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Vindhyanchal Navratri Mela at the Vindhyavasini Temple – Navratras

Vindhyanchal Navratri Mela held during the Chaitra Navratri (March – April) and Ashwin Navratri (September – October) attracts millions of devotees. Vindhyanchal Chaitra Navratri Mela is from March 18 to March 25, 2018. Ashwin Navratri mela is from October 10 to October 18, 2018.

VindhyavasiniDeviTemple is located in Vindhyachal, 8 km from Mirzapur in Uttar Pradesh, on the banks of River Ganga. It is one of the most sacred temples dedicated to Goddess Shakti and the presiding deity is Vindhyavasini Devi.

During the Navratri Mela special pujas are held at the temple. The presiding deity in the temple is adorned in different forms.

The popular belief is that darshan of Maa Vindhyavasini during Navratri is highly meritorious. It is also believed that the Goddess is in a happy mood during the period and fulfills the desires of devotees.

Flower In the Shape of Shivling – Shivlingachi Fula

The name of the tree is Canon Ball Tree and its flowers are in the shape of a snake hood over a Shivling. The Shivling shape is very small. The tree is known as Shivlingachi Fula in Goa and Maharashtra. The tree is also found in South India especially in Kerala. Times of India reports
In Goa, Couroupita guianenisis is popular as Shivalingachya fulanche zhad as the petals of the flowers resemble the hood of a naga or cobra who is considered as a sacred snake, protecting a Shivaling.
The tree, because of its brown and spherical shaped cannon ball like fruit, is also known as cannon ball tree. The flowers are orange, scarlet and pink in colour and form large bunches. The flowers do not have nectar but carpenter bees act as pollinators. Both fruits and flowers grow on the tree's trunk.
Though the tree is native to the northern portion of South America, especially the Amazon basin and the southern Caribbean, it became one with Indian soil more than a thousand years ago.

Ramayana Teachings

Anger destroys the best virtues, so keep calm. The desire to possess is at the root of all anxieties. Devotion is not difficult. All it needs is simplicity and contentment. Even the minds of those who follow no other path but that of Dharma, who have been taught all the rules of conduct, even they are very rarely happy at the sight of the good fortune which has befallen others. The mind of man is very unsteady.