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Darshan of special Murti of Goddess Annapurna in Varanasi only on Dhanteras and Annakut Day in a Year

AnnapurnaTemple in Varanasi is dedicated to Goddess Annapurna Devi. There is a unique murti of Goddess Annapurna in the Temple. Devotees can have darshan of it only on Dhanteras and Annakut day. Annakut is observed on Kartik Shukla Paksha Pratipada or the first day during waxing phase of moon in Kartik Month. In 2018, the temple is open from November 6 to November 8. Annakut is on November 8. This is the Annakut day, which falls the day after Diwali.
The belief is that whosever opens the door of the temple other than on Annakut day will die. The temple doors are kept open only for three days in a year starting from Annakut day.
The temple houses murtis of Goddess Annapurna, Vishwanath, Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi. A unique aspect of the Annapurna and Shiva murti is that Shiva is depicted as receiving alms from the Goddess.
On the Annakut day, 56 types of food are offered to the deities including fruits, sweets, boiled rice and pulses. This is later distributed as Prasad. The food is pl…

Chintaman Ganesh Fair and Jatra in Chaitra Month at Ujjain Chintaman Ganesh Mandir

Ujjain Chintaman Ganesh Mandir is a very popular temple dedicated to Ganesha in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. On every Wednesday in Chaitra Month a fair and jatra is held in the temple. Chaitra Month 2018 is from March 2 to March 31.
During the Jatra, the murti of Chintaman Ganesh is adorned with flowers, natural colors, sandal paste, vermillion and leaves.
The temple is located at the Chintaman Jawasiya village, which is around 5 km from the temple.
The temple is famous for a Swayambhu Ganesh murti.

Hindu Scriptures on Everlasting happiness

The person who is intelligent and wise and who knows what defects lie hidden in the objects [of enjoyment], knows how to free himself from the bonds of desire. Only such a person is fit to tread the path that leads to liberation. (Sarva-Vedanta-Siddhanta-Sarasangraha, 61)
The intelligent man gives up happiness and sorrow by developing concentration of mind on the Atman and thereby meditating on the ancient Deity who is inscrutable, lodged inaccessibly, located in the intellect, and seated in the midst of heart. (Katha Upanishad, 1.2.12)
Everlasting happiness is for those, and not for others, who are wise and realize as seated in their intellect him who is one and independent, who makes diverse the single seed of the many actionless (beings). (Shvetashvatara Upanishad, 6.12)