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Bodgeshwar Temple Festival – Bodgeshwar Jatra at Mapusa in Goa

BodgeshwarTemple festival is observed in Paush month and is locally referred as Jatra. The temple located at Mapusa in Goa is dedicated to Kanakeshwar Baba or Bodgeshwar. Bodgeshwar Jatra 2019 date is January 20. The deity worshipped in the temple is also known as Bongini.
The annual jatra attracts scores of devotees to this small temple. The popular belief is that the deity is a wish fulfilling deity and prayers never go unanswered.
Special lighting arrangements are made during the annual temple festival.
Bodgeshwar Jatra is observed on Paush Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi or the fourteenth day during the waxing phase of moon as per Hindu lunar calendar followed in Goa.

Yamai Devi Yatra – Yamai Jatra Festival at Aundh in Satara

Yamai Devi Yatra is annually observed in Paush month at Aundh near Satara in Maharashtra. Yamai Devi Yatra 2019 date is January 21. The goddess is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Durga – she is also known as Mahishasur Mardini Yamai. ‘Ye Mai’ in marathi means come mother.
The annual Yatra to the YamaiDeviTemple attracts thousands of devotees. In the festival a palanquin atop a vehicle carries the murti of the goddess. People throw sindoor powder and follow the procession.
Yamai Devi Yatra is annually observed on Paush Purnima or full moon day in Paush month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Goddess Gadhimai – About Goddess Gadhi Mai

Goddess Gadhimai is a local deity worshipped in the Bara District of Nepal and is a fierce manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. There are thousands of manifestations of Goddess Shakti but what makes Goddess Gadhi Mai popular is the animal sacrifice performed to appease her once in five years. It is believed that slaughtering of animals relieve the anger of the goddess.
People believe that the all powerful Goddess can be pleased only through animal sacrifice. She is believed to bless devotees with prosperity. She is also worshipped to defeat enemies. People slaughter animals after desire or wish is fulfilled – like birth of a child, relief from disease etc.
Gadhimai Mela or fair, notorious for the sacrifice of large number of animals, is held once in five years in the Bara District of Nepal and is mainly attended by people from Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand in India. Nearly 400,000 animals are sacrificed during the period.
Goddess Gadhimai speaks through a high priestess in …

Hindu Temples at Turuvekere near Tumkur in Karnataka

A murti of Nandi, the divine bull of Shiva, carved from soap stone is enough to make the journey to Turuvekere near Tumkur in Karnataka worthy. The town also has the rare temple in which Shiva and Ganga are worshipped together. Turuvekere is located around 128 km from Bangalore and houses the famous GangadhareshwaraTemple.

GangadhareshwaraTemple is dedicated to Shiva and is built in Dravidian style of architecture and is known for its exquisite carvings.
The Shivling worshipped in the temple is referred as Gangadhareswara – it has matted locks of Shiva with Ganga. Sun, mood and the 27 birth stars (Nakshatras) also adorn the Shivling. The utsava murti of Shiva (the murti taken out for procession and rituals) has an eye on the foot. Another highlight of the temple is the huge Nandi murti.
The temple complex also houses a shrine of Goddess Bhavani. The temple also has a rare sculpture of Bedara Kannapa.
Huge bell made using soap stone is another attraction.
ChennakeshavaTemple located ne…

Shantadurga Chmundeshwasri Kudatari Mahamaya Jatra at Ghudo in Avedem in Goa

ShantadurgaChmundeshwasriKudatariMahamayaTemple is located at Ghudo in Avedem at Quepem in Goa. The annual Jatra or temple festival is observed in Paush month. Shantadurga Kudatari Mahamaya Jatra 2019 date is from January 19 to January 21.
This is the most important annual festival in the temple and is known as Zatrotsav. Hundreds of people arrive in the temple during the three days to witness the festivities.
Shantadurga Chmundeshwasri Kudatari Mahamaya Jatra is annually held from Paush Shukla Paksha Trayodasi to Purnima as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Goa.

Timeless Wisdom – Sant Kabir

Everyone turns their mind to God in adversity, but not in prosperity. If one were to turn to God in prosperity, there would be no room for adversity.
Some are in suffering because of their body, some because of the mind, some are plagued by wealth. Kabir says all are aggrieved. Only the servants of the Lord are happy.
As fish cannot live out of water; as the thirst of the chatrak can be quenched only by the rain; with a like intensity, the saints yearn for the Lord; only the sight of Him can slake their thirst for Him!
We are like grains of wheat caught between the grinding stones of life. The grains that cling to the central axile of the grinding stones are uncrushed, while those that move away from the center are crushed into powder.
One enemy or the other always treads upon our heel; Lust may be driven out, but anger lingers; and greed will stay when anger goes; and then, when greed is gone, vain glory, vanity and the wish to be honored fills the emptiness left in the mind. Sant Ka…