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Uppunda Temple – Uppunda Durgaparameshwari Temple

Uppunda Durgaparameshwari Temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga. The shrine is located close to National Highway 66 and is around 32 from Kundapur and around 66 km from Udupi in Karnataka. Uppunda Temple is on the banks of Sumana River. As per Skanda Purana, Matanga Rishi visited the place and worshipped Goddess Durga here. The goddess worshipped here is also considered as a sister of Kollur Mookambika Devi. Rituals followed at Uppunda Temple and Mookambika are quite similar. The deity is also referred as Shanthika Durgaparameshwari. A golden Sri Chakra is worshipped here. The shrine is also one of the seven holy shrines in Parashurama Kshethra - a concept of seven temple popular in the region. The subsidiary deities worshipped in the temple include Ganesha, Subrahmanya, Nagas, Shiva and Sri Krishna and Narasimha. Numerous deities and sculptures are etched on the walls and pillars of the temple. The important festivals observed in the temple are Ugadi, Ramnavami, Sau

Yellamma Devi Yatra at Kaledhon near Khatav in Maharashtra – Godddess Yellamma Devi Fair and Festival near Khatav

Yellamma Devi Yatra at Kaledhon is held in Margashirsh month. It is observed at the temple dedicated to the village goddess at Kaledhon near Khatav in Satara District, Maharashtra. The festival dedicated to Goddess Yellamma Devi attracts hundreds of devotees. Kaledhon Yellamma Yatra 2024 date is January 8. The annual yatra is also noted for a fair. The ritual involves journey to the shrine and other rural rituals. Kaledhon Yellamma Devi Temple is magnificently decorated during the period traditionally with flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights. The day is of importance to the villagers. People from nearby towns and villages arrive to participate in this annual fair and festival. Important rituals, which are held only once in a year, happen during the period. Kaledhon Yellamma Yatra is annually held on Margashirsha Krishna Paksha Dwadasi tithi or the twelfth day during the waning phase of moon as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Moksha or Liberation - Teachings from Hindu Scriptures

Moksha or liberation is the ultimate goal, the highest endeavor. It is your right. Freedom from sorrows is your right. Freedom from bondage is your right. Freedom from attachment is your right. Liberation or Moksha is your right, after righteousness (Dharma), material prosperity (Ardh) and pleasure (kama). Moksha is the ultimate pursuit of this life. We are not what we seem to be. Getting to know one’s real Self, that is true liberation. So then what are we? We are immortal. One who realizes that he is not this body becomes free from the shackles of birth and death. We are unborn, We are immortal, We are limitless, We are infinite. As long as we think we are this body, we are limited. As soon as we begin to realize our real self, we become formless, changeless, beginningless, endless and eternal. Therefore, become the master of our mind and senses, and not their slave. Freedom from the slavery of senses itself is liberation. Do not ask for joy.