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Goddess Ashtabhuja – Ashta Bhuja Devi

Goddess Ashtabhuja is one among the numerous forms of Goddess Shakti. In this form, she is the one who brings an end to all evil and she is also responsible for the complete annihilation and dissolution of all creation before the next cycle of creation. Ashtabhuja form of Goddess Shakti is invoked by many Hindu communities on the first day of the Navratri festival. The Goddess is called Ashta Bhuja as she has eight arms. She has different weapons in her eight arms. The eight weapons symbolically represent eight guardians of the eight directions. During Navratri puja she is invoked on the first day to keep away all evils. It must be noted that the term Ashta Bhuja is also used to refer deities in Hindu Pantheon that are depicted as having eight arms. Goddess Kushmanda is also referred as Ashtabhuja in some scriptures. One of the most popular temples dedicated to Goddess Ashtabhuja is located atop the VindhyaMountain in Vindhyachal in Mirzapur in Uttar Pradesh. The Vindhyachal Hill is the h…

Sama Veda in English in PDF format – Read and Download Sam Ved Translation in English

Sama Veda is second among the Vedas. Sam Veda is set to music and is intended to be chanted. Majority of the prayers in Samaveda are for welfare and prosperity and are addressed to the Devas. Google books is now providing the translation of Sama Veda in English and you can download it in pdf format. The translation is by J. Stevenson. D. D and you can also read it online. Link Read Sam Ved Online here at Google Books

Kapila Sashti – Bhadrapad Kapila Shashti

Kapila Sashti is an auspicious day observed in the Krishna Paksha of Ashwin month. Kapila Sashti 2018 date is October 1. In South India, it is observed in the Kanni Month and Puratassi Masam and is dedicated to Subrahmanya or Skanda. In North India, it falls during the waning phase of moon in Ashwin month.

It is considered highly auspicious to take bath in the sacred rivers. Legend has it that Sage Narada attained divine status on the day.

Special pujas and rituals are held on the day in Muruga Temples in South India.

Special pujas are also held on the day at the Bhadrachalam SriRamaTemple. People also perform special Go Puja or worship of cows on the banks of Godavari.