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Goddess Varahi

Goddess Varahi is one of the seven mother goddesses or Sapta Matrikas. Goddess Varahi takes her name from Varaha – one of the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu. She has same weapons and ornaments as Varaha. Some scholars and texts are also of the view that Varahi is Lord Yama’s energy. Varahi is often depicted as having the face of a boar and her skin complexion is that of the storm cloud. She is sometimes depicted as four armed. Sometimes as two-armed and is shown holding Hala (plow) and Sakti. She is shown as sitting under a Kalpaka Tree.
Goddess Varahi has an elephant as her Vahana or vehicle.
In some rare sculptures Varahi is shown as having six hands in four she carries Danda, Khetaka, Khadga, and Pasa. Two hands are in Abhaya and Varada Mudra.
In some images, she is shown as carrying Dhanusa, Hala, and musula as her weapon.

Goddess Varahi in Shaivite tradition is associated with Goddess Lalitha Tripurasundari.

The annual Ashada Navratri observed in June/July gives prominence to th…

Brihadeeswara Temple Turns 1000 Years Old In 2010

Built in 1010 AD by Raja Raja Chola, the BrihadeeswaraTemple at Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu, popularly known as BigTemple, is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Government, Archeological Survey of India, and the people of Tanjavur are getting ready to mark the 1,000 years of BrihadeeswaraTemple – poetry in stone.Times of India reports"A committee will be formed to plan events for the celebration. Besides cleaning up the temple, we are planning to beautify the entire city. The encroachments near the temple will be removed," said collector MS Shanmugam. The Archaeological Survey of India that maintains the temple has just completed restoration of the northern corridor. The floor had sunk, unable to bear the weight of the stone pillars and ceiling. The ASI took up restoration work in 2006 and completed it at a cost of Rs 63 lakh. Landscaping is also being done in the precincts of the temple. "More grass instead of brick will reduce heat generation," said an ASI official. …

Personal Worship in Hinduism - Bhagavad Purana on How to do Personal Worship?

At the personal level, one who is eager to overcome the effects of Karma, can practice the worship of Lord Vishnu according to Tantric rites. One can adopt for worship any of His forms according to one’s liking.The Tantric rites comprise of invoking the Lord’s presence in an image, offering Him ceremonial bath, clothes, ornaments, sandalwood paste, garlands, flowers, food items, light and by chanting Moola Mantra, singing His hymns and concluding the worship by transferring His presence from the image to one’s own heart. Such a devotee gets all his desires fulfilled and attains liberation from Samsara soon.Bhagavad Purana
This topic is mentioned in the Bhagavad Purna during the dialogue between King Nimi and Nava Yogis.