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Goddess Mangala – About Hindu Goddess Mangala

Goddess Mangala is a manifestation of Mother Goddess worshipped in many regions in India. She is a subsidiary deity in many shrines especially in South India. She is the goddess of auspiciousness.
Goddess Mangala has ten hands and she carries shoola, akshamala, dhanus, a mirror, bana, khetka, khadga and Chandra. The remaining two hands are in Varada and Abhaya pose.
She is depicted as seated on a throne and wears a crown or jata makuta. She is also adorned with various ornaments.
Goddess Mangala is a happy form of Mother Goddess. She always appears with a playful smile.

Dressing as Hanuman during Dasara and Navratri in Panipat for wishes fulfilled

Many people dress up as Hanuman in Panipat in Haryana on the seventh, eighth and ninth day of Navratri and also on the Dasara day. They do this as part of gratitude for wish fulfilled and prayers heard by the Almighty. Those who become Hanumans, sleep in nearby temples and follow the strict rules of a Brahmachari. They also fast for 7 to 21 days. The Hanumans roam around the street blessing people and they are also invited into homes for pujas. Times of India reports A tradition - in which people dress up like Hanuman and move around on city streets -- brought to this part of the country by the Laiya and the Hyderabadi communities of the Mianwali district in the northwest of Punjab province, Pakistan, after the partition. According to Ramesh Kumar, president of Panipat Dussehra Committee, the tradition was brought here by one Suraj Bhan who, along with his family, arrived in Panipat after the partition. Soon, other members of his community also arrived here. Along with them came this …

Dashanan Mandir in Kanpur – Temple Dedicated to Ravana Which Opens only on Dasara

Dedicated to Ravan, the Dashanan Mandir located outside the ChinmastikaTemple at Shivala in Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh is open for worship in a year only on the Dussehra day. Ravana is believed to be the guard of Goddess Chinmastika and the 5ft idol of Ravan stands outside the temple protecting the deity.

Legend has it that Ravan who was an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva was always on the look out for ways to appease Him. Guarding Chinmastika was one of the ways that Ravan found to impress Lord Shiva.
This temple of Ravan opens only in the morning of Dasara day and closes after 12 hours. Thousands of people from different parts of India arrive on the day to offer prayers to Ravan.
When effigy of demon Ravan is burned in one place, another place chooses to worship him – suggesting that there is an amount of goodness in every person.
You may also like to read Ravana Worshiped in Kolar District of Karnataka Ravan Descendants in Jodhpur

Story of Vijayadashami – Why we observe Vijayadasami?

Vijayadashami is celebrated on Ashwin Shukla Paksha Dasami (10th day of the waxing phase of moon in Ashwin month). Vijaya Dashami is the last day of Durga Puja and Dasara Festival. It is observed on the day after nine-day Navratri festival. This day is also observed as Madhva Jayanthi day - it is on this day that Vayu Deva made his Avatara as Sri Madhwacharya. Shirdi Sai Baba Mahasamadhi is also observed on the day.
Importance of Vijaya Dashami day as per Hindu Tradition: It is on this day that in Tretayuga, Bhagavan Sri Ram killed Ravana. Sri Rama with the assistance of Vanarasena, under the able leadership of Sugreeva and Hanuman, invaded Lanka and killed Ravana, Kumbhakarna and rescued Sita devi, who was kidnapped by Ravana. To commemorate the divine event, people all over the country celebrate the day by burning the huge effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakarna (brother of Ravana) and Meghanad (son of Ravana).
Another legend has it that Goddess Durga (Mahishasuramardhini or Chamundeswari)…

Goddess Saraswati Temple to Come Up at Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh – Akshara Maalika Gnana Saraswati

Akshara Maalika Gnana Saraswati is the name of a proposed GoddessSaraswatiTemple at Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh. The temple will be located at Goutama Ghat on the banks of Rajahmundry.  The Hindu reports
The temple is going to be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs. 6 crores and a committee ‘Sri Gnana Saraswathi Peetam Charitable Trust’ headed by Rankireddy Subba Raju, chairman of RSR Foundation, to complete the work.
The construction of ‘Gnana Saraswathi Peetam’ is taking place rapidly and the temple’s Mukha Mandapam (Main Hall) consists of 56 pillars, carved from single-stones. These 56 pillars represent the ‘Aakaaraa Devathas’ are sculpted as presiding deities on all the pillars, one on each- with different decorations, vahanas (vehicles), and aradhanas (ways of worship), and spiritual appearances (vibhavas).
The main Goddess, i.e., the presiding deity (Moola Virat) of the temple, ‘Sri Gnana Saraswati’ manifests herself on a Marakatha stone (from Nepal), representing the combined…

Brihadaranyaka Upanishad on the eternal glory of the knower of Brahman

This, then, is the eternal glory of the knower of Brahman! It does not increase nor decrease as a result of action! Therefore, one should know the nature of That, and of That alone! After having known That, one is no longer affected by evil actions. Thus he who knows That as such has absolute mastery over his senses; he is calm, recollected, patient and concentrated. He sees the Self in his own (body) – He sees all as the Self. Evil cannot dominate him: It is he who is beyond all evil! Evil cannot disturb him: It is he who absorbs all evil. He is without sin and without stain; he is for ever freed from doubt – He is a true brahmana!
Brihadaranyaka Upanishad  (IV, 4, 23)