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Bathukamma Festival Story – Legend of Bathukamma Panduga

Bathukamma Panduga is an important ritual dedicated to Goddess Gauri observed during Navratri (September – October) in the Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh. Bathukamma Festival Story is associated with the famous legend of Goddess Sati self-immolating herself after listening to her father, Daksha, insulting Lord Shiva. Bathukamma 2015 begins on October 13.
Daksha Prajapati was against her daughter Sati marrying Lord Shiva. He considered Shiva as a beggar who roams graveyards. But Sati who had understood that everything is Shiva – the Supreme Auspicious – wanted to marry him.
Finally, Daksha agreed to Sati marrying Shiva. But Daksha never accepted the importance of Lord Shiva and waited for an opportunity to insult him.
For this, Daksha decided to conduct a Yajna (ritual sacrifice) and invited all the people except Lord Shiva. Sati wanted to know why her husband was not invited and went to the Yajna despite the warnings given by Shiva that the whole process of Yajna was to insult hi…

Patala Bhairavi – Hindu Goddess Patal Bhairavi

Patala Bhairavi is an incarnation of Goddess Shakti and is a popular deity in Hindu rural folklore and among Tantric Practitioners. Patal Bhairavi is believed to reside in the netherworld or underground (Patal). This is one of the most ferocious forms of Goddess Shakti and is equated with the Kal Bhairav Form of Shiva.
She is propitiated by Tantrics to obtain material wealth.

There is a popular belief that there is a Patal Bhairavi underneath the famous UjjainTemple.
Images of Patal Bhairavi is also found cave temple of Patal Bhubaneshwar.
Goddess Varahi is worshipped as Patala Bhairavi in some parts of North India, especially in Varanasi. It must be noted that Goddess Varahi is associated with the Varha incarnation of Vishnu.
Images of Patala Bhairavi are a favorite theme in Durga Puja Pandals.

Gadkalika Temple – Ujjain – Gadkalika Devi Temple at Ujjain

Gadkalika Temple in Ujjain is dedicated to Goddess Kalika, a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. The temple is located around 5 km from Ujjain Railway Station. The murti of Maa Kalika is huge only the head portion is visible - red head wearing a silver crown.

Gadkalika Devi Temple sits on a column in the center of a courtyard with rooms all around. It is a single-celled temple. A golden lion, vehicle of Mother Goddess, looks into the sanctum sanctorum.

The deepastambh of the temple is built using bricks.
It is widely believed that Legendary Poet Kalidas attained name and fame after worshipped Goddess Kalika in the shrine.

Navratri Day 6 Mantra – Sixth Day Prayers for Navratri in Hindi on September 26, 2017

The sixth day Prayers for Navratri is dedicated to Goddess Katyayani. Navratri Day 6 Mantra in Hindi is given below. It is chanted on September 26, 2017 during Navratri. There are three mantras. First is Mool Mantra for sixth day of Navratri. Second is Dhyan Shloka dedicated to Goddess Katyayani. Third is a Stotra. You can chant also prayers like Lalita Sahasranama on the day.
There is no need to chant all mantras. Most devotees chant just the mool mantra. Navratri Day 6 Mool Mantra

Navratri Day 6 Dhyan Mantra

Navratri Day 6 Stotra

Story of 58 Sidh Peeth

We all are aware of the existence of the 51 Shakti Peetahs – temples and sacred spot where the body parts of Goddess Sati fell. There is another group of temples and sacred places known as Sidh Peeth or Sidha Peetahs. It is believed that there are 58 of them.

Sidha Peetahs are associated with Goddess Mahamaya who was replaced in the prison by Vasudeva for Sri Krishna. The girl child an incarnation of Goddess Mahamaya was given by Vasudeva and Devaki to Kamsa as their eighth child.
When Kamsa tried to destroy the girl child, she disappeared in the skies predicting that the baby that would kill Kansa was already born.
There is a twist to this tale in many regions. Local legends state that the baby was killed by Kansa and her body parts were strewn at many places. There are 58 such places and they are known as Sidha Peetahs.
One of the most popular Sidh Peeth is the HariyaliDeviTemple at Rudraprayag in Uttarakhand. People here believe that the hand of the girl child fell here.

Symbolism in the Killing of Demons by Goddess Durga – Swami Sivananda

In the nine days Lila of the Supreme Goddess is illustrated the process of the overcoming of the dark and blind powers of the lower nature by the splendid and intelligent powers of the higher nature. This Great War marks the life of both the objective and the subjective sides of the created universe.

Vidya Shakti always gains an upper hand and everywhere there is a transcendence of the limitations and imperfections characteristic of Jivahood and Asurahood by the divine Jnana-shakti. True knowledge pierces through every quarter and cranny in its work of vanquishing unconsciousness or ignorance together with its train of effects, desire and selfish action.
In the Devi Mahatmya or the Saptashati, Devi is described as the mass of the effulgent energy of the gods, headed by Brahma, Vishnu and Siva. This Shakti is released when the Devas begin to complain to these higher powers.
The sense energies presided over by intelligences, which are symbolized by the Devas together with their ruler…

Fifth Day of Navratri Dedicated to Goddess Skanda Mata on September 25, 2017

The fifth day is highly auspicious day during Navratri and is dedicated to the Skanda Mata form of Goddess Durga. She is worshipped on September 25, 2017 during Navratri. Lalita Panchami Vrat dedicated to Upang Lalita is observed on this day in Western parts of India. The day is also the second day of Navratri Lakshmi Puja. Goddess Skanda Mata represents the motherly aspect Goddess Durga. She is the mother of Skanda (Kartik or Muruga).

Durga is also worshipped as Chinnamasta and Upang Lalita on this day.
Devotees observe a fasting dedicated to Goddess Lalita aspect of Durga on this day mainly in Maharashtra and Gujarat. The vrat is known as Lalita Panchami Vrat. 
In some regions books and musical instruments are worshipped and displayed on this day. It is considered as a sort of invocation to Goddess Saraswathi, who will be grandly worshipped in two days time.
Goddess Skanda Mata is depicted with four arms and she rides a lion. Her one hand is in blessing posture and thus it is the…