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Yogini – Divine Attendant of Goddess Kali and Bhairava Shiva – About Yoginis

Yogini, or Yoginis, are the divine female attendants of Goddess Kali and Bhairava form of Shiva. The exact count of the yoginis differs from scripture to scripture. The most popular belief is they are eight, twelve, sixty four or sixty five. The concept of Sixty Four Yoginis or Chausath Yoginis is very popular in eastern parts of India especially in Orissa.
Two of the popular temples dedicated to Chausath Yoginis are located at Hirapur near Bhubaneswar and at Ranipur-Jharial in Bolangir District in Orissa.
The Yoginis are worshipped to attain supernatural powers. As per tradition, the 64 Yoginis served Goddess Kali and the Bhairav form of Shiva. Yoginis were part of the battles waged by Goddess Kali to restore Dharma.
Related Photo Tour of 64 Yogini Temple

Yama Temple at Dharmapuri in Karimnagar District in Telangana – Rare Temple Dedicated to Hindu God of Death

Yama Dharmaraja is the Hindu God of Death and temples dedicated to Lord Yama are very rare. On such temple is the Sri Laxminarasimha Swamy Devasthanam at Dharmapuri in Karimnagar District in Telangana.

Yama Dharmaraja is worshipped as a subsidiary deity at the famous SriLakshminarasimhaSwamyTemple. The main murti in the temple is the Lakshminarasimha Swami incarnation of Bhagvan Vishnu.
Devotees offer prayers here after taking a holy dip in the GodavariRiver.
There is a belief that those offering prayers here will not suffer in hell.
The most important puja offered in the temple is the Ayoosha sooktham for long life and good health.
Another important ritual held here is the Ganda Deepam – devotees pour oil into the lamp to mitigate sufferings.
The temple is located around 90 km north of Karimnagar.

Prayers that come out of the very depth of our being are invariably always answered – Dada J P Vaswani

Just as we take care to eat nutritious food, and do exercises like walking, swimming, jogging to keep the body fit and healthy, so, too, we need to nourish, strengthen and sustain the good health of the mind.
The prayers that come out of the very depth of our being are invariably always answered.
There is yet another reason why our prayers are not answered – some of them are so ridiculous, so absurd, that God in Hid Divine Wisdom, ignores them.
Our ancient scripture equates guests with God – Atithi Devo Bhava. Scholars of Sanskrit have commented on the significance of the term atithi – a + tithi, or one who arrives without prior notice of day or date; in other words, an unexpected guest. Even such visitors to our homes should be treated with love and respect. We may not be in a position to prepare and elaborate meal for them; but we should invite them to share our homely meals with courtesy and warmth. This indeed is the true spirit of hospitality.
Dada J P Vaswani