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Gayatri Navratri

Gayatri Navratri, or Maa Shakambari Devi Navratra, is observed during the Ashada or Ashara Month (June – July). In 2018, Gayatri Navratri festival begins on July 13 and ends on July 21. This Navratri is popularly known as Gupt Navratri or Ashada Navratra. The nine-days are dedicated to the worship of the various forms of Goddess Shakti.
Ashada Navratri is mainly dedicated to the worship of Goddess Varahi, one of the Sapta Matrikas (Seven Mothers). This Navratri festival is more popular in North India and in certain parts of Andhra Pradesh.
Goddess Gayatri is also worshipped during this Navratri. But she is not worshipped during the Sharan Navratri (September/October).
Ashada Navratri is celebrated as Guhya Navratri in Himachal Pradesh. 
The nine-day festival of Ashada Navratri is of importance at the KanakaDurgaTemple in Vijayawada and in the BadrakaliTemple in Warangal. The festival here is known as the Shakambari Navratras.

Story of Lord Vithal at Pandarpur – Story of Panduranga Vittala

Lord Vithal, or Panduranga Vittala, is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu and is worshipped in the world famous PandarpurRukminiVithalTemple at Pandarpur in Maharashtra. There is an interesting story that explains about the incarnation of Lord Vithal at Pandarpur.
Once a devotee named Pundalik was traveling to Kashi and reached the Ashram of Saint Kukkut. He asked the sage the way to Kashi. Kukkut Rishi said that he did not know the way to Kashi and he had never been there.
Pundalik made fun of Kukkut Rishi for not knowing the way to Kashi and said that a holy man like him should have already visited Kashi. Kukkut Rishi kept quiet and did not bother to answer Pundalik. During the course of the night Pundalik heard the voice of women in the ashram. 
He came to out to look what was happening and saw that three women were sprinkling water on the Ashram and cleaning it.
On enquiry, Pundalik found out that the three women were Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswathi and they had come to clean the Ashram…

Five Jagannath Murtis (Idols) Worshipped in Puri Jagannath Temple

In the PuriJagannathTemple there are five Jagannath Murtis (or idols) that are worshipped. The main murti is found in the Ratnavedi in the main sanctum sanctorum at Puri Jagannath temple. There are four other Murti worshipped in the Jagannath temple.
Two of the murtis are found in the inner compound of the main temple and two are found in the outer compound. All the four murtis have a story, history and religious reason for being in the temple.
Patitapaban Jagannath – This murti is found in the entrance – Simhadwar – of the temple. This murti is for all those people who cannot enter the main temple due to various reasons.
Tirtheswar of Puri – This murti is found in the western part of the main temple. The temple is known as Charidham Mandir or Rameswar Mandir. The murti here is the representation of murtis worshipped at Badrinath, Rameshwar and Dwaraka. Worshipping the four together is equal to visiting the four dhams.
Neelamadhab – This murti is located in the inner compound. This murt…