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Story of Raksha Bandhan

There are three popular stories associated with Raksha Bandhan. The most popular is the one associated with Vishnu’s Vamana Avatar and King Bali. Another story is mentioned in Bhavishya Purana and another in the Mahabharat. The most popular belief is that Raksha Bandhan ritual started after Goddess Lakshmi made King Bali her brother by tying Rakhi.

Vishnu took Vamana Avatar to help Indra, the king of Devas, who was on the verge of being overthrown by King Bali. The Asura King Bali was going to complete 100 yajnas which would automatically grant him the powers of Indra.
Vishnu promised to help Indra. Vishnu appeared as dwarf Vamana and requested for three portions of land that his feet can measure.
King Bali immediately agreed. Vishnu then took giant form and in two steps measured earth and heaven. As there was no place to keep the third step, King Bali asked Vamana to keep the third feet on his head.
King Bali was thus pushed to the netherworld.
Vishnu was moved by the Bhakti and Dha…

Official Website of Thirunallar Shani temple – Thirunallar Saneeswaran Temple

Thirunallar Shani temple is one of the most popular dedicated to Shani Bhagavan in India. The official administration of the temple has created a website of the temple with all necessary information including history of the temple, how to reach the temple, puja timings, festivals etc. There is also an option for e-puja.

ThirunallarSaneeswaranTemple, also known as Sri Dharbaranyeswarar Swamy Devasthanam, is a rare temple where Shani Bhagavan murti is in blessing form.
Link - Sri Dharbaranyeswarar Swamy Devasthanam Official Website