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Boyakonda Gangagamma – Goddess Durga Temple on top of Boyakonda hill Near Punganur in Chittoor District of Andhra Pradesh

GoddessDurgaTemple located on top of Boyakonda hill Near Punganur in Chittoor District of Andhra Pradesh is a famous shrine in the region. The murti worshipped here is famous as Boyakonda Gangagamma and the temple which is around 60 km from Chittoor is visited by thousands of people. Legend has it that Goddess Durga appeared here in the form of an old woman to protect the tribes of the region and defeat the forces of a greedy Nawab.

The tribal people who lived in the region were constantly harassed by the army of the Nawab. The escape from the violence, the tribal people propitiated Goddess Durga in the form of Jaganmatha.
The tribal people got the darshan of Goddess in the form of an old woman. She then took a ferocious form and annihilated the army of the Nawab. The sword used by the goddess in the battle fell on a rock atop the Boyakonda hill and it cracked. It is today worshipped and seen as a living testimony of the divine power of Maa Durga.

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Bombe Habba during Navratri – Gombe Pooja in Karnataka

The nine-day Navratri festival in Karnataka is famous for the Bombe Habba or Gombe Pooja – it is the display of traditional dolls and miniatures of characters in Hindu Scriptures. The dolls display also includes miniatures of gurus and saints. Other highlights are agriculture and industrial related dolls, flora and fauna and other traditional aspects of the particular regions.
Bombe Habba is enthusiastically followed by many families. On the first day of Navratri, Kalash is installed and arrangements of dolls are made on a stepped platform. There are also devotees who arrange dolls as per a particular theme.
The most important dolls are the Pattada Gombe – the main dolls. The Pattade Gombe is usually handed over for generations. It is a pride of the family.
The steps are in odd numbers with the pride of place given to the Pattada Gombe (the main dolls). This couple, mostly a family heirloom, is made of wood. The top rows of the display are occupied by gods and goddesses. In the lower…

Saptamatrikas – Seven Divine Mothers – Saptamatris

In Hinduism, Saptamatrikas are the seven divine mothers and is often associated with Shiva and Shakti. The Saptamatrikas are Brahmani, Vaishnavi, Maheshwari, Kaumari, Varahi, Indrani and Chamundi. Stories about Sapta Matrikas are found in the Varaha Purana, Kurma Purana and the Mahabharata. Yogeshwari, a Shakti created by Shiva, is also mentioned among the Saptamatris and then the count becomes eight.
Saptamatrikas are among the numerous incarnations of Goddess Shakti. But their characteristics differ from region to region and from scriptures to scriptures. General belief is that the Saptamatrikas appeared to defeat the thousands of Anadhakas that were born from the blood of demon Andhaka.
Andhaka was actually the third son of Shiva. Lord Shiva injured demon Andhaka when he tried to take away Goddess Parvati. Andhaka had received a boon that a single drop of blood spilled from his body will create thousands of Andhakas. So when Shiva injured Andhaka thousands of Andhakas appeared fr…

Bathukamma Festival in Telangana during Navratri

Bathukamma during Navratri is an important festival in Telangana region. The festival is mainly observed by women and is dedicated to Goddess Bathkamma – who is an incarnation of Goddess Sati. The festival is of great importance at the Thousand Pillar temple, Bhadrakali temple and Padmakshi temple in Hanamkonda.  The Hindu reportsWomen, young and old, in their best attire head to the nearby temples and street corners to celebrate Bathukamma.  They carry trays arranged with a variety of flowers in a cone shape. They vie with one another in arranging the flowers as high as possible. Though the evening rituals last for an hour, the women wake up early and prompt their children to collect as many flowers as possible from the neighborhood.  All the flowers available during the season “Cassia (thangedu), luffa (bera), celosia (gunugu), nelumbo (thamara) cucurbita (gummadi), marigold (banthi), crossandra (kanakambaram), ixora (ramabanam), hibiscus (mandhara), and so on are collected and attr…

Navratri – September 25, 2014 to Oct 3 – An Overview and Important Information

Navratri 2014 begins on September 25, 2014 and ends on October 3, 2014. Mother Goddess, the primordial source of energy (Shakti), which manifests in all animate and inanimate, is worshipped during the period for knowledge, wealth, prosperity and auspiciousness.
The rituals and prayers and forms of Mother Goddess worshipped varies from region to region and from community to community but the essence is the same – invoking Mother Goddess to remove all that is Adharmic and assure in Dharma.
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A prayer from Durga Stotram from Mahabharata

When worshipped by your devotees, You remove their ignorance and bondage, Their fear, disease and threat of death.
You protect their children and their goods.
I, who have lost everything, appeal to you for help. Protect me, O lotus-eyed savior.
I am fighting for truth, Protect me with al the power of truth, O Durga, shelter me in your wide lap.
You who are ever loving and merciful to devotees, Help me!
Durga Stotram from Mahabharata