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Story of Ashtavakra

Sage Ashtavakra was one of the greatest sages of ancient India and had composed the famous Ashtavakra Gita. The story of Ashtavakra is very interesting. His parents were Sage Khagodara and Sujata. It is said when Ashtavakra was in womb of Sujata, he criticized his father for wrongly chanting the Vedas.
Ashtavakra used to listen to Vedas when he was in womb. He learned it and once suggested to his father that he was chanting a mantra wrongly and the sounds created by each syllable matters.
Sage Khagodara got angry and cursed the baby to be born crooked and with curves. The sage out of ignorance believed that the baby was being arrogant.
Sage Khagodara was very poor and once he went to take part in a debate in the court of Janaka hoping to win some prize. There he got into a debate with Vandina, a scholar in the court. The deal was that one who lost in the debate will perform Jal Samadhi, die by jumping into river.
Sage Khagodara lost the debate and performed Jal Samadhi.
Sujata then …

Official Website of Kollur Mookambika Temple in Karnataka

MookambikaTemple located at Kollur in Udupi District of Karnataka is one of the most famous temples dedicated to Mother Goddess. The management of the temple has created an official website of the temple with all important details including history, timing, darshan details, puja, contact details, e-seva and e-donation facility.

The information in the website is available in Kannada and English
Link - Official Website of Kollur Mookambika Temple 

It is in the mind alone that one feels pure and impure – Mother Sarada Devi

Everything depends on the mind. Nothing can be achieved without purity of mind. It is said, “the aspirant may have received the grace of the Guru,…but he comes to grief without the grace of ‘one’. That ‘one’ is the mind. The mind of the aspirant should be gracious to him.
By the realization of God the mind becomes pure, and through a pure mind one attains knowledge and awakening.
The mind is everything. It is in the mind alone that one feels pure and impure.
As clouds are blown away by the wind, the thirst of material pleasures will be driven away by the utterance of the Lord’s name.
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