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Why Kavadi should be made using Bamboo Pole?

Kavadi is a bamboo pole, balanced across the shoulders with, suspended with any items resembling the hills carried by Idumban. Here is the reason why kavadi should be made using bamboo pole. Kavadi is carried to Murugan (Kartik) temples in India , Sri Lanka , Malaysia , Singapore and South Africa . Legend has it that Shiva once asked Sage Agastya to carry two hillocks to South India . The sage carried the hillocks balanced across his shoulders on a bamboo pole for a few hours. He then asked his student Idumban to carry them. Idumban carried them for awhile and then placed them at Palani in Tamil Nadu. When Idumban wanted to continue his journey, he could not move the hill. A boy appeared and claimed that the hills belonged to him. A fight ensued and Idumban soon realized that the boy was Muruga. Muruga was moved by determination and devotion of Idumban . Idumban was given a boon by Muruga. Idumban asked that anyone who carried a Kavadi made using bamboo pole to

The Story of Hanuman Rescuing Luv and Kush in Assamese Adbhut Ramayan

Assamese version of Adhbut Ramayan, written around 500 years ago, is a retelling of the Valmiki Ramayan. In it, there is an episode of Hanuman rescuing Luv and Kush, the sons of Mata Sita and Bhagavan Sri Ram. This rescue act is a retelling of the last chapters of the Uttara Kanda of Ramayan. The tory takes place after Mata Sita had entered earth. She misses her sons and she takes the help of Snake Vasuki, who is the ruler of naga kingdom, which is beneath the earth as per Hindu scriptures. Luv and Kush are kidnapped by Snake Vasuki. Hanuman goes in search of Luv and Kush. He leaves earth and enters the netherworld and from there to the world of Nagas – Nagaloka. A huge battle ensues between Hanuman and Nagas. There were no victors in the battle. Finally, on the advice of Mata Sita, a compromise is reached to end the battle. The children are allowed to go with Hanuman to earth. Mata Sita promises to visit her children and Bhagavan Sri Ram secretly.

Chaturdashi Vrat Vidhi – Procedure – Mantra – How to Perform Shiva Chaturdashi Vrat?

Shiva Chaturdashi Vrat is observed a day before Amavasya or no moon day in a Hindu Lunar Calendar. The vrat is dedicated to Bhagavan Shiva. Chaturdashi Vrat Vidhi along with mantra is given below. Please note that this how to perform guide is ideal for performing puja and vrat at home. Chaturdashi Vrat Mantra ॐ   त्र्यम्बकाय   नमः॥ Om Trayambakaya Namah How to find Charudashi Tithi? The vrat is observed when there is Chaturdashi tithi during pradosh period. Pradosh period is the time period starting 1.5 hours before sunset. There are two chaturdashis (fourteenth day in a Hindu lunar month) in a traditional Hindu month. The chaturdashi falling before Amvas is chosen for vrat and puja.  Benefits of Performing Chaturdashi Vrat This vrat was performed by Goddess Parvati, Saraswati and Lakshmi, Mata Sita, Gayatri and Rati Devi. The Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi is also known as monthly Shivratri vrat and it is considered a favorite day of Shiva. It is believed that