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Sankata Devi – About Goddess Sankata Devi

Sankata Devi is a manifestation of Goddess Shakti. In this manifestation, she removes the difficulties of her devotees and blesses them with peace and prosperity. Sankata Devi manifestation is worshipped on the eighth day of the Ashwin Navratri. This is also the Durga Ashtami day.

As per Kashi Kanda, Sankata Devi is the one who vanquishes dangers for her devotees.

Some Puranas describe her as one of the Matrikas. It is said that she along with another nine manifestations of Goddess Shakti tended to a prince of Kashi who was born under an unlucky star. The 9 matrikas along with Sankata Devi became foster mother to the young prince.

The most important day dedicated to Sankata Devi is Friday. Special prayers are offered to her on this day.

A very famous temple dedicated to Sankata Devi is located in Varanasi.

Book – Brahma Dreaming – Hindu Stories with Black and White Illustrations

Brahma Dreaming is narrating several Hindu stories with illustrations of scenes and deities.  The illustrations are in black and white. So, what is new about the book? For Hindus who are aware of these stories, the illustrations provide a fresh approach. To those who are not aware of Hindu stories, the stories and illustrations are a good introduction to the Hindu world.
To an average Hindu reader who is always used to seeing Mata Sita wearing a sari might find it hard to digest Sita in a European gown. Goddess Sati dressed like a Greek Goddess…forget the dresses and the drawing style… the illustrator has done a wonderful job in capturing the essence of the stories. The pictures narrate not just stories but more… Most stories and illustrations attempt to unravel the hidden symbolism.
Brahma Dreaming is written by John Jackson and is illustrated by Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini. About the book
Brahma Dreaming is a collection of mythological adaptations in three parts, each centring on…

How many times should we go around Goddess Durga in Temple?

Circumambulation, or simply going around, of deity in the sanctum sanctorum is an important part of temple visit. But how many times should a devotee go around Goddess Durga in a temple. Now this is a perplexing question as there are no written rules. And the number of times people go around varies from region to region.
But as per majority of pandits, astrologers and pujaris, one should go around Goddess Durga in a temple only one time.
Only one circumambulation should be made in a DurgaTemple.
But there are people who do 3 or 5 or 7. This is also permitted in many regions.
But one should never do 2 or 4 or 6 circumambulation.

Sabarimala Pilgrimage 2017 – 2018 – opening and closing dates of the Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple during November – December 2017 and January 2018

Sabarimala Pilgrimage 2017 – 2018 – opening and closing dates based on traditional Hindu calendar followed in Kerala. The world famous Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple in Kerala remains continuously open only during the famous two month pilgrimage season (November – December – January). In 2017, the date of opening of the AyyappaTemple for Mandalam season is November 16. Here is the schedule for the Sabarimala Pilgrimage in 2017 - 2018: 
The two month pilgrim season, popularly known as Mandala Kalam, attracts millions of devotees to this hill shrine dedicated to Sastha or Ayyappa. The annual pilgrimage begins in mid November and ends in mid January with the Makaravilakku.
Mandala Pooja Mahotsavam Begins on November 15, 2017 at 1730 hrs.
Mandala Masam or Mandala Kalam begins on November 16, 2017 - the 41 day Mandalam Season begins. The Shrine is open on all days.
Mandala Pooja is on December 26, 2017.
Temple closes after Mandala Pooja on December 26, 2017 at 2230 hrs.
The shrine then closes f…

Pearls of Wisdom – Swami Ranganathananda

The profound message of Advaita, the great contribution of the Upanishads: ‘Ekam-evādvitīyaṁ brahma; Brahman is one only, and not two.’ The whole universe—with all beings within it—is an expression of that one Brahman. That means: we are all one. Separatist ideas are due to ignorance. That is the great teaching of the Upanishads. The profoundest ideas that were ever promulgated by the human mind—they are the Upanishads.
All the activities going on in the world are witnessed by the pure Consciousness. That Consciousness is present in the bodies of all beings, from Brahma to the ant below. Swami Ranganathananda