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Dhara in Hindu Snake Temples

Dhara is the pouring of Abhisheka water from Hindu snake temples on the body of the person suffering in life due to the anger of Nagas. The dhara is performed with water, milk, or tender coconut water. First dhara is offered to Nagaraja and Nagayakshi.

Those suffering from the wrath of nagas will be seated in front of the temple and the holy water or tirtha from the shrine will be poured on the person’s body. It is believed that the process cures bad luck and illnesses.

The offering will help in removing dullness, diseases and bad luck.
This ritual is widely performed in Naga Temples in Kerala.

Maihar Devi Temple – Satna Maihar Temple

Maihar Devi Temple is located atop Trikut mountain at Maihar in Satna. The deity worshipped in temple is known as Maihar Devi or Maa Sharada Devi. The shrine is also known as Ma Sarada Devi Mandir. The temple is located about 5 km from Maihar railway station.
Legend has it that when Shiva was carrying the body of Sati around the world and Vishnu used his Sudarshana Chakra to cut the body of Sati, the right breast of Goddess Sati fell at Maihar.
The popular belief is that Goddess Maihar is mother to her devotees. She blesses her devotees with knowledge and strength. Devotees that strive for self realization and salvation, or Moksha, never return without fulfilling them.
Maihar Devi Temple was built around 500 AD. One has to climb 1063 steps to reach the temple which atop the Trikoota Mountain. Ropeway facility is also available now.

Goddess Purnagiri – Maa Purnagiri

Goddess Purnagiri is a manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. She is associated with Tantra. As per Hevajra Tantra, Purnagiri is one of the important Peetahs and Mother Goddess is worshipped here as Goddess Purneshwari.

Legend has it that Lord Shiva was carrying the body of his dead wife Sati around the world. There seemed to be no end to Shiva’s anger and grief. This led to an imbalance in the universe. Finally, Lord Vishnu decided to decimate the body of Sati with his Sudhrashana Chakra. He cut the body of Sati into 51 pieces. Her arms and leg fell at Purnagiri and she came to be known as Goddess Purnagiri.
Maa Purnagiri is worshiped for peace, prosperity, protection, good agriculture, healthy children, early cure of diseases and for victory over enemies.

Good Date for Travel in February 2017 – Good and Auspicious Dates for Journey in February 2017

Some Hindus look for good date for travels, especially long distance journey, foreign travel, while traveling on plane, train etc. Here are the good and auspicious dates for journey in February 2017 for travels.

February 1 February 2 February 3 February 4 - good after 9:50 AM February 6 good till 2:50 PM February 7 good after 1:50 PM February 8 February 9 February 11 February 12 February 13 is good till 4:30 PM February 14 February 16 February 17 is good till 9:20 AM February 18 is good after 7:10 PM February 19 February 22 February 27 February 28

Hingula Temple at Gopal Prasada Gada in Angul District in Orissa

Hingula Temple is dedicated to Mother Goddess Hingula also known as Hinglaj Mata, or Hingulei or Hingulaksi. The shrine is located at the Gopal Prasada Gada village in Angul District in Odisha. There is also an equally important murti (idol) of Lord Jagannath in the temple.

It is believed that Goddess Hingula arrived with King Nala and King Gajapati at Gopal Prasada Gada – they were on their way to Puri. Mother Goddess decided to stay at Gopal Prasada Gada.

Goddess Hingula has no other form except fire and she is linked with the Agni Kona (South East direction). For worship, there are murtis of Goddess is in various sizes in the shrine. There is also the utsava murti which is carried around during festivals.

The most important ritual and festival in the shrine is held on the Bishnu Damank Chaturdashi, which falls on the fourteenth day of the bright phase on the moon in the month of Chaitra (March – April).
Numerous festivals are organized through the year at the shrine. Food offering…

On Three Kinds of Ananda – Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

It is a joy to merge the mind in the Indivisible Brahman through contemplation. And it is a joy to keep the mind on the Lila, the Relative, without dissolving it in the Absolute.

There are three kinds of Ananda, joy: the joy of worldly enjoyment, the joy of worship, and the joy of Brahman.

The joy of worldly enjoyment is the joy of ‘woman and gold’, which people always enjoy.

The joy of worship one enjoys while chanting the name and glories of God.

And the joy of Brahman is the joy of God-vision. After experiencing the joy of God-vision the rishis of olden times went beyond all rules and conventions.

That is why one should cultivate a taste for God’s name. Any name will do – Durga, Krishna, or Siva. Then if, through the chanting of the name, one’s attachment to God grows day by day, and joy fills the soul, one has nothing to fear. The delirium will certainly disappear; the grace of God will certainly descend.
Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa