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How to Identify the Ratha or Chariot of Lord Jagannath in Puri Rath Yatra

In Puri Rath Yatra , there are three chariots (Ratha) that are pulled from Puri Jagannath Temple through the Bada Danda, the grand road, to Gundicha Mandir. The three chariots belong to Lord Jagannatha, Balabhadra and Subhadra. But how do the devotees know which one belongs to Jagannath. The easiest way to identify the Rath, or Chariot, of Lord Jagannath is by color of the covering of the chariot. The chariot of Jagannath has a yellow and red color canopy and it is also the largest of the chariots. Jagannatha’s chariot is known as Nandighosh and it has 16 wheels. It also prominently displays the Sudarshana Chakra emblem. The chariot is also known as Kapi Dhwaja or the pennant with the monkey - referring to presence of Hanuman on the chariot. Yet another name of the chariot is Garuda Dhwaja, referring to the Vahana of Vishnu Garuda. The guardian deity of the chariot is Garuda and the charioteer is known as Daruka. The guardian goddess is Yogamaya.

Chiplun Parshuram Temple in Maharashtra – Shri Kshetra Parashuram Chiplun in Konkan in Ratnagiri District

Chiplun Parshuram Temple is located about 4 kilometers before Chiplun town on Mumbai – Goa highway in Maharashtra. It is an important temple on the western coast of Konkan in Ratnagiri District and is dedicated to the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Chiplun Parashuram or Bhargavaram is an important deity of the Konkanastha Brahmins. History of Chiplun Parshuram Temple  Shri Kshetra Parashuram Chiplun was discovered by a Kunbi family named Pankars around six hundred years ago. Parshuram himself declared this spot as Mahendra Mountain and decided to reside here permanently. Gods and Goddesses Worshiping in Chiplun Parshuram Mandir Three murtis are worshipped in the main sanctum sanctorum – Kam – Parashuram and Kal. They represent Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. The temple complex has temples dedicated to Ganga, Renuka (mother of Parshuram), and Ganesha. There is also a Bangana Tank in the complex created by Parshuram using five arrows. There is also a Hanuman murti in th

Importance Of Washing Feet In Hinduism

Although ignored by many Hindus today, washing the feet is of great importance in Hinduism. As per Hindu religion, a Hindu should wash his feet before entering a house, before puja, before eating and before sleeping. Before entering a house A Hindu should wash his feet before entering a house. The main reason is not to carry any germs into the house. Another reason is to make sure that no negative energy enters the house. Evil forces also enters the house through unclean feet. Before Puja Before performing puja a person has to be clean from outside and inside. One should wash the hands, face and feet before performing puja. One should enter temple or other sacred places after washing hands and feet. Each temple earlier had a pond outside specifically for the devotees to wash feet and hands before entering the temple premises. Washing the feet before eating It is equally important to wash both feet and hands before eating. It is considered auspicious as we are showi