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Varadaraja Perumal Temple Photos – Online Virtual Tour of Varadharaja Perumal in Kanchipuram

Varadaraja Perumal at Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu is dedicated to Sri Hari Vishnu. At the VaradarajaTemple, Hindu God Vishnu is flanked by Sridevi and Bhudevi. The temple is also noted for its architecture and paintings. website is providing an online virtual photo tour of the VaradarajaPerumalTemple. In the online virtual tour you can get a 360 degree panoramic view of the temple. There are 9 beautiful pictures of the temple by A. Suresh Babu of view360.

You can take the Online Virtual Tour of Varadharaja Perumal in Kanchipuram here.

Brihad Gowri Vrata – Brihad Gouri Vrat

Brihad Gowri Vrata is dedicated to Goddess Parvati and it is observed in the Bhadrapad month. Brihad Gouri Vrat 2018 date is September 29. Gowri or Gauri is one among the numerous names of Goddess Parvati.

Brihad Gauri Vrat is observed on the fourth day during the Krishna Paksha of Bhadrapad month as per traditional calendars followed in Karnataka, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh. The corresponding period in North Indian calendars is the Krishna Paksha or waning phase of moon in Ashwin month.

The importance of Brihad Gowri Vrata is mentioned in the Bhavishoyatara Purana. The rituals include prayers to Goddess Parvati. Some people observe a fast on the day from sunrise to sunset. The day annually coincides with the Sankashti Chaturti Vrat dedicated to Ganesha.

Indra Puja in Mithilanchal

Indra Puja is a unique ritual observed in the Mithilanchal region in North India and is dedicated to Devendra or Indra, the king of demigods. In 2018, Indra Puja begins on September 26. In most places the festival is a ten-day affair and is held during the Krishna paksha, or waning phase of moon, in Ashwin month as per traditional calendar followed in North India.

In Bengal the festival is known as Indra Parb.

Indra was widely worshipped by people earlier as it was believed that it was he who created rains and thunder.

The end of the worship of Indra came during the incarnation of Vishnu as Sri Krishna. It was Krishna who asked the people of Vrindavan to stop praying to Indra. An angry Indra sent torrential rains flooding Vrindavan but the people and their cattle were rescued by Krishna who lifted the Govardhan hill and gave them shelter.

Special pujas are held during the period at the Bababaidyanath Dham at Deoghar.

Swamini Saradapriyananda Thoughts

The modern man wants joy and peace. He needs several things to live, live well and live joyously. In his attempts to get what he wants, he often performs various actions, the far-reaching effects of which he does not have an idea. If he knows better, he can properly assess and evaluate before plunging into the field of action, thus saving himself from much trouble and tribulation. This knowledge, only philosophy can give. None of the material sciences deal with it. It is not work that kills a man, nor even scarcity, but harshness and unethical behavior that destroys him. Desire is not a need but a demand for something beyond the need. Swamini Saradapriyananda