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Mahalasa Narayani – Hindu Goddess Mahalasa Narayani

Mahalasa Narayani is a manifestation of Goddess Shakti. Some people believe that she is a manifestation of the Mohini Avatar of Hindu God Vishnu. Goddess Mahalasa Narayani is worshipped mainly in Goa, parts of Gujarat, Maharashtra and Karnataka. The most important temple dedicated to the Goddess is located at Mardol (Vernem) in Goa. Legends and the information on the manifestation of Mahalasa Narayani are mentioned in the Skanda Purana.
Legend has it that the Goddess Mahalasa Narayani appeared on earth to annihilate a demon named Chandasur, who had created havoc in the region. It is said that Parashuram, the fifth incarnation of Vishnu, asked people to offer prayers to the Goddess so that she will annihilate the demon. In this form she is an incarnation of Goddess Shakti.

The Brahmanda Purana mentions that Goddess Mahalasa Narayani is a manifestation of Mohini Avatar of Vishnu. This legend connects Mahalasa Narayani with the Malhari Martand Bhairav incarnation of Shiva. It is said th…

How to do Ketu Puja? – Worship of Navgraha Ketu

Ketu is one among the Navgrahas or nine planets worshipped in Hinduism. Ketu is also an important graham in astrology and he is believed to have a tenure of seven years in a person’s horoscope. Ketu puja and worship is performed to get rid of the ill effects in one’s horoscope. Unfavorable position of Ketu in horoscope or Kundali is believed to cause skin diseases.

Ketu is worshipped along with Hindu God Shiva. The offerings that are made are oil, til, blanket, clothes and blue flowers. It is also good to donate clothes to the poor and needy.
The best time to worship Ketu is night.
The Beej mantra that is chanted while worshiping Ketu is –
Om stram streem strom saha ketave namaha

Kalababhishekam at Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple

Kalababhishekam is an important offering made by Ayyappa devotees at the SabarimalaAyyappaTemple in Kerala. It is among the one of the four most important Abhishekams performed at the temple. The puja items used in Kalabhishekam are freshly prepared Sandalwood paste and rose water or Panineer.
Lord Ayyappa is also known as Abhisheka Priya due to his fondness for Abhishekam. In the Abhishekam ritual the deity is showered with his favorite puja item.
The most popular Abhishekam at the temple is the Neyyabhishekam.

The Hindu Concept of Happiness

The best option to deal with problems is to confront them rather than avoiding them.

Disease, old age, death all these will come anyway. Be prepared to face them. If we are not prepared such issues, become an unbearable mental problem.

We are all seeking something better in life and that something is within us.

The word ‘happy’ is derived from the Icelandic word ‘happ’ meaning luck or chance. So, true happiness as per western concept is elusive or ungraspable. But in Hinduism there is no happiness, there is only bliss. It is not something to be searched and found. It is not based on luck or chance. It is to be realized. That we are bliss.

When the source of our happiness is based on an outside factor, it will end up in suffering.
When bliss is realized, we become more sociable, flexible, creative, loving and forgiving. We also get energy to tolerate and overcome life’s daily frustrations.