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Agni Durga – About Goddess Agni Durga Form of Goddess Shakti

Agni Durga is a manifestation of Goddess Durga. This is a unique form of Mother Goddess Shakti as she has three eyes like Shiva. The description of her form is given in Agamas. She takes her name from her brilliant complexion like the lightning.

Vehicle or Vahana of Agni Durga is a lion.
She has eight hands and they hold disc, sword, shield, arrow, noose and goad. Two hands are in varada and tarjani mudra (blessing and warning).
A unique feature of the image of Agni Durga is that she is usually depicted along with two celestial women. They stand by her sides and hold sword and shield in their hands.
This is a fierce form of Goddess Durga. She is basically worshipped for getting protection from enemies.
There are no known temples that is exclusively dedicated to Agni Durga. She is found as minor deity in certain Goddess Shakti temples. She is also depicted on many temple walls in painting and also in pillars in sculpture form.

About Official Website of Panachikkadu Saraswathi Temple in Kottayam in Kerala

PanachikkaduSaraswathiTemple located near Kottayam in Kerala is a famous temple dedicated to Goddess Saraswati. The temple management has created an official website of the temple with important festival details including Navratri and Vidyarambham. PanachikaduSaraswathiTemple is one of the important temples in Kerala where children are initiated into the world of learning.
The temple is known as Dakshina Mookambika. The temple is located at PanachikkaduVillage which is around 11 km from KottayamTown.
Link – Official website of Panachikkadu Saraswathi Temple.

Today – October 16, 2012 – Navratri Begins

Navratri, also known as Navratras, is the festival of nine nights dedicated to Goddess Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati in the autumn season in India (September – October). In 2012, Navratri begins on October 16, 2012 and ends on October 23, 2012. It is observed during the Shukla Paksha of Ashwin month and Durga Puja, Dasara and Vijaya Dasami are also observed during the period.

The First day begins with Ghatasthapana - installation of pot with grains.
Fasting is an important part of the nine days in most regions.  Vegetarian food is preferred during the period. Some people opt for single meal on certain days of the period.
In South India, the period is famous for Saraswati Puja and the arrangement of Bommai Kollu dolls. Navratri concerts are also very popular in South India.
In western parts of India, the Navratras are popular for the Dandya dance.
In North India, importance is given to Kalash Sthapana and prayers and fasting during the period.
In eastern parts of India, it is the Durg…