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Aranya Chandi – About Goddess Aranya Chandi

Aranya Chandi is a powerful manifestation of Goddess Shakti. She is mainly worshipped in Bengal and eastern parts of India . Information about Aranyachandi is found in songs collectively found in the Chandimangala. Goddess Aranya Chandi is the fearless one and is the savior of the oppressed. She resides in the forest. The popular belief is that she is the protector of those that venture into the forest. She protects them from the wild animals and demons. 

Udyapan for Pradosh Vrat – How to do Udyapan of Pradosh Vrat or Fasting? - Udyapan Vidhi For Fasting Dedicated to Shiva

Udyapan is the ritualistic ending of a vrat. Udyapan of Pradosh Vrat is observed after the completion of the Pradosh fasting. Here is a brief description of Udyapan Vidhi for Pradosh Vrat. After the completion of the fast, on the Udyapan day prayers are offered to a Kalash filled with water. This water is then taken to a sacred spot or Shiva temple and poured on the Shivling. Prayer at home involves chanting of ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ as much times as you can 51 or 108 or 1008 times. You can also offer Bilva leaves to a Shivling along with water. As Prasad you can prepare a sweet or offer fruits. This after the puja can be shared with family members, friends, relatives and neighbors. To complete the Udyapan of Pradosh Vrat, you should perform Annadanam or food donation to poor children and old people. This can be performed on the day of Udyapan or on a later date.

Somayaga 2014 in Kerala – Somayagam at Kozhikode in Kerala From February 13, 2014

Somayagam is an important Vedic ritual and it will be conducted in 2014 by the Kasyapa Veda Research Foundation at Kozhikode in Kerala. Somayaga will be held from February 13 to February 19, 2014. Somayagam is a vedic ritual which is more than 6000 years old and the sole purpose of the yajna is the welfare of Mother Earth and all living beings. Acharya M R Rajesh, founder of Kasyapa Veda Research Foundation, talks about the yajna in The New Indian Express So, what in general is the purpose of conducting a Somayagam? ‘’Somayagam is one of the most important constituents of the spiritual practices of the Vedas.  The yagam is a demonstration of the fundamental laws of the universe. The yagasala is conceived to be the body of both the human being and the universe. It has been taught and prescribed in the Vedic texts by Vedic scholars that the yagasala has several parts representing the different parts of the body. The yagam is an offering for the entire good of this body or r