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Jaya Durga – Goddess Jayadurga

Goddess Jaya Durga, or Jai Durga, is one of the numerous forms of Goddess Shakti. She is mentioned as the presiding deity in two Shaktipeetahs. Jaya Durga form of Goddess Shakti is worshipped at Baidyanathdham, at Deoghar in Jharkhand, India and another is believed to be at Karnat – exact location not yet discovered.
After Sati’s death, Shiva roamed around with the body of Her. Lord Vishnu realized that this never ending mourning would destroy the world and therefore to stop Shiva, Vishnu used Sudarshan Chakra to cut down the body of Sati into pieces. The places where Sati’s body parts fell are Shaktipeetahs. There are 51 Shaktipeethas.
It is believed that Sati’s heart fell at Baidyanathdham and she is worshipped here as Jaya Durga. Her ears is believed to have fell at Karnat but this spot is yet to be identified and the form of Shakti worshipped here is also referred as Jaya Durga in scriptures.
Jaya Durga is depicted as having dark complexion. She is three-eyed and four-armed. Sh…

Sashti Vratam in April 2011 - Shasti Vritham

Sashti Vratam, or Shasti, is a monthly fasting dedicated to Lord Muruga. In April 2011, Sashti fasting date is April 9. It falls on the sixth day after Amavasi (no moon) and Pournami (full moon) in a traditional Hindu calendar. The Shashti day after Amavasi is considered highly auspicious by Muruga devotees and many observe a fast on the day.
Shasti Fasting is considered highly auspicious and many Muruga devotees observe a 24-hour fast, while some take a single meal on the day. Lord Muruga is also known as Skanda, Shanmugha and Subramanian. In North India, Lord Muruga is known as Kartik or Kartikeya. On Sashti day, devotees visit Lord Muruga temples from early morning and some people only eat the Prasadam given from the temple. Some temples conduct special pujas and spiritual discourse on the day. There are also temples that provide food to devotees. Shasti Fasting is widely observed in South India, Malaysia and Singapore especially by Tamilians. Related Shasti fasting – How to observe Sa…

Quotes from Rig Veda

Be united. Speak in harmony.
Let your minds apprehend alike.
Common be your prayer;
Common be the end of your assembly;
Common be your resolution;
Common be your deliberations.
Alike be your feelings;
United be your hearts;
Common be your intentions;
Perfect be your unity.

Sam gacchadvam, sam vadhadvam
sam vo manamsi janatam
deva bhagam yatha purve, sam janana upasate
samano mantrah, samiti samani
samanam manah saha cittamesam
samanam mantramabhi mantraye vah
samanena havisa juhomi
samani va akutih samana hridayani vah
samanamastu vo mano yatha vah susahasati.