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Goddess Oladevi – Goddess of Cholera in Bengal - Olabibi

Goddess Oladevi, also known as Olabibi, is the Goddess of Cholera and is worshipped mainly in parts of Bengal . She is also known as Olaichandi. Oladevi derives her name from Olautha, the Bengali word for cholera and devi means goddess. She is mainly worshipped for containing a cholera outbreak. She is also worshipped to ward off chicken pox. Goddess Oladevi is worshipped in the open under a tree with her seven sisters. Some consider the seven are Saptamatrikas. Some people believe the goddess is similar to South Indian Goddess Meenakshi and her sisters. Some scholars claim that Goddess Olabibi is the wife of Asura Maya or Mayadanava, a fierce demon. In some regions, Olabibi is said to be one of the seven sisters of Sheetala, Manasa, Bonobibi and three others, all of whom have powers to cure illness. Goddess Olabibi is usually clad in a blue sari. She has a bright complexion and sometimes she carries a child. Daily pujas are simple and involves lighting of lamp, i

Restriction on VIP darshan during Jotiba Yatra at Kolhapur in Maharashtra

Jotiba Yatra is annually held at the Jotiba temple located at Wadi Ratnagiri village near Kolhapur in Maharashtra . There will strict restriction on VIP darshan during Jotiba Yatra on April 4, 2015.  Times of India reports  According to district administration officials, every year the management that is busy handling the crowd at the temple have to tackle the issue of VIP 'darshan'.  Along with the priests, hundreds of people enter through the VIP gate claiming that they are close relatives of politicians or government officers. It becomes difficult sometimes to even identify the priests despite providing them identity cards. This creates lawlessness on the temple premises and poses danger to law and order.  The police officials have demanded that to enable them to efficiently manage the crowd inside the temple premises, the priests along with providing identity cards should follow a dress code. This will help the police in identifying the priests and provide them e

Anang Vrat 2023 date

Anang Vrat is observed on the 13th day of the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month – Chaitra Shukla Paksha Trayodashi in Maharashtra . Anang Vrat 2023 date is April 4. The vrat is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva. In some regions, Shiva, Kamdev and Rati are worshipped on the day. The popular belief is that Kamdev who was burned down by Shiva for disturbing his penance after Sati’s death was given back his life after Rati performed intense austerities. Shiva was pleased with Rati’s devotion. Anang Vrat is observed for a year by some people – on all the 13th day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of the moon) in a month. It is believed that observing Anang Vrat will help in attaining prosperity, health, wealth and good fortune. The importance of vrat is mentioned in the Garuda Purana.