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How to reach Sabarimala by road from Nagercoil in Tamil Nadu?

To reach SabarimalaAyyappaTemple from Nagercoil in Tamil Nadu one has to take the Trivandrum – Kottarakara - Adoor - Pathanamthitta route in Kerala.Another option is to take the National Highway 47 (NH 47) route via Thiruvananthapuram - Kollam – Kayamkulam – then take the road from Kayamkulam to Mavelikkara road.
For pilgrims coming from regions in southern Tamil Nadu like Nagercoil, Sabarimala may be reached via Thiruvananthapuram - Kottarakkara - Adoor - Pathanamthitta. Sabarimala is about 250 kilometers from Nagercoil.
Pilgrims can also arrive via NH 47 from Thiruvananthapuram via Kollam, Kayamkulam, Mavelikkara, Chengannur and Pathanamthitta.

How many Shankh or Conch can be kept in the Puja room in the home?

Shankh or Conch is worshipped in Hindu homes. There is a rule regarding number of Shankh that can be kept in the puja room in the house. The conch used for worship should be placed in the puja room.
You can keep 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 Shankh in the puja room.
It is always ideal to keep just one Shankh in the puja room.
One should never keep two or four conch at home for worship.

Conch Shell Mala or Shankh Mala – Conch Rosaries

Soubhagya Gowri – About Goddess Soubhagya Gouri

Soubhagya Gowri is a manifestation of Goddess Parvati. This is a benign and kind form of Mother Goddess. Soubhagya Gouri blesses her devotees with happy and prosperous married life. It is also believed that she bless childless couples with children. The most important day dedicated to the Goddess is the third day after Amavasya or new moon day.
Soubhagya Gowri puja and vrat is widely observed in North India. Those people who undertake Gouri Yatra in North India include a Soubhagya Gowri temple.
Greatness of the goddess is mentioned in the Kashi Khanda of Skanda Purana.
One of the important Soubhagya Gowri temples is located in Varanasi near AdiVishwanathTemple.

Soubhagya Gowri murti is always adorned in red colored clothes with golden lines.

Hasta Nakshatra Matching Stars for Marriage – Hasta Nakshatra Marriage Compatibility

Hasta Nakshatra matching stars for marriage in details is given below. It is the 13th birth star among the 27 Nakshatra in Hindu horoscope and astrology. Hasta marriage compatibility or the very best matching stars are Ashwini, Bharani, Rohini, Mrigasira, Ardra, Punarvasu, Pushya, Aslesha, Uttara Phalguni (2nd, 3rd, and 4th quarter), Shravan and Revathi
Other good matching stars with Hasta are Krittika, Magha, Purva Phalguni, Uttara Phalguni (1st quarter), Hasta, Chitra (1st and 2nd quarter), Vishaka, Purva Shada, Uttara Shada, Purva Bhadra and Uttara Bhadra.
Chitra (3rd and 4th quarter), Swathi, Anuradha, Jyeshta, Moola and Dhanishta are okay – means not bad.
Birth Star that do not match with Hasta is Sadayam.

Gupt Ganga Temple at Kangra in Himachal Pradesh

GuptGangaTemple is located in KangraTown in Himachal Pradesh. The temple is dedicated to Shiva and Goddess Ganga. GuptGangaTemple is located around 5 km from Kangra Fort and 1km from HateswariTemple.
It is a small temple. There is a small pond in the temple premises. A huge Shivling atop a small temple is also found here.
The popular belief is that Ganga had hid here. The water in the pond is believed to be that of GangaRiver.
The temple is also known as Gupt Ganga Dham and Gupt Ganga Kshetra.

Akhand Jyoti Burning for 108 Years at Akhand Vasini Mandir in Patna

The Tiwari family residing at the road off Golghar in Patna has been keeping an Akhand Jyoti burning for 108 years at their private temple - Akhand Vasini Mandir. The tradition was started by Vishwanath Tiwari in the beginning of the 20th century and the tradition is still continued by the family.
Although a private temple, thousands of devotees visit the shrine during Navratras to have a darshan of the Akhand Jyoti.
The family religiously puts ghee in Akhand Jyoti lamp. Another lamp is also continuously burning for several years and the medium used is pure mustard oil.
Devotees are welcomed on all days of the year.

True happiness is the fruit of a long succession of little decisions simply to be happy in the moment – Swami Kriyananda

The religion of the future will consist in realizing that the infinite love and joy of God are our own deepest reality.
To be a true disciple, we must be open to life, open to truth wherever we find it. In that way, we find many opportunities for growth.
The secret of friendship is exercising discrimination in your choice of friends; preferring sincerity over praise.
Meditation, properly speaking, begins once the thoughts and emotions have been stilled.
True happiness is the fruit of a long succession of little decisions simply to be happy in the moment.

Swami Kriyananda (J. Donald Walters) (1926 – 2013)