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Goddess Varahi and Lalitha Tripurasundari

Goddess Varahi in Shaivite tradition is associated with Goddess Lalitha Tripurasundari. As per this belief, Goddess Varahi is dandanayika, the goddess who punishes those who follow Adharma. She also rewards those devotees who follow Dharma.
It is believed that Varahi stands by the side of Goddess Lalita. She takes commands from her and implements them.
It must be noted that in Vaishnava tradition, Goddess Varahi is the female counterpart of Varaha, the boar incarnation of Vishnu.
She is also worshipped as one of the Saptamatrikas.
Goddess Varahi is also known as Kalamukhi Vartali.

What is the name of Shaivite Musicians who sing in Shiva temples?

Shaivite Musicians who sing in Shiva temples in Tamil Nadu are referred as Oduvar. They chant the Tevaram and are part of the Panar tradition. Panar are musicians in ancient Tamil Society.
The Oduvars have kept the tradition of Tamil music and culture alive for thousands of years.
Panars are believed to be among the four ancient tribes of the Tamil Country.
Today Tevaram is performed in all important Shiva Temples in Tamil Nadu and also in Shiva Temples across the world that are maintained according to Tamil Culture.

Today – March 31, 2014 – Chaitra Navratri Begins – Vasant Navaratri

Chaitra Navratri, also known as Vasant Navratras or Basant Puja or Ram Navratri, is the festival of nine dedicated to Goddess Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati in the spring season in India (March – April). In 2014, Chaitra Navratri begins on March 31, 2014 and ends on April 8, 2014. As it is observed from the first day of the Chaitra month, it is known as Chaitra Navratra and since it is observed in the spring season, some people call Spring Navratri or Vasant Navaratri.
The good time for Ghatasthapana on March 31, 2014 is from 6:39 AM to 10:42 AM.
The nine days of festival is also known as Ram Navratri as the festival ends on the Ramnavami day.
The Vasant Navratri is more popular in North India, especially in Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab and other northern states. Temples in this hill states conduct elaborate festivals and melas during the period.
Read more about Chaitra Navratri
The First day begins with Ghatasthapana - installation of pot with grains.