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Goddess Erukkamma

Goddess Erukkamma is a fierce goddess who is worshipped in Dondaparthy Village near Vizag in Andhra Pradesh. She is basically a village deity. The murti of her is very unique. She is without a head. Her cut-off head lye in front of her and her right arm is wrapped around a kidnapped child, who is sitting on her lap.

Legend has it that there lived a woman named Erukamma in the region. She possessed several powers. She used to kidnap children from the region and used to take them to the outskirts of the village. At the lonely and abandoned place, she used to kill the children and eat them.

One day while she was performing the heinous act of devouring a recently kidnapped child, her head was cut off by a brave man belonging o the Erukala (basket weaver) community.

People feared that she would return in some supernatural form to create more problems in the village. To mollify her, they worshipped her and her powers were used to protect the village and its children.
Today, Erukamma is a g…

Mandi Shivratri 2017 – Week-long Shivratri Celebration at Choti Kashi in Himachal Pradesh with over 200 deities

Shivratri in Mandi in Himachal Pradesh, also known as Choti Kashi, begins when Shivaratri ends in the rest of the world. In 2017, Mahashivratri begins on February 24 and ends on March 14, 2017. The highlight of the festival is the congregation of over 200 deities from the village temples. The murtis of Gods from nearby village temples are carried on palanquin and they arrive at the fair ground and stay at a designated spot. They then participate in processions to important Shiva temples in Mandi. The town of Mandi has more than 50 temples and important ones are dedicated to Shiva.
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The celebrations date back to 1526 when this town was founded during the rule of Ajbar Sen. He had 'invited' all the local deities to mark the founding of the new town.
Since then, the assembly of deities from hundreds of village temples during Mahashivratri has become a tradition.  After the rule of princely states came to an end, the district administration took over the task of inv…

Science behind Hindu Women Wearing Bangles

Why do Hindu women wear lot of bangles? Is there any science behind this? Here are some of the scientific explanations that are given for wearing bangles.

It is widely believed that tinkling of bangles keep negative energy at bay.

Friction of metals (bangles made of metals like gold, silver, iron, steel etc) on the body helping in absorbing their metallic properties. This helps in strengthening bones especially of women who have weaker bone compared to men.

Constant friction of the bangles in the wrist area helps in increasing blood circulation.

Earlier on the same topic Bangles in Hindu Religion – Why Hindu Women Wear Colorful Bangles

Live Darshan from Shiroda Kamakshi Temple in Goa – Online Live Streaming of Shree Kamakshi Saunsthan in Goa

Kamakshi Temple at Shiroda in Goa is a popular shrine dedicated to Goddess Shakti. The Shree Kamakshi Saunsthan management in Goa is now offering free live darshan. The online live streaming is available throughout the day. Another camera gives live darshan of important pujas.
Link – Live Darshan from Shiroda Kamakshi Temple in Goa

Without Discipline No Success is Possible – Swami Tejomayananda

Success comes only to a person who is well disciplined in his life, for without discipline no success is possible.

The Vedas tell us to be steadfast in our duties whether they are only simple, daily duties or duties enjoined on us by others. Do not consider what others are doing or not doing; be only concerned about fulfilling your own duty.

We should not indulge in prohibited karmas, meaning actions that are below our human dignity, such as stealing or killing. Prohibited actions are generally motivated by desires that force us to do anything to anybody to satisfy the desire.
Often we ask, “Why are you binding us?” “Why are you giving us all these injunctions and commandments?” The rishis and the Vedas reply, “We are not binding you because you are already bound by all your likes and dislikes, desires and anger. We are actually releasing you from your bondage.
– Swami Tejomayananda

Source - Hindu culture An Introduction 

Today’s Hindu Calendar – March 4, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Friday, March 4, 2016 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon till 1:52 PM on March 4. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is March 4, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good date.
Nakshatra – Mool or Moolam Nakshatra till 1:34 AM on March 4. Then onward it is Purvashada or Pooradam Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Mool or Moolam Nakshatra till 5:19 AM on March 4. Then onward it is Purvashada or Pooradam Nakshatra.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Dhanu Rashi
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Dhanu Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Kali Yuga Year – 5117
Vikram Samvant 2072 – …