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Why Hanuman Felt No Pain When His Tail Was Set On Fire in Lanka?

Hanuman’s tail is set on fire in Lanka but Hanuman feels no pain – this wonderful incident is mentioned in the Sundhara Kanda of Ramayana. Hanuman who allowed himself to be captured by Indrajit is taken to the court of Ravana. Here Hanuman tries to reason with Ravana regarding the release of Mata Sita.
Demon King Ravana does not listen to Hanuman but decides to kill Him. Vibhishana, brother of Ravana, argues that it is not as per Dharma to harm a messenger. Finally, Ravana decides to punish Hanuman by setting His tail on fire.
Rakshasis rushed to Sita to inform her about the decision of Ravana.
Mata Sita is horrified at the fate of Hanuman. She then invokes Agni, the god of fire. Sita says that if it is true that she has served her husband as her only lord, if it is true that she has observed all vrats and performed tapas with pure mind, then Hanuman should not feel the heat of fire.
Agni then blesses Hanuman.
Hanuman whose tail was set on fire too was amused that even though it was…

Story of Urvashi and King Pururavas

Story of Urvashi and King Pururavas is found in the Srimad Bhagavad Purana and Padma Purana. Pururavas was the son of Budha and Ila. He was a great ruler and warrior. He even won several battles for Indra by defeating demons that tormented heaven and earth.
While Pururavas was ruling earth, Urvashi the celestial maiden was cursed by Brahma to be born on earth (In some Puranas it is mentioned that she was cursed by Sage Bharata).
Urvashi who had heard about the greatness of Pururavas met him. The king was bewitched by the beauty of Apsara Urvashi and wanted to marry her.
She agreed to marry him on three conditions: He would keep her two lambs under safe protection. He would allow her to live on ghee. He would never appear naked before her.
The king agreed to all the conditions and lived happily with her.
Urvashi was one of the greatest dancers in heaven and Indra and other Devas were missing her. So they decided to get her back to heaven.
Gandharvas were deputed to bring back Urvashi…

Ashtadasa Bhuja Mahalakshmi Durga Temple at Kurichi near Pattukottai in Tamil Nadu

AshtadasaBhujaMahalakshmiDurgaTemple at Kurichi houses a very rare murti of Goddess Durga. The murti here is made of Navapashana – containing 9 herbal ingredients. The murti worshipped in the temple has 18 hands (ashtadasaujam). It is seated on a lion and is 12 feet tall.
The murti worshipped in the temple is believed to have the combined energy of Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswathi.
The Vinayaka murti in the temple is located under a Rudraksha Tree.
The widespread belief is that Mother Goddess here cures serious illness. People also pray here to get rid of marriage delays and child birth.
AshtadasaBhujaMahalakshmiDurgaTemple timing is from 6:00 AM to 11:00 AM and from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

AshtadasaBhujaMahalakshmiDurgaTemple is located in Kurichi village, 10 km from Pattukottai on the Pattukottai-Aranthangi road.