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Rama’s Anger against Varuna, the Sea God, in Ramayana

Rama, Lakshman, Sugriva, Hanuman and the Vanara Sena were looking for means to cross the ocean to reach Lanka. Rama sat in meditation near the sea hoping Varuna, the sea god, will appear before him and help him. But Varuna did not appear and Rama became angry. This incident is found in the Yuddha Kanda of Ramayana.

Rama in anger decides to punish the sea god by draining all the waters. He decided to shoot arrows and burn up the ocean.
Arrows after arrows hit the ocean and there was upheaval in the sea. Animals in the sea came to the surface in fear. The waves rose higher and higher.
Lakshman tried to reason with Rama. He asked him to refrain from the dreadful decision to drain the sea.
Heavenly beings assembled in the sky and pleaded with Rama.
But Rama was not ready to listen to them as he wanted to teach an arrogant Varuna a lesson.
Rama then invoked the Brahmastra. There was utter confusion all around. Animal were crying out in panic. Storms blew uprooting trees. Sun hid behind cl…

Goddess Jaladurga

Goddess Jaladurga is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. Legend has it that Mother Goddess got the name Jaladurga after she made water her abode. Mother Goddess appeared as Bhadrakali to annihilate demon Darigasura. The demon had got the boon that he will not be killed by men and gods.

Dharika believed he was invincible and created havoc on the world. The Gods took refuge at the feet of Shiva. Shiva then opened his third eye and Mother Goddess appeared as Bhadrakali. Bhadrakali, being a Goddess, was exempt from the boon granted by Brahma to Dharika that, neither man nor God could kill him.
Bhadrakali overpowered Dharika and to cool her anger (Roudra Bhava) against demonic forces she made water her abode.
Temples of Goddess Jaladurga are found to be on the banks of ponds and rivers.
The most famous temple is KuzhippillykavuJaladurgaTemple at Perambavoor near Kochi in Kerala. Here the murti of Mother Goddess is located inside a pond.
Another famous temple is the Chitrapura Durga…

Periya Kandi Amman Temple at Veerapur near Trichy in Tamil Nadu

PeriyaKandiAmmanTemple is located at Veerapur which is around 14 km from Manapparai in Trichy District in Tamil Nadu. Legend has it that a five-headed snake did penance at Veerapur to get Goddess Parvati has daughter. Goddess Parvati was pleased with the penance and she was born as Periya Kandi Amman.
It is said that Periya Kandi Amman was a eunuch. Periya Kandi Amman then did penance to get rid of the form and appear as female. Shiva then appeared before her and told that two brothers will be killed in the region and when their sister appears before her she will get back her female form.
Long time later the area was ruled by Ponnar and Shankar. A neighboring ruler named Thalayur Kali was jealous of the brothers. He used various trick to create fight between the brothers. Finally he succeeded in killing one of the brothers. The other brother hearing about the news of the death of his brother killed himself.
The sister of the brothers came crying to Periya Kandi Amman temple. On witn…

7000-year-old Nandeeshwara Temple at Malleswaram – Buried and Discovered Recently

NandeeshwaraTemple at Malleswaram near Bangalore was buried underneath. When people removed the soil what they found was a 7000-year-old temple in perfect condition.
NandeeshwaraTemple is enclosed within a stone cut courtyard supported by stone pillars. At the far end of the courtyard, a Nandi was carved out of a black stone with eyes painted in gold. From its mouth a clear stream of water flowed directly on to a shivalinga made out of the same black stone at a lower level.
The temple is located at 17th Cross area in Malleswaram.  Times of India reports  There were steps that led to a small pool in the centre of the courtyard where the water flowed and collected. The pool's centre had a 15 feet deep whirlpool.   Everything remains the same today. Nobody knows where the water comes from and how it passes from the mouth of the nandi idol on to the shivalinga. Nobody knows how the whirlpool came into being. The source of water, the sculptor, even the time when it was built remains a my…

Nagachandresvara – Shiva as Nagachandreshwar

Nagachandresvara is the murti of Shiva that is worshipped on the uppermost tier of the MahakaleshwarTemple in Ujjain. The darshan of the murti only happens on Nag Panchami day as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India.
Shiva is the one who wears nagas or snakes as ornaments.  Chandra, the moon god, adorns the matted locks of Shiva. Thus he is Nagachandresvara Shiva.
Nagachandresvara murti at MahakaleshwarTemple in Ujjain is very ancient and very unique.

Thousands of devotees queue up on Nag Panchami day for the rare darshan of this murti.

Hariyali Teej 2017 date

Hariyali Teej is an important ritual observed by women in North India in the Shravan Month. Hariyali Teej 2017 date is July 26. It is observed three days after Shravan Amavasi and is the first of the three important Teej festivals in North India. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. On the day, women pray for the welfare of their husbands and for a happy married life.

In some regions, Hariyali Teej is dedicated to the eternal love of Lord Krishna and Radha. Some Hindu communities worship Chand or Chandra – the moon god - on the day. The day is also of great importance in Vrindavan.

Numerous fairs and festivals are also observed on the day in many parts of North India, especially in Rajasthan where color processions of the idols of Goddess Parvati are taken out.

You can find more details about Hariyali Teej in this article.