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Mantra Devi Temple in Yamunanagar in Haryana

MantraDeviTemple is Yamunanagar in Haryana is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi and is located atop the ShivalikMountain. To reach the temple one has reach Jagadhri, from there take the road to Bilaspur and then by passing through Ranjeetpur and KathgarhVillage to reach the mountain. The motorable route is about 35 Km from Jagadhri. After the motorable road one has to walk nearly four kilometers to reach the shrine. The temple is visited along with the famous Kapal Mochan Tirth.
It is believed that the Goddess first made her appearance here in the form of a Beri tree. Today she is visible here in the form of a pindi.
In the temple, which is in the form of a cave there is a murti of Naranarayana. Apart from this there are murtis of Hanuman and Bharawas.
A nearby mountain is considered sacred and is known as Gurushikhar. On the mountain there are murtis of Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma. 
Other nearby holy places includes Shri Kapal Mochan, Shri Badri Narain, Suraj Kund, Shri Kedar Nath, Shri Rin…

Kalindi River and Shiva – The story of how the waters of Kalindi became black?

Legend has is that the waters of the KalindiRiver mentioned in the Puranas is black. The river turned black after an incident related to Shiva. After the death of Sati, Shiva sat inactive. He performed intense meditation. There was imbalance in the universe. There was no creation. No birth.
Devas assigned Kamdev to instill lust in Shiva. Kamdev sent arrows on Shiva and Mahadev woke up from the meditation. He opened his third eye and burned Kamdev into ashes. But the arrows did the trick and Shiva started calling out loudly the name of Sati. He remembered her.
Finding Sati nowhere and unable to bear the passions created by the arrows, Shiva jumped into the KalindiRiver. The waters of Kalindi became black from that day onwards.

Chettikulangara Temple Kettukazhcha Pictures – Virtual Tour of Kerala Chettikulangara Temple Kumbha Bharani Festival

Chettikulangara Temple located near Thiruvalla Town in Kerala is today one of the most popular temples dedicated to Goddess Shakti (Bhagavathy) in Kerala. Leen Thobias of has created an online virtual tour of Chettikulangara Temple Kettukazhcha. You can view the temple festival pictures in 360 degree. There are total six images of the temple.

The annual festival of Kumbha Bharani is popular for Kettukazhcha – display of huge decorated forms of temple cars known as ‘Kuthiras.’ Therus (Chariots) and two huge idols of Bhima and Hanuman complete the Kettukazhcha. The temple cars are as high as three-storied buildings (70 to 75 feet).

Link - Virtual Tour of Kerala Chettikulangara Temple KumbhaBharani Festival

Sri Ram Thoughts from the Kishkindha Kanda in Ramayana

Fireflies gleam in the thick darkness of the night like hypocrites. The difference between the light of the fireflies and that of the sun is that the light of the fireflies merely illuminates their own presence, whereas the light of the sun illuminates everything. The fireflies vanish in the light of the sun; their glory is only in the dark. Similarly, in the presence of saints and great men, the hypocrites fade away into nothing; they shine only in the company of ignorant people.
A clever farmer weeds his fields carefully to avoid damage to his crops, just as a wise man avoids infatuation, vanity and pride.
The goose is not seen anywhere around, just as righteousness is rare to be seen in Kalyug.
Source – Ramayana talks by Swami Tejomayananda

Bhagavan Sri Ram Teachings in the Ramayana