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Naikba Devi – Information About Hindu Goddess Naikba Devi

Goddess Naikba Devi, also referred as Ma Naikba, is a manifestation of Mother Goddess and is worshipped mainly in Maharashtra. She is a village deity. The main temples dedicated to the Goddess are located in Satara and Sangli District in Maharashtra.

Goddess Naikba Devi is a kind form of Goddess Shakti. She showers motherly love on her children. The murti or idol of Naikba Devi symbolizes kinds and motherly affection.

She is worshipped for peace, prosperity, protection, good agriculture, healthy children, early cure of diseases and for victory over enemies.

A main attraction of the murti is the large eyes. Her hands are in blessing posture. She is dressed like a Marathi woman.
Naikba Devi removes darkness caused by Adharma. She upholds righteousness by protecting those who practice Dharma.

Why Ayyappa Devotees Wear Black Dress to Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple?

Majority of the pilgrims visiting the Sabarimala Ayyappa temple wear black dress – black dhoti, trousers, shirt or T-shirt. Others opt for the saffron colored dress. The dress code is also part of the strict and rigorous preparations that a devotee undergoes before climbing the 18-steps to the Sabarimala Ayyappa shrine.
The usual custom is to observe strict austerities and self control for forty-one days preceding the visit to the temple. But nowadays most pilgrims do not follow all the rules associated with Sabarimala Vratham.
During the Sabarimala Vratham, the mind is made to withdraw from the worldly objects and is slowly directed towards Ayyappa. The aim is to reach Tat Tvam Asi – That Thou Art – everything is that Supreme Being.
The black clothes symbolically indicate a mind withdrawn from all materialist objects. The black cloth suggests the Ayyappa devotee is dead to the world of perceptions, emotions and thoughts and he is immersed in thought of Ayyappa.

How to apply Vaishnava Tilak?

The Vaishnava Tilak is known as Urdhva Pundra or Urdhva Pundram. The shape of this tilak dedicated to Lord Vishnu consists of two vertical lines with a third one in between. It is generally worn on the forehead by both men and women.

While applying the tilak one has to contemplate on Lord Vishnu.
The material used for the tilak is pure soft clay. Sandalwood paste, holy ashes, and turmeric powder are also used for tilak by people depending on the tradition to which they belong.
The lines of the pundra should be long, beautiful and attractive with a gap between the two lines that resemble the two feet of Lord Vishnu.

People are so identified with the body that they miss the Reality – Mata Amritanandamayi Devi

Love is the only medicine that can heal the wounds of the world. In this universe, it is love that binds everything together. As this awareness dawns within us, all disharmony will cease. Abiding peace alone will reign.

Worrying about the future, you are unable to enjoy the present.

To finish off reason is the place of reasoning in spirituality.

Intellect cannot experience love, for love is silence. Intellect is always noisy. Only faith can know love. Faith is in the heart. Therefore, only faith springing forth from the heart can imbibe the silence of love.
The mind full of thought is ignorance; the same mind devoid of thought is Atman, the Self. People are so identified with the body that they miss the Reality, the Essential Principle. They see the waves and forget about the ocean. They see only the clouds and miss the vast expansive sky. They see the flower and fall in love with it, but they overlook the plant. The waves come and go, appear and disappear, but the ocean remains the …