Aug 13, 2017: According to the Hindu Calender, a Hindu festival dedicated to Lord Balaram, the elder brother of Lord Krishna is observed on the 6th day of Krishna Paksha (the waning phase of the moon) in the month of Bhadrapad, six days after Shravan Purnima or Raksha Bandhan. This year Balaram Jayanti is celebrated on August 13.
The embodiment of ‘Shesh Naag’ is glorified as Lord Balram and his birth anniversary is celebrated this day.
Balarama is also perceived as the avatar of Adishesha, who is the serpent on whom Lord Vishnu rests. In other places, he is also quoted as Baladeva, Balabhadra, and halayudha.
His birth anniversary is celebrated in different parts of the country by different names. In north India, it is known as Hal Shasti and Lalahi Chhath. In brah region in India, it is famously known as Baladeva Chhath and in Gujarat, it is discerned as Randhan Chhath.
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The Tirupati Temple is one of the most important temples in South India. This Temple is very much popular with all the pilgrims and is located in Chittoor, in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Daily, a lot of pilgrims are visiting this temple from all over India, and also from foreign countries. It is one of the richest temples in India. Every year, crores of rupees are received from the devotees through hundial, and also received from various endowment donations. Nithya annadanam scheme is very much popular in Tirupati. A lot of devotees are consuming good and tasty divine food daily. Hence it is a must to visit this temple, at least once in a year and to offer our prayers, to have annadanam and to offer money based on our financial background, and to get Lord Sree Venkateswara’s divine blessings forever.
2. Ramanatha Swamy Temple, Lord Shiva:
The Ramanatha Swamy temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and it is situated at Rameswaram.
People are visiting here for doing their ancestral rituals, and it is very famous for that. This is one of the ancient temples of South India. Free food is offered in the temple for more than 100 devotees. Aadi Amavasya, Thai Amavasya and Mahalaya Amavasya pitru rituals are very popular in this temple. We can take a bath from the sacred wells situated inside the temple. It is a must to visit this temple, to get relieved from various sins, and also by clearing our ancestral debts by doing pitru tharpan. Many sites seeing places are also there nearby Rameswaram. We can visit Abdul Kalam Sir’s Memorial also in Rameswaram. Dhanushkodi is the best sightseeing place situated near Rameswaram.
3.Virupaksha Temple of Lord Shiva
The virupaksha temple is one of the most famous temple of south India situated at Hampi, Karnataka. This is one of the sacred temples of Lord Shiva and it was established in 7th century AD and also it is one of the oldest temples in India. It is a must to visit this temple since it is surrounded by natural beauty. The temple continues to prosper and attracts huge crowds for the marriage festivities of Virupaksha in the month of December every year.
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