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Kali Khoh Temple at Vindhyachal in Mirzapur

Kali Khoh is an ancient cave temple dedicated to Goddess Kali at Vindhyachal in Mirzapur, Uttar Pradesh. Kali Khoh temple is part of the Trikon Parikrama or Yatra of three temples here. The other two are Maa Vindhyavasini Temple and Maa Ashtabhuja Devi Temple. Trikon Parikrama – The temple of the three goddesses form the three corners of a triangle, and the area encompassed by the triangle is like a yantra. Devotees visit all the three shrines in a day. Goddess Kali Khoh is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti and she appeared to annihilate Adharma. Kali Khoh Temple Kali Khoh Temple is around 2 km from Maa Vindhyavasini Temple. It is located in a forested area which is quite lonely and without much crowd. At the entrance of the temple is a fierce looking form with two protruding eyes. Above it there are two guardians. The temple is painted in red. Murti of Maa Kali is in a small cave shrine, which has been modified. The murti is a black stone with two eve

Kerala Temple Fireworks Show Tragedy April 11, 2016 – 107 dead – Do We Care?

Tragedy struck during a fireworks show at Puttingal Devi Temple at Paravur, south of Kollam in Kerala on April 11, 2016. 107 dead and counting. – Do We Care? Sincere and deepest condolence to the bereaved. Heartfelt condolence to the suffering families. Prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured ones. Do we Hindus care about the lives of our brothers and sisters? The official apathy and callous attitude shown towards crowd management during Hindu festivals is nothing new. Have we ever bothered to ask why there is always poor crowd-control techniques and planning by the temple authorities during Hindu festivals? Huge amount of money is collected in the name of festivals from shopkeepers, business people and common people. What is this money used for? This is not the first time a tragedy has struck in a Hindu temple. Wai Temple Stampede in Maharashtra in 2005 – 265 dead Madhya Pradesh Ratangarh Temple – 50 pilgrims had got washed away falling in panic into the Sind