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Ashtadasa Maha Shaktipeetahs – The concept of 18 Shaktipeetahs

Shaktipeetahs are spots on earth where parts of Goddess Sati’s body fell when it was cut into pieces by Vishnu on request from Sati Herself. This was to stop Shiva was carrying the body around the universe and lamenting the death of Sati which created imbalance in the universe and this was causing havoc and destruction of the universe. As per Hindu Puranas, there are 51 Shaktipeetahs. But there is another concept of Shaktipeetahs known as Ashtadasa Shaktipeetahs or the 18 Shaktipeetahs. The origin of the 18 Shaktipeetahs is the same as 51 Shaktipeetahs the difference is only in number. This particular concept is only popular in some regions especially in Andhra Pradesh. The 18 Shaktipeetahs are:
Trinkomali (Sri Lanka) Sankari Devi – Groin fell hereKanchi (Tamil Nadu) Kamakshi Devi - BackPradyumna or Chotila (Gujarat) Sri Srunkala Devi - StomachMysore (Karnataka) Chamundeswari Devi – HairAlampur (Andhra Pradesh) Jogulamba Devi – Upper teethSrisailam (Andhra Pradesh) Bhramramba Devi - …

Study on Widows in Vrindavan – Dimensions of Deprivation: Study on the Poverty Levels of Widows of Vrindavan

The treatment meted out to widows by certain section of Hindu society is appalling. The life of a widow in some Hindu communities is nothing short of dreadfulness. In such communities, the widows are kept out of all social functions and they can’t remarry. A larger number of widows from various parts of North India today live in Braj near Vrindavan – a minority of them voluntarily arrive to live in the ashrams here but majority of them are forced to leave their villages and families and live in Braj without any economic support from the family. A study conducted by Guild of Service – Dimensions of Deprivation: Study on the Poverty Levels of Widows of Vrindavan – suggests that the Widows in Vrindavan are happier here than in their homes and in villages. Majority of them, even though miniscule, have found economic freedom and are moving away from traditional concepts of widowhood. The Hindu reports The study suggests that the Braj widows do not believe in tonsuring, and some of the young…

Lakshman Sarma Quotes

Lakshman Sarma a disciple of Sri Ramana Maharishi Worldly life is full of misery because of one’s subjection to desires and fears that never cease but only change their forms. Only one whose attachments have been weakened by the realization that true and lasting happiness is not to be had in this worldly life is ripe for discipleship. Ignorance and mind are inseparable; where there is mind, there alone is ignorance; where there is no mind, there is no ignorance, since in the mind-free state the real Self is not concealed. This explains why the real Self is not known to men in general. In ignorance there is the sense of ‘I am the body’ or of ‘This body is mine’, that is, the body is either ‘I’ or ‘mine’. When this attachment ceases, bondage is at an end. Lakshman Sarma (Source - Sri Ramana Paravidyopanishad)