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Nabanka Bedha Ritual Associated with Goddess Lakshmi at Puri Jagannath Temple

Nabanka Bedha is observed a day before Makar Sankranti at the PuriJagannathTemple in Orissa. It is associated with the return of Goddess Lakshmi after her visit to the palace of Varuna Dev – Hindu sea god. Nabanka Bedha 2019 date is January 14.
As per the belief in Jagannath Temple, Goddess Lakshmi is the daughter of Varuna Dev as she appeared during the Samudra Manthan or churning of ocean. She returns back to Shri Mandir from her father’s house newly harvested grains, rice, fruits, vegetables, spices, molasses, clothes, ornaments and numerous other items. These are her annual claims from her father’s house.
She reaches the PuriJagannathTemple and goes around the temple nine times displaying the presents that she got from her father.
This going around the temple is referred as Nabanka Bedha ritual.

Bharani Deepam 2018 Date at Tiruvannamalai Temple

Bharani Deepam marks the beginning of the main Karthigai Deepam festival day at the world famous TiruvannamalaiShivaTemple – SriArunachaleswararTemple – in Tamil Nadu. Bharani Deepam 2018 date is November 22, Thursday. It will be lit in the morning 4:00 AM on December 2. Lighting of this Deepam or lamp is an important ceremony at the Tiruvannamalai temple on the Bharani Nakshatram day in Kartika Masam.
The flame for lighting the Tiruvannamalai Maha Deepam atop the ArunachalaMountain is carried from the Bharani Deepam.
The lighting of the Bharani Deepam by the chief priest in the TiruvannamalaiTemple marks the beginning of the main Maha deepam festival.

A flame lit from five different lamps symbolizing earth, air, fire, water and ether is the Bharani Deepam.

The Bharani Deepam is carried from the TiruvannamalaiTemple to the top of ArunchalaMountain by a group of fishermen.

Yellapur Jatra 2018 date – Yellapur Gram Devi Yatra in Uttara Kannada in Karnataka

Yellapur Jatra is annually held at YellapurGramDeviTemple in Magh month. The festival attracts thousands of devotees. Yellapur Jatra 2018 date is from February 8 to February 15. The festival and fair is annually held at Yellapur in in Uttara Kannada in Karnataka.
In the Yellapur Gram Devi jatra, the murti of the Devi is taken around the streets. Thousands of devotees gather to have a glimpse of Mother Goddess.
Yellapur is located around 70 km from Hubli.
Yellapur Jatra is annually observed from Magh Krishna Paksha Ashtami to Amavasya – from the eighth day during the waning phase of moon in Magh month to no moon day.

Story of Urvashi and Arjuna

Urvashi was one of the Apsaras in the celestial world. It was common for her to visit earth and fall in love with men. On one such visit she fell in love with Pururava, a king of the Kuru clan. The story of Arjuna, one of the Pandavas, and Apsara Urvashi begins here.
After years of courtship, Urvashi left Pururava and went back to the celestial world.
Years later Urvashi again visited earth and saw a handsome young man in Amravati. The man reminded her of his former love Pururava.
Urvashi approached the young man with desire to make love. But surprisingly she was turned away. This had never happened before. This hurt her false pride and ego.
An angry Urvashi wanted know the reason why a human being rejected an apsara like her.
The young man introduced himself and told her that he was Arjuna, the Pandava, and was a descendent of Pururava. This made her a motherly figure. She is also a beloved of Indra (it is believed that Indra is the father of Arjuna). Thus morality did not allow Ar…

Aazhi at Sabarimala – Fire Place in front of Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple

There is a fire place in front of the eighteen steps at SabarimalaAyyappaTemple and devotees throw coconut into it. This place is known as Aazhi. Ayyappa devotees pour the ghee from the ghee-filled coconut near the Srikovil or sanctum sanctorum of the AyyappaTemple. The coconut devoid of ghee is thrown into the Aazhi.

The symbolic belief is that the ghee-filled coconut that is brought in the irrumudi is the jeev athma. When the ghee is offered at the shrine, the jeevathma merges with Ayyappa. The coconut devoid of ghee is considered as dead body or Jada and this is then burned in the Aazhi.
The pieces of Neyythenga should only be thrown into the huge fire bowl or Aazhi in front of the temple after completing the darshan.

Bhaum Pradosh at Ujjain Mangalnath Temple Dedicated to Shiva – Bhat Puja on Bhouma Pradsoh

Bhaum Pradosh is observed when fortnightly Pradosh vrat falls on Tuesday in Hindu calendar. The day is of great significance at the famous Mangalnath Temple Dedicated to Shiva in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. Special Bhat Pujan is held on the Bhouma Pradsoh day for prosperity.
Pradosh vrat is observed on the 13th day of during the waxing and waning phase of moon and is dedicated to Shiva.
It is believed that performing puja on the day will help those people having trouble due to the bad positioning of Mangal Grah in their horoscope. Shiva is said to have control over the Mangal Grah.

Bhat Puja is performed on the Bhaum Pradosh day for prosperity.

King Janaka and Lord Vishnu – Story on the limitlessness of the true self

Once, Lord Vishnu took the form of a Brahmin, and allowed himself to be brought to Janaka’s court as someone who had committed a heinous offence. The appropriate sentence for the offence was exile from the kingdom, and the king pronounced the judgment of exile on the Brahmin.
The Brahmin bowed his head in acceptance of the sentence, and asked the king, “Will you kindly let me know, Your Majesty, how far your kingdom extends?”
Janaka was taken aback. A wise man, he realized that the kingdom which had been ruled by his forefathers, did not really belong to him. Even his body was not his, for it was but an instrument of God! On the other hand, from the point of view of the soul, the vast universe was his! When this realization dawned on him, the king said, “O Brahmin! Endless is the kingdom of my soul! Live happily, anywhere you choose!”
Janaka was truly wise. He realized the immortality, the limitlessness of the true self.
SourceThe Seven Commandments of the Bhagavad Gita by J.P. Vas…