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Goddess Naina Devi

Goddess Naina Devi is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. The Origin of Goddess Naina Devi is associated with the death of Goddess Sati. After her self immolation, Shiva carried her body around the world and this caused great imbalance in the universe. To put an end to the suffering on earth, Vishnu cut the body of Sati into several pieces. Goddess Naina Devi is believed to have manifested from the left eye of Goddess Sati. Naina Devi temples are mainly located in North India .  Two of the famous temples dedicated to Goddess Naina Devi are located at Nainital in Uttarakhand in India and at Bilaspur in Himachal Pradesh. All Naina Devi temples have the same story. The place where eyes of Goddess Sati fell is from where Goddess Naina Devi appeared. She blesses devotees by destroying all evil. She is kind Mother to those that follow Dharma. To those that follow Adharma, she takes the all vanquishing fierce form. The main offerings made to Naina Devi are Red Chunn

Kapaleshwar Temple in Nashik Asks Devotees Not To Pour Milk on the Shivling

The management of Kapaleshwar Temple in Nashik in Maharashtra has asked devotees not to pour milk on the Shivling in the temple as it is polluting the Godavari River . Kapaleshwar temple, located on the banks of Godavari river, is one of the oldest temples in Nashik. Times of India reports According to the temple management, at least 3,000 people pour milk over the shivling at the temple every day. Flower sellers at the entrance and near the steps of the temple also sell milk and other articles required for the 'puja'. Each packet sold for Rs 10 has about 250 ml of milk, which means that nearly 750 litre milk is poured on the shivlings - one inside the temple and others around the temple premises. The temple management said that they have created a channel so that the milk poured on the shivling inside the temple is ultimately released into the river. But the milk poured on the shivlings around the premises flows over the steps and comes under the feet of devotees

Hindu Fasting Is Turning Into Feasting

Fasting food or Hindu Vrat recipes are in great demand especially during Hindu fasting dates like Ekadasi, Sankashti, Pradosh, Navratri etc. Oil fried Sabudana Vada, Ekadasi potato, varan bath…there is no end to the list. So Hindu fasting is slowly turning into feasting. Ekadasi fasting which is observed on the 11th day of a fortnight is not meant to please Vishnu. It is meant to cleanse your body and mind. Avoiding all types of grains on the day means you are doing away with lot of carbohydrate. This once in a fortnight fasting gives the opportunity to throw out all toxins from the body. The day before fasting in Hinduism one is supposed to eat moderately. After the fasting too one is supposed to eat moderately. This is to help the body to adjust and regulate. Fasting is also an opportunity to remain silent. A day to reflect on one’s thoughts and feelings. It is also a day to stop all sorts of negative talking and gossiping. Fasting also provides an opportunity to a