After a period of eternal stillness, the dance of creation was self created. Thillai Nataraja temple is a Hindu temple, built in dedication to the destroyer of evil, the lord shiva. It is situated in Tamil nadu, in the town of Chidambaram. Thillai Nataraja temple is prominently knows for beautiful
Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple is a vast Hindu temple built near the backwaters of gods own county. This temple is built by an aristocrat in between 15th to 17th century AD. The Ambalappuzha is the town name where this famous Sri Krishna Temple is located. This is the 2nd largest Sri Krishna temple after the popular one at Guruvayur. This temple is also known to place the Guruvayur idol in this temple when the Mysore King Tipu sultan extended his Kingdom towards the south Kerala.
ABOUT THE CRAFT In 15th century under the reign of Shri Krishnadevsaraya kalamkari as an art flourished and was in its peak, the king was hugely supportive about the craft. However after the king’s death no one seemed carried forward the art publicly, but they continued to pursue it secretly for they didn’t want the customs and traditions to be faded away. The art when seeming to be exinct, was rediscovered by Kamaladevi Chatapadhyay while reading a book, where she got cues of the art still being practised in Sri kalahasti. She found only 2 people who were practising kalamkari, named Arana Kalappa and Jonalagada Laxmaiya . She and the Government convinced them and offered funds to educate people about craft.
The Hindu priest reads from the sacred slokas of “Chandi” and then performs the Puja. KEY FACTS 1. A buffalo oblation or sacrifice in honour of Durga is performed on the Mahaashtami day. 2. Durga Puja is the largest festival/holiday of the year in West Bengal, as well as in Tripura.
This temple of Lord Brahma in Pushkar is supposedly the only temple in the world which has been devoted solely to the Creator. It is due to this very fact that Pushkar has gained importance among the Indians. As per legends, it is believed that during a war, Lord Brahma had defeated Vajra Nabh, the demon, with a lotus flower, and petals of this lotus drifted down to earth which spread in three areas in and around Pushkar where lakes were created. Following these legends, it is said that the Pushkar Lake was bound by 52 palaces and 500 temples. Further, every year in the months of October or November, on the sacred day of Kartik Purnima the most celebrated and well known “Pushkar Mela” is held.
The Kathina Ceremony also known as “Robe offering” is again observed in the “Theravada Buddhist” tradition. This ceremony requires people to offer cloth for garments and other necessities to the monastic “Sangha.” This ceremony is performed every year in four weeks succeeding the end of the Vassa retreat. This ceremony requires going back to “Buddha” and “First Buddhist Monks.” Uposatha Observance: These days mark the time of renewed dedication to “Dhamma” practice and is observed by monastic and followers throughout the world of “Theravada Buddhism.” These days signify more intense dedication on the part of the monastic whereas on the part of the followers the days signify ways to renew commitment to
Kathakali is one of the main forms of classical dance-drama of India and is indigenous to the southwestern region of Kerala. The Flower of Good Fortune, in Hindu: Kalyāṇasaugandhikam, is a famous Kathakali play written by the playwright Kottayam Tampuran (1625-1685) . It is one of the few traditional pieces still performed today. Traditionally, the whole play is composed of fourteen scenes and is enacted during one whole night. Today, however, the vast majority of performances only include two to five of the fourteen scenes .
Similarly, the moment at which Buddha overcame the hosts of Mara who came to Bodhgaya to test him, was celebrated by the stupa of ‘the conquest of Mara. His first teaching was commemorated by a shrine called the stupa of ‘many gates or doors’, which stood at Sarnath, the place where Buddha is said to have turned the first wheel of Dharma. A fourth stupa in Shravasti was a memorial to the miracles that he performed there, and his descent form the Heaven of Thirty-three (after teaching his mother in the Tushita realm) was commemorated at Sankasya by a fifth called the stupa of descent from the god realm. A stupa of reconciliation called to mind the Buddha’s reconciliation of quarrelling factions of the Sangha at the bamboo grove in Rajgir and the ‘stupa of complete victory’ commemorates his voluntary prolongation of his lifespan at Vaishali. Finally, his momentous death and passing beyond sorrow at Kushinagara was commemorated by the ‘stupa of Nirvana’.
It is celebrating the birth of Krishna, he had a unique personality and devoted himself who ever loved him. Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated in the morning and until midnight. People sing lord Krishna songs, pray, and cook a feast of over hundred dishes. People would perform drama and dance, make clothes, decorate the temple with flowers, lights and read scriptures. People invite friends, family and play instruments to grow closer to God.