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Goddess Chamundi Devi

Goddess Chamundi Devi is one of the most popular forms of Goddess Durga. The origin of Goddess Chamundi 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 Chamundi.

There is another legend which says that Goddess Chamundi appeared to lap up the blood that fell from the body of demon Rakta Bija. The demon had received the boon that a drop of blood from this body that fell on the ground will produce thousands of demons of equal strength. In this form, she is known as Rakta Chamundi.

Puranas contains numerous details of Goddess Chamundi. One legend mentions that she is one among the seven forms of Shakti that came to help Shiva while he was a waging a battle with Andaka.

Goddess Chamundi symbolizes death, disaster, distress and destruction of Mother Nature.

Goddess Chamundi is kind and co…

Kolu Photo Contest 2011 during Navarathri by The Hindu

Bommai Kolu, or Bommala Koluvu, is the artistic display of dolls by women during Navarathri and Dusshera in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and among certain communities in Kerala. The Hindu newspaper is conducting a Kolu Photo Contest this Navratri – Kolu Kondattam. To participate all you need to do is to send a picture of the kolu you created in your home by September 30, 2011.
Winners will get cash prize and also will have their kolu pictures published in the Hindu.
You can download the registration form here from the Hindu newspaper.

Entries can send to
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Pradosham October 2017 Dates – Monthly Fast Dedicated to Shiva in October 2017

Pradosham is a monthly fasting day dedicated to Hindu God Shiva. The day occurs twice during the Hindu lunar month. Pradosham dates in October 2017 – October 3 and October 17. Prayers are offered to Shiva and Goddess Parvati during the twilight period on the day.

Pradosham as the name indicates is a period just before sunset and after sunset. Loosely the Pradosham period is between 1.5 hours before sunset and 1 hour after sunset.
Devotees fasting on the Pradosham day, break their fasting after the evening prayers.

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Today’s Hindu Calendar – September 28, 2011 – Tithi, Vrat, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on September 28, 2011 – Shukla Paksha Pratipada or the first day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Pratipada Tithi till 2:47 PM September 28, 2011. After 2:47 PM it is Shukla Paksha Dwitiya or the second day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra– Hasta or Hastam or Atham Nakshatra till 4:25 PM on September 28, 2011. Afterwards it is Chitra or Chithirai Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kanya Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Navratri begins. Ghatasthapana.
Ashwin Shukla Paksha Pratipada or first day during the waxing or light phase of moon in Ashwin month in calendars followed in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
Ashwin Shukla Paksha Pratipada or first day during the waxing phase of moon in Ashvin month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh…

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