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Sharad Purnima Vrat Katha – Story of Sharad Poornima Fasting

Sharad Purnima is the full moon day in the month of Ashwin and some people keep fast on the day. People prepare Kheer (rice boiled in milk) under moonlight and it is consumed during midnight. A popular Kahani or story associated with Sharad Purnima is listened to on the day. The Sharad Poornima Vrat Katha narrates about the importance of fasting on the day and the benefits received from it.

Sukai Devi – Information about Mother Goddess Sukai Devi

Sukai Devi is a form of Mother Goddess Shakti worshipped in Maharashtra. She is Grama Devata or village deity. She is also the patron Goddess of many communities. There is no proper authentic information regarding her origin but she is a deity who protects people from adharma.

Sukai Devi is worshipped in murti form. She is depicted either in standing or sitting position.

Sometimes devotees only get to view her head. She is depicted with two or four arms. She holds various weapons.

Festivals associated with her vary from region to region. Numerous different types of rituals are dedicated to her.

In some regions there is a palkhi dedicated to her.
She is worshipped for early cure from diseases, for good rains and farm yield, for defeating enemies and for fulfillment of desires.

Budhi Thakurani Temple at Angul in Odisha

Budhi Thakurani Temple nestles on the side of Sunasagad hill in Angul town in Odisha. The murti of Ma Budhi Thakurani worshipped in the temple is very old. Angul Budhi Thakurani Temple is located at Mishrapada area of the town and is around 4 km from Angul Railway Station. Angul Stadium is near the shrine.

The murti or idol of Goddess Budhi Thakurani worshipped in the temple is in the shape of a pillar and is made of black granite stone. The murti is lavishly decorated with flowers, garlands, crown and ornaments. Only the face of the murti is visible to devotees.
The Goddess is associated with tribal worship.

The main offering to the deity is vermilion.

The temple is also associated with tantric worship.

People from far and nearby places arrive daily to offer puja and worship here. It is believed that after having darshan of Budhi Thakurani people have their desires fulfilled. She is also worshipped for good harvest, early cure from diseases, healthy children, victory over enemies an…

Teachings – Jagadguru Sri Maha Periyava – Kanchi Paramacharya

The first three of the six internal enemies are kama, krodha and lobha. The remaining three are moha, madha and mathsarya. The six internal enemies together are known as Shadripu.

If you think about the six enemies, they are all born from desire.

What is moha? It is the state or remaining under the spell of something, losing one’s mind over it, due to one’s desire for it.

Madha is also based on desire. It is vanity and haughtiness over indulgence in objects of desire and the arrogance that results from the satisfaction when a desire is fulfilled.

Mathsarya is jealousy. Why do we become jealous of someone else? It is because the other person has something that we do not have. When we are deprived of something, such as money or influence, we feel jealous. The desire to possess what is missing is the cause of mathsarya.

So all the six internal enemies have the same root, desire.

Therefore, to end the deva-asura war that is constantly afflicting us, we have to get rid of the asura called…