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Story of the Birth of Goddess Saraswati in the Brahmanda Purana

Story of the birth of Goddess Saraswati in the Brahmanda Purana begins with Brahma, the Hindu God of Creation, preparing for a yajna, or sacrifice. Her presence was vital for the success of the yajna.

Brahma summoned Goddess Saraswati from his mind in order to successfully complete this very important yajna he was performing prior to the creation of the universe.

A girl appeared from the Sattva Guna of Brahma.

He named her Saraswati and asked her to stay on the tip of the tongues of human beings.

She was also asked to take the form of a river on earth.

In a third form, she remained with Brahma forever.
After creation, sages venerated her as the patron goddess of ceremonies. Her guidance and blessings were sought for the proper completion and success of yajnas.

Child form of Ganesha Worshipped at Thirumandhamkunnu Temple in Kerala

Baby Ganesha in murti form is found rarely in Hindu Temples. A child form of Ganesha is worshipped at the famous Thirumandhamkunnu Temple at Angadipuram in Kerala. This form is worshipped below the peepul tree on the west side of the Bhadrakali Temple here.

The child form of Ganesha worshipped here is associated with the legend of the temple.

King Mandhatha had ruled the region for a very long period. Finally, he abdicated the throne and took Sanyasa. He then meditated on Shiva and attained the holiest Shivling in Kailash.

King Mandhatha carried the Shivling to his kingdom and got it installed on a hill where the present Thirumandhamkunnu Temple is located.

This Shivling actually belonged to Goddess Parvati. When she realized it was missing, she asked Goddess Bhadrakali and Bhoothas to get it back from the king.

But it was not easy to take away what was gifted by Shiva. Finally, Bhadrakali took her most ferocious form and started pulling the Shivling to which the king was embracing…

Know That the Body Is the Temple of the Radiant Spirit – Swami Sivananda

To be jealous is mean, to be selfish is ignoble, to be compassionate is divine, to be patient and enduring is manly, to be dispassionate is praiseworthy, and to be equanimous is laudable. Therefore eradicate jealousy and selfishness, and cultivate the divine virtues.

The more you give the more you get. Give without any selfish motive, without expecting any reward. Embrace all. Cultivate equal vision.

Courage, power, strength, wisdom and joy are your divine heritage from the absolute: they are your birthright. You are center of thought, power and influence. Never forget this. Introspect. Direct your attention towards the knowledge of the Self.

You have a body, but you are not the body. This body is an instrument or servant of the soul, and not its prison. Know that the body is the temple of the radiant Spirit of self-effulgent Atman or soul within, which controls and moves all the faculties of the mind and body. Know that you are breathing the breath of the Spirit, but not a physical …