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Concept and Symbolic Meaning of Narayana in Hinduism

Today in Hinduism, Narayana might be one of the popular names of Vishnu. The term Narayana can be traced back to the Vedas. There is a deep symbolic meaning attached to the term. Nara means the first being; nara also means water.
As per Shatapahta Brahmana, the supreme soul, the self-existent Lord who is referred as Prajapati created waters and deposited in them a seed which became the golden egg – Hiranyagarbha or Brahmanda. 
Prajapati was himself born as Brahma, the progenitor of all the worlds.
As water was his first abode(ayana), he was called Narayana or ‘One who rests in water’.
In nutshell, life began in water. And he that is water is Narayana.

Raghavendra Swamy Jayanti 2018 – Vardhanti of Sri Rayaru - Birth Anniversary of Guru Raghavendra in 2018

Shri Raghavendra Swamy, the 16th century saint and Guru, advocated Vaishnavism and popularized the Dvaita philosophy of Madhvacharya. Guru Raghavendra Swamy Jayanti (birthday or Vardhanti) 2018 date is February 22. Sri Rayaru has massive following inSouth India, especially in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. The birth anniversary is observed around the world by the followers of the Guru.

The main celebrations known as Sri Raghavendra Guru Vaibhavotsava celebrations is held at Mantralaya. 
Vardhanti of Sri Rayaru is observed on the seventh day during the Shukla Paksha of Phalguna Masa as per traditional calendar followed in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
Chanting of the mantra associated with Sri Raghavendra is considered highly auspicious. Various organizations attached to Sri Raghavendra Swamigal organize satsangs and other programs on the day.

You can watch live Raghavendra Swamy Jayanti Celebrations here

Kannarpady Temple near Udupi – Jaya Durga Parameshwari Temple at Kannarpady in Karnataka

Kannarpady Temple, located near Udupi in Karnataka, is a rare temple because it is dedicated to the Jaya Durga form of Mother Goddess Shakti. This is one of the four important Goddess Durga temples in Udupi and it is mentioned in the Skanda Purana. Jaya Durga Parameshwari Temple at Kannarpady is situated near the National Highway 66 and is around 5 km south west of Udupi.

Legend has it that a Sage Kanwa discovered the murti worshiped in the temple after Mother Goddess came in his dream and asked him to worship her.
It is also believed that once there was fight among the administrators of the temple and one group took away a Bali murti and installed it at Kannara Kuduru and another Bali murti was taken to Badanidiyoor.

The murti of Goddess Jaya Durga is two-armed and she is in a benign form. Her hands are in blessing posture. Her Vahana, lion, can be seen in front of the murti. The sacred pond in the temple premises is known as Kanva Pushkarani.

The shrine is believed to be more than …

Remain always as pure Consciousness which is your true nature – Yoga Vasishta

You are bound firmly on all sides by the idea, 'I am the body'. Cut that bond by the sword of knowledge ‘I am Consciousness’ and be happy.

Discarding the attachment to non-Self, regarding the world as a partless (whole), concentrated and with attention turned inward, remain as pure Consciousness.

Remain always as pure Consciousness which is your constant (i.e. true) nature beyond the states of waking, dream and deep sleep.
Do not be that which is understood, nor the one who understands. Abandon all concepts and remain what you are.
Related Yoga Vasishta on Pure and Impure Vasanas