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Kaladanda Staff – The Stick of Yama, God of Death

Kaladanda Staff is associated with Yama, the Hindu God Death. Yamraj carries the Kaladanda stick. It is a lethal and ferocious stick. Sometimes it is referred as club or Gada. Yama got Kaladanda as a blessing from Brahma, the lord of creation. It is the ultimate weapon and nothing can stop it. No boon can protect a living being from it. Once it the Kaladanda is thrown it will kill the intended living being. Brahma gave the weapon to Yama to keep population in control and to punish those who follow Adharma.

Sheetala Sashti 2023 date – Shitala Shasti

Sheetala Sashti is observed on the sixth day of Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in Magha month especially in Bengal and eastern parts of India . Sheetala Sashti 2023 date is January 27 and is dedicated to Goddess Shitala. This ritual is observed by those couples who wish to have a child. On the day puja involving 16 steps or Shodashopachara is performed. Cold food items are offered to Goddess Shitala. The food that is consumed by those observing the ritual is prepared the previous day. Sheetala Sashti in Chaitra Month in North India In North India, the ritual is observed in Chaitra Month (March 13, 2023). Preparation for the pujas and rituals for Basoda and Sheetala Ashtami begins on the day. The day is followed by the famous Sheetala Saptami and Sheetala Ashtami.

Panch Pandav Temple in Puri Jagannath Temple Complex

Panch Pandav Temple in Puri Jagannath Temple Complex is the combined name of five temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple gets the name Panch Pandav as the temples were built by the Pandavas of the Mahabharata. Legend has it that Pandavas – Yudhishtira, Bhima, Arjuna, Nakula and Sahadeva – during their one-year exile-in-disguise period in the Mahabharata visited and stayed at Puri for a night. They worshipped Shiva by making Shivlings. The five temples were built to commemorate their stay in the shrine. The five Shiva temples are: Lokanath Markandeswara Kapala mochana Yameshwara and Neelakantheswara.