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Hanuman Sits on a Seat Created by His Tail in Ravana’s Court, Story

One of the famous incidents in Ramayana is Hanuman creating a seat using his tail and sitting in Ravana’s court when he is denied a seat by Ravana. Hanuman reaches in Lanka in search of Sita and finds her in the Ashokavana garden. Hanuman gives the message from Sri Ram and decides to test the strength of Ravana. He wrecks havoc in the garden and kills numerous soldiers and Akshaya, the young son of Ravana.
Finally, Hanuman is ensnared by Indrajit, the eldest son of Ravana. Indrajit had to use a divine noose to capture Hanuman.
Bound by Indrajit, Hanuman is brought before Ravana who sits on a high majestic throne.
Since Hanuman is a representative of Sri Ram, he requests to be given a seat in the court and treated with dignity.
Ravana refuses him a seat and mocks Hanuman for his monkey form and Sri Ram for sending a monkey as an emissary.
Hanuman then causes his tail to expand and then coils it on the floor of the courtroom and forms a high tower and sits atop it with dignity.
Hanuman …

Purushottamakshetra Mahatmya to Be Published in English – Odia and Regional Languages in India

Jagannath Temple Administration is all set to publish Purushottamakshetra Mahatmya in English and regional languages in India. Purushottamakshetra Mahatmya is considered to be the authoritative holy text on pujas, rituals and festivals dedicated to Hindu God Jagannath. Purushottamakshetra Mahatmya is part of the Skanda Purana.
Purushottamakshetra Mahatmya is found in the Utkala Khanda section in the Skanda Purana and consists of 3,600 Shlokas.  Indian Express reports
According to Puri King Gajapati Dibyasingh Deb, it was Baba Chaitanya Charan Das who had started the book version of it and Mumbai-based Venkateswara Press had published the book which has gone out of print now. “We are working not only on how to revive the edition but also in multiple languages,” he said.  Since the religious text is in Devanagri script, the attempt is to get Odia and English versions of the work while efforts will be made to diversify into Hindi as well as Bengali too. The whole attempt, according to the…