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Manikyamba Devi – Hindu Goddess Manikyamba

Manikyamba Devi is an incarnation of Goddess Shakti. The popular belief is that the spot where left cheek of Goddess Sati fell after her death is the spot where Goddess Manikyamba Devi appeared. This spot is believed to be the DraksharamamTemple (Sri Bhimeswara SwamiTemple) in Andhra Pradesh. Legend has it that after Sati’s death, Shiva started the dance of destruction with Sati’s body. It was destined to create havoc in the universe and in order to avoid the annihilation of the universe, Vishnu cut the body of Sati using his Sudharshana Chakra. As per the legend in South India, the body fell in 18 spots known as Ashta Dasa Peetahs. The spot where the left cheek of Goddess Sati fell is spot associated with Goddess Manikyamba Devi. Out of the eighteen places Sri Manikyamba of Draksharama is the twelfth place. This story is mentioned in the Skanda Purana. Draksharamam is located about 28 Km from Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh.

Eco-friendly Traditional Hindu Funeral Pyre by Mokshada

Mokshada system is an eco-friendly way of performing the last rite keeping intact all the beliefs of Hinduism. This funeral method involves minimal use of wood while keeping the age-old Hindu tradition of burning wooden pyres intact. Vinod Agrawal, an engineer from Uttarakhand, is behind the Mokshada system which is functional in Mumbai and Dehradun. Times of India reports "We have tried to create a balance with simple technique that allows full combustion of dead body with minimal loss of heat and thus save up to 75 per cent of wood that is usually lost in the process when performed in traditional style," said Vinod Agrawal, an engineer from Uttarakhand region and mastermind who conceptualized the idea (nearly two decades ago) while talking to TOI on Sunday. Saying that the technique did not involve electricity as it could hurt the sentiment and devotion of Hindu family, he emphasized that it also used wood in small quantity (around 25 per cent of what is required for burning …

Mahakali Jayanti 2018 Date – Kali Jayanthi in Jammu and Kashmir

Mahakali Jayanti is observed by Kashmiri Pandits and other Hindu communities in Jammu and Kashmir on the Ashtami day or the eighth day of the Krishna Paksha (waning phase of moon) of Poush or Pausha month (December – January). Mahakali Jayanti 2018 - 2019 date is December 31. Special rituals are observed on the day at Goddess Shakti temples.

The day is dedicated to Mahakali or Kali or Bhadrakali form of Goddess Shakti.

Some communities perform Shradh using vegetables on the day.

Various manifestations of Goddess Shakti including Mahakali are worshipped as Kul Devi or family deities by Hindu communities in this region.