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Pregnant Women find Solace at Garbharakshambikha Temple in Tamil Nadu

ShriKarparakshambigaiTemple, also known as Garbharakshambikha or Garbharakshambigai temple, is situated at Thirukarukaavu near Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu and is visited by childless couples for blessings, pregnant women for safe deliveries and for the protection of the unborn baby. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, it is the Shakti present here that is believed to protect the unborn babies. ‘Garbha' here means ‘uterus’ and ‘Ambika’ is an incarnation of Shakti who is believed to take care of pregnant women.There is also a Garbharakshambikha Shloka, which pregnant women and childless couples chant. GarbharakshambigaiTemple is located at Thirukarukaavu and the place is 20 km east of Thanjavur and 20 km southwest of Kumbakonam. (Information provided by Gayatri Sankar)

Surdas on Krishna as the Formless Brahman

Krishna awoke
Yashoda was enraptured
To see his face
Blooming as a lotus that captures
The rising sun’s first raysTaking off the coverlet
She said, awake, darling boy, awake,
Your loveliness makes me swoon
Your bewitching face is like the full moon
Seen through the sea’s foam
When it was churned for nectar.

He for whom the shrutis say ‘not this not this’
Whose name is chanted by Brahma, Shesha and Shiva
That formless Brahma has taken birth
In Brij, in human form, so it is heard.Surdas