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Holi Festival at Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi

The Holi festival at KashiVishwanathTemple in Varanasi is observed 4 days before the actual Holi festival. It is observed on the Rangbhari Ekadasi. In 2018, the important date of Holi Festival at KashiVishwanathTemple is February 26.
The popular belief is that on Shiva goes to bring home Goddess Parvati on this day.
In many regions in North India Rangbhari Ekadasi is of great significance in regard with the Holi festival.
Rangbhari Ekadasi is observed on Phalgun Shukla Paksha Ekadasi or the 11th day during the waxing phase of moon in Phalgun month. Thousands of people participate in the procession held on the day.

Dadhimati Mata – Information about Goddess Dadhimati

Dadhimati Mata is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Lakshmi. She is the sister of Sage Dadhichi and appeared to annihilate Demon Vikatasur. The most famous temple dedicated to Goddess Dadhimati is located in Nagaur District in Rajasthan.

Dadhimati Mataji is the family deity of Dadhich Brahmins and of many Jat and Baniya communities.
The goddess is famous as a wish fulfilling deity. It is believed that she blesses her devotees with peace and prosperity. She is also worshipped for healthy children.
Legend has it that Goddess Dadhimati Mata appeared to annihilate Vikatasur. The demon hid inside Dadhisagar to escape from the goddess. Mother Goddess then churned the waters of Dadhisagar and killed the demon during the evening period on the Magh Shukla Paksha Ashtami. The goddess was given the name Dadhimati after this incident by Lord Brahma.
Sage Dadhichi had sacrificed his life so that Devas could create weapons with his bones and annihilate demons. To honor this sacrifice, Goddess Dadhi…

Sant Dev Mamledar Yashwantrao Maharaj Samadhi Punyatithi at Satana near Nashik

Sant Dev Mamledar Yashwantrao Maharaj was a great saint during the 18th century. He was also an important disciple of Swami Samarth and is believed to have had darshan of Bhagvan Vishnu. Sant Dev Mamledar Yashwantrao Maharaj Samadhi is located at Satana near Nashik. His Punyatithi or death anniversary is annually observed in Margashirsh month. Sant Dev Mamledar Yashwantrao Maharaj Punyatithi 2018 - 2019 date is January 1.
Sant Dev Mamledar Yashwantrao Maharaj always helped beggars, saints, mendicants, helpless women as well as children who came to his door as if they were his own.

It is said that during the great famine of 1870-71 in Satana, Dev Mamledar Yashwantrao Maharaj sold all his wealth to help the people. But it was too little, he who was then taluka Magistrate of Satana distributed money from the treasury to help the needy. The superior officers who came to know about this came for an enquiry but to their surprise not single penny was missing from the treasury. It is said th…

Shri Gondavalekar Maharaj Punyatithi

Shree Gondavalekar was a popular and famous saint of 19th century in Maharashtra. His Punyatithi or death anniversary is annually observed in Margashirsh month. Shri Gondavalekar Maharaj Punyatithi 2018 date is December 31.
He was an ardent devotee of Lord Ram and preached that Anna Daanam is Mahadanam – giving food to the hungry people. He spread the glory of Lord Ram and Lord Hanuman.
He did countless philanthropic activities at Gondavale, an area located on Satara-Pandharpur road.
Shri Gondavalekar Maharaj Punyatithi is annually observed on the Margashirsh Krishna Paksha Dasami or the tenth day during the waning phase of moon in Margashirsh month as per traditional Hindu Marathi lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Goddess Lakshmi Temple near Tumkur at Goravanahalli in Karnataka – Goravanahalli Mahalakshmi Temple

GoddessLakshmiTemple, popularly known as GoravanahalliMahalakshmiTemple, is located around 30 km from Tumkur. The temple attracts thousands of devotees and the numbers well during holidays and weekends. The wish fulfilling murti here is believed to have solved the financial problems of many people.

Story of Goravanahalli Mahalakshmi Temple

Legend has it that the murti worshipped in the temple was first located in the house of a poor man named Abbayya. He constantly worshipped the Goddess Lakshmi murti and became rich. He and his brother, Thoradappa, performed charity work with the wealth received with the blessings of Mahalakshmi.
After the death of Abbayya, the younger brother built a shrine dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi and placed the murti in the temple.
But after the death of Thoradappa in 1910, the temple got neglected.
The temple was revived again in 1925 by an old lady named Kamalamma. She used her personal wealth to revive the shrine. Soon the fame of the shrine spread and toda…

Humility and meekness are not weakness but spiritual powers – Swami Sivananda

Humility is not cowardice. Meekness is not weakness. Humility and meekness are indeed spiritual powers.
Illness begins with "I", Wellness begins with "we".
Do one thing at a time, and while doing it put your whole soul into it to the exclusion of all else.
Every step you take, through every act you do you must move towards Freedom, towards Truth, towards Light.
The powers of the mind are like the rays of the sun when they are concentrated they illumine.
Let the mind be cheerful but calm. Never let it run into excesses, because every excess will be followed by a reaction.