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Goddess Kanakadurga – About Goddess Kanaka Durga

Mother Goddess Shakti is worshipped in the form of Kanakadurga in the famous KanakaDurgaTemple near Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh. The popular belief is that Goddess Kanakadurga grants the wishes of her devotees immediately.

Legend has it that a Yaksha named Indrakeela worshipped Goddess Shakti. His unwavering devotion got the blessing of Goddess. She granted Indrakeela Her eternal presence to him. The Yaksha then assumed the form of a hill and Goddess resided on the hill.
KanakaDurgaTemple is located on the Indrakiladri Hill.

How Goddess got the name Kanakadurga?
Long ago King Madhava Varma ruled the present region of the temple. Once the prince of the kingdom was convicted of killing infants. The king ordered his son to be hanged till death. Pleased with his righteousness, Devi showered gold and resurrected the dead infants. Thereafter, Vijayawada came to be known as Kanakapuri and Amba as Kanakadurga.
Scholars explain that Goddess Kanakadurga represents the combined form of nine nava…

Documentary of Tirupati Balaji Temple – Venkateswara Vaibhavam Documentary by TTD Made in 1952

Venkateswara Vaibhavam is a documentary made in 1952 by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) in 1952. The documentary is in Telugu. Please note that the murti of Sri Venkateswara Balaji that is shown in the documentary is not the original Murti. A set of the temple was put to show the important rituals on the main murti of the temple.
The documentary is excellent as it provides all the important aspects of the BalajiTemple including important spots, rituals and areas around Tirupati.
A highlight is the prayers that are chanted during the pujas.

Swami Turiyananda - Wise Words

Ordinarily we know only the surface waves of our mind. But through Yoga practice we learn to go deeper.
By watching and studying our own minds we dive below the surface consciousness, and observe what is going on there. Many Samskaras—latent desires and tendencies—are stored up there, waiting for an opportunity to express themselves. These we can discover before they rise to the surfaces. . . The seed is easily getting destroyed, but when it has germinated and grown into a big strong tree, it requires great strength and effort to hew it down. So we must crush our desires in their early, undeveloped stages. Yogis can do this. They keep down undesirable thoughts in the germ state by smothering them beneath thoughts of an opposite nature. Thus they conquer all evil tendencies—hatred with love, anger with kindness and so on.
Man is trying hard to make himself happy. But nothing succeeds unless He wills it. Freedom can be realized in two ways, by identifying oneself with Him and by livin…