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Kalabhairava Mandir in Ujjain – Kaal Bhairav Temple, Ujjain

Kaal Bhairav Temple in Ujjain is famous due to the offering to the deity – liquor. The shrine is located on Jail Road on the banks of Shipra River. The deity worshiped here is the Kalabhairava form of Shiva. The murti of Kalabhairava is a large red head with eyes and a crown and is carved out of a single stone. It is erected majrestivally on a raised platform and is fitted on to a wall. Liquor is offered through a thin opening in its mouth. Liquor poured onto a flat plate is, gradually, tippled by the idol with the help of an attendant priest. Devotees say that no one knows where the alcohol goes. Kalabhairava Temple, hectogonal in shape, is like a fortress with steps leading to a nail-studded gate set in a wall encircling the shrine. The temple architecture shows influence of Marathas. There is a large, black, light-tower in the temple. It has 216 stone lamps. Other deities worshipped in the temple are Vithal, Shiva, Nandi and Patal Bhairavi. During Shivratri, thousan

Varudi Mata – About Goddess Varudi Mata

Varudi Mata is a goddess worshipped by Hindu communities in western parts of Gujarat and Rajasthan in India . The popular belief is that Varudi Mata resides in the stepwells or Vav and she is believed to be the goddess of fertility and is also worshipped for granting good crops. She is also referred as Vaduchi Ma. She also resides on the coast of the sea or bank of a river or pond. Young couples after marriage to the goddess and offer prayers so that they might receive a boon of fertility. She is also worshipped for healthy children and incident free pregnancy. There are also several stories of Goddess Varudi Mata helping good kings and their army – especially by providing them with good food and clean water.

Story How Sri Krishna Got the Name Giridhar

One of the names of Sri Krishna is Giridhar. Giri means mountain and Giridhar means one who lifted the mountain. The mountain that Sri Krishna lifted was the Govardhana. He lifted it on his finger. Story of Sri Krishna lifting the Govardhan Mountain is associated with Indra’s false pride. Indra, the god of rains, was propitiated by the villagers of Gokul under the leadership of Nanda, the foster father of Sri Krishna. Indra was a fierce God and used his power of thunder and rain to make people worship him. People worshipped him out of fear. Instead of doing his duty, Indra used his powers for selfish ends. Sri Krishna, who realized that Indra was a power monger,  argued that instead of worshipping Indra, the village should worship Govardhana as he was the one who was protecting us from natural calamities and he also blocked the clouds and thus brought rain in Vrindavan. The people found this logic to be true and started performing Govardhana puja. This infuriated In

Brahmpur Dham Buxar – Brahmpur Shiva Temple at Buxar

At Brahmpur Shiva Temple at Buxar, Bihar, Lord Shiva is worshiped as Baba Brahmeshwar Nath. It is an ancient temple. It is believed that Lord Brahma installed the Shivling in the shrine. The temple is mentioned in many scriptures. A unique aspect of the temple is that the main door faces west. It is believed that the Shivling was established here at the same period when Shiva married Goddess Parvati. A popular legend associated with the temple has that the invader Ghazani tried to destroy the temple. The people of the region warned him that it would attract wrath of Shiva. Ghazani then said if Shiva was so powerful let him change the door of the temple from east to west. Next day morning when people arrived at the temple, they saw the door shifted from west to east. Shivratri is the most important festival observed here. The month of Shravan attracts thousands of devotees from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. It is believed that prayers offered here will be ful

Govind Maharaj Punyatithi at Pimpalgaon – Hareshwar

Govind Maharaj Punyatithi is observed in Bhadrapad month. It is the death anniversary of Govind Maharaj, a great saint who taught people about self realization, love, honesty, truth, charity and Dharma. The day is of great importance at Pimpalgaon – Hareshwar in Pachora, Jalgaon, Maharashtra. Govind Maharaj Punyatithi date at Pimpalgaon in 2023 is October 13. Hundreds of devotees arrive on the day at the Govind Maharaj temple located here. People offer their respect to the divine saint. Govind Maharaj Punyatithi at Pimpalgaon is observed on Bhadrapada Krishna Paksha Chaturdashi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waning phase of moon in Bhadrapad month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

2500-year-old Hindu Temple at Rajim Town near Raipur in Chhattisgarh

Believed to be of the Mauriyan Empire, an ancient temple dedicated to Goddess Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati was discovered by Archeological Survey of India (ASI) at Sita Bari Area of Rajim Town near Raipur in Chhattisgarh. India Times writes 9.65 metres long and 8.90 metres wide, the temple's walls are made of huge rocks, and span 1.04 meters abroad. 8 poles in the temple's central hall divide the temple into 4 verandas. Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati idols  murtis were found in the temple shrines. According to research, the temple was destroyed during 12th century flash floods. A series of houses, with 15 rooms each, are situated in front of the temple.

Hindi Mantra for Welfare and Wellbeing

Below is a prayer in Hindi language for welfare and wellbeing. It can be chanted for improvement of welfare and wellbeing of the person. The mantra should be chanted continuously for 40 days to be effective. The number of times it is chanted can be decided by the person. It is ideal to chant the mantra in the morning. During the chanting you mind should not wander around.

Hindi Mantra For Good Luck – Prayer Chanted For Good Luck in Hindi Language

Below is a prayer in Hindi language for Good luck. It will help in changing your fortune. The mantra should be chanted continuously for 40 days to be effective. The number of times it is chanted can be decided by the person. It is ideal to chant the mantra in the morning. You should concentrate fully while chanting the mantra.

Hindi Mantra For Good Speech – Prayer Chanted For Good Speech in Hindi Language

Below is a prayer in Hindi language for Good Speech – sweet talking. It can be chanted for improvement of communication skills. The mantra should be chanted continuously for 40 days to be effective. The number of times it is chanted can be decided by the person. It is ideal to chant the mantra in the morning. During the chanting you mind should not wander around.

When is Sri Krishna Jayanti Fasting Date in 2023– Janmashtami Fast

A fast is observed on Sri Krishna Jayanti by many devout Hindus. Janmashtami fasting is observed 24-hour before the birth of Lord Krishna, which had taken place during the midnight. Sri Krishna Jayanti Fasting date in 2023 is September 7 in most places. During Janmashtami fast most people spend the time in community prayer in temples. Pujas and rituals will be held from 23:00 hrs of September 7 to 04:00 hrs of September 8. It is a complete fast from morning to midnight. The fast is broken after partaking the prasad distributed at midnight. Some people opt for a partial fast and sustain on fruits and liquids. Those fasting keep chanting the mantra ‘Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya’ throughout the day. Some people opt to read chapters from the Srimad Bhagavad Purana. The pujas and rituals associated with Sri Krishna Jayanti are performed during midnight.