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Lanka Lakshmi – Story of Lankalakshmi

Lanka Lakshmi due to a curse was forced to lead the life of a security personnel in the palace of Ravana , 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.

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 2023 date is February 18. 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 2023 date is February 18. 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 Magh Krishna Paksha Chaturdashi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waxing phase of moon in Magh 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 bo

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

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, Odisha. 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.