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Haridwar Chandi Devi Temple

ChandiDeviTemple is a must visit temple for those visiting Haridwar. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Chandi. Legend has it that Chanda and Munda were annihilated by Goddess Chandi here. The main Murti in the temple is Swayambhu (appeared on its own) – the murti that is worshiped was consecrated by Adi Shankaracharya in the 8th century. The temple is also one among the Panch Tirth in Haridwar.
Situated atop the Neel Parvat, the temple was constructed in 1929 by Suchat Singh, King of Kashmir.
Located 4 km from Hari ki Paudi in Haridwar.
The temple is a 3-km trek from Chandi Ghat.

The ChandiDeviTemple is now also accessible by a ropeway, which starts near the GauriShankarTemple.
ChandiDeviTemple is open from 5:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Nearby Temples include MansaDeviTemple, NeeleshwarTemple, NageshwarTemple and the temple dedicated to Anjana Devi, mother of Hanuman.

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If interested read more about Goddess Chandi here.

Story of Mandodari, wife of Ravana

Mandodari, the wife of Ravana, was a very beautiful woman. It is believed that Mandodari got the celestial beauty as a result of the blessing of Shiva. Legend has it that in her previous birth Mandodari was a celestial damsel named Madhura. She took birth as a woman on earth as result of a curse by Goddess Parvati by which she became a frog. The story of the previous birth of Mandodari is found in the Uttara Ramayana.

Celestial damsel Madhura was an ardent devotee of Shiva and used to observe the Somvar Vrat (Monday fasting) dedicated to Shiva. One Monday after observing Somvar Vrat, Madhura went to Kailash to meet Shiva. Goddess Parvati was not present at Kailash at this time.
When Goddess Parvati returned, She found Madhura and Shiva at Kailash. Goddess Parvati became jealous as Madhura who was a very beautiful woman. She doubted both Shiva and Madhura. In a fit of anger, Goddess Parvati cursed Madhura to live as a frog for twelve years in a well. Shiva was moved by the plight of M…

God helps those who help themselves – Swami Tapovan

Even as satisfaction of hunger is the perceptible result of eating, cheerfulness of the mind and sense of peace are the tangible results of devout worship. With regular uninterrupted practice of worship and godly life, cleanliness of mind and feeling of peace will grow from more to more. That miserable state in which common, paltry things upset the mind will cease. The bright cheerfulness of mind is covetable in life as beatitude is after death.

As a result of the unbroken contemplation of Self, sparks of Self-realization begin to flit about in the mind like flashes of lightning. Along with it a great feeling of joy pervades the mind. Objects of the senses and sensuous persons can no longer tempt or attract the mind now. In the early stages of sadhana however, aspirants must be careful about sensuous objects and those who are after them since they agitate the mind.
Grace of self means self effort. God helps those who help themselves. By the grace of God an aspirant comes into contact…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – February 9, 2012 – Tithi, Vrat, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on February 9, 2012 – Krishna Paksha Dwitiya orthe second day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Pratipada tithi tithi till 2:23 AM on February 9, 2012. Then onwards it is Krishna Paksha Dwitiya. Krishna Paksha Dwitiya tithi ends at 12:57 AM on February 10. All time based on India Standard Time.

Nakshatra – Magha or Makam Nakshatra till 12:49 PM on February 9, 2012. Then onwards it is Purvaphalguni or Pooram Nakshatram
Rashi or Moon Sign – Simha Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Magh Krishna Paksha Dwitiya or second day during the waning phase of moon in Magh month in calendars followed in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.
Phalgun Krishna Paksha Dwitiya or second day during the waning phase of moon in Phalgun month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Or…