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Goddess Sheravali

Goddess Sheravali is one of the numerous names of Durga. Mother Goddess is referred as Sheravali mostly in North India. Goddess Durga is known as Sheravali as her Vahana or vehicle is a lion. ‘Sher’ means lion.

Legend has it that Goddess Durga appeared mounted on a lion in the battle against demon Mahisha. She then defeats the buffalo-headed demon. In some rare images, the lion is depicted as attacking the demon.
One can see sculptures of lion on many temples dedicated to Goddess Durga.
Bhajans praising the Shervali form of Goddess Durga are very popular in North India.

Watch Live Darshan Online from Jetalpur Swaminarayan Temple

ShriSwaminarayanTemple located at Jetalpur is a famous temple dedicated to Bhagavan Shri Swaminarayan. The temple is offering online live darshan free on all days during the important puja period in the temple.

It is believed that the temple was found by Swaminarayan himself.
Link – Live Darshan Online from Jetalpur Swaminarayan Temple

Swami Visharadananda on Bhakti

One has to become a devotee in the true sense of term. A true devotee is sincere to the core. Of course, one can pretend to be a devotee, putting marks on one’s body such as tilakam, chandanam, and vibhuti. But these do not matter to the Lord; a true devotee of God is one who is selfless and self sacrificing.
Bhakti is a relationship formed in the mind between oneself and God. Through Bhakti our mind learns to become subordinate to the object of devotion. In worldly life, our ego does not want to submit to anyone. Rather, it wants to take the driver’s seat. It wants to dominate, manipulate and exploit others. On other hand, in bhakti our ego learns to humble itself, by taking the back seat and submitting to God. It learns to keep its likes (raga) and dislikes (dvesha) aside, and fill the mind with holy thoughts.
We all have emotions. If we do not direct these emotions towards God, we will direct them towards the family and friends. Bhakti is directing our emotions towards God. It is …