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Shanivar Vrat: Saturday Fasting Dedicated To Hindu God Shani and Hanuman

Talk about Shani or Sani to a Hindu and the first reaction will be fear and then the mentioning of ill effects and troubles. Shani is dreaded by Hindus, especially by those who believe in astrology. Many people observe an Upvaas or fast - Shanivar Vrat - to avoid the adversities and misfortunes on Shanivar or Saturday. 
It is believed that those who have the blessing of Lord Hanuman are protected from the wrath of Shani. Therefore many people make it a point to worship Hanuman at home or in temples. Black is the preferred color on Saturday.

Shani, one of the Navagrahas, is worshipped in numerous temples and there are also temples exclusively dedicated to Sani. Devotees who are observing Shanivar Vrat usually visit Shani shrines. Black colored items like sesame til, sesame oil, black clothes, and black gram whole are offered to Shani. It must be noted here that the color of the idol of Shani is always black in color.
Those devotees who fast on Saturday only take a single meal that too…

Goddess Tripura Bhairavi

Goddess Tripura Bhairavi a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti and is the 8th Goddess among the ten Mahavidyas. As per some accounts she is believed to have emerged from the Shivling. Goddess Tripura Bhairavi is worshipped for defeating sensual desires and for attaining peace and prosperity. Detail information about the Goddess is found in the Kalika Purana.
Goddess Tripura Bhairavi is of reddish complexion and she is adorned with red garments. She has four arms and holds a garland in her upper right hand and the a book in the lower right hand. He lefts hands are in Abhaya and Varada Hasta – in the posture providing safety and granting boons.
Her face is noted for a pleasing smile. She is bedecked with all kinds of jewelry.
She wears garlands of human heads on her head, waist and neck.
She has three eyes and her manner of walking is like that of an elephant. She sits on a white ghost.

Puri Jagannath Temple to have New Idols (Murtis) of Presiding Deities in 2015

The PuriJagannathTemple in Orissa will have new idols of the presiding deities in 2015. The new deities will be made available for darshan on July 16. The new murtis will particiapte in the Rath Yatra taking place on July 18. The present murtis will be replaced with new murtis made out of neem tree. The change of murtis is known as Nabakalebara and takes place when there is an Adhik Ashada Masa or extra Ashada month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar. In 2015 there is an additional Ashada month.

The change of murtis last took place 19 years ago.
The murtis are made from a special type of neem wood known as Daru Bramha. The murtis of Jagannath, Balabhadra, Subadhra and Sudarshana Chakra are changed. The new body is referred to as Nabakalebara. A wrapped package of brahma (life) is removed from the old murti and is place in the new one.
The old murtis are buried.

Preparations for the ceremony start in the month of Chaitra Month (March – April) (Chaitra Shukla Paksha Dasami).

Uttarabhadrapada Nakshatra Tree – Which is the tree associated with Uttara Bhadra birth star Born People?

There are trees associated with each 27 nakshatrams or birth stars. Uttarabhadrapada Nakshatra also has a particular tree dedicated to it. People born on each nakshatra should worship the particular tree. The tree associated and worshipped by Uttara Bhadra Nakshatra Born People is neem.

Hindi name of the Purvabhadrapada Nakshatra Tree is  Neem Telugu name is Vepachettu Malayalam name is Vepu Tamil Name is Vembu Kannada name is Bavina mara In Marathi it is known as Nimn Bengali name is Nim
Uttarabhadrapada Nakshatra born people should plant the neem. Water it. They should also protect the tree.

Vontimitta Kodanda Rama Temple to receive Clothes for Sri Rama Navami from Government of Andhra Pradesh

Every year the government of undivided Andhra Pradesh used to offer silk clothes on behalf of the government to Bhadrachalam Sri Rama temple in Khammam District. But after bifurcation, BhadrachalamTemple is in Telangana. So the government of Andhra Pradesh has decided to offer silk clothes to VontimittaKodandaRamaTemple in YSR District.
Vontimitta is around 20 km from Kadapa on the Rajampeta road. 
The murti worshipped in the VontimittaKodandaRamaTemple is unique as the murti of Bhagvan Sri Ram, Mata Sita and Lakshman are carved on a single stone. Hanuman is missing in the sanctum sanctorum.

How can you spend hours studying something so simple?

When Swami Turiyananda first met Sri Ramakrishna he was intensely studying Vedanta for at least six hours a day.
Upon hearing of this, Sri Ramakrishna was astounded.
“What else does Vedanta say except that Brahman alone is real, the world is illusory, and the Self and Brahman are one? Ramakrishna asked.
“So why do you need six hours of study for that?”
Swami Turiyananda had the good sense to understand, and began to devote himself to japa and meditation in order to know about the Self.