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Why Goddess Lakshmi is known as Chanchala?

Goddess Lakshmi is also known as Chanchala or the fickle one – liable to sudden and unpredictable change. Goddess Lakshmi as Sridevi blesses devotees with fortune, power, pleasure and prosperity. When society was formed and when Asura King Bali was with the side of Dharma, Sridevi blessed him with prosperity. With Sridevi on his side, Asuras had everything in abundance including food and wealth.

But King Bali once ignored the blessing of Sridevi and declared that he has the power over the earth and he can give anything and as much he desires. Bali forgot that all his prosperity was the blessing of Sridevi. Arrogance led to the downfall of King Bali.
Later, Vishnu in the form of Vamana usurped all his wealth.
The Devas under Indra had become poor and powerless when Sridevi was with King Bali.
Sridevi fed up with the arrogance of King Bali left him and sided with Indra.
For this act, Asuras chided that Sridevi is faithless – yesterday she blessed Bali, today she is with Indra, no one …

Non-Brahmins as Priests in Kerala Temples

Pujas in Kerala Hindu Temples were handled by priests who were Brahmins by birth. The Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB), which manages thousands of temples in Kerala including the famous SabarimalaTemple, have started appointing Non-Brahmins as priests.
Times of Indiareports  In the last two months, the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) filled up 50 out of the 100 posts for pujaris (priests) with non-Brahmins, who will soon start performing rituals in shrines assigned to them among the 2,000 temples under TDB. TDB had conducted a recruitment drive six months ago and interviewed hundreds of applicants belonging to all castes and they selected 199 pujaris, out of which 40% were non- Brahmins.  "Even our ancient scriptures say a person becomes a Brahmin through his deeds and life-style than by birth,'' said additional chief secretary K Jayakumar.

Tripura Sundari Temple Navratri Mela and Festival in Banswara in Rajasthan

TripuraSundariTemple at Talwara in Banswara in Rajasthan is dedicated to Goddess Tripura Sundari, an incarnation of Goddess Shakti. The Navratri Mela and festival in the temple attracts thousands of people. Tripura Sundari Temple Chaitra Navratri Mela 2018 is from March 18 to March 25, 2018. The Ashwin Navratri Mela is from October 10 to October 18, 2018.

The murti of Tripura Sundari has 18 arms and is seated atop a lion. The five-feet high murti made of blackstone. The temple was built in 1483 AD and is located around 10 km from Indragarh Sumerganj Mandi.

The Chaitra and Ashwin Navratri fair attract thousands of people from Rajasthan and nearby states.
Garba Dances are held during the Ashwin Navratri mela.
The temple is around 20 km from BanswaraTown. On the Banswara - Dungarpur Road, take a Left Turn at Talwara (14 km from Nanswara) and go straight (5 km) to reach the mandir.

If you want peace, make the whole world your own – Mother Sarada Devi

If you want peace, make the whole world your own.

In the fullness of spiritual realization, a person finds that the God who resides in his heart resides in the hearts of all.

Forgiveness is a great religious austerity. There is no higher virtue that forbearance.

The goal of life is God-realization and the way is self surrender.

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