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Shiva and Blue Throat – How Lord Shiva got the Blue Throat?

One of names of Lord Shiva is Neelkantha – he who has a blue neck. Lord Shiva got the blue neck after drinking the lethal poison, Halahala, during the Churning of Ocean (Samudra Manthan) to get Amrita (elixir of life). While the ocean of milk was being churned by the Devas - Demi gods) and Asuras (Demons) using Snake Vasuki as rope, the first thing to appear was a dark sticky foam. It was the dreaded poison Halahala, which had the power to destroy the universe.
The poison started emitting fumes and soon started to spread in water and air. Lord Shiva soon realized that the poison had the power to destroy the cosmos and immediately gathered the poisonous foam in his hands and drank it to save the world.
Goddess Parvathi, got alarmed about the safety of her husband Lord Shiva, caught hold of his neck to avoid poison from entering His body. The poison remained in the throat of Shiva making it blue colored.

Importance of Snake around the Neck of Lord Shiva

Shoorpanakha meeting Sri Ram and Lakshman in Ramayana

The story of Ramayana takes a decisive turn with the entry of Rakshasi Shoorpanakha. She meets Bhagavan Sri Ram, Lakshman and Mata Sita at Panchavati. Bhagvan Sri Ram had set up an ashram there and was residing there in the company of holy saints.
Dandaka forest was the dwelling ground of Shoorpanakha. She used to roam around harassing saints and other living beings in the forest. It was by chance that Shoorpanakha reached the Panchavati area of the Dandaka forest.
She spotted Sri Ram sitting with Mata Sita and immediately fell in love with Sri Ram and wanted to become his wife.
Shoorpanakha was a huge figure. Her eyes were deep red and cruel. She had red hair. Her voice was like thunder. But she could change her form at will.
Shoorpanakha then approached Sri Ram and both introduced each other.
The rakshasi then made her intentions clear that she wanted to marry Sri Ram. The divine then brothers were amused at the request and decided to take her lightly.
Sri Ram said that he was m…

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.

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

GowmariammanTemple at Manakkal near Lalgudi in Tiruchi is a SaptaMatrikaTemple – 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 Matrikas at the spot.

October 2013 is Hindu Awareness and Appreciation Month in California State in United States

To acknowledge the contribution made by Hindu Americans, CaliforniaState will be observing Hindu awareness and appreciation month in October 2013. California Senate passed a resolution in this regard recently.
California is home to 370,000 Hindu Americans.
There are over 50 Hindu temples throughout California and the San Francisco Bay Area is home to over 20 of them. Indian Express reports  The Senate Majority Leader, Ellen Corbett who is widely recognized for her support of the Hindu American community has worked closely with the Washington-based Hindu American Foundation (HAF) in drafting the language of the resolution.  "As the Senator representing the 10th State Senate District, I am honored to represent constituents from many diverse backgrounds, including a significant number of Hindu Americans," Corbett said in a statement.  "California is home to a thriving community of over 370,000 Hindu Americans that enrich our state's diversity and professional assets in…