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Ma Chausatti Devi – About Goddess Chausath

Goddess Chausatti Devi is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. She is associated with the 64 yoginis. Goddess Chausath is regarded as 64 yoginis and she is their swarupa. It is believed that Ma Chausatti Devi represents the combined form or the combined energy of the 64 goddesses.
The concept of sixty four Yoginis or Chausath Yoginis is very popular in eastern parts of India especially in Orissa.
They are the divine female attendants of Goddess Kali and Bhairava form of Shiva.
One of the popular temples dedicated to Ma Chausatti Devi (in single form) is located in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh.
She is worshipped for overcoming fear of enemies and darkness.

Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple Festival 2018 – Ezharapponnana and Arattu in 2018

Ettumanoor MahadevaTemple is one of the most famous Lord Shiva Temples in Kerala. The ten-day annual festival held in the Malayalam Kumbham month is famous for the display of the ezharapponnana (seven and a half gold elephants) - this is on March 23, 2018. In 2018, Ettumanur Mahadeva Temple Festival is from February 16. The Arattu will be held on March 25.

The ezharapponnana (seven and a half gold elephants) display takes place on the eighth day of the EttumanurTemple festival. These elephants were gifted to the ShivaTemple in 1759 AD by the then ruler Karthika Thirunal Maharaja of the erstwhile TravancoreKingdom. Actually there are eight elephants but it is known as seven and a half gold elephants because seven elephants are two feet high and the last one is one foot high.

Ettumanur Shiva Temple Arattu is held on the night of the tenth day of the festival. Ten caparisoned elephants accompany the Murti or idol of Lord Shiva in a procession to a pond nearby for Arattu (holy bath).


How to Make Natural Holi Colours at Home?

It is said that Lord Krishna used play Holi with bright-orange Tesu flowers. Earlier, many people used to make natural colours for Holi at home. Today, most people might not be aware of this fact as we are used to ready made chemical colors. Often these chemical colours are harmful and we tend ignore it during the fun. But if you have time, then you can make your own natural colours at home.
Dry Red Colour: You can use red sandal wood powder. Powder of dry red hibiscus flowers mixed with any flour will give natural red colour.
Wet Red Colour: Mix turmeric powder in water and add few drops of lemon juice. Within seconds, you will get bright red colour. Dry Yellow Colour: Mix two spoons of turmeric powder with four spoons of besan for bright yellow color.
Wet Yellow Colour: Mix Two spoons of turmeric in four liters of water and stir well. Wet Orange or Saffron Colour: Peel around 12 large onions and boil in half liter water. Remove the onion peels. Now you will get an orange color with a …

Ancient Ganesh Murti Found While Carrying Out Works for Building a Temple

A 12 century Ganesh Murti was discovered on the premises of KCP Sugars and Industries Limited at Laxmipuram in Krishna District in Andhra Pradesh. The Ganesha Murti was found while carrying out works for building a temple on the premises of the sugar factory. The murti belongs is carved as per Chalukyan style of carving and is made of granite stone with trunk on the left side. The murti is 3-feet high. The Hindu reports

As part of its plans to build Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi temple, the factory management started works at north-east corner using an earthmover. While the earthmover operator was digging, he heard a sound and stopped operating the machine for a while. A few minutes later, he resumed the work only to find a stone structure. When the operator slowly removed the soil, he found a three-foot high Ganesh idol in a sitting posture, said CEO G. Venkateswara Rao.  As the news of the discovery spread fast, people from nearby villages thronged the company and performed puja. Archaeolog…

Chettikulangara Kumbha Bharani Festival 2018 date

The temple festival held on the Bharani Nakshatram day in Malayalam Kumbham Month at ChettikulangaraTemple in Kerala is famous for its unique rituals like the Kuthiyottam and Kettukazhcha. Chettikulangara Kumbha Bharani 2018 date is February 22, Thursday.

ChettikulangaraBhagavathyTemple is located near Kayamkulam in Alleppey District in Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Shakti and is considered highly powerful. It is also one of the richest temples in Kerala.

The highlight of the Kumbha Bharani Festival is the display of huge decorated forms of temple cars known as ‘Kuthiras.’ Therus (Chariots) and two huge idols of Bhima and Hanuman complete the Kettukazhcha which is a visual spectacle which attracts people from different parts of India and around the world. The temple cars are as high as three-storied buildings (70 to 75 feet) and are pulled to the Temple grounds by the people of the respective villages from late afternoon on Kumbha Bharani day. Late at night Goddess Bhag…

Prayer is the voice of the soul – Sudhanshuji Maharaj

Only the feelings arising from the deepest core of the heart can compel God to shower his blessings, love and kindness.
Prayer is the voice of the soul.
Prayer is power as it illumines the soul, strengthens the mind and purifies the heart.
During times of utter distress, when the heart sinks deep into sorrow and all doors of help seem to close, the key of prayer unlocks the door of the lord and provides anchor to the sinking ship of life.
Prayer unfolds layers of ignorance that conceal the true potential of a person.
When the innermost feelings of a person find divine expression, they originate in the form of a prayer.
Sudhanshuji Maharaj