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Chariot of Balabhadra in Puri Ratha Yatra

The chariot of Balabhadra or Balrama, the brother of Lord Jagannath, in Puri Rath Yatra is identified by the red and blue topped canopy. The chariot is known as Taladhwaya and it has 14 wheels. In size, it is next to the chariot of Jagannath.
The guardian deity of the chariot of Balabhadra is Basudev and the charioteer is known as Matali.
The flag that is hoisted on the chariot is known as Urnani and the rope used to pull is called Basuki.
The chariot is also occupied by nine other deities – Gadantaakari, Harihar, Traimbaka, Vasudeva, Aghora, Pralambari, Natamvara, Tripurasiva and Mritunjaya.
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Urukraman Avatar of Vishnu – Urukraman Manifestation of Vishnu

Majority of us are aware of the 10 avatars of Vishnu. But Bhagvan Srihari Vishnu has taken innumerable other manifestations. On such avatar is Urukraman. Information about this manifestation is found in the Garuda Purana.
As per Garuda Purana, he was born to Nabhi and Meru. The aim of this manifestation was to impart knowledge of self realization to all the women in the world. He imparted knowledge to all women.
As per Garuda Purana this is the eighth minor avatar of Vishnu.

Urukraman is mentioned in the first chapter of Garuda Mahapuranam.

Kutchi New Year 2018 – Hindu New Year at Kutch Region in Gujarat

Kutchi New Year is observed on the second day of the shukla paksha or waxing phase of moon in Ashada month – Ashad Beej or Dwitiya. This Hindu New Year is observed in the Kutch region in Gujarat. In 2018, Kutchi New Year is on July 14. Vikram Samvant 2075 begins from from July 14, 2018 in Kutch region.

Note – In other parts of Gujarat, Hindu New Year is on the day after Diwali – Kartik Shukla Paksha 1.

The Kutchi New Year is mostly a traditional affair and is observed in homes. Relatives, friends and neighbors join in the festival.

Today, many organizations are also giving importance to the day and organize satsangs, musical competitions and other cultural programs.

Ganesha, Goddess Lakshmi and other regional deities are worshipped on the day.

How to Identify the Ratha or Chariot of Lord Jagannath in Puri Rath Yatra

In Puri Rath Yatra, there are three chariots (Ratha) that are pulled from PuriJagannathTemple through the Bada Danda, the grand road, to Gundicha Mandir. The three chariots belong to Lord Jagannatha, Balabhadra and Subhadra. But how do the devotees know which one belongs to Jagannath.
The easiest way to identify the Rath, or Chariot, of Lord Jagannath is by color of the covering of the chariot. The chariot of Jagannath has a yellow and red color canopy and it is also the largest of the chariots.
Jagannatha’s chariot is known as Nandighosh and it has 16 wheels. It also prominently displays the Sudarshana Chakra emblem.
The guardian deity of the chariot is Garuda and the charioteer is known as Daruka.
The flag on the chariot is known as Trailokyamohini.
The rope that is used to pull is known as Shankahchuda.
Along with Jagannath, the chariot also has the idols of Hanuman, Rama, Lakshman, Narayan, Krishna, Govardhan Dharana, Chintamani, Raghav and Narasimha.
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Ancient Sri Veereshwara Temple Restored to its Old Glory at Belur in Karnataka

SriVeereshwaraTemple, also known as Pataleshwara temple, at Belur in Karnataka was in a dilapidated state like many temples in villages and towns in India. The 12th century temple was built during the rule of Hoyasla dynasty. The renovation program was taken up by the Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara Dharmotthana Trust. The Hindu reports 

The trust had taken up the renovation of the ancient temple, keeping the aesthetical value and salient features of the Hoysala structure intact.  The basement of the temple was looking as though it had sprouted from the earth’s surface. That was probably the reason for the temple being known as Pataleshwara temple.  Local residents constituted a committee for the restoration of the temple and approached the Dharmasthala trust for their cause. In response, the trust, which has expert engineers and retired archaeologists, restored the basement and gave a new look to the temple.

Mangal Yantra Benefits

Mangal Yantra is associated with Mangal Grah. It is considered highly meritorious to have it at home. Mangal Yantra benefits are:

Disputes regarding property will be settled. Disputes regarding wealth and money will be settled in your favor. Helps in overcoming debts. Solution to paying loans easily. Increase in profit Mangali people will get married quickly by offering prayers to Mangal Yantra.