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Devipatinam – Navapashanam Where Rama Worshipped Navagrahas before going to Lanka

Devipattinam or Devipatinam is a coastal village near Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu. It is believed that the Lord Ram prayed to Navagrahas at Devipattinam before embarking on his journey to Lanka. Lord Ram placed nine stones as symbols of the nine planets, Navagrahas, at Devipattanam and therefore the place is also known as Navapashanam or Navabashana. It is an important place visited by pilgrims on the way to Rameshwaram Dhaam.

The nine stones placed upright by Lord Ram can be still seen in the water close to the beach near a bathing ghat of the ThilakeshwarTemple, also known as NavagrahaTemple. The nine stones symbolize the nine planets or Navagrahas. Lord Ram performed the ritual so that the nine planets would shed their auspicious light on him in the battle with Ravana to rescue Sita.

The ThilakeshwarTemple is dedicated to Shiva and Parvathi (Durga). Shiva here is known as Thilakeswarar and the Goddess is known as Soundaryanayaki. The shrine has a beautiful image of an eight-armed…

Bada Mangal dedicated to Lord Hanuman in Lucknow

Bada Mangal, dedicated to Lord Hanuman, is observed on Tuesdays in the month of Jyeshta (May – June) as per the traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India. Bada Mangal is mainly observed in Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh and nearby regions. The origin of the festival is traced to the Naya Hanuman Mandir at Aliganj in Lucknow.

Bada Mangal is the name for more specifically used to describe the first Tuesday in the month of Jayeshta or Jeth. A big fair is organized in the region during the period. The fair and the festival is believed to be more than 400 years old.

There are numerous theories regarding the origin of the Bada Mangal fair. One legend suggests that the child of the Nawab of the region fell ill and doctors were unable to cure the child. The wife of the Nawab took the child to different places in the hope of find a solution to the child’s illness. One day during her search she met the priest of the Naya Hanuman Mandir at Aliganj. The priest asked her to leave the child be…

Story Narasimha and Demon Ambarya

Story of Narasimha avatar of Vishnu and Demon Ambarya is mentioned in the Brahma Purana. This story happens after Narasimha vanquished Hiranyakashipu.
Legend has it that after killing Hiranyakashipu, Narasimha roamed around the world annihilating all that practiced Adharma. He killed scores of demons.
He then arrived on the banks of Godavari River near Dandakaranya forest.
Demon Ambarya ruled the region. Even Devas were unable to defeat him.
Demon Ambarya and his large army attacked Narasimha. In the terrible fight, the entire army was vanquished. The invincible demon was killed and the place was rid of his terror.
The place where the demon was vanquished came to be known as Narasimha tirtha

Story of Sage Kashyapa and Takshaka

Story of Sage Kashyapa and Takshaka is associated with the curse of King Parikshit. When King Parikshit was cursed that he would die by Takshaka's poison, Sage Kashyapa decided to rescue the king.

Sage Kashyapa started from his ashram and reached halfway. Takshaka met him on the way and bribed him. He sent the sage back laden with presents of gems, ornaments etc.

When people got the news about this, they derided Sage Kashyapa, who on account of covetousness, retreated from the duty of saving the King's life and non-cooperated with him in every way.

To escape from the sins, Kashyapa sought the help of Sage Sakalya, who advised the former to bathe in the sacred tirthas in the Godavari and Sarasvati rivers.

Sage Kashyapa did so and regained his old reputation.

Related Parikshit – Story of King Parikshit in the Mahabharata

Navadha Bhakti as Mentioned in the Srimad Bhagavatam

Navadha Bhakti is the nine forms of devotion explained by Prahlada in the Srimad Bhagavatam. Here are the nine ways:
Fellowship with SaintsFondness for the Lord’s Divine StoriesService of Guru’s Feet without ConceitSinging Lord’s Virtues InnocentlyMantra Japa with Unflinching FaithSense control and Attendant CharacteristicsExperiencing the World EquanimouslyContentment with Whatever One GetsGuilelessness, Uprightness and Straightforwardness

Infinite Is God and Infinite Are His Expressions

The great sages and seers have tried to express the truth of God in varied ways. Some say He is personal, others say He is impersonal. Some say He is with form, others say He is without form. Some say He is endowed with divine attributes, others say He is attributeless.

Sri Ramakrishna, in the light of his own mystic experiences, resolved, in his simple way, all such contradictions. ‘Infinite is God and infinite are His expressions. He who lives continuously in the consciousness of God, and in this alone, knows Him in His true being. He knows Him as impersonal no less than as personal.’

Brahman, Absolute Existence, Knowledge, and Bliss, may be compared to an ocean, without beginning or end. As through intense cold, some portions of the water of the ocean freeze into ice, and the formless water appears to have form, so through intense love of the devotee the formless, Infinite Existence manifests Himself before him as having form and personality. But forms and aspects disappear before…