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Goddess Maheshwari

Goddess Maheshwari is one among the seven mother goddesses or Sapta Matrikas. Goddess Maheshwari takes Her name from Lord Shiva (Maheshwara) and She is believed to have born from the body of Lord Shiva. She is armed with similar weapons to Shiva and has numerous other symbols and characteristics of Shiva. Goddess Maheswari is usually depicted as having four arms two arms are in Varada Mudra (granting wishes) and one is in Abhaya Mudra (protection). Two arms are depicted as holding the Sula (lance) and Akshamala or Damaru. The vehicle or Vahana of Goddess Maheswari is a bull.In some very rare images, Goddess Maheshwari is depicted as having five faces.Sometimes she is shown as having three eyes and wears a crescent moon. She is also sometimes depicted as having six hands and carries Sutra, Damaru, Sula, Ghanta and two hands are in the Varada Mudra and the Abhaya Mudra.

Annapurna Vrat – Fasting Dedicated to Goddess Annapoorna

Annapurna Vrat is dedicated to Goddess Annapurna, the Hindu Goddess of food and nourishment. This vrat is observed during the waning phase of moon in Margashirsh month (November – December) as per traditional North Indian calendar. It begins on the fifth day of the Krishna paksha of Margashirsh month and is observed for 17 days.
Annapurna Vrata includes fasting, not eating non-vegetarian food and offering prayers and performing puja for Goddess Annapoorna. It is not a strict fasting and usually devotees eat a single meal while observing the fast. Those observing the Vrata read the Annapurna Vrat Katha.
Some people observe the fast only the Annapurna Jayanti during the Margashirsh Purnima.
Annapurna Vrat is also observed for several weeks and months by devotees. It is performed for peace and prosperity.
Annapurna puja is also observed in eastern parts of India especially in Bengal in the Chaitra month (Marh – April).

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Download Bhagavad Gita in Malayalam in PDF format for free

Shrimad Bhagavad Gita in Malayalam in PDF format for free is in verse form and there is no commentary or translation to pure Malayalam used today. Please note that this is not in the paragraph format with explanations and meanings. It is Bhagavad Geeta in verse format as found in the Mahabharata.You can download Bhagavad Gita in Malayalam in PDF format here.

Bangalore – Sabarimala 2009 – 2010 Trains – Indian Railway Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple Spiritual Tour Package

Indian Railways has launched a special spiritual tour package to the SabarimalaAyyappaTemple in Kerala from Bangalore. The package includes two-way reserved second-class train tickets to Kottayam Railway Station and road transport from Kottayam to Pampa, a visit to Erumely and dormitory accommodation at Sannidanam near the temple. The four-day pilgrimage to Sabarimala from Bangalore will cost Rs 1,950 for an adult and Rs 1,550 for a child less than 11 years old. The cost does not include the cost of food and transport from Pampa and Nilakal and back. Tour Dates:
From Bangalore at 21:45 Hrs by 6526 Kanyakumari Express November 2009 – November 29 and November 30December 2009 – December 1 to December 10; December 12 to 17; December 21 and December 29January 2010 – January 3 to January 9. The Tour Day 1 - Departure from Bangalore by Train No. 6526 at 21:45 Hrs. Overnight journey Day 2 - Morning 11:25 Hrs arrival at Kottayam Railway Station. Pick up from station and transfer by road to Pam…

Surya Grahan in India in January 2010 – Surya Grahanam India Time – partial Solar Eclipse

A partial solar eclipse, Surya Grahan, will be visible in India on January 15, 2010. According to NASA, the solar eclipse on 2010 January 15 is an Annular Eclipse. In India, it will be visible from 11:25 hrs to 15:15 hrs (Indian Standard Time) on January 15, 2010. The Surya grahanam will be visible in most of Africa, India, Dubai, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and parts of China. As per traditional Hindu calendar, January 15 is an Amavasi Day.First images of Surya Grahan or Solar Eclipse at January 15, 2010Surya or Sun at 11:19 AM on January 15 at Trivandrum, Kerala
Surya or Sun at 11:57 AM on January 15 at TrivandrumSurya or Sun at 12:24 PM on January 15 at Trivandrum, KeralaSurya at 12:50 PM at Trivandrum on January 15, 2010Surya or Sun at 01:05 PM on January 15 at Trivandrum, KeralaSurya or Sun at 01:13 PM at Trivandrum on January 15, 2010Surya or Sun at 01:16 PM at Trivandrum on January 15, 2010Surya or Sun at 01:24 PM at Triva…

Swami Tapovan – Words of Wisdom

What makes an action good or bad is the absence or presence of selfishness. Selfishness makes an action sinful and impure. If one has no selfish consideration or motive for his action why should he be affected by its success or failure? Why should he be anxious about its outcome? Leave off all selfish thought that defiles the mind; make the mind still and fix it upon the feet of God; sit in a steady posture as far and as long as possible and worship Him regularly; be like children living in the present worrying little about the past or the future; convince yourself by proper thought it is peace of mind that is the highest pleasure, not even the status of Indra (the king of Demigods). A life of that kind is the true spiritual life; blessed and blissful it is coveted even by Indra.
Swami Tapovan