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Goddess Brahmani

Goddess Brahmani is one of the Sapta Matrikas – the seven divine mothers or Saptamatris in Hinduism. Goddess Brahmani takes Her name from Lord Brahma. Vamana Purana indicates that Goddess Brahmani came out from the mouth of Goddess Kali before she engaged Demon Rakta Beeja in the final encounter. Seeing the large troop of Rakta Beeja, Goddess Kali made a loud sound and from her mouth appeared Goddess Brahmani seated on a swan and wearing rosary and holding water pot (Kamandalu) in one hand. Goddess Brahmani is generally depicted as having four faces and four hands. The body is bright as gold. In the back right hand she carries the Sula (lance) and back left hand she carries the Akshamala. The front right hand is in the Abhaya Mudra Pose and the front left hand in the Varada Pose.
She is usually depicted as seated upon a red lotus. The vehicle or Vahana of Goddess Brahmani is Hamsa or Swan. The emblem in her banner is Hamsa and is adorned with a Karana Mukuta. She is also shown as si…

The Path from Pampa to Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple

Pampa is the base camp for majority of devotees that visit the SabarimalaAyyappaTemple. Transport buses, cars and motorcycles reach up to Pampa. From Pampa pilgrims have to walk (trek) 7 km to reach the Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple Sannidanam.The trek covers places like Neelimala, Appachimedu, Sabaripeedam, Sharamkuthi, Marakkoottam to reach the AyyappaTemple.One of most tough trek in the seven kilometer route is in climbing the Neelimala. Government and other NGOs are providing medical facilities at different points from Pampa to AyyappaTemple.

Sankashti Chaturti in December 2011 - Ganesh Sankatahara Chaturthi

Sankashti Chaturti, also known as Ganesh Sankatahara Chaturthi, is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. The date of Ganesh Sankashti Chaturti Vrata is December 14, 2011. It is observed on the fourth day of the Krishna Paksha or waning phase of moon as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar. The Chandrodaya Time (Moonrise Time) in Maharashtra is given at 09:30 PM.

Sankashti Chaturthi fasting is observed by millions of Ganesh devotees and it is considered to be highly auspicious and wish fulfilling upvaas.

Vrata on Ganesha Sankatahara Chaturti begins at sunrise and ends after evening puja or after sighting the moon. Lord Ganesha Temples conduct special pujas on the day. It is widely believed that observing Sankashta Chaturthi will bring prosperity, happiness and fulfillment of desires.

The greatness of Sankashti Chaturthi Vrata was explained by Lord Krishna to Yudhishtira, the eldest of the Pandavas. It is also detailed in the Narasimha Purana and Bhavishaya Purana.

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How to observe Ravivar Vrat? – Sunday Fasting in Hindu Religion

Fasting on Sunday, or Ravivar Vrat, in Hindu religion is dedicated to Lord Surya, or the Sun god. Hindus have been worshipping Surya Narain from time immemorial and is also occasionally referred as Pratiyaksha Brahman. There is a popular belief that observing fast on Sunday will help in skin and eye ailments.
The fasting is from Sunday morning to next day morning. A single meal is taken on the day, generally after sunset. Some people only eat fruits on the day. Those who eat cooked food avoid salt and fried food items.
Red is the color of the day. Devotees offer red colored flowers to Lord Surya. Red sandalwood paste tika or tilak is worn on the forehead.

Sri Sri Mangeshda Thoughts

Unconditional love and forgiveness is not as easy to practice as it appears. It is not a mere mechanical process. One needs to feel the love and forgiveness from the bottom of one’s heart and for that one needs to change one’s own attitude.One needs to learn to accept everything and everybody including himself, as they are, without keeping any expectations from them. When one starts interacting with others with this base of love, automatically the attitude of the people around him changes.All religions, without exception, preach humanity, forgiveness and love towards other living beings. To enjoy and experience real love, remove all the conditions because conditional love gives disappointment whereas unconditional love definitely gives real joy of love. It is something unique which has to be experienced to understand. Sri Sri Mangeshda is a Kriya Yogi