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Story of Demon Darika and Goddess Bhadrakali

Story of Demon Darika and Goddess Bhadrakali is famous in South India especially in Kerala. The story is the reason for the origin of many temples in Kerala.

Legend has it that once Asuras, or demons, were defeated by Devas and they had to retreat to the netherworld. Two Asura women then did intense penance and propitiated Brahma who gave them the boon that they would give birth to two powerful sons.

In due course of time, the women had two sons named Danavendra and Darika.

Danavendra and Darika then did intense Tapas and propitiated Brahma. They attained the boon from Brahma that men, gods or demons would not be able to kill them. They also got the boon that they would have the strength of thousand elephants.

With such invincible powers, Danavendra and Darika attacked the Devas and drew them out of heaven.

Devas asked Sage Narada to help them. Sage Narada went to Kailash and asked Shiva to intervene and wipe out Adharma being propitiated by the demons.

Shiva then opened his third ey…

Four Sacred Ponds of Puri

The four sacred ponds in Puri (the holy city in Hinduism which houses the famous Jagannath Temple) are Indradyumna, Narendra, Markandeya and Swetaganga. Indradyumna, located near Gundicha Temple, is holiest among the four.

Indradyumna pond is 396 X 485 feet in size and is named after king Indradyumna. Nilakantheshwara murti is located on the southwest bank of the pond.

Narendra pond, also known as Chandanpokhari is 834 X 873 feet in size. It has a platform housing a temple in its center. Chandan Yatra is held in the pond.

Markandeya pond is 370 X 530 feet in size. It has eight Matrika images. Two Shiva temples – Markandeshwara and Nilakanteshwara – are located on its banks.
Swetaganga is situated south of Jagannath Temple. Murtis of Svetamadhava and Matsyamadava are found on its banks.

The smallest work must be done with reverence – Sri Sarada Devi

I tell you one thing – if you want peace, do not find fault with others. Rather see your own faults. Learn to make the world your own. No one is a stranger, my child; the whole world is your own.

All teachers are one. The same power of God works through them all.

Everyone can break down some thing, but how many can build it up.

As none knows when death may come, one should carry out pious intentions whenever the opportunity presents itself, without waiting for a particular time.

You must give each one his due share of honor. Even a broom must be shown some honor. The smallest work must be done with reverence.
– Sri Sarada Devi