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Jalakrida Ekadasi – Jalkrida Ekadashi

Jalakrida Ekadashi is observed on the 11th day of the Krishna Paksha of (waning phase of moon) in Jyeshta month as per traditional Oriya calendar. Jalkrida Ekadasi is popularly observed as Apara Ekadasi in other regions. Jalakrida Ekadasi is associated with the PuriJagannathTemple ritual. In 2018, the date of Jalakrida Ekadasi is May 11.

Ekadasi fasting is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is observed during the 11th day of a lunar fortnight. In some regions, certain Ekadasi’s attach a regional flair – mostly associated with a famous Vishnu incarnation that is worshipped in the region. Such instances are more noted in Orissa and is associated with the Lord Jagannath worship.

Few examples of Ekadasi associated with Lord Jagannath observed in exclusively in Orissa are Jalakrida Ekadasi, Bhoumi Ekadasi, Papanashini Ekadasi etc.

Bhadrakali Gyaras

Bhadrakali Gyaras is observed on the 11th day of the Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) – waning phase of the moon – in the month of Jyeshta (May – June). Bhadrakali Gyaras 2018 date is May 11. This day is dedicated to Goddess Kali and is mainly observed in Punjab, Haryana and Jammu and Kashmir especially by Aryan Saraswat Brahmins.

Hindu communities that observe Bhadrakali Gyaras believe that Goddess Kali appeared on the day on earth to protect her devotees.

Kundeswar Mahadev in Ujjain – Story of Kundeswar Form of Shiva – 40th Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Kundeswar Mahadev is worshiped in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the 84 forms of Shiva worshiped in Ujjain. It is believed that worshipping Kundeswar form of Shiva will help fulfilling all desires.

The temple dedicated to Kundeswar Mahadev is located near Gomti Kund in Ujjain.

This form of Shiva is associated with Kunda Shiva Gana.

Kundeswar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 40th temple visited during the parikarama of Shiavalayas here.

Story of Kundeswar Mahadev form of Shiva in Ujjain

One day Shiva and Goddess Parvati was traveling to Mahkaal Van or Ujjain. The divine couple decided to take rest on a mountain. Shiva decided to roam around the mountain. He appointed Shiva Gan Kunda as the guard and guide of Goddess Parvati.

Shiva did not appear for a long period. Goddess Parvati asked Kunda to go in search of Shiva but he did not move as he was told by Shiva to guard Goddess Parvati.

In anger, Goddess Parvati cursed Kunda to be born on eart…

Vandevi Temple at Jamshedpur in Jharkhand – Van Devi Mandir

Vandevi Temple at Jamshedpur is dedicated to Goddess Kali. She is the presiding deity of the city of Jamshedpur in Jharkhand. Van Devi mandir is also known as the main dwar or gate of the city.

The black stone murti of Goddess Kali is north facing. She stands on Shiva with protruding lips. She wears several gold ornaments and has a mukut or crown.

The main offering to Goddess Vandevi is hibiscus flower.

The most important puja here is performed on Kali Puja on Diwali day.

Another auspicious day is December 22 – Shatchandi Yagya is performed every year on the day.

The murti worshipped in the temple is very old. The present temple structure was built in 1997.

Truck drivers make special offering in the shrine for a safe journey.
Hundreds of years ago, the area was part of forest and no one visited the place. Trucker drivers who passed through the area offered prayers to the Goddess and sought her blessings for an incident free journey.