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Kamakhya Temple Idol – Unique Natural Formation Symbolizing Yoni

KamakhyaTemple in the Nilachal hills in Guwahati is one of the most important centers of Shakti worship in India. But the KamkhyaTemple does not have an idol or image of Shakti or any of her forms like Sati or Kamakya, Durga, Parvati or Kali. What is worshipped is a natural crevice in a rock that symbolizes the ‘Yoni’ (female genitalia or vagina). The rock cut in the shape of a yoni is surrounded by a pool created by an underground spring or stream.
KamakhyaTemple is one among the 51 Hindu Shakti piths. Legend has it that Lord Shiva was carrying the body of his dead wife Sati around the world. There seemed to be no end to Shiva’s anger and grief. This led to an imbalance in the universe. Finally, Lord Vishnu decided to decimate the body of Sati with his Sudhrashana Chakra. He cut the body of Sati into 51 pieces. It is believed that ‘Yoni’ of Sati fell at the spot where the present KamakhyaTemple stands.
During the Ambubasi Festival (June – July), the water in the underground stream turn…

Hanumanth Maharaj Punyatithi at Wavarhire near Satara

Hanumanth Maharaj Punyatithi is observed in Shravan month. It is the death anniversary of Hanumanth Maharaj. The day is of significance at Wavarhire near Satara. Hanumanth Maharaj Punyatithi 2017 date is August 21.
Hanumanth Maharaj spread the teaching of Dharma – truth and equality. Hundreds of devotees participate in the satsang, prayer meetings and charity organized on the day.
Hanumanth Maharaj Punyatithi is annually observed on Shravan Amavasi Tithi or the no moon day in Shravan month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Chandika Mata Janmotsav at Kamalapur Bamanoli near Jawali in Maharashtra

Chandika Mata Janmotsav is annually observed in Shravan month. It is the most important fair and festival at the Chandika Mata Temple at Kamalapur Bamanoli near Jawali in Maharashtra. Chandika Mata Janmotsav 2017 date is August 21.
It is the appearance day of Goddess Chandika Mata. The annual fair and festival attracts thousands of devotees. Important rituals like anointment, sindhoor, offering of red clothes , coconut and taking the goddess around are observed.
Kamalapur Bamanoli near Jawali is located in Satara District.
Chandika Mata Janmotsav is annually observed on Shravan Amavasi Tithi or the no moon day in Shravan month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Kalmmadevi Yatra at Hasur Dumala near Karveer

Kalmmadevi Yatra is annually observed at Hasur Dumala near Karveer in Shravan month. It is the most important fair and festival at the Kalmmadevi shrine here. Kalmmadevi Yatra 2017 date is August 20.
The annual yatra attracts thousands of devotees. It is an important festival in the region.
Kalmmadevi Yatra is observed on Shravan Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the 14th day during the waning phase of moon in Shravan month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Story of Shiva as Nageshvar

Nageshvar is one among the numerous names of Shiva and in this form he is worshipped at the famous NageshvarTemple near Dwarka in Gujarat. This temple is also one among the 12 Jyotirlingas. The Shivling worshipped here is believed to have appeared to protect devotees from Demoness Daruka. It must be noted that a Nageshvar Linga is also located near Aundh in Maharashtra.
Legend has it that the people in the vicinity of NageshvarTemple were terrorized by demoness Daruka. People were attacked and killed by Daruka. Merchants could no longer do their business as all their goods were looted by her.
People then prayed to Shiva and who appeared along with his Nagas or serpents and chased Demoness Daruka away.
Demoness Daruka was an ardent devotee of Goddess Shakti. She prayed to her for help. Goddess Shakti then asked demoness Daruka to make her home in a dense forest nearby and not to harm other living beings.
Shiva decided to stay there as Nageshvar and Goddess Parvati appeared as Nageshv…

Kshirsagar Maharaj Punyatithi

Kshirsagar Maharaj punyatithi is annually observed in Shravan month. It is the death anniversary of Kshirsagar Maharaj. The day is of great importance to the followers of the saint. Kshirsagar Maharaj Punyatithi 2017 date is August 20.
Hundreds of people participate in the satsang, charity and prayer meetings organized on the day.
Kshirsagar Maharaj punyatithi is observed on Shravan Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the 14th day during the waning phase of moon in Shravan month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Sawalaj Yatra near Tasgaon in Sangli

Sawalaj Yatra is annually observed at Sawalaj near Tasgaon in Sangli in Shravan month. It is an important annual event here. Sawalaj Yatra 2017 date is August 20.
Hundreds of people participate in this annual yatra.
Sawalaj Yatra is observed on Shravan Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the 14th day during the waning phase of moon in Shravan month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Gorakshnath Jholi at Khanderajuri near Miraj

Gorakshnath Jholi is annually observed at Khanderajuri near Miraj in Shravan month. It is an important fair and festival at Gorakshnath Temple here. Gorakshnath Jholi 2017 date is August 19.
Hundreds of devotees participate in this annual ritual.
Gorakshnath Jholi is observed on Shravan Krishna Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the 13th day during the waning phase of moon in Shravan month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Balkandi Dev Yatra at Manikdaundi

Balkandi Dev Yatra is annually observed at Manikdaundi in Shravan month. It is an important fair and festival at Balkandi Dev shrine here. Balkandi Dev Yatra 2017 date is August 19.
Hundreds of devotees participate in this annual yatra.
Balkandi Dev Yatra is observed on Shravan Krishna Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the 13th day during the waning phase of moon in Shravan month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Durdareshwar form of Shiva – Durdhareshwar Mahadev

Durdarshwar form of Shiva is worshipped in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the 84 forms of Shiva worshipped in Ujjain. Durdhareshwar Mahadev is mentioned in the Skanda Purana. This form is worshipped for attaining desire fulfillment.
The story of Durdhareshwar Mahadev is associated with a king of Nepal.
The temple dedicated to Durdareshwar Mahadev is located on the Gandhavati ghat on the banks of Shipra River.
Durdhareshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 70th temple visited during the parikarama of Shiavalayas here.


Story of Durdhareshwar Mahadev There once lived a king in Nepal named Durdhar. Once during a hunting expedition he met a beautiful girl. They fell in love. The girl was the daughter of Kalp Muni.
The king asked for the girl’s hand in marriage and the saint agreed.
After the marriage, the king stayed in ashram of Kalp Muni.
After few days, a demon appeared in the forest and he kidnapped the girl.
The king was saddened by the los…

Naga Chaturthi – Nag Chaturti Upvas

Naga Chaurthi Upvas is dedicated to Nagas or Snakes and is observed on the fourth day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in the month of Shravan. In 2017, the date of Naga Chaturthi is July 27. The day after Naga Chaturthi is Naga Panchami, one of the most popular festivals dedicated to Nagas. Special pujas and rituals are held on the day.

Update: Naga Chaturthi part of Nagula Chavithi in Andhra Pradesh is on October 24, 2017.

Naga Chaturthi is of great importance in parts of Maharashtra, Karnataka and in the Telegana region of Andhra Pradesh.

Some people fast from morning to evening and only consume a single meal on the day. Special Naga pujas are held on the day. Some Hindu communities fast during the daytime and eat food only after sunset. Some people avoid salt and deep fried on the day.

It must be noted that Naga Chaurthi is held in the Kartik month in some regions.

Importance of Dhanushkodi in Hinduism – Religious Significance of Dhanushkodi in Hindu Religion

Dhanushkodi is located around 18 km from Rameswaram Temple in Tamil Nadu, India. Dhanushkodi of great importance in Hinduism as it is the starting point of the bridge built by Bhagavan Sri Ram and Vanarasena in the Ramayana across the sea to reach Lanka. The religious significance of the place also stems from the fact that holy waters or tirthas of the entire universe is present at Dhanushkodi Tirtham and taking a holy dip here is considered highly meritorious in Hindu religion.
The bridge, built between Dhanushkodi and Lanka by the vanarasena, was 80 miles wide and 800 miles long.
After the battle was won and when Rama returned to Dhanushkodi, Vibhishana asked Rama to break the bridge, as it should not become an easy path for attackers to reach Lanka.
Therefore, upon the request of Vibhisana, Sri Ram cut the bridge into three.
From the spot where he broke up the bridge, Bhagavan called upon all the holy waters and tirthas of the entire universe to enter into the waters in Dhanushkod…

Kothandaramaswamy Temple at Rameswaram

Kothandaramaswamy Temple at Rameswaram is dedicated to Bhagavan Sri Ram. The temple is located around Rameshwaram and is also known as Kothandaramar Temple or Kothandarama Swamy.
Legend has it that at the place where the temple stands, Lord Ram conducted the coronation or Pattabhishekam of Vibhishana brother of Demon King Ravana. After the victory against Ravana, Vibhishana was made the king of Lanka.
The murtis in the shrine are old but the shrine is a new construction.
The walls of the temple are adorned with beautiful paintings that depict the story of Ramayana.

With sea on three sides, the shrine provides some breathtaking views.

Villoondi Theertham near Rameswaram - Fresh Water Well in Sea near Rameshwaram Temple

Villoondi Theertham near Rameswaram is a miraculous place as one can get fresh water near the salty seawater. Villoondi Tirtham is around 7 km from Rameshwaram Temple on the main road connecting to Pamban.


Legend has it that Bhagavan Sri Ram created a well within the sea using his bow and arrow to satisfy Mata Sita’s thirst. When his bow struck the ground underneath the sea, a fountain of freshwater appeared.
The well can be seen within the sea and is connected by a narrow walking bridge.

Hanuman Temple in Texas – Marakata Karya Siddhi Hanuman Temple Opens at Frisco in Texas

Dedicated to Lord Hanuman, Marakata Karya Siddhi Hanuman Temple at Frisco in Texas in United States is associated with Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji of Avadhoota Datta Peetham of Mysuru (India). The shrine is located in a 34,000 square-foot land and the estimated cost of construction is over $11 million.

Hanuman is the main deity in the shrine. Apart from this there are murtis of Ganapati, Shiva, Rajeshwari, Ram Parivar, Venkateshwara, Dattatreya, Subramanyam, Ayyappa and Nagendra.
The shrine has a cultural center, multi-purpose hall, homa-kund, yoga center and six classrooms.
Mahakumbabishekam was held on July 18, 2015.
Murti Pratishta was held on July 23, 2015.


Devaraja Panchakam in Tamil in pdf - Devaraja Panchakam Lyrics in Tamil

Devaraja Panchakam Stotra is a popular prayer dedicated to Srihari Vishnu. The prayer is chanted on all days by Vaishanva devotees. It is also chanted on special occasions dedicated to the avatars of Vishnu. This particular Devaraja Panchakam prayer is in Tamil in pdf format. It contains the lyrics in Tamil.
The file is provided by Sundar Kidambi of Prapatti . com

Link – Dasavatara Stotra in Tamil

Dasavatara Stotra in Telugu in pdf - Dasavatara Lyrics in Telugu

Dasavatara Stotra is a popular prayer dedicated to the ten Avatars of Srihari Vishnu. The prayer is chanted on all days by Vaishanva devotees. It is also chanted on special occasions dedicated to the avatars of Vishnu. This particular Dasavatara Stotra prayer is in Telugu in pdf format. It contains the lyrics in Telugu.
The file is provided by Sundar Kidambi of Prapatti . com

Link – Dasavatara Stotra in Telugu

Damodarastakam in Telugu in pdf format

Damodarastakam is a popular prayer dedicated to Sri Krishna. The prayer is chanted on all days in Kartik month. It is also chanted on special occasions dedicated to Sri Krishna. This particular Damodarastakam prayer is in Telugu in pdf format. It contains the lyrics with meaning and explanation in Telugu.
The file is provided by Sundar Kidambi of Prapatti . com

Link – Damodarastakam in Telugu

Sant Kabir Poem on the Senses

I have extinguished the flame: There is no more smoke from the lamp. Only the moon’s left: There is nothing else.
I have dried out the wick: I haven’t replenished the oil. I have stopped beating the drum: I have put the dancer to sleep.
I have broken the strings: I have silenced the rebeck. I have neglected my work And ruined my routine.
Once I knew what I had to do, I gave up singing: My sermons, my satires, My aphorisms, my tales.
Kabir says, those who break The circuit of the senses Aren’t very far From the supreme station, their destination.  Sant Kabir

Today’s Hindu Calendar – August 17, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Monday, August 17, 2015 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waxing phase of moon the entire day on August 17 and till 12:28 AM on August 18. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is August 17, 2015 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious day.
Nakshatra – Purva Phalguni or Pooram Nakshatra till 6:02 AM on August 17. Then onward it is Uttara Phalguni or Uthiram Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Simha Rashi till 12:41 PM. Then onward it is Kanya Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Shravan SomvarVrat. Hariyali Teej. Madhusrava Tritiya. Chingam 1 in Kerala.
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – Shravan Shukla Paksha Tritiya Tithi or the third day during the waxing phase of moon in…