Showing posts from February, 2014

Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple

Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple (Malayalam: മണണാറശ്ശാല ശ്രീ നാഗരാജാക്ഷേത്രം) is a very ancient and internationally known centre of pilgrimage for the devotees of serpent gods (Nagaraja). The Mannarasala Temple has over 30,000 images of snakes along the paths and among the trees, and is the largest such temple in Kerala. Women seeking fertility come to worship here, and upon the birth of their child come to hold thanksgiving ceremonies here, often bringing new snake images as offerings.A special turmeric paste which is available at the temple is credited with curative powers. Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple Entrance The beliefs and rituals associated with the Mannarasala temple are different from most other temples, and this is one rare temples where the puja pattern is headed by a Brahmin lady. You can learn more about the history and tradition of this temple from temple website .  Valia Amma of today is Uma Devi Antharjanam, and she was consecrated as the Valia Amma on 24t

Maashi/Kumbam Pournami Today

Today is Maashi Pournami. This is an important religious function. As Pournami/Full Moon is important to Chandra (as per astrology), it is believed that prayers on this day will yield family harmony. Especially those who do not have children/who have small children if they prepare Pal Payasam and offer to Moon, it is believed to be auspicious. Others can prepare Paripu Kanchi (Moong Dal Payasam) and offer to Moon during the moon rise in the evening (after sunset). This assures well being of family members. Along with fruits payasam has to be offered to Moon. Pournami is treated important for our community. Chittirai month it is celebrated as Gajendra moksham. Also it is believed that Chithragupta begins  accounts on this day. To remind this brahmacharis are given notebook and pencil on this day. Vaikashi Vaishakam/Akshaya Thritiya - Buying gold nowadays. But in old days buying grains is considered good. Avani month, avani avittam is celebrated. Karthi month, it is celebr