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Sugriva Fighting Ravana in the Ramayana

Before the actual battle in the Ramayana begins, Sugriva acts impulsively and jumps toward Lanka to fight Ravana. In anger he rushes towards Ravana who was standing on the terrace of his palace. Ravana was surprised by the visit of Sugriva. But Ravana gained his composure and got hold of Sugriva and pushed him to the ground. Sugriva then caught hold of Ravana and threw him down. The two then was engaged in wrestling and both were wounded. When Ravana realized that he cannot defeat Sugriva in combat, he adapted Maya (magic). Ravana began to disappear and appear to confuse Sugriva. Sugriva who realized his limitations jumped back to where the Vanara army was stationed. Rama then chided Sugriva for acting impulsively. Rama said that he cannot bear the loss of Sugriva and he should not act rashly again.

Paramakudi Muthalamman Temple in Tamil Nadu

Muthalamman Temple is located at Paramakudi in Tamil Nadu and the shrine is dedicated to Muthala Parameswari or Muthalamman, a manifestation of Goddess Shakti. The temple is located on the banks of Vaigai River .  The murti of Muthala Parameswari Amman is in kind and benevolent form. She has four arms and holds Trident, Kabala (skull), Kataka and damaruka. Her Vehicle lion is also present in the sanctum sanctorum. The most important festivals in the temple are Panguni Brahmotsavam, Aadi and Masi festivals and Navratri. The Masi festival of showering flowers attracts thousands of people. The murti of Goddess is completely covered with flowers in the ritual. The Panguni Brahmotsavam is of great significance. In the Brahmotsavam,  Muthalamman gives darshan to devotees riding on a Rishabha. The temple also has murtis of Nagas, Marthandi Amman, Pothiraja, Karuppaswami and Hanuman. The temple is an important shrine in the region for Naga Dosha. Mother Goddess is believed t

Online Course in Making Clay Ganesh Idol – Learn to make clay eco-friendly Ganapati Murti for Vinayaka Chaturthi

If you are interested in making eco-friendly clay Ganesh idol for this Vinayaka Chaturthi, then Pune-based Mandar Marathe is offering online course in making clay Ganapati Murti. He is also offering course at his workshop in Pune.   The online course is priced at $30. This course is divided into 4 sections. Making the basic structure, modelling the 4 hands, making the face, the trunk and lastly, adding ornaments and other details to the idol. The course has videos that have cumulative run time of about 3.25 hours. You can find more details about the course here.