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Goddess Vedavalli – Story of Goddess Lakshmi manifestation as Vedavalli

Goddess Vedavalli is a manifestation of Goddess Lakshmi and she is the consort of Bhagvan Srihari Vishnu in numerous temples in Tamil Nadu. Legend has it that Goddess Lakshmi was found in a lily flower in a pond near the famous TriplicaneParthasarathyTemple by Sage Bhrigu.
Sage Bhrigu took the child and named her Vedavalli. The sage realized the divinity the girl and raised her has his own child.
When she became a woman, Vishnu appeared before her as a suitor and the divine couple was happily united.
The celestial wedding of Bhagvan Vishnu and Goddess Vedavalli is annually held in the Tamil month of Maasi (February – March) at the famous TriplicaneParthasarathyTemple.

Huge 500-year-old Banyan Tree in Kendrapara District in Orissa is spread over 1.3 acres of land

Banyan Trees are closely associated with Hinduism. Reference of them are found in the Vedas and are used to explain important philosophical teachings. A huge 500-year-old Banyan Tree at Sakhibata in Kendrapara District in Orissa along with a 200-year-old Hindu Temple was recently given recognition by the Orissa government. Both the Banyan Tree and the temple had withstood the Super Cyclone Phailin of 1999.
The Huge Banyan Tree is spread across 1.3 acres of land with about 600 trunks and sub-trunks. No pictures of the Banyan Tree at Sakhibata in Kendrapara District in Orissa is currently available. The Indian Express reports
The gigantic tree, spread across 1.3 acres of land with about 600 trunks and sub-trunks, has been granted the tourist spot status by the state government following visits of tourists in the area throughout the year, District Tourist Officer Bijoy Kumar Mohanty said today.  Funds have been sanctioned for building tourism infrastructure. A project has been permitted …

Budhwa Mahadev Mandir at Hazaribagh – Shiva Temple at Hazaribagh in Jharkhand

Budhwa Mahadev Mandir is located at Nawabganj in Hazaribagh town in Jharkhand. This ancient ShivaTemple houses the Narmadeshwar Shivling. The present temple was constructed more than a century ago. The Shivling is more than three centuries old.
The main sanctum sanctorum of the shrine has Shivling along with murtis of Goddess Parvati, Ganesha and Kartik. Nandi is located on the outside of the sanctum sanctorum.
The temple is very important as Shankaracharyas of all the four Peetahs have visited it.
Rudrabhishekh and Mahamritunjaya puja are observed in the temple. Rudrabhishekh during the Shravan month is highly meritorious. Both the pujas are performed for happy and prosperous life.
Thousands of devotees queue on Shravan Mondays to perform Jalabhishek on the Shivling.
The temple is famous for conducting marriages in the region.

Strange are the ways of the mind

Strange are the ways of the mind.
One mind is hungry after desires; another one is content and full of love.
One is only interested in getting, another one knows only giving.
One mind knows only its own happiness, the other one feels for others.
One mind is immersed in its selfish aims; another mind is immersed in doing good to others.
One mind is full of egoism, another one is a garden of humility.
Indeed strange are the ways of the mind

Source - Vedanta Kesari June 2014