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Mahishasuramardini Form of Goddess Durga

The form Mother Goddess Durga took to kill buffalo-headed-demon Mahisha is referred as the Mahishasuramardini form. This form of Durga is beyond imagination. Words cannot capture the Mahishasuramardini form. But as we humans are used to forms, ancient sages of Hinduism gave a form to the unimaginable form.
Demon Mahisha threatened the cosmic order. Demi gods, human beings and all living beings were helpless and they requested Mother Goddess Durga to subdue him.
To defeat the demon, the power of each god was given to Goddess Durga. Armed with the weapons of the gods, including Shiva's trident and Vishnu's discus, Durga rode out on her lion and defeated Mahisha in the battle.
In most of the Mahishasuramardini form, demon Mahisha appears from the severed neck of the buffalo as a man with a sword and shield. Durga carries two quivers of arrows over her shoulder, and holds a sword and trident with which she kills the demon. Her lion-mount joins in the fight, biting Mahisha's …

Huge Statues (Idols) of Hindu Gods is the new attraction on Cuddalore Highway in Tamil Nadu

Small temples along the Highway in Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu is currently attracting visitors thanks to the huge statues (idols) installed by local Godmen and small temples in the region. Currently there are four huge statues of Goddess Kali, Hanuman and Murugan in the region – all of them are above 50 feet.
These huge statues are made using cement and steel bars.
The new statues are:
81-foot tall cement idol of Thillaivana Kalli Amman at CuddaloreOldTown on the Puducherry-Chidambaram road.
51 feet tall at Andimadam.
30-feet high Murugan atop a temple at Kullanchavadi on the Cuddalore-Vriddhachalam road.
30-feet tall Hanuman Sculpture at Kumarapuram near Cuddalore. The New Indian Express reports

In an emerging trend, gigantic idols or ‘Vishwaroopams’ of Hindu divinity tower over the skyline along the highways in Nadunadu — as places falling under present-day Villupuram, Cuddalore and Ariyalur districts are described in ancient Tamil literature — sidestepping the rich spiritual traditio…

Nag Panchami Quotes – Poem of Sarojini Naidu

Shining ones, awake, we seek your chosen temples
In caves and sheltering sandhills and sacred banyan roots;
O lift your dreaming heads from their trance of ageless wisdom
And weave your mystic measures to the melody of flutes.
(O Snakes or Nagas) Guard our helpless lives and guide our patient labors,
And cherish our dear vision like the jewels in your crests;
O spread your hooded watch for the safety of our slumbers
And soothe the troubled longing that clamor in our breast.
Swift are ye as streams and soundless as the dewfall
Subtle as the lightning and splendid as the sun.
Seers are ye and symbols of the ancient silence,
Where life and death and sorrow and ecstasy are one. Sarojini Naidu
Excerpts from poem titled – The festival of serpents by Sarojini Naidu

Famous Snake Temples in India

Snake temples, or Naga Shrines, are found mainly in South India. Here again exclusive Nagaraja Temples are few. Majority of the shrines are either dedicated to Shiva or Subrahmanya (Kartik) but the naga worship is more famous. Here are few famous Snake Temples in India.
MannarasalaTemple at Haripad in Kerala This temple is exclusively dedicated to Nagas. The main murti worshipped in the temple is Nagaraja and Nagayakshi. The temple has small forest cover and ponds. The inner premises of the shrine give the feeling of ancient sacred grooves dedicated to Nagas. (You can learn more about the temple here atthe official website)
KukkeSubrahmaniyaSwamiTemple KukkeSubramanyaTemple is a popular HinduTemple located at Subrahmanya, Sullia Taluk, Dakshina Kannada District in Karnataka. Lord Subrahmanya is worshipped here but the temple is famous as Naga or SnakeTemple as divine serpent Vasuki and other snakes found safety here. The temple is famous for alleviating Sarpa Samsakara or Sarpa Dosha. (…

Baleshwar Mahadev Mandir – Baleshwar Shiva Temple at Champawat in Uttarakhand

BaleshwarTemple at Champawat in Uttarakhand is dedicated to Mahadev Shiva. The mandir is unique as the architecture is similar to temples in west and southern part of India. The group of temples at Baleshwar is dedicated to Shiva, Ratneshwar, Bali and Sugriv. The temple is located around 75 km from Pithoragarh.

The main temple is dedicated to Shiva as Baleshwar. Black granite Shivling with a small five-hooded naga forming canopy is worshipped in the main shrine.
The main temple was constructed by the Chand dynasty during the 14th century.
The main attraction of the temple is its architecture. Magnificent stone carvings of gods, goddesses, demons, apsaras, elephants, peacocks, horses, lions and other beings from Hindu scriptures make the temple unique in the region. The sculptures have striking similarity to Solanki – Vaghela architecture of Gujarat.
The temple is also noted for erotic sculptures on its outer walls.
Many of the small shrines in the complex have lost outer structures. …

Spirituality is receptivity – ability to accept all experiences of life without reacting to them – Mata Amritanandamayi

For the mind to become as expansive as the universe, cultivate the innocence and humility of a small child.
Spirituality is receptivity, the ability to accept all experiences of life without reacting to them.
Be like a child. Only then will you be able to learn and grow.
Humility makes you receptive to all experiences without judging them. Thus, with humility you can go deeper and learn more.
The real mistake humans have committed lays in the inability to differentiate between requirements and luxuries.
Just as armor protects the soldier, spiritual knowledge protects us from the difficulties of life.
Mata Amritanandamayi

Today’s Hindu Calendar – August 1, 2014 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Friday, August 1, 2014 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithior the fifth day during the waxing phase of moon till 11:47 AM on August 1. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Uttara Phalguni or Uthiram Nakshatra till 3:31 AM on August 1. Then onward it is Hasta or Hastam or Atham Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kanya Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Nag Panchami. Takshak Puja. Nagachandreshwar Darshan in Ujjain. Kalki Avatar Jayanti in some regions
Kali Yuga Year – 5116
Vikram Samvant 2071 – Shravan Shukla Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day of the waxing phase of moon in Shravan month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhat…