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Red Shoe Flower and Goddess Kali – Why is Red Shoe Flower Offered to Goddess Kali

One of the important flowers offered to Goddess Kali is the Red Shoe Flower. There is an interesting story which answers why red shoe flower is offered to Goddess Kali.

Legend has it that Devi took the ferocious form of Goddess Kali to annihilate demons Raktabeeja. Jasun was an ardent devotee of Mother Goddess Shakti. He was impressed with the Kali form of Mother Goddess. He offered red flowers before the eyes of the Goddess. He wanted to make the Goddess look even more ferocious with deep red eyes.
Goddess Kali was pleased with red color flower offerings. She gave the boon that the red shoe flower will be one of her favorite flowers and those who offer it will have her blessings. From that day the flower was known as Jathon, Japakusam and Deviphool.
After this incident devotees started offering Red Shoe flower to Goddess Kali.

Temple Dedicated to Ant – Urumbachan Gurusthanam in Kannur in Kerala

The greatness of Hinduism lies in the fact that Hindus are able to see divinity in all animate and inanimate.  Urumbachan Gurusthanam in Kannur in Kerala reiterates this fact. The temple is located near Thottada in Kannur and there is no murti in the shrine. Devotees offer prayers here to get rid of ant related in problem in their house or property.
For local residents, the temple of ants is Urumbachan Gurusthanam. The faithful offer coconuts to Urumbachan, to free their residences of ants without using any insecticide. The belief dates back to several centuries, though there is no historical evidence. The Gurusthanam is associated with the nearby Udayamangalam Ganapathy temple, considered to be the second important Ganesha mandapams in Kolathunadu.
Times of India reports  According to local legend, the original plan was to construct a Ganapathy temple, where the Gurusthanam now stands.

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Peace is an energy created inside – Dadi Janki

People need peace as much as they need food and shelter.
Peace is an energy created inside.
If I allow myself to experience worry, fear or sorrow, I will make myself restless and unhappy and the atmosphere around me will be filled with similar feelings. How does that help either me or others?
In contrast, if I free the self from these negative emotions, I will find myself having good thoughts, filled with positive feelings towards others. This will help to create a peaceful and loving atmosphere, even when harmony has been absent.
My experience tells me that when I am able to stay free from sorrow, fear and worry, there are values in me that come to the fore and that will be used in my life practically, giving me much strength and power.
Dadi Janki

Source - Book titled "Inside Out" by Dadi Janki