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Vooru Panduga at Nizamabad in Telangana

Vooru Panduga is observed on first Sunday at Nizamabad during the waning phase of moon in Ashada month (July – August) as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Telangana. People of the region organize it for a good harvest in the coming year. It is also observed for peace, prosperity and good health. in 2015, Vooru Panduga date is August 2.
In Vooru Panduga, new murtis (idols) of Mother Goddess are created and installed at Goddess Saradamba temple in Nizamabad.
The murtis are carved out of mango tree wood.
The carving of murtis begin on the Tuesday before the Sunday when the festival is held. On Tuesday, village servants pour bandaru on streets.
Village servants known as Kamdars receive the murti from the carpenters on Saturday.
The murtis are then placed at the altar of Goddess Saradamb, at the footsteps of Indur fort in Nizamabad.
On Sunday, the murtis are taken in a huge procession around the town. Thousands of devotees gather to witness the procession.
During the fest…

Goddess Kalika – Information about Goddess Kalika

Goddess Kalika is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. She is believed to be Uma or Goddess Parvati. Her story is found in the Kalika Purana. Legend has it that Goddess Kalika performed intense meditation and austerity for several years to get Shiva as Her husband.

Goddess Kalika was a reincarnation of Goddess Sati, Shiva’s wife who self immolated at Daksha Yajna.

In her reincarnation, Goddess Kalika was the daughter of Menaka and Himalaya, the king of mountains.

Sage Narada informed Kalika about her true identity and asked her to take only Shiva as her husband.
He asked her to chant the mantra ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ and constantly meditate on Shiva.

Kalika told her parents her intention to marry Shiva and her decision to go to forest and perform austerities.

The parents had to reluctantly accept her decision.

It is said that so intense was Goddess Kalika’s meditation that she wore tree bark for clothing, and ate only fruit, later only leaves fallen from trees. She meditated upon S…

Story – Puarankia and King of Benaras – The Greatness of the Bhagavad Purana

Once there lived a Pauranika – a person who gives religious discourse. He was considered an expert with regard to discourse on the Bhagavad Purana. This also led to him having an inflated ego.
The Pauranika once approached the King of Benaras, which was then considered to be the highest seat of learning, and told him that while he had given discourses in several courts, he had one desire left, that of giving a discourse in the Benaras King’s court.
The king was very pleased, but got down from this throne and, with folded hands, told him how it would be a great honour for him to listen to him but could the Pauranika please read the Bhagavad Purana once more before starting his discourse?
The Pauranika was angry but as his anger would be of little avail in the presence of the king, he had no option but to go back and read the epic once again.
As he did so, he found deeper meanings in the various passages.
His anger evaporated as he realized that the king had good reason to make the sug…

Goddess Kali – Information about Goddess Kali

Goddess Kali symbolically represents the fierce manifestation that Mother Earth can unleash when Adharma spreads on earth. It is impossible to describe or define Her. In general belief and popular stories, Goddess Kali is the most terrible and malignant form of Goddess Shakti or Durga or Goddess Parvati. Information about Goddess Kali is mainly found in the Puranas and Devi Mahatmya.

Goddess Kali is worshipped independently throughout India. She is widely worshipped in Bengal and eastern parts of India. In South India, she is known as Bhadrakali.

Goddess Kali is also believed to be time that devours everything.

The popular belief is that Goddess Kali appeared from the forehead of Goddess Durga while She was fighting demons Chanda and Munda.

She is also one of the Dasa Mahavidyas that Goddess Sati created at the infamous Daksha Yajna in which Sati self immolated.

She is the consort of the Mahakala form of Shiva.

Goddess Kali is generally depicted as having long ragged hair, fang li…

Goddess Kalavikarni – About Hindu Goddess Kalavikarnika

Kalavikarni is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. It is believed that Goddess Kalavikarnika is one of the eight goddesses that appeared to help Paramasiva (Shiva) in creating the universe.
She is one of the eight aspects of Shiva and are residents of pure regions or Suddhabhuvanas.
Goddess Kalavikarni is also included in the list of Goddesses who are referred as Suddhasuddhatatvas – mainly meaning purest of the purest regions.
Goddess Kalavikarni is also mentioned in the puranas as a fever goddess. Nothing much in detail is given about this aspect. She holds a skull as a cup.

Kalachakra in Hinduism

Kalachakra is the time wheel.  The term is mostly used in Hinduism to refer to the passage of time or time personified as mute witness. Time is perceived in form of a chakra or rotating wheel.

Kalachakra is also associated with Kala (Yama – the Hindu god of death) and Rudra Shiva or one of his fierce forms that appear at the end of one cycle of creation to devour all animate and inanimate.

Yama is associated with Kalachakra because for an individual his arrival marks transformation into another form.
Kalchakra has no beginning or end. The rotation of Kalachakra continues forever.

Old-Age Home for Temple Elephants in Kerala

Aged elephants in Kerala will soon get an old-age home – a geriatric centre. The Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB), which manages a large number of Hindu Temples in southern Kerala including the SabarimalaAyyappaTemple, will set up the geriatric care centre. DNA reports Temple elephants, suffering from various age-related ailments, will be shifted to the geriatric care centre and given special care and treatment under trained mahouts and veterinarians. Kerala is home to a large number of captive elephants in India.   "The geriatric care centre is planned to be set up in Thiruvananthapuram or in central Kerala. We are planning to shift aged elephants, kept at TDB temples, to the new centre. They will be given scientific care and upkeep there," Devaswom Commissioner P Venugopal said.

Krishna Mangalam Lyrics in Hindi – Sri Krishna Mangalam in pdf format

Krishna Mangalam is dedicated to Bhagavan Sri Krishna. You can find the link to the Krishna Mangalam Lyrics in Hindi in pdf format below. The prayer is chanted daily morning and evening for attaining peace and prosperity. The document in pdf in Hindi language is provided by Sundar Kidambi of prapatti.

LinkKrishna Mangalam Lyrics in Hindi

Mannarpolur Temple – Where Sri Krishna is worshipped along with Jambavathi

Mannarpolur Temple, also known as Azhagu Mallari Krishnaswami Temple, is an ancient shrine located at Mannarpolur 3 km west of Sullurpeta in Nellore District of Andhra Pradesh. Located on the banks of Kalindi River, the 10th century shrine is associated with the famous Syamantaka Mani incident in the Srimad Bhagavad Purana. Sri Krishna is worshipped along with Jambavathi as his consort and this makes the temple unique.

Legend has it that the fight for Syamantaka Mani between Sri Krishna took place here.
In the main sanctum sanctorum, Bhagavan Sri Krishna is worshipped along with Satyabhama and Jambavathi. The dwarpalakas of the main sanctum sanctorum are Sugriva and Jambhavan.
Just outside the main sanctum sanctorum, there is a murti of Lord Venkateswara.
There is a separate shrine dedicated to Rukmini who is worshipped here as Soundaravalli Thayar.
There is a very important subsidiary shrine dedicated to Sri Rama, Sita and Lakshmana along Hanuman.
There are two dwajasthambams (flag …

Life does not listen to your logic – Osho

Life does not listen to your logic; it goes on its own way, undisturbed. You have to listen to life.
It is your fear that makes you a slave.
A man who is fearless is neither afraid of anybody nor makes anybody afraid of him. Fear totally disappears.
A person who is alive, really alive, vitally alive, will always move into the unknown.
Heart is the future; heart is always the hope, heart is always somewhere in the future.
Basically courage is risking the known for the unknown, the familiar for the unfamiliar and the comfortable for the uncomfortable.