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Goddess Bhagnakhidra

Goddess Bhagnakhidra is a tantric deity who was worshipped during the medieval period. A manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti, She is the destroyer of diseases. Goddess Bhagnakhidra was propitiated for the welfare of children, elderly and to overcome contagious diseases.

A murti of Goddess Bhagnakhidra is worshipped a subsidiary deity in the famous Chausath Yogini Temple at Bhedaghat near Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh.

It is also not known whether she was part of the 64 Yoginis or 81 Yoginis.
She was essentially a tantric deity and was worshipped along with Shiva and Shakti.

Sita Lava Kusha Temple at Wayanad in Kerala

Sita Lava Kusha Temple is located at Pulpally in Wayanad District in Kerala. Sri Pazhassi Raja constructed the shrine in the 18th century. The murtis worshipped in the temple are that of Mata Sita, Lava and Kusha. The temple and its surrounding areas are believed to be places where Sita stayed after Sri Ram abandoned her in the Ramayana.

There are separate shrines of Mata Sita, Lava and Kusha here. Kava and Kusha is known as Murikkanmar. The subsidiary deities worshipped in the temple are Ayyappa, Ganapati, Subrahmanya and Vettakkorumakan (Shiva). Nagas are also worshipped in the shrine.
The main nivedyam for Sita Devi is sweet or payasam made out of white rice. Special offering to Lava and Kusha are sweet appam.
The main festival in the shrine is observed in Malayalam Dhanu month from 18th to 23rd.
Another festival is observed on the Revathi Nakshatram day in Makaram month.
Special pujas are observed during the Mandalam season (November middle to December end).
It is believed that …

Sashti Viratham June 2017 date – Muruga Sashti Fasting in June 2017

Sashti Viratham is a monthly Hindu fasting dedicated to Lord Muruga or Kartik or Shanmukha. Sashti Viratham June 2017 date is June 29. Sashti is the sixth day after Amavasi (no moon) and Poornima (full moon) in a traditional Hindu calendar. The Shashti after Amavasai is considered highly auspicious by Muruga devotees and a fast is observed on the day.

Sashti is the sixth day after Amavasi (no moon) and Poornima (full moon) in a traditional Hindu calendar. The Sashti after Amavasi is considered highly auspicious by Muruga devotees and fasting is performed on the day.

Fasting on Sashti is considered highly beneficial and some devotees observe a complete fast for 24 hours.

Many devotees make it a point to visit Muruga temple on Sashti day. Some people only eat the Prasadam given from the temple on the day.

You may also like to read How to observe Sashti Fasting

Teachings from Tirukkuruntandakam

Seated firmly without fatigue or fidgeting, bring your upper eyelids close to the lower. Subdue the five senses, fill your heart with love for the Lord alone. Let thought flow freely on that one alone. There in the effulgence emerging, you will see the Lord who is a body of light. Those who do so, do surely see the truth. (Tirukkuruntandakam, 18)
Tirukkuruntandakam is a poetic work of Alwars. The main theme of Tirukkuruntandakam is that the soul is wholly dependent on God who is the sole supporter and it can hope to escape the suffering by means of sincere prayers and worship to Him.

(Source page 31 of Philosophy and Theistic Mysticism of the Alvars by S. M. Srinivasa Chari)