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Kakapudi Festival at Tirupati Balaji Temple in Tirumala - Kaka Pudi or Kaka Bali on Kanuma

Kakapudi festival is observed on the Kanuma day during the Sankranti Festival  in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Kakapudi festival 2024 date is January 16. The festival is also known as Kaka Pudi or Kaka Bali. It is conducted inside Sanctum and around Vimana Prakaram of the main Tirupati Balaji Temple. Therefore, many devotees are not aware of the festival and cannot participate in it. On Kakapudi festival day after the Pratahkala Aradhana Thomala Seva, the Gold Vakshastala Lakshmi Thayar on the right bosom of the Mulavirat is given a sacred bath amidst the chanting of Sri Suktam hymns. After this, Archakas, perform a Special Thirumanjanam to ‘Potu Thayar’ or Vakula Malika Ammavaru, the goddess of the temple kitchen. She is also referred to as "Paka Lakshmi". After the Thirumanjanam, a Harati and a plate containing rice balls, plain, or mixed with turmeric or kumkum (sindhoor), are taken in a procession around Vimana Prakaram, and then placed in front of th

Ma Chanchala Devi Temple at Jamtara near Dhanbad, Jharkhand

Ma Chanchala Devi Temple is located at Jamtara near Dhanbad, Jharkhand. The murti of Goddess Shakti worshipped in the temple is swayambhu, or that which appeared on its own,. Ma Chanchala Devi is a wish fulfilling deity. Apart from the vedi of Maa, there is a murti of Baba Bhairavnath in the main sanctum. The other murtis worshipped in the temple are that of Bholenath, Hanuman, Annapurna, Goddess Sati and Goddess Sheetala. Unmarried girls offer Havan and bhoga on Amavasya days. An important offering here is kheer. The most important days in the shrine are Sunday, Tuesday, Shivratri, Annapurna Puja day and Janmashtami.

Savitribai Phule Jayanti

Savitribai Jyotirao Phule was a social reformer in Maharashtra . Savitribai Phule Jayanti is her birth anniversary and it is annually held on January 3. In 2024, it is the 193rd birth anniversary of Savitribai Phule. She was born on January 3, 1831 and she along with her husband, Mahatma Jyotirao Phule, played an important role in women’s education and widow remarriage in Maharashtra . She also ably supported her husband in his social reforms. She is also a pioneer of the modern Marathi Poetry. She was the first female teacher of the first women’s school in Maharashtra . She opened school for Untouchable girls in 1852. She openly supported widow remarriage and opened a home to help orphaned widows and children. During the plague of 1857, she and her son opened clinic and helped thousands of plague victims. She died on 10 March 1897. In 2017, Google celebrated her birthday with a special Google Doodle.