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Death of Kunti in the Mahabharat – How did Kunti Die in the Mahabharata?

When the great war ended in the Mahabharata, Kunti was the most distressed. Although her sons (Pandavas) survived and emerged victorious, she lost many near and dear ones including Karna, her eldest son. Death of Kunti happened soon after. She along with Dhritarashtra and Gandhari took Vanaprastha – they went to the forest to perform intense austerities. Kunti died in forest fire. This is mentioned in the Ashramavasika Parva of Mahabharata Chapter 36 – 37.

Sarpabali in Snake Temples in Kerala – Sarpabali Ritual

Sarpabali is a unique ritual followed in temples dedicated to snakes or serpents in Kerala. It is widely believed that participating in the Sarpabali will help in overcoming all forms of Naga Doshas. Those having white patches in the skin and suffering from various other skin diseases will find relief after participating in the Sarpabali ritual. Sarpabali is usually performed in the evening. Only the chief priest or the most learned member among the priests in the temple perform the ritual. If there is no one qualified to perform the ritual in the temple, then a priest is brought from outside. The ritual is dedicated to Nagas and Ashta Nagas. The most auspicious day to perform the ritual is the Ayilyam Nakshatram (Aslesha birth star) day. But nowadays it is performed on all days except Ekadasi tithi – the eleventh day in a fortnight as per traditional Hindu calendar. As part of the ritual a colorful sketch is drawn on the ground. The type of sketch drawn varies from

Rangnath Temple at Pushkar in Rajasthan

Rangnath temple in Pushkar, Rajasthan, was built in 1823 AD. The beautiful ornate shrine is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The temple has murtis of Goddess Lakshmi and other manifestations of Vishnu Bhagavan. Prominent among them are Venugopal and Narasimha. The temple is located to the north of Pushkar Lake. The shrine is located in a huge complex. The temple is a perfect amalgam of South Indian and Rajasthani style of architecture. There are a total of seven shrines inside the Rangnath Temple and each has a Shikhara of its own. The main temple is known as Nij mandir and it has a south Indian style gopuram. A golden Garuda Dwaja Stambha is located inside the gopuram. The Nij Mandir Complex has three shrines dedicated to Sri Krishna, Ranganatha of Srirangam, and Sri Ramanujacharya. On the two sides of the main platforms are murtis of Goddess Lakshmi and Goddess Godammaji. A statue Anantachariji Maharaj the man who inspired to build the temple is also found in the sanctum sa

Ranthambore Ganesh Temple Address – Postal Address of Ranthambore Ganesh Mandir

Ranthambore Ganesh Temple is located inside a fort in the Ranthambore National Park. Below is the detail postal address of Ranthambore Ganesh Mandir. Please note that all invitations should be send in 15 days in advance in the postal address to reach the temple on time. A unique aspect of the temple is that people send wedding and other invitations to the shrine from India and around the world. Ranthambore Ganesh Temple Address Sanjay Dadhich C/o Trustee Shri Ganesh Ji Maharaj Ranthambhore Dadhich Sadan, Opp. Hotel hill View Ranthambore Road, Sawai Madhopur (Rajasthan) 322021. Landline No : +91 7462 220 655, +91 7462 228 01. Mobile No : +91 9414 045 263, +91 9784 407 076.

Dog in Hindu Religion and Scriptures

Dog in Hindu Religion is mainly associated with Bhairava form of Hindu God Shiva. Bhairav is shown along with a black dog. In some paintings, the god takes the role of Vahana or vehicle of Bhairava. There are also some people who believe that dogs are an incarnation of Bhairav. For some Hindu communities dogs are a link to the world of the dead. Next most important instance of dog in Hinduism is associated with Lord Dattatreya – an incarnation of Trimurtis – Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Dattatreya is followed by four dogs, which symbolically represent the four Vedas and his complete mastery over the Vedas. The most popular instance of dog in Hindu scriptures is in the Mahabharata. Here God Yama takes the form a dog and follows the Pandavas during their final journey and tests the Dharma of Yudhishtira, the eldest of the Pandavas. Indra, the king of demigods (devas) has a dog named Sarama. This dog is believed to have helped the Devas in recovering the cows stole

Ganesh Chaturthi Festival at Ranthambore Ganesh Temple

Ranthambore Ganesh Temple is dedicated to Trinetra Ganesha and is located in the fortress of Ranthambore around 12 km from Sawai Madhopur. The annual Ganesh Chaturthi festival attracts nearly 100,000 devotees to the shrine located in the world famous Ranthambore National Park. In 2024, Ganesh Chaturthi Festival at Ranthambore Ganesh Temple is from September 7 to September 9. The shrine is located in the fort deep inside Ranthambore National Park. The huge murti of Ganesha is red in color. As it has a third eye on the forehead the murti is known as Trinetra Ganesha. The murti is flanked by Ridhi and Siddhi. The temple celebrates three days of Ganesh Chaturthi with great fervor. A replica of the murti worshipped is made for the occasion. On the final day of Ganesh Chaturthi, the replica of Ganesha murti is taken out and finally submerged in a nearby pond. This year Ganeshotsav at Sawai Madhopur are on September 7, September 8 and September 9. The Ganesh Chaturthi festiva

Moti Dungri Temple Timings – Opening and Closing – Darshan Time at Moti Dungri Temple Jaipur Rajasthan

Moti Dungri Temple is a popular temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha in Jaipur, Rajasthan. Below is the detail Moti Dungri temple timings. Please note that the darshan time will be extended during festivals and important rituals. The opening and closing time will be different when there is Grahan or eclipse. The most auspicious day in the temple is Wednesday. The temple attracts maximum crowd during the annual Ganesh Chaturthi Festival. Moti Dungri Temple Morning Darshan Timings 5:00 AM to 1:30 PM Moti Dungri Temple Evening Darshan Timings 4:30 PM to 9:30 PM Some information on Moti Dungri Temple The murti of Ganesha worshipped in the temple is very old.  The temple was established in 1761. Lakshmi Narayan or Birla Mandir is located nearby. Architecture of the temple is in typical Rajasthani style. Hundreds of people arrive here on Wednesday to offer pujas and rituals. People who have bought a vehicle come here on Wednesday to do puja and take the blessings of Moti

Pandupol Hanuman Temple Bhadrapad Festival

An important festival at Pandupol Hanuman Temple in Alwar District, Rajasthan, is observed in Bhadrapad Month. The festival is annually observed on the third Tuesday or Mangalwar in Bhadrapad Month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Rajasthan. Pandupol Hanuman Temple Bhadrapad Festival 2024 date is September 3. Hanuman Temple was founded by Sant Nirbhaya Das Ji and is believed to be more 5000 years old. Nearly 50000 devotees visit the temple during the occasion. A small mela is conducted during the period. People offer prayers and make various kinds of offerings here.

Pushkar Temple Timings – Pushkar Brahma Temple Darshan Timings – Mandir Opening and Closing Time

Pushkar Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Brahma. Below is the Pushkar Brahma Temple darshan timings in detail. Please note that the opening and closing time is extended during important rituals, pushkar mela and during graham or eclipse. On certain days the opening time might change depending on sunrise. Pushkar Temple Timings – Morning Opening Darshan 5:30 AM to 1:30 PM Afternoon and Evening Darshan Timings 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Rama Vaikunth Temple Pushkar – Sri Rama Vaikunta Swamy Temple at Pushkar Rajasthan

Sri Rama Vaikunta Swamy Temple is located at Pushkar in Rajasthan. It is one of the largest and most intricate temples in Pushkar. The architecture of Rama Vaikunth Temple is quite similar to the temples in South India. A noteworthy aspect of the shrine is the sculpted images of nearly 361 deities on the gopuram and pillars. The temple is located in a huge space with a huge gopuram built in southern style. The murtis worshiped in the sanctum sanctorum are Vaikunta Venkatesh (Balaji or Venkateswara) his consorts Lakshmi Devi and Bhu Devi. The murtis are carved from black granite stone and is decorated with gold ornaments.

Vilachery Village near Madurai – Makes Clay Dolls of Hindu Gods and Goddesses

Clay murtis (idols) of Hindu gods and goddesses are widely displayed during the Navratri festival. Vilachery Village near Madurai is famous for making clay murtis of Hindu gods and goddesses. The potters here have been making clay dolls for centuries. The Hindu writes “Though just 15 kilometres from Madurai , not many of the city people would have visited Vilachery,” notes Valli Annamalai, who spearheaded the project under the Crafts Committee of INTACH Madurai. “It is a different world out there, where the earth is accorded much importance. People revere mud as God,” she says, “Out of the pancha-bhootas (five natural elements), earth is the easiest to feel and handle.”  “We were excited to meet the oldest potter Sadasivam, who introduced Golu dolls to Vilachery,” says Reshma. “Potter Sadasivam had learnt the craft from Muruga Bhattar, who set up one of the first Golu doll shops in the city, near North Tower .” “The kuyavar or Kuzhala community were patronised by the K

Tamil Mantra for Wealth - Mantra in Tamil Language for Money

Below is a prayer in Tamil language for abundance of wealth. It can be chanted for getting money. 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.