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Goddess Ankamma – Information About Goddess Ankamma

Ankamma is worshipped mainly in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. She is an important Mother Goddess in many villages. As villages grew into towns she became central figure in towns too. Her story was never written down but was conveyed orally from generation to generation. Goddess Ankamma is worshipped in various forms. In some regions she is worshipped in idol form. In idol form, she has four hands and is in sitting posture. In some regions especially in Andhra Pradesh she is worshiped in the form of painting made on wall with cowdung. In some other regions, a square is made using turmeric paste and red dots of kumkum are put on the dried paste. The red dots represents the 1000 eyes o Goddess Ankamma. The belief is that the goddess looks at her devotees through the 1000 eyes and protects them from all evil forces. She was worshipped mainly by Telugu speaking warrior community. She is a fierce guardian deity and often equated with Goddess Kali. She was earlier appeased wi

Achala Saptami 2024 date – Importance of Achhala 7

Achala Saptami, also known as Achhala 7, is observed on the seventh day of the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in Magh month. Achala Saptami 2024 date is February 16.  Achala Saptami is dedicated to Surya, the Sun God in Hinduism. The ritual is popularly known as Ratha Saptami. Those observing the Achala Saptami only take a single meal on the previous day. On the Saptami day, they take bath during sunrise and chant gayatri mantra. It is believed that observing this vrat will help in attaining prosperity. It is also observed for removing skin related diseases. Saptami, or seventh day, in a fortnight in a Hindu lunar calendar is usually dedicated to Surya. Bhanu Saptami is another similar festival observed during different periods in a year. Prayers dedicated to Surya like the Aditya Hridayam is chanted on the day.

Pataleshwar Temple on Jangli Maharaj Road in Pune – Maharashtra

Pataleshwar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is located on the extremely busy on the Jangli Maharaj Road in Pune – Maharashtra. The shrine is a classic example of rock-cut temple was constructed by the Rashtrakutas in the 8 th century AD. The unfinished temple is supported by huge pillars. The circular Nandi mandapa supported by massive square pillars silently reminds us about the greatness of the sculptors of the period. The deities worshipped in the temple are Shiva, Parvati, Ganesha and Ram Parivar. All the murtis are of later origin. The Nandi statue and the mandapa outside the cave belongs to the 8 th century period.