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Chaitra Month Tuesdays at Taratarini Temple at Berhampur in Orissa

The Tuesdays in Chaitra Month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in Orissa is of great importance at the famous TaratariniTemple at Berhampur in Orissa. This is the most important festival observed at the Tara Tarini Pitha – one of the important Goddess Shakti Temples in India. In 2018, the auspicious dates are March 6, March 13, March 20, and March 27.

More than a million devotees visit the temple during the Chaitra Month. More than 200,000 devotees alone visit the shrine on the four Tuesdays in the month. The highlight of the festival is the offering of hair to the deity by many devotees. Special arrangements are made for this and nearly 1000 barbers work overtime during the period.
The popular belief is that breast of Goddess Sati fell here and thus making it one of the most powerful Shakti Peetah in the country.
Goddesses Tara-Tarini is the presiding deity in most houses in Southern Orissa.
This important and famous Shakta Pitha is situated atop a hill at a distance of …

Story of Revati, wife of Balarama

Revati is the wife of Balarama, the elder brother Krishna. There is an interesting story that narrates the marriage of Balaram and Revati. Revati was born when human beings on earth were of huge size. Reva, father of Revati, wanted the best groom for his daughter. For this purpose, both father and daughter went to Brahma, the creator. The journey, the meeting and the return journey took thousand years. It must be noted here that one human year is one day for the Devas.

Reva and Revati returned to earth and found that the earth has undergone sea change. Human beings were no longer of giant size. The father and daughter found themselves odd amongst human beings of shorter stature.
No man was ready to marry Revati. This made the father and daughter unhappy. The father and daughter moved away from civilization and started leading a rustic life. It is said that Revati used to wrestle with animals and drink large amount of wine.
Balarama too was a huge figure and he was also not happy to m…

A Quiz based on the Holi Festival