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Anandeshwar Mahadev in Ujjain – Story of Anandeshwar Form of Shiva – 33rd Shiva Temple in Ujjain

Anandeshwar Mahadev is worshiped in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the 84 forms of Shiva worshiped in Ujjain. It is believed that those worshipping Anandeshwar will have healthy children. The temple dedicated to Anandeshwar Mahadev is located near the electric crematorium in Ujjain.

This form of Shiva is associated with Prince Anand.

Anandeshwar Mahadev is counted among the 84 Shiva Temples in Ujjain and it is the 33rd temple visited during the parikarama of Shivalayas here.

Story of Anandeshwar Mahadev form of Shiva in Ujjain

Prince Anand was the son of King Anamitra and Queen Varvarnini. Soon after his birth, baby Anand sat on the lap of the queen and started laughing. When the queen enquired about the reason for his laughter, the baby told the queen that on earth everybody is engaged in fulfilling his or her selfish needs.

Anand continued on his philosophical journey. He had no interest in worldly affairs.  One day he left the palace and went to Mahakaal Vana (present day U…

Book – Attukal Amma – The Goddess of Millions by Lekshmy Rajeev

The book titled Attukal Amma – The Goddess of Millions is written by Lekshmy Rajeev, who is a poet, columnist and translator. Attukal Devi is one among the millions of forms of Mother Goddess Shakti. The Attukal Temple is famous for the world’s largest gathering of women devotees.

About the book from the flyer
Attukal Amma is the people’s Goddess; she is Bhadrakali, the all-pervading and protecting Mother. Legend has it that the Goddess chose the spot at Attukal, near Thiruvananthapuram, for an abode.

Millions of women devotees the world over repose their unalloyed love and trust in Attukal Amma, and they throng Attukal during the annual Pongala festival.

Attukal Amma: The Goddess of Millions familiarizes the reader with the Bhadrakali cult in Kerala and provides a ringside view of the Pongala festival and the various rituals associated with it, even as it raises doubts about the authenticity of the myth of Kannagi, the heroine of Chilapathikaram, associated with the temple.

The pages of…

Evrat Jivrat or Divaso in Gujarat in Ashad Month

Evrat Jivrat, also referred as Divaso, is observed by married women in Gujarat. In 2018, the date of Evrat Jivrat is August 11. Evrat is observed by newly married women for five years and Jivrat is observed by all married women. The ritual is dedicated to Goddess Parvati and is observed for a happy and prosperous family life.

In the Evrat Jivrat, Goddess Parvati is worshipped in the form of jawaras – the seeds which are sown on the previous day of the vrat. A ghee lamp is lit before the jawaras. The lamp remains for 36 hours. The ritual takes its name from Divaso.

Divaso – ‘Deep Vaso’ means residence of the lamp.

Friends, relatives and neighbors are served Kheer, Kansar or other sweets.

In some regions, the vrat heralds the arrival of the Shravan month.

Evrat Jivrat is observed on the Amavasi in Ashada month. The Shravan month in Gujarati calendar begins from the next day.