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Kumbhakarna – Story of Kumbakarna in the Ramayana

Kumbhakarna was the brother of Ravana in the Ramayana. He was the second son of Vishrawas and Kaikasi. As per Srimad Bhagavad Purana, Kumbakarna was the manifestation of Vijaya – the doorkeeper of Vaikunta. He was cursed to be born as demon due to the curse of Sanakadi Rishis.
Kumbhakarna had several magical powers and was huge in size – bigger than an elephant. He roamed around the universe creating havoc. He caused damage to Devas and humans.
Kumbakarna once performed intense austerities dedicated to Brahma at Gokarna along with Ravana. The tapasya continued for several years. Devas were worried that Kumbakara might become even more powerful and destroy the earth and heaven.
Devas took the help of Goddess Saraswati to thwart the evil designs of the huge demon. She promised to help them.
Finally, Brahma appeared before Kumbhakarna and as boon wanted to ask nirdevata – extinction of Devas. But just as he was about to ask the boon, Goddess Saraswati influenced his speech and he asked …

Angala Parameswari – About Goddess Angala Parameswari

Angala Parameswari is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. In this form she is mainly worshipped in Mel Maravattur and Villupuram District in Tamil Nadu. She is believed to be the daughter of Parvatarajan (the lord of mountains) whom the inland fisherman in Tamil Nadu considers as their ancestor.
The popular belief is that she is Adi Shakti who created the entire universe and Hindu Trinity. She is also the wife of Shiva. She also appears on earth to annihilate all those forces that thrive on Adharma.
Legend has it that it was Angala Parameswari who got rid of Kapala from the hand of Shiva. The kapala – the fifth head of Brahma – had made his residence in the hand of Shiva.
It is believed that she gave darshan to her devotees at Mel Maravattur in the form of an ant hill.
Her most favorite spot is the cremation ground. A temporary image of her is created on the cremation ground from ashes, bones and mud for festivals. Permanent structures in cement and stone of her can also be f…

Mariamman Hindu Temple in Singapore

MariammanTemple is one of the first Hindu temples in Singapore and is dedicated to Mother Goddess Shakti. The temple was established in 1827. The ornamental gopuram (entrance tower) of the MariammanTemple is an important landmark in Singapore and is also a national monument. The temple is located at 244 South Bridge Road, in the Chinatown District of Singapore.
Goddess Mariamman is today a popular deity in the region and the temple is visited by thousands of devotees. The Goddess provides relief to devotees from various diseases and She also blesses them with peace and prosperity.
The original murti in the temple was first installed in 1827 by Narain Pillai, a Tamil Immigrant who established one of the first construction companies in the Island. The same murti is still worshipped in the temple.

The temple follows the rituals associated with Amman temple that are followed in Nagapatinam and Cuddalore Districts in Tamil Nadu. Most of the Tamil Hindu migrant workers were from this region…

More one has advanced in Self Realization the less is he dependent on rituals – Swami Vivekananda

Realization of the truth is the essential thing. Whether you bathe in the Ganga for a thousand years or live on vegetable food for a like period, unless it helps towards the manifestation of the Self, know that it is all of no use.
If on the other hand, any one can realize the Atman, without the observance of outward forms, then that very non-observance of forms is the best means.
But even after the realization of Atman, one should observe outward forms to a certain extent for setting an example to the people.
The thing is you must make the mind steadfast on something. If it is steadfast on one object, it attains to concentration, that is, its other modifications die out and there is a uniform flow in one direction.  . . .

The more one has advanced in the realization of the Atman, the less is he dependent on the observances of forms. Swami Vivekananda