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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…

Lalita Panchami 2017 date – Lalitha Panchami Vrat during Navratri

Lalita Panchami observed during the nine-day Navratri is dedicated to Goddess Lalita, an incarnation of Goddess Shakti. Lalita Panchami 2017 date is September 24. It is observed on the fifth day (Panjami) of the Shukla Paksha of Ashwin month. Observing Lalita Panchami Vrat is believed to bring wealth, happiness and knowledge.

Lalita Panchami day is of great significance in Gujarat and Maharashtra. Devout Hindus observe a fast known as Lalita Panchami Vrat.

The popular belief is that Goddess Lalita appeared to annihilate a demon named Bhanda who was created from the ashes of Kamadeva.

Special pujas and rituals are held on the day. Women also perform community puja.

You can find more details of Lalita Panchami Vrat in this earlier article.

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.
More articles on Navratri
How to do Navratri Puja? How to observe Navratri Vrat? Nine forms of Durga worshipped during Navaratri Durga Puja Navratri – Difference between Durga Puja and Navratri Bommai Kolu – dolls arranged during Navratri in South India Navratri is Dashain in Nepal Navratri in Gujarat famous for Dandiya Raas or Garba Dance Ghata Sthapana Puja in North India and Western Parts of India during Navratri Story of Navratri Significance of Navratri Navratri Trivia

Navratri Thoughts from Hindu Blog

Navratri is an opportunity for us to remove the demons of ego, anger, jealousy, greed and whole lot of negative emotions from us with the help of Mother Goddess Durga. The demons that Goddess Durga appeared to slay are present in all of us in one form or another. Apart from the above mentioned demons, lack of energy, fear, surrendering to disappointments, depression and failures are enemies that we pamper.

Mother Durga provides us with the opportunity to eliminate all sort of negativity in our life. She provides the energy but are we ready to receive the energy. She is ready to slay the demons of fear, anger, frustration, jealousy and greed. But are we ready to surrender them before her.
Quite often instead of praying to remove the darkness in us, we pray for fulfillment of our desires. Each desire fulfilled unknowingly adds to the darkness. Our desires never end and thus we are never able to receive the light provided by Mother Goddess.
Use this Navratri to contemplate. Surrender al…

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

Today’s Hindu Calendar – September 25, 2014 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Thursday, September 25, 2014 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon till 12:16 PM on September 25. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Hasta or Atham or Hastam Nakshatra till 7:40 PM on September 25. Then onward it is Chitra or Chithirai or Chithira Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kanya Rashi
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Navratri begins. Ghatasthapana. Good time to begin puja and do Kalash Sthapana till 1:22 PM
Kali Yuga Year – 5116
Vikram Samvant 2071 – Aswhin Shukla Paksha Pratipada Tithi or thefirst day during the waxing phase of moon in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakha…