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Mother of Ravana - Who is the Mother of Ravan in the Ramayana?

Ravana is the demon king the epic Ramayana. His birth was not divine or through magical means. So who is the mother of Ravana? As per epic Ramayana, Ravan was the son of Kaikasi (Kaikashi). Kaikasi was the daughter of Sumali, a rakshasa chieftain. She married Sage Vishravas to have powerful children who will help the rakshasas in overcoming the devas, or demi gods. Related Story of Kaikasi

Holika Dahan Muhurat Time in 2024 – Auspicious Time to light the Holika Dahan Fire on March 24

Holika Dahan Muhurat or auspicious time to light Holika Dahan fire is followed by many Hindu families in North India . In 2024, Holika Dahan is on March 24. On the night before Holi Dhulendi (playing with colors), people light fire with old things, sticks, branches and leaves and this symbolizes the victory of the good over evil. In most regions, it is known as Holika Dahan The Good time provided most astrologers is from sunset on March 24 to 11:52 PM on March 24. Holika Dahan symbolically represents the burning away of all forms of negativity in life like ego, anger, frustration, intolerance and unwanted desires.

Significance of Holi in India - Importance of Holi Festival in Hinduism

Like most Hindu festivals, the religious significance of Holi is that it commemorates the victory of good over evil. And there are numerous religious myths associated with Holi. For many, Holi might have narrowed down to playing with colors but in rural India it is still a harvest festival. Holi is celebrated during the spring season, when all the trees and plants are filled with flowers of various hues. There is a sweet smell everywhere. Nature’s beauty is at its best during this period. And these natural Holi colours give new hope and joy to life. In rural India , especially in Orissa and Bengal , the local deities come to each home during the period. Here they are given sweets and fruits from recent harvest. Holi is celebrated when the granaries are full and our farmers have enough money. They rejoice the fruits of the labor. Holi is a time to burn the dirt of yesterday's (Holika Dahan). Farmers do this by burning the agricultural waste. On personal level, one

Mandar Parvat at Banka in Bihar

Mandar Pravat is located in Banka District in Bihar. The holy mountain is around 45 km south of Bhagalpur city. It is believed that this Mandar Parvat was used by Devas and Asuras during the churning of ocean, or Samudra Manthan, mentioned in Hindu Puranas. There is a Lakshminarayan Mandir located on the foothill of the mountain. The temple s surrounded by paapaharini kund (sacred water body). It is believed by people here that the Mandhar hill is erected atop Kurma Avatar – the tortoise incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Other holy places atop the hill are Sita Kunda and Narasimha Cave. Head of Madhu Demon can be seen near the cave. Legend has it that Bhagavan Sri Ram, Mata Sita and Lakshman visited the cave during their exile period in the Ramayana. In the Samudra Manthan, Snake Vasuki was used as the churning rod. The patterns that are visible on the mountain is believed to have been created by the serpent when the churning took place between the Devs and Asuras. A