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Story of Kappe Chennigaraya Temple – How the Temple Got Associated With Frog?

Chennigaraya Temple, located to the south of the world famous Chennakeshava Temple at Belur in Hassan District, Karnataka, is associated with Kappe - frog. Here is the story as to how the temple got associated with frog.

Jakkanacharya, a famous sculpture who lived during the 14th century AD, was given the work of the Chennigaraya temple.

He completed the main murti of Chennigaraya and it was about to be consecrated and installed in the temple.

However, Dankana, Jakkanacharya’s son, came in search of his father and objected to the consecration of the murti as he considered it unfit for worship.

Jakkanacharya challenged his son and took an oath to cut off his right hand if the sculpture was defective.

Soon sandal paste was applied all over the murti of Chennigaraya and the portion near the belly did not dry up at all.

When a flake was taken out of that portion, a frog jumped out.

Accepting defeat, Jakkanacharya is said to have cut off his right hand.
This temple is now known as Kappe…

Sheetala Devi Temple at Agam Kuan – Goddess Shitala Mandir at Agam Kuan near Patna, Bihar

Sheetala Devi Temple at Agam Kuan is dedicated to Goddess Shitala Mata. The mandir is located near the famous archeological site of Agam Kuan near Patna, Bihar. The shrine is located around 8 km from Patna Junction Railway Station.

The murti of Mother Sheetala worshipped in the temple is carved out of black granite stone. The vehicle of mata is an ass and the murti rides on it. Mother holds broom in one hand and khappar in another.

Goddess Goriya, sevika of the deity is on her right side of the main murti, while on the left is the marble murti of Angar Mata, sister of Sheetla Mata.

Unique offering – Devotees release pigeons for fulfillment of desires.

Women assist in performing Solah Shringar on the murti of Sheetala Devi worshipped in the temple.

Childless couples offer prayers and seek the blessings of Mother.

Newlywed couples perform Chauthari Puja by offering cold and stale food.

The temple attracts maximum devotees in the month of Ashada (June – July).

Tuesday is the important d…

Hindu Concept of Moksha Has Nothing To Do With Death

Moksha (liberation, salvation or Mukti) is an important concept in Hinduism. But many people associate it with death and afterlife. This is a wrong notion. Moksha has nothing to do with death and afterlife. It has to happen when you are living on earth.

Moksha is realizing the oneness of all living beings. It is understanding that all animate and inanimate is part of that Supreme Truth – that there is no second here.

Dropping all forms of fear, incompleteness, anxiety, anger, sorrow…and all other negative energy and replacing them with positive energy like joy, contentment, love, and goodwill… is the path to moksha. We chase worldly happiness and we enjoy them, but soon the same happiness becomes the reason for sorrow. Moksha is achieving that happiness on earth, which is eternal. This happiness does not convert into unhappiness in future.

The term Mukti in this context means achieving freedom from ignorance that is enveloping us.

We do not search for moksha outside. It is within eac…

Hindu Calendar – December 14, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Thursday, December 14, 2017 – Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waxing phase of moon till 5:26 AM on December 14. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waxing phase of moon till 6:15 AM on December 15.All time based on India Standard Time.
How is December 14, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious day. Nakshatra – Swathi or Chothi Nakshatra on the entire day on December 14 and till 12:45 AM on December 15.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Swathi or Chothi Nakshatra till 11:04 PM on December 14. Then onward it is Vishaka or Vishakam Nakshatra on the entire day on December 15 and till 1:31 AM on December 16.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Tula Rashi till 7:59 PM on December 15.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra…

Story of Madhavi in the Mahabharata

Madhavi is the daughter of King Yayati in the Mahabharata. Her story narrates the importance of forgiveness. Sage Galava once asked King Yayati for 800 white horses each with a black ear. The Sage wanted to present the horses to Sage Vishwamitra.
King Yayati was unable to fulfill the demand, as he did not have these types of horses.
The King did not want to turn away the sage empty-handed therefore, he offered Sage Galava his daughter, Madhavi.
Madhavi was destined to give birth to four kings. Therefore, King Yayati asked Sage Galava to present her to four men who wish to father kings and ask for two hundred horses in exchange.
Sage Galava found three kings who accepted his offer. He thus got 600 hundred horses.
The Sage was unable to find another king, so he presented 600 hundred horses to Sage Vishwamitra and asked him to accept Madhavi as the equivalent of the remaining two hundred horses.
Vishwamitra had a son by Madhavi. Having given birth to four sons, she returned to her fathe…

Jalpa Mata Mandir at Rajgarh in Madhya Pradesh – Jalpamata Temple

Jalpa Mata Mandir is a popular shrine dedicated to Goddess Shakti in Rajgarh district in Madhya Pradesh. The temple is located atop a hill and is about 4 km from Rajgarh town. The main murti worshipped here is Goddess Jalpamata.

Jalpa Mata Mandir is a Siddha Peetah.
Apart from the large murti of Jalpa Mata, the temple complex also has a shrine dedicated to Lord Hanuman.

Chunari is the main offering here.

The shrine is accessed by a flight of steps. There is also a narrow road to reach the shrine.
The shrine attracts maximum crowd during Navratri and Durga Puja.

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Narayaneeyam Day 2017 date – Sri Narayaneeyadinam

Holy Scripture Narayaneeyam dedicated to Sri Guruvayurappan (Sri Krishna) was completed and offered to Sri Krishna on the Sri Narayaneeyadinam. Narayaneeyam Day 2017 date is December 13. The day is of great importance at the GuruvayurTemple in Kerala.  Narayaneeyam was composed by Melpathur Narayana Bhattathiri and it is a condensation of the Srimad Bhagavad Purana in 1036 shlokas (stanzas). The unparalleled spiritual work is noted for its literary merit and bhakti (devotion) and is a classic in its own right.

It is observed on the 28th day of Vrichikam month as per traditional calendar followed in Kerala. Discourses and debates on Narayaneeyam take place on the day. Special functions are also held at Melpathur Illapparambu on the day.

Melpathur Narayana Bhattathiri (1559 – 1632) was a student of Achyuta Pisharati and the last scholar from the Kerala school of astronomy and mathematics. His most important scholarly work, Prkriya-sarvawom, describes an aximotic system that elaborates …