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Kshipra Prasada Ganapati form of Ganesh

Kshipra Prasada Ganapati is one among the 32 forms of Ganesha. Kshipra means ‘very quick’ and the blessings and punishments of this form of Ganesh are instant. This form removes all obstacles from the path of his devotees immediately. For those who tread the path of Adharma, punishment is quick. Kshipra Prasada Ganapati mantra is Ghrita pashankusha kalpalata svadatascha beejapoorayutah! Shashikala kalita moulihi trilochana arunascha gajvadanaha!! Bhasurabhooshana deeptah brihaduaraha padmavishatrollasitah! Vighnapayodharapavanah Karadhrita kamalah sadaastu me bhootayai!!
In this form Ganesha has crimson red body tone. There is a crescent moon on the hair and a third eye on the forehead.
Kshipra Prasada Ganapati is six armed and holds – noose, goad, kalpa tree branch, broken tusk, lotus and lemon.
This form of Ganapati blesses a devotee with peace and prosperity. He also removes all obstacles in the path of self realization.

Matsya Avatar Story – Matsya Avatar of Vishnu

Matsya Avatar is the first among the Dasavatar or 10 incarnation of Srihari Vishnu. The story of Matsya avatar is one that symbolically narrates the beginning of civilization. At the end of the one cycle of creation, Matsya appears to save all that is good. He is present when one cycle of creation is destroyed and the next cycle begins. Matsya appears as the one-horned fish that navigates all that is good through the great deluge or pralaya that appears at the end of one cycle to clean all the Adharma accumulated from the beginning of a cycle of creation.

Appearance of Matsya
Just before the end of the previous cycle of creation, Matsya, a tiny fish, swam into the hands of a pious man and asked him to save it from a big fish. The pious man took the fish home and placed it in a small pot. The fish kept on increasing its size. It was then transferred from the small pot to a big vessel; from it to a well, from well to a pond, from pond to a lake, from lake to river; and finally it was tra…

Gopadma Vrata during Chaturmasa - Go Padma Vratam

Gopadma Vrata is dedicated to the worship of cows and is observed during the Chaturmasa – the four holy months in Hinduism. Go Padma Vratam starts on Deva Shayani Ekadasi in Ashada Month and ends on Uttahna Ekadasi in Kartik Month. Gopadma Vrata 2017 begins on July 4 – the day when the Chaturmas Vrata begins for many Hindu communities - and ends on October 31 - the next day of Uttahana Ekadasi. The importance of Gopadma Vrata is mentioned in the Aditya Purana.

Cow is worshipped by many people and Go Mata puja is of great significance to many devout Hindus. During the period of Chaturmas, cattle sheds are thoroughly cleaned and decorated with kolams (Rangoli). After thoroughly cleaning the cattle, they are given Prasad and are worshipped along with Lord Vishnu.

It must be noted that Gopadma is also an auspicious sign drawn on Rangoli.

You may also like to read How to observe Chaturmas Vrata?

Goddess Singhini in Hinduism

Goddess Singhini in Hinduism is a power female being and attendant of Goddess Kali. She is the guardian of Mother Goddess. She appeared from Mother Goddess Shakti itself during her fight against demons.
She is known as Singhini because she has the body of a female and the head of a lioness.
Murtis of Goddess Singhini can be found guarding the sanctum of Mother Goddess in Nepal.

Her companion deity is known as Bhagini.

Sant Vithal Maharaj Punyatithi at Chitali near Khatav

Sant Vithal Maharaj Punyatithi is annually observed in Shravan month. It is the death anniversary of Sant Vithal Maharaj. The day is of importance at Chitali near Khatav. Sant Vithal Maharaj Punyatithi 2018 date is August 12.

Sant Vithal Maharaj Samadhi is located here. The yearly gathering on the day is noted for satsang and prayers.
Sant Vithal Maharaj Punyatithi is observed on Shravan Shukla Paksha pratipada tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon in Shravan month.

Mangai Devi Yatra at Vadgaon in Belgaum – Mangai Temple Jatra

Mangai Devi Yatra is observed in Ashada month. The jatra is an important fair and festival at the Mangai Devi Temple at Vadgaon in Belgaum in Karnataka. Mangai Devi Yatra 2018 date is August 8.

Thousands of people visit the small but beautiful shrine to have darshan of Goddess Mangai during the period.

A fair is organized during the period.

Goddess Mangai is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti.
Mangai Devi Yatra is annually observed on Ashada Krishna Paksha Dwadasi tithi or the twelfth day during the waning phase of moon in Ashada month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Karnataka.

Godad Maharaj Rath Yatra at Karjat – Ratha Yatra and Festival Dedicated to Godad Maharaj

Godad Maharaj Rath Yatra is annually observed in Magh month. It is the chariot festival or ratha yatra associated with great saint Godad Maharaj and is of importance at Karjat. Godad Maharaj Rath Yatra 2018 date is August 7.

The annual fair and festival attracts hundreds of devotees. The chariot is taken around the town.

The temple dedicated to Sadguru Godad Maharaj is located at Karjat. He was a great devotee of Lord Vithoba. He spread the universal teaching of love and non-violence.
Godad Maharaj Rath Yatra is annually observed on Ashada Krishna Paksha Ekadasi or the eleventh day during the waning phase of moon in Ashada month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Alandi Nirmal Yatra

Alandi Nirmal Yatra is observed in Ashada month. It is a yatra organized to Alandi in Maharashtra, a holy place associated with Sant Janeshwar Maharaj. Alandi Nirmal Yatra 2018 date is August 7.

Nothing much is known about this yearly yatra.
Alandi Nirmal Yatra is annually observed on Ashada Krishna Paksha Ekadasi or the eleventh day during the waning phase of moon in Ashada month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Vittal Temple Festival at Taharabad near Nashik – Taharabad Vithal Mandir Utsav

Taharabad Vithal mandir utsav is observed in Ashada month. It is the important fair and festival at the Vittal temple at Taharabad near Nashik. The festival is dedicated to Lord Vittal a manifestation of Lord Krishna. Taharabad Vithal Mandir Utsav 2018 date is August 7.

Hundreds of people participate in this annual festival. Palkhi, satsangs and other rituals are part of the temple festival.
Taharabad Vithal mandir utsav is annually observed on Ashada Krishna Paksha Ekadasi or the eleventh day during the waning phase of moon in Ashada month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Story of Demon Vidunga Who Attained Salvation by Listening to Shiva Purana

Demon Vidunga lived in the Vindhyas and he was undergoing numerous troubles. Mother Goddess Parvati felt pity on the demon and asked Tumburu, a Gandharva, to chant chapters from the Shiva Purana to the demon.
Tumburu and Chanchula, an attendant of Goddess Parvati and wife of the demon, went to the Vindhyas and found the demon to be horrible and terrible.
The demon possessed a huge body and used to laugh, weep and jump. His appearance too was horrible. Tumburu tied the demon with strong rope and narrated to him the sacred Shiva Purana.
Thousands of saints, seers and people too assembled to hear the Purana.
Having heard the scared purana, the demon attained salvation and dropped his demonic existence. He assumed a divine form.

Shiva who came to know about the incident gave a respectable place to Vidunga among His attendants.

Goddess Pitambara Devi – About Pitambara Maa

Goddess Pitambara Devi is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. She is popularly known as Goddess Bagalamukhi. Goddess Pitambara Devi is one of the Mahavidhyas. She is popularly known as Pitambara Maa to her devotees.

Pitambara Devi turns each thing into its opposite. She turns speech into silence, knowledge into ignorance, power into impotence, defeat into victory. She represents the knowledge whereby all desires and things present in the universe must in time become its opposite. She helps a devotee to see the failure hidden in success, the death hidden in life, or the joy hidden in sorrow. Pitambara Devi is the secret presence of the opposite wherein all animate and inanimate is returned back into the primordial source.
There are several legends associated with Goddess Pitambara Devi.

A popular legend says that Goddess Shakti took the form of Pitambara Devi to protect the universe from a huge storm that had the capacity to destroy the universe.

Pitambara Devi is the eighth Ma…

Why Goddess Lakshmi is known as Padma or Padmaja?

Padma or Padmaja is one among the numerous names of Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity. Lotus is very dear to Goddess Lakshmi and she holds it in one of her four hands. It is also a symbol of purity and auspiciousness. Goddess Lakshmi is known as Padma or Padmaja because she sits on lotus flower.

Lotus flower is also one of the important offerings to Goddess Lakshmi.
The flower is also dear to Vishnu. Lotus in the hand of Vishnu symbolizes creation and sustenance of the universe.

Goddess Maya – About Hindu Goddess Maya

As per Vedanta and Samkhya system of philosophy, Goddess Maya is Prakriti and is a source of the universe. Nobody can transcend the power of Goddess Maya. She is also known as Vaishnavi Mahamaya or Yogamaya.

Maya is the inscrutable power of the supreme truth. It is Goddess Maya who makes us think unreal as real. She creates a web of deception and illusion.

As per some scholars, Maya was one of the prominent goddesses of Asuras or Demons. She was the personification of occult or mysterious power. She was worshipped for getting powers like changing forms, being invisible, for appearing and disappearing in various places at a single time etc. She was offered liquor and flesh by her devotees.

Later Goddess Maya was assimilated into the Vaishnava and Shaiva cult. Only power of illusion was retained in the later teachings about Her. Thus she is responsible for people getting entangled in worldly pleasures or becoming slaves of the senses.
Goddess Maya can only be overcome by taking refuge …

Old Odia Devotional Songs of Lord Jagannath Released by All India Radio

All India Radio (AIR) has released old Odia devotional songs of Lord Jagannath in three volumes. The audio cd is a tribute to Lord Jagannath on the occasion of Nabakalebara. The Jagannath Bhajanavali is rendered by renowned artists of Odisha and was part of the central archives of All India Radio.

The CD is titled Shree Jagannath Bhajanavali and comprises 30 bhajans and jananas in three parts. The Hindu reports
The CD contains 13 devotional songs sung by late Nimaicharan Harichandan, Balakrushna Das, Shyam Sundar Kar, Bhikarichanran Bal, Raghunath Panigrahi, Akhyay Mohanty, Mohammad Sikandar Alam, Markandeya Mohapatra, Kashinath Pujapanda, Radhakrushna Bhanja, Shyamamani Devi, Snehalata Praharaj and Kalyani Bhattacharjee.  These devotional songs of 1960s and 1970s collected from the archives of AIR, Cuttack, were released on occasion of Nabakalebara Rath Yatra. Mr. Sheheryar said more such bhajans collected from the AIR archives would be released in near future.

Dichpally Ramalayam – Rama Temple at Dichpally

Dichpally Ramalayam is located 18 km from Nizamabad on the way to Hyderabad. Dichpally Ramalayam is the popular name of the Sri Rama Temple located at Dichpally in Nizamabad District in Telangana. The temple, an architectural marvel, is also known as Khilla Ramayanam and was built during the 14th century.

One has to climb 105 steps to reach the sanctum sanctorum and offer prayers to the deities. There is a subway to help old and physically challenged people – the subway is connected to Raghunanda Temple, another shrine in the region.
The temple has murtis of Bhagvan Sri Ram, Mata Sita, Lakshman and Hanuman in the sanctum sanctorum.
The temple is one of the finest examples of the ancient stone architecture built by Kakatiya kings. The style and structure of the temple is quite similar to the temples in Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh. Therefore, the shrine is also known as Indhoor Khajuraho or the Khajuraho of Nizamabad.
The shrine is made using white and black basalt stone. The walls of …

Bow of Vishnu – Symbolism in the Bow and Arrow of Vishnu

Bow of Vishnu is known as Saranga and Vishwakarma, the divine architect of gods, created it. There is deep symbolism attached to bow and arrow of Vishnu and it is not a mere weapon to annihilate demons or enemies. Vishnu Purana states that the bow and arrow represents Indriya (senses) and Ahamkara (ego).

Vishnu Purana further states that the numerous arrows of Vishnu are the senses, the field of activity of intellect and the quiver is the storehouse of actions.
Source – Danielou Polytheism Hindu.

Everything is truth, the Absolute – Nisargadatta Maharaj

Everything is truth, the Absolute.
When you pursue the spiritual path, the path of self-knowing, all your desires, all your attachments, will just drop away, provided you investigate and hold on to that with which you are trying to understand the self.
When you stay put in that beingness for some time, that desire will also drop off. This is very important. When this is dropped off, you are in the Absolute – a most essential state.
Your true state, stay put in that. It is ever there, in its pure state, undisturbed.

The source of all happiness is your beingness. Establish yourself there, be there. Nisargadatta Maharaj