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Urdhva Ganapati Form of Ganesha

Urdhva Ganapati is counted among the 32 forms of Ganesha. It is believed that this form will help a devotee from all sorts of difficulties by giving refuge in his feet. Urdhva Ganapati mantra is - Kalhaara shali kamalekshuka chapa bandanta Prarohakagadi kanakojwalangaha Alinganaodhatakaro harithangashtaya devya Karotu shubhaha murdhva ganadhipo mey!! Form Urdhva Ganapati is a tantric form of Ganesha and is with a consort who sits on his lap. The goddess on the lap is of green color. The body tone of Urdhva Ganapati is golden. He has eight hands and holds, blue flower, paddy, lotus, sugarcane, bow and arrow, goad, broken tusk and grass sprout. There are no popular temples exclusively dedicated to Urdhva Ganapati form of Ganapati.

Ashada Fridays at Mysore Chamundeshwari Temple

Fridays in Ashada month as per traditional Kannada calendar followed in Karnataka is of great importance at the Chamundeshwari Temple . Special pujas will be held during Ashada Month 2023 Fridays falling on  June 23, June 30, July 7, and July 14. Fridays are of great significance in many temples dedicated to Goddess Shakti in South India . Origin of Goddess Chamundeshwari is mentioned in the Devi Mahatmya and Markandeya Purana. While Goddess Durga was engaged in a battle with demons Chanda and Munda, Goddess Kali emerged from the forehead of Durga and killed Chanda and Munda. Pleased with Goddess Kali, Durga called her Chamunda.

Comic Book on Tirupati Temple from Amar Chitra Katha

Amar Chitra Katha is currently creating a new series of comics on the important Hindu temples in India . The first in the series is on Tirupati Balaji Temple . The comic book focus on the origin and the stories associated with the temple and how the present day temple came into being. The stories in the book are meant to help children understand about the world’s most visited place of worship . From the flyer of the comic book When Vishnu returned to Vaikuntha after his Krishna avatar, Brahma, the creator, began to worry about the earth. Without Vishnu, he was afraid, chaos would ensue. So he and his son Narada, the wandering sage, set in motion a plan to get Vishnu, to return to the earth.  A talking anthill, an arrogant sage, an irate cowherd, and even the asura king Ravana, each have their parts to play in these stories that describe the founding of the Venkateshwara temple at Tirupati. Set amongst the lovely Tirumala hills, this temple to Lord Vishnu, is one of the most beauti