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Tarakeshwar – About the Tarakeswar Form of Shiva

Tarakeshwar is one among the numerous names of Hindu God Shiva.  As Tarakeshwar, Shiva gives the moksha mantra to a dying or dead person. This helps the person in crossing over to the next world. There are two popular temples dedicated to Tarakeswar – one is located at the Manikarnika Ghat in Varanasi and another is located at Tarakeswar, around 58 km from Kolkata, in West Bengal. This form of Shiva is worshiped for attaining liberation or moksha.

There is a wrong belief that moksha is to be attained after death. Moksha is to be attained while living on earth.

Shiva helps a devotee to realize the futility of worldly life. He tries to wean away his devotee from the world of attachments, anger, frustration, and lust. When self-realization adorns in a person when he understands the true nature of the world, the person attains bliss on earth.

True nature of the world is that there is only Supreme Truth. All Animate And Inanimate Rise And Finally Merge In Shiva – The Supreme Truth.

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Goddess Rankini Temple at Ghatshila in Jharkhand – Ghatshila Rankini Devi Mandir

Goddess Rankini Devi is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. Rankini Mandir located at Ghatshila in Jharkhand is a popular shrine dedicated to this form of Mother Goddess. The shrine is located atop Kaprighat hill, which is around 4 km from Jadugoda.
It is widely believed that during ancient times, people who traveled through the dense forest for their protection and well being worshiped the Goddess.

Goddess Rankini Devi is worshipped in the form of a Shila or naturally occurring rock. She is decorated with sindoor, garlands and silver eyes.
Bhimji Tribe performed the puja to the murtis from ancient times. Even today, the priests in the shrine are from the tribe.
The main offering in the shrine is tying of a coconut, supari and arwa chaval wrapped in red cloth. Devotees for wish fulfillment make this offering.
When the wishes are fulfilled, people donate animals to the shrine.
Coconut and batasha are offered as Bhoga. Daily Aarti is performed at 6:00 AM and 6:00 PM.

Sankashti Chaturthi April 2017 date – Ganesh Sankatahara Chaturti April 2017

Sankashti Chaturthi, or Ganesh Sankatahara Chaturti, is dedicated to Hindu God Ganesh. Sankashti Chaturthi April 2017 date is Friday, April 14. Ganesha devotees observe Sankashta Chaturti day from sunrise till the sighting of the moon. The day falls on the fourth day during the waning phase of moon or Krishna Paksha in a Hindu lunar month.

Fasting on Sankashti day is believed help in attaining peace, prosperity and knowledge. The fast is mainly observed in Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. The day is known as Sankatahara Chaturti in Tamil Hindu culture.
The importance of Sankashta Chaturthi Vrata is found in the Narasimha and Bhavishaya Puranas. The greatness of the Vrata was explained by Lord Krishna to Yudhishtira, the eldest of the Pandava brothers.
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