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Pingala Ganapati – About Pingala Ganapati Form of Ganesha

Pingala Ganapati is one among the Shakti Ganesha forms of Ganapati. Shakti Ganesha form of ganpati is those in which he is depicted along with a Goddess. Most usually along with Goddess Lakshmi. In Pingala Ganapati form too Ganesh is depicted along with Goddess Lakshmi. Pingala Ganapati murti has six hands – holding a mango, bunch of flowers plucked from Kalpaka Tree, Sugar cane, sesamum, modaka and parashu. Figure of Goddess Lakshmi sits by the side of Pingala Ganapati. Goddess Lakshmi is green in color and wears ornaments. As per some scriptures the shaktis of this form of Ganesha are Shri and Samriddhi.

Gowmariamman Temple at Manakkal near Lalgudi in Tiruchi – Sapta Matrika Temple

Gowmariamman Temple at Manakkal near Lalgudi in Trichy is a Sapta Matrika Temple – dedicated to seven virgin goddesses. The seven virgin goddesses are Brahmi, Maheswari, Vaishnavi, Varahi, Rudrani, Gaumari and Chamundi. The temple is more than 800 years old. The important festivals observed in the temple are the karagam festival after no moon day in Masi month and Navratri. Legend has it that a Chettiappar was once in the region selling his turmeric. He saw seven beautiful ladies and wanted to sell his turmeric to them. But the women were not interested. Later Gaumari in the disguise of a woman came there and asked for turmeric equal to the weight of a flower petal from her hair. But even after putting the whole of turmeric in his hands it could not measure equal to the flower petal. Chettiappar soon realized that the women in front of him were no human beings. He then fell on the feet of Gowmariamman who gave him darshan. He then built temple dedicated to Sapta Matrika