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Goddess Shodashi – About Mahavidya Shodashi

Shodashi Goddess is one of the dasa Mahavidyas – the ten goddesses of wisdom. Her name means that she is the goddess who is always 16 years old. Origin of Goddess Shodashi happens after Shiva burning Kamdev into ashes for disturbing his meditation.

Shiva after the death of Sati had entered into a deep meditation. Without his energy no creation was possible and this led to an imbalance in the universe. To bring him out of his deep meditation, Sati took birth as Parvati. But Parvati failed to wake up Shiva from his meditation. Kamadeva, or Manamatha, the God of love was given the mission of disturbing the meditation of Shiva by infusing the seeds of love. But the glance of an angry Shiva burned Kamdev into ashes.

Devas and Rati, the wife of Kamdev, prayed before Shiva for the life of Kamdev. Shiva then stared at the ashes and from it appeared a demon named Bhandasura. He was so powerful that he made the entire world his slave. Sage Narada then requested the Devas to perform a yajna an…

Himalayan Dhyan Yatra by Isha Foundation of Sadhguru

Himalayan Dhyan Yatra by Isha Foundation is a pilgrimage arranged by Isha Foundation of Sadhguru to the important spiritual places in the Himalayas in India. The yatra comprises two weeks of meditations, treks and camping in some of the most idyllic yet powerful places in the Garhwal region of the Indian Himalayas. The pilgrimage includes important spiritual destinations like Haridwar, Guptkashi, Kedarnath, Gangotri, Gaumukh etc. Apart from the Himalayan Dhyan Yatra by Isha Foundation of Sadhguru also conducts Kailash Yatra. Both the yatras are open to Indian nationals and also for foreign nationals. The last date of registration for the Himalayan Dhyan Yatra is August 10th. You can do a pre-registration online. Nothing is mentioned about the fees. You will have to get a medical fitness certificate to be part of the Yatra. You can find more details about Himalayan Dhyan Yatra by Isha here.