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Yagya Varaha Form of Vishnu

Yagya Varaha is a rare form of Bhagvan Srihari Vishnu and is worshipped in some temples in India . The image of Yagya Varaha can be found on the temple walls, pillars and among sculptures in gopurams. Information about this form of Vishnu is found in the Kashi Khanda of the Skanda Purana. It is believed that those who worship the Yagya Varaha form owill get the same benefits of performing yajnas. The murti of Varaha is with four arms and holds mace (Gada), conch (Shankh) and discus (Sudarshana Chakra). One hand is in protection posture. It is believed that there was a pond named Yagya Varaha Tirtha in Kashi but it is no longer to be found. There is a temple in Kashi that is dedicated to the murti. In sculpture making, the Varaha incarnation of Vishnu is named as Yagya Varaha when He is depicted completely in animal form.

Mangaladevi Temple at Thekkady in Kerala

Mangaladevi Temple at Thekkady in Kerala is a 15 km trek from Kumily through the forest. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Mangaladevi who is closely associated with Kannagi. The temple is located inside the Periyar Tiger Reserve on the Tamil Nadu – Kerala border. The temple remains closed for the entire year except for a single day – the full moon day in Chithirai month (April – May). Darshan and pujas are performed only on this day at the temple. The temple is in a dilapidated condition now. There is proper structure. The structure existing today is made of huge granite stones. The shrine is believed to have been built by Cheran Chenguttuvan, King of erstwhile Chera dynaty around 2,000 years ago. Legend has it that Kannagi, the heroine of famous Tamil poem Silappathikaram - the Epic of the Anklet, reached the area after burning the city of Madurai and disappeared. Mangaladevi Temple is around 7 km by road from Pazhiyankudi in Tamil Nadu.

Purvaphalguni Nakshatra Colour – Which is the Lucky Color of Purvaphalguni Nakshatra?

Purvaphalguni Nakshatra is the eleventh among the 27 Nakshatras in Hindu Astrology. The lucky colors associated with Purvaphalguni Nakshatra are Red and Rose. As per Hindu astrology a particular type of color is dedicated to a certain Nakshatra which is lucky for the birth star. Purvaphalguni Nakshatra is housed in Simha Rashi or Leo Zodiac Wearing red or rose color dress for interviews and other competitions are lucky for those people born in this Nakshatra. The colors to be completely avoided are silver and black.

Diya Burning for 29 Years in This Chhattisgarh Temple

Aradhya Danteshwari Temple located in Bastar District in Chhattisgarh is famous for a Diya which has been burning non-stop for 29 years. The diya was lit in 1985 and it continues to burn thanks to the efforts of local people. The temple is dedicated to Maa Danteshwari and is located in South Bastar . News18 Chhattisgarh reports  In 1985, as a mark of their devotion to the goddess 'Aradhya', four people including the priest of this temple, decided to light up a 'diya' in Maa Danteshwari temple and not let it's flame extinguish come what may, reported Punjab Kesari.  29 years have passed by, and the diya still glows. However, they have not been able to achieve this without the help of others. The Jagdalpur's revenue department officials and locals have also contributed money to get 'ghee' for keeping the 'diya' glowing. Seeing the 'diya' glowing for decades, the devotees feel its the blessing of the goddess that she is show