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Story of Thaipusam - The Different Stories in Hinduism related to Thaipusam Festival

There are numerous stories associated with Thaipusam. But the most important story is that of Goddess Parvati presenting ‘Vel’ to muruga to eliminate demon Tharakasura. Vel behind celebrating Thaipusam Sages were fed up with the troubles created by demon Tarakasuran and his lieutenants. They complained to Shiva and he instructed Muruga to help them. Shiva gave him eleven weapons and Mother Parvati presented the most powerful ‘Vel.’ Muruga killed all the demons including Tharakasuran on Pusam star in the month of Thai with the Vel. Thaipusam is celebrated to commemorate this victory of good over evil.
Kavadi and Thaipusam Another legend about Thaipusam is associated with the Kavadi. It involves Muruga testing the determination of Idumban, the student of Sage Agasthya. Curse on Muruga and Thaipusam Another story revolves around Lord Muruga eavesdropping into the conversation between Lord Shiva and Parvati. Lord Shiva was rendering an important mantra to Parvati and Lord Muruga listened t…

Why Prayag is Holy in Hinduism – Spiritual and Religious Importance of Prayag or Allahabad

Prayag, or Allahabad, in Uttar Pradesh is one of the holiest places in Hinduism. Religious importance of Prayag stems from the fact that it is the confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswatri Rivers – Triveni Sangam. In Hindu religion, there  arenumerous other spiritual importance to the place.

Prayag means ‘place of sacrifice’. Legend has it that Brahma performed Ashwamedha Yajna here to celebrate the recovery of Vedas from Demon Hayagriva by Lord Vishnu.

Prayag is also said to be the navel of earth.

After the Samudra Manthan, or churning of ocean, when the Amrit, or elixir of life, was carried around the earth, few drops fell at Prayag and there for Kumbha Mela is organized here once in twelve years.

As per Hindu scriptures, Prayag will be the only place to survive after the Mahapralaya, the great deluge, which will end one cycle of creation.
Due to these and several other reasons, Prayag is known as Tirtha Raja or the King among Tirthas.

Ardh Kumbh Mela 2016 – Haridwar Kumbh Fair and Festival in 2016

Kumbh Mela is the sacred holy pilgrimage in Hinduism. Kumbh Mela takes place once in 12 years at four holy locations in India – Allahabad, Nasik, Ujjain and Haridwar. Ardh Kumbh Mela 2016 will be taking place at Haridwar in Uttarakhand. In 2016, Ardh Kumbh Mela began on January 15. The important bathing dates are spread over a period of four months. The last important bathing date is on April 22, 2016.

Ardh Kumbh Mela, or Half-Kumbh Mela, takes place in these four locations during the sixth year of the twelve-year cycle.

Important Bathing Dates during Haridwar Ardh Kumbh Mela 2016

January 15, 2016 – Makarsankranti February 8, 2016 – Mauni Amavasi – Surya Grahan Snan February 12 – Basant Panchami February 22 – Magh Purnima March 7 – Mahashivaratri Shahi Snan April 7 – Chaitra Amavasi – Shahi Snan April 8 – Navasamvatarambh Snan – Hindu New Year April 14, 2016 – Mesha Sankranti Shahi Snan Parv – most important April 15 – Ramnavami Snan April 22, 2016 – Chaitra Purnima Snan/ Vaishnav Akh…

Kera Mata Temple near Chakradharpur in Jhardhand – Kera Ma Mandir

Kera Mata Temple is located on the banks of Brahmini River in Kera Village and is around 10 km from Chakradharpur in Jharkhand. Believed to have been built around 300 years ago, the shrine is dedicated to Ma Bhagavati (Goddess Shakti) and was established by the King of Kera. She is also known as Sadarupani.

The black murti of Maa Kera is 7 inches in height and is made of Ashtadhatu. She wears a silver crown and has a chattri made of silver above her head.

There is nothing noteworthy about the architecture of the temple. A pillar in front of the shrine is noted for a four-headed lion.

Sculptures and painting adorn the walls of the shrine. They narrate the story of the various incarnation of Mother Goddess.
The most important fair and festival in the temple is organized during Chaitra Shukla Paksha (March/April. Other important festivals are Navratri and Durga Puja.

Quotes from Vishnu Purana on the Purity of River Ganga

The offenses of any man who bathes in Ganga River are immediately expiated and unprecedented virtue is engendered.

Its waters, offered by children to their ancestors in faith for three years, yield to the latter rarely attainable gratification.

People who offer sacrifice in Ganga to the Lord of Sacrifice, Purushottama, obtain whatever they desire, either here or in heaven.

Saints who are purified from all sins by bathing in its waters and whose minds are intent on Keshava, acquire thereby final liberation.

This sacred stream, heard of, desire, seen, touched, bathed in, or hymned, day by day, sanctifies all beings, and those who, even at a distance of a hundred leagues, exclaim ‘Ganga, Ganga’ atone for the sins committed during three previous lives. Vishnu Purana 2.8