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Story of Sage Vishwamitra Cursing Saraswati River

The story of Sage Vishwamitra cursing the Saraswati River is found in the Shalya Parva of the Mahabharata. Sage Vaishta and Sage Vishwamitra had an ongoing feud, which was legendary.

Once, Saraswati River rescued Vasishta from the wiles of Vishwamitra by changing her course.

Sage Vishwamitra is famous for this uncontrollable temper. For interfering in his matters, Saraswati River was cursed by him that for one year her waters would flow with blood.

Demons were happy to see blood in the river. They drank it. Sages who saw this rescued her.

But when Saraswati River was purified by the sages, the demons who drank water from the river were afflicted by hunger.
Out of compassion, Saraswati River assumed a new form called Aruna, the reddish one. The demons who bathed in this river attained moksha or liberation.

Cherai Gowreeswara Temple Festival in Kerala

Cherai Gowreeswara Temple is located in Cherai Village in Ernakulam District of Kerala. The annual temple festival is observed in Makaram month. Cherai Gowreeswara Temple is located at Cherai and is around 8 km from North Paravoor. Cherai Gowreeswara Temple pooram festival 2016 date is January 25.

The annual festival is noted for various rituals.

Traditional performing arts, music and dance are staged during the period.

Caparisoned elephants, melam, fireworks and sheevali are part of the festival.

The temple is traditionally decorated with plantain, coconut leaves, flowers, leaves, traditional lamps and lights.

Hundreds of people arrive on the day to witness various rituals and festivities.
The festival ends with Arattu. The utsava murti of the deity is taken out of the shrine for ritual bathing on the final day. Caparisoned elephants and melam are part of the ritual.

At Joranda in Orissa the Mahima Dharma Devotees Worship Without Any Form

Mahima Dharma, also known as Satya Mahima Alekha Dharma or Satya Sanatan Mahima Dharma, means the true path of indescribable grace. The thinking of this worship form is influenced from the Advaita Vedanta teachings found in Upanishads in the Vedas. The movement was started to give strength, unity and courage to the underprivileged classes in Hindu society who were kept out of all forms of worship by the ignorant priestly class.
Mahima Swami or Mahima Gosain was the founder of the Mahima Dharma.
The place where Mahima Swami merged with the supreme truth is called Mahima Gadi, the heart of all Mahima movement around world.  Odishasmaya reports
After a long deep meditation in the caves at Himalaya, he travelled to many provinces. In 1826, he reached Puri as Dhulia Gosain and settled on the dusty roads of Puri. It is believed that once Gosain was invited to Puri Mukti Mandap, where he confirmed that Brahma is Nirguna and Sunya.After that he moved to hill caves of Khandagiri, Dhauligiri, Ni…

Purification of the Mind Through Work - Bhagavad Gita

A proper attitude to work and to one’s profession can convert work into a potent tool for effecting the purification of the mind.

Sri Krishna emphasizes this in a series of graded disciplines for spiritual life: ‘Fix your mind on Me,may your intellect dwell on Me. Undoubtedly, you will live in Me on giving up the body. In case you are not able to fix your mind on Me, desire to attain Me through abhyasa yoga (the yoga of steadfast practice). If you are unable to do this either, be intent on working for My sake. Working for Me, you will attain perfection. If you cannot thus work for My sake resorting to yoga, renounce the fruits of all your actions, being self-controlled.’

So, performing one’s action with a view to pleasing God is a basic discipline every seeker is taught to practise. How is one to surrender the fruits of one’s actions to God? By taking refuge in the primeval Purusa (God) from whom have originated activities from time immemorial!

Sri Krishna emphasizes the efficacy of…