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Goddess Lakshmi – the Hindu Goddess of Wealth and Fortune

In Hinduism, Goddess Lakshmi is the goddess of wealth, fortune, auspiciousness, fortune, power, luxury, beauty and fertility. Also known as Mahalakshmi, or Laxmi, she is the consort of Lord Vishnu. In Hindu religion, each deity also has a symbolic meaning. Thus the Wealth represented by Goddess Lakshmi is not limited to material wealth or money but also includes noble values, concentration power of the mind and the intellect, moral and ethical wealth which is needed to tread the path of realization. Form of Goddess Lakshmi Goddess Lakshmi is depicted with four arms or two. She is draped in a red saree and is bedecked with gold ornaments. She is seated on a lotus or sometimes standing. She always holds a lotus in her hand and one hand is in blessing form. Origin of Lakshmi Goddess Lakshmi is mentioned in Shri Suktha in the Rig Veda, the oldest text. The popular legend associated with her origin is traced to the churning of the ocean of milk – Samudra Manthan. It

Shankar Swami Punyatithi at Shivoor in Aurangabad

Shankar Swami Punyatithi is annually observed in Margashirsh month. It is the death anniversary of the great saint and philosopher who lived at Shivoor village in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. He spread the teachings of Truth and Dharma. Shankar Swami Punyatithi 2024 date is January 4. A Temple and Samadhi sthal dedicated to Shankar Swami is located at Shivoor. Followers of the pious soul participate in the various spiritual programs held on the day. Charity and numerous philanthropic activities are held during the period. Shankar Swami Punyatithi is annually observed on Margashirsha Krishna Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon in Margashirsh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.