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Alakshmi – Jayestha – Hindu Goddess of misfortune and inauspiciousness

Alakshmi, also known as Jayestha, is the opposite of Goddess Lakshmi and is the Hindu goddess of misfortune and inauspiciousness. Alakshmi is the elder sister of Goddess Lakshmi. She arrives when inflated egos clash and when the wealth provided Goddess Lakshmi creates pride, greediness, jealousy and discord. An owl is shown along with Alakshmi and some consider the owl as a form of Alakshmi. An owl near Goddess Lakshmi represents Alakshmi.
In Hinduism, Alkashmi symbolically reminds us that the blessings of Goddess Lakshmi should not give way to pride, indiscipline and arrogance. Unclean body, unclean surroundings, sloth and avarice are invitation to the goddess of misfortune and in auspiciousness.
The description of Alakshmi in some scriptures is gory and represents extreme ugliness. She is sometimes shown as being old and ugly. Ugliness symbolically shows what money can do a person who uses it unwisely.
Linga Purana indicates that she came out of Samudra Manthan (Churning of Ocean…

Underwater temples in Gobind Sagar Lake at Bhakra Dam in Bilaspur to be relocated

The GobindSagarLake on SutlejRiver in Bilaspur in Himachal Pradesh was created after the construction of the Bhakra Dam in 1960s. As a result of the Bhakra Dam reservoir, 28 temples submerged into the water. Of the 28 submerged temples, 12 were of great archaeological importance belonging to 8th and 19th century AD period. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has now declared the 12 submerged temples as monuments of National Importance and will be relocated.
…Centre respected the sentiments of displaced people during the Nagarjuna sagar and Narmada valley projects and the same should be done in the state. The chief minister said the locals had allowed submersion of their temples to pave the way for the completion of first hydro electric power plant of the country in 1963. (The Hindu)Many of the submerged temples in GobindSagarLake at Bhakra Dam are partially visible when the water recedes during winter and early summer in Himachal Pradesh. Nagara style temples in old Bilaspur town …

Teachings of Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati

Neither the raw fruit nor the tree wants to leave each other. But when the fruit becomes ripe, this attachment automatically disappears.Man requires to experience anger, jealousy, passion, etc. just as the fruit had to undergo various stages of growth and taste before it became fully ripe so to get automatically detached from the tree.We cannot overcome these experiences – anger, jealousy, passion, etc – in the beginning. But we must ponder over the fact why we undergo these experiences. Otherwise we will be the losers. We will become slaves of these experiences and can never achieve fulfillment or contentment.By education we realize Truth. There are many truths, History is one truth. Geography is one truth, Mathematics is one truth. The content of truth is the greatest in Mathematics. In others, there is an element of imagination. In Geography, we come across names Asia, Africa, Madras, Calcutta, etc. These names were given by us. By imagination, we have given names ‘plateau’ ‘valley…