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Lanka Lakshmi – Story of Lankalakshmi

Lanka Lakshmi due to a curse was forced to lead the life of a security personal in the palace of Ravan, the demon king. She was given the duty of guarding the palace gate. Before the curse, Lankalakshmi was known Vijayalakshmi and she was the one who guarded the treasury of Brahma.

One day Vijayalakshmi was found to be negligent in her duties and she was cursed by Brahma to be born on earth and to guard the palace of Ravana.
Brahma told her that she will get relief from the curse when Hanuman will strike her down.
Hanuman who was in search of Mata Sita, found a huge tower gate on the northern side of the palace. The gate was closed. Hanuman broke opened the door. Lanka Lakshmi confronted him and Hanuman gave her a powerful blow. Lankalakshmi fell down and was immediately relieved of the curse.
She then returned to the world of Brahma and became Vijayalakshmi, the guardian of the treasury of Brahma.

Ghanakarna – Deity Worshipped in Eastern Parts of India – Ghanu

Ghanakarna, or Ghanu, is a deity worshipped in eastern parts of India especially in 24 Parganas, Burdwan and Bankura districts of Bengal. He is believed to be an incarnation of Surya, the sun god. This is because he has curative powers against leprosy and other skin diseases. He is also believed to be a manifestation of Dharmathakur, a local deity.

A legend has it that Lord Vishnu once cursed Ghanakarna. Therefore, he hates Vishnu. To avoid hearing Vishnu’s name, he hung two bells from his ears. Thus, he got the name Ghanakarna – Ghana meaning bell and karna meaning ear.

The deity is worshipped on the side of a pond or near crossroads and not in temples. There are also no mantras dedicated to the deity. He is represented on an old used earthen pot. The face of the deity or the entire body is drawn using cow dung on the earthen pot. Eyes are made using two shells.

Vermilion mark is painted on forehead. A cloth stained in turmeric used during the puja. During pujas, the pot is turned u…

Dev Kunkeshwar Yatra at Devgad in Sindhudurg District During Shivratri

Dev Kunkeshwar Yatra at Devgad is annually held on Shivratri. It is undertaken to the Kunkeshwar Temple located at Devgad in Sindhudurg District, Maharashtra. Dev Kunkeshwar 2018 date is February 13. The mandir is dedicated to Shiva.

This annual jatra and festival attracts hundreds of devotees. People also flock to the fair and festival organized during the period.

The shrine is decorated for the occasion with lamps, lights, leaves, flowers etc for the occasion. Food donation is also held on the occasion.

Various rituals are performed during the period.
Devgad Kunkeshwar Yatra is observed on the Mahashivratri day in Magh month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Ram Yatra at Kargani in Atpadi Taluka of Sangli District

Kargani Ram Yatra is organized in Magh month. It is the annual festival and fair held at Ram Mandir at Kargani in Atpadi Taluka of Sangli District Maharashtra. Kargani Ram Yatra 2018 date is February 14. The temple is located around 32 km south of Atpadi.

The popular belief is that Bhagavan Sri Ram worshipped the Shivling here. The temple has murtis of Bhagavan Sri Ram, Mata Sita and Lakshman. Legend has it that the Shivling in the temple was discovered when the sword in the hand of Lakshman fell down and blood appeared.

The shrine is decorated for the occasion with lamps, lights, leaves, flowers etc for the occasion. Food donation is also held during the period.
Ram Yatra at Kargani is observed on Phalgun Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waxing phase of moon Phalgun month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.

Significance and symbolism of Hamsa or Swan the Vehicle of Hindu Goddess Saraswati

Hamsa, or Swan, is the vehicle of Hindu Goddess Saraswathi. In Hinduism, Goddess Saraswati is the goddess of knowledge, learning and art. Interestingly, a Hindu saint who rises above the thoughts of death and birth and constantly meditates on Brahman is referred as Parama Hamsa.

Swan symbolizes knowledge and self realization.

A famous shloka on Hamsa talks about the symbolism and significance of this majestic bird.

'Oh! Hamsa! Being the auspicious vehicle of Goddess Saraswathi, you carry learning and art upon your shoulders. Give us that discriminating wisdom for which you are famous, such as your proverbial ability to separate the substance of milk from water.'

Swan can glide on water without getting its feathers wet. With the help of Brahman knowledge (the knowledge all animate and inanimate is the Supreme Truth - there is only God) we can live in the materialistic world without accumulating dusts of materialism.

Swan can also soar up into the sky from the water body. This …

42-feet Long Sleeping Sculpture of Vishnu at Bhimkund in Angul District, Orissa

A unique 42-feet long sleeping sculpture of Hindu God Vishnu is located within the premises of super Thermal power plant at NTPC in Bhimkand in Angul District, Orissa. The sculpture is located on the banks of Brahmani River.

Sculpture of Vishnu is seen as sleeping on its right side. It is 42 ft long and 8 ft wide.
Ananta or Seshnag is near the head of sleeping Vishnu.

Right to Spirituality

‘Why was all this not told to me when I was in my high school?!’ demanded a ‘young angry man’ after listening to a talk by a monk on control of mind and giving a spiritual orientation to life.

‘If only I had known’, he lamented,’ how to handle my mind, my thoughts and emotions, my life would have been much happier and I would have avoided all those depressions and frustrations that I had to undergo.’

Wasn’t the young man pointing out to something deeper? If so, was it to the need to understand and train one’s senses and mind as basic to avoiding human suffering? To the right to know eternal spiritual laws that govern the human mind? Or, what may be called, his ‘right to spirituality’?

The Gita (8.3) calls the whole field of spiritual practices as adhyatma or ‘that which dwells in everybody’. In other words, to know the workings of human mind, and training it to know the highest truths is the true meanings of spirituality. And no one can have lasting happiness without knowing the hig…