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Goddess Katyayani - Information About Katyayani Ma

Goddess Katyayani is one of the popular forms of Goddess Durga and she is worshipped on the sixth day of Navratri in many regions. She got the name Katyayani Ma as she was born in the Katya clan as the daughter of Sage Katya. She is one of the nine Durgas or Nav Durgas worshipped during Navaratri. Details about Goddess Katyayani are found in the Matsya Purana, Agni Purana and Vamana Purana.
Goddess Katyayani is believed to have taken the form to destroy numerous demons and bring happiness to those who follow Dhrama. Some scriptures suggest that Goddess Katyayani is another name of Mahishasura Mardini Durga. Some idols show the big toe of her left leg pressing down demon Mahisha.
Goddess Katyayani was a popular deity during the period of Lord Krishna. She was worshipped by Gopis and Gopas in Gokula. An image of the Goddess used to be made using the clay and mud from the YamunaRiver and was worshipped for a month. This was known as Katyayani Vrata. At the end of the month, the idol is …

Vaishakh Snan – Holy Bathing Dates in Vaishakha Month

Vaishakh Snan, or Baishakh Snana, is observed in the month of Vaishakh (April – May) as per the traditional lunar calendar followed in North India. In 2018, Vaishakh Snan (date) begins on April 1 and ends on April 30. Vaishakh Snan is act of performing ritualistic bath (taking holy dip) in sacred rivers and Teerthas (sacred tanks) associated with Hinduism. Taking dip in the NarmadaRiver in Vaishakh month is considered highly auspicious. This year the Snan takes place in Adhik Vaishakh Maas and also in Nija Vaishakh Maas.

Vaishakh Snan begins on the Purnima day (full moon day) in Chaitra month and ends on the full moon day in Vaishakh month.

The important bathing dates during Vaishakha Snana are Chaitra Shukla Purnima, Vaishakh Krishna Amavasi, Vaishakha Shukla Tritiya, Vaishakha Shukla Panchami, and Vaishakha Shukla Purnima.

Damnak Chaturdashi 2018 date

Damnak Chaturdashi is a Hindu auspicious day which falls on the 14th day of the Shukla Paksha (Waxing Phase of moon) in Chaitra month (March – April). In 2018, the date of Damnak Chaturdashi is March 30. The day is of great significance to certain Hindu communities in Maharashtra and North India. Special pujas and rituals are performed on the day.

(We are in the process of collecting more information on Damnak Chaturdashi, if you have details about it please post on the comment section or email us.)

Teachings of Sant Kabir - Quotes - Sayings from Dohe and Vani of Kabir Das

Teachings of Sant Kabir from various sources inclduing books, Dohe, Vani and other translations of the works of Kabir Das. The Quotes and Sayings were collected for a long period.

Admire the diamond that can bear the hits of a hammer. Many deceptive preachers, when critically examined, turn out to be false
Between the grinding stones of cravings and aversions the whole world is being crushed. Kabir weeps at the plight of the world as none is able to see the truth.
A diamond was lying in the street covered with dirt. Many fools passed by. Someone who knew diamonds picked it up. (Those who seek true knowledge will acquire it.)
A rosary (japa mala) is rotating in the hand and tongue swings in the mouth. But if the mind is moving in all the four directions then this is not a meditation of God.

Listen, I see the world is mad. If I tell the truth they rush to beat me, if I lie they trust me.
If you want the truth, I will tell you the truth: Listen to the secret sound, the real sound, which …