vigraha & Agni. An elaborate Shodasopacara Puja is offered to the Lord of the Universe. Then Bhagavan is worshipped with Vishnu sahasranama, Bhagya sukta, Sri sukta, Ayushya sukta and Purusha sukta havans. The Puja and havan are followed by Mahaprasad Sadhya.

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Astanaga/ Nagayakshi Kalam Pattu

August 2, 2019 @ August 2, 2019 - August 2, 2019

Astanaga/ Nagayakshi Kalam Pattu A ritual performed to bring properity to all human beings by appeasing the snake gods or Nagas, a representation of divinity, eternity, life and death, as well as time and timelessness Astanaga/ Nagayakshi Kalam Patu is an exotic and spectacular ritual performance. The ritual begins with Ganapati Puja in the evening followed by Koora vitanam (decorating the temporarily constructed ‘Temple’ with a red cloth ). After this, Kalam ezhuthu starts. Sarpa kalam is drawn with herbal…

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September 2019

Festival of Navarathri

September 29, 2019 - October 8, 2019

Festival of Navarathri Nava means nine or new and ratri means night or that which protects (raati iti ratri). Navaratri indicates nine days of protection. Since the main Puja is the Puja at night, it is called Navaratri. This is a day of victory; not over someone outside, but on our own negativities. In the days of Navarathri, we should give up all that is negative and we should take up all the six great qualities inside us. There are…

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November 2019

Festival of Onam

November 8, 2019

Festival of Onam Onam is a traditional ten-day harvest festival that marks the homecoming of the mythical King Mahabali. The festival is celebrated with fervour as King Mahabali is greatly respected by his subjects. King Mahabali is also popularly called Maveli and Onathappan. It’s the biggest festival of the year in Kerala, in South India. The festival occurs at the beginning of the month of Chingam, the first month of Malayalam calendar. It also has a social significance as it…

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February 2020

Festival of Shivarathri

February 21, 2020 @ February 21, 2020 - February 21, 2020

Festival of Shivarathri Maha Shivaratri is a Hindu festival celebrated annually in honor of Lord Shiva. This festival marks a remembrance of "overcoming darkness and ignorance" in life and the world. The story behind observance of Maha Shivaratri actually is a remembrance of compassion, love and grace of the Lord. Devi Mahatmaya speaks of different kinds of nights - kala rata, maha rata, mohoda , krishta daruna. The first night, which is one way very auspicious and the other way…

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March 2020

Festival of Holi

March 10, 2020 @ March 10, 2020 - March 10, 2020

Festival of Holi Holi, the vibrant festival of India has its social, religious and spiritual aspects. It is the day of forgiveness, friendliness, oneness and equanimity. The story of Holika, portrays that all negativity can be overcome by devotion of Lord. Through the colors, we celebrate the destruction of evil. It is also a day where new grains are cooked and offered to Lord. Holi is one of the most vibrant and beautiful festivals of the year. This is known…

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April 2020

Uthram Mahotsavam

April 5, 2020 - April 7, 2020

Uthram Mahotsavam Uthram Mahotsavam is the celebration of the birth of Lord Ayyappa. Every year, the temple festival is celebrated based on “Uthram”, the birth star of Lord Ayyappa. Hindu scriptures say that Poornima (full moon) and the Uthram star coinciding in the month of Paiguni (Meena masam) is highly auspicious. The birth of Lord Ayyappa took place on this day. Early morning after Nirmalya darshanam, Ashta Dravya Ganapathy Homam is performed followed by special puja, Navakam, Panchagavyam, Kalasa Puja…

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Festival of Vishu

April 14, 2020

Festival of Vishu Vishu is an Indian festival celebrated mainly in Kerala and in coastal Kanyakumari nearby regions and their diaspora communities. The festival follows the solar cycle of the lunisolar as the first day of the month called Medam. It therefore always falls in the middle of April in the Gregorian calendar on or about 14 April every year. In Kerala, the start of the Zodiac New Year*—when the sun enters into Sidereal Aries, Ashwini nakshatra—is celebrated as Vishu.…

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Adi Sankara Jayanti

April 28, 2020 @ April 28, 2020 - April 28, 2020

Adi Sankara Jayanti Sri Adi Sankara is a saint, philosopher, poet, commentator, rejuvenator and social reformer, all ruled into one. Born in Kerala about two millennia ago, at the Melpazhur Mana, he grew up into a spiritual leader. His teachings were rooted in the Upanishadic thoughts. He was the pioneer who perpetuated the philosophy of Advaita Vedanta throughout the country and influenced the nation and the world so much so that India can be thought of as pre-Sankara and post-Sankara.…

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August 2020

First Onam

August 30, 2020

First Onam Onam is a traditional ten-day harvest festival that marks the homecoming of the mythical King Mahabali. The festival is celebrated with fervor as King Mahabali is greatly respected by his subjects. King Mahabali is also popularly called Maveli and Onathappan. It’s the biggest festival of the year in Kerala, in South India. The festival occurs at the beginning of the month of Chingam, the first month of Malayalam calendar. It also has a social significance as it coincides…

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Thiruvonam (Secound Onam)

August 31, 2020

Thiruvonam Onam is a traditional ten-day harvest festival that marks the homecoming of the mythical King Mahabali. The festival is celebrated with fervor as King Mahabali is greatly respected by his subjects. King Mahabali is also popularly called Maveli and Onathappan. It’s the biggest festival of the year in Kerala, in South India. The festival occurs at the beginning of the month of Chingam, the first month of Malayalam calendar. It also has a social significance as it coincides with…

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September 2020

Third Onam

September 1, 2020

Third Onam Onam is a traditional ten-day harvest festival that marks the homecoming of the mythical King Mahabali. The festival is celebrated with fervor as King Mahabali is greatly respected by his subjects. King Mahabali is also popularly called Maveli and Onathappan. It’s the biggest festival of the year in Kerala, in South India. The festival occurs at the beginning of the month of Chingam, the first month of Malayalam calendar. It also has a social significance as it coincides…

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Fourth Onam

September 2, 2020

Fourth Onam Onam is a traditional ten-day harvest festival that marks the homecoming of the mythical King Mahabali. The festival is celebrated with fervor as King Mahabali is greatly respected by his subjects. King Mahabali is also popularly called Maveli and Onathappan. It’s the biggest festival of the year in Kerala, in South India. The festival occurs at the beginning of the month of Chingam, the first month of Malayalam calendar. It also has a social significance as it coincides…

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October 2020

Navaratri – Durgashtami (Pujaveppu)

October 23, 2020

Festival of Navarathri Nava means nine or new and ratri means night or that which protects (raati iti ratri). Navaratri indicates nine days of protection. Since the main Puja is the Puja at night, it is called Navaratri. This is a day of victory; not over someone outside, but on our own negativities. In the days of Navarathri, we should give up all that is negative and we should take up all the six great qualities inside us. There are…

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Navaratri Puja- Mahanavami

October 24, 2020 - October 25, 2020

Festival of Navarathri Nava means nine or new and ratri means night or that which protects (raati iti ratri). Navaratri indicates nine days of protection. Since the main Puja is the Puja at night, it is called Navaratri. This is a day of victory; not over someone outside, but on our own negativities. In the days of Navarathri, we should give up all that is negative and we should take up all the six great qualities inside us. There are…

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Navaratri Puja- Vijayadasami, Vidyarambham

October 26, 2020

Festival of Navarathri Nava means nine or new and ratri means night or that which protects (raati iti ratri). Navaratri indicates nine days of protection. Since the main Puja is the Puja at night, it is called Navaratri. This is a day of victory; not over someone outside, but on our own negativities. In the days of Navarathri, we should give up all that is negative and we should take up all the six great qualities inside us. There are…

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November 2020

Festival of Diwali

November 14, 2020

Festival of Diwali Diwali is the festival of lights symbolising the victory of good over evil. In Southern India, the festival is celebrated as the day Lord Krishna returned after defeating the demon Narakasura. Diwali, or Deepavali is also known as the “festival of lights”. This is celebrated in India. During the festival, clay lamps known as diyas are lit to signify the victory of good over evil. In Northern India, the festival is celebrated on the Karthika Amavasya night…

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