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Renuka Yatra at Mhaswad in Satara District in Maharashtra

Renuka Yatra at Mhaswad is observed in Margashirsh month. This is the annual fair and festival at the Renuka temple at Mhaswad in Satara District in Maharashtra. In 2019, it will be observed on January 1.

Goddess Renuka is believed to be an incarnation of Goddess Durga and is popular in rural culture as Mother Goddess.

This annual jatra attracts thousands of devotees. Special rituals are observed on the occasion.
Mhaswad Renuka Yatra is annually held on Margashirsh Krishna Paksha Ekadasi tithi or the eleventh day during the waning phase of moon in Margashirsh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Bhairava – Understanding the Kal Bhairav form of Hindu God Shiva

Bhairava or Kal Bhairava, is one of the most terrible and angry form of Shiva – an attempt by human mind to give form to the anger of the Supreme Being. The popular legend associated with the Bhairava form of Shiva is that of Him cutting off the fifth head of Brahma. He did this to punish Brahma for his unethical and uncontrolled lust.

Bhairava is often depicted with scowl, angry eyes and flaming hair. He is naked and wears a garland of skulls and a coiled snake about his neck. In his four hands he carries a noose, trident, drum, and skull. A black dog always accompanies Bhairava.
Some Hindu scriptures talks about different manifestations of Bhairava. Such text detail about eight manifestations, which includes Kala (black), Asitanga (with black limbs), Sanhara (destruction), Ruru (hound), Krodha (anger), Kapala (Skull), Rudra (storm) and Unmatta (raging).
Ashtami or eighth day after full moon (Krishna Paksha or waxing phase of moon) is dedicated to Bhairava and is known as Kalashtam…

Importance of tying red, yellow, black threads on hand in Hinduism

Tying red threads on the wrist of right hand is considered highly meritorious and auspicious by many Hindus. The red thread or rakshasutra or charadu or Mauli has the blessing of the deity in a temple. The thread is tied after blessings of the deity and special pujas in a temple or sacred place. Different colors of thread are used like red, yellow, black and orange.

In North India, it is believed that the red thread brings fame, power and saves from evil.
When a person ties the red thread – Brahma blesses the person with fame, Vishnu bless the person with power and Shiva saves him from all evil.
In South India, people tie yellow, red, orange and black color threads.
Black color is believed to protect a person from all evil. It is also tied to overcome fear.
Threads is South India are mostly associated with Goddess Shakti temples especially Mariamman, Devi and Bhadrakali.

Manjunatha – About Hindu God Manjunatha

Manjunatha is a form of Hindu God Shiva worshipped mainly in Shiva temples in Karnataka. Legend has it that Shiva first appeared in the form before Lord Parashuram. As Manjunatha, Shiva is the god of beauty and art.
Two of the most famous temples dedicated to Manjunatha are located at Dharmasthala and Kadri in Karnataka.
‘Manju’ means snow and ‘Natha’ means lord. Since Shiva lives in Kailash covered by the snows and as he is the lord of the snow-covered mountains, he is known as Manjunatha.
Lord Parashuram after annihilating the Kshatriyas wanted to settle in a peaceful region on earth. He prayed to Shiva for this. Shiva then asked him to create a piece of land by throwing is axe. Shiva then promised Parashuram that he would appear as Manjunatha and settle in the land for peace and development.
Today, daily thousands of devotees visit various Manjunatha Shrine in Karnataka.

Academy for Temple Arts in Kerala

Academy for Temple Arts of Malabar Devaswom Board in Kerala was opened in August 2015. The academy would initially provide training in Chenda melam and Poorakkali. It has plans to offer certificate courses in art forms such as Chakyarkoothyu and Kalaripayattu, among others.
The objectives of the academy includes promotion of temple art forms, training programmes, research activities and provision of financial assistance to veteran artistes. A modern library and a journal are also planned. The Hindu reports
The academy would be accorded deemed university status in future on the model of the Kerala Kalamandalam. Madayipara, which will be housing the academy, has space for developing an eco-friendly campus. The locality is home to many folk and temple art forms. The academy, announced in 2013, was opened in a temporary facility provided by the Madayi Tiruvarakkatt temple.

Solution to all Problems is Truth - Dadi Janki

The trick to problem-solving is to get to the root of a problem before it even shows up.
This requires virtues such as objectivity, clarity and honesty, because the solution to all problems is Truth.
Truth means your spirituality; that is, your essence – the way something is before attitudes and opinions are added. This truth will bring you closer to God, and His pure influence will allow you to perceive the essence of any problem easily.
Working on a problem at the level of its essence is a beautiful experience.
This beauty has transformative effect, not just on you and the problem, but also on the ones who cause the problems.
Every day you should ask yourself how much you have thought of yourself in your essenceful form, that is, as a spiritual being, an eternal child of the Divine. This is the method to increase not just your awareness, but your spiritual beauty as well. This makes problem-solving easy.
Dadi Janki