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Sita Mantra Text in Hindi and English – Sita Gayatri Mantra

Sita Mantra is dedicated to Sita, incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi and wife of Bhagvan Sri Ram. Sita Gayatri Mantra is a powerful prayer chanted for good health, wealth, peace and prosperity. In some communities it is chanted for bringing rains. The mantra in Hindi and English is given below.  Sita Gayatri Mantra Text in Hindi Sita Mantra Text in English Om Janaka Nandinye Vidhmahe Bhumijaya Dheemahee Tanno Sita Prachodayat

Vrishaba Rashi Tree – Which is the tree associated with Rishabha Rashi Born People?

There are trees associated with each 12 Rashis. Vrishaba Rashi also has a particular tree dedicated to it. People born on each Rashi should worship the particular tree. The tree associated and worshipped by Vrishaba Rashi Born People is Devil Tree or Dita Bark. Devil Tree is the English name and the scientific name is alstonia scolaris The Hindi name of the Vrishaba Rashi Tree is Shaitan ka jhar or Chatian The Malayalam name is Daivappala. Tamil Name is Ezilai Pallai. In Marathi it is known as Satvin or Shaitan. Bengali name is Chattim Telugu it is known a Palaigh Rishabha Rashi born people should plant the Devil Tree or Dita Bark. Water it. They should also protect the Devil tree.

Bhakti Vighneshwara Form of Ganesha

Bhakti Vighneshwara is one of the 32 forms of Ganesha. This is a calm and serene form of Ganapati. It is believed that praying to Bhakti Vighneshwara helps in controlling temper. Bhakti Vigneshwara mantra is: Nalikeramarakadali guda payasa dharinam! Sharat chandrabha vapusham bhaje bhakta ganadipam. In murti form, Bhakti Vighneshwara is depicted has having white color. He has four hands – holding coconut, mango, lump of sugar and pot of sweet – payasam. Offering prayers to Bhakti Vighneshwara is ideal for keeping mind calm. It is also believed that this form of Ganesha protects devotees from dangers. In most of the regions this form of Ganapati is referred as Bhakta Ganapati. But there lump of sugar is replaced by flowers in one of the hands of Ganesha. 

Karkidaka Seeveli Ritual at Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple in Trivandrum in Kerala

Karkidaka Seeveli at Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple at Trivandrum  is an annual ritual that is held before the beginning of the Karkidaka Masam as per Malayalam calendar in Kerala. It marks the end of Aanikalabham rituals observed during the period. During the Karkidaka Seeveli, the utsava murtis of Sri Padmanabha, Narasimha and Sri Krishna are taken around the outer courtyard atop the Garuda Vahana. The New Indian Express  The ‘kalabham’ ritual conducted twice a year involves sandal ‘abhishekam’ on the idols of Lord Sree Padmanabha Swamy, Lord Narasimha and Lord Krishna in scented sandal paste. The ritual is conducted in the Malayalam months of Dhanu and Midhunam and the present edition started on July 16. The ritual, held between 8.30 am and 9.30 am, is open to the public, but ‘darshan’ at the sanctum sanctorum is not allowed during the time. Led by temple ‘thantri’ Tharananalloor Parameswaran Namboothiri, the ritual begins with a ‘pooja’ on the ‘abhisravana mandapam.

Mankameshwar Shiva Temple at Saraswati Ghat in Allahabad

Located on the banks of Yamuna near the Saraswati Ghat, Mankameshwar temple is dedicated to Mahadev Shiva and he is known as Mankameshwar Mahadeo. The place is of great importance as Bhagvan Sri Ram, Mata Sita and Lakshman visited the temple when going to Chitrakoot during the exile period in the Ramayana. The Shivling is north facing and the Mankameshwar temple is a small structure. The main offering in the temple include milk, garland of bilva leaves, garland of mandar, roses, marigold and bhang. In the temple complex there is another Shivling dedicated to Siddheshwar Mahadev. There is a huge peepal tree which is also worshipped. One can find murtis and trishul in base of the peepal tree. A huge 10 feet Trishul is worshipped in the temple. People believe that offering prayers to it helps in getting wish fulfilled. There are also murtis of Hanuman and Reenmukteshwar Mahadev. The most important day in the temple is Shivratri. During Shravan month special ab